While some people tend to confuse it with an Australian accent, Kiwi English is a mix of Māori, British English, American English and Australian English.
So to help you out, we’ve put together this handy guide to mastering a New Zealand accent:
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Posted by The Project on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Basically, the ‘i’ becomes a ‘u’ (ie. fish and chips becomes fush n chups) and the ‘e’ becomes an ‘i’ (ie. pens become pins). Add ‘eh’ at the end of every sentence and you’re halfway there.
Say these following phrases and you’ll fit right in with those sexy Kiwis…
Sweet as, bro!
This basically just means amazing, and you’ll hear it all the time.
Not just tired, but really tired.
Flip-flops. Japanese sandals = jandals.
Very little eg. “This beer cost bugger all”.
She’ll be right
This just means everything will be fine. They’re not even talking about a ‘she’ in particular.
Then, you just shorten absolutely every word you can think of – afternoon = arvo, relatives = rellies, and you’ll be sorted in New Zild.