Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. The Commonwealth of Australia was officially formed on January 1, 1901, when the colonies federated but this date is not widely known as Commonwealth Day since it is already a public holiday (New Year’s Day) and Australia Day had already been established on January 26.
Though it does not celebrate independence from Britain after a bloody war as the American national holiday does, Australia Day traditions are quite similar: barbecues, beaches, parades and fireworks. However, today I will be participating in another British/Australian tradition which I know nothing about. I will be attending a cricket match at the Adelaide Oval!
In any case, to celebrate all things Australian, I give you a commercial that will seem oddly familiar to Americans:
Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden cars They go together underneath the Southern stars
It is the Australian version of the famous American jingle by Chevrolet! (Chevrolet is called Holden in Australia.)
Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet They go together in the good ol’ USA
I was warned about the high cost of living in Australia before moving here, though luckily it is not as bad as I thought it would be. Perhaps it is because I came directly from France rather than the US, but I feel as though the only expense that is very high in Australia is rent. Yet […]
My second book published by Dover Publications, Great French Short Stories of the Twentieth Century: A Dual-Language Book, is now available! The original French stories are on the left page and literal English translations are on the right page. There are 15 stories representing authors and settings from France and other French-speaking areas such as […]
Traveling by train is still a pretty nice experience in France, and even though Australia is just as big as the US, long-distance train travel across the continent is quite enjoyable Down Under too. I have taken the high-speed TGV and slower regional TER trains in France numerous times, and when I first arrived in […]
Traveling from Australia to France always involves a lot of flying (ok, Australia to Anywhere involves a lot of flying), but changing seasons is another big shock that is hard to get used to. I spent Christmas in summer with temps in the 30s C / 90s F and then I came back to the […]
In honor of my first Australian Christmas: Aussie Jingle Bells by Bucko & Champs (they have quite a few funny songs, such as Deck the Shed with Bits of Wattle and Australians Let Us Barbecue) Christmas in Australia by Brian Sutton Six White Boomers by Rolf Harris Christmas Day the Australian Way by Angry Anderson […]
Some of these are obviously rather comédique rather than folklorique. Enjoy! 23 décembre by Beau Dommage La valse de Noël by Fernand Gignac La toune de Noël by Crampe en Masse C’est Noël, il neige dans ma tête by Paul et Paul Le père noel s’t’un québecois by Les Cowboys Fringants
More Christmas songs in French! Most of these videos have lyrics so you can learn the words and all of them are French versions of English songs you probably already know. Don’t forget the five songs I posted two years ago: French Christmas Songs La Promenade en Traîneau (Sleigh ride) Le Petit Renne au nez […]
A linguistic analysis of language and identity of LOLcats. Isn’t linguistics the best thing ever? (And aren’t Lauren & Jill awesome!?) I can has language play: Construction of Language and Identity in LOLspeak from Lauren Gawne on Vimeo. Follow Lauren and Georgia (yet another adorable Aussie linguist) on Twitter @Superlinguo and on Tumblr.
I travelled to Canberra this past weekend to attend the Australian Society for French Studies Conference at the Australian National University. To coincide with the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and Australian Linguistics Society conferences also taking place in Canberra this week as part of Langfest, the three themes of the conference were translation, language teaching, […]
I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.
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