One of my favourite things to witness is people from all over the world attempting to do an Australian accent. 99% of people just get it so, so wrong. But thanks to the media there are a few Australian stereotypes, that whilst funny, should not be taken seriously on a global scale.
First of all, no one sounds like Crocodile Dundee. Except Crocodile Dundee and one or two farmers in really, really, REALLY rural Australia. Oh and Fosters beer? Yeah no one here likes or drinks Fosters. If you're really going to pick a beer that is Australian, go with VB. But Fosters?! Just no.
It's funny how we don't ride kangaroos to school. You might think this is a bit extreme but we had an English exchange student come to my high school many moons ago and she said that she was genuinely surprised we didn't. Really..? As a side note, kangaroos are really massive, scary and relatively vicious. They don't just hop down the road!
There are a few stereotypes that we definitely do indulge in and I love it when foreigners pick on us about those. Our ability to shorten every name, the way we inflect at the end of every sentence and the way we just casually don't pronounce g's or r's at the end of words? That stuff is brilliant.
But please know, we do not ride kangaroos around, not everyone likes Vegemite and it's kind of weird to say 'Aw g'day mate!'
If you had to imitate an Australian, what is your go-to impression? Do you fellow Australians out there notice our little quirks?