"Miss, I sit my Australian citizenship test soon. I need to know the rules for Australian English".
"Giovanni, I can tell you about the past participle rule, but very few English speakers know it. To use the colloquial term, they just wing it with past and present participles. I can tell you one rule though, that is, I before E except after W".
"Thank you Miss. You have helped me a lot."
Giovanni was deported to Italy two weeks later after failing the citizenship test.
This word play on the coffee mug below is so clever. Is there any other language in the world that doesn't have rules for so many things, and you either know or you don't? I do not understand how people can learn Australian English unless they are immersed in it and listen carefully and absorb the knowledge. I don't write this with any kind of pride about our language being special in any way. It is unique though and if you were born here, you probably speak it well enough, but be very forgiving towards those who were not born here, or are of Aboriginal heritage and have their own language(s) to understand first.
But to do well in any western English speaking country, you really do good local language skills, along with the somewhat easier written word skills. You may have, and I certainly have, heard of someone with perfect English writing skills who could not understand a word that was being said and none could understand what they were saying.