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How to speak Kiwi English

I'm writing this in Auckland, New Zealand and it’s the middle of summer, so what better than a look at (and listen to) some Kiwi English words for the season? In case you don’t know, Kiwi English is the more common way of saying New Zealand English. If you're on any of the wonderful beaches in New Zealand, you'll no doubt see people in ‘jandals’ (a type of sandal), ‘togs’ (swimwear), ‘sunnies’ (sunglasses) and eating ‘hokey-pokey’ ice cream (vanilla ice cream with lumps of honeycomb toffee), although probably not all at once. Pictured: Jandals, Togs, Sunnies and hokey-pokey. If the beach is too hot, you might want to relax at a bach (a small holiday home or beach house), having a barbie (barbecue) with a cold drink from the chilly bin (cooler or coolbox). Pictured: Bach (Image source :http://www.piha.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/old-bach1.jpg) If you don’t want to stay in one place, then why not try one of these great Kiwi activities? ‘Tramping’ is the Kiwi word for ‘hiking’, i.e. going for a long walk carrying all of the food and equipment you need. There are certainly some amazing places to go tramping in New Zealand. The most famous is probably the Milford Track in the South Island.  Going on a ‘tiki tour’ is to take the long way to reach a destination so you can see more of the area. A tiki tour from Auckland to Christchurch will take you a lot longer than it would to fly between the cities, but you'll be amazed with what you see on the way. From the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata to the geothermal activity in Rotorua, the 1930s architecture in Napier to the glacier in Franz Josef. Pictured: Tiki tour (Image source: https://www.intercity.co.nz/tiki-tour-travelpass) If you’re wondering what all of this has to do with IELTS… The IELTS test isn’t a British English test as I’ve heard many people say. The test includes texts from around the English-speaking world, including New Zealand, and it uses a range of native-speaker accents.  Listen to Rachel, from New Zealand pronounce the words you have learnt in this blog:     So if you’re only reading and listening to English from one country, it would be a good idea to become familiar with the English used in others. If you usually read the news from a British news website, for example, follow the news on a North American, Australian or New Zealand website for a week instead. Better still, follow the news on a North American website for one week, an Australian website the following week, and a New Zealand website in the third week. If you want to live, work or study in New Zealand, the good news is IELTS is recognised by universities and Immigration New Zealand as evidence of your English language proficiency. Don’t forget to pack your jandals, togs and sunnies! Pete

Pete Jones

1 March, 2020

How to speak Kiwi English

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I'm writing this in Auckland, New Zealand and it’s the middle of summer, so what better than a look at (and listen to) some Kiwi English words for the season? In case you don’t know, Kiwi English is the more common way of saying New Zealand English.

If you're on any of the wonderful beaches in New Zealand, you'll no doubt see people in ‘jandals’ (a type of sandal), ‘togs’ (swimwear), ‘sunnies’ (sunglasses) and eating ‘hokey-pokey’ ice cream (vanilla ice cream with lumps of honeycomb toffee), although probably not all at once.

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Pictured: Jandals, Togs, Sunnies and hokey-pokey.

If the beach is too hot, you might want to relax at a bach (a small holiday home or beach house), having a barbie (barbecue) with a cold drink from the chilly bin (cooler or coolbox).

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Pictured: Bach (Image source :http://www.piha.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/old-bach1.jpg)

If you don’t want to stay in one place, then why not try one of these great Kiwi activities?

Tramping’ is the Kiwi word for ‘hiking’, i.e. going for a long walk carrying all of the food and equipment you need. There are certainly some amazing places to go tramping in New Zealand. The most famous is probably the Milford Track in the South Island. 

Going on a ‘tiki tour’ is to take the long way to reach a destination so you can see more of the area. A tiki tour from Auckland to Christchurch will take you a lot longer than it would to fly between the cities, but you'll be amazed with what you see on the way. From the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata to the geothermal activity in Rotorua, the 1930s architecture in Napier to the glacier in Franz Josef.

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Pictured: Tiki tour (Image source: https://www.intercity.co.nz/tiki-tour-travelpass)

If you’re wondering what all of this has to do with IELTS…

The IELTS test isn’t a British English test as I’ve heard many people say. The test includes texts from around the English-speaking world, including New Zealand, and it uses a range of native-speaker accents. 

Listen to Rachel, from New Zealand pronounce the words you have learnt in this blog:

 

 

So if you’re only reading and listening to English from one country, it would be a good idea to become familiar with the English used in others. If you usually read the news from a British news website, for example, follow the news on a North American, Australian or New Zealand website for a week instead. Better still, follow the news on a North American website for one week, an Australian website the following week, and a New Zealand website in the third week.

If you want to live, work or study in New Zealand, the good news is IELTS is recognised by universities and Immigration New Zealand as evidence of your English language proficiency.

Don’t forget to pack your jandals, togs and sunnies!

Pete

Pete Jones

Pete has been helping IELTS test takers and teachers for many years and really enjoys helping people improve their English and their IELTS band score.

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