03 March, 2021

Australia Diary

The first thing a visitor to Australia has to disabuse himself of is the idea that the Australians speak English. They don’t.

Australia Diary
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The Ghan of Khans

The first thing a visitor to Australia has to disabuse himself of is the idea that the Australians speak English. They don’t. Indeed, they cannot even pronounce the name of their own country. They call it ‘Austrylia’. To break the code, here are a few simple rules. When an Australian wants to say ‘main’, he pronounces it as ‘mine’, and when he wants to say ‘mine’, it comes out as ‘moyne’. Thanks to the generous hospitality of the Australia-India Institute, I find myself at the Darwin railway station waiting to board The Ghan, the once-a-week train that runs from Darwin via Alice Springs to Adelaide, right through the Australian outback. The train derives its name from the Afghan, a strange coincidence that owes its origin to the early 19th century explorers of...

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