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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Not in Kansas any more

Helped my daughter with her list of spelling words, for this Friday. Read her words from the list, and she spelled them, verbally.

The theme was "words with an 'ar' sound".

Some of the words were:
  • are
  • far
  • part
  • park
  • dart

O.k., fair enough. But they also included as having "ar" sounds:
  • fast
  • after
  • ask
  • last
So apparently, Aussies completely accept "ask" being pronounced "arsk", and "after" as "arfter". Or in other words, they talk like Popeye.

Similarly, when I read "last" off the list, my daughter didn't know what word that was. I explained it was the opposite of being first. She wanted me to pronounce it "lost". I countered that "lost" is when you don't know where you are -- like being lost in the woods.

It's like that Bible verse says: the first shall be lost, and the lost shall be first.


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At July 28, 2011 12:05 AM, Blogger Jule Gust said...

Very cool! We REALLY need to come visit. And learn to speak your langauge.

At July 29, 2011 8:13 PM, Blogger Gye Greene said...

Crikey! :)


At August 01, 2011 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Warshington (used to have a high school principal that said it that way...maybe he was from AU. :)

At August 02, 2011 7:42 PM, Blogger Gye Greene said...

Good point, Guitar Cousin: some Washintonians say "warsh" for "wash", etc. I hadn't thought of that.



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