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By pete — 1 year ago
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AE 384 – Expression:
To Blow The Whistle On Someone
Girls! Girls, is it… The most wonderful news. The troop that came in second on Saturday have been injured in a minibus accident and miss Fiona’s lost her foot!
No, no, no, no! That’s not the good news. That’s terrible news and we should all send a card. No, no, the good news is that they’ve had to forfeit and we are through to the Grand Final!
We are in the final! We are in the final! We are in the Final!
G’day, guys! Welcome to this episode of The Aussie English Podcast. The number one podcast teaching you Australian English, whether you want to speak like an Aussie, or whether you just want to understand what we’re bloody well saying when we speak with this accent. You’ve come to the right place, and just sit back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy.
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Anyway. Intro spiel over. I hope you guys are well. I definitely think that you would laugh if you currently saw where I was standing. So, I’m currently in the process of moving down from North Melbourne down to Ocean Grove to live with my parents for a little bit, save a bit of money. I’m waiting for my girlfriend to come back down from Queensland and then we’re going to find a place. But whilst I’m staying in this this house where I grew up back in Ocean Grove, my room has since been filled with a lot of crap. There are books in front of me. There’s boxes full of stuff. I can see wine bottles. I can see shoe boxes, books. Yeah, there’s tons of stuff in here, and I can barely move. So, you couldn’t swing a cat around in here. It’s just ridiculous. I’m actually standing in front of some pink metal flamingos.
So, anyway, I thought I would give you that image in your head to just know that I haven’t made it just yet. You know, I’m still going, I’m still working on things.
Anyway, guys. The intro scene to today’s episode was from a movie called Razzle Dazzle. Razzle Dazzle is an Australian mockumentary comedy film made in 2007. So, ‘a mockumentary film’ is a pretend documentary, hence ‘mock-umentary’, that makes fun of a particular topic. That’s what a mockumentary is. It mocks that topic, hence the word ‘mockumentary’. (It) rhymes with documentary.
So, this mockumentary takes aim at kids’ dance contests. You know those little contests that kids can be involved in where they’re all dancing together, and they usually involve crazy costumes and weird dance moves and parents have to go along to them. The mockumentary Razzle Dazzle targets that sort of aspect of Australian culture, you know, whoever does that. I’ve never done that. So, don’t hold it against me.
So, the things that makes fun of things like really pushy parents, really strange and bizarre clothing and costumes, permatans and wigs. ‘Permatans’ I assume would be tans that are permanent. You know those are orange things, like Donald Trump at the moment. And also making fun of really strong Aussie accents. So, it’s a really good little movie and it follows a dancing instructor with a penchant for politically incendiary dance routines. That is that they have names that are a little politically incorrect. And there was one that was called the Kyoto Protocol shuffle. Just to give you an idea.
So, it’s a really funny movie. It’s full of Australian humour. (There are) lots of different accents in there. And it’s a great example of Australians making fun of other Australians and their culture. Taking the Mickey out of other Aussies.
Anyway, check that movie out and now let’s get on to the joke. So, today’s joke isn’t really Australian-based, but I thought it was funny because it involves English spelling, okay, English spelling. So, here’s the joke.
Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl in the bathroom? ‘A pterodactyl’ is that ancient flying lizard at the time of the dinosaurs. You’ve probably seen pterodactyls if you’ve seen Jurassic Park. But, why can’t you hear a pterodactyl in the bathroom? Because it has a silent ‘pee’. It has a silent ‘pee’. Do you get that? It has a silent ‘pee’ meaning that it can urinate, it can pee, it can piss, quietly and you can’t hear it. But the joke there is that the word ‘pterodactyl’ actually starts with a silent ‘P’, and I believe that is because it is Greek in origin. The word pterodactyl. Okay? So, that’s the joke there. Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl in the bathroom? Because it has a silent ‘pee’. And I should spell pterodactyl. P T E R O D A C T Y L, pterodactyl.
Alright, so let’s get into today’s expression guys.
Today’s expression is ‘to blow the whistle on someone’, ‘to blow the whistle on someone’.
So, this was suggested by Duaa in the Aussie English Facebook group, which is linked in the transcript. You might notice there that I’ve changed the name to the Aussie English Facebook group. It is much easier than always having to say the Aussie English Virtual Classroom Facebook group. So, (I) finally got around to changing the name there. The Aussie English Facebook group. You guys can search for it on Facebook and join it, and there are daily activities in there for you to be involved in. And obviously, you get to vote on expressions that I use each week in these episodes.
So, let’s go through and define the different words in the expression ‘to blow the whistle on someone’, ‘to blow the whistle on someone’.
So, the first two words there ‘to blow’. It’s a verb. ‘To blow’. ‘To blow’ is this *sound of blowing*. It’s to generate wind. It’s for air movement to occur. So, it’s usually done as a result of expelling air through pursed lips. So, doing this *sound of blowing*. That is the idea of ‘to blow’. Okay? You might blow a candle out. The wind might blow really strongly. It’s air movement.
‘A whistle’. Okay, ‘a whistle’. So, this can be two things. Firstly, it can be an instrument used to produce a shrill, high-pitched sound, especially for giving a signal. Okay so an instrument, a little tool, that you can put in your mouth. You can blow through it, and it makes a shrill sound. So, a referee and a footy match has a whistle and he blows the whistle in order to start or stop the game, right?
The other thing that a whistle can be is a shrill sound made by whistling. So, off I go *sound of whistling*. That is also ‘a whistle’. Okay?
So, the last one here is the use of the word ‘on’ for ‘on someone’. Okay? When you do something ‘on someone’. This is equivalent to doing something ‘to someone’. So, it sort of shows that that the action of the verb affects someone. And so, this actually happens with different kinds of verbs. It’s sort of another way of creating a phrasal verb. Okay? And you just kind of need to get used to the sorts of verbs that are followed by the particle ‘on’. So, for example you can ‘prey ON someone’. You can ‘run off ON someone’. You can ‘muscle in ON someone’. You can ‘rub off ON someone’. All of those are effectively you doing this verb TO someone, but instead of saying ‘to’ we say ‘on.
Alright. So, let’s go through and define the expression and its origins. Let’s chat about its origins. So, the expression ‘to blow the whistle on someone’ means to expose or report something scandalous or deceptive that someone has done or that someone is currently doing. So, to expose or report something scandalous or deceptive that someone’s doing so.
I had a bit of a look to see if I could work out where this origin may have come from, and there wasn’t really any specific direction given to me when I was searching. But I imagine that it originates from sports where the referees use whistles to control the game. So, they blow the whistle to start the game, to stop the game, you know, (to) pause the game. And for example, in footy, Australian Rules Football, in footy, if the ball goes out of bounds, or a goal is scored, someone marks the ball, any time the game needs to be stopped and then started again, it needs to be paused and restarted, the ref, the referee, will blow the whistle to signal this.
So, specifically, when someone gets fouled though, if someone hits another player or does an illegal move, this is when the referee will blow the whistle ‘on’ another player. So, on the bad player who found someone. The ref will blow the whistle on them. So, a penalty is then given against the bad player so that his opponent gets an advantage. And I think that in terms of say dealings or behaviour in the business world this is where this term has probably originated from. It sort of seeped into that world from sports so that now when anyone draws attention to a scandalous deceptive dodgy or sketchy behaviour that someone’s doing in business, at work, they’re figuratively blowing the whistle on that person in order to expose them in the hopes that they will be punished for their deeds.
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So, let’s go through and do some examples for today’s expression and how I would use it when speaking English, guys.
So, example number one. Imagine that you find out your boss at work is committing a lot of fraudulent acts. So, he is cooking the books, which means that he is modifying the financial documents at work. He’s falsifying these documents. He’s cooking the books in order to steal money, or maybe in order to not pay tax and save the business some money. So, this is really illegal. In pretty much every country in the world I don’t think you would get away with this. So, if you drew attention to the fact that your boss was doing this, that he was committing fraud, you’re blowing the whistle on your boss. You’re being a whistle blower, and you’re blowing the whistle on this dodgy guy, on the dodgy undertakings of your boss.
Example number two. You’ve got some dodgy politicians. So, some sketchy or dodgy pollies, some politicians. And these guys are leaking information that they shouldn’t be to the media in order to better their own political positions. So, it’s negatively affecting their opponents political position.
If you find out about this, maybe you’re a journalist or something, you find out about this misconduct because they’re not meant to be doing this legally, you could take it up with the authorities or maybe you could leak this information yourself to the media about these dodgy pollies. Okay? So, you’re being a whistleblower in this case. You’re blowing the whistle on the scandalous and deceptive activities of these sketchy pollies. You’re blowing the whistle on them.
The third example here is tobacco companies. So, tobacco companies knew for a very long time that you can get incredibly sick, you can get diseases from smoking cigarettes. So, from smoking ciggies. It’s a slang word in English for cigarette, a ciggy. So, they knew that these things were incredibly bad for your health that they were causing diseases like cancer, but they didn’t do anything about it because they wanted to keep making money.
So, if you were a worker for a tobacco company and you had access to this privy information, to this private information, maybe you went to meetings with certain executives, with execs, from the company, they could be the CEO or something, and you find out that they were purposefully hiding this information or delaying the release of this information in order to save money or in order to make more money, you might decide, “Screw this! I’m going to the media and I’m going to blow the whistle on these dodgy CEOs, these dodgy execs.”. So, you want to bring light to what they’re doing. You want to show them for the people they are, and for the misdeeds, the misconduct, that they’re doing. So, you blow the whistle on them. You’re a whistleblower, and you go to the media to blow the whistle.
So, let’s go through a little listen and repeat exercise, guys, and then we’ll smash out today’s Aussie fact, and we’ll finish up.
So, listen and repeat after me, guys. This is your chance to pronounce this expression and the words in it just like me, and improve your English accent.
Listen & Repeat:
To blow the
To blow the whistle
To blow the whistle on
To blow the whistle on someone x 5
I blew the whistle on him.
You blew the whistle on him.
She blew the whistle on him.
He blew the whistle on him.
We blew the whistle on him.
They blew the whistle on him.
It blew the whistle on him.
Awesome stuff there, guys. Great job! Remember, if you want to get the breakdown of this listen and repeat exercise where I go through the different aspects of pronunciation and connected speech in more detail, make sure that you sign up for The Aussie English Classroom and give it a go. It’s $1 for your first month.
Anyway, let’s get into the Aussie fact, guys. Today, I wanted to talk to you about the history of the discovery and immigration of Australia. So, this has got a lot of points in it, so I might break this up into multiple parts. But today, we’re going to go through everything up to British colonisation. Alright. So, we’re going to go through a brief overview of the immigration and discovery of Australia.
So, firstly 60-40,000 years ago Indigenous Australians arrived. They arrived in Australia 60-40000 years ago. That’s a very long time. This occurred during the end of the Pleistocene epoch, which is a period of geological time, when the sea levels were a lot lower than they are today. They were between 100 and 150 meters lower than they currently are today. So, there was a lot more continental coastline exposed so that you could walk further out to sea, because the seas were lower. And so, the continental coastline of Australia extended further north as a result, as well as further south, east, and west. And Australia and New Guinea, the landmass above Australia, formed a single landmass which is known as Sahul. Okay? So, Australia and New Guinea were joined this time into a single landmass and they were called Sahul. There was a land bridge that joined Australia and New Guinea, and this stretched across the Arafura Sea, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Strait. So, the north of Queensland all the way to New Guinea. And so, the ancestors of modern Indigenous Australians most likely just walked here across this land bridge 60-40,000 years ago. So, that’s point one.
Recent research suggests that around 4200 years ago a wave of migrants from India actually arrived in Australia. So, how crazy’s that? If you’re an Indian listening to this right now in Australia, you guys are potentially more closely related to indigenous Australians than I am, because of this group of Indians that migrated to Australia over 4,000 years ago. So, this was discovered through DNA analysis of modern Indigenous Australians. They looked at their DNA and they compared them to other peoples in the world, and they found that 11% of DNA of modern Indigenous Australians originates from India. 11%! How crazy is that? And this coincides, this period of time, 4,200 years ago coincides, with the arrival of dingoes into Australia suggesting that Indians took their dingoes, their dogs, with them when they came to Australia. And these Indians may have also brought some unique stone tools called microliths. So, that’s point two.
Point three. So, recorded history shows that in the early 17th century, so the early 1600s, the continent of Australia experienced its first coastal landing’s and exploration by European explorers. So, the Dutch had colonies in Southeast Asia at the time established by the Dutch East Indies Company, and Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon in 1606, onboard the Duyfken, is generally considered to be the first European discoverer of Australia.
So, between the years of 1606 and 1770, something like 54 European vessels made landfall on Australian soil, and at this time Europeans referred to Australia as ‘Terra Australis Incognita’, which means ‘unknown land of the south’. So, despite all these vessels visiting Australia though, none of them ever claimed ownership of Australia. That’s point three.
Point four. There’s an interesting theory that Australia may have been first seen by Europeans 80 years before the Dutch in 1521-1524 by some Portuguese navigators. So, what’s the evidence for this? There are Dieppe Maps, a group of 16th century French world maps, that depict, that show, a large landmass between Indonesia and Antarctica. The landmasses in question on the map carry French, Portuguese and Gallicized Portuguese place names. There was also the presence of Portuguese colonies in Southeast Asia from the early 16th century, so the 1500s, in places like Portuguese Timor. And Portuguese Timor, now known as East Timor or Timor, is found 650 kilometres north of Australia. So, it’s really only a stone’s throw away. Various antiquities have also been found on Australian coastlines, which are claimed to be relics of early Portuguese voyages.
So, that’s pretty interesting that the Portuguese may have seen Australia 80 years before even the Dutch, who saw Australia 170 years before the British. That was point four, and here’s point five and then we’ll finish up.
So, in 1770, Englishman Lieutenant James Cook or Captain James Cook charted the east coast of Australia in his ship HM Barque Endeavour for Great Britain, and returned with accounts favouring colonisation at Botany Bay, which is now in Sydney, New South Wales.
The First Fleet of British ships was led by Governor Arthur Phillip and it arrived at Botany Bay between the 18th and the 20th of January 1788 to establish a penal colony. So, this was 18 years after James Cook found Australia, or at least “discovered it”, quote-unquote for Britain. The First Fleet comprised 11 ships and transported roughly 1300 people, which included 778 convicts, so criminals. 586 men and 192 women.
So, that’s it. So, the key points here with regards to British discovery and colonisation of Australia. Captain James Cook didn’t discover Australia and wasn’t even the first European to step onto Australian soil. He claimed Australia for Great Britain as he had been instructed to by King George III of England on the 22nd of August 1770, and this was at Possession Island, and he named Australia New South Wales. So, that’s where the state name New South Wales comes from.
Governor Arthur Phillip led the First Fleet of 11 boats that were the first European colony in Australia. And they arrived in January of 1788 in the area which is now Sydney.
So, I hope you enjoy this episode, guys. There’s heaps of content in here for you. Lots of Aussie culture, Aussie history, and a bunch of expressions and vocab for you to help upgrade your Aussie English. Enjoy your week, guys, and I’ll chat to you soon. See ya!
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By Admin — 3 months ago
AE 510: A Chat About Pregnancy in Australia with Kel & Pete
G’day, guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today, I have a special episode for you where I sit down with my wife Kel and we talk about the first trimester of her pregnancy, what we thought it was going to be like compared to what it actually has been like up to now.
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Trying to use this little selfie stick again, I remembered how good it was. Anyway, we’re about to go out and get some muffins and coffee and Kel had an idea, Kel had a pretty nifty little idea. What are you doing, Kelly? Why are you hiding? Come here ‘cause I don’t want to show you guys the room, it’s a bit dirty.
So, tell us about your idea, you wanted to do the pregnancy diary.
You wanted to do a little pregnancy diary where you can talk about it, you know, and this might not be helpful for many men out there listening,
but hopefully it gives you some good vocab and as well some a learning experience for those of you who are thinking about getting pregnant in the future
Yeah, and I think people want to see our little bump.
Little bump? What’s this Kel? Show us the bump. Is it a little?
It’s huge. Look at that. Yeah, I reckon mine’s bigger. Look at that much bigger. My baby’s way further along than yours.
You’re so competitive
Alright, so we’re going to go to Barwon Heads and get some muffins. Don’t look at the room. Don’t look at the room.
As always, we’re in front of the house walking to the car. But this time Kelly’s here. We’re not go to the gym, not today. So, where are we going Kel, Kel?
To the coffee shop. Coffee shop, coffee shop. There is an amazing place in Barwon Heads, called Starfish, right? And It is…hold on, just let me get in the car. Get in Kel!
Yes, so It’s called Starfish, it’s really good, mum found it and it has amazing muffins and even better croissants with pumpkin. Oh my god this is so good!
I love it, I just can’t handle it.
Can’t handle it today, huh? A bit pregnant, preggers, up the duff. A little bit ‘nojenta’ (nauseous).
What does this mean?
Pregnant but in a very sort of…Like cows get “prenha”.
Okay. Okay. Alright.
We’re off to Barwon Heads. We’re off to Barwon Heads. So, how you feeling today? You’ve been a bit nauseous recently. Tell us about your experience being pregnant. How’s it been? Has it been fun?
No, it’s not fun. I mean…It is nice when you realize that you have a baby in you and you think about it and you buy things, but daily sort of… the struggle is real.
The struggle is real. Like I wake up feeling sick every day. It goes on for the rest of the day, pretty much. If I’m hungry, I feel even worse, but then because I’m so nauseous, I don’t feel like eating anything and
even my favourite things like cheese or pasta like I just don’t feel like having any food
That’s the weird thing, I think because you love those foods and you were eating them like an animal before you got pregnant, but now, you just like…do you think like is it what’s putting you off them? Is it the idea of what they taste like, the smell of them? The textures, is there some specific aspect or you just don’t feel like eating that food now?
I know some women get really sick like with smells and textures, I’ve been reading about it, but for me personally, it’s just I don’t feel hungry. I feel…well, I know I have to eat and I kind of get like okay. I really like cheese or whatever, but then when I’m there looking at it it’s just like, I don’t want it. It’s just like the pizza we got the other day I had like two pieces and I was just like…
What did you order? You ordered a pizza and it was like half peri-peri Mexican or some spicy thing and then half…What was the other half?
Was chorizo or something.
Chorizo like a margarita with a bit of sausage on it or something and you ate that but then you were like this other one looks gross and I’m not eating it.
And I love chicken, that’s my favourite thing.
It would have never happened in the past.
Not at all, I would have started with this one because I like it so much
I don’t know, that’s the most weird thing that’s happening. The rest is just fine. Like I know I’m not putting putting on a lot of weight yet so, it’s fine. Not vomiting a lot. I feel really sick, but I don’t vomit.
You only vomited once. Yeah exactly. What happened then when you vomited the first time?
I think we were in the car, right? Normally without being pregnant I get
Motion sickness. Yeah, you don’t do very well in cars at least when you’re not…when you weren’t pregnant, it would be like if we were driving around, really bad corners, like if you go down the Great Ocean Road, it tends to be pretty horrible.
Yeah, So, if you’re going down the Great Ocean Road it tends to be… that’s when I would get motion sick if we were going down fast and you’re constantly like…
But for me it’s so bad, I can’t even use my phone in the car.
We were coming back from your grandparents’ place in Melbourne, yeah, which is about a two hour drive I just couldn’t handle it anymore and I just puked.
We were so close!
We were one turn, one turn away from our house and dad was driving and Kel’s like give me the bag!
And we’re like literally a minute away from getting home and you puked in the car. Yeah in front of my dad.
And then he was turning the fan on.
Aircon up. Aircon up. It’s all good, it’s not easy. I can’t imagine, you know, the hormone changes and feeling nauseous all the time. That would, that would get to me. I think that was frustrating.
Yeah at the end of the day you’re just so tired of feeling so sick. Yeah, and I don’t know if all the women experienced the same but I have every day when it’s kind of like getting dark around like six seven I get quite
unsettled like I’m just uncomfortable. I don’t know if it has something to do with the hormones or if it’s just because I’m tired of feeling so sick.
But I just get really like I can’t do anything like I don’t if…in bed, I’m uncomfortable, if I get up to do something else, I’m uncomfortable.
Yeah, you’d be finding it really hard to get to sleep, right? Recently and it’s not the stereotype is that it’s morning sickness which is what I assumed before you got pregnant like oh, yeah, you’ll be, you know, sick in the morning and then the rest of the day you’ll be fine, but it’s more like all-day sickness.
All day sickness and I find it really hard to sleep.
And which week did this begin at?
Probably…Yeah, this was six weeks, I mean I’m 8 now, but six weeks that’s when it hit me.
yeah, and fortunately though it’s only meant to last for five to six weeks.
Usually yes, usually yes, that’s what everyone’s telling me.
Most women have been saying don’t worry after twelve weeks you’ll feel fine again and you’ll feel like superwoman!
Right now, it’s really hard for me to imagine I’ll feel so great, like…
but then we watched the…I don’t know if it’s a documentary, but more or less a documentary on birth, childbirth yesterday and the girl that was on there, the Indian one, was like I felt nauseous every day for eight months. So, I can’t imagine that feeling of being sick for eight months and then you know, it must feel pretty good once you’ve finished
Must be very good after you finish. Yeah, and you’re like oh, I don’t feel nauseous anymore.
But everyone is telling us that you know after those first weeks. Something, you know, happens and you just have great, even your mom saying that you feel like you can do anything.
So, I’m really looking forward to feeling like that because right now is just really bad. So, how do you think it’s changed your life? Your day-to-day routine at the moment if you weren’t pregnant?
What would you be doing that you currently can’t do?
I would probably be having a lot of soft cheese
No, but honestly. It’s hard because I know there is something happening, happening inside me, but you don’t feel much different like physically speaking. Yeah, you know, you feel sick and you feel you know, moody or something happens and you just remember oh, yeah, I’m pregnant, but you look at yourself in the mirror and you just like I’m the same and you don’t realize how much you’re going to change, your personality and stuff. So, it’s not… I’m still digesting the whole thing.
Like hey, I’m pregnant, but I do think…I haven’t eaten for the whole day, for example and I know like I would definitely go to bed without having anything, but I’m like, you know, I have to eat.
I think that’s one of the most difficult things, right? Is that you’re constantly don’t… you’re constantly not feeling like food at the moment but you know that you need to eat because of the baby and to give it nutrition and what it needs.
So, yesterday you you were like barbecuing stuff. I didn’t want to have anything, but I know I don’t usually have meat because well, we’ve been eating meat a lot in the last three weeks but I just don’t feel like having anything, but I was like I have to, I have to have some substantial. That’s probably… that’s the main…
it’s the weirdest thing with Kel having to force her to eat food usually you’re pretty good with food and you’re pretty like…
Apart from that, you just, you know, I keep thinking, buying things like I go out and not see the baby stuff and I want to buy it’s just you get used to, I’m getting used to understanding, I guess. Yeah have a baby that’s going to be born in like seven months.
Has it hit you yet? Do you think? I mean you keep asking me like, do you feel like a dad yet? Or like it’s going to happen is it has it hit you, Pete and to be honest it hasn’t because obviously the only, the only thing that I noticed is that you’re feeling a bit sick, right? That’s the only change for me and it’s an external thing for me. I don’t have this internal change in hormones and feelings and emotion and everything like that that you’re going through, but has it properly hit you yet that you will have this parasite, baby crying and keeping you awake and, you know, eventually leading leading you to be an amazing parent in seven months from now.
Not really, maybe I’m just not conscious about it. Like if I wasn’t pregnant I would be like let’s travel, let’s do, you know, other things but it’s really fine for me to be like I can’t do that, I can’t just, you know, decide I can’t just go away and do other things because very soon I’ll be, I’ll have a baby and I have to take care of him or her, but I think it’s a very subtle change.
You’ll get used to it
And I’m sure when I have a big belly and the baby’s moving I’ll feel more like a parent, but now…At the same time, I’m reading a lot of a lot of things about parenting so I’m trying to get, you know…
Up your skills
Yeah, because that scares me more than the pregnancy I think being a parent and educating someone kind of scares me.
We are almost here I just have to do a U-ey and park behind this car.
How’s it going? Can I grab a large cappuccino? Takeaway and what about you, Kel?
A small hot chocolate and I might grab… What do you reckon? One of these muffins, Kel? I might grab the dark choc berry one for me, please man.
So good. Is it good? These muffins rule. Look at that chocolate! Tasty? And the cappuccino looking forward to this.
All right now we’re off to the beach we’ll see if we can find somewhere nice to sit down and continue this chat. Yeah, I’m all coffeed out. Oh, too much coffee today, I think.
Oh, like ten. I’m probably… I had to have one decaf as well. So, there you go, three or two and a half, two and a half. Anyway, we’re in Bowen heads and we’re goinig to head down to this…There’s a little pier. Hopefully, there’s no one on it. Guess we’ll see.
So, how’s it been? What did you expect before getting pregnant, Kel? What were the expectations before you got done? Before you got up the duff?
I don’t know, I didn’t really have any sort of expectations. I thought, I really thought the whole thing about I’m so sick it was an overreaction little bit, but I can see it’s not. There are things that not many people talk about like because they’re embarrassing and you know, you know just feel like Is it actually happening? Like I feel bloated all the time. Sometimes like today I woke up was like Am I showing I have such a big bump! Am I showing or am I bloated? It wasn’t a baby, it was something else.
You go to the toilet and then you get up and you’re like damn it!
You burp a lot, like I’m always…
And she never burps, I burp all the time I must be incredibly pregnant.
It I hate it. It’s just horrible.
You don’t like burping or you don’t like being pregnant?
You’re a bit gassy.
I am, anyway. You are, anyway, but I’m not used to it.
And you have to pee every like 30 minutes to an hour.
That’s what make me more anxious out of everything.
You have to always think where’s the toilet? Where’s the toilet?
I wake up four, like three or four times at night and it’s quite cold here so wake up, it’s cold.
It’s not really cold. It’s just she thinks it’s cold
It is cold and you have to go to the bathroom and you know that the time I go back to bed I’m already like I need to pee again. So, I thought about getting, don’t know what you call it in English, Brazilians will know ‘penico’. Just leave the ‘penico’…
Some kind of small bucket or receptacle or something that you can pee in and that’s near your bed that they would have used before toilets. People use pans. I think you would call it. They use them in the hospital.
Wee can get one of those for you if you want, you got your bucket.
No, the bucket is for vomit.
We need to get a mattress that we can put a hole in and then just hold it over the toilet and you can just sleep on the mattress right there, right? and the toilets right underneath you.
Like I had to get new bras because the ones I had were quite uncomfortable.
That shocked me how quickly your breasts got bigger straight after getting pregnant I thought oh…
Yeah, It was like, we found out one day the next day. I was like, boom!
I always thought that it was like, you know, towards the end that the breasts get bigger. They get filled with milk or whatever that the baby needs and that happens later on in pregnancy, but obviously the hormones kick in and there’s some sort of you know changes occurring in your breasts. But I was just like yeah, I didn’t expect that. But I like it.
I like it, to be honest, that’s a good part of pregnancy. Forgive me, forgive me.
He was like, can you just press pause?
But I’m only eight weeks so I don’t know how big…
There’s no upper limit
I think those are the most, you know, annoying things mmm, it’s really it’s really nice. I don’t know, if you think about it and you imagine you have to educate this person and try your best and love and I was really scared of not being able to love.
Yeah, what were you nervous about it? What were you scared about it? Cause you had quite a lot of preconceptions before getting pregnant that you were sort of like am I going to be a good mum?
Yeah. Well the good mum thing. It’s always in my mind. Like am… I am I able to do a good job? and there’s no recipe, right? You just, you try your best.
You have to wing it. Yeah suck it and see.
Yeah, but what I am doing is I’m reading as much as I can about parenting and trying to get…Trying to understand what’s the best for with regards to education and stuff but with the love issue because you’re single and that’s the amount of love I’m capable of giving.
I get the limit at the moment. I get everything.
You get everything and it’s an easy because everyone’s like your baby’s born and you…There’s no way you can love someone more than you love your baby and that scares me because how vulnerable is that? Like this little person can literally destroy my life if something happens. I’ll be like that’s my whole heart going away with this little kid, but at the same time it’s amazing to think that you are able to love someone like that and you can do anything.
Well, that’s what I kept saying to you the whole time. You kept saying how am I ever going to love someone as much as I see everyone loving their children? And I said, I think it’s one It’s naturally going to occur and two
I think it’s the kind of thing that’s going to develop as you get through your pregnancy. You have this thing inside you that you’re developing a bond with and then when it’s born it’s just going to…
With your niece, for example. Yeah, I really love her. Like I spent time with her. She’s the cutest baby ever and I feel connected and I’m like
How can I think I will not love my baby?
That’s what I said
I’m like you already like my niece so much to imagine what you’re gonna feel for your own child. So, that was a big thing that you were worried about to begin with I think.
But yeah, it’s much better now, but it was before getting pregnant. I was like scared of you know, not being able to care and to love but you know nature, nature works fine, and you just do it.
Exactly. And so, what about parenting, you’ve been learning a lot about that recently. What are the do’s and don’ts that you think you sort of come across?
That’s hard because there’s no, as I said, there’s no recipe, right?
There’s no right answer.
You don’t… you shouldn’t expect – oh, I will apply those rules and tips and my baby will be the best child, you know, on Earth. Every child is different.
Yes. It’s a difficult thing though because there are definitely answers that are better than other answers, right? and options that are better than other options, but there’s no definitive guide to do this four times a day, you know, and you’ll have a good kid.
And that’s the difficult part for me – I want to do the best I can but I know my own limitations. And I also know that you can only control so much when you have the child. They they’re going to have their own personality that’s sort of irrespective of what you set up or do before that?
Yeah, and I’m really into the whole like peaceful parenting stuff because that’s a very different way like from my experience. I wasn’t raised with…
And I really think it works. Like I really think that’s…that’s the, you know, the best advice you can get
Do you want to talk about what is peaceful parenting exactly?
So, peaceful parents is all about not…understanding, first of all, understanding your child and respecting their personality, like you wouldn’t force your friend or your partner to do something they don’t want to do because it hurts and it feels horrible, so the whole respect towards children, that’s what I like and it’s all about avoiding punishment. It’s not that you’re not going to teach them, you know, boundaries limit and exactly but you do it in a different way because every time they misbehave. It’s a chance for you to teach them something as opposed to it’s a chance for you to punish them.
I think it’s a lot more based around conversations and discussions why they can’t have something, why they can’t do something, why something they did was wrong as opposed to go to your room because I said so or you can’t do this because I don’t want you to, I think from my point of view that wouldn’t work on me now so why would it work on a kid, right?
Like if someone tells you you can’t have this and you’d be like well, I feel like I can so why can’t I and the person just says because I said so you’d be like well, that doesn’t really you know sit well with me you need to tell me more so I think you need to sort of treat kids like that as well. Like they’re more like adults. Explain to them why you’re deciding certain things.
You also need to understand the the child’s brain is not developed. Yeah, so you can’t expect them to be mature and you know, responsive when you know, you lose your temper sometimes and you know, it’s hard I struggle with, you know, understanding my emotions sometimes and I get quite overwhelmed from you know, every now and then but imagine a child. It’s just really hard for them to understand what’s happening. Like they don’t, they don’t know any better. They’re just children.
Yeah, and but I think that’s the important part. They are not going to learn without you.
And you need to accept that you can’t expect more. When… even though you want your child to be the most well-behaved child in the room. You can’t expect them to be more mature then that they actually are for their age, you know? And I really like that because I see, I mean, not being judgemental here, but I see a lot of people and I used to do the same with my sister or my you know, the kids I was working with in Townsville, you can’t you get so frustrated. Sometimes you want them to do something and you forget like, if they are misbehaving, it’s probably because they are they are after something else. Is it attention? Are they hungry? like there’s always something
And with the documentaries we’ve been watching quite often the kids that misbehave the most so the ones who don’t have a connection with their parents and they’re just looking for some kind of you know, I guess response or some kind of attention from their parents and that’s why they act out or they act up
And something that I it really resonates with me is, at least in Brazil, I think and again I’m speaking from my own experience. The whole thing with my family was like, oh don’t do that the child will be spoiled. You’re hugging too much, you’re doing too much attention. It’s just for me that doesn’t make any sense because I can’t imagine how scary the world is. You’re like a little child the only thing you know, that is safe it’s your, it’s your mom and your dad and you don’t give them attention, you let them cry for hours without going there.
There’s limits, right? You have to be not overbearing. You can’t do overbearing mother that protects them from everything. You have to… you have to let them expose themselves to the world and risk being hurt or in danger, but at the same time be there for them
You need to be there all the time and you need to be as, you know, affectionate and caring and there’s no limit for that. That’s one thing that if you get if you want to get something from like peaceful parenting and stuff just be there and give as much love as you can like, there’s no limit, you’re feel free to give as much love as you can because that’s that’s what makes them safe and they connect with you and they trust you and that’s their world like that you are the only thing they have when they’re little at least. It’s been good to learn about it.
That’s where we’re at currently. So, who knows if that’s what it’ll actually be like later on during the pregnancy or when the baby is actually born, but the sun’s getting in my eyes. Maybe we should, we should finish up there, guys. Hope you enjoyed it, but yeah Kel thought this would be a fun idea to sort of sit down and do a pregnancy diary kind of thing where we can chat about what’s happening with Kel and what we’re planning and and things were learning and stuff just to talk about different things in English. So, hopefully you enjoy it all the things in the next video some things yeah, let’s do it. Anyway. Thanks for joining us, guys! Chat soon!
Good job, guys. Well, I hope you enjoyed that episode today. If you guys planning on having a child Down Under, or maybe you’re currently in the process of having a child, or maybe you’ve already had one, I hope that episode was helpful and gave you lots of vocabulary and expressions, things that you can use when talking about these topics. That’s the whole point. That’s why I like sharing this kind of information, even though it’s a bit of my private life and Kel’s private life, I feel like it’s helpful for you guys, so I hope you liked it.
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In this episode I go over a number of different ways that you can call someone an “idiot” using a number of different more general English terms as well as some very specific Aussie terms.
Polite ways to call someone an “idiot” word list:
None of these are particularly rude, and I use quite a lot on a daily basis whether I’m seriously calling someone an idiot or using words in an endearing sense such as “dag” when someone has done something silly or stupid that I think is funny and we’re both laughing together about it.
As I say in at the end of the episode guys I would be careful not to go around using these like crazy in every situation, particularly formal situations, but at the same time they are the kinds of words you will hear a lot in informal and friendly situations. So I think it’s important to have some awareness of what they mean and when they will be used.
Also, be sure to check out the following episode (Ep023) where I interview my mate John about how he would use these words in conversation with other Aussies.
Come over to the Aussie English Facebook page and chat to the many other Aussie English learners. Practice a few of these words or phrases, ask any questions you may have, and be a part of the conversation! All the best guys!
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