7 November 2017

Spelling tips for New Zealand English

Sara Lobdell
US Study Abroad student

I realise that some of you that have read my blog posts may be thinking "Wow what's going on with her spell check?

Enrolment with one l? Rumour with a u? Symbolises with an s? Did she just forget how to spell?" Well... I'm in NZ now! Spelling in NZ English is slightly different than spelling in US English, and I've even switched the language on my Mac to NZ English to adhere to the local spelling conventions. A few differences between NZ English and US English include the use of extra u's (ex: colour vs color), s's instead of z's (ex: realise vs. realize), one l instead of two (enrol vs. enroll), and -re endings instead of -er (centre vs. center), just to name a few. Also, "z" is pronounced zed, not zee…

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Sara Lobdell
US Study Abroad student

Sara studied biology and music at the University of Auckland and had a Generation Study Abroad Award. "Out of the eight universities in New Zealand I chose the University of Auckland in particular for its world-ranked academics and location. What better place to study the natural sciences than one in which you're constantly surrounded by natural beauty.