Australian children’s cartoon Bluey is so popular abroad that American children have started talking with Aussie accents
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A beloved Australian television series has captured the hearts and minds of schoolchildren across America, even changing the way they speak.
Kids in the United States start talking with an unmistakable Australian twang after tuning in to Bluey, a series that follows a sweet family of blue heels.
The cartoon has become extremely popular in the US after premiering on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney+ in September 2019.
Kids in the United States start talking with an unmistakable Australian twang after tuning in to Bluey, a series that follows a lovable family of blue heels
Last year The New York Times described the show as “the biggest Australian export since The Wiggles” – the country’s most famous children’s band.
Staying true to its true blue roots, the cartoon is packed with “g’day” greetings and unmistakably Aussie phrases like “show us your strings, muffin!”
Jason Manganella, a Massachusetts-based real estate agent and father, said his young daughter started incorporating Australian words into her vocabulary after she became huge fans of Bluey.
Mr Manganella said that even his four-year-old daughter quickly understood the cartoon’s unique Australian phrases and started calling breakfast “breakfast.”
“A few terms that would be Australian slang were picked up by my daughter,” he told ABC breakfast.
“She also says she has to go to the dunny every now and then.”
The cartoon has had exponential success across America after it premiered on Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney+ in September 2019.
The internet has exposed American children to new voices and accents, meaning the wide vowels and absence of a strong “r” pronunciation of the signature Aussie twang is now easier to follow.
Jane Gould, Disney’s senior vice president of content strategy and insights, said the Internet continued to play a huge role in helping children understand their world.
“Our children live in a much more global community than the adults,” Ms. Gould told the New York Times.
Peppa Pig, a cartoon that follows the adventures of Peppa and her little brother George, has had similar success in the United States.
Children soon began to mimic the characters’ prim English accents, swapping “mama” for “mummy,” and pronouncing food like their British peers.
Peppa Pig, a cartoon that follows the adventures of Peppa and her little brother George, has had similar success in the United States