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Hi I'm Katie, I am a junior at Butler. I am a Strategic Communication major with a focus in Public Relations. I love being involved in campus and hold positions in College Mentors for Kids and Dawg Pound. I am also a Butler Student Ambassador, Morton Finney Scholar, and a member of Pi Beta Phi. I am huge Indy sports fan! Currently I am studying abroad in Sydney Australia!

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Are You Speaking English?

I think it is normal for any girl to fall for an accent. It is no different in Australia. I’m pretty sure a guy could tell me I’m ugly and I would still be falling over their accent. Side note: Dad I’m not getting married or anything! I just enjoy their accents here. However, accent or no accent I’m struggling sometimes to even understand what people are saying.

Obviously Aussies speak English. It’s just that they have their own meaning for words or in my opinion make up words. Here are a couple things I have started to notice. A truck here is not what we consider a truck back in the states. Trucks here are actually what we think are semi’s home. Here in Australia they call their pick up trucks utes and their semis are called trucks. Speaking of cars gas is called fuel or petrol. To add to the madness I am also realizing that Aussies add u’s and spell things with s’s where we use z’s.

I also misunderstand what Aussies are saying. I think I hear one thing when actually something else was said. In reality it’s not too bad. Once you learn some of the words you start to catch on. However,  I’m going to continue calling a truck a truck and not a ute. Sorry. But I love learning all the different words. It may not be a different language, but I can’t wait to share some of the words I’m learning with people back home. Especially considering my friends know I already use some pretty out there words to begin with.

Before I sign off today I just want to say a huge Happy birthday to my dad! Thank you so much for allowing me to come to Australia. I’m so grateful for everything you do for me. I hope your day is filled with sunshine and nice weather like mine was today! Love you and miss you so much dad!


Happy birthday dad!

The Language of Me

The other day my friend Kameron said, ” I wish I could talk like you, Katie.” and that made me think, how do I talk? Then I realized that I do say some things that most people don’t say. There are two things I say a lot that typically normal people do not say.

#1. Herro
Instead of saying Hello I say Herro to imitate my Japanese heritage. Typically most Japanese cannot tell the different between L’s and R’s, so I just stuck with the R’s and usually elongate the r. It typically looks like this spelled on my texts, herrrrroooooo. I also yell this to people on campus, and it pretty much informs people I am here.

#2. Ya Ninja
This also goes back my heritage, but just because I call you ya ninja does not mean that you are seriously a ninja, it’s kind of my sarcastic response to when people say obvious things or things I find funny or dumb. You have to place emphasis on the ya, basically you just have to hear me say it… I may have to do a vlog on this.

There is really nothing to be jealous of because anyone can say these words or phrases, but my friends say that I do it the best because of the way I say things. I never knew that I could say things better than others, but I guess it’s like how English accents usually sound better than when we speak. I guess I’m just privileged… just kidding!

Here’s a little barbershop quartet of an old school song, I love Jimmy Fallon

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