15 -> A Guide to Kiwi Pronunciation
Planning a trip to New Zealand? In that case, please
consult this primer on Kiwi pronunciation. Soon you
will be ordering 'fush and chups' with ease!
Replace the soft 'i' sound in the American
pronunciation of 'fish' or 'hit' with a soft 'u' sound
such as in the American pronunciation of 'cushion.'
When an Aussie does a Kiwi impression it is almost
always done saying 'fush and chups.'
Replace the soft 'e' sound in the American
pronunciation of 'pen' or 'letter' with a sharp 'ee'
sound such as in the American pronunciation of 'beet'
or 'eel.' In this way, 'pen' becomes 'peen' which
sounds more like 'pin' to the American ear.
Replace the 'a' sound in the American pronunciation of
'last' or 'cat' with a soft 'e' sound, such as in
'pen' or 'letter.' In this way 'last' become 'lest'
and 'cat' becomes 'ket.' Note that this does not
apply to the 'a' sound in the American pronunciation
of 'large' or 'harm.'
The 'oo' sound in the American pronunciation of 'good'
or 'look' becomes similar to the 'u-like' sound of the
American pronunciation of 'boot', but with a very
slight 'y' sound at the beginning. In this way,
'good' becames 'gyud.'
Kiwis tend to lisp slightly, a trait more common in
women than men. This does not mean replacing 'yes'
with 'yeth' - it is more subtle, something like 'yes'
with a slight 'th' whispered at the end.
Translate the following to Kiwi.
1. My farm has pigs and chickens.
Answer: My ferm has pugs and chuckeens.
2. I looked everywhere for my good jacket.
Answer: I lyuked eeverywheere for my gyud jecket.
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