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In this Aussie English episode of Like A Native I teach you how using the phrases “Good one!” and “Nice one!” like a native is easy!
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Like A Native: Nice one!/Good one!
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. I’m Pete, I’m your host, I’m here today to do the second video of Aussie English where I’m trying to video these episodes now, and as we’ve talked about in previous episodes, kill two birds with a single stone. So, to kill two birds with one stone, one rock, whatever it is that you’re throwing is to get two things down with one bit of effort. So, I’ve thrown a single rock and I’ve killed two birds. I’ve taken the birds home and I’ve eaten them. So, I threw once and got two results. So, that’s what I’m trying to do here guys. I’m trying to produce videos for you guys. I’m recording the audio and I’m talking about these different aspects of English, and I’m just hoping to produce material that is useful for you. So, if you’re visual the video’s obviously going to be good. I’m going to try and put subtitles on each one of them, and if it’s more that you like the audio aspect, you can obviously listen to the podcast. So, when you’re out and about, when you’re walking and you obviously can’t look at the video on your phone or on your computer. So, (to kill) two birds with one stone, video, audio, let’s do this!
Alright, so, this episode is a Like A Native episode, and the different expressions or sort of mini phrases that I wanted to talk about today, that aren’t really interesting enough to do an expression episode on, are GOOD ONE! GOOD ONE! And NICE ONE! NICE ONE!
So, GOOD ONE is one of those phrases that’s actually said quite a bit by English native speakers, and it’s said as a form of encouragement. GOOD ONE! Or NICE ONE! NICE ONE!
So, let’s just define GOOD and NICE. You guys’ll know what this word is by now, or these words are* by now, but let’s just define them anyway. GOOD or NICE in this sense is to be desired or approved of. So, if something’s good, something’s nice, you desire it or you approve of it. GOOD ONE! NICE ONE!
Examples of how you would use this. So, imagine that you show you dad a painting. You’ve gone home and you’ve painted, you’ve spent the day with your, you know, canvas on an isle and you’ve been painting away and your dad comes in and has a look. If he really likes it, or if you say “Dad, check out this one that I painted today! This painting that I painted today.” He could say “NICE ONE!” as in “Nice painting”, NICE ONE! Or he could say, “GOOD ONE! GOOD ONE” that painting is good. It’s a GOOD ONE. GOOD ONE! And so you can see in that sense the word ONE is just replacing the noun. So, the noun here is the painting or a painting and instead of saying “Oh good painting!” or “Nice painting!” you can just say “GOOD ONE! NICE ONE!”.
Another example could be say you breed dogs, you breed Labrador dogs *woof woof* and one of the bitches, and in this sense it’s ok to use the word “Bitch” because “A bitch” is a female dog. One of the bitches has had a litter of puppies, and there’s one puppy that you really like. There’s a really big one, say, he’s not the runt of the litter, which is the smallest one. This one’s the biggest one. And say, he’s adorable, he’s really cute, he’s fun, he’s just lovely. And so, you want to point him out and say “Look mum! Look! This is my favourite puppy out of the litter.” Your mum could say, “Yeah! That’s a NICE ONE! Yeah, that’s a GOOD ONE!”. So, that one, that puppy is really good, it’s really nice, and they agree with what you have to say. They approve of what you have to say.
So, it can be said both seriously, in e.g. someone’s shown you a painting or the little kid’s grabbed their puppy and said “Mum! Look at this puppy!” and you could say seriously “GOOD ONE! NICE ONE!” or you could say it sarcastically. So, if someone does something stupid in front of you, say they’re joking around in the kitchen and they pick up a plate of food and they’re like “La la la” and drop the plate on the ground and it smashes. You could literally walk up to them and say “GOOD ONE…”, as in “Good job. That was… what you were doing was really good. Well done. Well done.” And you could also say “NICE ONE, dude. NICE ONE. We were going to eat that plate of food. We were going to take it out side. We were having a barbecue. You picked it up, you decided to be an idiot and joke around. You dropped the food. NICE ONE. GOOD ONE. Good job. Well done. Here’s a round of applause.” So, that’s how you could use it both seriously and sarcastically.
To go through some examples. I mean I just went through two but we’ll go through a few more in depth examples.
Someone tells you a joke. So, whatever the joke may be, if you like the joke you could say “Haha! GOOD ONE!” or “NICE ONE! NICE ONE!”.
Someone takes an amazing photo or paints and incredible painting as we said before, or some kind of art and they’re showing it, if you really really like it you could say “Oh! That’s such a GOOD ONE!” you know “Oh! That’s such a NICE ONE”. And so, you could be saying to someone next to you if they didn’t actually paint it themselves, you could say “This is a NICE ONE. This is a GOOD ONE.” But if the painter themselves is there and you want to tell them that you really approve of what they’ve done you could say, “Man! NICE ONE! Man! GOOD ONE! This is brilliant! GOOD ONE! I approve. Brilliant. GOOD ONE! NICE ONE!”.
Another example could be that someone tries to show off and fails. So, this is going back to that use of it sarcastically. Someone tries to, you know, an old man at a family gathering is trying to be silly and he gets on his grandson’s skateboard, and he tries to do something on the skateboard to sort of show off and say, you know, “I can do this better than you kid!”. And, instead of succeeding in what he’s trying to do he falls straight off the skateboard onto his arse. So, he falls off the skateboard, lands on his butt, and he’s not hurt but he looks like an idiot. You could say that, or everyone around him, could say “Oh… grandpa NICE ONE.” You know, “Oh… grandpa GOOD ONE. You idiot. Good try. GOOD ONE. NICE ONE.”.
And the last example could be that someone has accidentally bumped into a vase that’s on a table, you know, again this is that idea of they’re not showing off in this example but they do something clumsy, they’re careless, they’re reckless, they knock a cup, you know, or a vase or something sitting on a table off the table and it smashes. And say, you really liked that vase. It was a vase that was given to you by your parents or your grandmother or something. You could turn around and be like “NICE ONE. That was really important to me and you just smashed it. NICE ONE. GOOD ONE.”.
So, hopefully that clears up how to use these phrases guys, NICE ONE and GOOD ONE. Just to recap, just to go over it again, to use GOOD ONE or NICE ONE you can use it when talking about something that you desire or that you approve of that you agree with. Someone shows you something that they’ve done like a painting “GOOD ONE, NICE ONE”. Someone shows you something like the puppy, they could hold it up and be like “What do you think of this?” and you go “NICE ONE! GOOD ONE! I love it. NICE ONE. GOOD ONE” or you can use this sarcastically when someone does something stupid whether it’s embarrassing themselves by trying to show off like grandpa “NICE ONE grandpa… GOOD ONE grandpa…” or it’s their careless, a little bit reckless, maybe clumsy, and they accidentally break something or they accidentally do something that’s inconvenient, you know, you could be “NICE ONE, dude. GOOD ONE. GOOD ONE.”.
So, that’s the phrase, or the phrases, NICE ONE and GOOD ONE. And as usual we’ll go through a listen and repeat exercise here at the end guys where I’m going to say each of these phrases five times and I want you to listen and then repeat it exactly as I say them. Don’t worry about the context. Don’t worry about thinking too much about what they mean. This exercise here is to help you improve your pronunciation. So, just repeat it exactly as I say it, after me.
Listen and repeat:
Good one x 5
Nice one x 5
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Expression: On Cloud Nine
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English, and in today’s episode I’m going to be teaching you the expression ON CLOUD NINE.
So, as I said guys today’s expression is ON CLOUD NINE, TO BE ON CLOUD NINE.
The definition of ON CLOUD NINE is to be in a blissful state, in a state of real happiness, in blissful happiness, to be incredibly ecstatic, euphoric, to feel really good.
If I define the words in the sentence, obviously, the word NINE you know that this is the number after 8 and before 10, number NINE.
And, the word CLOUD is a visible mass of condensed water vapour floating in the sky.
So, everyone knows what A CLOUD is.
If you look up in the sky and you see those white masses, those white fluffy objects floating around in the sky out of which rain comes, thunder comes out, lightning comes out, those are clouds. Rain CLOUDS, storm CLOUDS, CLOUDS.
So, if you’RE ON CLOUD NINE this means that you are obviously in a state of blissful happiness, and in my mind I imagine sitting on A CLOUD.
The number’s kind of irrelevant, but TO BE ON THE CLOUD and just be like, “YES!”. You know, incredibly happy, ecstatic, euphoric, blissful, TO BE ON CLOUD NINE.
So, it originates from the mid-1930s, when I was looking this up. I thought it was actually going to be quite older, but the 1930s. So, (it’s) not even 100 years old.
And it was actually used in many different ways. There were different ways of saying TO BE ON CLOUD NINE, especially using just different numbers. They would say TO BE ON CLOUD SEVEN, TO BE ON CLOUD EIGHT, as well as TO BE ON CLOUD NINE, and I even think they used TO BE ON CLOUD THIRTY-SIX when I looked this up.
And it started being used in popular music towards the end of the 20th century.
So, towards the end of the 1980s there was an album by the English musician George Harrison called Cloud Nine, and I think there had been a few other songs as well in the 60s and 70s by other musicians that had also been called CLOUD NINE, and from what I was reading this is part of the reason they think that the phrase became pretty much always TO BE ON CLOUD NINE. So, since the 1980s CLOUD NINE became the predominant expression.
So, everyone will know what TO BE ON CLOUD NINE is whether you’re in America, Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand. It’s something that’s used everywhere in the English speaking world.
So, let’s go through some examples, guys.
So, if you’RE ON CLOUD NINE, ON CLOUD NINE.
Example number 1.
Imagine that you are a new couple. So, you’re a man or a woman and you have just found a partner.
You’ve fallen madly in love. You couldn’t be happier. You see each other every day. You’re obsessed with one another. You’re incredibly happy when you’re together.
You could say that that couple, those two people, ARE ON CLOUD NINE. I’M ON CLOUD NINE when I’m with this person. We’RE ON CLOUD NINE.
The idea of them BEING ON CLOUD NINE is that they are blissfully happy. They’re incredibly pumped. They’re just obsessed with one another, ecstatic, euphoric. They’re blissfully happy.
Example number 2.
Imagine that someone goes to see their favourite band at a concert.
So, imagine you’re seeing some Australian bands like maybe ACDC or The Hunters And Collectors, and this is your favourite band.
You’re absolutely obsessed with these guys. When you get to see them live, which means you get to go to a gig, you get to see them on stage and they’re playing music.
Whenever you go you absolutely love it, and whilst you’re there your favourite song comes on.
So, imagine they start playing your favourite song. You’ve had a few beers. You’re feeling amazing. You’re in the mosh pit, you know, you’re dancing around. Your favourite song comes on.
You could say, “Oh! I AM ON CLOUD NINE. I AM ON CLOUD NINE! This is my song. I’m with my friends. I’m having a beer. I’m seeing my favourite band. I AM ON CLOUD NINE. I couldn’t be happier. I am blissfully happy.”
A third example could be maybe a couple has just had their first child. So, they’ve been pregnant, or she’s been pregnant, obviously, for nine months, and they’ve been getting more and more excited as it’s been leading up to the day where they were going to have the baby.
And, they’ve gone to hospital. The wife’s waters have broken.
So, she’s about to deliver the baby. They go through the process of the delivery, or well, she goes through the process of delivery while the husband stands by and watches the whole process and just tries to help.
She gives birth to the baby. Everything’s good. The baby’s healthy.
You could say after that that the couple, the parents, the two people WERE ON CLOUD NINE. They couldn’t be happier. They have just had their first child. They’re ecstatic.
They’re euphoric. They’re blissfully happily… They’re blissfully happy*. They ARE ON CLOUD NINE.
So, hopefully you understand now how to use the expression TO BE ON CLOUD NINE, guys.
This is definitely one that I would recommend using, and just say it any time you are really really happy about something to explain that you literally couldn’t be happier about whatever it is that may be talking about in conversation.
So, as usual guys we’ll go through a quick substitution exercise at the end here so that you can practice your pronunciation of Australian English, and also learn and use the expression that we just went over.
And, I’m going to use this sentence, “I’m so blissfully happy.” and then I want you to substitute in ON CLOUD NINE for “Blissfully happy” and say, “I’M ON CLOUD NINE.”
So, I’m going to go through all of the different pronouns, I,YOU, HE, SHE, WE and THEY. I’m going to use contractions.
So, I’m going to say, “I’m”, “You’re”, “He’s”, “She’s”, and I’m going to substitute in “ON CLOUD NINE” for “Blissfully happy”.
So, don’t worry too much though guys about memorising all of this stuff.
Just keep going over it. Practice your pronunciation and it’ll become subconscious and you’ll just remember these different phrases and they’ll pop up in conversations without you having to think too much.
So, let’s go.
- I’m so blissfully happy.
- You’re so blissfully happy.
- He’s so blissfully happy.
- She’s so blissfully happy.
- We’re so blissfully happy.
- They’re so blissfully happy.
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One thing to mention here guys, you may or may not have noticed, when I say “I’M_ON CLOUD NINE”, “You’RE_ON CLOUD NINE”, “He’S_ON CLOUD NINE”, “We’RE_ON CLOUD NINE”, or “They’RE_ON CLOUD NINE”, you’ll really hear me bounce from “I’m”, “You’re”, “He’s”, “She’s”, “We’re”, “They’re” onto “On”.
What do I mean by this?
So, because the word “On” starts with a vowel, the “O”, “On”, and the end “I’m”, “You’re”, “He’s”, “She’s”, “We’re”, “They’re” all ends with a consonant sound, at least, in the most case there. “We’re” and “They’re” doesn’t when spoken, but if followed by a vowel and there’s an “R” in there we pronounce the “R”.
Anyway, what I’m trying to get at, what I’m trying to talk about is the fact that you’ll hear me insert the consonant before the word “On” to make it flow.
So, instead of saying, “I’m on”, you’re going to hear me say, “I’m_on”. So, I’m really saying “’m_on”, “I’m_on”, “I’m_on”. With, “You’re on”, “You’re on”, I’m not going to have that “You’re……on”. I’m going to say “YOU’RE_ON”.
So, you’ll hear me insert that “R” there. This is a very Australian thing. “You’re_on”, “You’re_on”. “We’re_on”, “They’re_on”. And, the “R” disappears when there’s a consonant next.
So, in the case of, “You’re so blissfully happy”, you’re going to hear “You’re…..so” there’s no “R”. “You’re so…”. “You’re_on”, “We’re so”, “We’re_on”, “They’re so”, “They’re_on”.
And then in the case of “She’s” and “He’s”, obviously, if it’s followed by “So”, “He’s” and “She’s” ends with an “S” and “SO” begins with an “S”. So, it’s “He’s_so”, “She’s_so”, but then when the “S” is removed and there’s just the “O” there, we turn it into “He’z_on”, “She’ z _on”. So, it’s almost a “Z” sound. “He’ z _on”, “She’ z _on”, “He’ z _on”, “She’ z _on”.
Anyway, that’s just one little thing for you guys to go back and try and notice when you do this exercise.
Treat it as a listen and repeat exercise if you just want to practice your pronunciation, and particularly nail those liaisons, they’re called liaisons, where you’re linking the two words “I’m” and “On”, “I’m_on”, “He’s_on”, “She’s_on”, “We’re_on”, “They’re_on”, etc.
Go back and practice those, and try and use these elsewhere in Australian English. If you’re trying to learn the Australian English way of pronouncing these words and our accent, any time a word ends in an “R” or an “R” sound where an “R” would be the last consonant in that word and the following word starts with a vowel, in order to more easily say those words you add the “R” sound” in. “We’re_on”, “They’re_on”, “You’re_on”.
So, that’s just one more thing to think about when you’re learning Australian English guys. Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode guys.
I hope it’s left you ON CLOUD NINE. I hope you’re ecstatic, euphoric. I hope you’re pumped. I hope you’re excited. I hope you’re blissfully happy.
And I’ll see you in the next episode.
All the best guys!
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AE 281 – 1 Simple Tip To Sound Australian: The Muted T
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today is one simple tip to sound more Australian. Let’s go.
So today’s lesson is going to be focusing on muting the T in words and at the ends of words when it’s preceded by an N.
So when you have an N and a T in a word or at the end of words quite often we mute the T in Australian English, and probably other dialects of English as well.
So today we’re going to do a series of exercises guys.
They’re going to be listen then repeat exercises to help you practice your pronunciation of the muted T.
I’m going to say the word with the T. I’m going to say the word with the muted T.
And then I’m going to use the word in a sentence with the muted T.
So, the first set of words is going to be auxilary verbs and modal verbs that are negated.
So, “can’t” becomes “can’-“, “won’t” becomes “won’-“, etc..
Listen and repeat after me guys.
Listen and repeat:
They aren’- coming.
He isn’- coming.
I can’- help you.
He won’- answer.
I don’- know.
It doesn’- matter.
It shouldn’- matter.
It wouldn’- matter.
I couldn’- see.
So now let’s two words that end with N and T.
Listen and repeat:
I ben- the wire.
The knife’s pretty blun-.
There’s an elephan- over there.
I’m pretty conten-.
I can coun- to ten.
Someone put a den- in my car.
Can you hook us up with a discoun-.
Have you read the documen-.
I think I’m in a fain-.
Do you guys like to hun-.
Mum len- me her car.
I’m gonna pain- these walls.
What’s your poin-.
He pulled off a pretty wicked stun-.
So those are words that end in -NT, but now let’s do words that have -NT within them where the T gets muted.
Listen and repeat:
What time’s the appoin-men-.
He’s a little absen-minded.
Someone’s cast an enchan-men- on me.
He’s feeling a little resen-men-.
I wish I were a stun-man.
We’re going to need a new prin-er.
I’ll meet you guys at the shopping cen-re.
Put your hands on the coun-er.
That guy likes to hun- ’cause he’s the hun-er.
We’re going to go climb the moun-ain.
That was acciden-al.
So, that’s it for today guys. That was one simple tip to sound more Australian.
This is a really common thing for native speakers, at least Australian native speakers of English, to do, and it will definitely help you sound a lot more like an Australian if you practise the pronunciation of -NT as just an N sound, and it will also help you understand and hear when people do this, when native speakers do this, when they’re speaking to you.
Can you think of any other words that end with -NT or have -NT in them where you could mute the T?
Comment below and let me know chat to you later guys.
All the best.
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