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By pete — 2 years ago
In this Walking With Pete episode of Aussie English I chat to you guys about my plans to build an online paid subscription for Aussie English in order to allow me to work towards working full-time on the podcast and creating awesome products as well as all the free podcast episodes and videos for you guys!
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WWP: Aussie English subscription ideas. What do you think?
Hey guys, welcome to this episode. It’s just going to be a brief one I guess. I wanted to talk to you about the e that I’ve been uploading. So, I was doing quite a bit this weekend and I got about 5 of them done I think, and [I] went through and wrote out the transcripts, put them all up online. And there were just a few different things that I wanted to chat to you about to see… to get some feedback, to see what you thought. What could I improve with regards to the layout of the episodes? What did you think of the layout of the episodes, and the episodes in general? Are they helping? Are you getting the idea? Am I explaining well enough the basic principles, I guess, of how to make these contractions and how to think of them? Because, ultimately, the most important thing for me in making these Pronunciation episodes is to produce something for you guys that is useful, that you can use to improve your English, your Australian English, whatever you want. These rules transcend Australian English and they are used by English speakers from everywhere in the world, these contraction rules and these pronunciation tips. So, definitely don’t be worried that this is “the way” we speak only in Australia. It’s used everywhere. So, yeah, at the moment I guess the basic idea is I start out by introducing the thing I’m going to be talking about in this episode, in that episode, the one that I make for a given pronunciation theme. And then I try and do that listen and repeat exercise where I just get you to solely focus on your pronunciation of the specific contracted form of the two words or three words depending on the contraction, or the several words that are getting contracted. And then after that, at the moment at least I’m trying to always incorporate some other aspect of English whether it’s a grammatical rule. For example, in the most recent episodes with contracting HAS and HAVE onto different words including, you know, the pronouns, the demonstrative pronouns, the indefinite pronouns and nouns, I’ve been trying to teach you how to use HAS GOT, HAVE GOT, as well as obviously HAS and HAVE with the PAST PARTICIPLE. So, talking about stuff that’s happened in the past. And there’s an example “that’s happened”. And so, I’m trying to be as productive as possible and tie everything in together where you can be practicing multiple things at the same time. So, not only are you practicing your pronunciation, you’re practicing how to contract these words, but then I’m also trying to include these incredibly common grammatical rules like HAS GOT, HAVE GOT, and the HAVE and HAS + PAST PARTICIPLE, and also in the coming episodes with, I think the next set of episodes that I’ve got planned for you guys is including the word WOULD and contracting that, so the conditional [tense] onto all those sorts of words. I have other kinds of small phrases and commonly used expressions that have WOULD in them potentially. So, I’m wanting to also include those, and just always give you as many different things to kind of focus on and help you improve your English as opposed to just give you random example sentences where the only thing we’re working on is the pronunciation of the contraction. So, definitely let me know what you think of that. Is it helping? Are you getting the idea? If you have any suggestions or any ideas for how I could improve these episodes then please please tell me because first and foremost I am here to serve you guys. I’m here to help you guys improve your English as best I can. So, obviously if you’ve got a better suggestion for how I can do that hit me up. Let me know what it is and I will implement that as soon as I can. Aside from that, I guess, a question that I’ve been thinking about with these episodes is the spacing between the examples when I get you to do the exercises. Are the silence gaps between the, I guess, where I get you to repeat things, whether it’s the Listen & Repeat episode… Sorry, whether it’s the Listen & Repeat exercise or the Substitution exercises. Is that space of time long enough? ‘Cause I’m always trying to work out how much time you need to think about these things. So, I have a feeling it might be a bit short at the moment, but let me know if you think otherwise or if you agree because that’s something that I can fix really easily, obviously. So, that was one more thing that I wanted to let you know, and to ask you about. And, I guess, aside from that we can probably just chat about plans for Aussie English in the future. So, I made that announcement episode recently that was a Walking With Pete episode about my plans to try and monetise, to try and get some kind of income, some kind of revenue from Aussie English. So, obviously to try and produce something for you guys worth paying for that will allow you to improve your English at an affordable rate, you know, even if it’s just a small amount of money per month that you could potentially pay. I’m trying to get a nice shot of the city here in the background for you. [You can] probably see over my head there’s Melbourne. So, yeah, I’m trying to come up with ideas for that, and the most recent idea that I had was to sort of again follow along the lines of what Français Authentique has done. And Johan from Français Authentique has what he calls I think it’s L’Academie Français Authentique. So, The French… The Authentic French Academy where he has monthly plans, lesson plans that come out that help you guys work on your French if you’re listening to that podcast and practicing or learning French. And I guess I wanted to do kind of the same thing but maybe expand on it a little bit where the basic idea would be to have a certain theme every month and probably a relatively long episode on that theme, whether it’s about characters in Australian history, whether it’s about historical events, whether it’s about Australia’s sports like AFL or cricket, anything Australia. You know, I would come up with a theme and I would write a lesson plan around that theme that would be maybe 15, 20, maybe even 30 minutes long. You’d get a transcript where you guys could do that. So, it would kind of be like an extended podcast lesson except I would also try and video it, and give you subtitles down the bottom so that you can also watch me when I speak, my mannerisms, my expressions, as I talk. And then on top of that… So, that’s the basic idea. Number 1: have the basic lesson plan, the basic theme for each month. And then, I was thinking that I would break down certain expressions and certain Like A Native collocations or things that I say in these episodes that I think you guys will profit from, that you’ll benefit from, that you could use. So, again, this would be like making my standard Expression or Like A Native episodes. And, again, I would probably do that in video form, MP3 form like a podcast but only for you guys, not released on the podcast, and a manuscript as well or a transcript so that you can read. I’d probably give you exercises to do. So, like, written exercises with answers. And then I was also thinking about doing a set of interviews every month. So, for example, every time I make a… an episode about an expression that was in the basic theme, plan, transcript, whatever you want to call it, for the month I interview people on how they would use that expression, what that expression means to them and if they can give me examples. So, like those Aussie Chinwag lessons. If you guys have been watching those on YouTube where I’ve been interviewing my family quite a bit about small expressions and Like A Native collocations and expressions, phrases, that I’ve done episodes on. I’m trying to tie everything in together. So, that’s the basic idea. I want to be able to teach you about Australia, and give you that basic plan, number 1. Number 2, I want to break down and produce several smaller Like A Native, Expression, Phrasal Verbs, whatever they are episodes of specific expressions, phrases, like a native collocations that I’ve used in the theme that you’re already practicing, in the, you know, that longer Australian thematic episode for the month. And then on top of that I want to go over those things again but in interviews with other native speakers of Australian English. So, that’s the basic idea. I would produce that kind of thing on a monthly basis and release it at the start of each month, and you would pay a small fee to subscribe to that service. So, every month you would get a pack of videos, a pack of MP3s and the transcripts that go with every single one of those episodes that would be exclusively yours as someone who’s paying for that service from Aussie English. Obviously… just swallowed a fly. Excuse me guys. Obviously, I would keep the podcast going, and I still want to be giving you all of this stuff for free. I still want to keep helping you guys, but I also want to be able to do Aussie English, ultimately, full time. I would absolutely adore being able to do this full time, being able to generate an income from this and focus on helping you guys as my full-time job. That is my ultimate goal to be honest. I’m doing my PhD, I’m going to finish my PhD, but once that’s done I wholeheartedly want to continue doing Aussie English and find a way to support myself by doing this, and monetisation seems like obviously the only way to do it. So, that is the basic idea at the moment. I would definitely appreciate, I would definitely really love for you guys to give me some feedback to let me know what you think of those ideas. And again, as always, if you have a better idea or some other suggestions… Sorry, I’ve got to check this path… for how I could better help you guys learn English, for how I could improve these products that I plan on producing and then selling, because that’s ultimately the goal, [it] is to create the best content possible for you guys, then please let me know. Please let me know in a comment. Give me some feedback. Send me a private message if you don’t want to talk about it openly on Facebook. But again, it’s all about producing the best thing that I can for you guys. So, I really have no problem at all from you giving me some feedback even if you completely disagree with me, guys, just let me know what you think. Oh! And I guess also lastly, the plan was also to have private members’ Facebook group or a group on the website where you guys would have access to me all the time, any time that I was awake obviously and online, where I could answer your specific questions, where we could have discussions about that month’s theme, about anything else, and we could work together on just your English in general. I’m all about getting you guys to work together, to foster a community on Facebook, whether it’s openly on the Facebook page as it is or whether it’s in a private group for paying costumers. I absolutely love interacting with you guys so that is also one of my main goals when putting together this service. It’s going to be working side-by-side with you guys to help you dominate and help you, you know, get really really good at your spoken English, whether it’s Australian English, American English, English English, Scottish English, Irish English, whatever you want to call it English, I am at your service and I am here to help you guys succeed in whatever it is that your goal is. So, jump on Facebook, jump on YouTube, jump on the Aussie English website. Send me an email, a message, a comment, give me some feedback. Do you disagree with me? Do you agree with me? Can I do more to help you guys? Let’s just start chatting about this stuff, because I really really want to give this a go and start making an income from it, and be there all the time to keep producing awesome Aussie English products and podcast episodes and videos for you guys. Anyway, this has been a very very long episode, and I’m walking out of the park now down this little track. [It’s] time to go home. I think my throat’s getting a bit dry from talking so much. I think I’m getting a bit too impassioned, getting a bit too excited about Aussie English and about chatting with you guys. And I need to go have dinner I think, and maybe some beers, maybe not. I don’t know. Anyway, I hope you guys have a really really nice evening, nice day, nice night, whatever the time is where you guys are. It’s really nice and warm here and I’m kind of not too happy about the fact that it’s going to 38C tomorrow. So, I’m going to go home and prepare for that, I guess. Anyway, I’ll chat to you later guys. Thanks again!
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By pete — 1 year ago
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 297 – Expression: To Be Barking Up The Wrong Tree
What’s up guys?
How’ve you been?
How are you goin’ and what you been up ta?
Whatcha been doin’?
Just thought I’d drop a few different greetings in there in my strong Australian accent.
How have you been? I hope you’ve been having a great week.
I guess, to go over what I’ve been up to this week.
I’ve been working on my final presentation for my PhD, which I have to do next week on Thursday.
And then, effectively, at least for the next month or two, I’m free.
So, it’s been really good. It’s been really good since handing in the PhD.
I’ve been pretty pretty relieved, pretty freed up. I’ve had a lot more free time.
I’ve been obviously working on Aussie English, seeing friends, working at the restaurant, also tutoring a lot more now.
I’ve been giving a lot more tutoring sessions, which has been a lot of fun.
I love helping people learn English, and improve their English, and build their confidence.
So, that’s been a lot of fun.
Aside from that, you guys might have noticed some of the stuff that I’ve done recently on YouTube.
I have… I did a video where I talk about facts about platypus.
And I would love to get your feedback on this. So, go over to YouTube.
There’s two episodes up at the moment, and I’ll put a third out today.
But the basic idea was that I wanted to break down the pronunciation and connected speech whilst also teaching you facts about interesting things about Australia.
And in this case, I used the platypus.
So, I have looked up and written out 10 facts about the platypus, Australia’s cool little monotreme mammal.
A very very unique form of monotreme. And its closest relative is the echidna.
So, I wrote out 10 facts about the platypus and at the end of each video, where I go through these 10 facts, I break down the pronunciation and connected speech of one of the facts.
One of the sentences.
So, I’ve put that up on YouTube, and I’m going to release one sentence each day.
So, if you really really want to work on your connected speech, on your pronunciation of Australian English, I really recommend getting on there.
I’ve got the IPA, and I discuss how I would change the phrase when I speak quickly like a native.
Apart from that, I have been working on trying to come up with a weekly time to do live classes.
And I think the time that I have settled upon the time, that I have decided on, settled on, is 7 p.m. Melbourne time on Thursdays.
This seems to be a really good time, and it seems like late… or early evening/late afternoon is when you guys are most available to attend these classes.
So, if you want to come to these live classes and practice your Australian English, practice your phrasal verb usage, Australian slang, expressions, that kind of stuff, come to Facebook, The Aussie English Facebook page.
And I’m gonna try and make sure that each Thursday at 7 p.m. I do a live class.
So, let me know what you guys think of that.
And the good thing about these classes is at the end of these classes I try and open it up now, I try and make myself available, to answer any questions you might have, whether it’s about the class, whether it’s about Australia, whether it’s about me, whether it’s about English.
(It) could be anything you like.
At the ends of these classes, I like to hang around, I like to chat to you guys one on one, although it’s a lot of you on one, me being “the one”, and answer your questions.
I guess, one last thing to mention before we dive into today’s expression is also that I have launched, or relaunched, the Patreon page.
So, I’ve tried to put a bit more effort into this this time, and put it at the forefront of Aussie English.
But, Patreon is a website where you can go and you can sign up to be a patron of Aussie English.
And a patron is someone who supports something.
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And this is where you can donate anything from as little as one dollar each month to support what I do at Aussie English.
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I’m thinking about what I can do.
But the more that you guys donate and support this program, or this platform, the more I can do to give you free content and help you develop your Australian English.
So, you can jump on there. It’ll be linked below.
You can donate anything from a dollar per month.
You can donate more money if you wish. (It’s) totally up to you guys.
But the basic idea is to allow you to support something that you enjoy listening to, you enjoy using.
And to hopefully keep it ad-free.
So, ultimately, I want to make a living from this, and I want to keep ads out of the podcast.
I want to try and be able to keep ads off the YouTube channel, but in order to do so I need to have another form of income.
Anyway, I’ve rambled on enough I’ve rabbited on enough.
I’ve talked and talked and talked in the intro here. We’ve gone to about 6 minutes.
Let’s just dive into today’s expression.
Alright. Today’s expression. Today’s expression is “to be barking up the wrong tree” or “to bark up the wrong tree”.
As usual guys, we’ll dive in and define the words in the expression to bark up the wrong tree or to be barking up the wrong tree.
“To bark” is the sound that a dog makes.
So, if you hear a dog say “ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff”, he’s barking. That is “to bark”.
That is when a dog is barking. It can also be used to describe when a person yells at someone.
So, if someone barks at you they could be yelling at you. And you’ll often hear this collocated with the word “orders”.
So, a general might bark orders at his subordinates, at the people below him, at the soldiers.
The word “up”. I’m sure you guys know what “up” is.
It’s the opposite of “down”. It’s towards the top of something. It’s “up”.
The word “wrong”.
“Wrong” is the opposite of “right”, the opposite of correct. It is not true, untrue.
It’s incorrect. It’s a bad answer, a bad response, or untrue. “Wrong”.
And “a tree”, “a tree” is a large plant.
And this is usually a plant with a strong fibrous trunk. It’s usually pretty big.
It’s not a small plant. A tree tends to be large. The kind of thing you can climb.
It has branches, leaves, and yeah, usually a thick trunk with bark on it.
So, as usual let’s define the expression, guys.
The expression “to be barking up the wrong tree” or “to bark up the wrong tree” is used when you’ve gone to the wrong place for information.
So, this is usually what someone will say to you when you’ve come to them asking them for information asking them for an answer, and they’re telling you you’ve come to the wrong place.
So, the idiom is making an allusion (to), it’s suggesting, it’s talking about the mistake made by dogs when they believe that they have chased a cat or some kind of prey up a tree, but that the cat has escaped into another tree.
So, whether the cat ran up another tree and the dog has picked the wrong one, or whether the cat did originally run up the tree that the dog is barking up, but has since jumped into another tree, that is the idea that this expression is getting at.
That the dog is barking up the wrong tree. The dog has gone to the wrong tree. It’s looking in the wrong place for the cat.
So, as usual guys, let’s go through some examples for this expression “to be barking up the wrong tree”.
Example number one.
Imagine that you need help moving a piano or moving something heavy in your house, and you ask a family member to help you, but it turns out the person that you asked has no arms.
So, for whatever reason this person has no arms. Maybe they have misplaced them for the day.
Well, (it’s) unlikely, but they don’t have any arms. They’ve lost their arms for some reason.
So, they obviously can’t help you move something like a piano that is incredibly heavy.
And this person could say to you, “You’ve come to the wrong place. You’re barking up the wrong tree. It’s pretty obvious that I can’t help you move this stuff. You’ve come to the wrong place. You’re looking for help where I can’t give you help. You’re barking up the wrong tree.”
Example number two.
Imagine that a kid comes to one of his parents, kid goes to one of his parents looking for sympathy after pulling his sister’s hair, and his sister slapped him.
And the parents saw this happen.
So, the kid has gone to the parents, you know, this quite often happens, and as I am sure I did when I was a kid, and has said, “Oh! My sister slapped me. She hit me!”.
But the parents saw that in fact you, the child, had pulled the hair of your sister first, which had caused her to get angry and slap you.
So, if you looking for sympathy from your parents when they had seen what you’d done you’re not going to get any sympathy.
So, you’re barking up the wrong tree. And your parents might say this to you.
“Mate, we saw what you did. You’re barking up the wrong tree if you’re looking for sympathy. If you’re looking for a hug, if you’re looking for some kind of sympathy, you’re barking up the wrong tree. We saw you pull your sisters hair.”
Example number three.
Could be that you go to your boss to ask for a raise.
So, you want an increase in pay for work that you do.
And imagine that he’s not in control of these decisions.
So, the guy above him is in control. Your boss’s boss is in control.
The boss of your boss, the guy above your boss, is the one who decides these things.
And your boss could say to you, “Look, I’m not in control of this. You’re looking for a raise from me when you can’t get one from me. You’re barking up the wrong tree. There’s nothing I can do. You(‘ve) gotta talk to the person above me. You’re barking up the wrong tree. You’ve come to the wrong place for this information.”
So as usual guys let’s go through and do a listen and repeat exercise.
Practice your pronunciation, guys.
Listen and repeat exactly as I say these sentences.
Listen and Repeat:
The wrong tree.
The wrong tree.
The wrong tree.
I’m barking up the wrong tree.
You’re barking up the wrong tree.
He’s barking up the wrong tree.
She’s barking up the wrong tree.
We’re barking up the wrong tree.
They’re barking up the wrong tree.
It’s barking up the wrong tree.
Good job guys. Good job.
So, now, as usual, I’ll talk a little bit about the pronunciation and connected speech aspect of those previous sentences that we went through.
One thing to note is that “barking”, “barking” can be pronounced as “barkin'”, “barkin'”.
I’ve done a video on this on YouTube where words ending -ING, the -ING sound will often be pronounced as -IN’, -IN’.
So, it kind of gets turned into a schwa sound followed by an N, -IN’.
So, listen then repeat, “barking” and “barkin'” five times, guys.
Listen and repeat:
Barking – Barkin’ x 5
And then when we link words that end in that -IN’, when the -ING sound has been modified, when we link those words to words that start with a vowel you going to hear it as “barkin’_up”,
So, that N joins on to the front of the word “up”. “barkin’_up”.
So, listen and repeat after me these few sentences, guys, where I will link these words first with the well pronounced -ING, -ing_up, and then I’m gonna do it with “-in’_up”.
Listen and repeat:
Barking_up – Barkin’_up.
Looking_up – Lookin’_up.
Walking_up – Walkin’_up.
Going_up – Goin’_up.
Coming_up – Comin’_up.
Standing_up – Standin’_up.
Jumping_up – Jumpin’_up.
Good job guys. That’s it for this episode.
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You’ll get access to all of the bonus content for these Expression Episodes, where I have specifically designed exercises to teach you vocab, in the substitution and phrasal verb exercise, I teach you the pronunciation and connected speech stuff that we go over.
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Let me know what you think. And I’ll see you soon.
I hope you guys have a great week.
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