In this interview episode of The Aussie English Podcast I interview my mate Nikki who’s an Iranian sheila Down Under about her experiences in Australia.
AE 357 – Interview With Nikki:
An Iranian Sheila Down Under
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By pete — 3 years ago
In today’s expression episode of Aussie English I teach you how to use the expression To [Not] Give A Damn/Crap/Shit/Fuck.
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Ep062: Expression – To [Not] Give A Damn/Crap/Shit/Fuck
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today is going to be an expression, an expression that I mentioned in the previous Walking With Pete episode. So, I’m trying to sort of cover expressions that I use myself without thinking that I use naturally in Walking With Pete episodes and then later on I can break them down and talk about them in Expression episodes so that you can have sort of double exposure to them. You hear them in the Walking With Pete episodes and then later I can break them down, and you also know that if you hear them in the Walking With Pete episodes where I have no real outline for the transcript, I just sort of speak, I chat to you guys, that when you hear these expressions they’re literally just coming off the top of my head. I’m thinking of them then and there, and then just using them naturally. So, you know that they’re expressions that Australian English speakers use, and for the most part a lot of these expressions will be just English [expressions] in general. So, Americans will use them. English people will use them. It’s pretty much the kind of thing that will… a lot of the time just be ubiquitous, it’ll be everywhere in the English language. So, don’t worry too much about um… just yeah… don’t fear that they’re only Australian expressions. A lot of the ones I’m going to teach you are going to be useful everywhere. I don’t want to teach you the very very specialised and unique to Australia ones a lot of the time.
So, anyway, today’s expression is “To give a damn” or “To not give a damn”, and the more rude ways of saying “To not give a damn” or “To give a damn” using the words “Crap”, “Shit” and “Fuck”. So, you can say “I don’t give a damn”, “I don’t give a crap”, “I don’t give a shit”, “I don’t give a fuck”, and those are going from relatively polite to progressively rude. So, I’ve ordered them in how rude they are. “Damn” is sort of… you can say that to anyone. “Crap” it’s slightly rude. “Shit” is definitely rude, and then “Fuck” is the kind of thing that you would only really say if you were incredibly angry or around very very very close friends who don’t care if you swear.
So, what does this expression mean, “To not give a damn” or “to give a damn”? It effectively just means to care. So, to care about something or to not care about something. If you say, “To not give a damn”, it means that you don’t care about whatever it is that you’re talking about. So, to care about something, to be concerned about something, or to consider something as important to you.
So, I’ll go through some examples of how you could use this expression, or how you may hear this expression in English. Say for… the first example um… Personally, my dad’s really into Australia footy, AFL, Australian rules footy, and I don’t really care so much about it. So, say my dad has… he’s really excited that his team Essendon, which is a team from Melbourne, has won the Grand Final last night, and you know, he’s… he’s really excited and he’s talking to me about it, and you know, I just don’t care. So, I could say, “Who gives a damn?”. “Dad, who gives a damn? I don’t like footy. Who gives a damn?”. So, it’s like saying, “Who cares?”. “Who cares? No one cares dad. You care. I don’t care”.
Um… another example could be a kid, you know, a family has a child who’s going to school except he’s started wagging school. So, “Wagging”, this is like the same spelling as the very “To wag” as in “To wag your tail” if you’re a dog. If you’re wagging your tail it’s moving from side to side. But if you “Wag school” it means to skip school, to not go to school. So, if a kid wags school it means that he’s pretending to go to school when he leaves his house in the morning, but he doesn’t actually go to school. He goes to say the mall or to the shops or to the skate park to hang out with his friends. So, say a family has a kid who’s wagging school, and they could confront the child and be like, “Look, you can’t keep wagging school. You need to go to school. You need to be worried about your marks. You need to start giving a damn about your marks.” The kid could say in return, that “I don’t give a crap”. “I don’t give a crap about my marks. I don’t give a crap about school. I don’t give a crap about my education”. So it’s just another way of saying “I don’t care”. “I don’t care about school. I don’t give a crap”. And this is… yeah, using the word “crap” it’s not really really rude but it is slightly elevated above “To not give a damn”. So it’s the kind of swear word that you could use with your parents, maybe, um… depending on who your parents are without really really being too offensive and yeah… it’s the kind of thing you guys are just going to have to play with but as a safe bet using “Damn” is fine pretty much in any context. “Crap” is sort of ok, and then as you progressively go through to “Shit” and “Fuck” those are a lot worse and I wouldn’t use them unless you’re around um… very close friends or unless you’re having a… a um… discussion with someone where you’re incredibly incredibly angry, and you don’t care about swearing.
So, the next example could be, someone’s won some money at the casino, you know, say, a friend of yours and they’re rubbing it in your face. So, “Rubbing it in your face” is kind of like boasting about it, talking about how good they are. They’re sort of… it’s as if they’re… they’ve got the thing and they’re putting it all over your face. You know, rubbing it in your face and saying, “Hahaha I’m so good. I’m so good”, you know, “Look at me!”. So, say someone’s won some money at the casino and they’re being incredibly arrogant and saying they’re really smart and that they’re better than everyone and that they’re, you know, they know everything at the casino and that they can win easily. You could say in return, “Dude, no one gives a shit. No one gives a shit”. So, again you’re saying “Shit”, it’s a little bit ruder but if it’s with friends it’s not too bad. And it just means no one cares. “Dude, no one cares. No one gives a shit. No one gives a shit”.
The last example I’ll go through could be say, a really heated argument between a boyfriend and a girlfriend. So, when I say a heated argument that means an argument that’s getting pretty um… angry, that is heated with regards to emotions. So, people are fighting. They’re really angry between one another, a boyfriend and a girlfriend, and say, the girlfriend has been neglected by the boyfriend. So, the boyfriend’s always out with his friends. He’s never home. He never wants to spend time with his girlfriend. He’s really distant. He’s not making an effort. So, he’s not trying to um… do things with his girlfriend. The girlfriend could say to him, “Look, the way you’ve been acting it’s like you don’t give a fuck.” So, “It’s like you don’t give a fuck. It’s like you don’t care. The way you’ve been acting, the way you’ve been treating me as your girlfriend, it’s like you don’t give a fuck. The way you’ve been acting it’s like you don’t care.”
So, that’s the four different expressions based on “To give a” and then “Something”. So, “To give a damn”, “To give a crap”, “To give a shit”, “To give a fuck”, or “To not give a damn”, “To not give a crap”, “To not give a shit”, “To not give a fuck”. So, play with those guys, and if… if you’re… you’re only just listening to this podcast this is the point where I run you through some practice pronunciation exercises. So, you just sort of listen and repeat after me. And I’ll go through the phrases “who gives a…” and then the four different elevations “Damn”, “Crap”, “Shit”, “Fuck”, “I don’t give a…” and then “Damn”, “Crap”, “Shit”, Fuck”, and then “No one gives a…” and then “Damn”, “Crap”, “Shit”, “Fuck”. So, repeat after me.
Who gives a damn?
Who gives a crap?
Who gives a shit?
Who gives a fuck?
I don’t give a damn.
I don’t give a crap.
I don’t give a shit.
I don’t give a fuck.
No one gives a damn.
No one gives a crap.
No one gives a shit.
No one gives a fuck.
And one thing I might add here guys at the end, one thing I love doing personally when I’m trying to learn languages is kind of like to role play, you know, to act a little bit as if I’m in an actual situation where I would say these things. So, I mean practice these kinds of things that may be a little ruder in private, maybe don’t do it in public, or do it away from people if you’re worried about swearing and people overhearing you, or hearing you swear. But, if this was me practicing these things I would go out into say the park across the road from where I live and I would act them out as if I was having a discussion with someone I was angry with, and I’d be like “Who gives a damn?”, “Who gives a fuck?”, “Who gives a shit?”, you know, actively use them in that kind of way, and you’re probably more likely to remember these kinds of phrases when you… when you ah… role play, when you act them out. So, whether it’s something rude like this or any of the other expressions that I teach you, role playing is a really really effective way that um… I like to use this all the time when I’m learning languages, and trying to learn new phrases. So, I go out and I walk around and… and I just try and say them as if I was actually having a conversation and using those phrases where they make sense as opposed to just listening and repeating with no emotion and no real context. Anyway, that’s the episode for today guys. I hope you’re enjoying it and I’ll chat to you soon. See you later!
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By pete — 3 years ago
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By pete — 11 months ago
AE 419: High-fat Breakfasts & Minimalism
Morning, guys! (I) thought I would show you or give you a little window into what I do for breakfast. So, I guess, first and foremost, I wake up in the morning and I use this little puppy, this is a coffee machine, an espresso machine, to make myself a view for coffee using all the espresso gear here. I’m a bit of a coffee snob you could say.
And then, beyond that, when I start having food in the morning, I really like to have low carb, high fat foods. So, at the moment, what I’ve got here is I’ve got some cauliflower and some carrot that I’ve grated up. So, grated this up using a greater. I use this to make it very fine sort of like a little rice, a little bit of rice. Really small pieces. They’re easy to cook. Very quick to cook. I fry that up here. And here, I have some bacon, and I’ve cooked that in coconut oil. (I) absolutely love coconut oil. So, many uses for that stuff. So, I thought I would give you a little look. I also like to use Himalayan salt. This is pink salt from the Himalayas. It’s got a lot of minerals in it. A lot of, you know, good natural stuff in it for you as opposed to just using iodine salt. The standard white stuff. And then, I guess, on top of that I put cheese. I put some cheese on top of that too.
So, I have to remember too, not to put sauce on, because yesterday, I put some of this sauce on it thinking, “Oh, yeah, it’s not that bad”, but in the mornings, I want to have high fat, high protein, lots of veggies, but really low carbs. I don’t want to have many, many carbs. So, things like rice and red, sugars, and sauces like this. When I turned it around and realised what I’d done, it’s actually almost 60 % sugar. 57 grams of sugar for every hundred grams of sauce. I’m an idiot. That was a massive face palm.
So, why do I do this? I guess, I should tell you. The point of having high fat, high protein in the morning is that your glucose levels have dropped overnight, which is your sugars, the carbs that cause glucose to go up in your blood. Your brain obviously uses this for energy. But your brain can use fat for energy as well. These are called ketones. Okay. And if you have fat and glucose at the same time, your body will choose to use glucose over the fat, your insulin levels will rise as a result of the glucose in order for your body to be able to use that glucose, and insulin, when insulin is high, it causes your body to store any fat that you’ve consumed as fat on your body. Okay. And so, that is why having a high fat meal is really good as long as the carbs are low so that the insulin doesn’t go up and cause you to store that fat, because now, with my high fat breakfast, there’s no carbs, there’s no glucose, there’s nothing else for my body to use except for the fat in this meal. So, I thought I would give you a bit of an insight there, guys, tell you a little bit about what I do for my meals in the morning.
I normally have high fat, high protein. I normally fast. So, I’ll wait until about 11 or 12, then I’ll eat breakfast at 11 or 12, and then maybe at four I’ll have some snacks. You know, I might have some nuts, some berries. I might have a little bit of dark chocolate. And then, after that, in the evening, is when I will have things like bread. Okay. That’s when I’ll have high carb, low fat. So, I switch it over, because then in the evening my glucose will go up, my insulin will go up, and I don’t want to have high fat, because the fat will be stored on my body. So, there you go, guys. A little bit about my diet and how my meals are organised during the day, and obviously, I have a lot of coffee during the day as well. You know, normally two or three of those.
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(Have) you guys come to steal my food. You guys going to hold me up, (and) take my food, huh? (A) little bit hot. That’s what I’m talking about, guys. That is what I’m talking about. Who doesn’t like cheese?
I should probably show you, guys, the set up currently, and I’ll tell you my little secret addiction right now. So, okay, I’m having my little lunch here and you can see that, as is usual with me, everything is very well organised. I have put everything in its proper place. That’s a total lie. I’ve just put everything on the table here, but this is where I am set up. This is my workstation at the moment, where I work.
So, I’ve got the lunch here, got a Pepsi Max, as usual, my computer here, and my little addiction, at the moment, I don’t know if you can see this, I’ll see if I can show you, are these tiny houses videos, where people get little tours of these tiny houses. So, I’m really getting into that at the moment, and I think Quel’s starting to get sick of it, but I have a real, real interest in these people who change their lives up, they sell what they have, they’re really minimalistic. They don’t have a lot of possessions, and they buy incredibly small houses. Usually, they’ll actually make these houses themselves.
So, I’m really starting to get into this minimalism stuff and cherishing the few things that you have and making the most of a lot less. Okay. So, I’d love to know what you guys think about that sort of movement in today’s culture, right? It seems like a lot of people are starting to get over, they’re starting to lose interest in, having a lot of stuff and having a lot of things. People are starting to push back against this and sell everything they have, or at least all of the excess stuff that they have, and start cherishing a lot fewer things, you know, a lot fewer things.
So, yeah, I thought I would give you a little tour here. This is my daily office, right? I kind of chill out here. I have my food and my drink. Sometimes I sit on the couch here and put my computer on this chair. (I’m) staying here whilst my friends are away, and I am taking care of their dogs who tend to do this sort of funny stuff. This is Jack right here. He’s the one who was sitting with me the other day in the podcast. He seems to love pushing these cushions… he pushes the cushions off the couch and then puts his head under the cushions whilst sitting in front of the light here coming through directly into his eyes. So, he is a very funny and quirky dog. And the other dog that I have here is Elly, and she is a lot more calm, chilled out, and relaxed. She just chills out under my workbench here all day as I am working away.
So, there you go, guys. This is sort of a little window into my daily life. I hope you like this video. Let me know again what you think down below in a comment and I’ll try and make more like these in the future if you enjoy them. So, peace out, guys.
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