New Zealand offers migrants courses in how to understand Kiwi accent

The flattened vowel, which turns “fish and chips” into “fush en chups”, and a host of colourful colloquialisms can make communicating in Kiwi vastly different to speaking any other kind of English.
Now, in an attempt to make the transition easier, puzzled new arrivals are being offered a course in how to understand the “kay-weay eksent”.

“There are some English words which have a different meaning in New Zealand,” she said.
“For example, ‘crook’ in New Zealand means sick, not a thief. I’m a South African, native-English speaker and I didn’t understand that one!”
Trust director Mary Dawson said the course was aimed at highly skilled migrants “to ensure they obtain employment relevant to their skills”.
– News Story


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