So my friend is from New Zealand, I’m from Seattle, and a lot of times I didn’t understand what the heck he was saying. Of course, as a linguist I was delighted every time, but stopping to ask “what did you say?” every five minutes was starting to feel disrespectful. So J instituted a seven second rule… when you hear something funny, give yourself seven seconds before asking… I would say that seven extra seconds of thought worked more than half of the time, and I might have been starting to really understand him.
Of course, when he was talking to other kiwis, I understood zero. So at one point I told him that we should try to talk normal, instead of the ESL lingua franca we all learned to default to around each other. So I’d like to think I was making some progress.
Today I found Beached Az on youtube… which airs on Australian ABC. Anyway, the whole joke of it is that kiwis talk funny. I’m surprised to say I understand 95% of it on the first listen. Obviously they voices are cartoony and exaggerated. Let me know if you need any translation.
Watch all eleven episodes on a playlist. Here’s a couple samples…