In this series of episodes you’re going to learn to pronounce the 2000 most common words in English in an Aussie accent!
AE 366: 1-100 Most Common Words
Australian Accent Pronunciation Exercise
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Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
I thought I could do for you guys a special exercise or series of exercises where I go through the 2000 most common words, I’m going to say them, and I want you to repeat after me as a way of practicing your Australian English pronunciation.
So, let’s go!
Listen & repeat:
Awesome job, guys!
Keep listening, keep repeating, and sooner or later you’re going to pronounce these words exactly like me, as an Aussie.
See you in the next episode!
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By pete — 3 years ago
Ep074: Expression – To Wait And See
Hey guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today I’m going to explain to you an expression, a new expression that I haven’t covered before, and this expression is “To wait and see”, “To wait and see”, “To wait and see”.
So, I’ll quickly go through and describe for you the definitions of these different words. So, it’s obviously two verbs, “To wait” and the verb “To see”.
“To wait” means to remain ready for something, to stay somewhere until a certain time or event. So, that’s “To wait”. You’ll often wait somewhere for a bus or a train, or you’ll wait for someone to come and meet you for coffee, etc., that sort of thing. You’ll all know the verb, “To wait”.
The verb, “To see” is obviously the verb that explains to perceive, to view, to experience something with your eyes, to discern something visually. So, “Seeing something” is using your eyes. That’s another verb that you’re going to know.
But you may not know the expression “To wait and see”, “To wait and see”, and “To wait and see” means to wait to find out what will happen before it happens or before doing something.
So, what are some examples where you might hear someone say “To wait and see” or “Wait and see”?
Say for example it’s a kid’s birthday tomorrow but he is incredibly impatient and he wants to know what his parents have bought him as a present. So, he could pester his parents, he couldn’t annoy them, he could be asking them constantly, “What did you get me? What did you get me? What did you get me?” and his parents could say to him, “Look, you’re just going to have to wait and see. You’re just going to have to be patient and want and see what it is tomorrow. So, you’re going to have to WAIT and then tomorrow’s going to come, you’ll get to open the present at which time you’ll SEE what the present is.” So, that means… yeah, “Wait and see”, “Wait and see”.
Another example could be you had your final exams for the semester at university or at high school, at school, and just after coming out of them you say “Oh I really hope that I went well. I hope I did well in these exams. I’m looking forward to seeing my results. I can’t wait, I can’t wait!” and your friends could say to you, “Well there’s not much more we can do, we just have to wait and see. We just have to wait and see what our results are when they come out in a month, in however long it is you have to wait. We have to wait and see. We won’t know until then”.
So another example could be that your parents have had a big fight and you and your sister are worried that they are not going to be able to patch things up, to fix things. I might add that the phrase “To patch things up”, is to fix a situation. So, it’s literally, you think about putting a patch on say, pants that have a hole in them, to sort of patch the pants up, to fix them. So, if you patch things up with someone it means you fix whatever fight you’ve had. So, the parents have had a fight, the kids are worried that they’re not going to patch things up, to fix things and stay together. And so, one of them could say to the other one “I hope they don’t get divorced” and the other kid could say “Well, we’re just going to have to wait and see what happens. We’re not going to know. It’s up to them. We have to wait and see.”
One last example could be that you’ve just finished the most recent released book in a series of books that you’re absolutely obsessed with, and I mean, for me this could be Game of Thrones, for example, or back when I was in high school it could’ve been Harry Potter, any other book series that you’re really keen on. And so, imagine that you are one or two books away from the very end of that series, like with Game of Thrones at the moment there’s only two books left, and… So, for instance, in Game of Thrones you want to know who’s going to end up on the Iron Throne, who’s going to end up effectively winning the Game of Thrones. Is it going to be John Snow? Is it going to be Tyrion? Is it going to be Daenerys? But ultimately, you’re just going to have to wait and see. You’ll have to wait and see. The books are going to have to be released. You’re going to have to read the books. You’re going to have to wait and see until you’ve read the books to find out who’s going to end up on the Iron Throne. So, that’s a little… a little segway into Game of Thrones there, which I absolutely love as a TV show and as a book series.
Anyway, let’s do some listen and repeat exercises. So, listen and repeat after me guys, and I’m going to do these in my natural accent. I’m not going to really annunciate them incredibly distinctly and well, like I just did that quick phrase. So, bear with me. I hope it’s ok.
Note: the following sentences are written phonetically as I say, “…just going to have to wait and see”. You would never write English like this.
I’m just gonna havda wait ‘n’ see.
You’re just gonna havda wait ‘n’ see.
He’s just gonna havda wait ‘n’ see.
She’s just gonna havda wait ‘n’ see.
We’re just gonna havda wait ‘n’ see.
They’re just gonna havda wait ‘n’ see.
So, just practice that a few times guys. You’ll get it. It’s… it’s so rhythmic when you start speaking this way with a lot of these contractions. So, in that instance you will have heard me say “Gonna” and “Havda”. “I’m just gonna havta wait ‘n’ see”, I don’t really say the “And” in between “Wait and see”. I say “Wait ‘n’ see”, “Wait ‘n’ see”, “Wait ‘n’ see”. Practice those things and you will be able to speak a lot more fluently. It just comes naturally. It’s a very interesting thing that I’ve noticed with French, and I started practicing these kinds of contractions that I heard other people do, and it just comes naturally. So, just practice these things and then go away and you’ll probably eventually find that you’re saying them without thinking when you speak or have conversations with other natives.
Note: if I speak very quickly “Have to” will often be said with a “D”, “Havda”, though as I slow down it can be a “T”, “Havta”.
And so, that’s really it guys. That’s it for this episode. I hope you enjoyed it. It was just a quick one, and you’re going to have to wait and see what the next episode is. You’ll have to wait for it to come out, you’ll have to wait and see, and when it comes out you’ll know. See you then guys!
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By pete — 1 year ago
Learn Australian English in this Grammar In Plain English episode of Aussie English I teach you how to use the singular they like a native English speaker.
AE 390 – Grammar in Plain English:
The Singular They
G’day guys, and a welcome to this episode of Aussie English, Grammar In Plain English. No more jargon, guys. No more jargon. So, today we’re going to be talking about all the different ways that we can use the word ‘they‘, as well as: their, theirs, themself, etc. as a singular pronoun, guys, as a way of referring to one person, okay?
So, we use ‘they‘ to refer back to a pronoun words such as:
- No one.
And the same goes for noun phrases:
- Any employ,
- Every student,
- Which person.
- Everyone tried their hardest.
- Someone left their umbrella here.
- There’s someone on the phone and I have no idea who they are.
Note: you have to use the plural verb after ‘they‘.
- They are…
- They do…
- They think…
- They hope…
You’ll never say:
- They is…
- They hopes…
- They does…
- Someone’s calling you and they hope they’re not wasting their time.
- I know someone who’s got a crush on you, but they haven’t told me much.
- There’s someone waiting outside, but they don’t leave soon.
Use ‘they‘ when referring back to nouns of different genders when joined by ‘or‘.
- Pete or Kelly think they can do it.
- Out of Matt or Jane, one of them thinks they‘ll get to the party.
Use ‘they‘ to refer back to an individual of unknown gender or whose gender you don’t want to reveal.
- My friend said they‘d be in Melbourne this week.
- Do you know anyone who would think they‘re a good applicant for this job?
- Someone donated money, but they wish to remain anonymous.
When not to use ‘they‘.
Don’t use ‘they‘ when the context makes it obvious which gender you’re talking about.
- A man came over yesterday and they wanted to see you. You would say: A man came over yesterday and HE wanted to see you.
- Do you know this girl? They‘re waiting outside. Nope. Do you know this girl? SHE‘s waiting outside.
The same happens with a named individual, because more often than not if you know their name you’re going to know their gender.
- Jane thinks they can do it. Nope. Jane thinks SHE can do it.
- Pete thinks they‘ll arrive late. Nope. Pete thinks HE‘ll arrive late.
If you use ‘they‘ in this situation, you make it sound like Jane or Pete is thinking about or talking about ‘other people’.
- Jane thinks they (those people).
- Pete thinks are they (those people).
To make sure that you know that he’s talking about himself or she’s talking about herself, you have to say ‘he‘ or ‘she‘.
A special note on ‘themself‘ or ‘themselves‘.
Apparently, you should probably use ‘themself‘ in these situations where they are thinking of themself, okay? When it’s sort of reflexive.
However, because native speakers are so used to hearing ‘themselves‘ in the plural, even when we use it in the singular form we’re going to hear or we’re going to say:
They think of ‘themselves‘, instead of, they think of ‘themself‘.
Use either. It doesn’t really matter, guys.
Anyway, that’s it for this video, guys. I hope it helps. Start using ‘they‘, because this is a small tip that will make you sound a lot more like an English native speaker. I’ll see you in the next episode, guys.
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By pete — 2 years ago
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Check out the video below where I run you guys through how to sign up for the Aussie English email list as well as show you the free eBook & audio book, and explain a few things about what I plan to do with the email list.
Announcement: FREE ebook & audio book course!
G’day guys. Welcome to this little announcement episode of Aussie English. Today I have something exciting to announce for you or to you. I spent the entire weekend working on a little idea that I had to put together a free ebook and free audio book where I read most of the chapters in this ebook, where I cover the contractions that are commonly used in English. So, it’s sort of like a dress rehearsal for me to practice putting together these kinds of materials for you for when I may do this in the future for more advanced and more extensive audio courses, effectively.
So, this audio book and ebook that I put together is called An Introduction to Using English Contractions Like a Native. And, in this audio book I go through the contractions GONNA, WANNA, GOTTA, HAFTA and NEEDA, as well as a few others there in the bonus section. And so, all you guys have to do in order to get access to this is jump over to the Aussie English webpage at www.theaussieenglishpodcast.com or just hit the Sign Up button via the Facebook page. I wonder if it’ll actually let me do it. Test. So, it sends you straight across. You type in your email. So, I’ll put in mine. Pete. Hit enter. Subscribe. And it should send you to the Thanks Page. All you have to do once you get to the Thanks Page here is click Follow This Link and then click the Download file and type in the letters or numbers that you see. So, just prove that you’re not a robot. Bam! (It) download’s down the bottom here, and that’s it.
You’ll get three book files that you can use, an .epub file, a .mobi file and a .pdf file. For some reason when I was trying to upload and organize this audio book and ebook… So, I have to upload the ebook file and pay for that and then download it again, because I use a program called Bookwright in order to do it. For some reason it wouldn’t allow me to download the PDF via the website. I don’t know what’s going on. I think they’ve got some issues. So, I’ve had to include the example PDF out of the program, which is just lower quality, but I know that a lot of you aren’t going to necessarily want to use .epub files or .mobi files on your computer. Although, you can if you just use your… whatever it is, iBook on a mac and there’s probably some equivalent ebook reader on a PC.
So, I’ve included the less than perfect PDF just in case you want to use it. It’s still fine it’s just that the images aren’t of the highest quality in that book even though there’s only a front cover and a picture of a koala in there. So, it’s not a big deal.
But yeah, so you download it. It’ll download in a few minutes. It’s about 72meg or so. And then, you’ll just go to your folder that will have… where are we? If I go to ebooks and then An Introduction… and you should get these eight files here. So, these are the mp3s. So, we’ll just close that. You’ll get a list of those mp3s. I go through the Introduction and then I go through eight of these different words, or seven* of these different words that are common common common contractions. I probably have used some in this episode already without thinking. And yeah, it’s just a little thank you to you guys for your constant support, your constant encouragement, and just listening to the podcast and being part of the community.
So, I might just show you too that you would just click on the unzip file, or the zip file*. It’ll unzip. You can load it up here, and there you go. You get these… all of these files here, these mp3 files. And again, you would just select them, drag them into iTunes or whatever it is that you listen to these mp3s via. Or you just click on the different book files and you’ll get to run through the book.
So, yeah, I would definitely love to see what you guys think. So, once you download it and check it out let me know what you think.
I guess a little something extra to add is that all of these chapters are just me riffing. So, me just reading out of… well not reading, but thinking off the top of my head and running through these things using natural English as it’s spoken. So, I haven’t actually read off a transcript. So, some of these sentences are going to be long. It’s going to be like I’m having a conversation with you in these chapters. So, I’ve tried to do it as best as I can. You’ll notice that I’ve used WANNA and all these different contractions throughout the book. See, HAFTA here and GONNA. Any time I’ve highlighted them in the actual PDF where you can see it’s where you will actually hear me say it exactly like that. You’ll hear me say WANNA, you’ll hear me say GONNA, you’ll hear me say HAFTA, NEEDA, etc.
One thing I might add is that every now and then I don’t contract it, and this is something that English speakers anyway. We don’t always contract things. We don’t always uncontract things, or leave them as GOING TO or HAVE TO instead of GONNA and HAFTA. And so, I don’t know what’s going on inside my brain when I read or when I think and I’m just talking, and what makes me decide we’re going to contract it this time and then not contract it this time, but that’s just something to be aware of. I wouldn’t practice these things in order to always use them, but I think definitely give them a practice to start with so that you know that pronunciation, because it’ll make speaking quickly incredibly easy.
So, I think too part of the reason I often say things uncontracted is because I’m trying to speak clearly so that you guys can better understand me. So, if I was going to speak like this all the time you’d probably have a little bit more trouble understanding me, you know what I mean?
Anyway, that was the announcement guys. I’m going to chuck this up on the podcast just so that everyone who doesn’t necessarily come onto the Facebook page will also have an opportunity to sign up and check this out. So, definitely jump on Facebook. I’ve put it up in a post where, again, all you have to do is read the instructions, follow the Sign Up button here, go to the Aussie English website, subscribe to the email down here, and then hit subscribe, and you’ll be redirected to where you can download the audio book and ebook.
One thing I might add too, again, another thing that I’ll add at the end is that I’m not interested in spamming you guys. When you sign up your email I know it’s a bit deal, I know that you’re trusting me with private information, and to be honest all I’m going to do is email you when and if I have things that like this audio course to either give you for free or offer as a paid product. That is the only time that at least in the near future I can envisage emailing you. It’s never going to be constant harassment to “Come to the website, check out this blog post, do this, try this, do this!” It’s just going to be, “Hey, I’ve just made this product. If you want to check it out here you can follow this link and check it out.” That’s all I’m interested in doing at the moment. Anyway, I just wanted to make that clear. I’m not interested in spamming you guys whatsoever. So, you can trust me with your emails. And you can also unsubscribe. If you ever need to unsubscribe, go for it!
That’s probably enough. Thanks again guys, and a special shoutout to Ali, Vanessa, Thibault, Estefania and everyone else who’s been really really engaging on the Facebook community. Juan, Juan as well, or Juan! Thank you guys for your encouragement and support, and just motivating me to keep going and doing what I’m doing, and to continue trying to help you guys and to try and make the best possible products that I can in order to help you guys improve your English, and specifically your Australian English.
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