Learn Australian English in this episode of the Aussie English Podcast where we go through some fast English fluency training with 59 greetings and goodbyes in English to help you improve your pronunciation and listening comprehension in English.
G’day, guys. What’s going on? Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
I’m in the car about to go for a drive, but I wanted to do the intro to this episode.
We’re going to be learning fast English, guys, spoken contractions.
How to sound like a native speaker.
We’ll be doing it slowly, and then we’ll be doing it really fast.
Let’s get into it.
G’day, guys. Pete here from the Aussie English Podcast.
Today, I want to train you guys to start speaking English faster.
So, this is going to help your pronunciation, but it’s also going to help your listening comprehension when you come across those English speakers who tend to speak a little too fast.
This video’s going to help you.
So, I’m going to say these greetings and goodbyes first slow,
I want you to repeat, and then I’ll say them fast, and I want you to repeat again.
So, let’s give this a go.
4. Good day
5. How is stuff?
6. How are you?
7. How is things?
8. How are things?
9. How is it going?
10. How do you do?
11. How is it hanging?
12. How are you going?
13. How (are) you going?
14. How are you doing?
15. How (are) you doing?
16. How have you been?
17. How (have) you been?
18. What is up? – S’up?
19. What is new?
20. What is the news?
21. What is news?
22. What is going on? -> s’goin’on?
23. What is the gossip? -> What’s the goss?
24. What is been going on?
25. What is happening?
26. What has been happening?
27. What the latest news?
28. What is the latest (news)?
29. What have you been up to? – Whatcha bin upta?
3. Bye bye!
5. (See you) later!
6. See you later
7. See you soon
8. See you
9. Catch you later
10. Catch you
11. Catch you soon
12. See you later on
13. Catch you later on
14. Chat to you later
15. Chat soon
16. Talk to you later
17. Talk soon
18. Have a good day
19. Have a good one
20. Take care
22. Peace out
24. See you on the flipside
25. Take it easy
26. Until tomorrow
29. Au revoir
So, there you go, guys. That is obviously in an Australian accent.
That isn’t every single different combination of greetings or goodbyes.
I’m sure there are other ones.
But this is going to be a big step for you guys to learn to pronounce things more like a native, to get those contractions happening and that spoken English to another level.
Okay? So, keep repeating, keep listening, keep repeating this exercise and eventually these sentences will just come out naturally, or you’ll hear them and you’ll know exactly what people are saying.
Okay? So, I hope you enjoy this, guys.
If I’ve forgotten any, make sure that you comment below and let me know, have you heard any other greetings or goodbyes in the English-speaking world?
Chat to you soon!
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By pete — 2 years ago
Learn 1 simple tip to sound Australian in this episode of Aussie English where I teach you how natives often pronounce words ending in -ING as -IN’.
AE 290 – 1 Simple Tip To Sound Australian: -ING = IN’
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
I’m your host Pete, and today we’re going to be focusing on one simple trick to sound Australian.
So in Australian English, guys, and I’m sure other dialects in the English speaking world, we often pronounce the -ING on the ends of verbs and adjectives as an -IN’ sound instead of an -ING sound.
This is laziness on the part of English speakers, guys, where we’re not pronouncing these vowels in words that aren’t emphasised very well.
So we’re pronouncing them as an /e/ sound instead of whatever their respective vowel sound should be.
The sound is made by not moving the mouth very much.
You kind of just barely open it and make it sound like a zombie or a chimp.
What are some classic examples?
In Australia English you’re going to hear people say all the time, “How’s it going?”. “How’s it going?”.
So this is obviously, “how is it going?”, but it requires way too much effort to say it like that. So we say, “how’s it going?”.
Another example, “Whatcha doin’?. “Whatcha doin’, mate?”. “Whatcha doin’?”.
This is “what are you doing?”. But again, too much effort required, “Whatcha doin’?”, “Whatcha doin’?”.
One last example before we get into the exercises is, “Are ya kiddin’ me?”.
“Are you kiddin’ me”. And this is “Are you kidding me?”. “Are you joking with me?”.
And instead of saying the -ING, again, you’re going to hear say the -IN’.
“Are you kiddin’ me?”. “Are you jokin’ with me?”.
So let’s go through a list of the 10 most common verbs in English, and we’ll change these from, say, “Being” into “Bein'”, and then use them in a sentence.
Listen & Repeat:
- Being. Bein’. He’s bein’ annoyin.
- Having. Havin’. She’s havin’ a break.
- Doing. Doin’. I’m doin’ my homework.
- Saying. Sayin’. We’re not sayin’ much.
- Going. Goin’. We’re goin’ home.
- Getting. Gettin’. You’re gettin’ tired.
- Making. Makin’. She’s makin’ a fuss.
- Knowing. Knowin’. He’s all-knowin’.
- Thinking. Thinkin. We’re thinkin’.
And the last one.
- Taking. Takin’. I’m takin’ it off.
So that’s it guys. One really simple tip to change your English to sound a lot more like an Australian, and probably native English speakers elsewhere in the world. Change the -ING into a sort of /en/ or and “EN” sound that sounds more like an -IN’.
- Going. Goin’.
- Doing. Doin’.
- Taking. Takin’.
- Making. Makin’.
I hope that helps guys, and I’ll see you in the next episode.
I hope you enjoy that episode of Aussie English.
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By pete — 2 years ago
In this episode of Walking With Pete I tell you guys a little bit about what I’ve been up to recently!
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Walking With Pete: What Have I Been Up To Recently?
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today I’m just going to sort of chat to you guys about what I’ve been up to recently, where I’m at in life, um… yeah I guess what I’ve been doing really. I just thought I’d give you um… a bit more exposure to just people chatting about every day things. So, let’s get started.
Most recently I’ve just been working a lot. So, I work at a restaurant, a Spanish restaurant in the city of Melbourne, and Melbourne is lucky. It’s one of those beautiful cities in the world that has so many different cultures and races of people. It’s almost more… more common to hear a different language from English being spoken on trams, in the public arena, in the public sphere, so wherever I’m walking around Melbourne I tend to hear languages like Chinese, Spanish, Brazilian, French, Indonesian, all sorts of different languages. And it’s actually become more and more and more intense like that. So, it’s really culturally diverse. So, I work at a Spanish restaurant and I actually work with a lot of Spanish people. So, I think there’s at least three Spaniards that I work with. Um… A girl and two guys, and one of the other girls that I work with is from Chile. So, these are all the waiters and they all speak Spanish. I unfortunately don’t speak Spanish but I do talk to them sometimes in Portuguese and we joke. Um… and also at work we have a lot of Thai people, there’s a Korean guy, and there’s actually probably only two or three other people at work who are Australian. So, I work in a Spanish restaurant that was originally set up with a guy that was a chef that went to Spain and studied over there doing a lot of cooking and came back and brought that cuisine back to Melbourne. And, as a result they set up the restaurant um… I think originally there wasn’t any… there weren’t any Spanish people at all at the restaurant but now the front of house, and “The front of house” is how we refer to the people who work in management or as waiters in the restaurant. “The front of house” um… are almost all Spanish now. So, there’s a few of us who aren’t but the large majority are. So, yeah, I’ve been working a lot of shifts at the restaurant recently. It’s starting to die down a little bit because we’ve hired an extra person and um… we have a new boss. So, we’re getting a few less shifts. So, I’m scraping by. I’m scraping by with the little money that I make at the moment from three or four shifts a week. And when I’m not at the restaurant at the moment I am at the museum in Carlton Gardens, in Melbourne. So, this one’s sort of a short walk from the CBD. It’s… I can see the CBD from the museum, from the building, and it’s near a really really really big building called the Royal Exhibition Building. This is in the dead centre of Carlton Gardens. And this is obviously an exhibition centre, hence the name. Um… so there’s always a lot of different exhibitions being held there whether it’s for health and fitness, tattoos, comicon kind of things, even car exhibitions. I think every year I tend to see car exhibitions occur there where you’ll find over a weekend heaps and heaps of people are going and there’s Ferraris and Porsches and all sorts of other luxury cars parked all around it and inside of it and they bring thousands and thousands of people in to see this stuff. So, I get a good view of the Royal Exhibition Building from where I work inside of the museum. And, yeah, I’m there at the moment five days a week. I’m trying to study and finish my PhD, and “PhD” stands for um… Doctorate of Philosophy or Philosophy Doctorate, PhD. And, I… I think, at least I hope, I have maybe two, three… three or four months left. Three or four months left. I’m hoping to finish in December this year. And so, at the moment what that implies or what that requires is me to finish writing the papers for my PhD, or my chapters for the PhD, and I’ve got three of them. And these are on various different things related to native Australian rats. They’re the group that I’m studying for my PhD. And to give you a simple idea of what I’m looking at Australia has about sixty to seventy species of native rats, of native rodents, and… I should also tell you the difference between a rat and a mouse. The difference a rat and a mouse. A mouse I believe is under fifty grams, hence the size, you know, a house mouse that you guys would all know. They’re very very small. But they’re all rats. So, rats, rodents, those guys are all rats. Mice are just small rats under fifty grams, I believe. Rats though, or at least as we would colloquially refer to rats as rats, tend to be bigger than fifty grams. So, you’ll often seen this if you see the names of these native animals. They’re going to be called a mouse if they’re pretty small, and if they’re bigger than fifty grams they’ll be called a rat. So, like Australia’s biggest rat, the water rat, it’s sort of our version of an otter. And these guys live in the ocean, at least in estuaries near the ocean, and in river systems, and all around the coastline of Australia. And they’re about a kilo to a kilo and a half, and they swim around like otters and they eat all kinds of things like shellfish and crayfish and that sort of stuff. Those guys are really cool but they’re a rat because they’re so big. And on the other hand we have mice like ah… the delicate mouse, which is this really really tiny little guy. I think he’s only ten grams and he lives in the monsoon tropics of Australia. So, the monsoon tropics is the northern portion of Australia that gets that seasonal wet season and seasonal dry season as opposed to the different seasons that we get down here in Melbourne like summer, like winter, spring and autumn. In the monsoon tropics, which is the entire northern portion of Australia, the northern portion of Australia. So, they get the wet season where it rains for six months of the year and then they have the dry season where it’s… it doesn’t rain for six months of the year and it becomes a lot drier. So these little mice live up there and they’re only about ten grams. Very very very small. So, yeah, I’m doing my PhD on Australian rats. I’m looking at how they are related to one another. So, it’s almost like you have all of these different rat species, and it’d be like going to a family reunion but you’re not part of the family and so you see all these people, you know they’re related but you don’t know how they’re related. That was effectively the situation that we had with Australian rats where we knew they were all related to one another but we didn’t know how they were related to one another. So, we didn’t know if all the small species were really closely related and all the bigger species weren’t, um… they were more distantly related, or if all the species that live in the desert were closely related and all the species that live in the rainforest were closely related. And so, my work was looking at their relationships and trying to put together effectively a family tree for the different species. So, like instead of say your uncle, ah your father, you, your sister, all of those positions are different species when we think of a family tree but a species tree, so, for different species. And yeah, I guess in a nutshell, which is sort of like to give you the basic idea, in a nutshell, to give you the nutshell idea, explanation of what I found, it was that a lot of the species are actually not closely related to other ones that they live near. So, for example, a lot of the species who live in the desert are actually more closely related to species that live in wet forest than they are to other species in the desert. So, that was one of the really really interesting findings that we didn’t expect. Anyway, so I’m looking at that. I’m doing the sort of evolutionary origins, the evolutionary biology of these guys, and I’m piecing it together by using their DNA. So, I sequence their DNA. I compare the two different strands of DNA between two species and then I can tell how closely related they are or aren’t. Um… so apart from that I guess yeah, working on the PhD, trying to get that finished within the next few months. And at the moment just writing, writing, writing, writing. So, when I’m not working at the restaurant I’m working on the PhD. When I’m not working on the PhD at the moment I’m working on French and Portuguese, but mainly Portuguese. And so, every day that has me working Anki. And Anki is this program you may have heard me talk about before where you enter phrases and/or words, and you can sort of test yourself to try and remember it. So, it’s sort of a spatial repetition system that helps you test your memory and based on the response you give, whether something was easy or difficult, you will see that thing sooner if it’s really hard and you didn’t know what it was, and less soon if the thing was really easy. So, I absolutely love this program, and I used it for French. I’m hoping to go more into it in the future so I can tell you guys how you could potentially use this program to learn English, but yeah, if you… if you’re interested in it now I definitely recommend checking out my video that I put up about how I use Anki, and how I set it up. Um… and also just do a Google search for “Anki”, and Anki is spelt “A-N-K-I”, Anki. And, you can also just search on YouTube for a guy called Gabriel Wyner, and just “Anki”. So, I think Gabriel’s spelt “G-A-B-R-I-E-L” and Wyner I think is “W-Y-N-E-R”, and Anki. And he has a great set of videos up there helping you put together how to use Anki for any kind of language. So, yeah, brilliant program. I use that every day and at the moment it’s probably about forty minutes of study every day using that program. And then, probably like you guys I actually listen to a podcast called ah… Café Brazil, and it’s about thirty minutes, it’s pretty advanced stuff. So, this guy talks about all kinds of really really advanced things. Probably a little more complicated than I do whether it’s talking about entrepreneurship in the most recent episode that I’ve been listening to, and he references a lot of different music and a lot of different current affairs and events that are happening which is really good. But I have to get the manuscript that he writes out for each episode and then I have to sit there and listen to the episode probably ten times before I really have a good understanding of what’s being said and how it’s being said. But that’s really good and I wanted to I guess, get into that a little bit today as well, and tell you, or at least discuss with you guys, that a really good way of improving your language learning, if you don’t already know, or you don’t already do this, is obviously to read the transcripts while you listen. So, at least, to start with when you first listen to an episode. If you’re having trouble with the language that I use with any of the words that I use, if you find that I’m speaking too quickly then it will greatly greatly greatly aid you if you read the transcript a few times whilst listening to my episode, which ever episode it is, and then obviously highlight all the words that you don’t understand, or the phrases that you don’t understand, highlight those. Look them up. Get a definition for them. Write it, whether it’s in English, even in your own native language next to those words, and then again listen to that episode using that transcript. I’ve been doing this a lot with Café Brazil’s podcast episodes, and I tend to only use one episode a week because the episodes are about thirty to forty minutes long. So, it actually takes me quite a while to get through each episode and I just keep listening to it multiple times a day I’ll have it on and I’ll be trying to concentrate and understand as much as I can, and if I don’t I go back to the manuscript that I’ve read and that I’ve highlighted and annotated for any of these words or areas that I’m having difficulty with. And I think, I definitely think this is a really really good way to improve your language because it’s… it’s almost… it’s… it’s easier to be tempted to want to change what you’re using really quickly and all the time because the same material can get boring. I understand that and I feel that all the time with French and Portuguese depending on what I’m reading or what I’m using, but I think it’s understated just how important it is to go over the same episode, the same materials, again and again and again almost ad nauseam. So, almost to the point of being bored out of your mind, you know? If you get to that point where you understand everything and something’s become incredibly incredibly boring, you’re doing very very well. And so, you move onto the next thing. So, anyway that’s what I’m trying with Brazilian Portuguese at the moment. I’m trying to do this one episode at a time and really go deep into the episode and try and understand every bit that I can when I read through it, when I highlight all the words and all the different phrases that I didn’t know beforehand, I look them up. And another thing that I do is that I try and take those words and phrases after I’ve read them and worked them out and annotated the manuscripts and then I put them into Anki. So, then I can use Anki each day and it will test me on the words that I’ve just learnt using that podcast’s episode’s manuscript. So, this is something I really recommend you guys do with Aussie English. If you haven’t already, or if you’re having trouble with the speed at which I’m speaking or the vocabulary that I’m using, definitely read the manuscript, highlight the words, list the words, take them out of the manuscript and work out… ah… what Anki is. So, do a search for Anki, “A-N-K-I”, download it, try and get it working and then enter these words that you’re trying to learn or these phrases that you’re trying to learn into the program and you’ll definitely notice really really quick improvement. And your memory, your memory goes crazy. It just suddenly remembers the most abstract words. Anyway, so that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been working on languages. When I’m not working on languages I’m at the museum studying. When I’m not at the museum studying I’m at the restaurant working. And aside from that I’ve been skateboarding a little bit trying to get back into skateboarding because it actually has sort of a lot to do with language learning, or at least the process of learning, and I really enjoy that where I’m trying to learn the basic tricks for skateboarding around, you know, just doing the basic sorts of tricks that you can do on the ground skateboarding around, and I have to try to get in a certain number of reps, a certain number of repetitions for each of those tricks each day as I learn. And I’m not at all picking it up really really quickly. Like, I can’t just try and learn a new trick and within a minute have it. I have to spend multiple days trying to work it out, where to put my feet, how high to jump, what to do. And so, that I find a really challenge and it’s… it’s really entertaining to me like learning a language, like learning anything out there. So, anyway, this episode’s probably gone a bit long guys. I just wanted to give you an updates, talk to you just about what I’ve been up to recently, and give you some more exposure to that kind of language and that kind of discussion. Hope you guys are enjoying the episodes, and have a good one. Enjoy your weekend! See you later!
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By pete — 12 months ago
AE 408 – Interview: Crocs, Muppet Pollies, & the Legend of Wildman with Damian Duffy
G’day, guys, how’s it going?
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. This is another interview episode, and today I have the pleasure of interviewing Damien Duffy, a.k.a. Wildman.
But before we get into that, guys, welcome to The Aussie English Podcast the number one podcast for anyone and everyone wanting to learn Australian English, whether you want to understand how we speak, the accent, the slang that we use, or whether you want to sound like an Australian when you speak, The Aussie English Podcast is for you. And The Aussie English Podcast is brought to you by The Aussie English Classroom. So, that is my product. That is the online learning environment where you guys can get courses that go with these lessons. They go with the interview lessons. They go with the expression episode lessons that are on the podcast. The whole point of this online classroom is to help you study and learn Australian English even faster.
Anyway guys, today, I had the pleasure of chatting with my mate Wildman, with Damien. He was up north at the time in Darwin doing a whole bunch of stuff up there running cruises, feeding crocs. We talk a little bit about that. We talk about crocodiles. We talk about muppet politicians. Someone who is “a muppet” is an idiot. So, we’ll use that in Australia to refer to people we don’t like. It’s kind of a polite way of saying that someone’s an idiot. He’s a muppet. So, we talk about pollies, politicians, who are total muppets, and then we also talk about how Wildman got the name ‘Wildman’ and got started with his career running around Australia, photographing animals, and doing all sorts of larrikin-esque kind of activities.
Anyway, Wildman’s an absolute champ, guys. I have broken down one of his videos previously. So, you may have seen him on YouTube. If you want to check that out, just search “Wildman Aussie English”, and you’ll see me break down his accent. He has a very very thick Australian accent. It’s incredibly okkar. It’s actually one of my favourite Australian accents, and I have a little bit of accent envy. So, make sure if you have trouble understanding anything that he says, and anything I say, to jump online and download the transcript so you can read everything that we’re saying whilst you listen.
Anyway guys, without any further ado, let’s get into today’s episode. Let’s go and chat with Wildman.
So, I mean, welcome to this episode of Aussie English, man. Thank you for joining me. Thank you for, as well, letting me do that video originally on your content. That was amazing and everyone listening to it was…. it was right up there Ali. They were loving it, dude.
Yeah, no dramas, mate! Too easy.
So, I’ve got a bunch of questions here for you, Damien. I mean, just a start: “Wild Man”. How did that get started? How did you… Tell us a bit about yourself, introduce yourself, and how did it all get started?
The Wildman got started just because I’m a bit of a loose unit and I kind of get it in a while. So, the name kind of stuck the Wild Man. I start off just with the photography, because I do the wildlife photography thing, and I needed a good name for it, and I thought, Wildman Photography’s a pretty good name. And gradually, I progressed from there and thought to myself the adventures that I go on to get the photos that I get are interesting in themselves and I’m going out to all these pristine, amazing places, beautiful landscapes. Why not start doing videos? And they took on a life of their own. So, yeah, that’s hopefully kicking off.
So, when did that start? How long have you been doing the photography side of things?
Think I’ve been doing photography for about…Actually, decent photography, for maybe about two and three years. I bought a camera about four years ago and I just taught meself how to use it. Got a few hints and tips off some other people, and just went from there. And then, I’ve managed to get myself to where I am now. There is always learning, there’s always something else to learn, but having a lot of fun with, mate.
Yeah. And what are the best experiences been so far? What are the best shots that you’ve caught or the best adventures you’ve been on? Or are they all good?
To be honest, they’re all good, mate! But going into the National Park, for example, Litchfield National Park’s always phenomenal. I didn’t… I used me GoPro the other night to swim in a freshwater crocodile at night time and filmed it underwater with an underwater torch and my GoPro. So, that was amazing. But, basically anything, mate. Whenever you are you going out and finding wildlife, the experience in itself is invigorating and makes you really enthusiastic about what you’re doing, because you don’t just walk outside and you got like black neck stalks, and crocodiles, and kangaroos, and snakes, and they’re not just sitting at the front waiting for you. You gotta go and look for ’em. So, it’s all part of the adventure, and when you find something that’s really, really exciting, then you can take photos and show other people what you saw, and that’s exciting as well.
And so, have you always lived up north in Australia? Did you grow up in Queensland? Whereabouts did it all begin for you?
Oh, mate, if I go by the legend, I fell out of the dingo’s arse in the bush somewhere. But… No, to be honest, mate, I was born in western Sydney.
Yeah, no judgment. I’m from Melbourne, no judgment, no judgement.
A Mexican! I’ve got relies down in Melbourne, in Mornington, Mount Martha, I’ve got a few mates in Frankston. Franga, Frankghanistan, they’re rough units. But yeah, I’ve lived in and around Sydney, Parramatta, Rosehill, Mt Druitt, all the rough areas, you know. I was pretty young then, and then I moved away to the Central Coast, around Lake Macquarie, a couple of hours there in Newcastle. I think I’ve been to nine different schools, you know, like I’ve lived there in the bush in New South Wales. I’ve been near the city. I’ve lived… I moved… I went to Noosa. Lived there for a couple of years, went back to the other side of the Blue Mountains in a little one-horse-town called Portland that snowed there, it’s horrible. And then I ended up back in Brisbane and I was there for, like, a couple of years, and then I went and joined the army, ended up back in Sydney doing paratrooper, then I went back to Brisbane, and I was there for seven years, and then I moved to North Queensland, and I was there for, maybe, for four, four and a half years, and then… and now I’m in the Northern Territory, and I’ve finally found a place where I’m meant to be. I thought it was North Queensland, mate, but since I moved here… North Queensland will always have a place in my heart, but Northern Territory, mate, is just next level, phenomenal place.
You were at The Daintree Rainforest, right?
And, so, how do the two compare, then? Obviously, just saying Darwin’s a lot better, is it, or…?
Yeah, it’s better for me, because it’s just more loose, mate. Like everything is so relaxed and chilled out here. My favourite pub is the Humpty Doo. I don’t have to wear shoes when I go in there. People occasionally bring in snakes or crocodiles or ride a water buffalo in, like, it’s loose! And that’s what I love. It’s the last wild frontier in this country, unless you count suburbs like Campbelltown or whatever, you know. But, that’s too loose. That’s even too much for me. But it is just… it is the final wild frontier as far as wildlife goes, even at the end of the dry season, there is still animals everywhere.
It blows my mind. Like, my camera has had one hell of a workout. Thanks goodness Nikon make tough cameras, but in the… it’s a completely different environment. Over in North Queensland, it’s a tropical rainforest, and you do have pristine, beautiful waterfalls, and you’ve got your rainforest snakes and all your reptiles and all that sort of jazz, and of course you got some crocodiles there, small density, but some.
Yeah. The salties as well as the freshies?
Yeah, there’s freshies that live out on the tablelands out towards Chillagoe if you go further inland, but you’ve got a few salties along the coast. If you ask Bob Katter how many salties there are, they’re probably about 10 million and they’re waiting at your front door to mug you when you go to get up for work the morning.
10 million too many.
Yeah mate. But, there’s bugger all, man, there’s bugger all up there. But in the Territory there’s heaps more and that makes me happy because I like seeing ’em. And of course, I work with ’em now, but you can’t compare. Two completely different environments. They’re both as tropical as all buggery with the temperature.
But, it gets hotter in the Territory, the wet season is much bigger in the Territory, but the sheer amount of wildlife here is just… ’cause their big vast wetlands, mate. And the biodiversity here rivals the biodiversity of places like the Amazon, you know?.
Heartbeat’s per square meter is just still of tap, so…
What’s the population of Darwin, again? It’s like tiny, isn’t? Compared, to say, Sydney.
Oh yeah. But even Cairns it’s small compared to Sydney, but Darwin is still… it’s barely even a city. I think it barely counts as a city. So, and it’s small. There’s like one main street in town. I went into town the other day and it was like… it was like just a, you know, a rural town. It wasn’t… you know, it doesn’t have all the skyscrapers and all that, you know, what you see. It’s not a very touristy place. You’ve got tourist shops and whatever that sell souvenirs all that crap, but of course, you do. It is a tourist destination, but it’s not… you don’t go there and think, “oh it’s a tourist town”. Like, you go to Port Douglas and you’re like, ” this is very touristy”, but everything’s bloody expensive. But you go to Darwin, and it’s just like a place in Australia where people live that just happens to be awesome.
And so, for, I mean, the listeners, a lot of them are going to be people coming from overseas into Australia, and I’m sure all they will have seen Steve Irwin docos and all those, you know, TV shows showing the 10 top deadliest Australian animals, do they… Should they expect to come to places like Northern Queensland and Darwin, get out of the car and be, like, killed by something instantly? Is that a realistic expectation?
You got more chance of getting killed by a local, mate, than by the animals. But… So, but no like, in the middle of the city, people… Like, I’ve told people that I used to ride a kangaroo to work, to school*, not to work, to school, sorry, when I was a kid. They were like “oh really?”, you’re like… no.
But, they’ll believe anything if you tell them. I once convinced a group of American biology students that Australia had bush monkeys, the Australian bush monkey in North Queensland.
No, no, they were proper the bush monkeys related to the slow Loris from Southeast Asia, and I gave this big evolutionary spiel. And we spent about 40 minutes in the rainforest trying to look the bush monkeys and, ah, then went back to America thinking that. But, as long as it is a convincing argument, you can tell them anything. But, they think that they’re going to get off the plane and had to dodge brown snakes in the airport.
And it is vastly different, and unfortunately, because of the amount of foot traffic from people, like, cars, and etc., Even in some of the national parks, like, you’ve got to really go looking for the wildlife.
So, what’s the best way to do that too and the safest way? If these people want to come to Australia and see these kinds of animals in the wild, what’s the best way to do it, and what’s the safest way to do it, and is there any danger when they do do it if they do it on their own as well?
If you do it on your own, unless you know what you’re doing, stay in the car. You can go night spotting for reptiles and cruise along some of the rural roads and you will see snakes. You put enough time in, you’re guaranteed to see snakes in the early evening on the road, after the… within the first couple of hours after the sun’s gone down, because they’re getting that warmth off the road. So, and they’ve got to cross the road somewhere. There’s no snake crossing. But if they’re going to do that, by all means, and you can even hop out of your car and take a photo, but just do it from a distance. There’s no need to touch these animals or interact or antagonise them. You can take… and if you don’t want to get out of the car, don’t get out of the car. I mean, that’s the safest thing. You can spot it and go, “Hey, cool”, and wind your window down and take your photos, a snake’s not gonna on your window. But as far as any other animals, and snakes included, you can go on tours. They’ve got tours down at Corroboree Billabong. They’ve, of course, got the spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise that I work on. There’s plenty of different tours around here that will show you, not only the places, but they’ll point out animals, and these tour guides have been working here for years, some of them decades. So, they know where to spot everything, they know how to spot it. They’re good at what they do, and they can show you these animals in a safe environment, and it’ll still blow your mind.
And what’s it like, yeah, getting up close and personal with crocs? You recommend that as a good experience, I take it? Nothing like it?
You’re exactly right, mate. When I was working in North Queensland I was feeding four-meter crocodiles with nothing in front of me, hanging a bit of chicken in a wildlife park so that was phenomenal. But, and now, I’m working on the river with them. It’s totally different in the wild, because they… the captive crocodiles, although they still have all the wild instincts, they’re a captive animal, and they just go through the motions of the show, and whatnot, but when you’re out on the river, you’re not always interacting with them, a lot of the time you’re just observing their behaviours, and explaining their behaviours to other people, and we’re watching these crocodiles out in the river interact with each other, interact with the environment around them, including potential prey items. They go and fend for themselves. They don’t rely on us for food. They take advantage of it, but it’s not uncommon to see one of the crocodiles swim around with a pig or a wallaby.
And so, what are your thoughts currently with the numbers of them too? ‘Cause I know, since like, about the 70s they’ve come right back, right? They’ve shot up. But then, now we have politicians like Katter, who are saying we need to cull them again after they were all closely, you know, hunted to extinction. What are your thoughts on that?
Well, in the past I’m pretty sure I’ve made my thoughts on Katter quite clear. He just… he bases none of his argument on scientific fact. It’s all scare tactics and fear mongering, and using words like “infestation”, “plague proportions”. He’s trying to say this is a fatality every year, and… but then he goes off and goes, “Oh, Queensland is getting ripped to pieces and there’s no way safe to swim”. It’s an absolute load of rubbish, and there’s a enough… bunch of people that have jumped on the bandwagon saying, “Oh we can’t go swimming anywhere any more”. Now, I can tell you what a dozen places, off the top of your head, where you can swim safely, not to mention the lagoon and a flipping swimming pool, you know?
That’s it. Your own bath.
I guess, if you that hard up run a cool bath, but everyone’s got a swimming pool in North Queensland, you’ve got the manmade lagoon, but the numbers were up around half a million before the shooting era. Then, between the early 30s and 70s, they dropped in around 3000.
That’s right, they almost got exterminated, right?
Almost, almost right out of this country. So, at a rough estimate, and I say very rough estimate, numbers are between 250-350,000, that’s the experts reckon. But they’re currently doing a study to ascertain how many there actually are in the country now. But their numbers are far lower than half a million. So, you can still fit, let’s say 100… another 150,000 crocodiles in comfortably, before they have a natural density. And I’ve never understood this concept of humans wanting to manage the environment. These animals have been around for 100 million years in their current form doing just fine. Never were they overpopulated. Never were they in a plague proportion, or an infestation, or never were they damaging the environment around them.
On the contrary, they’re very, very important as an apex predator for their environment. So, for a human to go, “Nup! We should manage them”… well, no mate. They manage themselves. And as human beings, we need to manage ourselves. Yeah? I do agree with if there’s a crocodile in suburbia, going up a suburban creek, like, and there’s a three metre a crocodile there. It’s got to be removed, because that is a very immediate danger, and it’s gone right up into the middle where people live. But, if you’re living out in the bush on a cane farm or if you’re living in a rural area and there’s crocodiles around you need to be aware of that and manage yourself, and if you do so correctly, you’ll never ever get attacked by a crocodile.
It seems like.
So, basically, I think that’s a really long way of saying Bob Katter is muppet.
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I don’t know, it always seemed like one of these things, it’s kind of like a murder happens in Melbourne and it’s, “What’s the answer? Oh, we’ll just cull 10 percent of the population.” You’re like, that didn’t solve anything, like… But, so, what would an Australia look like without crocs?
It’d have a pretty serious impact on the ecosystem, and because they’re an apex predator, so, not only do they keep their own numbers in check to a degree. You’ve got crocodiles eating other crocodiles, which they do. Only one percent of crocodiles survive anyway from being an egg to adult. But crocodiles, young crocodiles, their eggs provide a food source for goannas and snakes. And then, once they’re born, they provide a food source for fish, snakes, other crocodiles, sharks, birds, then once they get older, it’s kind of more the bigger animals like your sharks that’ll get them. And then, once they’re a little bit bigger, crocodiles do potentially eat each other. They are opportunistic and cannibalistic. So, they’re a food source not only for themselves, but for the environment around them, but they keep other animals in check. They also are beneficial to, let’s say, fish numbers, because where crocodiles hang around, they hang around near fish nurseries and they’ll prey on animals that eat fish eggs. So, if you’ve got crocodiles preying on them, less of them are taking the amount of fish eggs, therefore, where you’ve got crocodiles, you’ve got more fish. Everything in nature has a balance, and it’s a delicate balance. If you remove a big puzzle piece out of there, everything else… it might not happen overnight, it might not happen in two months or six months or a year, but you will definitely notice a cascading effect and things will fall apart. They really will.
I think they showed that in Yosemite National Park, right? When they got rid of the wolves and the deer just went nuts and destroyed the land. Like, just trampled all the plants, the grasses weren’t growing properly, the rivers actually changed their courses as a result, and then once they reintroduce the wolves, they were like, “Oh, look, everything’s back in balance now”. And it’s kind of like… “Well, you need the guys at the top there”, right? Yeah.
I think it’s something similar that’s has happened with the dingoes, mate. Because where they took dingoes out of the area they had a lot of problems, and now they’ve reintroduced dingoes in some areas. They’re attacking the wild dogs that are attacking the cattle. The cattle are getting attacked a lot less, because the dingoes don’t see ’em was food. And a lot of the feral animals, like foxes and rabbits and cats, their numbers are dropping, because that’s what the dingoes are eating. That’s been established in this country for thousands of years. They’re natural apex predator here now, and they’re important, they’re part of the ecosystem. So, don’t take them out. Utilise them for what they’re here to do, to get rid of the actual feral animals.
So, how do they control, though, the mixing between the dingoes and the wild dogs? Because I would take it, if you’ve got too many wild dogs and they start interbreeding with the dingoes, you’re effectively just going to absorb that that population of dingoes, right?
To be honest with you, that is a very very difficult question, and I can’t base that on any scientific fact, because I don’t have enough information regarding the interbreeding of dingoes and wild dogs. But, yeah, that’s a problem for someone with a bit more expertise to figure out, I think. But, what they do at the moment is use 1080 poison, and 1080 poison isn’t just eaten by the animals that they wanna do over, it’s eaten by everything. And they die a very horrible death, and then, if anything else comes along and eats that carcass, they get poisoned too. So, I mean, like, personally, I think that crap should be banned. It’s used extensively in New Zealand, and there’re areas there where you can’t hear a bird tweet because of the extensive death that that poison has caused. They just go and spray everywhere. It’s ridiculous.
I know. Well, I was doing a Master’s Degree on the lace monitor down in Victoria here and they were eating them from time to time. We were just like how do we, you know, make these… I was studying them and I’m like, well you’re finding them dead, and you’re just like, “Why are we using this stuff for foxes when it’s just destroying everything and anything that can fit it in its mouth?”.
Yeah. If history has shown anything, mate, it’s when humans interfere, you have problems. Case in point, the bloody cane toad.
I was about to ask you about that.
If you ever wanted an example, mate.
So, how is that going in Darwin? I take it, you would have seen it in Queensland, the cane toad in Queensland, and it’s obviously well and truly made it to Darwin and beyond and it’s potentially threatening the Kimberley’s now, right? And whether it’s even gotten there and is going down to the Pilbara, what is it like in Darwin, now that you’ve moved from from Queensland, where they originated, over to Darwin? Is it just the same thing, exactly the same thing?
There’s toads, but there’s more in North Queensland. Just from looking around, you notice a lot more toads there. That said, there’s still a lot of toads here. There’s more than they should be, because they shouldn’t be any. But even on… just basing it on anything, there’s still a lot of toads, and they’ve had a big impact on freshwater crocodiles, on snakes, on goannas, all monitor species have really suffered from it. Birds are starting to figure it out, because they grab ’em, flip ’em over, and eat the gizzards out of them and everything, and leave the rest. So, birds are clueing on, but we can only hope that other animals do so too.
Yeah. So, is that happening slowly? Are there like goannas and the crocs and that becoming evasive of eating them, because the only ones that are left are the ones that didn’t need them to begin with, or… ?
Pretty sure they’re learning, mate. I think the term they used is “forced evolution”, because animals figure it out, you know, they adapt and overcome and they evolve. So, eventually, you know, like some animals when they’re born… crocodiles are a perfect example. When they’re born, they’re not taught anything, everything is ingrained into their mind biologically, they know how to hunt, stalk, and hide, and do buoyancy and everything. They already know when they’re born, which is phenomenal. Two days out of their egg, they just know what to do. But with other animals, I believe it’d work in a similar fashion, where, like, some animals just know that they shouldn’t eat something. So… and that’s just ingrained into them. So, let’s just hope that that’s the way it’s working with these animals. It is a slow process. Evolution doesn’t happen overnight, but I think when they’re faced with something is detrimental as cane toads, maybe it’ll speed the process up a bit.
And so, what do you think the future is going to be for cane toads in Australia, especially, across the northern… the top end there? Permanent residents now?
They’re here to stay, mate. They’re part of the ecosystem, and, hopefully, everything else around them will adapt, because to get rid of them is an impossible task. Good luck to the people who are faced with that task, who have been given the responsibility of trying to rid Australia from bloody cane toads. But, they haven’t got Buckley’s, mate.
As long as they don’t bring something in that’s worse.
Well, that’s always an option, isn’t it? That’s how we got into this mess in the first place. I was reading a study on the cane toad, apparently because of the insecticides and pesticides they use on the crops, and the cane toads are getting covered in it and they’re also eating all the insects that have died ingesting or getting covered in this poison, it has increased the toxicity of that bufo toxin in the poison glands. So, now, they’re even more toxic than before. Once again, directly due to human beings. When will we learn? The mind boggles, mate. It’s 2017 and our Government’s more worried about spending 120 million on a plebi-‘shite’, deciding whether people get the rights… the same rights as other people. I mean, has the world gone mad? Australia’s gone backwards.
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That blew my mind the fact that the plebiscite, like, it’s something I don’t mind saying that I support gay marriage, but, at the same time, the equivalent of two thousand teachers’ jobs going for 122 million dollars could’ve employed two thousand teachers or, you know, we could probably save how many extinct species with that same amount of money? If you just threw it at that, instead of just a postal vote. Yeah, that was insane.
There are more things that we could’ve used that money for, than there are reasons why it shouldn’t have happened in the first place. I mean, there’s every reason why the plebiscite is absolute bullshit before you even start on the money side of things.
I mean, I’m only voting because, if I didn’t vote, dickheads would, and then, it would go through. So, you know, you’ve got to do it.
And then I can’t complain!
So, you know you gotta get involved, because, at the end of the day, mate, we’re all human beings, and fair enough, like, all these people are saying stupid rubbish about, “And then they’re going to marry dogs next or want to marry kids”. That’s… It was never a part of it. And all they doing is focussing, specifically, on the sex. They’re going, “oh same sex marriage means people of the same sex are having sex”. Piss that off! That’s got nothing to do with it.
It’s happening anyway, buddy! They are not waiting for permission.
That’s right. So, and they’re not doing it in the street in front of you. So, why don’t you just get over that, and put that aside, and just think yourself: “These are two human beings that love each other. Why don’t they have the right to get married just like anybody else?”. So, like, that to me, it’s as simple as that. And all these other bull crap fear mongering that’s going on, man, they’re just talking out of their arse trying to fire people up. But if this doesn’t go through all hope is lost, mate.
Oh, God, I tell you what. Far out. Well, I know you’ve got a busy, busy schedule ahead, You’re probably want to hit the sack. But, before we finish up, do you have any slang terms you’d suggest newcomers to Australia should learn? Any Aussie slang terms, you reckon that… I mean, you’ve being using… every single time I see any of your videos, you throw out about five or six, at least, in 30 seconds. It’s just infinite ammo for the podcast and for the YouTube channel. So, are there any you think, as soon as you get off the plane, guys, learn these these X number of slang terms, and you’ll fit right in?.
Oh, bloody hell, I don’t know, mate. “Mongrel” is a good one, a good word to use. It’s very diverse. You can go, “Oh you’re a bit of a mongrel” or “you mongrel”, you know, like, “I’m getting half a mongrel”, so… There’s a lot. Don’t… maybe don’t tell them what that one means. But I don’t know, mate, like.
“She’ll be apples” and “No dramas” are the ones I’ve heard you use.
“She’ll be apples, mate”, “She’ll be apples”, “No drama, cane farmer.” like, “Everything’s gonna be ‘right”, “No worries”. What else? You don’t have to swear at people. You can call them “a boofhead”, you know? If someone does something, you go, “Geez, you’re “a boofhead”. So, that’s good. And “A ning-nong”. “A ning-nong”, believe it or not, is highly offensive, ok?
“A ning-nong” is? Ah, ok!
It’s just a really nice way of saying, “You’re a dickhead”.
Oh, brilliant, dude. Thank you so much for your time, dude. I really, really appreciate it.
I appreciate you giving me a bell mate. This has been an absolute hoot.
Anytime, anytime. Thank you very much, sir.
Alright guys, so I hope you enjoy this interview with Damien Duffy, a.k.a., also known as, Wildman. Remember, that you can find Damien at Wildman Photography on Facebook. You can also find him at Wildman Adventures on Facebook. Both of these pages will be linked in the transcript below so you can go and check him out. He does some wonderful photography as well as some videos quite a lot chatting about different things that he comes across in Australia. So, it’s a great way to practice your listening comprehension of the stronger Australian accents if you check out his videos and his posts on his Facebook pages. Also check out his Instagram, guys, and that is @WildmanAdventures all one word. Okay? So, again, all of this will be linked below.
Massive, massive thanks to Damian Duffy, to Wildman, for coming on the show. I absolutely love chatting to this guy, and we will be in touch soon to chat about what he’s been up to this year. So anyway guys, I hope you guys enjoy the episode, and I’ll chat to you soon. See ya!
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