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Australian Culture & Customs. Welcome to Australia These are just some of the customs and culture aspects of Australian life that will help you integrate into our society. Culture and Customs.

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    1. Australian Culture & Customs Welcome to Australia These are just some of the customs and culture aspects of Australian life that will help you integrate into our society

    2. Culture and Customs • Culture and Customs in this document encompasses the arts, values, traditions, expectations and the hopes of a Nation. The Australian National Anthem (Advance Australia Fair) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stL6EBxeJGM

    3. Australian Manners • Manners are different in every country (manners show respect and consideration for others and indicates that you are a civilised person) • Greetings (Good morning, Hello, Hi, Gid’day Mate) • Hand shake or kiss on cheek • Standing in a queue or line • Speaking English in public

    4. Australian Manners • Please when requesting anything • Thank you when you receive anything • Excuse me or sorry if you need to get past anyone or bump into anyone • No spitting please • No pushing • Please No picking noses

    5. Good manners in Australia • Being on time (i.e. British time) • Please speak English in front of others • Put your hand over your mouth when you yawn, cough or sneeze • Standing up for elders or ladies with babies on the bus or train • Please & Thank you

    6. Australian Culture • Most culture is based on history, traditions and belief systems (religion etc) therefore is different in every county (not right or wrong just different) • Because of its unique history Australia has a unique culture which appreciates people being up front and very open in their communication styles • Generally Australians are open, friendly and helpful and from a vast array of many different countries (multicultural)

    7. Australian Culture • Australian law and education systems are based on the English model • Most of our laws are also based on common law which is derived from common sense and precedents created from court cases • Things like walking on the left side of the pavement are in line with driving on the left hand side of the road

    8. Australian Customs • Although we are a Multicultural society most of us sit on a chair and not the floor and also we do not squat on the ground • Most of us have approx a metre of personal space around us and are not a touchy feely lot

    9. Australian Customs • Unlike some cultures we believe in looking people in the eye (some believe that eyes are the windows to the soul?) as it indicates that you have nothing to hide • The humour in Australia has been described as larrikin and laconic in style, and sometimes takes some time to understand

    10. Australian Humour • Australian humour has a long history that can be traced back to our origins as convict colonies and therefore very unique • It is therefore no surprise that a national sense of humour quickly developed that responded to those conditions

    11. Australian Humour • This unique sense of humour is recognised (although maybe not always understood) the world over as being distinctly Australian • Our humour is dry, full of extremes, anti-authoritarian, self-mocking and ironic Reference: http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/humour/

    12. Australian Culture & Customs • This combines many long lost cockney and Irish sayings of the early convicts with words from Aboriginal languages • Australia has three defined accents, broad, general and cultivated

    13. Australian Culture & Customs • We often abbreviate words and then add an ‘o’ or ‘ie’ on the end as in ‘bring your cossie to the barbie this arvo’

    14. Some other Aussie Abbreviations • Fiery – Fireman • Ambo – Ambulance worker • Brekkie – Breakfast • She’ll be right mate – that’s OK • Dinky Di – real, honest, true • Bloke – a man • Ankle biter – a small child • Frig – refrigerator • Loo – toilet • Roo – Kangaroo • Ta - thanks http://www.australiatravelsearch.com.au/trc/slang.html

    15. Australian Customs • Casual Fridays • BBQ’s • The Beach • ANZAC Day (25 March) • The climate (not summer all year around)

    16. Australian Culture & Customs • Consider giving yourself an Australian name (nickname) • Why: Most of us cannot pronounce your names and feel embarrassed when we can’t • We would prefer to call you by name than ‘Hey you’ • We suggest that you choose a name that starts with your first initial, as it ‘s easier for you to remember

    17. The History of Australia Videos • A brief history of Australia (accessed Jan 2013 - 6 mins) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhY9PBceqYY • Australian History timeline ( assessed January 2013 – 4 mins) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y6pDwmoD0E • Dreamtime Stories - Wayambeh The Turtle (accessed Jan 2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpzDvpZ0hMg

    18. Australia is a place of contradictions • It is an old county but a new one • It is one of the oldest continents on earth and has the oldest continuous culture with the Aboriginals • But modern Australia is a society of newcomers who are building a culture from many different cultures

    19. Australia is a place of contradictions • Australia is a very peaceful country, although has a reputation of having some of the most aggressive soldiers in war • Australia is a conservative country with a radical streak

    20. Australia is a place of contradictions • Australia is a comfortable urban society, but it’s myths and stories are based on the harsh environment of the bush • Australians love leisure, but their folk heroes are hardworking battlers

    21. Australia is a place of contradictions • Australians are open and direct, but they value their privacy • Most Australians are friendly and helpful to strangers, but it take hard work to develop deep friendships with them • Although they seem confident and loud, they are often cautious and uncommunicative about their real feelings

    22. Australians are still in the process of change • For the first 150 years of modern Australian history, the country was definitely British • The settlers tried to remake the strange landscape into a copy of England • They adopted the political, legal and educational systems of England • They even went to war for England

    23. Australians believe they are egalitarian, irreverent and anti - authority • Australia is not an equal society. There are divisions between the rich and poor, white and black and privileged and underprivileged • But Australians are sincere when they say they are egalitarian • They believe that people should have a ‘fair go’ or equality of opportunity

    24. Australians believe they are egalitarian, irreverent and anti - authority • Australians don’t respect people just because of their role in society or their birth • For example teachers do not have a right to respect, unless they earn it • They dislike people who appear to be arrogant • They are basically law-abiding, but like people who bend the rules

    25. Individuals versus groups • Australians put more value on the individual than the group, which is part of the Western traditions • They approve of self reliance and independence and don’t like being told what to do

    26. Approach to Life • Australians have a casual approach to life • They are relaxed and informal about most aspects of daily living • There are some rules about polite behaviour but Australians aren’t too upset if the rules are broken • Australian is one of the world’s most successful multiracial societies

    27. Ask Questions • Your college teachers expect all students to be responsible for their own learning • They expect you to organise your own work schedule, do independent research and meet deadlines • Most of all, they expect you to question everything and think for yourself (Understanding Australia – A Guide for International Students’ by Sally A White 2003)

    28. Australian Culture & Customs • Get to know your host country by checking out these three websites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX5UR2leYHA http://www.australia.com/index.aspx http://www.convictcreations.com/culture/index.htm Enjoy Australia

    29. References Australian Government Cultural Portal http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/humour/ Australian Tourism http://www.australia.com/index.aspx Australian Educator http://www.aussieeducator.org.au/tertiary_history_australian_australianculture.html Australian Culture http://www.convictcreations.com/culture/index.htm I still call Australia (Qantas) Ad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX5UR2leYHA