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By pete — 3 years ago
In this episode of Aussie English I break down every sentence in this Paul Hogan ad from 1984 which is chocka-block full of Aussie slang, expressions and some interesting pronunciation.
America you look like you need a holiday.
A fair dinkum holiday.
In the land of wonder, the land down under.
Now there’s a few things I’ve gotta warn ya ‘bout.
Firstly, you’re gonna get wet, because the place is surrounded by water.
Oh, and you’re gonna have to learn to say “G’day”.
‘Cause every day’s a good day in Australia.
Apart from that, no worries.
You’ll have the time of your life in Australia.
‘Cause we talk the same language.
Although you lot do have a funny accent.
C’mon! Come ‘n’ say “G’day”.
I’ll slip an extra shrimp on the Barbie for ya.
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By pete — 9 months ago
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AE 442 – Vlog: Brazilian Food Isn’t What I Expected | Australian vs Brazilian Food & Culture
Alright, guys. So, we’re going to some place Deli Cravings that Kel just found, because apparently it sells Brazilian food authentic Brazilian food that’s been imported from Brazil, huh? And Kel’s pretty excited. She started screaming on the computer in the lounge room, and is like “You have to come with me! You’ve got to take me. Even though, it’s ANZAC Day, it’s open. We need to go. We need to go get food I need you to try my… the food of my people. You need to try it. Try the food! Try the f*cking food, Pete! She didn’t say that. She was a little calmer, just slightly. Let’s see.
Alright, so we’re here in this little… I don’t know what you call this place, like, mall. There’s shops open everywhere, even though it’s Anzac Day today. So, they should be close, but obviously, they don’t care. They don’t give a sh*t. Here we go. Here’s the place.
Straight ahead and on your left.
Can you see it?
No. So exciting! That’s it.
Oh, I don’t know what this is, but we’re going to try it. I wish I could see Kel’s face now, guys, she’s like a kid in a candy store. So, there’s lots of foreign food here. It looks amazing.
Paçoquinha. There’s another one. I have no idea what it is, but apparently we’re going to try it. *Portuguese*. I know pau de queijo. Pão*. “Pão”, not “pau”. Pão de queijo. Oh, too funny.
I can’t take everything. I have to choose. I know, you’re going to have to be selective. I have no idea what all this is , but I’m looking forward to eating. Tapioca. There’s another one. What’s that one? Batata paiha. Oh yeah, you guys love that. They’re like little chips, aren’t they? I know farofa, but I’m always like “What is it? Rice or is it because cous cous?”. It’s something else though, right? Farofa.
Kel just lost her sh*t. She was showing me this earlier today. There you go. Brazilians in Canberra, this is where you need to come! So, Kel has stocked up, guys. She has stocked up. There you go.
How’s it going? Would you like a bag? Yes please. How’s your day going? Busy? Actually, busier than we expected. Yeah, we didn’t expect you to be open. She lost her sh*t. She found all this Brazilian traditional food and was like, “We need to go to the store”. You guys should advertise this. There’re so many Brazilians. Yeah, she’s been here for two years and hasn’t had any of this. And she’s just like, “Oh my god!”. Did you want a receipt? No, you’re all good. Thanks a lot. Have a good day. Thanks. See you. Where’re we going?
Alright, guys, we’ve stocked up. We have stocked up. We have like 40 bucks worth of Brazilian food, which doesn’t amount to much once it’s been imported here to Australia, but it’s going to be an interesting experience to see what this is like. I haven’t had any traditional Brazilian food that’s actually come in packages or anything, right? We’ve made a few things like brigadeiros, and that was about it.
Yeah, and requejão.
Requejão também. We also had requejão. So, this is going to be good fun, guys. This is going to be good. I have no idea what to expect. In fact, I think I do know what to expect, a lot… a lot of sugar. I reckon it’s going to be as sugary as sh*t.
So, I am here today testing Brazilian food.
What’s the first one that’s coming my way? You… I’ve got to say, do I?
Tradição Brasileira, Paçoquinha.
Paçoquinha. So, what is this exactly? Paçoquinha? Or do you want to eat first and then tell me?
Um, just yeah… go for it. Smell it.
It looks like these little cylinders. Little cylinders. They kind of remind me of those apricot treats that you can get in Australia. Have you ever seen those with like Kirchen on the outside?
It’s really sweet, but I can already smell…
I can smell the amount of peanut butter. So, this is paçoquinha.
It’s very sweet.
Really, really sweet. You could never go through a whole one of those.
No. Oh really? I don’t find it really sweet.
No, it’s really sweet. It’s not what I was expecting. I was expecting it to be a more peanut buttery and really dense, ’cause those apricot things that I have in Australia… those apricot things are really really dense and chewy. So, I was expecting it to be like that but this feels like a kind of powdery and you bite into it. But it was very nice. Very sweet. Wow. So, this is the inside of it. Yeah, oh my god! I could have one of those, I think. Oh! They are really strong. Can I get a glass of water?
So that I can wash my mouth out. It’s very powdery. Sticks all over my mouth. Alright, I’ve cleansed my mouth and I’m ready for the next one. So, what’s next?
Bis. These look like waffle biscuits.
We used to have these with my… My grandmother loved these things, but they were like pink or yellow when they would come out. She would bring them out when I would get to our place. So, I think you can probably get these in Australia. Though, I haven’t seen… I haven’t seen them like this for. So, what are these? Bis. Nova formula. Woah, look out, “new formula”, guys. “Lacta”, that tells me there’s milk in it. Alright. Oh, the packaging looks a lot nicer than the Australian ones. The Australian ones, you’d pull it out of here and they would just be sitting there ready to come out. Wow, so that’s… look at that.
“Bis” is like “Again”. So, “você pedi um bis” is like you want something to happen again. So, if you’re singing and I’m like, “Oh, um bis”, it’s like, “Oh, sing again!”.
You get it. Yeah.
So, this is tiny. I was expecting it to be much bigger based on what I was looking at here. It’s a bit of false advertising there. Alright, so let’s give this a go. Kel’s getting into it. You haven’t had one of these in a while?
A long time.
Holy molly. Alright, so here we go. They look pretty good. They look like… Oh, there’s some Chomp bars that you can get in Australia and it looks like this. They’re called Chomps and they’ve got caramel in them. They’re really good. Alright. Yeah, these are good. I could eat a lot of these.
That’s Bis. Mmm so good!
I think I need a second one just to be sure that’s what I’m tasting. What are these like the Brazilian version of Tim Tams?
Yeah, but Tim Tams are extremely sweet for me.
Wow, yeah, they’re good. I really like those. They are just those waffle biscuits. You can definitely find those all around Australia. But they seem to come differently. They’ll be thin, but I think they’ve obviously used the same stamp, ’cause they have the same patterning.
What’s next. Guaraná.
So, the funny thing was Kel showed me, today, this morning, she’s like, “Have you ever tried Guanará?”, which is like the Brazilian version of coke, right? Like, it’s sugary. You’ve got coke, but it’s your special Brazilian…
It’s our main… yeah.
“O original do Brazil”. So, “the original from Brazil”. This is Guaraná Antartica. Alright, so it contains caffeine. Cuidado. Watch out!
And what is Guaraná exactly? It’s is a berr?
It’s a fruit. Yeah, the thing.
Yeah. So, I’ve never tasted the fruit. I’ve never had one of these, but I always hear Brazilians talking about it. So, like, this one was nice and cold in the fridge when we got there. Opens like normal can.
Smells like a normal drink.
Yeah. Alright, I’m guessing it’s going to be green or yellow. Oh, nailed it! So, do I just do a little bit? Alright, let’s just leave that there. Oh, it smells very Aramaic. Aromatic*. Lots and lots of fruits.
Just have a lot!
Have a lot? Ok. Is this going to blow my mind? That’s pretty good. It’s hard to describe though, ’cause it’s kind of like a fizzy drink, soft drink, but it’s fruity. It’s nowhere near as sweet as I was expecting.
I was expecting that to look like Mountain Dew or something, you know, just based on this and being like, “Oh my God”.
It tastes exactly like diabetes.
How much sugar does that actually have in it? Oh, it was only 10 grams, 10 percent. I don’t know what Coke is, but I think cokes are way more than 10 percent. So, that’s actually quite good. Keep smashing that.
So, these’re the other two things that you can wanting to show me. Nescau.
Nescau, which is our Milo, but better.
Which just looks like chocolate drink. Yeah, your milo, but better huh?
Robbed! I’ve been robbed!
This looks pretty good. The other thing that I noticed, or Kel noticed, was farofa, which is what exactly? Cassava flour did you say? Cassava flour with these ingredients mixed in. And so, you have this as a side. And initially, I thought it looked like… Oh, is that like rice or something? Like, it looks like cous cous, but apparently it’s not. You wouldn’t have that much of it, right? It’s just kind of a little additive.
Yeah, that’s it. You described it perfectly.
Alright. Well, I guess, we will have that tonight and hopefully I can video that and include that, guys. Anyway, see you at dinnertime, guys.
Alright, guys, we’re back. It’s dinnertime. Kel’s cooked this nice little meal. We’ve got some black rice here, and then, what would you call this, Kel? This chicken.
This is herbed chicken.
Herbed chicken, yes. And also… excuse me. We have farofa. So, how do I eat this? What do I do with it? Do I just…?
You can try like that, but I think it might be a bit…
Do I just put it on the top?
No, just… Yeah, a little bit on the side. Yeah, and then you can mix it with rice if you want or…
Maybe, I should… I’ll get some of this rice and I’ll try the farofa. Alright. Actually, I might use a spoon. So, I’ve no idea what to expect. Is it good?
It’s really dry, and nice and salty. It’s not bad, it’s just…
It’s kind of like it feels like they’ve gotten plain salty chips and put them in a blender, and that’s what you’ve ended up with all these… This is what a packet of chips is like when it’s been ground up.
Yeah, I was expecting it to be like flour, like chicken salt or something, very fine, but it’s chewy.
Yeah, it can be a bit…
Interesting. So, farofa. Not bad!
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By pete — 2 years ago
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Pronunciation: Contracting HAS & HAVE onto THIS, THAT, THESE & THOSE
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today we’re going to be contracting HAS and HAVE onto some demonstrative pronouns. I won’t get too bogged down into the grammar, I won’t talk about that too much, but a demonstrative pronoun includes words such as THIS and THAT, THESE and THOSE. So, the difference between THIS and THAT, THIS is closer to me, THAT is over there. So, if I was in a car I could say THIS CAR if I was talking about it. Whereas, if I was standing on the road and there was a car over on the other side of the road I would refer to that car THAT CAR because it’s away from me. So, THIS is close to me, THAT is away from me. And it’s the same with THESE and THOSE except they’re plural. So, if there were two cars near me or really close to me I could say THESE CARS, THESE TWO CARS. If the cars were incredibly far away or on the other side of the road I could say THOSE CARS, THOSE TWO CARS.
So, in previous episodes we’ve done HAS on its own with the pronouns SHE, HE and IT, and we’ve done HAVE on its own with the pronouns I, YOU, WE and THEY. So, this episode’s going to be good because you’re going to have to think on your feet, you’re going to have to think more than usual because you will be contracting both HAS and HAVE onto their respective demonstrative pronouns. So, the singular ones get HAS, THIS HAS becomes THIS’S, THAT HAS becomes THAT’S, and the plural ones get HAVE, THOSE HAVE becomes THOSE’VE, THESE HAVE becomes THESE’VE.
And so, as usual we’ll go through just a listen and repeat exercise, guys, where we can practice our pronunciation of both the uncontracted and the contracted forms of THAT HAS, THIS HAS, THOSE HAVE and THESE HAVE. So, listen and repeat after me. I’m going to say each one of those in their uncontracted followed by contracted forms five times. You know the drill. Let’s go.
Listen and repeat:
That has – that’s x 5
This has – this’s x 5
Those have – those’ve x 5
These have – these’ve x 5
Something to add here, guys, is that when writing, particularly when writing formally, you’re probably not going to ever see HAS or HAVE contracted onto THAT, THIS, THOSE and THESE. So, it’s not that big of a deal and I would definitely write it contracted if I’m writing on Facebook or on some kind of thing on the internet and it’s incredibly informal. However, if you’re getting a job in an English speaking country and you’re planning to write formal documents or write on formal documents, say a report for work or say you’re writing a résumé I would not contract HAS or HAVE onto demonstrative pronouns like THAT, THIS, THOSE and THESE. So, that’s the take away message here. If you’re writing formally at work or to get a job, some kind of formal writing, maybe avoid contracting HAS or HAVE onto demonstrative pronouns because it is an informal way of speaking and a very informal way of writing if you were to write it contracted at all.
Anyway, as usual guys let’s jump into the substitution exercises, and you’re probably getting the idea of the pattern here for HAS and HAVE. In the first substitution exercise I tend to use HAS and HAVE with the word GOT in two different ways. When GOT is used followed by a noun it means that you HAVE something, you POSSESS something. So, YOU’VE GOT something. And remember this is used to avoid confusion when HAS is contracted onto words and it could sound like you’ve contracted IS onto those words. So, if you were to say HE HAS A CAT versus HE IS A CAT when they’re both contracted they both sound the same, they both sound like HE’S A CAT. And so, my automatic assumption that you’re talking about something or someone that IS a cat instead of someone or something that HAS a cat. To avoid this confusion we add the word GOT after HAS. So, HE’S GOT A CAT avoids that confusion of him BEING A CAT, i.e. HE’S A CAT.
And the second form is when HAS and HAVE GOT is followed by a verb, and remember that when HAVE GOT, when something HAS GOT to do something, that verb, TO BE somewhere, TO GO somewhere, it means TO HAVE TO, TO NEED TO, that something MUST do something. So, it’s imperative.
So, as usual we’re going to use the first substitution exercise to do the contractions of HAVE and HAS followed by the word GOT, and then in the second one we’re going to do it with the PAST PARTICIPLE of the verbs when we’re talking about something that’s happened in the past.
So, I might add too guys that just before we do this exercise if you get confused about understanding what I’m referring to in the sentences then make sure check the manuscript because I’ve written in brackets after each one of these demonstrative pronouns where the context is a bit confusing I’ve put a noun in this so that you get the idea of what I’m talking about. So, if I just say a sentence like THESE ARE MINE without any context there you’ve got absolutely no idea what I’m talking about. It could be shoes, it could be pets, it could be houses, it could be cars. So, in each of these sentences where it is confusing just to hear THESE HAVE GOT SIX LEGS, for example, on its own and you don’t know what I’m talking about I’ve put a noun in there so that you can imagine what I’m talking about when you’re doing these exercises. So, that’s just a nice way of knowing the context and better thinking about these sentences when you read them as opposed to just repeating them without thinking. So, that’s it guys. I just wanted to make sure that you understood that before we did it.
So, let’s go guys. Here’s the first substitution exercise with HAS GOT and HAVE GOT.
Substitution exercise: HAS/HAVE + GOT
This (fighting) has got to stop.
This’s got to stop.
That (statement) has got nothing to do with it.
That’s got nothing to do with it.
These (insects) have got six legs.
These’ve got six legs.
Those (shoes) have got to be ours.
Those’ve got to be ours.
This (answer) has got to be it.
This’s got to be it.
That has got be the last of it.
That’s got to be the last of it.
These (clothing stores) have got some nice clothes.
These’ve got some nice clothes.
Those (recipes) have got dairy in them.
Those’ve got too much dairy in them.
That (car) has got two doors.
That’s got two doors.
These (dogs) have got long fur.
These’ve got long fur.
Those (houses) have got large windows.
Those’ve got large windows.
This (activity) has got his name written on it.
This’s got his name written on it.
So, in this substitution exercise, guys, we’re going to use HAS and HAVE followed by a PAST PARTICIPLE. So, THIS HAS BEEN or THESE HAVE BEEN, for example. And just remember that in order to allow you to understand the context of some of these sentences, if you read the manuscript where it could be confusing I’ve put example nouns in brackets in the sentences so that you can better imagine what that sentence, what that example is referring to when you’re thinking and when you’re reading and repeating these exercises.
So, let’s go guys.
Substitution exercise: HAS/HAVE + PAST PARTICIPLE
This (argument) has been going on too long.
This’s been going on too long.
That (computer error) has happened a few times now.
That’s happened a few times now.
These have been questions I have asked before.
These’ve been questions I’ve asked before.
Those (reports at work) have waited to be done all day.
Those’ve waited to be done all day.
This (TV series) has just finished.
This’s just finished.
That (explanation) has failed to impress him.
That’s failed to impress him.
These have been a wet past few days.
These’ve been a wet past few days.
Those (old clothes) have fallen apart.
Those’ve fallen apart.
This (puzzle) has taken so long to finish.
This’s taken so long to finish.
That (plan) has worked out well.
That’s worked out well.
These (problems) have occupied my mind all week.
These’ve occupied my mind all week.
Those (documents) have come from work.
Those’ve come from work.
So, that’s it for today, guys. I hope this episode helps. Remember, go over it a few times. Keep practicing these things and eventually it’s going to become subconscious. You’re not going to have to think about it. You’re just going to make the appropriate contractions in the sentences that you say or in the sentences that you write in English without having to think about it. And just one last reminder, if any of these sentences were confusing when you were reading them and you didn’t understand what I could potentially have been referring to make sure that you read the manuscript and have a look for the nouns that I’ve placed after each demonstrative pronoun to give you context about what each sentence could be referring to. ‘Cause I always think that it’s really useful to be learning in context. If you want to learn anything in a language you need to understand what it is that you’re learning. So, I definitely recommend reading the manuscript, understanding the context of each one of these sentences and repeating the exercise. See you in the next episode guys.
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