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List of Australian Americans

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This is a list of notable Australian Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

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Hello! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish and in this lesson, I found an American all the way down here in Australia and I thought that I'd use him to show you some of the pronunciation differences between Australian English and American English. You don't mind if I use you, Allan? Use away! How long have you been in Australia Allan? Two weeks now. Two weeks! And what do you think of it so far? It's beautiful. Yeah. Actually this is our first rainy day but for most days it's been really, really nice out here in the west side. Rainy days are good for filming actually! Oh! That's good, perfect day. Hey, what's one weird thing that Australians say? Australians say a lot of weird things with slang words. What kinds of things have you heard that have kind of just weirded you out? Maybe if someone said, you know, "Go to the boot and get some bush chooks and we'll crack a tinnie." And you're like, "I have no idea what you're talking about!" Nobody knows what you're talking about! What he actually said was can you go to the car, the back of the car, open it, get out a can of beer and open the beer. Drink it. And drink the beer. So we can drink beer. Boot is actually not that weird, that's just you know, you have a different name in America, right? We just call it a trunk. A trunk. The back of the car in America is called a trunk but here in Australia and in the UK too it's boot. Yes. You also say some really weird things actually, this morning you said to me "I'm going to go and pet that horse out there." and I was like "what?" because pet is just like an animal in Australia, like a dog or a cat. Right, right. But you're using it as a verb like you would - like we say pat, pat the animal and you say pet. Yeah, yeah pet. Yeah. Pet the animal. But my point is that even native English speakers have, you know, sometimes we have words or even pronunciation that we don't quite understand about each other and you have to sort of piece the puzzle together and that's definitely what we've been doing the last few days, right? Since I met you. Definitely. Piecing it together. Yeah right, piecing it together. Figuring it out. I'm going to, I've got some words actually written down here that I want to, I want to test your pronunciation on because I think that the way that you say these words is quite different to the way that we say them here in Australia. So I want to test that out and I want to demonstrate to you guys what that actually, what it looks like or what it sounds like. The different - the difference between the American accent and the Australian accent. So the first one is this one, Allan. How do you say this? That's hot. Hot. Hot. OK, so we would say hot. So more like oh rather than ah. Yeah so it's a little bit different - that's an easy one to start with. What about this one? Going to be very different. We say car. This one, Car. Car. Car. So the main difference there is that Allan pronounces the 'r' at the end of this word. You say car. We use the 'r', yes. And we just dropped that 'r' sound, it's kind of silent. It's just ah. Car. Yeah! That's like, that's proper Australian accent. Car. All right, what about this one? Bottle. Bottle. Bottle. Now the way that I say bottle is - with T's. Yeah but it's not, actually, lots of Australians have the same pronunciation of these two T's like, like you do and often I say bottle as well. So you instead of pronouncing that T, it's like a 'd' sound, like a lazy D sound. Bottle. Bottle. Yeah. Bottle. Bottle. Yeah that's pretty good, it's pretty close. But that's one similarity between the Australian accent and the American accent - is this double T or even just a single T in the middle of words like a bottle of water. A bottle of water. Yeah, like someone from the UK would say a bottle of water - in a better accent than me. OK, how about this one? Burger. I think the way he says this is hilarious! We say burger but you pronounce this 'u' in a different way. Burger. Yes. Bur- Burger. Burger. And I just say burger. OK! Sometimes we'd drop the 'a' there, we'll say garage. Garage? Oh, like that's really, really soft. Yeah, sometimes it's garage or sometimes it's just garage. So the main difference between the American and the Australian or the UK British accent pronunciation of this word is that we would put the stress on the first syllable and we would say ga-rage, garage. And you would say garage so the stress pattern is different for this word. Garage. Garage. OK. Bought. That is not how you say that! Bought. Yes. Bought. It's pretty similar! Bought. Bought. Yeah it's pretty similar. Bought. What about this one, then? Daughter. Daughter. Daughter. Daughter or daughter. That's another good example of that 't'. Daughter. How about this one? Aunt. Or aunt. But it's mostly, I think you hear people say aunt more. Aunt. We say aunt. Aunt. My auntie. Do you say auntie? No, we just say aunt. We don't really use auntie as much. OK so that's quite different! Aunt and aunt. How about this one? Entreprenuer. OK so the main difference there is in this last couple of syllables. We say entrepreneur. Oh really? Entrepreneur. Yeah. Now I don't even know how to say it! Entrepreneur. So you kind of do two syllables at the end here, where we just go entrepreneur or entrepreneur. Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur. That's a weird word. Entrepreneur. What about.. this is kind of related, this word. Yeah. There's niche or niche. What do you say? I say niche but maybe I've been saying it wrong for a while but I think people say niche though. It's your niche. Everyone, lots of people in America say niche but everyone outside of America says niche. Is that true? Did you have to look that up? No that's true! I want to make sure I'm not the only one here. It's not just you! Lots of Americans say niche and add a 't' sound in there but the rest of the world, the rest of the English-speaking world, says niche. Find your niche. Interesting, very interesting. OK. Caramel. Sorry what? Caramel. We'll say caramel, caramel apple! Caramel, caramel apple! Yeah. Caramel. Yes it's very different. Caramel. And I don't know why it's caramel, but it's caramel or people will say it both ways. It's caramel or caramel. Yeah and even then, - caramel - if you say caramel, you put like a stronger stress on this third syllable, don't you? Caramel. Yeah -mel. Caramel. OK this one. Mobile. Mobile. Mobile. Mobile. Very different. It's quite different. But this is like - - you say it correctly. You would normally, you would normally say just cell phone, right? Yeah, we say cell phone. When do you use this word? Like a mobile home, like to move things. Yeah, not like a phone? Right. Right because we would use this for a phone. Even, well actually, I jumped in the ocean with my mobile. You did too! and I went to look for cell phones and it's like in Australia it's not really, they just always use mobile phones so I was searching for what's the best cell phone plan and it's not how they say it. Oh like you were Google-ing that? Yeah yeah. But if you said that to someone here though, they'd know exactly what you were talking about. Cell phone, mobile phone. Right, right. But if you did say mobile or what do you say? Mobile? Mobile. Mobile. They'd be like 'what?'. Actually that's like the petrol company. Yeah we don't use petrol either, we call it gas. It's just gas or gasoline. So these are like loads of vocabulary differences between American and Australian English. We're trying to focus on pronunciation but there's a whole 'nother lesson in vocabulary for sure! OK what about this one? This one is one of my favorites! It's very simply said. Aluminium. Aluminium is what we say but actually when I when I looked this up, you guys spell it differently - That's why! Because I'm looking at it, I'm like I don't think that's how we spell it, right. You actually have changed the spelling so instead of aluminium, aluminium. You, you just write it aluminum. Is that right? Aluminum. Yeah. Yeah. Aluminum. Just the -um at the end. Stop knocking that plant! Hey buddy! OK how about this? Leisure. Leisure. Leisure. Leisure. But I can see why leisure, that would make probably makes more sense but American pronunciation, leisure, with the 'r' and Australian pronunciation, leisure, bit lazier. Turmeric. Turmeric. Yeah turmeric. Here, turmeric. Yeah, yeah. This is like - maybe I'm wrong but I think I've called it turmeric for all that I can remember. Don't doubt yourself that's just totally how you - Try not to doubt myself. Don't doubt yourself in everything you've known for thirty years! Yeah yeah. But this is the spice, the yellow spice that's used a lot in Indian cooking and Malaysian cooking. Very, very tasty, delicious spice. So are you kind of surprised by how many differences there are or did you already know about a lot of those differences between American and Australian English? I think I get surprised by something almost every day! That you're here! Yeah it's still very new for you, isn't it? Yeah, It's just pronunciation, it is very different. Yes. Yeah, yeah. But it's fun! Yeah? Do you find the Australian accent easy to understand or is it sometimes quite difficult? I think for the most part you can understand it. There's just, there's that I think the more harder things in Australia is like using different words for different meanings. Different vocabulary, slang words and stuff like that. Yes definitely. Alright well if you would like to watch any more videos about the difference between American English, Australian English, British English, I want you to go and check out these two here that I've just right on top of Allan right now. Sorry about that Allan but can you just hold these videos for me? Right here. Yeah. Thank you that's perfect! If you would like to watch more of these videos and get updates when I release new videos, make sure that you subscribe to my channel by clicking this red button here and I will see you in the next lesson. Thanks for joining us and thanks Allan! Well you're very welcome! Thank you for having me. Bye for now!



Name Born – died Notable for Connection with Australia Connection with the United States
Rupert Murdoch 1931– CEO of News Corporation born in Australia became naturalized U.S. citizen in 1985
Jacques Nasser 1947– former CEO of Ford Motors born in Lebanon but raised in Australia resides in the U.S.

Public service

Name Born – died Notable for Connection with Australia Connection with the United States
Richard W. Fisher 1949– Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Australian-American father U.S. citizen at birth
John Henderson blind activist born in Australia emigrated to the U.S. with parents as a child
Martin Indyk 1951– former U.S. Ambassador to Israel British born, Australian raised U.S. diplomat
James Wolfensohn 1933– former President of the World Bank born in Australia naturalized as U.S. citizen in 1980


Name Born – died Notable for Connection with Australia Connection with America
Harry Bridges 1901–1990 International Longshore and Warehouse Union leader born in Australia became naturalized U.S. citizen in 1945


Name Born – died Notable for Connection with Australia Connection with America
Geraldine Brooks 1955– author born in Australia father is American; became naturalized U.S. citizen in 2002
Jill Ker Conway 1934– author born in Australia works in the U.S.
Sumner Locke Elliott 1917–1991 author of Careful, He Might Hear You born in Australia moved to the U.S. in 1948 and became naturalized U.S. citizen in 1955


Name Born – died Notable for Connection with Australia Connection with America
Philip K. Chapman 1935– astronaut born in Australia emigrated to the U.S.
Terence James Elkins 1936– physicist, 1st ascent of Mount Elkins, 1979 Harold Brown Award recipient born in Australia emigrated to the U.S. in 1963; naturalized U.S. citizen in 1971
Paul D. Scully-Power 1944– oceanographer and astronaut born in Australia naturalized U.S. citizen in 1982
Andy Thomas 1951– astronaut born in Australia naturalized U.S. citizen in 1986
Elizabeth Blackburn 1948– winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine born in Australia naturalized U.S. citizen


Name Born – died Notable for Connection with Australia Connection with America
Pat Oliphant 1935– New York Times cartoonist born in Australia emigrated to U.S. in 1964


Name Born – died Notable for Connection with Australia Connection with America
Darren Bennett 1965– Australian rules football and American football born in Australia, played AFL played NFL
Jonah Bolden 1996– basketball born in Melbourne father is American
Taj Burrow 1978– surfing born in Australia parents are U.S. citizens
James Cruikshanks 1971– professional wrestling born in Australia moved to U.S. as a child
Taylor Dent 1981– tennis father is Australian Phil Dent mother is American Betty Ann Grubb Stuart and born in the U.S.
Dante Exum 1995– basketball born in Melbourne American parents
Robert Machado 1973– surfing born in Sydney grew up in and lives in California
Ben Simmons 1996– basketball born in Melbourne father is American
James Spithill 1979– sailing born in Sydney married to an American and skippered Oracle Team USA yacht to two victories


Name Born – died Notable for Connection with Australia Connection with America
John Butler 1975– lead singer for the John Butler Trio family moved to Australia at age 11 born in the U.S.; mother is U.S. citizen
Flea 1962– bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers born in Melbourne lived in the U.S. since age 5
MC Lars 1982– rapper father is Australian born in the U.S.
Chloe Rose Lattanzi 1986– singer, actress mother is Australian (born in England) born in the U.S.
Helen Reddy 1941– actress, singer born in Australia naturalized U.S. citizen
Cody Simpson 1997– pop singer born in Gold Coast, Queensland moved to the U.S. in 2010
Rebecca St. James 1977– Christian pop rock singer-songwriter born in Sydney family moved to the U.S. at age 14; married Cubbie Fink in 2011
Rick Springfield 1949– singer and actor born in Sydney lives in the U.S.
Mark Stoermer 1977– bassist for The Killers father is Australian born in the U.S.
Iggy Azalea 1990– rapper born in Sydney moved to the U.S. at age 16
Ashton Irwin 1994– drummer for 5 Seconds of Summer born in Sydney father is American
Keith Urban 1967– country musician born in New Zealand naturalized U.S. citizen, married to American-born Australian actress Nicole Kidman, resident of Nashville, Tennessee[1]
Brody Dalle 1979– singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Melbourne lives in the U.S.; married Josh Homme in 2007


Name Born – died Notable for Connection with Australia Connection with America
Simon Baker 1969– actor born in Launceston, Tasmania moved to the U.S. in the 1990s; has been a dual U.S. and Australian citizen since 2010
Jacinda Barrett 1972– actress born in Brisbane moved to the U.S. in the 1990s; married to U.S. citizen Gabriel Macht and became naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009
Angela White 1985- pornographic actress born in Sydney moved to the U.S. in the 2010's.
Sean Murray 1977– actor born in America to an American father and Australian mother; spent some of his childhood in Australia U.S. citizen
Mia Farrow 1945– actress father is Australian born in the U.S. with dual citizenship
Errol Flynn 1909–1959 actor born in Hobart became naturalized U.S. citizen in 1942
Keir O'Donnell 1978– actor born in Sydney moved to the U.S. in the 1980s
Melissa George 1976– actress born in Australia moved to U.S. in the 1990s; became naturalized U.S. citizen in 2008[2]
Nicholas Hammond 1950– actor and director moved to Australia in the mid-1980s born in the U.S.
Nicole Kidman 1967– actress both parents are Australian; raised in Australia born in the U.S. with dual citizenship
Poppy Montgomery 1975– Without a Trace actor born in Australia lives and works in the U.S.; dual U.S. and Australian citizen
Nathan Parsons 1988– actor born in Australia naturalized U.S. citizen
Emilie de Ravin 1981– actress born in Australia became naturalized U.S. citizen in 2018
Ann Richards 1917–2006 actress born in Australia moved to the U.S. in 1942; father was a U.S. citizen
Tristan Rogers 1946– General Hospital actor born in Australia naturalized U.S. citizen
Portia de Rossi 1973– Ally McBeal actress and wife of Ellen DeGeneres born in Australia naturalized U.S. citizen
Kristen Stewart 1990– actress mother is Australian born in the U.S.
Sharni Vinson 1983– actress born in Australia lives and works in the U.S.; dual U.S. and Australian citizen
Breanna Yde 2003– actress Australian Born American Actress Born in Sydney, New South Wales


Name Born – died Notable for Connection with Australia Connection with America
Betsy Bloomingdale 1922–2016 socialite, philanthropist parents are Australian born in the U.S.
Valda Cooper 1915–2008 journalist, one of the first female reporters for the Associated Press born in Melbourne, Australia immigrated to the U.S. as an infant
Bindi Irwin 1998– child television/film personality father is Australian Steve Irwin mother Terri Irwin is from Oregon
Laura James 1990– fashion model, America's Next Top Model winner mother is Australian father is Dynasty actor John James; born in the U.S.
Thelma Keane 1926–2008 negotiated copyrights for The Family Circus, inspiration for the comic's "Mommy" character born and raised in Queensland immigrated to the U.S. with her husband, Bil Keane
Brianna Keilar 1980– television journalist for CNN born in Australia grew up in Orange County, California
Soledad O'Brien 1966– television journalist for CNN father is Australian born in the U.S.
Terry Tao 1975– mathematician, 2006 Fields medalist born in Australia won a Fulbright Scholarship in 1992; attained Ph.D. at Princeton in 1996; married an American
Marsha Waggoner 1940– champion poker player born in Australia lived in the U.S. since 1977
Christopher Wilder 1945–1984 serial killer born in Australia emigrated to the U.S. in 1969; father is a U.S. citizen


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