Trible (tamtrible) wrote in linguaphiles,

Some help with a (heavy/fake) Australian dialect

I'm GMing a roleplaying game where Our Heroes (Brick and Glyph) will be fighting a pair of super-powered bank robbers, Blue Wombat (who isn't Australian, but *really* wants to be) and Wallaby (who actually is Australian).

Details:
Blue Wombat has strength, toughness, and regenerative powers. Due to an Australian historical figure that I can't quite recall, he's wearing armor that appears to be made from an old stove. He's carrying an axe. He's a big, blustering, loud, macho type. He's actually an American, but he's... seen too many Crocodile Dundee movies or something. He talks like an Outback Steakhouse commercial or something--exaggeratedly Australian.
Wallaby is fast, and stealthy/sneaky (including having invisibility powers, and lock-picking skills). She fights with a whip, a quarterstaff, and a blowpipe (obviously, not simultaneously...) She's normally fairly quiet and shy. She talks about how you'd expect from a normal (well, super-powered bank robber) Australian woman.

Brick is, well, he looks like a walking brick wall or something. Big burly human-shaped animate stack of bricks. Glyph has glowing eyes and several powers that I can't quite recall. There are 2 other characters who might be brought in or referenced. The city's former defender, the now-semiretired Anonymous, who's sort of a low-budget Superman type. And, my character, Lynx, a teenaged speedster and gymnast. Lynx and Wallaby are female, everyone else involved is male.

Some specific things I'd like put in the most exaggerated Australian accent possible:
"Hey, that's not the old guy who usually comes to stop us [Anonymous]. That guy [Brick] looks like a brick wall, and the other bloke [Glyph] has glowing eyes"
assorted insults and taunts to said superheroes
"I'm not leaving yet, Wallaby, we can beat them"

And anything else you think might come up in a battle between a pair of bank robbers and a pair of superheroes. If there's anything in particular that you think Wallaby might say (that is different from what an equivalent American character would say), that would be helpful, as well.

(edited to give it a more accurate title)
Tags: accents
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no_touching

August 21 2014, 10:01:29 UTC 4 months ago

A verifying question: it looks to me like you are looking for phrases rather accent advice. Is that correct?

tamtrible

August 21 2014, 10:31:48 UTC 4 months ago

I'm probably going to botch the accent no matter what advice I get (my accent generator is stuck on shop demo mode [g]), so, yeah, more looking for phrases than accents per se. Though if you *do* have any quick-and-dirty accent advice, I wouldn't turn that down, either.

no_touching

August 21 2014, 10:42:17 UTC 4 months ago

I'm at work so I can't really brainstorm insults at the moment, but the clip below is good for understanding the challenges of the accent a little better.

petrusplancius

August 21 2014, 10:58:21 UTC 4 months ago

That is a really informative video, I wish it could have been a bit longer!

no_touching

August 21 2014, 11:04:54 UTC 4 months ago

This is an excerpt from a longer documentary. Not sure exactly where you'd need to poke around to find the whole thing.

https://shop.abc.net.au/products/sounds-of-aus

petrusplancius

August 21 2014, 13:39:32 UTC 4 months ago

Thanks, I'll look out for that.

tamtrible

August 22 2014, 06:47:37 UTC 4 months ago

Lazy tongue. Check. [g]

tabouli

August 22 2014, 02:38:17 UTC 4 months ago

Hmm. How happy are you to embrace lots of profanity? A character trying hard to be a really stereotypical, broad Australian accented bloke would swear. A lot. And if you really want to be over the top, he might add in some colourful similes. As in:

Blue Wombat: "Hey, that's not that old bugger who usually comes 'ere. That bastard's built like a brick shithouse and the other one's eyes are like the headlights on a fuckin' semi." (semi=semi-trailer=road train).

You can substitute "bloody" if "fuckin'" is too robust!

If you really want to do the ridiculous Australian cliche thing, chuck in the odd "fair dinkum" or some of the archaic Australianisms the English still dig up, like "cobber" (roughly, "pal": "mate" is still used, but "cobber" is pretty much dead except in the minds of uninformed Poms)(Pom= Australian slang for "English person").

tamtrible

August 22 2014, 04:57:03 UTC 4 months ago

I'll probably go with "bloody", I tend to be... disinclined to use what I consider "strong" swear words, and I suspect Blue Wombat would consider "bloody" to be more Australian.

What do you think of using something like "Crikey" instead of "Hey"?

tamtrible

August 22 2014, 05:08:34 UTC 4 months ago

Also, since Brick looks like he was actually, literally, made out of bricks, would it skew the phrase too much to say something like "built like an actual brick s***house"?

tamtrible

August 22 2014, 05:18:30 UTC 4 months ago

And I'm kind of going straight for ridiculous Australian cliche (though the variant a Yank would come up with, not a Pom). Frankly, I want it to sound like he learned English from Outback Steakhouse commercials and Crocodile Dundee movies or something.