Synthesising our world with MusicEDU


One integrating cultural cohesion between our nations is Music! MusicEDU is excited to have American schools join our Australian MusicEDU family in using the MusicEDU programs. We want to share some of the fascinating differences that our two countries have which can be viewed in the spelling, syntax and grammar usage whilst reading the MusicEDU digital eBooks.

World at SunriseAn International Concert of Engaging Participation!

Yes, Music integrates cultures and brings peace between nations! Just look at how students admire and follow after musicians, no matter what their national origin. Right here, within our own capacity is the very merging answer to many of the distinctive cultural diversities that are displayed so repeatedly in today's societies. Our whole world is definitely experiencing an era of needing peace between our nations.

Before giving you lists of our countries' grammatical contrasts first, let's discuss the importance of teaching our students to accept cultural differences in order to shape characters of compassion. Together we can form an International concert of engaging participation!

Sometimes teachers are faced with a few students who might be challenged in understanding anything different than their own country's attitudes. Cultural differences are in every corner of our globe. If a student has been raised in a culturally prejudiced home and environment, teachers have to work even harder to turn around the embedded thoughts and stigmas. This can also be prevalent in opinions regarding other countries.

Tough to change? Yes. One approach can be to address 'interesting and exciting' ideas and activities that join our countries, thus turning prejudgments into acceptance. Looking at the differences between our countries can be fascinating, educational and character-building for young minds.


Synthesising our world with MusicEDU

The 'engaging and exciting' activities that will synthesise our world's classrooms are MusicEDU's four programs: Keyboard Evolution, Studio Sessions, TrackFormers and GameComposer

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Australian v’s/vs United States grammatical differences

As our two countries merge in the exciting world of MusicEDU, we want to give you examples of differences in grammar and spelling that can be read in the MusicEDU digital eBooks and on our website. Already, in the above content are three examples:

  1. In this blog's title, Australia spells Synthesising, whilst America spells Synthesizing.

  2. Commas in lists:
    a. In Australian punctuation, when there are three or more items in a list, a comma is not used before the conjunction. For example Keyboard Evolution, Studio Sessions, TrackFormers and GameComposer.
    b. In US punctuation, when there are three or more items in a list, a comma is used before the conjunction. For example Keyboard Evolution, Studio Sessions, TrackFormers, and GameComposer.

  3. Quotation marks:
    Quotation marks are opposite in Australian English and US English. In Australia, single quotation marks are used: 'interesting and exciting', whereas in the United States, double marks are used: "interesting and exciting."
    In Australia, the punctuation is placed outside the quotation mark; in the US, the punctuation is placed inside the quotation mark.

  4. v's/vs
    In Australia, versus is abbreviated v's.
    In the US, versus is abbreviated vs.

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More grammatical contrasts in Australian and United States English.

Note: In all the below lists, Australia is posted on the left and the United States on the right.

Words ending in ise v's ize

The following is a list of some of the more common spellings, including words you will see in your MusicEDU digital ebooks and website. Basically, any word that ends in ise in Australian English, ends in ize in US English. 

 

accessorise – accessorize
apologise – apologize
agonise – agonize
analyse – analyze
appetiser – appetizer
authorise – authorize
baptise – baptize
capitalise – capitalize
centralise – centralize
characterise – characterize
civilise – civilize
computerise – computerize
conceptualise – conceptualize
cosy - cozy
customise – customize
digitise - digitize
dramatise - dramatize
economise – economize
emphasise - emphasize
empathise - empathize
energise - energize
externalise – externalize
familiarise - familiarize
fantasise - fantasize
fictionalise – fictionalize

finalise - finalize
formalise - formalize
generalise - generalize
globalise - globalize
harmonise – harmonize
hospitalise - hospitalize
idealise - idealize
individualise - individualize
initilise – initialize
intellectualise - intellectualize
internalise - internalize
internationalisation - internationalization
italicise - italicize
localise - localize
maximise – maximize
memorise - memorize
minimise - minimize
modernise – modernize
moralise - moralize
motorised - motorized
nationalise - nationalize
naturalise – naturalize
neutralise - neutralize
normalise - normalize
optimise - optimize

organise – organize
organisation – organization
recognise – recognize
oxidisation – oxidization
personalise - personalize
prioritise – prioritize
professionalise – professionalize
publicise – publicize
randomise - randomize
rationalise - rationalize
realise - realize
recognise - recognize
rhapsodise - rhapsodize
romanticise - romanticize
socialise - socialize
specialise - specialize
standardise - standardize
summarise - summarize
synthesise – synthesize
systemise – systemize
theorise - theorize
utilise - utilize
verbalise - verbalize
visualise – visualize
vocalise - vocalize

Words ending in our v's or:

flavour – flavor
colour – color
neighbour – neighbor
humour – humor
labour – labor

Words ending in re v's er:

centre – center
fibre – fiber
litre – liter
theatre - theater or theatre

Words ending in ogue v's og:

analogue - analog
catalogue - catalog
dialogue - dialog

Words ending in a vowel, plus L:

counsellor - counselor
fuel - fuel
fuelled – fueled
fuelling - fueling
travel - travel
travelled – traveled
travelling – traveling
traveller – traveler

Nouns that end in ence v's ense:

defence – defense
licence – license
offence – offense
pretence - pretense

Other Words:

whilst - while
enrolment - enrollment

Commas:

Commas in lists:
a. In Australian punctuation, when there are three or more items in a list, a comma is not used before the conjunction. For example: 
...Keyboard Evolution, Studio Sessions, TrackFormers and GameComposer.
b. In US punctuation, when there are three or more items in a list, a comma is used before the conjunction. For example:
Keyboard Evolution, Studio Sessions, TrackFormers, and GameComposer.

Quotation marks:

Quotation marks are opposite in Australian English and US English. In Australia, single quotation marks are used: 'interesting and exciting', whereas in the United States, double marks are used: "interesting and exciting." (Also, note yet another difference regarding the punctuation. In Australia, the punctuation is placed outside the quotation mark; in the US, the punctuation is placed inside the quotation mark.)

Placement of dates:

Australia: 15 April 2017, 15/04/17, or 15.04.17 
United States: January 15, 2017, 01/15/17, or 01.15.17


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Websites researched for the above blog post:

Australian Spellchecker:
https://www.spellchecker.net/english_australia_spell_checker.html

Australian Directory:
https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/resources/view/resource/6/

Differences in Australian, British, and Australian English
https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-differences-between-American-British-and-Australian-English

Griffith University Writing and Editing Style Guide:
https://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/file/0008/669122/Writing-and-Editing-Style-Guide.pdf

Kelvin Eldridge, Australian English Expert:
   Dictionary: http://www.australian-dictionary.com.au/
   Spellchecker/Wordcheck: http://www.australian-dictionary.com.au/wordcheck/

Ordinary words and phrases:
https://www.fionalake.com.au/info/translations/australian-american-words

The Greenslade Free Australian Style Guide
http://www.editoraustralia.com/styleguide.html

The 20 Biggest Differences Between British and American English
http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2012/01/23/the-20-biggest-differences-between-british-and-american-english/