State Languages of Australia

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The Constitution of the Green Continent does not declare a single state language. In Australia, even Australian English, which is used by more than 15.5 million people, is not recognized as official. Despite the fact that there are still almost four hundred dialects and adverbs in the country, their carriers are only 56 thousand people.

Some statistics and facts

The smallest group of Australian Aborigines speak Tuval, Tinpai Muruvari. The number of carriers of each of these dialects is only three people.

The largest language of those belonging to the indigenous people is the language of the Western Desert. It speaks more than 7,000 Aborigines.

The second most common on the Green continent after Australian English is Italian. 317 thousand inhabitants prefer it. Following are the Greek, Cantonese and Arabic.

Some varieties of local dialects are not related to any of the known languages ​​of the planet. The geographical isolation of Australia affected it.

History and modernity

Australian English was born in the era of the first settlers, whose ships moored in New South Wales in 1788. The fact that the Australian version received features that distinguish it from classical English was recognized in 1820. Changes in the pronunciation began because of the confusion of the languages ​​of the immigrants themselves, representing the numerous dialects of the British Isles.

A lot of words in the current state language of Australia were borrowed from Aboriginal dialects. Basically, the names of animals, plants, some tools, weapons and household items. Indigenous people gave names and settlements, on the site of which big cities grew. In particular, the name of the capital Canberra is translated from the language of the aborigines as “meeting place.”

During World War II, Australian troops were stationed in Australia and many Americanisms penetrated into Australian English. They added even more originality to the language.

Tourist note

In Australia, you will undoubtedly understand people if you know at least the basics of English. But some of them speak too fast. Therefore, when talking to a waiter, a porter, or a taxi driver, simply ask them to speak more slowly.