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By pete — 2 years ago
In today’s episode of Aussie English I teach you guys how to use the expression “To Go Into Something”.
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Expression: To Go Into Something
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. I wonder if you guys have noticed, I’ve been able to get um… a microphone, a new microphone, and use that. So, hopefully the audio quality is a little bit better now. So, if you think that’s the case or isn’t the case let me know what you think on Facebook. Send me a message and tell me whether or not you like the audio now. Hopefully it’s improved.
Um… today’s another expression episode, and the expression today is going to be “To go into something”, “To go into something”. And the definition of the expression “To go into something” means to talk about, to mention, to discuss. It’s usually an uncomfortable topic or a very difficult to explain topic that will require a lot more time to… to explain. So, you’ll often hear this followed by the word “Detail” or “The details”. So, you might hear “To go into detail about something”, you know, “Can you go into detail about where you’ve been?”, or you might hear, “Can you go into the details about something or someone or, yeah, an event that’s happened”. “Go into the details. Can you talk about the details?”
So, like all previous expression episodes I’ll go through some examples to give you guys an idea of when and how you would use the expression “To go into [something]”.
Ah, number one, okay, so there’s a murder and the investigators who are looking at the case and trying to solve the murder case, they’re trying to work out who committed the crime. They’re at the crime scene, they’ve seen the aftermath or the aftermath [**two different pronunciations], you can say, of what’s happened there. So, the dead body, they’ve seen blood everywhere, they’ve found the weapon, but they still don’t have the murderer. So, they’ve been and seen the scene, they’ve seen the victim, it’s been horrible, grim, violent, and they get interviewed later on that night when they’re going to be on the news. They get interviewed by the press at a press conference, and the investigator could refuse to go into the gory details at the press conference. So, often you’ll have um… journalists obviously asking quite a few questions and they might be asking for the specifics at that time. They might ask the investigator “how did the girl die? Tell us exactly what happened. Do you know who she was yet? What exactly was the murder weapon and how was it used?” and the investigator could say “Look we don’t want to go into the gory details right now.” It could be that they don’t want to go into the details because it’s disrespectful to the victim or maybe they just don’t know yet. Maybe they’ve sent the body to be looked at, to be autopsied by a doctor, a physician, and they don’t have the results yet, and they may not want to speculate. They may not want to talk about what they don’t know. They may not want to guess at what’s happened before they get the details. So, they could say, “Look, I don’t want to go into the gory details” or “I just don’t want to go into it at this time. I don’t know enough. I don’t want to go into it”. So, that’s example number one.
The second example could be that a teenage girl has been out all night, and she’s missed her curfew. So, she has parents who’ve said to her, “Your curfew is 8PM. So, you’ve got to be back before 8PM. That’s your curfew. The time that you have to be out until. So, at 8PM I need you to be home.” But by 8PM she’s not home and instead she arrives home four hours later at 12AM in the morning. And her parents have stayed up all night. They were worried about her. She wasn’t answering her phone, and as soon as she walks in the door they could say, “Look, we’re really angry.” And they could start giving her a lecture. They could say, you know, “You shouldn’t have broken curfew. You should’ve obeyed us. We told you you had to be back by 8PM” and, you know, after they get angry they might say, “Where have you been? Who were you with? What have you been up to? I want to know exactly why you weren’t here at 8PM” and she could say “Look, I don’t want to go into this now”. She could say, “I don’t want to go into the details. I don’t want to go into what I’ve been doing in detail. It’s none of your business. I’m not going into it. So, I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t want to discuss it. I don’t want to explain it. I don’t really want to go into it now.”
A third example could be that you’re about to give a presentation and before you give the presentation whether it’s a presentation at work or you could be a student like me doing your PhD, doing a Masters or even your undergrad and in the class you have to give a presentation. They could ask you to give a brief summary of what that presentation is. So, they could say, “Could you tell us what your presentation’s going to be about in a nutshell? Give us a nutshell review. Tell us the basics.” And so, you could start telling them about it and you could tell them that, “I’ll go into it more in more detail in a minute. You’ll see the full presentation in the minute at which point I will go into things in more detail.” So, it’s sort of saying that I’ll discuss it more in a minute. This is the basic idea though.
Ok, example number four. So say someone’s come forward as a witness to a crime, say an armed robbery where someone pulled out a gun at a servo, at a service station, a petrol station, and robbed the attendant there, the person working at the servo. The witness could come forward to the police, and the police would interview the witness to try and find out what they know about what happened at the crime. So, they could try and find out some details that will help them find the person who did it. And, they could ask the witness, “Did you get a good look at the person?” and say, the witness says, “Yeah I got a good look at them.” The police could say, “Well could you go into more detail about what they looked like”, and if the witness said something like, “Oh they said something too while they were robbing the place” the police could say, “Well, can you go into more detail about what they said? What did they say? Go into more detail.” So, it just means can you tell us a bit more about what happened? Can you discuss it? Can you explain it? Can you talk a bit more about it?
So, that’s about it guys. I’m sure you guys get the idea about the expression “To go into something” it just means discuss, talk about, explain a little more. Let’s do a listen and repeat substitution exercise here guys. We’ll change it up a little bit. And I want you guys to just listen and repeat after me. I’m going to say the phrase, “I don’t want to go into it” and then I’m going to say it naturally as I would with my Australian accent for example “I don’t wanna go into it”. So try and repeat both of these as close to the way that I’m saying them as possible, just so that you can practice your contractions as well as practice your accent reduction and pronunciation. So, let’s get started.
I don’t want to go into it.
I don’ wanna go indo id.
You don’t want to go into it.
You don’ wanna go indo id.
He doesn’t want to go into it.
He doesn’ wanna go indo id.
She doesn’t want to go into it.
She doesn’ wanna go indo id.
We don’t want to go into it.
We don’ wanna go indo id.
They don’t want to go into it.
They don’ wanna go indo id.
Note: the second sentences in each of these pairs are written as I would say things phonetically. You would never write “don’, indo, id”, and “wanna” would only be used very informally in things like text messages.
And, I guess just as a little discussion about how my pronunciation changes there guys. You’ll probably notice that when I say one of these example sentences well annunciated, well articulated, when I say “I don’t want to go into it” you’ll hear me say all of the “T’s” really really well, and it actually takes quite a bit of effort for me to do that. I have to concentrate in order to pronounce all of those “T’s” because when I say it naturally the “T’s” either slightly disappear, or completely disappear, or they kind of turned into the sound “D” like a “Deh” just a stop almost like a “Id, id” instead of “It”. So when I say “I don’t want to go into it” I’ve said every single “T” there, but when I was speaking naturally in the previous example, and when I speak naturally at the moment with natives I would say “I don’ wanna go indo id”. So, yeah the “T’s” kind of disappear, but that’s why I feel like it’s important for you to say it properly and be able to say it properly, like “I don’t want to go into it”. You have good technique, and then when you speak naturally you can start practicing this sort of reduction in the annunciation or completely proper pronunciation of those “T’s” and you can say it more like “I don’ wanna go indo id”, “I don’ wan da go in da id”. It sounds very weird for me to say it slowly but when said quickly those “T’s” disappear and they sound a little more like “D’s” or they’re not there at all. “I don’ wanna go indo id”.
So, yeah, that’s this episode guys. Sorry it’s gone a little long. I hope you liked it. Keep practicing your pronunciation. Keep practicing your listening comprehension. Again, if you don’t want to sound like an Australian you don’t have to, just get your exposure and practice understanding what Australians sound like when they speak really quickly. Keep it up guys. I’m sure you’re all kicking arse. All the best!
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By pete — 3 years ago
Embarrassing English Errors
Embarrassing English Errors is a series I’m going to do on The Aussie English Podcast covering some of the most embarrassing errors English learners sometimes make when speaking, as well as go through exercises to help you practice and fix these pronunciation errors!
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 280 – WWP: Future Plans For AE. What Do You Think?
What’s up guys? Welcome to this episode of Walking with Pete.
(I) thought I would do this on the way in to have brunch with my friends Emily and Andy.
They were the ones who’s wedding I went to recently.
I can’t remember if I posted some photos up on Instagram while I was there at the wedding.
I think I did. But, yeah, (they are) some of my friends who got married in the Dandenong Ranges.
And the Dandenong Ranges are a series of mountains outside of Melbourne.
So it’s beautiful out there with really really big trees. It’s all forested.
So, (I’m) going to Hot Poppy to have brunch with them. And brunch is the meal between breakfast and lunch.
Hence “br-unch”, breakfast-lunch, brunch. So, I’ve just sort of come out of my house.
It’s bloody cold. It’s really cold. Well at least for a Melbournian. For me it’s cold.
It’s probably about five or six degrees, and really foggy today. It’s kind of bizarre.
I can’t see any of the buildings in the city and even the buildings in the hospital nearby I can’t see because of the fog.
So, it’s funny that the fog has lingered this long as it normally disappears pretty quickly once the sun comes up.
But, yeah, so I had a few things to talk about today and I thought I would try to do some more Walking With Pete episodes as it had been a while since I’ve really done them. I’ve been a bit busy with the PhD.
(I) finally submitted that though. So, I have a little more spare time to do this sort of stuff. And yeah, what else?
I’ve been busy with a few other things, just work and life in general, but I know you guys like Walking With Pete episodes where I talk to you as if you’re standing next to me walking with me, just like a friend.
So that you can practice your English. But, I guess to give you a bit of an update with Aussie English, I’ve got some things that I’m thinking about at the moment.
Sort of the next step. What to do.
So, obviously, you guys know that I have the Aussie English Supporter Pack, which is a weekly pack of bonus material that goes with the expression episodes that come out every Sunday.
So obviously you get the exercises in there to help you learn the language and the English that’s used in each lesson a little more thoroughly.
So I focus on, you know, the pronunciation, expressions, these, you know, we do the substitution exercise with phrasal verbs, and a little point of grammar.
But I’m trying to think constantly what else can I do? What else can I add? How else can I help you guys accelerate learning in English, and specifically obviously Australian English?
And more recently, I’ve been thinking about putting together a membership website.
So like as opposed to where the Aussie English Supporter Pack is… It’s a membership, but it’s just for, obviously, the weekly episodes where you get all the bonus content.
I would love to have an entire online experience, an online website that effectively becomes a one-stop shop for everyone and anyone learning Australian English.
What do I mean by this? I guess basically I mean that you would have all sorts of extra content in a data library in the membership.
So you would have courses on Australian pronunciation, on spoken contractions, on the history of Australia, on all sorts of things like that that are about… oh (I’ve) just got to run across the road!
All sorts of things like that that are about Australia, about the Australian language, about our history, about our culture.
All of those sorts of bonus exercises for each episode, that I can just build this huge library of resources online for people to sign up and use to try and allow people to have a community as well where they can go and just focus 100 percent on Australian English, and improving their spoken Australian English.
So more recently I’ve been trying to think about how I can implement that.
How I can sort of get started with that. And one idea was to start with 30 day challenges.
So I was thinking that I could do a 30-day challenge with Australian slang where I would pick maybe thirty or so commonly used Australian slang terms that I use, that other Australians use.
And you learn one day.
You get like an MP3 File talking about it, and talking about how do you use it, and also with a few exercises in an e-mail every day for 30 days.
And also you’d get like a PDF with that MP3 file, obviously.
And so, not only will I be able to help people who just want a bit of motivation, they want to, you know, practice their Australian slang, but then I can also add that 30 day challenge, all of the material from that, to the online library, the Australian, you know, English membership site that I will have created at the end of every challenge that I create.
And so it sort of… it motivates me to do it little bit by little bit.
I’m helping people at the same time as well as, I guess, reaching more people, and encouraging more people to be involved in the Aussie English community.
And then I can put it all into the library at the end of each month that I create this stuff, and slowly build it online.
So, where for instance, if you wanted access to the entire 30 day course straight away you could just sign up straight away to that to get access to it or you can go through the 30 day thing.
But then obviously, if you want all the other previous 30 day courses or challenges then they would also all be in the in the online membership site as well, as well as all this other bonus stuff that I would put together bit by bit piece by piece.
And I think Australian interviews I want to do a lot of Australian interviews whenever I sort of go around and travel around and talk to Aussies.
Anyway these are all ideas just going around in my head. Obviously, the reason I’m talking about it… lot of noise.
Hopefully you guys can hear me.
The main reason I’m wanting to talk about this stuff is because at the end of the day I can have all these ideas, I can think they’re all great, I can think of perfect ideas, but I need to put them out there so that you guys can give me feedback and tell me what you think, what you want, what’s going to be useful for you, because all of this content really is made for you.
So, make sure you let me know what you think. Give me some feedback.
I want to serve you guys I want to help you guys learn Australian English as fast as possible, as fun as possible, and in a community.
I really want to get people involved and talking with one another and interacting and, you know, just make it a lot more fun.
So, they’re the sort of ideas at the moment.
That’s where things stand. That’s how things are.
Aside from that, I guess, and it’s a little bit further into the future, when the online membership, you know, I don’t even know what I’m going to call it.
I’d probably call it something like Aussie English Academy or Aussie English Club or something like that.
I was thinking about I can also gamify it.
You know, this is further down the track, further down the road, but eventually I would love to be able to gamify the learning experience.
What I mean by this?
So you would have all of these different courses in the Aussie English membership website. You would have all of this material online.
And if I gamify that material it would show, you know, you would sign up, you would get a membership, and then you could say make an avatar, make a character for that membership that you sign up (for), that would be you, that would be unique, you know, you get to create it.
And then on top of that, you could… you get points, effectively, for all of the content that you go through.
So whether it’s finishing a course. Whether it’s listening to a podcast episode.
Every sort of… every little bit of work that you do you gain points.
And then I was thinking that it’d be good if I can find ways of allowing you to turn those points that you earn through consuming content into products or services that you could then use to continue learning Australian English.
So, for example, if you went through, I don’t know, a course on Australian slang, and you finish it and you earn a thousand points.
It’d be really cool if I could turn those thousand Points into say a half an hour lesson with an Australian English speaker, whether it’s me or someone else.
So that, not only are you motivated to finish the course because of the sort of gamification, earning points, but then you can redeem these points, you can turn these points into something else that will further your English.
So that you could take these points and get a book, an Australian book, or you take these points and you get a lesson with an Australian speaker.
They’re these ideas that are going around in my head.
I think, ultimately, the way that languages are taught at the moment in classes and via books is becoming more and more redundant I feel.
I feel like everything’s moving online, everything’s moving to self-paced learning where you’re in control of how much you do, how often you do it.
And so that’s why I’m sort of thinking about these ideas and wanting to talk to you guys about these ideas to see what you think, because yeah, I want your feedback.
I want to see what you guys think, and if you guys think this would be effective and a great way of learning Australian English.
Anyway. Those are the ideas. Let me know what you think guys, whether it’s in a comment on Facebook or send me a message.
Maybe I’m crazy or maybe I’ve got my finger on the pulse, and I am, you know, incredibly aligned with what you guys want.
But ultimately I really really want your feedback.
I want you to tell me what you think, what’s important to you, how do you want to learn Australian English, how do you want me to teach you Australian English, what can I do to improve your learning experience.
You know, I’m always looking for constructive feedback.
So, I am almost at Hot Poppy on Errol Street. It’s a cafe.
I’m about to see my friends Em and Andy.
I might leave it there and chat to you guys soon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode. I hope you guys having a killer week.
I hope it’s a little warmer where you guys are than it is here. And I’ll see you soon.
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