Learn Australian English in this episode of Aussie English where I teach you how to use THE LINKING R just like a native English speaker Down Under.
AE 341 – 1 Simple Tip To Sound Australian:
The Linking R
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today, we’re going to be talking about one simple tip to sound Australian, and that’s going to be the linking R.
So, this is video number two, guys, on R insertion in connected speech, in the Australian accent, the Australian pronunciation of English.
In today’s example, we’re going to be talking about the linking R.
So, the linking R is used in Australian English to link words that end with the sound “/ɑ/” or end with a silent R with other words that start with a vowel.
It just makes it sound a lot more natural, guys.
And, for some reason, for whatever reason, Australians love to do this.
For example. “the tuna_r_is mine” or “My leg is sore_again”.
So, let’s go through a series of sentences, guys, to practice the linking R.
I going to say them first unlinked, or unconnected, where you can practice pronunciation of each of the words on its own, and then say the same sentence, but connected.
So, I’m going to use connected speech to pronounce it just like a native Australian English speaker.
So, listen and repeat after me guys or take it to the next level and treat it as a substitution exercise.
Listen & Repeat:
My ear is sore.
My ear_is sore.
It was far away.
It was far_away.
The theatre is open.
The theatre_is open.
That’s our empty car.
That’s our_empty car.
He’s an amateur, isn’t he?
He’s an amateur_isn’t he?
The tractor opened the gate.
The tractor_opened the gate.
The shopping centre is huge.
The shopping centre_is huge.
Your behaviour is acceptable.
Your behaviour_is unacceptable.
The treasure appeared in front of us.
The treasure_appeared in front of us.
They are explaining the rules.
They are_explaining the rules.
So, that’s it for today guys. I hope it helps. Keep practicing this, guys.
Some of these examples are quite subtle, but the more you practice, the better you’re going to get, and the more you’re going to sound just like a native Aussie English speaker.
It always feels weird saying, “native Australian”.
Anyway, that’s enough for today, guys. I hope you enjoy this episode, and I’ll chat to you soon.
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By Admin — 8 months ago
AE 448 – Expression: Get Cold Feet
G’day, guys. What is going on?
I hope you’ve been having a ripper of a week. I’m back again. It’s another Sunday and it is another expression episode, guys, and today’s episode is going to be a ripper. So, it’s going to be awesome. We’re going to be talking about penguins. That was the intro scene there that you had at the start. It was a video clip from BBC Earth’s YouTube channel. So, there’ll be a link in the transcript for that. If you love wildlife, definitely go check out that channel. But that was David Attenborough speaking.
I’m a massive fan of David Attenborough and it was his 92nd birthday probably two weeks ago on the 8th of May. He was born and a few days after the Queen of England. So, he’s 92 years old. Pretty crazy.
Anyway, a quick anecdote. Yeah. I grew up always watching David Attenborough films. So, my parents were both zoologists and they met at Melbourne University, I think, in the 70s, maybe the late 70s is when they met, and yeah, obviously got married, had kids, and we grew up with a heavy dose of wildlife. So, we would watch docos, we’d go camping, we’d go to the zoo. Absolutely loved animals. So, that was my sort of upbringing and obviously why I ended up going to university, the same university that they met at, and studying the same thing they did zoology.
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Anyway guys, let’s dive into today’s episode. We’ll be covering the expression ‘to get cold feet’, and this was suggested by Dan in the Facebook group. So, we’ll get into that.
But First let’s do a joke. So, the joke here is related to penguins. You know, had to connect these two things.
What Do penguins eat for lunch? So, penguins, the small little birds that live in the ocean. What do they eat for lunch? ‘Ice-burgers’. ‘Ice-burgers’. Do you get it?
So, Obviously, icebergs are those large pieces of ice that break off in Antarctica or in the Arctic, in the north… northern hemisphere.
And ‘burgers’ are obviously, you know, hamburgers or chicken burgers. They’re a kind of food where you have lettuce and cheese, bacon, other kinds of meat, and you have bread on top. That’s a burger, right? So, the joke here is ‘ice-burgers’.
Anyway, guys, today’s expression, ‘to get cold feet’, and you may also hear this as ‘to have cold feet’. So, let’s go through and define these words guys.
‘To have’. If you have something, you possess something, okay? You own the thing, you have the thing, you possess the thing.
‘To get’. If you get something you acquire that thing. So, you didn’t have it to begin with and then you got it, you acquired it, and now you possess it. And this can be physical things like, you know, a burger or it can be, I guess… well, still physical, but not like an item, okay? Like, you can get cold. You can get hot. You can get wealthy. You know? It doesn’t have to be something you can hold in your hands.
‘Cold’. ‘Cold’. I’m sure you guys know it’s the sort of… the temperature that is incredibly low. It’s not hot. If you’re shivering, if you’re out snowboarding in winter, you’re probably going to get cold.
And The last one here, guys, ‘feet’ the plural of ‘a foot’. This is the lower extremity of the leg below the ankle and you would usually stand on your feet. You would walk on your feet. You would run on your feet, right? Your foot, each foot, has five toes, a big toe, a little toe, and the three toes in between.
Anyway guys, what does the expression ‘to get cold feet’ mean? So, if you ‘get cold feet’ it means that you lose your nerve, that you lose your confidence, that you become timid, and it’s usually used as a polite way of saying… well, not necessarily polite, but a nice way of saying something like ‘to chicken out’, ‘to wuss out’, or ‘to bail on’ something and these are sort of phrasal verbs that mean to abandon something because you got too nervous, right? You wussed out, you chickened out, you bailed out.
So, where did this originate from? We’re not really sure but it originates from about the 19th century, the late 19th century, though again, the exact origin isn’t known. However, experts suspect that this expression may have something to do with the military, an environment which certainly offers a plethora of things to fear, situations to run away from, to bail on, to get cold feet from, and you would also imagine that there are plenty of situations where you could get cold feet, literally, in the army, you know? You’re running around in your boots and it rains, you got cold feet.
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So, as usual guys, let’s go through some examples of how I would use the expression ‘to get cold feet’ or ‘to have cold feet’ in day to day life. Okay?
So, example number one. Example number one is that you are at a wedding. Okay? And there’s a bride and groom, there’re two people who are about to get married. I mean, well, in Australia there’s gay marriage so it could be two grooms or two brides, but I imagine it’s a bride and groom in this example.
So, the bride hasn’t shown up. She hasn’t come to the wedding ceremony. And this is a classic example of where you’re likely to hear this expression. So, maybe she’s running late because of photography. You know, they’re trying to take photos of somewhere and she’s not happy with the photos. Maybe she is trying to do her makeup still or get her wedding dress on. Or maybe there’s transport issues, you know? Maybe they’re getting delayed because of that, the bridal party is getting delayed. Or maybe she’s changed her mind. Maybe she doesn’t want to get married to this guy anymore. So, she’s decided, “I’m scared. I’m nervous. I’m not confident about this decision. I’ve got cold feet.”. Okay? So, she’s got cold feet. She’s changed her mind. She’s lost her nerve, her confidence. She’s got cold feet. And if the crowd start murmuring, maybe they’re gossiping. It’s been a long time. She hasn’t shown up yet. They might be thinking, “Is she going to leave the groom standing at the altar because she’s got cold feet?”.
Example number two. Alright so pubs in Australia, these are places you can go and drink, and you can eat food, usually alcoholic beverages, and you’ll often see things like bands or single musicians playing at these venues. Pubs in Australia often have events called ‘Open mic nights’. So, ‘an open mic night’ is where you have the microphone for someone to sing into or play into… is it’s open for anyone to use. You just have to get in line. Right? You have to put your hand up and say, “I want to sing. I want to read out some poetry. Maybe I want to do some stand-up comedy.” Right? So, you’re a performer. You’ve gone to a pub. It’s a… it’s an open mic night, and you’ve told all your friends to come with you, because you want to get up and do some stand-up comedy or maybe you want to read a poem or maybe you want to sing a song. If your turn comes up, though, and you freak out, you get a little nervous, you lose your confidence, and you become timid, you might decide not to get up on stage and sing the song, read the poem, do some stand-up comedy. You’ve got cold feet. You have cold feet, because you’ve wussed out, you’ve chickened out, you’ve got cold feet.
Example number three here, guys, and this was something that I used to get faced with all the time. When I was doing jiujitsu my coach would always be hassling us, always asking us, always pestering us, trying to sort of guilt trip us into competing, because obviously he wanted the team to compete as much as possible and do really well. So, he would always be like, “Everyone needs to compete!”. I’m the kind of person that despite, you know, being able to create these kinds of podcast episodes and videos, I don’t like really being in front of a lot of people, to be honest, especially, when it’s like you fighting someone and there’s half a thousand people watching you. Okay? So, he would ask us to do this and quite often I would chicken out of entering the competition. I would wuss out. I would get cold feet. So, I would get too nervous. It would… the thought of standing in front of all these people and fighting someone else and potentially losing in front of all these people would give me cold feet. It would make me nervous. But imagine, okay, I did end to this competition. You could also use this expression if the time came to get on the mat and fight, so, they’ve said “Pete and…”, you know, the other guy “…Tim! It’s your turn to fight. Come out on the mat!”. If I ran away, if I didn’t show up, if I chickened out, if I wussed out, I’d gotten cold feet. I had become too timid and lost my nerve. Okay?
So, I hope you understand the expression, guys, ‘to get cold feet’ or ‘to have cold feet’. It is just to lose nerve, to lose confidence, and not do something. To bail on something. And then, if you want to kind of belittle the person a little bit and make it a little bit more sort of like you’re judging the person and making fun of them, you can say ‘to wuss out’, ‘to chicken out’, and then, just in general you can say ‘to bail on something’, which is just to leave something, to avoid something.
So, hopefully, those are some good phrasal verbs you can use when talking to your friends.
So, as usual, let’s go through a listen and repeat exercise, guys. This is your chance to practice your pronunciation. So, just listen then repeat after me, guys. Whether you want an Australian accent, whether you just want a prefect an American accent, a British accent, or just work on whatever accent you have, just try and say these words after me. Okay? Let’s go.
To get cold
To get cold feet x 5
A lot of stop consonants in their sentence, guys, when we’re talking about connected speech. A lot of stop consonants.
So, we’ll do this now using the conditional, guys. So, we’ll say “I would never get cold feet”. We’ll conjugate through that. And I’m going to contract a ‘would’ on to the respective pronouns for each sentence, right? So, instead of saying, ‘I would’, I’ll say ‘I’d’. Okay? So, listen and repeat after me.
I’d never get cold feet
You’d never get cold feet
She’d never get cold feet
He’d never get cold feet
We’d never get cold feet
They’d never get cold feet
It’d never get cold feet
Great job, guys. Great job. Remember, if you would like to learn the pronunciation of Australian English in much more depth. I really recommend signing up to the Aussie English Classroom, guys, where you will get a video breaking down all of the connected speech, the pronunciation, and other aspects of spoken English from this exercise as well as previous exercises in the podcast episode. So, sign up to the Aussie English Classroom, guys, and give it a go.
Anyway, before we finish up, I want to talk about fairy penguins or little penguins. Okay? So, today, we had at the very start of this episode a scene where David Attenborough was at Phillip Island talking about the smallest penguin in the world, the little penguins.
Now these guys weigh only about a kilogram and they only stand about 30 centimeters tall. They’re incredibly small and they are the world’s smallest penguins.
You can find these little penguins in southern Australia and in New Zealand in scattered colonies along the coastlines of these countries. And in Australia, you’ll find them all the way from out west in the city of Perth all the way east to Sydney, and then in the south, you’ll find them around Melbourne and in Tasmania. Okay?
So, if you come to Melbourne, though, they’re very easy to see, and you will see them at Phillip Island at night. This is probably the best place to go if you want to see them coming out of water and walking up the beach to their burrows. You can go to the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island and you can also see them at the St Kilda pier in Melbourne.
There are estimated to be about a million penguins left, these small penguins, little penguins, 32,000 of which live at Phillip Island. So, that’s pretty crazy. I guess, that’s only about 3.2%.
How do you tell the difference between a male and a female? That’s a good question. Well, you can’t ask them. So, you have to look at beaks. The adult females have a thin beak, much thinner than males, and the males have a distinct hook on the end of their beaks.
What do they eat? Every day, little Penguins have to go into the water, into the ocean, into the sea, and they eat up to 25% of their body weight, which is about 250 grams. And they’re eating fish like Barracouta, Anchovies, Red Cod, Pilchards, and even cephalopods like squid.
They can swim about two to four kilometres an hour, and for reference, humans can swim about six kilometres an hour.
Little penguins live in holes in the ground and we call these holes ‘burrows’, and this is a place where they can rest, they can nest, they can moult, and they can obviously get protection too from things like predators and extreme weather in Australia. Like, quite often it gets to about 40 degrees in summer and the best way to avoid that is going underground.
So, depending on the season, they can spend anywhere between 1 and 30 days at sea. That blows my mind. Imagine swimming around for a month. So, while breeding they return regularly to incubate the eggs and feed their chicks. So, that would be during the summer season. But during the winter season, they spend most of their time out to sea hunting for fish and squid for food.
These penguins don’t mate for life and if the breeding success of a couple of penguins is really low, they might look for new mates.
Little penguins lay two eggs similar in size to a chicken’s and both parents take turns incubating these eggs, which takes about 35 days.
Both parents then feed the chicks by regurgitating fish and squid caught at sea, and the chicks leave their parents and head out to sea for the first time at 7-11 weeks of age.
Their parents don’t teach them anything. They don’t learn how to swim. They don’t learn how to catch food. They don’t learn when they have the nest. It’s all based on instinct.
Penguins spend about 80 percent of their lives in the ocean. So, what’s that? One out of every five days on average they get out of the water. And on average, every single day they swim between 15 and 50 kilometres.
They’ve been recorded diving as deep as 72 metres. However, an average dive is between about 5-20 metres when they’re hunting prey.
Little penguins also have some really cool adaptations. Like all penguins, they have modified wings, which are called ‘flippers’, and the only flying they do is through the water.
They have a gland to spread oil on their feathers when they’re preening in order to keep the outer feathers waterproof so they don’t get soaked, they don’t get drenched and then get cold.
They have a streamlined shape, waterproof feathers on the outside of their body, a layer of down next to the skin to trap air and keep them warm under those waterproof feathers, and they also have a salt gland above their eyes, which helps them filter salt from seawater so they get access to freshwater.
Anyway, guys, that is the episode for today. I hope that you think little penguins are as bad-arse as I think they are.
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 282 – WWP: Walking home after too many pancakes…
What is up, guys?
I am currently walking home after a friend’s birthday in this city.
So, I thought it would be the perfect time to do a Walking With Pete episode, as I have a few things to chat about and talk to you about my week, my day.
So yeah, I’ve just been in at the museum studying today. I’ve got to put together my talk.
I think I told you about this in the last Walking With Pete episode.
And aside from that, I was just hanging out with some friends, as well as having dinner out with them first.
And then, I had a birthday event at a Pancake Parlour in Melbourne Central, which is sort of like a mall.
A big sort of… Yeah, I guess it’s a mall, like a place where there’s a whole bunch of other shops and businesses, and they’re all open late at night.
You’ve got bars in there.
The Lion Club is one of the bars that I go to from time to time there that has a lot of foreign people that go, and they often have language meet ups I think that too.
So, we went to Pancake Parlour for Kate’s twenty eighth birthday, I believe. And it’s funny.
They’ve got like a deal at the moment obviously to get more people to go.
Later on at night, it’s very very clever.
Where normally they have pancakes for, I think it’s $19.90, about 20 bucks or so, to get these certain pancakes there, and at the moment there’s a deal going during winter where if you go and then sign up on their website you get an email, and they… you show the people at the front of the business there the email that you’ve received.
You get given a card.
And then, for the same pancakes that you would normally pay $19.90 for you pay what the temperature is in dollars.
So, tonight for instance, instead of paying $19.90, I only had to pay $9.20, because when… at the time that I bought the pancakes the temperature was 9 degrees point two.
And the cool thing is that the longer you wait, obviously at night the temperature goes down, and the cheaper the pancakes get.
And I feel like it’s incredibly clever, because it’s encouraging people to go to the Pancake Parlour the later it gets.
And they’re open until like 2:00 a.m..
And so, potentially if you went there at 2:00 a.m. the pancakes would only cost you, you know, maybe a dollar, two dollars, maybe even zero dollars depending on their temperature.
So anyway, yeah, that’s what I got up to tonight. It was pretty cool.
There was a lot of people there, a lot of people were.
So, I’m so stuffed, I’m so full. I had a lot to eat.
We went out and had Japanese food before that, and then pancakes.
Oh, just insane. Too much food. Too much food.
But hey, you’ve got to have those sorts of one-off events, special events, on weekends, right?
Where you just let loose and enjoy yourself, do something a little bit naughty.
So this week’s was Japanese food followed by some pancakes. Anyway aside from that, at the museum working away.
Doing my talk, my presentation that I’ve got to get together for the next maybe two weeks. Within the next two weeks I give this presentation.
And then I pretty much just have to sit back, relax, kick my feet up, take it easy. Wait for the marks to come back from the PhD and I’m done once I make those changes.
I wonder if you can hear these lorikeets across the road. So, it’s pretty funny.
At the moment it’s probably… what would the time be?
I think it’s about nine o’clock, and these parrots are going nuts in the middle of the road here.
I’m at Flemington road.
So I’m near the hospital walking home, and these lorikeets are obviously getting ready for the night.
They’re all going nuts, they’re going bonkers, and crazy.
Making a lot of noise in these trees while I’m walking home, and it’s nice and cool.
It’s probably about seven or eight degrees now. (It’s) meant to get down to about three degrees.
So, yeah, (it’s) nice and calm. (There’s a) bit of noise in the background, guys.
So, apologies if there’s a lot of traffic noise in the background, though it shouldn’t be too bad.
The last episode that I did was okay, because I’ve got mic pretty close to my mouth. So hopefully you guys can hear me okay.
But, yeah, besides that today you may or may not have been online when I did a live session.
So it was a live session talking about phrasal verbs.
And today’s session was talking about the phrasal verbs that go with on and off as opposites.
So in English we have obviously a lot of phrasal verbs as I’m sure you guys know.
You guys will probably know this all the more than than even I do, because obviously I use a lot of these things naturally without having to think about it.
And so, I am trying to take a different approach to teaching phrase verbs.
I want to teach you about how I as a native use them as opposed to.
Having to learn more one by one, which is a pretty laborious task, because there are a lot of them. Again, as I’m sure you all know.
And so, I’m trying to come at it more from the approach of teaching you how I am thinking about the message that I’m trying to communicate, and why I decide to use certain phrasal verbs, and how I decide to use them.
And so, as you know, phrasal verbs tend to be two or more words that act as a verb.
Quite often a verb and then an adverb or a preposition.
For instance, put on, take off, get up to something, you know, there’s those multiple words.
But, quite often, especially with these these phrasal verbs that I would refer to as “regular phrasal verbs” where they have a literal meaning.
It’s not something like… What’s a phrasal a verb that doesn’t have a literal meaning?
Things are going “to look up”, you know, maybe. Meaning that things are going to get better.
Or “what are you up to?” That’s a good example. That’s a common one where.
“To be up to” something doesn’t really have like a literal… It doesn’t make literal sense.
But there are lots of phrases verbs that do make literal sense.
Like “to put something on”, as in to put your jumper on, to wear something.
Or to take something off. As in to remove something, a piece of clothing.
Or to pick something up or put something down. A lot of those make literal sense.
And there’s heaps of those in English.
So, at the moment, I’m trying to tackle those, and teach you guys those in live classes on Facebook as you will have noticed.
And I think it’s much more important if you’ve noticed already how I teach these, I try and talk about how you want to be thinking about two things when you’re using these phrasal verbs, at least me as a native, I’m thinking about two things. I’m thinking about…a lot of the time in the cases of “off and on” or “in and out”, I’m thinking about it directionality.
So for instance, if I’m going in or I’m coming out, I’m thinking about what I’m using in or out as the direction that I’m going.
Am I going in here and my coming out?
And then I’m deciding on the verb that I want to use by how I’m trying to explain the action of going in or going out or coming in or coming out.
So for instance I might say that I’m running in or I’m walking out.
I’m jumping in or I’m hopping out.
So a lot of the time independent of the preposition the verb can be changed however you like simply to describe what’s happening.
So that’s how a lot of the time natives aren’t thinking about phrasal verbs in like, “Oh what phrasal verb do I have to use here?”.
It’s more, what’s the action that’s taking place?
What’s the verb that I want to use? And then what direction is it going in?
You know, what is the…How my describing the action that’s taking place, and then the movement that’s occurring?
For instance, picking up, putting down.
The verb there “pick” is describing you holding the thing, grabbing the thing, touching the thing, you’re grasping the thing.
And then the preposition “up”, is telling me that you’re lifting it up.
You’re grasping that thing and you’re lifting. So you’re picking it up.
But then I can change that and say I’m lifting it up.
I’m… you could say the other verbs, and it wouldn’t be too bad, but it may not necessarily be common or correct, like if I was to say, I’m grabbing it up, or I’m handing it up or other verbs to describe that action.
They may not be common, but a native speaker is going to know exactly what you’re trying to say if you do those kinds of things.
And that’s how we learn as natives.
We don’t learn what is a phrasal or a verb and what isn’t a phrasal a verb.
We obviously learn by using and learn by listening, by reading, by absorbing the language.
And so, this is an approach I think you guys need to take.
And it’s why I’m trying to teach the classes the way I’m teaching them where I’m trying to give you the concept of how I as a native, and thinking about using phrases verbs like this.
Sorry about the sound. And then, allow you to take this concept and apply it when you’re talking, as opposed to having to just memorise a long long long list of phrases verbs.
Especially, for regular ones because chances are you certainly already know all the common verbs that we use with phrasal verbs like, to come, to go, to put, to pick, to lift.
I’ll wait a second.
So, you almost definitely know all the words that phrasal verbs are composed of, particularly common regular phrasal verbs.
And so, I want to teach you how to create them yourself, because once you learn that pattern you don’t need to look at the list of phrasal verbs and learn them all by heart.
You’ll just apply that concept, you’ll apply that rule, and you may say the odd…
You know, you might make a weird combination from time to time like, “I’m grabbing something up” or “I’m…”. It’s hard for me as a native to think about wrong phrasal verbs.
Grabbing something up, grabbing something down, picking something down.
You know, you might use these weird combinations that aren’t technically phrasal verbs, that aren’t commonly used by natives, but people are going to get the idea.
And eventually people are going to correct you, and you’re going to use the correct phrasal verb.
So that’s why I’m doing these live sessions.
I’m trying to take a different approach to teaching you guys these phrasal verbs where I teach you more about the concepts of using them, particularly with opposites like, to turn something on verses to turn it off.
The idea of on vs. off. In that case, to go in vs. is to go out.
The idea of in and out, in that case, where the verbs can change independently of the prepositions.
So that’s why I sort of wanted to make this Walking With Pete episode, to introduce that kind of idea to you guys, to talk about the concepts that I am trying to discuss in the live classes that I’m going to do on Facebook in the near future.
And also, I guess, just to talk to you guys openly about that and to see what you think of them. I want you to make sure you get on Facebook and take a look at the classes that I’ve already done.
So I’ve already done ones on the phrasal verbs using in and out as opposites as well as on and off as opposites.
And let me know what you think. Are they too long? Are they too short?
Would you prefer a different kind of set up?
Because at the moment I kind of try and just riff it, meaning I make it up, I wing it, I improvise.
I just try and talk to you guys as if you were just sitting there with me as opposed to reading off a transcript verbatim, reading off a transcript word for word, just repeating what’s in front of me, because I feel like that’s not real English.
That’s not how people speak. And so you don’t hear…
That’s why I always don’t read off a transcript.
I always just have point form to try and, you know, riff it, to make it up, to improvise, and show you what real English sounds like.
So, step one for you guys is to go over to Facebook, check that all out, let me know what you think.
Give me some feedback.
Step two, I guess, is to tell you that the idea behind that is to obviously create more content for the online membership, The Aussie English online membership.
And I know I keep harping on about this, meaning I keep talking about this all the time, but I’m trying to create effectively a one-stop-shop, meaning the only place you need to go in order to not only learn Australian English, but English more generally.
So in my dream, my idea, at the moment is to create this online service for you guys where you can get on, you can become a member, you can mingle, you can meet up with other people that are also learning English, as well as get more access to me as a teacher, but then also give you these kinds of resources where I’ll have mini courses about pronunciation, about phrasal verbs, about Australian history.
I want to just keep adding to it week by week.
Expanding this thing as it goes. Growing this thing.
And just create awesome content for you guys.
But the most important thing for me, aside from obviously creating this stuff, is to get feedback from you, because I may think I know what you want, I may think I have good ideas or that this makes sense, this is going to be interesting, but at the end of the day, ultimately, in the end, I need to hear back from you to see what you think.
You need to tell me what you think.
You need to give me your two cents, meaning, you need to tell me what you
think. Give me your opinion, and be honest.
You’re allowed to not like things.
You’re allowed to think, “Oh this is good, but it might be better if you do it this way, or if you mention this, or if it’s longer, or if it’s shorter.”
So really really really please get on Facebook or send me an email, send me a message on Facebook, whatever you want, but give me some feedback.
Tell me your opinion of these things and how I can better serve you guys, and help you learn English, ’cause my passion, my mission, is to give you guys a place to learn Australian English, to better equip you, to better facilitate your learning of Australian English in particular, but obviously English generally, and allow you to come here and speak like a native, understand natives, understand our culture, understand our history, and better fit in, because that’s what I seem to hear from a lot of people that come to Australia, it’s really hard to meet Australians, it’s really hard to get the jokes Australians make, it’s really hard to understand the slang that Australians use, it’s really hard to understand the pronunciation that Australians use, it’s really hard to speak like an Australian.
So my mission is to answer these questions or at least equip you with some kind of tool, some kind of materials, that are going to allow you to overcome these issues.
And that’s why I’m trying to create this online membership at the moment.
At the moment, you obviously know that I have the Aussie English Supporter Pack, which covers all of the podcast.
So, obviously, once a week I release an expression episode.
I try and do it on Sunday night where I release that for you guys, and I give me the transcript and a heap of exercises to reinforce what you’ve learnt that lesson.
To go over phrasal verbs, vocab and a point of grammar, that we’ve used in that lesson.
To really reinforce what you hear on the podcast, and accelerate your learning.
But whilst I start at least growing this online membership library I’m going to just be adding all of this material, all of the mini courses, like that pronunciation of the muted -NT.
And I’m mean to do some stuff for the “a” endings of words that I did on YouTube the other day, that episode, that other one simple tip to sound more Australian.
I going to put through a step by step guide on that.
But before I release this more broad membership website, for now, I’m just going to be adding it all to the Aussie English Supporter Pack.
So, remember you guys can sign up for that at the moment. It’s one dollar to try it for a week.
And then it’s 19 dollars per month after that, at the moment. If you sign up now the prices will never change.
So, ultimately, if you sign up now while I’m building everything, I plan to turn the Aussie English Supporter Park, at least at the moment, into the future membership.
And the future membership, once I’ve created everything and grown it, is going to cost more, much more, or at least, you know, a fair price obviously, but more because it’s going to have so much more to it, and I’m going to make myself more available for people.
But it’s going to cost more.
So the point is if you sign up now you’re going to be paying a lot less for what will be the Aussie English membership in the future once I get rid of the Aussie English Supporter Pack.
And that’s going to happen I’m thinking in the next three to six months.
Like, I’m chipping away at the moment. I’m slowly creating material.
I’m slowly adding to the library, but I don’t want to release it until I have a bit of material built up for you guys.
So, until then, if you want a really good deal and you want to support me and you want to join up on the Aussie English website and become a member all you have to do is go to www.theAussieEnglishpodcast.com and then click Learn English Faster.
You can try for a week. It’s one dollar. See what you think.
Again, if you’ve got any feedback, you like it, you don’t like it, you’d prefer I added this to it for added to it then let me know.
Give me feedback. I’m open to changing and doing different things and taking on board, thinking about, what it is that you would prefer.
And if you don’t like it I will give you your money back.
Like, that is the thing, I want it to be zero risk for you guys.
If you give it a go try it for a week and then you pay the nineteen dollars for the first month, if after a month total, so if after your first four weeks, a whole month, 30 days, you’re not 100 percent satisfied with it for whatever reason. I will give you your money back, 100 percent money back guarantee.
No questions asked. Ultimately, guys, I want it to be risk free.
I want you guys to be able to try it, to be able to learn from it, to improve your English.
So… Loud cars. So, that’s it for this episode guides. One were Walking With Pete episode.
I’m about to get home, and I’ll probably do some more Aussie English stuff before I go to bed.
Again, I’m thinking about doing that slang challenge soon, 30 day slang challenge.
So, I might put that together this weekend. We’ll see how much time I’ve got.
And yeah, I guess we’ll leave it at that guys. I’ll chat to you soon. All the best.
If you need help with anything, if you just want to chat to me, remember you can send me an e-mail at theaussieenglishpodcast [at] gmail.com or just send me a message on Facebook.
You are always welcome to chat to me on Facebook, and when and if I have time I will always reply, and just say it or try to help you with whatever issues you have at the time.
So thanks for listening guys.
Thanks for everyone who has been showing up to the live sessions on Facebook.
I really appreciate it. I hope you guys are loving it.
I’m also going to… I should mention before I log off, I’m also going to put them on the podcast, and I’d love to know what you think, ’cause I’m not sure if they’ll fit well, ’cause some of them are pretty long, but I want to give you as much resources as possible.
So I might put them up on the podcast. See what you guys think.
But this is definitely gone long enough, and I’ll show it to you soon.
All the best guys.
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Hey guys. Welcome to this episode of Sitting With Pete, maybe we’ll call it, as I’m just chilling out here at the restaurant.
I had a meeting and (I) got to hang out with a lot of the other guys here at the restaurant. We had to do some training. So, it was sort of a training day where we had to sort of just go over the basics of having… I don’t even know how to explain it, but solving problems potentially with customers. So, any sorts of grievances or if someone gets the wrong meal or they don’t like something, you know, just going over the basics of what we have to do when dealing with customers and making sure that they’re all happy.
So, (I) did that for about an hour and a half with all the other waiters here and the managers as well, and I am now just hanging out for about half an hour until I start work later on tonight at about 6 O’clock.
And so, you can tell I’m speaking a little quieter because it’s actually quite quiet here. There’s no music playing and there’s people working downstairs. And, yeah, I thought, “Perfect time to make another video for you guys, touch base.”. And, TO TOUCH BASE means to get in touch with, to sort of keep up-to-date, to tell you about things, to see how you’re going. If I want to TOUCH BASE with my parents, for example, in general, it could just mean that I’m calling my parents up and saying, “How’ve you been? I just wanted TO TOUCH BASE with you. I wanted to see how you were.”. You can also use the phrase TO TOUCH BASE for wanting to see how something is, say, progressing. So, say, you are building a restaurant, and you’ve got plumbers and electricians and builders, carpenters coming over and doing bits and pieces, you could TOUCH BASE with all of them, you know, call them up. “What are you doing today? How’s this going? Is this progressing? Where are you at with this part of the project?”. So, it’s that idea of just communicating with someone to see where they are at, how they’re doing, seeing the progress of a project like that. You could BE TOUCHING BASE. Anyway, that’s one expression that I can just cheekily explain there for you.
So, I thought I would do this episode because I’m thinking of doing, or thinking of learning a new language next year just to change things up. So, to keep my language learning experience and progress sort of going. I felt like after I learnt French last year for an entire year, and really really enjoyed that, and I spent this year learning Portuguese, I thought it would be cool to kind of keep learning a new language each year and see how I can progress, see what sort of level I can get to, you know. I’m probably not going to get anywhere near, you know, really high level in fluency, but at the same time I’m going to obviously learn the basics, be able to communicate, and just immerse myself in the culture a little bit more than if I was to otherwise stick with English while I’m in Australia.
So, (my) thoughts for next year. Obviously, I speak French and I speak Portuguese and I speak English, I’m thinking of learning Icelandic though. And, Icelandic is a Scandinavian language. It’s the language that’s spoken in Icelandic, funnily enough. And, there’s several reasons why I want to learn Icelandic, and I thought I would go over those with you and see what you thought. One, I love the country geographically. The geology of the country’s amazing, the volcanos, the different parts of the scenery, mountains, beaches. Everything up there in the Northern Hemisphere right up near the North Pole, it just looks like an amazing place, an amazing country. Aside from that, I love what I know of the people and of the culture and of the history. The history as well, and the vikings, the Sagas, that has always really really interested me. And so, I’ve always been really fascinated with being able to read the Sagas potentially in the language in which they were written, which wasn’t Icelandic, but it was Old Norse. And the other aspect or the other part that I guess that I want to get to is the fact that Icelandic is a Scandinavian language like Swedish, Danish or Norwegian, however, it is very different from those three in that it is grammatically more complex and shares a lot of the grammar that Old Norse has or had once upon a time.
So, Old Norse is the language from which Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic and a few other languages stem and, or originate from, but a lot the other languages, or at least, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, have all been simplified. So, their grammar has become more simplified, it’s not as difficult for foreigners to learn. Whereas, Icelandic still has incredibly different grammar with cases, with genders… I think with genders or at least with cases.
And so, it’s just more of a challenge. It’s more of an interesting challenge. Seeing as I speak English, obviously, and I’ve learnt two Romance languages, French and Portuguese, it’d be interesting to learn a Germanic language other than, obviously, one that I already speak (English). So, learning a Germanic language with incredibly different grammar. So, that is part of the reason why I want to learn Icelandic.
Other than that, I would like to learn Spanish. That would definitely be on the high priority list. The only thing is that I want my Portuguese to be at a very very high level before I go anywhere near Spanish. I don’t want to go anywhere near Spanish until my Portuguese is at very advanced level, because I feel like I would confuse the two languages very easily, because they’re so close to one another. If I was to suddenly start learning Spanish from a beginner’s level when my Portuguese was only at an intermediate level I feel like I would have the potential to really confuse myself with words, with grammar, with different nouns, you know. They may only slightly be different between the two languages, or they may be false friends where the same word is used but that means completely different things. So, I feel like I have to, at least for a few years, focus on levelling up Portuguese to a very high level until I feel like, “Ok, maybe now I can go near Spanish without worrying about confusing the two and CROSSING them OVER.”. So, TO CROSS OVER is obviously TO CROSS something like this and to get them confused in that figurative sense. TO CROSS the two things OVER, to confuse them.
So, yeah, I definitely want to see what do you guys think? Do you think it’s a good idea? Other than, I guess, the idea of starting to learn Icelandic on the 1st of January, ’cause I like starting languages at the moment on the very 1st of January and learning them all the way through until New Years as at least my primary focus for that one languages. I’d still keep doing Portuguese and I would still keep doing French on the side, and probably just more passively. Once it’s gotten to that point where I can read pretty well and listen pretty well that is what I would probably focus on more until I had the chance to be able to go to countries like Brazil or like France where I could potentially more fully immerse myself and then work on my speaking.
So, the option is, yeah, starting Icelandic on the 1st of January and showing you guys what I can achieve, I guess, in a year. So, doing these 1-minute daily episodes that I’ve been doing on Aussie English, and I’ll put a link below to the Instagram so that you guys can go and check out the ones that I’ve done in French and in Portuguese for the last week and a half. I think I’ve done about 9 episodes. I’m going to try and keep doing that every single day. And so, I would try and do that with Icelandic. And I guess this would be an interesting one because I’ve never met anyone from Iceland. So, this would be a language that I would be learning completely on my own with no help from natives at all. So, it would be interesting to see what I can achieve doing that.
The other option would be to just continue with French and Portuguese, and focus on those two together and level them up at the same time for another year. And so, yeah, those are my thoughts at the moment. I thought I would RUN this BY you guys. And TO RUN something BY someone is to sort of get your opinion, to tell you about it, to gauge what you think. If I run my idea by you guys it means that I tell you the idea and that I wait to hear what you think. TO RUN it BY you. So, I wanted TO RUN the idea of starting Icelandic next year BY you guys to see, what do you think? Is it a good idea? Is it a challenge? Maybe you think with that kind of language, “What’s the point?” It’s such a minuscule language with a very small population. Maybe I should focus more on learning another language that’s a lot more common. And maybe you’ll think, “You should just do Spanish! You’ll do it!”, you know, “It’s fine. You won’t confuse it with Portuguese.”. I want to hear what you guys think.
So, make sure you jump on Facebook, send me a message or a comment. Subscribe to this channel and also like it, and drop a comment below. Tell me what you think in a comment. Should I do Icelandic? What do you think I’ll be able to achieve in a year’s time? And, yeah, is there a language that you’re learning at the moment aside from English, and would you like to join me in the 1 minute per day challenge that I’m doing on Instagram? Where I just record and upload… excuse me. I record and upload a video once a day of one minute talking. Anyway, comment below and let me know what you guys think. See you later!
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