AE 387: Why Adults Can Learn Languages Faster Than Children
What’s going on, guys? I was just woke up. (I’m) sitting on the deck in front of my room here. (I’ll) show you the view. Hopefully, you can see it. That’s Ocean Grove behind me where I’m living at the moment that. But, I thought I would get up and make a little video this morning.
I’ve been wanting to talk about this subject for quite a while, because it’s come up for a long time, whether it was me learning a language, or teaching other people English, and it’s “Can I learn a language as well as a child?”. Okay? “Can I learn as well as a baby?”. ‘Cause I see a lot of people always say, it’s easy for children to learn languages. I’m, you know, 30 years old, 40 years old, 50 years old. How am I ever going to learn a foreign language? I’m… My brain doesn’t work that way anymore. And I feel like a lot of this is just self-sabotage. And I don’t think it’s really true. I don’t think it’s reflected in reality. And I guess I’m just going to ad lib. (I’m) just going to make it up as I go along off the top of my head.
But, I guess firstly, you forget that when a child is born they take, you know, five, six, maybe seven years, before you can have any kind of coherent conversation with them. So, five, six, seven years for you to just be able to talk about what your favourite animal is, what did you do today? Those kinds of mundane and simple conversations. And that’s not to say anything against you know children learning languages. It’s their first language. Of course, that’s how it’s going to be. It’s going to take years and years and years. And you also forget that it takes them, what, 15 hours a day, 15 hours a day, of listening, of you know years of “googoo gaga”. Just making sounds, making it up. A year of just saying individual words. You know, this, that, food, cold, need drink. And then, you know, after that… so it’s taken years just for them to learn these words and the sounds in their mouth, how long does it take for them to string a coherent sentence together, you know, with complicated grammar that describes feelings or talks about the future or talks about the past? It takes a long time for them to learn this, and we forget this. Whereas, you could start a new language tomorrow and probably be ahead of where a lot of these children are, with respect to the complexity of their conversation skills, within a year, right, six months maybe to a year, depending on the language and depending on how hard you work. And that’s probably putting in way less time than these kids. These kids, all they do, as they’re growing up, all they do is listen, try speaking, they’re trying to interact, for years. Every hour of every day years is what they’re working on this. And that’s all they do. They don’t have a job. They don’t have to pay bills. They don’t have to worry about life. They just literally sit at home or they go to school or they go to kindie, to kindergarten, and all they’re doing every single day, all hours of the day, is practising their language skills. And yet, I think the average person, if you were to pick up a language tomorrow, you could surpass that within a year easily, easily.
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So, that is why, I guess, I wanted to talk about this. You guys, you should sort of, I guess, understand the capabilities that you have as foreign language learners, and that you can learn languages to an advanced level compared to children I think way, way, way, more rapidly.
The second sort of thing to talk about there is because also, you already have a software system onto which or over which you can layer the new language. So, you’ve got a reference point. Your first language and then the second language. So, you can already form all of these ideas, you know what you want to say, it’s just a matter of parsing that, you know, taking it from one language and parsing it into another language. So, that’s as well why I think it’s a lot… It’s not… it’s comparing oranges with apples when you compare children and adults.
But yeah. I guess that’s about it. That’s about all I wanted to say. Don’t be disheartened, don’t be disenchanted. You can outlearn children when it comes to language learning. It’s just a matter of how much time you put in and your goals, your goals.
I think too, people worry too much about being grammatically correct. Here’s another point to talk about quickly. Children will, I think from what I’ve read, children will refuse to use vocabulary or grammar that they are uncertain about. So, they don’t go out there making, actively trying to make, a lot of mistakes. They’re going to wait until they fully understand the rules of language, the vocab and what it means, before they start implementing it.
Whereas, this is different from how adults would learn, and how I would encourage English as a second language learner to practice their English, it is to go out and make as many mistakes as possible, because this is going to really give you an advantage. It’s a lot harder if you turn this into a passive process where you’re only going to be using the language you fully understand and not practising it until that point, which is I would imagine how children do it more often than not. They’re not going to start playing around with future tenses and past tenses in the playground, they’re going to wait until they fully understood it in their development before they start actively using it in their vocabulary in their day-to-day language. Whereas, you can go out there right now and start practising and mastering some of these are way, way, way more complicated aspects of a language and conquering it really really quickly.
Anyway. So, I guess, they’re just my thoughts so far. I’ll probably flesh this out and try and talk about it a bit more in the future, because this is sort of somewhat incoherent. I didn’t really have a structure or anything. But tell me what you believe down in the comments. Let me know in a comment. Do you think that you have an advantage as an adult learning a language, a second language, or do you think that, “No, Pete, you’re wrong, and children can definitely learn languages easier and quicker than adults”. Anyway guys. I hope you enjoy this episode and I’ll see you soon.
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By pete — 2 years ago
Learn Australian English in this Expression episode of Aussie English where I teach you how to use the expression TO TAKE SOMEONE FOR A RIDE.
AE 263 – Expression: To Take Someone For A Ride
Welcome to this episode of English.
This is Episode 263.
As you may have noticed I’ve started adding numbers.
So I was chatting to someone in the Aussie English Virtual Classroom, and I’ve forgotten who it was, so forgive me for that, but they suggested that I put numbers at the start of this episode, or at the start of all episodes now, to make them a little easier to navigate.
So that you can sift through them.
So that you can sort through them.
So that you can find the different episodes more easily.
So I hope that helps guys, and forgive me for not having done that for the past year or so.
So what have I been up to this week?
This week I’ve been working on the PhD, obviously, (I’m) trying to get that written up and handed in.
So I’m trying to hand that in before my 30th birthday, which is in about 10 or so days.
So wish me luck.
Hopefully, I can get it done.
If not, I’ll do it as soon as possible.
Once that’s done obviously I can do a lot more Aussie English.
And yeah, I guess, to explain what has to happen I have to finish up writing, and then I have to submit it, and it will get reviewed by two anonymous and independent reviewers.
So people that I don’t know, and also people who don’t know each other, and have never worked with me.
So they have to be… how would you say, unbiased in their views.
So that that’ll probably take a month or two before I get the reviewed theses sent back to me.
Hopefully, I won’t have to make too many changes.
I might have to redo a few things.
I might have to rewrite some stuff.
I’m hoping I won’t have to reanalyse anything, but who knows that can happen.
And then once I’ve made those changes I may be able to just submit the final draft or the final version to the university.
Or if the reviewers have asked to see it again I’ll have to send it to them first, and then get their tick of approval for them to say, “Yep it’s ok now”, and then I can submit it.
So wish me luck.
I’m hoping to get that done soon.
Aside from just doing that this week there’s been stuff on the news relating to the floods following on from Cyclone Debbie.
So as you know from some of the previous episodes there was recently a cyclone that hit the coast of Queensland.
I think it was a Category 3 or 4 cyclone.
So it wasn’t as bad as it could be.
It could have been a cyclone Category 5, which I think is the worst.
We didn’t lose any lives in the cyclone, but unfortunately we did lose a few lives following on from the cyclone.
So there was some pretty tragic stories, like, I think there was an 11 year old boy who was boogie boarding down a hill when it was raining with a lot of his friends, and the rain was coming down and washing into a storm water drain, and the boy disappeared, and they ended up finding him a day later, tragically, he’d fallen down into this storm water drain, and the water was so powerful that it’d obviously sucked him down there, and he couldn’t get out and drowned.
And we also had a tragic story of a woman whose car somehow careened or careered off the road into some floodwaters, and her and her children passed away, well, they drowned in the water there, but fortunately one of her daughters escaped alive.
So it is pretty interesting where you have such a dangerous event like the cyclone hit Australia, and not kill any people in the event itself, but then following on from the cyclone you have things like all of this flooding, which can then tragically lead to two deaths.
But on the good side, on the positive side, of all of this we’ve seen a lot of people coming together and working together to clean up the neighbourhoods where you’ve had a lot of flooding.
So the rivers have obviously collected a lot of water that’s flowed down out of the mountains along these rivers, and they’ve broken their banks, meaning that the water has risen to such an extent that it’s flowed over the banks of these rivers and distributed or deposited a lot of mud into the surrounding land, you know.
So a lot of houses get their first floor flooded, and there’ll be mud put everywhere throughout the house.
And so, we have The Mud Army, I think that’s what they’re nicknamed in Queensland, where volunteers get together and work together to clean up the neighbourhood.
So they get rid of all the debris, they go through houses and clean all the mud out, wash that all out, and just generally help people who need help and may not have insurance or may not just be able to do it on their own.
So there’s been some touching stories on the news with regards to that recently.
Aside from that, there was also some funny stuff with some of the more dangerous animals in Australia.
So I remember seeing some photos going around of Bull sharks that had washed up on a road inland near a farm.
So Bull sharks are the most dangerous shark, I believe, when it comes to attacking humans, and these things are dangerous because they can live in brackish and even freshwater.
So unlike sharks like the Great White shark or Tiger sharks that require saltwater, they have to live in saltwater.
Bull sharks can actually swim up rivers and survive in freshwater.
And so, somehow some of these Bull sharks had gotten all the way up these rivers, and then washed up onto a road and died.
But it’s just frightening to think that in land you’ve got sharks potentially in rivers.
And then there was also a strange story about a crocodile in Queensland that ate someone’s dog.
So someone’s, I think it was a Border Collie, someone’s Border Collie was running too close to the floodwaters and got snatched up, got grabbed by a crocodile and there was a photo of it in its jaws.
So now a note to everyone if you have a dog and you’re in flooded land in Queensland after a flood where there’s crocodiles, keep an eye on your dog.
Maybe put it on a leash.
Well that’s probably enough for the intro, guys.
Let’s get into the crux of this episode.
Let’s get into the content.
So today’s episode is going to cover the expression “to take someone for a ride”, “to take someone for a ride.”
So we went over in the previous expression to take something with a pinch or a grain of salt.
This was in an expression episode 260.
So I’m not going to define the word “to take” in depth, because I’ve done that in Episode 260.
So as usual we’re going to go through the definition of different words.
But if you want a more thorough look at how to use the verb “to take” go and have a look at episode 260.
But in this example, “to take” here it means to bring or to lead someone somewhere.
So you can take someone for a walk.
You can take someone for a drive in a car.
You can take someone for a ride on a horse.
And you can also take someone for a holiday or take them for a roadtrip.
So the idea of bringing them somewhere, leading them somewhere, you’re taking them somewhere.
Also we have the word “ride”, and “a ride” is two different things in English.
Firstly, it’s a journey made on a horse, a bike, some kind of vehicle.
So it could be a car, a motorbike.
You could ride a truck.
You could ride a train.
You could ride a tram.
Whatever it is that you’re on that’s moving.
And that’s what it means in this sense, but it can also be something like a roller coaster or roundabout, an amusement ride at a fair or amusement park.
So if you were to go to Luna Park, which is, I think, the world’s oldest amusement park, and this is located in Melbourne.
It’s the one with the big white face where you have to walk through the mouth to get into it.
If you go to Luna Park and you get on some of these amusement rides, they’re rides.
They’re considered rides.
So a rollercoaster, that’s a good example of a ride.
So the definition of the expression “to take someone for a ride”.
How would we use this?
This can be used in both a literal and figurative way.
So the literal sense of the expression “to take someone for a ride” is to carry someone about, usually for recreation.
So you could take them on a car, you could take them on a plane, you could take them on a boat, and they’re going for a ride on that thing.
So for example, “Get in my car mate and we’ll go for a ride” or “Can you take us for a ride in your boat?”.
So that’s the literal meaning of “to take someone for a ride”.
It’s to take them on a journey in a vehicle of some kind or on some sort of transport.
But then we have the figurative version, and this is probably where you’re going to hear this quite a bit in English.
And it means to deceive someone, to trick someone, to con someone, or to cheat someone.
So that’s the figurative sense of the phrase “to take someone for a ride”.
So let’s go through some examples as usual guys so that you can better understand how you would use this expression in everyday English.
So example number one, and we’re going to go through a bit of slang here.
This is where you’re going to be learning Australian slang.
You’re getting a reno on your house, and a reno is a renovation, a renovation.
So you’ve hired a series of tradies to do the reno on your house.
You could hire an electrician, which is known as “a sparkie”, the slang term “sparkie”, you could hire a carpenter, which is “a chippie” if you use the slang term, “a chippie”, or you can hire a bricklayer, which is “a brickie”, “a brickie”.
A sparkie, a chippie and a brickie.
Or you could hire a plumber, but we don’t really have a slang term like “sparkie”, “chippie” or “brickie” for “plumber”.
You could probably use something more derogatory like “a dunny diver” suggesting that someone dives into toilets.
But yeah just call them “plumbers” for now.
So imagine you’ve hired these tradies to do a renovation on your house.
So they’re fixing up your house.
Maybe they’re putting a new room on your house or they’re giving your house a nicer bathroom.
And they end up charging you for more work than they actually did.
So they could potentially have charged you extra or maybe they charged you for twice as much time as they actually spent doing it.
Maybe they used some dodgy or sketchy materials.
So some cheap or unsafe materials or products when they were doing the reno.
Maybe they used inferior forms of plastic or wood or whatever the materials are that they are using, except they charge you for the expensive version.
So they’re trying to make money here.
That is an example of these people “taking you for a ride”.
They’ve ripped you off, you’ve been ripped off by these people, meaning they’ve charged you more money than you should’ve paid.
They’ve deceived you into paying more money than you should’ve.
You’ve been taken for a ride by these tradies.
You’ve been taken for a ride by the sparkie, the chippie, the brickie or the plumber or you could say they’ve taken you for a ride.
Example number two.
So I imagine you are a teenager who has fallen madly in love with someone.
You’ve got a girlfriend or a boyfriend now, but you’re only 15 or 16 years old.
You want to spend the night at their house, but you know that your parents aren’t going to let you go and do that when you’re only 15 or 16 years old.
So you’ve set up this elaborate plan to trick your parents into allowing you to stay out that night, but you’re telling them that you’re staying at a friend’s house not the girlfriend or boyfriend’s house.
And to sort of make it work you’ve got your friend to come over to your house and tell your parents, “Oh yeah, he’s coming to our place. He’s staying the night at our house. It’s all good this weekend he’s coming and he’s staying at my place. We’re just having a little party with all the boys or with all the girls.”
So then when the night comes you actually go to your boyfriend or girlfriend’s house instead of this friend’s house that your parents believe you’re going to, and the next day you get home and no one’s the wiser.
No one’s the wiser, meaning no one is wise to what you did.
They don’t know anything.
They’re not wiser, as in they haven’t learnt about what’s happened.
So no one ever finds out.
And you’ve tricked your parents.
You’ve lied to your parents about what you were doing.
You’ve taken your parents for a ride.
You and your boyfriend or you and your girlfriend have taken your parents for a ride.
Your parents have been taken for a ride by you.
You’ve lied to them.
You’ve deceived them.
You’ve tricked them
You’ve conned them.
Although this example is not an example where it’s really malicious, so it’s not something where you’ve stolen anything or you’ve deceived them in a very very nasty kind of way, this is more like a white lie.
So you’ve done something you shouldn’t have.
It’s sort of naughty, but yeah, you got away with it.
You took them for a ride or they were taken for a ride by you.
Example number three.
Maybe you meet someone and become really good friends with them, like, you know, you have those sort of instances some times where you meet someone for the first time, and they become a really good friend quickly, because you hit it off.
You click really well with this person, and it just feels like you’ve known them for a long time.
So say you’ve met this person at a party or something, maybe out in the street.
You’ve hit it off.
You think they’re really nice.
You guys get along well, and you invite them to a party at your house that same day.
And after the party you discover that some of your valuables, some of your possessions, have been stolen.
You can’t find them anywhere.
Maybe it’s an expensive camera.
Maybe it’s some money, some jewellery, whatever it is.
You ask around, and all of your friends say they have no idea.
They don’t know where it is.
And this new friend of yours is nowhere to be found.
So they’ve obviously left the party.
So you’re a little suss to it.
You’re like, “I think this new person’s taken my things”.
So you try and call this new friend of yours, and they don’t answer the phone or you go to their place and they’re not there.
In that case, you could say they’ve shot through.
They’ve shot through.
They’ve run off.
And in the meantime, you’ve been ripped off for thousands of dollars worth of your belongings, your possessions, your valuables.
So they’ve ripped you off for the camera, some money, some jewellery, whatever it was.
In this instance, we can also use this expression “to be taken for a ride” or “to take someone for a ride”.
So in this case, the new friend of yours has taken you for a ride.
They’ve tricked you.
They’ve deceived you.
They’ve stolen from you.
They pretended to be your friends so that they could get invited to this party, well, or so that they ended up being invited to this party.
And then they’ve robbed you.
They’ve ripped you off.
They’ve stolen from you.
They’ve taken you for a ride or you’ve been taken for a ride by this person, this so-called friend.
They took you for a ride.
So hopefully by now guys you understand how to use the expression “to take someone for a ride”.
And remember this can be used in all forms of English, not just Australian English, but you could use this in America, in Britain, in Canada.
Everyone’s going to understand what “to be taken for a ride” means.
So as usual guys let’s do a little listen and repeat exercise.
So listen and repeat after me to practice your pronunciation.
If you’re trying to nail an Australian accent really focus in on how I’m saying it.
Otherwise, just use the accent that you are working on.
So let’s go.
Listen and repeat:
I took him for a ride.
You took him for a ride.
He took him for a ride.
She took him for a ride.
We took him for a ride.
They took him for a ride.
All right guys, good job.
I might just mention here, before we finish up, a little bit about the connected speech and pronunciation used in this phrase.
“I took_(h)im for_a ride”, “You took_(h)im for_a ride”, etc.
So there are two interesting things going on here.
We have the H-deletion, which is where the H at the beginning of words is removed and the consonant or the sound that the word before the word with H ends with carries on over onto the next word.
So for example, took_(h)im, took_(h)im.
I’ve removed the H on him and it just sounds like took_(h)im took_(h)im.
And this happens with “her” as well.
For instance, took_(h)er, took_(h)er.
So some examples of H deletion.
Here are some phrases:
“I took_(h)er some food.”
“Did_(h)e call you?”
So I haven’t said, “Did he call you?”.
I say “Did_(h)e call you?”
“It_(h)as happened before”.
Instead of saying “It has happened before”, you’ll hear me say “it_(h)as” or just “it’s”.
But in this case “it_(h)as”.
“It_(h)as happened before”.
And then also “We_(h)ave a lot to do today”.
“We_(h)ave a lot to do today”.
So instead of “We have a lot to do today”, I’ve said “we_(h)ave a lot to do today.
So that’s examples of H-deletion.
And we’re going to go over some exercises to teach you to do this naturally in the bonus content for this episode.
Also we have R-insertion.
So when we say “for a ride” I actually say “for_a ride”.
So I take the ah from the end of the word “for” and I put it at the start of the word “A”.
This is very Australian.
So I’m not 100% sure about British accents and whether or not they do this.
But I know that North American accents usually pronounce the R anyway at the end of words.
Whereas in Australian English, we wouldn’t pronounce the R at the ends of words.
So in the case of “plumber” I say “plumbah” instead of “plumber”, which is how an American would say it.
And the same with the word “for”.
Usually, I say it as “fo(r)”.
There there’s no R there unless the next word begins with a vowel.
So that’s when I would say “for_a”, “for_a”, just to make it flow.
So some examples of R insertion.
Here are some sentences.
See how that flows instead of me saying, “Thanks for everything”, I say “Thanks for_everything”.
Instead of saying “That’s for him”, I say “That’s for_(h)im”.
“Look for_an elephant”, “Look for_an elephant”.
So instead of saying, “Look for an elephant”, I say “Look for_an elephant”.
So I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode, guys.
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IELTs – Lesson 4: Travelling & Holidays
G’day, guys! Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today we’re going to be doing another IELTS lesson where we talk about our travels. So, how you can obviously talk about going around the world, you often gonna get this sort of a question, you know, have you’ve been overseas? Have you traveled much? Have you studied abroad?
Definitely, it’s a very common topic.
Yeah. Did you get that in your IELTS at all?
It’s hard for me like if you are anything similar to me, like I didn’t have the chance to travel my friend was a child with my parents and my family so, all my experiences are very recent.
So it would have been a little limited if they said, ”oh where have you been before?”.
Definitely. Or like, ”oh tell me about holiday spend with your family” I’d be like…. I would struggle to make it up on the spot, just like being creative, it’s just hard so I’m really glad I did get this topic… It is not that it’s hard to talk about, it’s hard for me because, you know, I started travelling, not that I’ve done much, but I started when I was already an adult and yeah mostly in Australia so…
Well, that’s sort of my case as well. Anyway, I guess the basic idea here will be we’ll have this video first where Kel and I will just have a casual, natural discussion about our history travelling around, where we’ve been, maybe what we would like to see in the future as well and then the second video we’ll go through the different vocab that we’ve got here in case we miss anything in this video.
So, to open it up, Kel. Which countries have you been to in the past?
That’s when it gets hard for me because I honestly left Brazil, I didn’t travel…I travelled around Brazil, I went to a couple cities in the South and in the North as well, but I wish I had done some travelling in South America.
Why is that?
Because, you know, it’s already there, it tends to be you know cheap, as opposed to travelling to Europe, for example or the USA, it would be much more expensive.
Because those countries are just next door. You just have to cross the border and you’re in Colombia or a completely different country.
Argentina I’d love to go, but unfortunately I didn’t have the chance. But then I came to Australia and here I’ve seen, you know, I’ve been to Sydney, I’ve been to Canberra, we lived there for six months.
And to me you were in Queensland for a long time and that’s sort of a ideal picturesque holiday destination in Australia, everyone goes to Queensland. Queensland, Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, all the warm weather is up there the beautiful beaches. When you were living there, did you travel around much like a tourist or were you mainly into one place?
I I’ve been to Cairns for a holiday. I’ve been to Mackay, also in a holiday. I’ve been around Townsville so, you have like those like little towns and villages they have like a waterfalls and things like that. So, yeah a few creeks there we would go and just, you know, spend the day at and have fun. Yeah it’s great to be in Queensland because everywhere you go is like a paradise so, not that I don’t like Victoria, but it’s just easier I guess, because it’s always summer and yeah it is where everyone goes to when people are on holidays. That places are very tourist so, it’s really…
You can probably say that, yeah touristic, I guess you would say probably just there are a lot of tourist attractions in those locations and almost a bit of a tourist trap right at times where we have a lot of people, especially places like Castle Hill.
Castle Hill. Yeah, Townsville… Well, I wouldn’t say that Townsville is a tourist trap because…
There’s not a lot of tourists.
Well, we do but there is so much to see, still… but at the same time it’s a tiny little city so, I’m not expecting to see you know… do a lot of sightseeing or visit like museums or other things you might be frustrated, it’s really the place you go to if you wanna, you know, spend a day on the beach and and that’s it.
And relax. So, did you book any trips whilst you were there, did you go to I think it’s Maggie Island, Magnetic Island.
Maggie island is like I think 25 minutes by ferry and there’s accommodation there, like hostels and even like….what do you call it when you just camp?
Yeah. It’s great to spend the day there, there’s a few bays you can swim, restaurants, you can go hiking. There are lots of things to do. So, there was honestly, that was my favorite sort of… if I had to choose a perfect holiday, that’d be let’s go to Maggie Island, spend a whole weeked just relaxing and I’m not a big fan of, you know, sand and beaches, but it’s just so beautiful and there’s so much to see! You can go diving.
Scuba diving you can… yeah just great, a lot of things.
Are there any places you would have liked to have gone on when you were in Queensland because you’re obviously now down to Victoria, were there any tourist attractions or any sites that you wish you’d see that you never got the chance to?
Definitely the Great Barrier Reef, I’ve been to the Great Barrier Reef when I was in Orpheus Island, but it’s not the reef you see on TV, right? Like the big massive thing there you can just take photos of and, you know, paradise. It’s a very small portion of the reef the island is beautiful, but I was working there so, it wasn’t really a holiday so, definitely if have the chance to go back I want to go the Great Barrier Reef. It’s beautiful.
And are there any other places that you would like to visit whether it’s in Australia or overseas in the future?
I would love to go to Europe. Like, now my best friend lives in France… I’ve always wanted to go to Paris, just romantic and I can’t imagine like walking around Paris at night must be beautiful, all the lights and Greece as well, because of the history, the historical importance of the place. If I had to go tomorrow I think Paris and Greece would be my two favorite places, what about you? I know you want to go to Brazil.
Yeah, I’d like to go to Brazil. I don’t know where to start, where I would start because Brazil is such a big country with so much to see.
Start from the North.
Obviously yeah you’d start North, maybe go South. It’s one of those things, though, I think for me I get worried in countries like South America, countries in South America with regards to safety, but I’m sure once you get there you become aware and you get to know…
That’s a downside, I would say, of going to Brazil, you do have to be aware of, you know, the violence and things you can’t do, like things that Australians take for granted. Like walking around with phones and stuff, but it depends where you are a lot like, some places are more dangerous, you have really, you know, dangerous place, you don’t go there, but mostly it’s just fine.
Growing up in Australia my parents would take us away each summer we would go camping so, we would have those kinds of travelling holidays where you would go on short trips locally to places that are nearby like the Grampians or Willson’s Prom. I remember being in grade 6 and we went to Rockhampton in Queensland up North and that was my first experience with, I guess, the Great Barrier Reef and you know taking chartered flights out to different islands, getting on boats seeing a bit, I didn’t think we…I don’t think we went scuba diving or anything, but we went snorkeling in some places and then I’ve been to, I went to France when I was in high school for a month and travelled around France and was practicing French, that was cool and then when I was doing my PhD, I went to I went to…
Yeah, Indonesia, Sulawesi, where tsunami recently was. Sulawesi studying in the jungles there looking for rats and other animals for my supervisor.
Did you have time to go sightseeing was just like working?
It was pretty much I was just following my supervisor where he was taking us. So, we had to go to different towns and then hire someone to drive us to the next town. We had to make camps with all of the gear there and then we had to do different things in the jungle for the scientific studies, but I would love to travel a lot more in the future, I’d love to go to Europe.
I’d love to go to Europe, I think. Still, you know, you again talking about safety, but it’s still one of those places, you know, if you have the chance, go. My friend is just amazed how beautiful France is and I just can’t… Hopefully you can do it together with the baby and things. Do you think Australians tend to… like I know camping a big thing here for you guys, but do you go a lot for travel agents or it’s just like let’s improvise and get the family together and do it?
I think if people organise flights somewhere and they’re wanting to spend like a week somewhere, they’ll usually do it, especially if it’s far away and if they’re lazy they can’t be bothered booking places on their own, like they don’t want to book the flights, they don’t want to book the hotel, they don’t want to book the chartered flights, the buses, the boats, whatever it is, they are going through a travel agent so, that that person can organise it and you just have to be in certain locations at certain times, you know, whether you go on guided tours or you’re going to your hotel or you just have to be like ”okay I need to be here by 10 o’clock.”. But if you’re going overseas they will. So, if you’re organising a holiday in Bali or to Thailand, you know, Australians will tend to go to those sorts of places in Southeast Asia for short holidays. So, kind of like summer holidays that they’ll go on locally, in this region of the world.
It’s cheap as well, I heard.
It’s relatively cheap, but if we’re goingo to other countries like France, Brazil, that sort of stuff people tend to go though news… news agencies, I mean, flight agencies, travel agents, travel agents and they all tend to get them to book everything for them.
I think it’s much easier nowadays, you know, with everything’s online you can… thank your parents went to Europe, did they do it by themselves?
I’m not 100 percent sure.
All the bookings and things.
I think they probably would have organised it themselves because they’re pretty savvy when it comes to organising those things and they probably know how to save money now.
So, yeah I think he also depends on how adventurous you are. Like, if you go to Brazil by yourself or like, you know, a small group of people, doesn’t want any help from my travel agent. Good luck. It happens. I would be much more comfortable, especially going overseas, if I had someone helping me, you know, like that’s where you can stay at, that’s what you’re going to do…
Far out, so, I guess this would be a bit of a short one, guys, but the basic stuff that I would focus on when replying to these sorts of questions, if people are asking you about these things with travelling, ”have you done it in the past? Are you interested in it now? Are you thinking about it in the future?” I would think about those different tenses so, I would quite often try and talk about it…”what did I do when I was young?” ”What have I done…” as in when we talk about experiences we would use the present perfect. I have been to France, I have been to Brazil, sort of like I may go again, but if you talk about a time in the past like when I was young, I went to Brazil, you would use the past simple. So, I would play around with tenses like that so, I would practice talking about what I did when I was young and what I have done as experience, what I would like to do in the future and that would be a great way of showing off the different tenses that you can use in English. you obviously try and use connected words, you know, like ”well I did this and I thought this was good, however this happened, oh and moreover this was really good” so, try and link things together and don’t be afraid if you breaks sentences up, you don’t finish your train of thought or you change where you’re going. Quite often if you can keep just talking it shows a good level in English.
And again like if you have to make up things on the spot, just try to be calm and remember the vocabulary because the vocabulary related to travelling and holidays is quite specific so, there’s a lot of things you can learn like in chunks.
Learn the collocations.
The collocations and I’m sure it helps a lot. It’s one of the most common topics on IELTS to be honest, it’s not difficult to talk about it and most people, even if you haven’t done a lot of travelling like me, it’s easy to talk about holiday, like a weekend you spent with your family somewhere or like ”we used to going see my extended family somewhere else” so, you know, there’s always a way to answer their question properly.
I would just keep going and if you do make it up, just be, I guess, try I would probably have a plan that I practice, right? If I’m going to, if I’m thinking about the lies or making stuff up on the spot, I would try to avoid just doing it in the moment because you’ll be like…..
f you have an idea of, you know, just make up Africa is somewhere I want to go because I like safaris, wildlife safaris, rhinos are my favourite animal. None of that is true, but just happens that some sort of back up plan if you do get caught out.
Just keep talking.
Anyway, good job, guys! We will see you in the next video in the Aussie English classroom if you’re not there already, where we’re going to now talk about all the different vocabulary that we used in the last video and that we may have also missed in that video. So a few extra words in there. We’ll see you there!
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By pete — 8 months ago
Learn Australian English in this vlog episode of Aussie English where I head to the Collector Pumpkin Festival and experience some Australian culture and food, as well as get to check out Australia’s biggest pumpkin!
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AE 444 – Vlog: Australia’s Biggest Pumpkin
Hit the road, Jack, and don’t you come back…
What’s up, guys? Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today is going to be a…. Today is going to be a really good episode. The glasses just went under my seat and I’ll have to find them later. We have stocked up on stuff. So, we got some drinks here. What else have we got Kel? We got some… We got nuts and fruit, and nuts and fresh, healthy snacks for the road. So, we are about to hit the road and where are we going, Kel? We’re going a pumpkin festival. Pumpkins! Alright, let’s go.
Alright, so food and drink in hands, we hit the road. It was about 40 minutes or so along the highway up north until we got to Collector, and then we were faced with this.
So, initially I was like, “Okay, what’s going on? Is the police checking people or something before they get there? But no, it was just that the road was blocked like crazy. People were parking on the sides of the roads here and then walking in, and initially, I was thinking, “Okay maybe we can do that, you know? Maybe we’ll just park wherever we can find a park and walk in.”. But I thought, “I’ll stay in the car, we’ll keep driving and see what happens.”. My God! We were in the car for about 40 minutes driving along a road that was probably a kilometre long. I shit you guys not. It took forever. It was crazy.
Alright, guys, so we are here in collector and Jesus Christ. What is this? This is crazy. So crazy, guys.
Jesus! We’re finally here you, guys. What an ordeal. I think we spent more time on the road driving about 500 metres than we did getting leave from Canberra to here. So, here we are. Let’s go see what it’s about.
So, it was pretty cute. There are loads of people, already leaving though. It was about lunchtime and there was a heap of people leaving. I thought, “Oh, it’ll be slow. There won’t be that many people”, but there was still a shit ton of people. So, here you can see the the gates. We had to pay about 10 bucks a person, I think, 10 bucks a head to get in. We could obviously pay with cash on the left side and if EFTPOS on the right side. So, that is using your, I guess, just using your bank card, right? So, you use the EFTPOS machine, which is that little machine they used to do the transaction. And this chick was having a bit of trouble with the machine as we went through. And something interesting you might not know about, in Australia we have Pay Pass, we call it, where you can just touch the card on to the machine and it senses the microchip in the card and the transaction goes through. So, if it’s an order or some kind of payment under 100 dollars, you can do that and you don’t have to enter any pin or anything like that.
So, we got in it and man it was hot, and I forgot my god damn hat! This is what happens when you forget your hat, guys. I’ve got to stand in line for ages. I’ve got to pee, gotta pee, gotta pee, gotta pee! If you guys have ever wondered what the inside of portaloo looks like, a portatoilet, here you go. This is it. Check this out. Don’t drop the phone!
If you guys have already seen the movie Kenny, you definitely need to check out that movie. It’s great. And it’s all about portaloos, so outhouses. What else? The brick shithouses. Although, these ones are plastic. Portaloos, we call them. Portaloos. But, yeah, check out the film if you haven’t. There should be a picture here showing you.
So, obviously being a pumpkin fate or fair there were pumpkins everywhere the I could see for sale. There were stores selling pumpkins. There were pumpkins on the ground holding things down, weighting down signs, they were all over the place. You could eat them. We went in to a…, I guess, it’s the town hall, some kind of building where you could see all of these pumpkin dishes that were being, I guess, assessed and voted on. You could see this crazy pumpkin cakes and carved pumpkins as well. There was one there that was huge that was number one that looked like a jack-o’-lantern from Halloween. And then, there were the smallest pumpkins awards, I guess, for those as well. So, they were pretty cute.
So, we made our way out, walked around a little bit, and I stumbled upon the largest pumpkin, and this thing was huge! I think I could have crawled up inside of this, had it been hollow. It was massive, guys. I don’t think I could have lifted it. It was absolutely huge. And I would love to know how long that took to grow. Far out! And what steroids were they giving it? Huge! Huge!
So, we kept going, kept having a look, and then we stumbled upon what looked like sheep in a paddock. I was like, “Something interesting’s going on here.”. And this guy was talking about herding sheep using cattle dogs, using these Kelpies, these two black and white Kelpies in the background.
So, we were walking around checking out these different stalls, all kinds of leather products, there were clothes, and then we found a whole heap of picture frames, hippie clothing, candles, different aroma things, all sorts of soaps, heaps and heaps of stuff. This is the kind of stuff you’ll see at these markets, these farmer’s markets.
And then, we came across the food stalls and this is where things started to get pretty good, guys. So, I was getting pretty hungry by this point and decided that it was time to get something to eat and we were also pretty thirsty. And so, what’s really common at these fetes and at pretty much any public event, you’re going to see things that are like hot food stands. So, you’re going to see hot dogs, which is like a sausage in a bun, you know? It’s a pretty American thing, but it’s popular here too. You’ll see all kinds of meat. This one also had hot chips. That’s a really common thing to find that these stalls where you get chips with sauce and salt on them in little buckets, kind of like coffee mugs, or coffee cups, the cardboard coffee cups but bigger. You get those. And then there were battered savs!
Alright, guys. So, I thought I had to do some food for you in this vlog. This is a battered sav. So, this is a sausage in batter that’s been deep fried, and then it’s been dipped in it’s sauce, tomato sauce of course. And, wow. It’s pretty good as you would imagine any dried… deep* fried food is. So, I’m going to hand this over to Kel and give her a bit of a go.
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Yeah cheers. Cheers, Kel! Kel! What did you…? What did you…? There’s nothing left! What did you do? You smashed it! This is so unfair, guys. We might have to get another one.
So, I thought there was this scarecrow in the middle here, and then I looked sideways, and I was like, “This crowd’s pretty thick.”, and all of a sudden, I realized they’re all on sticks, and these people standing up are all scarecrows as well. These are… They’re not people. They’re all scarecrows. I had no idea. I thought it was just a really thick crowd.
So, this is how multicultural Australia gets, guys. We out in the middle of, you know, woop woop in a town called Collector and we have here German hot dogs, Turkish Gozleme, we’ve got Tian Farm chicken food. What else have we got? Some authentic organically grown… Dunno whats, and then the French crepes as well. So, there’s stuff from all over the world in this tiny little fete/fair thing. Crazy! where’s the Brazilian food, Kel? I’m still looking for it.
I was thinking this was some African country or something, guys, like Uganda. And then I got it. “Uwana”, “(Do) you want a coffee?”. Ok, I get it. I get it.
We also stumbled upon some guy doing a kid’s show. He was playing this pipe like the didgeridoo and singing about native Australian animals, which was pretty cute.
Skip like a kangaroo.
Skipping around Kakadu.
Little joey in the pouch.
Two ears sticking out.
And then after that, we stumbled upon some old carriages that were drawn by horses.
And it looks like we got some really old good carriages out the back here, guys. So, people getting rides on those. Let’s have a look and see if we can see one go past.
And I don’t know whether or not this was paid, but you could jump on these things and they would take you for a ride around this paddock or this oval, it could have been a cricket field, but it looks really cool. So, I sat there and watched them come round.
A common scene at all fairs, guys. The dunny queue.
What do you think, guys? Is this pretty “punny”. Instead of “bandicoot”, “bandicute”.
We kept walking around after that looking at different stalls and Kel found a really cute store where you could buy baby’s clothing called “Bandicute”. Pretty funny pun. So, we grabbed something there from my niece. That was pretty cool, except for the fact that Kell’s card didn’t work so I ended up having to pay for that one. Thanks, Kel.
But, yeah, there were all kinds of bookstalls. There were stores selling Australian stuffed animals. There were stores selling signs made out of Australian animals. Then there were bracelets and jewellery, plants, you could get succulents and cacti, and even, I think, some carnivorous plants, right? So, things like the picture plants and the Venus fly traps, which I found pretty interesting. Wasn’t expecting to see that.
And then of course the ice cream truck or the ice cream van. Now, this is a very common sight in Australia.
Another really famous thing to say goes here when you come to these fairs is the ice cream truck, usually with a big, big line in front of it. So, there you go. Although, I’m not going have any ice. Not today.
It’s not just me that says it, guys. When things go wrong!
It wouldn’t be a fete, guys, without a sausage sizzle and the sauce hiding in. Some bread, sausage, and there you go.
We also ended up hearing some bagpipes being played in the background, which was pretty random, and there was a group of maybe 15 or so people standing in a circle in one of these pavilions just playing these bagpipes incredibly loudly. So, went and had a look at that.
And then, we were pretty much done for the day. We’d been there for a few hours. We were pretty wrecked, had eaten a little bit, walked around.
Alright, guys, I think we’re a faired out, smashed it out, managed to only eat a little bit of dirty food, and didn’t break the bank, although Kel did trick me. She got me. Oh my god! So, we ended up buying something from my niece.
So, I think we’re going home now. Pretty wrecked, pretty wrecked. Lots of sun exposure. I got my vitamin D for the day. I tell you what!
And another thing, I guess, that was kind of interesting was that there were two of these graveyards on either side of the main street as we walked out of this fair, and this you’ll see a lot in Australian towns, especially small towns that are quite old. You’ll see that churches quite often have graveyards next to them.
And of course as soon as we got out we needed coffee. So, we went to Some Café, and the café at the intersection there.
As always, guys, we’ve got to do a pit stop and get some coffee.
And sat around, got some coffee, and also tried some delicious treats here. So, I think that we grab some carrot cake here. That was delicious. And yeah, I just can’t get enough of the carrot cake.
And then it was time to head home. So, we got in the car. We got out pretty quickly, fortunately. It wasn’t to block, but then we hit traffic, and we were like, “Okay, what the hell is going on? Why is the highway where we should usually be driving at about 110 Ks an hour, why are we moving out like five kays an hour?”. So, we sat there for ages and then the GPS told us that had been an accident up ahead, interestingly enough. And so, we were waiting for ages, like four or five kilometres of just heaps of people heading back to Canberra.
Man, I can’t believe this shit! We get back on the highway were meant to be doing 110, and how fast are we going Kel? That’s 10 kilometres. 100 kilometers to slow. So, there’s been some accident, apparently, up here, but it feels like we got to Collector earlier on and we were going the same speed for about 20 minutes trying to get to the town to park and now we’re just trying to get home. We’re doing the same shit again. God damn it! Hopefully everyone’s okay in the accident, but far out!
And I was expecting to see some epic carnage when we got there, but it had all been taken away. And so, we just passed a few cop cars and the firies, and that was about it. Then we headed home.
Good thing on the way home though, I thought “Another excuse to do some photography”. We passed these horses in a field near a horse club of some kind or some place where some person obviously takes care of people’s horses on their land. So, these fields were full of about 20 horses, and we got out of the car, and they all came over to us. It was beautiful, and Kel got to do some photography whilst the sun was setting with these horses in the background.
Alright, guys. That is it for me today. I hope you enjoy this vlog. Let me know, do you guys like pumpkins? Comment below and don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and the bell icon if you would like to keep up to date with all the latest videos. I hope you have an amazing night, guys, and I’ll see you in the next one. Peace!
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