Different dialect, eh?

Since the reason why I’m abroad is because of my internship, I should probably give an update about how that has been going… I’ve been at Child, Youth, and Family now for almost three weeks. I work 8 AM-4 PM Monday through Thursday and it takes me about 30 minutes to walk to work.

So far, my supervisor and other mentors/co-workers have done a great job keeping me integrated in the daily routine. I was a shadow for the first couple weeks, but I’m getting more responsibilities the longer I am there, and quickly. It is a little intimidating at times, but I have to start somewhere, right? I have mostly been working with the Youth Justice component of Child, Youth, and Family (CYF). Therefore, I’ve done things like attend court for the youth, make home visits to deliver information/check up on them, take notes during meetings with clients, attend case consults, and family group conferences.

At first it was kind of difficult to understand the New Zealand accent. When I came here I thought it was going to be easy as pie considering they speak English too. They do have a completely different cultural dialect at times. Here is a list of common phrases/words that are different; America v. New Zealand:

–          Swimsuit v. Togs

–          Flashlight v. Torch

–          Candy v. Lollies

–          Cooler v. Chilly bin

–          Cookie v. Biscuit

–          Cool/awesome v. SWEET AS (very common)

–          At the end of sentences they say “eh?” pronounced like the letter A (kind of like Canada…)

–          Goodbye/thanks/good luck v. CHEERS (also very common)

If you didn’t already know, they drive on the opposite on the road and the steering wheel is also on the opposite side, which made life very confusing at first, but you sort of get used to it.

Quick update from the past weekend: Nine of us in the GlobaLinks Program met up and went to Rotorua which is about 5 hours north of Whanganui. The Bachelor went there during Juan Pablo’s season if that rings any bells with any guys or gals. We went in the Zorb balls, skyline luge, Polynesian spa, and Maori tribal village.