How to Talk Australians

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How to Talk Australians
Genre Comedy
Written byRob Hibbert and Tony Rogers [1]
Directed byTony Rogers [1]
Country of originFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Jason Byrne [1]
Running time≥ 4 minutes
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How to Talk Australians is an eight-part online miniseries released in 2014. The series looks at Australian culture and language through the eyes of the teachers and students of the fictional 'Delhi College of Linguistics'. [2] [3] [4] [5]



At the Delhi College of Linguistics in India, students of linguistics and aspiring migrants to Australia are taught about elements of Australian culture such as Australian lingo, rhyming slang, grub, local celebrities, how to 'chuck a sickie', and how to pass the citizenship test. The show features a foul-mouthed cockatoo known as Chopper, an impersonation of Pauline Hanson, and a re-enactment of a Ned Kelly hold-up. [6]


The series was originally created as a television pilot that was to be pitched to Australian television networks; however, Screen Australia’s Multiplatform Drama Production program, aiming to support and increase online storytelling, provided funds for it to be presented as an online series. [7]

When asked why the concept for the show was chosen, producer Jason Byrne stated:

We chose it because it resonated with us as a commentary on Australian culture. A look at cultural clash and interpretation. How nations see one another in a heightened realism. Realism is often funnier than fiction and fantasy. It allows Australians to look at themselves through a different set of glasses, and those glasses are a call-back centre in India.

Jason Byrne, Sydney Morning Herald . [8]


No. in
1"G'day Knackers"
3"Rhyming Slang"
4"Famous Australians"
5"Nicknames - Hello Chopper"
6"The Slackarse Country"
7"Dunny Budgies & Budgie Smugglers"
8"Citizenship Test"


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