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By pete — 2 years ago
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Traveling With Pete Ep03: Barwon Heads
So, here we are, guys, in Barwon Heads, and I’m about to take a right turn to drive down the main drag in Barwon Heads and give you guys a look at yet another surf town down the coast here. Barwon Heads is next to Ocean Grove. So, you will have just seen if you watched the video (series*) up until now, obviously, and you saw the time-lapse of me driving her you’ll get to see how I got here. And so, these towns are kind of dotted one after the other all over the place down the coast here.
What are these little guys doing? Come on dudes! Cross the road. Come on! What are you doing?
Anyway, this is Barwon Heads. And, as you’ll see the clouds have come over again. So, it’s a little grey. Hopefully it’s still not too bad to check out. But, yeah, this is another town that I used to come and visit all the time and still do with quite a few friends, and if you enjoy cycling, especially cycling like the Tour De France and other things like that you may know, you may have heard of the famous Australian cyclist Cadel Evans. And Cadel Evans is actually from Barwon Heads. So, I’m not sure if he grew up here, but he definitely lived here at least until recently. I haven’t followed him that heavily, but I know that he was training down here and that people would go on rides with him as he was training for the Tour de France.
And so, yeah, another cool thing, I guess, about Barwon Heads and a lot of these other towns down here is the bridge that we just crossed. That’s a beautiful bridge that you guys can come and check out, the Barwon Heads bridge, which crosses the Barwon Heads river.
And there is an amazing TV show that I absolutely fell in love with as a kid called SeaChange, SeaChange. And, a seachange is a term we use for when someone from the city who is a little bogged down in their career, they’re not enjoying themselves as much as they used to, you know, they’re looking for a change. And a seachange is when they move, they change locations from the city or from somewhere that isn’t obviously the sea, to a coastal town or somewhere near the ocean. So, that’s the whole, I guess, meaning behind “a seachange”. It’s making a change and coming to the sea, coming to the ocean, making a big move. Anyway, this TV show SeaChange is a really cool TV show that will give some insight into the life of Australians, if you can get your hands on it, if you can find it, if you can buy it. I definitely recommend it.
And it’ll give you a bit of an insider’s perspective of Australian humour as well. So, you’ll get to see a lot of jokes in there that are very very Aussie in their humour style. And I definitely want to cover Australian humour in the future for you guys because I have heard that it is a little difficult to get at times, and people take us a little bit too seriously and get offended too easily, I think. Most people don’t realise that Australians can come off as mean or rude whilst sort of smiling and laughing, and, I guess, without getting too much into it it’s not that we are mean or rude people it’s just that the jokes that we make tend to be a little bit ruder and a little bit more familiar than people are used to from a lot of these other cultures.
Anyway. So, we might go and explore. I might turn right here, because I haven’t actually gone straight ahead here. I have to turn right off this road. I haven’t actually been down here before, and I just thought why don’t we just go have a cheeky look and see where the road takes us. What are we going to see? Hopefully we can get down to the ocean, because the ocean is directly in front of me but I know that there is a golf course here. So, I’m not sure if it goes the whole way through or if we get stopped at the golf course. And so, you would have seen too as we in Ocean Grove and I was showing you around Ocean Grove main beach we are just west of The Bluff at the moment.
So, (I) might just do a uey here. This is the golf course. So, I haven’t actually been down here before, but, yeah, if you like golf come down here. Anyway, we’re west of The Bluff. So, I might do a uey, go back. And if you remember “a uey” is a U-turn, to do a uey, (I) just did a uey. We’ll go back down this road, turn right, and then head down to The Bluff, and I’ll give you a view, I’ll give you a look, I’ll give you a squiz at The Bluff and the view of Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale from there. So, it’s pretty nice. Anyway, see you there in a minute guys.
A coastline shaped by tide and time. This mountain was once a sand dune. Up to 6,000 years ago the sea-level was lower than it is today. Base Strait was a dry sandy plane. Strong dry winds blew sand across this plane to form a large dune. This dune has been cemented together by natural processes to form the rock beneath your feet. Below this rock lies a bed of basalt spewed out by nearby volcanoes over a million years ago. At low tide you can see this black basalt on the exposed reefs at the base of the bluff. These cliffs are natural sculptures. The Bluff is being moulded into its present shape by the strong winds and waves which have pounded its cliffs for thousands of years. Extreme weather continues to sculpt these cliffs. Please respect these natural forces. Crumbling rocks are a normal feature of this dynamic landscape. Make sure the erosion of the area remains natural and keep yourself safe. Please be sure to stick to the special paths.
So, here we are at Barwon Heads Bluff guys. I’m just walking up a little scenic path. (You can) probably hear some of these cute little birds in the background. And I’m walking up the path here to get to the top of The Bluff to be able to show you guys the view. And one of the really cool things about Barwon Heads Bluff, especially at low tide, which it is at the moment, is that you can see at least one of the many shipwrecks around the bluff. So, there are a whole heap of shipwrecks that were, well, ships that were wrecked in this area along the coast here during the 1800s and 1900s. So, any time these ships were sort of too old for use they were decommissioned, lined up along the coast here, taken somewhere and then sunk. You’ll see behind me some of Barwon Heads. But, yeah, I’ll give you guys, (I’ll) definitely give you guys a look at this shipwreck out here in a sec. Assuming we can see it that is. So, we’re up here. You can see the coast behind me. (You can) probably see some of these people down below. I think we’re probably about 50 or so metres up on the top of the cliff that you guys would have seen from Ocean Grove beach in the background further to the west. So, this is Barwon Heads Bluff. (It’s an) absolutely beautiful part of Barwon Heads that you guys should definitely come and check out. Today it’s obviously really quite. (It’s) nice, it’s sort of warm. It’s not too warm, it’s not too hot. So, it’s pretty peaceful and the wind isn’t too crazy. So, you can obviously here me speaking without there being too much of an issue with wind. So, it’s actually a really nice day.
And one of the cool things too, I think, to mention to you guys is that in some of these places you’ll actually see loads and loads of shells up in the sand dunes, particularly here, that are part of the actual sand. They’re actually coming out of the sand there I assume. This may not be the best example, but a lot of those, when you see them along the coast here, are actually where aboriginals used to create fires and eat a lot of the shellfish and just throw it away. So, all the shells would build up over time. And so, there are locations around the place where you’ll see big stacks of seashells that aren’t necessarily fossilised and in part of the rocks. (They’re) actually on top of cliffs and it should be or should have been a result of the aboriginals eating in the past in that area.
And so, anyway. As you can see down here that’s Point Lonsdale where we were much earlier. And then, Ocean Grove is actually over here, Ocean Grove beach where we were. Barwon Heads is behind me probably over there if you can see my hand. And then you’ve got the beautiful coastline down here with all of the rock pools and seaweed, all sorts of other things down there that you can go and check out and have a swim in during summer. The only thing that you kind of have to be careful of down there are, I think, blue-ringed octopus is the only issue that you have to worry about, but they’re not very common, you’re not going to run into them to be honest. Just don’t go putting your hands underneath any of the rock crevices where you can’t see anything, ‘cause that’s probably where they’ll be hiding.
So, yeah, this is Barwon Heads. The Barwon Heads Bluff. And I might also add down behind me is 13th Beach, and this is one of the more popular surfing spots along Barwon Heads. 13th Beach up here, and you can see the swell probably out behind me there where a lot of the waves come in. And I’ve just noticed, again, you’re probably not going to be able to see this this well, but out behind me there’s a shipwreck and its boilers, where the water used to be kept, are sticking up out of the water because it’s low tide. So, you can actually see some of these shipwrecks at low tide, and you can go scuba diving on them. I used to have friends when I was younger who would come out here and go scuba diving out here. You’d just swim off the rocks here, go for a few hundred metres and then have a nice scuba dive on some of these shipwrecks. So, yeah, Barwon Heads Bluff.
So, I think we might call it a day there, guys. I hope you guys have liked this sort of little mini tour of Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads. I’m really hoping to get more into this kind of travel stuff where I get to sort of take you guys around, show you a bit of Australia, teach you some English at the same time, and hopefully also, in the future, this episode probably wasn’t the best example, but also in the future tell you a lot more about the history of these locations, some of the things you can see here, and yeah, just give you as much information as possible whilst trying to be entertaining. So, let me know what you think in a comment below guys. Make sure you also subscribe and check out the Facebook page, but tell me what you think and if you’ve got any suggestions for how I can improve these videos I’m always all ears open. I’m willing to hear what you guys have to say, what you think, and how I can make these resources better for you. So, I guess that’s it guys. I’ll see you soon and I hope you’re having an awesome weekend like I am. See you later!
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By Admin — 9 months ago
AE 437 – Can We Talk About Aussie English?
Hey, guys! What’s going on? Welcome to this episode of Walking with Pete! It’s been a little while that I… I guess, I’ve been focusing on a bunch of the vlogs recently, and they are, more or less, me walking around doing Walking with Pete, in quotation marks there, Walking with Pete episodes.
Man, now, so I’ve just come outside. I wanted to chat to you, guys, about Aussie English, the future of Aussie English, some ideas that I’ve got. I’m in Canberra right now walking up a hill near where I live watching the sunset, and guys… it is phenomenal. It is phenomenal.
So, it’s been raining today and it’s actually quite cold, and it’s just started spitting right now, but the sun is going down. If I can describe to you what I’m seeing.
So, I’m on this hill and it’s like a grassy hill. There’s one tree at the top of this hill that’s beautiful, really big gum tree, pretty old, and there’s suburbia within a few hundred metres of me around all sides, right? But I’m in the middle of a grass field, and I’m looking at the sunset over these mountains, and it’s raining on these mountains, and the beams of light are passing through the rain and hitting these mountains, and it just looks amazing, because there are probably three or four series of mountains, and each one of them gradually gets lighter and lighter. The closer to me you get the darker they are, but it looks phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal, except for the rain.
Anyway, sorry about all the noise in the background if you can hear that, ’cause there’s a festival on at the moment that I just realised is obviously playing over the hill, probably about two kilometres away, but man it’s loud. I can hear… I can almost hear the lyrics from here being said.
And now, I have just walked under a playground, little playground sort of cover overhead. There’s like a canvas above me and it’s… there’s drips coming down in the middle, but it’s covered at least. It’s sort of protected from the rain that’s coming down.
So, yeah, I thought I would come out go for a walk and chat to you, guys.
So, where am I at recently with Aussie English? It’s been going really well, guys, it’s been growing slowly. The Aussie English Classroom‘s doing really well. It’s getting bigger and bigger each each month, you know? It’s not growing as quickly as I would like it, but nonetheless, I can’t complain. It’s doing well, and I’m very appreciative to all the people who are in there and enjoying the content, who are constantly giving me feedback, and, yeah, just I hope it’s really really helping them to upgrade their English. That’s the main idea, right?
So… But I’m still sort of finding my feet there. I’m still trying to work out what the best combination is with regards to lessons, you know? It seems like some of you really like videos, some of you really like MP3s, like audio exercises, some of you really like written exercises. So, it’s been really funny trying to get this balance right where I hit or I tick all of the boxes. So, that is like I get everything that everyone wants into the Classroom.
So, that’s been fun. That’s been growing, but it’s been a lot of work. It’s been a lot of work.
And, what else has been happening? Obviously, too, I’ve been working on the YouTube channel as much as possible, trying to grow that as well, and that’s steadily starting to grow now.
So, you guys might have noticed, originally, I was kind of fluffing about, you know? ‘Fluffing about’, meaning like… not being lazy, in this case, but kind of trying a lot of different things and not really persevering with any one thing. So, I was kind of… I would upload a video about grammar, then I would try something else, then I would do a Walking with Pete episode, and you guys weren’t really responding that well to it, or at least all the subscribers weren’t really watching many of these videos on the YouTube channel.
But recently, it seems that the vlog episodes have really struck a chord with you, guys. Where I go out and I show you my life, I go on little adventures, I video them, I talk to you about different things, give your expressions, and you get to see me interact with people, whether I’m ordering coffee or fish and chips or I’m just talking to my girlfriend Kel or hanging out with my mates, and I think you guys really, really enjoy that. So, I’m going to keep doing that and hopefully the YouTube channel will keep growing.
And that’s been good. That’s been growing a little bit since I put ads on the YouTube channels. So, it’s a few hundred dollars a month now from the ads, and that all goes towards, obviously, being able to make more and more content for you.
But it’s starting to get a bit overwhelming, and that’s why I’ve come to sort of make this episode today. It’s been getting a little crazy because it’s just so much work, right? So, I put up the expression episode each week and I turn into a course for the Aussie English Classroom. And so, I normally start that on about Wednesday or Thursday, and that’s like a few days worth of full-time work where I write it, I research it, I record it, I edit the recording, I find the other materials online that I want to use, you know, to give you access to other pop culture references or videos online on YouTube, to show you other Australians doing other cool things. And then, I have to transcribe it. So, that’s the main thing here today I want to talk about.
I have to transcribe these episodes and get the writing there for you guys, so that you can read these episodes, because I feel like it’s very important for you to have access to the… what’s being said, I guess, the written transcript, so that you can listen and you can be sure that the words you’re hearing what you’re also reading, you know? So, that that you can sort of really, really work on your listening comprehension there.
The trouble is that it takes a lot of work, especially, with the vlog episodes and all the other episodes. I’m trying to put out as much quality content as possible, but I’m realising more and more and more… I’m just sneaking underneath a little cubby here so that I get out of the rain. I’m realising more and more and more that I’m only one person and there’s only so much I can do.
So, where am I going with this? Effectively, what I want to do in the future is rearrange a few things with Aussie English. So, I think we are up to episode now 436 was the last one that I published before recording this Walking with Pete episode. So, this should be 437. And what I’m thinking about doing, guys, is having the transcripts a paid membership for the podcast website.
And I know you’re probably going to freak out, because up until now you’ve had them all for free. And it won’t be that expensive, I’m thinking maybe 5 to 10 dollars a month to have access to all of the transcripts for every single episode.
But the reason that I want to do this, and the reason I feel like I need to do this, is because I’m going to have to hire someone else to do the transcribing for me, because it is just taking me too much time during the week and it’s just really wearing me out. And I’ve realised that the YouTube channel is bringing in money, the Aussie English Classroom is bringing in money, but the podcast website itself isn’t bringing in any revenue at all, and that’s why I know that I’m constantly berating you, guys, I’m constantly asking for donations through Patreon, because originally I thought, “Ok, if I can just get 1% of you guys to donate a few dollars a month that should cover the cost of these transcripts”, so that I can hire someone else to do it, so that I can do more for you, guys, but the trouble is very very very few people have signed up to donate.
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So, that tells me that the majority of you, guys, obviously, using all of this content for free, especially obviously, if you’re not in the Aussie English Classroom, which is good, I mean it it’s probably what I would do. It’s been free this whole time and I’ve definitely encouraged you guys to take advantage of that fact. But, that shows me I think that I’m just giving away way too much for free. Too much of the content that I’m creating I’m not getting paid for, in one way or another, right?
So, it’s been difficult, because I’ve always wanted to keep this free, but I realise that, in order to keep doing this and in order to keep sort of enjoying myself and not being stressed out, not looking at every single episode as a bigger and bigger mountain that I’m, you know, not getting paid what I feel like I should be, you know, to be blunt. I feel like I need to get a little bit more than what I’m currently making to make this… to make it justifiable, all of this effort.
Anyway, that’s where my mind currently is at the moment. I’m not bringing that in overnight. I wanted to talk to you guys about this. I want to hear what you think. I want you to reply to me, whether you send me an e-mail or a message on Facebook, and I want you to tell me what you think. Is this fair? You know, if I charge you the equivalent of 50 cents an episode or a dollar an episode to get access to the podcast website so that you can read these transcripts and download them and work on them, do you think that’s fair? Taking… taking in mind, obviously, the fact that I want to use that money to hire someone else, to pay someone else, to do the transcripts for me so that I’m freer to do other things like create the episodes themselves.
So, that’s what I’m thinking at the moment, guys. I really want to get your feedback, I want to know what I think. I wanna know what you value. And, as always, if you… if you have suggestions, if you have feedback, please, please, please feel free to give it to me. I don’t mind if it’s critical, just be, you know, open and honest about it. And, yeah… I think that’s about everything that I wanted to say today.
So, I’m constantly trying to work out how to improve the podcast, how to better serve you guys, and how to keep upping the quality so that you guys enjoy yourselves more and can learn English even faster.
So, that’s the basic idea. Please let me know what you think, guys, and I will see you in the next episode. Thanks! See you guys!
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By pete — 3 years ago
In this episode of Embarrassing English Errors Ep04 I teach you the subtle difference in pronunciation of the words bitch & beach.
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Embarrassing English Errors Ep04 – Bitch & Beach
So, welcome to episode number four of Embarrassing English Errors, guys. Today we’re going to do the words “bitch” and “beach”, and these are two words that I’ve had from a lot of my Spanish speaking friends that have been driving them crazy recently. They’ve been driving them nuts, because they find it incredibly difficult to pronounce the difference between the words “bitch”, and a bitch is a female dog, and often slang or [a] derogatory term for a woman. It can be sort of low to medium in rudeness. It’s not the most offensive thing you could say but it isn’t too… too nice. And the word “beach”, which is obviously a pebbly or sandy shore. It’s the part of land between the ocean and the land obviously. So, it’s that small strip. Whenever you go to the beach… everyone will know what a beach is.
Anyway, you can see how you could confuse the words “beach” and “bitch”. They sound very similar and obviously when you’re talking about going to a beach or going down on a beach, you don’t necessarily want to make someone think you’re talking about a woman and you’re saying… you’re referring to that woman in a nasty way by saying “I’m going down on that bitch”. And also, if you say things like “I’m going down on the beach”, that makes sense. “I’m going down onto the beach. I’m going to have a nice day on the beach”, but if you were to say that you’re going “to go down on that bitch”… for one thing you’re referring to a woman in that sense and it sounds like you’re being very nasty, very derogatory, like you don’t think a lot about the woman you’re talking about. And also, to say that you’re “going down on” a woman, it refers to more to… “going down on” it means like “to give oral sex to a woman”. So, it’s a very sexual and um… sort of a dirty way of… of talking about someone and suggesting something like that. So, it’s definitely something that you do not want to confuse when you really want to say that you’re going down on the beach.
Another awkward situation could be just saying that “there’s a really nice beach near my um… parent’s house” or something. You could accidentally say “there’s a really nice bitch near my parent’s house”, which would suggest more that you think there’s a… a really nice woman near your parent’s house. Anyway, they’re the kinds of errors that you could accidentally make when talking about these two things.
Um… what are some words in English that sound like “bitch” and have the same vowel sound in them?
Witch [or which]
And what are some words that sound similar to “beach”?
And now let’s practice the vowel sound on its own five times.
Ih – Ee x 5
Bitch – Beach
And now we can run through some made up and real words just to practice the pronunciation of this “itch” and “each” sound after different consonants.
Lich – Leech
Stitch – Steech
Critch – Creech
Pich – Peach
Tich – Teach
Fitch – Feech
Blitch – Bleech
Plitch – Pleech
And now we’ll go through the words “bitch” and “beach” ten times just so you can practice the slight difference in pronunciation between these two words one after the other.
Bitch – Beach x 10
So that’s the end of this episode today guys, and remember you can always message or comment on Facebook to let me know about other things you’re finding difficult to pronounce. And if I haven’t already done an episode on them I will as soon as I can.
Have a good one guys!
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