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  1. International Travel
    The number of people visiting Australia continues to grow with most arriving for a holiday as 7.3% more took a vacation in the 12 months to September 2017 than in the previous year. Figures show that that in September alone there were 663,500 visitor arrivals, a rise of 2.6% compared to the...
  2. Visas and immigration
    Plans to make the English language test for Australian citizenship tougher has been criticised by the Government's own body that advises on multiculturalism. The Australian Multicultural Council, appointed by Ministers, also says that the proposal to introduce a multiple choice test to...
  3. Visas and immigration
    What if there is swearing or sexual content in my skype messages that i want to upload as evidence for my prospective marriage visa? do i have to go through all of it and censor it? its 1000s of pages long.
  4. Visas and immigration
    Being born in Australia is not essential when it comes to national identity but speaking English is very important, according to a new global study. Young Australians are the least likely in the world to think that birthplace is very important to national identity, according to the report...
  5. Education
    Hi guys! I'm looking for a Spanish tutor with a reasonable rate. One of my bucket list items is to become fluent in Spanish (especially since I have one aunt from Mexico and another aunt from Spain). If anyone is interested in teaching me Spanish, please let me know! :)
  6. Visas and immigration
    When moving to a new country language can be one of the biggest hurdles to overcome but now a new study says that in Australia speaking slang will help with integration. According to the study by researchers at the Australian National University using Australian slang words like 'ambo'...
  7. General chit-chat and news
    Non-English speakers can now find information on how to access interpreting services in Australia more easily, it has been announced. Australia is a magnate for people from around the world but not everyone is highly proficient in English so now TIS National, the Department of Immigration and...
  8. Visas and immigration
    hello, Thanks for this forum , yet another question I am looking to find answer for. My Spouse is secondary applicant (I am not claiming any points for her). Instead of IELTS I have read that other proofs can be provided . She has a doctorate and a masters degree . Shall I get a letter from...
  9. Visas and immigration
    If you move to Australia from a non English speaking country you will be widely welcomed but also find that the majority of Australians expect you to speak in the language, a new poll suggests. The survey on national identity from the Australian National University also found Australians...
  10. Visas and immigration
    Hi All, A question regarding language requirements and the exam: My wife and me have some years' professional experience working in the UK and Ireland in architecture and marketing. It is natural that our language competency level would have been adequate to communicate in a business...
  11. General chit-chat and news
    Hi all I was just wondering - are there any language forums dealing with usage of English in the Australian setting? I'm trying to learn (or rather, understand) other intricacies of English down under as they may be different in usage or context from other countries. Thanks!
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    Hi! I`m new here and I`m looking for somebody who can help me learn English via Skype or Facebook/Google+ chat :) I want to improve my English skills because I want to go to Sydney soon ;) In return I can teach you Photoshop etc. because I`m a Graphics Designer.
  13. Jobs and work
    Learning Chinese could help Australians boost their career prospects but they need to make sure they learn the right kind of Chinese, according to former premier Kevin Rudd who is now Foreign Minister and in charge of the department's Chinese section. In a speech he told how he was a farmer's...
  14. General chit-chat and news
    Just thought I would pass on some info to all the Travellers here about a new App out in the App Store for iPhone Users. It is called The Aussie Slang Bible and it has heaps and heaps of phrases, slang and sayings to help interpret us Aussies. It is cheaps as chips if not cheaper. Thanks heaps...
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