Learn about Australian news and current affairs in this Aussie English Podcast episode of My Country where I chat about a spider that bit a man twice on the penis!
AE 526 – My Country:
Spider bites man on the…
Guys, couldn’t help myself and thought I would do a video on the story that I’ve just found on the Internet for you, guys, it looks like a bit of a classic. So, ”Spider bites Australian man on the penis again”. So, apparently this guy has been bitten now twice on the penis by a spider. Tell you what, only in Australia, anyway.
This is a photo of a redback spider which is one of the two deadly spiders in Australia. There aren’t that many spiders in Australia that have killed people. I think, as far as I know, it is only the funnel web spider from Sydney and the redback spider you have here and they’re so uncommon, as much as we’re afraid of spiders in Australia, it is very uncommon for people to die of the bites, even though it says here redback spider bites are relatively common in Australia with around 2000 people bitten every year. Anyway, let’s read through this article.
So, a 21-year-old Australian tradesman has been bitten by a venomous spider on the penis for the second time. The man was using a portable toilet on a Sydney building site on Tuesday when he suffered a repeat of the incident five months ago. Jordan preferred not to reveal his surname, I can imagine why, said he was bitten on pretty much the same spot by the spider.
“I’m the most unlucky guy in the country at the moment” he told BBC. “I was sitting on the toilet doing my business and just felt the sting that I felt the first time I was like… I can’t believe it’s happened again!”
I looked down and I’ve seen a few little legs come from around the rim, far out! So, redback spiders, these guys here, tend to hide in locations where they’re sort of underneath. What would you call it? Like gutters, underneath bark, underneath rocks. They’re usually underneath something with webs there and obviously this poor tradie, this tradesman working in Australia, has gone to the toilet in an outdoor dunny. You know, one of these porta-loos we call them, portable toilets, porta-loos and has obviously sat forward enough on the seat that his private parts went up under the seat and without checking it there was a spider there which is probably most men’s worst nightmares so, he said that being bitten the first time had made him wary of using portable toilets, obviously not wary enough, right? He didn’t lift the seat up to have a look underneath it.
”After the first time it happened. I didn’t really want to use one again”, he said. ”Toilets got clean that day and I thought it was my opportunity to go and use one”, alright, well, that makes sense. ”Had a look under both seats and then I sat down to do my business”. Alright, so he did obviously check the seats, you know, good on you mate, but obviously not well enough.
”Next thing you know I’m bent over in pain. I’ll be holding on”, the tradesmen’s said he was not sure what type of spider a bit him this time, alright so may not have been a redback spider one of his colleagues took him from the work site in northwest Sydney to Blacktown hospital. Although many of his work mates were quick to see the lighter side of the situation so, obviously they were laughing quite a lot. Seeing the lighter side of the situation so, the funnier side of the situation.
”They got worried the first time”, he said, ”this time they were making jokes before I was getting into the car”. Poor dude, the poor dude. The hospital declined to discuss the matter citing patient privacy. Jordan was released from hospital and said he expected to return to work soon, but was unlikely to be using the onsite toilet for good reason, for good reason I think ”I’ll be holding on for dear life to be honest”, he said.
The redback spider closely related to the black widow spider is distinguished by a long red stripe on its abdomen. Its bite causes severe pain, sweating and nausea. Although there are recorded cases of deaths from redback bites, none have occurred since the development of antivenom in 1956 so, obviously before 1956 we didn’t have an antivenom. So, if you were bitten by one of these guys, there was no injection to give you to stop the effects of the venom. And we haven’t had a death since so, that’s probably almost or more than 60, 70 years since the last death from a redback spider.
Anyway, guys, obviously in Australia, if you come here, if you are worried about spiders, just check under toilet seats when you sit down, right? Especially outdoor toilets where spiders can probably enter into them more easily. Another thing for you to do if you’re living in the Sydney area or anywhere, really that’s, anywhere really in Australia, if you leave shoes outside, if you leave gumboots outside, if you leave any kind of footwear or gloves outside on the ground make sure that before putting them on you thoroughly shake them out because sometimes these kinds of animals, like scorpions, spiders and even small snakes, centipedes they can crawl inside these boots, they can hide in there. They can make a home in there in these gloves, boots and shoes and if you just put your hand or foot into there you may disrupt one of these unsuspecting critters in their new home and receive an unpleasant bite.
Anyway, that’s all for this one. I hope you enjoy it, let me know if you want me to do more episodes like this talking about stories from down under and if you find any good ones, guys, be sure to send them via e-mail or on Facebook.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed it. See you later!
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 321 – Expression: To Make Ends Meet
G’day guys. How’s it going?
Welcome to today’s episode of The Aussie English Podcast.
I’m Pete your host, and The Aussie English Podcast is the number one podcast for learning Australian English.
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So, today I’m sitting in my bedroom. It is Saturday morning. I’ve just gotten up.
I’ve made myself a coffee, and I decided I should nip it in the bud.
I should get on top of things. I should work hard and get this podcast episode done for you guys.
Get it done. So, nip it in the bud. Get it finished. Address it straight away.
So, to talk about news this week, obviously, a few things have been happening.
I’ve been trying to put out an episode every single day on YouTube as well as on the podcast.
I want to know what you guys think.
So, feel free to email me, feel free to message me on Facebook, feel free to comment on anything that you see on YouTube or Facebook, and let me know what you think.
Are these coming out too often? Are they too long? Are they too short?
Would you prefer other topics? I would really love your feedback.
The basic idea here, guys, is to keep you engaged and to give you material on a daily basis that is going to help you practice English.
Obviously, I’m trying to keep these longer episodes for the weekend, but I want to give you shorter ones to play with, to listen to, to practice with every single day as well.
So, that was the first thing. Daily episodes and daily videos. What do you think?
The second one was that I have started creating a video library on the website.
So, this is for members who have signed up to be Aussie English members on the website and I’ve started designing a video library where you can go on there and you can watch a lot more videos than on YouTube.
So, I’m putting up lots of broken down bits of the longer videos, of the live classes, and everything too.
So, like, I’ll dissect the videos and take out each slang expression, each expression that I go over, the verb tenses, and make them into smaller videos for you to more easily watch and go through and consume.
So, that was one extra thing that I wanted to tell you guys. If you’re a member already it’s in the menu.
Just click on video library and you can go through and discover it. You can have a look at it.
You can play with it if you’re not a member. What are you doing, guys? Sign up.
It supports me at Aussie English and it also helps you learn English even faster.
So, the third thing, before we get into today’s episode too that I wanted to discuss, is that I’m currently working on a phrasal verb course.
I know you guys hate phrasal verbs or at least find phrasal verbs difficult and annoying and tricky.
So, I’ve decided to put together a course to try and help you guys, as well as obviously to try and generate a little bit more income for Aussie English.
I’m working on it currently.
I’m designing slideshows at the moment to teach you the concepts behind different phrases verbs that go with different prepositions.
So, my goal is going to be more to teach you the concepts that underlie, that underpin, these phrasal verbs so that you can understand the concepts and then create phrasal verbs spontaneously when you speak English.
So, it’s not going to be that I just go through a list of phrases verbs.
I’m going to go through all the prepositions that are used at the ends of phrases verbs and teach you how to think about the concept, the thing that’s going on in my head as a native speaker when I use these different prepositions.
Anyway, that’s enough for today guys. Let’s get into the expression.
Today’s expression is “to make ends meet”, “to make ends meet”.
And this one comes from Julianna from Colombia.
So, thank you so much for suggesting this expression, “to make ends meet”.
Remember guys, if you want me to do an expression you can recommend one to me at any time as well.
So, as usual, we’ll get into defining the words in the phrase “to make ends meet” guys.
“To make”. “To make” is obviously a verb. And this has multiple meanings.
It can mean to create or to do. So, you might make a cake.
You might make an apology to someone.
And it can also mean to force, to get or to cause something or someone to do something or to happen.
So, you might make someone pay for dinner.
So, you’re forcing them to pay for dinner. You might make someone leave a party early.
You’re literally forcing them to leave, you’re causing them to leave, you’re getting them to leave.
So, the word “ends” or “end”. “To make ends meet”, “end”, “ends”.
The end of something is the final or the last part of something.
So, the last page of a book is the end of the book.
If I look down at my nose, and I look to the tip of my nose, I’m looking at the end of my nose.
If I had a very small bed and my feet hung over the edge at the end of the bed that would be the end of the bed.
And the last one, is also obviously a verb, “to meet”, “to meet”.
If you meet someone or if you make two things meet you’re getting them to come together or you’re just coming together.
So, if you meet someone you’re obviously coming together, you’re getting in touch, you’re joining.
And if you cause two things, if you make two things meet, it means that you are causing them to come together, to touch, or to join.
So, if I put my hands together in front of me I could say that I am making my hands meet in front of me.
So, we’ll go through and talk about the expression now guys and how to use it.
The expression, “to make ends meet”.
This literally means to cause two ends of something to touch, obviously.
So, to make ends, two ends, or both ends, meet.
But, the figurative sense of this expression is to have enough money or to have enough resources to cover your expenses, to get by financially, to get through the pay period.
So, it’s usually referring to how much money you make and the fact that you make enough to be able to pay for things like food, for bills, and for rent.
So, the expression to make ends meet, guys, actually originates from a French expression, “Joindre les deux bouts”, meaning join the two ends and this dates back to the 1600’s.
So yeah, pretty cool, pretty cool. It’s an old one. We have a lot of stuff in English that comes from French originally.
Let’s go through some examples, guys, of how you would use this expression.
So, imagine that you were, number one, working crazy hours, long hours.
You’re working 12 to 14 hours a day at work in order to make ends meet.
So, that would mean you’re working so much in order to cover your expenses, to pay for yourself.
Maybe to put your kids in school, to pay for rent, to pay for food.
You’re working 12 to 14 hours a day to make ends meet.
Number two, imagine you’re incredibly rich and don’t have to worry too much about your financial situation.
You can obviously afford to do whatever you want.
So, you could say in this case that you’re so rich you don’t really have to think about making ends meet.
So, you don’t have to worry about just scraping by, just making enough money to make ends meet each week, because you’ve got so much money that it’s not a problem.
So, you don’t have to think about making ends meet. It’s already done. It’s easy.
And the third example could be imagine that you are at a birthday party or something.
You’re seeing your grandparents. You’re seeing your other relatives.
If they’ve heard that you’ve just got a new job but they don’t know what it is they might ask you, “Oh! Pete! How are you making ends meet these days?”.
Meaning, like, what are you doing for an income? What is it that you’re doing for work?
What is it that you’re doing in order to pay for your rent, to pay for your food, all of your expenses?
What are you doing to make ends meet? What are you doing as a job?
So, as usual, let’s dive in and do a listen and repeat exercise, guys.
I’m going to conjugate this in the Present Continuous, so “I’m making ends meet”, “you’re making ends meet”.
And, I want to repeat after me.
Treat it as a listen and repeat exercise and practice your pronunciation, guys.
Listen & repeat:
I’m making ends meet.
You’re making ends meet.
He’s making ends meet.
She’s making ends meet.
We’re making ends meet.
They’re making ends meet.
It’s making ends meet.
Good job, guys.
So, pronunciation tip wise, I want to go through and talk about the pronunciation changes that can happen when I say this sentence like a native.
So, you will have noticed, number one, that the word “ends”, “ends”, the D is pronounced.
So, when we have a word that ends with -NDS, the D gets dropped and it’s just -NS.
The sound is an -NS, “ends”.
So, some other examples of words like this could be, “winds”.
So, you’ve got “wind” as in *sound of wind*, “wind”.
We say the D when there’s no S.
But, when we put an S on the end to make it plural, we say “winds”, and this sounds like, literally, “he wins”.
Like, “he wins a game”, “winds”.
“Sound”. If we make that plural “sounds”, or if we conjugate that as in “it sounds” in the Present Tense.
“Stands”, is the last example here. “Stand”, “to stand”, but if “he stands”, “he stands”, the D disappears.
So, when I say I’m making ends meet, I’m making ends meet, the D disappears.
The second tip that I want to tell you about is the fact that -ING often gets slightly contracted into an -IN’ sound instead of an -ING sound.
So, instead of “making” I would say “makin'”. “Making”, “makin'”.
So, some examples, “I’m makin’ it up”, instead of, “I’m making it up”.
“She’s doin’ more”, instead of, “she’s doing more”.
“You’re goin’ out”, instead of, “you’re going out”.
“He’s askin’ him”, instead of, “he’s asking them”.
And, “they’re chasin’ him”, instead of, “they’re chasing him”.
So, this is one of those pronunciation points, the same with “ends”, that you want to try and focus on, and just notice it’s there.
Notice people say that. Whether or not you do it, because you’ll understand Australians a lot more easily.
So, yeah, focus in on that guys. Remember, I have a video teaching this on YouTube too.
So, do a search for “One simple tip to sound Australian: -ING”.
There’s a video there that will go through step by step how to make this pronunciation shift.
And there’s also a course online when you become a member, a mini course, that gives you five or six exercises to practice to sound just like a native when you want to pronounce -ING.
So, if you’re interested in that sign up to be a member.
Before we finish, let’s do the listen and repeat exercise one more time.
But this time I’m in a pronounce it just like an Aussie would.
Listen & Repeat:
I’m makin’ ends meet.
You makin’ ends meet.
He’s makin’ ends meet.
She’s makin’ ends meet.
When makin’ ends meet.
They’re makin’ ends meet.
It’s makin’ ends meet.
Good job, guys.
That’s it for today’s episode. Thanks for joining me, guys. I hope you enjoyed it.
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By pete — 2 years ago
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Guys! What’s going on? What’s going on? Welcome to this episode of Walking With Pete.
Man, I got so impatient about starting that I’ve actually started the video before I have even crossed the path, crossed the road and gotten into the park. So, (I’ve) just got to watch for the traffic, make sure I don’t get hit by some cars. This might take a while. It’s obviously sunset. I’ll try and keep the camera looking at me without giving you guys some glare like that for the entire episode. I’ll do my best. Anyway, maybe… no, I won’t be sneaky. I better wait. I’ve got to behave, be a good boy.
So, anyway, what can I talk about while I’m waiting for the fricken traffic to pass? It’s been a pretty frustrating week/weekend. You guys probably have noticed that the website’s been down, that’S BEEN DRIVING ME NUTS, driving me crazy. So, TO BE DRIVING YOU NUTS means to be… NUTS as in crazy, as in mad, not as in the food, you know, a nut like a seed, which is also a slang term for a man’s genitals, the two of the… we’ll just say it, testicles. You can use the word NUTS to mean testicles in English.
Anyway, TO DRIVE YOU NUTS, TO GO NUTS, TO BE NUTS, when you’re describing someone as BEING NUTS it’s more that they’re crazy, they’re mentally unstable, they’re insane. So, that’s what’S BEEN DRIVING ME NUTS, the website. You guys will probably have all known what was going on with that, but for those who don’t the website was down for several days, and I guess I’ll just give you the entire story, ‘cause I can go over some expressions to describe what I’m about to do. And I’m about TO HAVE A BITCH TO you guys, TO HAVE A BITCH. If I HAVE A BITCH it means that I complain, I whinge, I moan about something, I tell you something that’s been irritating me, I complain, I try and GET IT OFF MY CHEST. GET IT OFF MY CHEST is just sort of get it out there and, you know, unburden myself so that it’s no longer something that I’m stressed about. Anyway, I want TO HAVE A BITCH and GET this issue OFF MY CHEST, unburden myself, tell you guys about what happened. So, the website was down. That WAS DRIVING ME NUTS because I couldn’t work out what was wrong at first.
So, at first I thought, “Ok, I’ve done something. I’ve stuffed something up.”, I was looking online but (I) couldn’t work out what it was. So, I contacted my host, and the host is the person (company*) who has the data for the website. So, that’s what’s, you know, they’re the one (ones*) who housed the entire website on their own servers, on their hard-drives, wherever they are. And I was using a company called Arvixe. And I don’t mind telling you this, guys, because any of you guys listening out there I really suggest that you do not use this company in the future. Don’t use Arvixe.
Anyway, I tried to contact them 5 times, count it 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 times. I got onto some people, I don’t even know where they were, but they were definitely not in American where I think the company is based out of, and they were somewhat useless, because their support system is an online chat, and each time they were telling me the problem was on my end and telling me, I guess I don’t really want to bog you guys down in the real… the small details, but that I had to go onto my website and change something, and refresh it, because that was the problem that the website wasn’t communicating, whatever. I won’t go into it. But I kept doing that 3 or 4 times I tried. The first time the guy said he sorted it out and that it was all fixed and then the second to fifth time I tried fixing it myself each time TO NO AVAIL. TO NO AVAIL meaning it didn’t achieve anything, it didn’t work, it was pointless, it was useless, nothing changed. So, I tried TO NO AVAIL to do all of that.
Anyway, I got incredibly pissed off, because the problem wasn’t resolving and I felt embarrassed, I wanted the website to be there for you guys, and I know how frustrating it is when something that you’re passionate about is not there for you to use. And obviously I’m here to help you guys out. I want to be there for you guys. And so, that was frustrating me after two or three days of trying to get that fixed.
So, ultimately, I decided, F them, fuck them, and I decided after the fifth time to just move my website to a new host. And, again, that was a massive headache, and a headache is something that’s a pain, it’s a problem, it’s not literally a head ache in the fact that you’ve got an ache in your head, but it’s that sort of non-literal sense of driving you nuts, of giving you a headache because it’s so complicated, it’s such a pain in the arse to try and sort out.
So, I tried to move the website across to a new host and that was somewhat less painless, less painful* I want to say, that was less painful because it was painless than I was expecting. So, I was really happy that that was so easy to sort out. And, yeah, I moved the website across. I put that on the new host, and this time they’re someone in Australia, someone in Melbourne. So, that’s obviously going to make things a lot more easy, and I simply emailed them, to be honest, and within 2 (or) 3 hours the website was up. So, now it’s back. There you go. Problem sorted. Crisis averted. But, what a pain in the arse, what a headache, and I’m glad I had that little BITCH, I’m glad I WAS BITCHING TO you guys and GETTING IT OFF MY CHEST.
But yeah, first and foremost I just want to apologise for the inconvenience. I know that it was probably, or most definitely, frustrating any of you guys who like listening to the podcast whilst also reading the transcripts, because you wouldn’t have obviously had access to the transcripts on the website unless you had downloaded these already. So, yeah, I’m sorry about that guys. I’m sorry it took a few days to organise and sort out, but fortunately it’s back. Let me know if you have any issues, because, yeah, I’m just horrified that it’s not going to be there for you guys. I can see it, I can see it on my phone, I can see it on my computer. So, it seems to be all good, but let me know if there’s any issues if you’re checking this straight after I put this up online for you guys.
Alright, so that was the first sort of order of the day, (it) was to just go over that and touch base with where we’re at for that. (I’m) trying to think what else we were going to talk about, I’ve got another… there was another subject, there was another topic. Oh! I started a new idea for a series of videos that I want to put on YouTube to try and help you guys expand your vocabulary, and to try and help you learn numerous different synonyms, and a synonym is a word that means the same as another word.
So, for instance, in the video that I did today, this is the perfect example, I taught you guys probably 10 or more different ways of saying “a lot of” or “lots of”. So, “a lot of”, “a lot of” things, that’s the singular version, “a lot of” things, or “lots of” things, the plural version.
And so, I guess, I wanted to talk to you guys about this. This is an idea I’ve been having rolling around in my head for a little while now, and I guess the main reason that I have decided to try and do this is because A. no one else seems to have done this really online, and B. it’s the kind of thing that I would really like to have in the languages that I’m learning.
Anyway, I should probably tell you what the basic idea is. The basic idea is to first and foremost tell you, show you, say to you as many different synonyms for a certain sentence of a certain word that I can think of. So, in this example today I said numerous different synonyms for “a lot of” such as “a great deal of”, “a bunch of”, “a ton of”, “a shitload of”, “a load of”, “a head of”, “a stack of”. So, there’s all those different kinds of synonyms, and I’ve put it together in a lesson where there’s a few different substitution exercises. So, first I get you to turn the sentence from the singular version, for instance, “there’s a lot of something” into the plural version, for example, “there are lots of X”, whatever it is.
So, I did that, first and foremost. There are also a few in there that you can’t make plural or that sound incredibly weird if you make them plural.
I’ll give you Melbourne in the background there guys. You can have a perve, have a look, have a squiz at Melbourne through this field. And, I just lost my train of thought. That will serve me right for interrupting myself.
Anyway, so yeah, I’ve done that. I’ve tried to make that episode on “a lot of” and “lots of” and all the different ways of saying that. I’ve also tried to include other aspects of the English language in these exercises. So, obviously, not only are you going to be working your vocabulary and trying to expand your vocabulary by learning different synonyms for specific words, but also you’ve got… I’m going to try and include other things in there. So, for example today I included numerous different ways of saying “women”. So, there were like five, I think it was like “babes”, “chicks”, “ladies”, “women”, “girls”. And then there were five for “men”. So, obviously, “men”, “boys”, “dudes”, “guys”, “blokes”. I think they were the five.
And so, I want you guys to practice associating all those words with meaning the same thing, because obviously you’re going to hear these things all the time, all the time. Guys say these kinds of… and I just said it. Guys, say these kinds of words when they’re talking about women, when they’re talking about other guys, and women say these kinds of words when they’re talking about women and guys, etc., etc. etc.. And so, it’s the kind of language that you’re going to hear all the time from native speakers.
I might just sit down.
So, I think that’s why it’s incredibly important to try and get you exposed, give you some exposure to all of this different kind of language, these different synonyms, get you practicing changing in and out and using all of them. So, that’s why I’m trying to create these kinds of lessons to put on YouTube as well as the podcast to try and help you expand your vocabulary whether it’s passive vocabulary, i.e. you just hear and you understand instantly whether or not you actually use it yourself, or for the active vocabulary if you want to learn all of these different ways of saying effectively the same thing. And this is the kind of thing that you’re going to want to do to get from that intermediate level to the advanced level in a language. And this is particularly what I try and do when I’m trying to get from the intermediate to advanced level in languages that I’m learning. I get to that point where I have one word for most if not all things that I want to be able to say, that I want to be able to communicate when I’m having a conversation, but it’s kind of like painting with one colour. After a while, you know, you’re learning how to paint, one colour’s all you need at first, but then you get a little bored, and then you get a little more, “I want to be able to do this. I want to be able to express myself differently. I want to be able to put my personality into my paintings or into my English.”.
And so, that’s why I think it’s so important to learn different synonyms, different ways of expressing yourself, because that is when you can take your English to the next level and really expression your own personality. Ultimately, our passive vocabulary, the stuff that we know, is massively, massively, massively bigger than our active vocabulary, the words that we actually use, the words that we say. And, words that I say may not be the same as the words that my parents say, my friends say, other English natives say. In fact, I can almost tell you with certainty that they won’t be the same words. The way they will explain situations, describe things, is almost certainly going to be different from how I would do it. And this is where putting your personality into the language you’re learning, English in this example, becomes incredibly important, and this is how you do it, this is how you do it. You learn all of these different words, for some reason one of them will seem nicer or cooler or easier to remember than a lot of the other ones and you’ll just start using that one all the time, and it becomes part of your English personality.
So, that’s why I’m trying to create these lessons, guys. That’s the aim of these lessons. I’m trying to also make them fun where I teach you more slang. So, in the “a lot of” or “lots of” lesson, today, that I’ve made I also taught you words like “a crap-ton of”, “shitloads of”, “fuckloads of” and how to use those.
Damn flies everywhere!
And so I’ve done that because, again, that’s the kind of stuff that I use every day. You’re not going to learn that in books because it’s probably pretty inappropriate with regards to formal English. You’re not going to ever use that kind of language in a job interview or if you’re in an interview on TV or talking to someone you don’t really know, but most of the time I imagine that once you get to Australia you’re going to form friendships where 1. People are going to be saying this stuff, particularly if they’re natives. They’re going to be saying “fuck-tons”, “shit-tons”, “crap-tons” when they’re talking about “a lot of” or “lots of” something. And so 1. I want you to be able to understand what that means, because it is relatively slangy, it’s quite a lot of slang to say, to use those kinds of words. But (2.) I also want you to be able to learn them and use them yourselves because if I heard someone who was a non-native English speaker using those I would incredibly impressed, you know, to be honest, and I don’t know what else to say. Yeah, that is why is why I’ve included them.
So, don’t be too shocked when you hear me swearing. I always try and give you some context and idea as to when and where not to use… when and when* not to use these expressions, and I won’t ever teach you stuff that is incredibly offensive without telling you at least. I will always give you a disclaimer or a caption down the bottom, but yeah, and I’ll do it now. If in doubt, go without. So, if in doubt, if you don’t know whether or not you should be using it, don’t use it. If you hear someone else use it while you’re talking to them obviously that’s a good sign that it’s ok to use it. So, until you get used to when and how to use these things, obviously, don’t use them in every single conversation, but play with them, you know. Practice them, play with them.
One last thing I might mention. Work on your pronunciation in these episodes as well. So, you can get different things out of these episodes. Not only am I going to give you as much as I can with regards to synonyms and different ways of saying these words, but I’m also going to give you the ability to listen and repeat and practice your pronunciation. So, if you notice that you have any kind of trouble with the pronunciation of any of these words or any of these sentences, definitely listen and repeat and go over these, and just keep practicing your pronunciation guys. It’s a never-ending battle. It’s the same for me and French, and me and Portuguese. I’m constantly finding out that I’m saying something slightly incorrect or in a bit of a weird way, and ultimately there’s no problem with having an accent but we always all want to reduce it as much as possible, right?
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Learn Australian English in this expression episode of The Aussie English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression NOT WORTH A ZACK.
AE 370 – Expression: Not Worth A Zack
Man. Let’s just get this started. How is it going, guys? I… I have just got home and I have had way too much coffee, but I thought you know what it is time to do this week’s podcast episode. So, I just got on Facebook Live. I put up all the podcast… freaking hell! I’ve been saying podcasts instead of postcards for the last hour.
So, anyway. Ok. This is what this is an episode that’s going to be full of bloopers. I have that feeling already. I have that feeling already. So, I got back, my parents just dropped me off. My folks dropped me off. (I) spent the weekend down at their place… the weekend, I guess, the week*. It’s only Saturday now. But, I have just gotten back to Melbourne. So, I’m back in my house.
I got five postcards from you amazing listeners. So, thank you so much to all of you guys. I did a Facebook Live lesson and I put them on the wall. So, they are now up behind me. Next time on live videos hopefully you can spot the postcards that you sent me. Thank you so much guys.
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Let’s get into it though, guys. Today’s expression is “not worth as zack”, for something to “not be worth as zack”. Ok?
So, before we get into that one though, as usual, I’ve got a joke for you guys. I’ve got a joke. It’s a little bit crass, but it’s not too bad. It’s not too bad. And it’s a good joke, I think, because it kind of illustrates Australian humour. It’ll give you a sense of how we often take the mickey out of ourselves. And to take the mickey out of something or someone is to poke fun at someone or something, to make fun of. So, to make light of something, to joke about something. So, I like taking the mickey, like Mickey Mouse, mickey, I like taking the mickey out of myself, and Australians love taking the mickey out of themselves.
Ok, so the joke. Why wasn’t Jesus born in Australia? Why wasn’t Jesus born in Australia? Because nobody could find three wise men or a virgin. Do you get it, guys? No one could find three wise men or a virgin. So, it’s making fun of Australians saying that none of us are smart and that none of us are virgins. OK? So, that’s today’s joke. Why wasn’t Jesus born in Australia? Because no one could find three wise men or a virgin.
So, today’s expression, guys, is not worth as zack, for something to not be worth a zack. This one was suggested by Karina. So, good job Karina. She suggested this in The Aussie English Virtual Classroom, guys. It’s the Facebook group that you can come in and interact with everyone. There’s daily videos that people upload to practice their English. And on Mondays, I get you guys to suggest expressions and then vote on these expressions for me to do the weekend’s podcast on. So, Karina, good job, mate. To not be worth zack, not worth zack.
So, as usual, let’s go through the words in this expression.
“Not“. I’m sure all of you guys are going to know the word “not”, n-o-t. This is a particle that negates an auxiliary verb. Ok? So, a helping verb. I am not going there. I am not going there. I would not go there. I wouldn’t go there. So, it negates it. I am going. I’m not going. I would go. I wouldn’t go. So, that’s “not”.
“Worth“. for something to be worth something worth. Means the equivalent in value to the sum or item specified. Ok? So, that’s a complicated way of saying, the value of something. Ok? So, my computer is worth seven dollars. My word is worth… it’s invaluable. It’s worth a lot. Ok? So, my car’s worth ten thousand dollars. It’s the value of something.
“A zack“, “a zack”. So, this was an interesting one. I had to look this up, because, to be honest, I have never used this expression. I’ve heard it, but I’ve never used it. So, “a zack”, it turns out, is slang for a sixpence or what was called a six penny. So, this is back when we use the imperial system for money in Australia. So, some of you might know, some of you may not know, our money originally came from Britain. So, Australia’s a Britain colony. We were colonised by the British back in 1770, I believe, by Captain Cook. And as a result, the money and the measurements that were used in Australia were the imperial system. Ok? So, anyway, we had pounds, we had shillings, and we had pennies, and a sixpence, which was about five cents, was nicknamed “a zack”. I don’t know why, but it was nicknamed “a zack”. So, if something wasn’t worth a zack, it wasn’t worth very much. It wasn’t worth five cents. It wasn’t worth sixpence. It wasn’t worth a six penny in the imperial monetary system.
So, let’s define the expression, guys. So, if something isn’t worth a zack, it’s not worth zack, it’s worthless, it’s not worth any, or we could say, it’s worth bugger all. So, that’s an Australian expression, to be worth bugger all. And that just means it’s not worth anything, it’s worthless.
So, we’ve sort of gone over the origin of the expression “a zack”. It’s from the 1700s. And when I looked this up, the usage of the term “zack” for a slang term for a sixpence actually dropped off in the 1800s, guys. So, this is a really old slang term, but obviously it’s been maintained in the expression “to not be worth a zack”. And so, it’s funny how the meaning of “zack” has kind of disappeared and people have forgotten it, despite continuing to potentially use the expression “not be worth a zack“. So, yeah, not worth a zack.
Let’s go through some examples as usual, guys, of how to use the expression “to not be worth a zack”.
So, imagine you’ve got a mate who makes a promise. He gives you his word that he’s going to do something. I promise I’ll do this. I give you my word I’ll do it. But then he breaks his promise or he goes back on his word. So, you could say his word isn’t worth a zack. His promises aren’t worth a zack. They’re worthless. They’re worth bugger all.
Example number two. So, you want to buy a house, and you go somewhere and they say… you know, you go to an auction, and the auction gets up to a really ridiculous price, and the house is a real run down old house that’s not worth much at all. It looks atrocious. It looks awful. But they want a million dollars for this house. You could say, yeah, we want it, but to be honest, it‘s not worth it a zack. It‘s not worth a zack. This house is so run down and old it‘s not worth it a zack, let alone worth the million dollars that you would like for this house. It‘s not worth a zack.
The third example is, imagine you want to get some wine. Ok? I’m a fan of red wine, maybe like white wine, but you go to a bottle-o ago by some booze, to get some grog, so some alcoholic drinks, some alcoholic beverages. You want to get some wine. So, you go there and you say, I‘m after some Australian wine. I want some Penfolds. Penfolds is an amazing Australian brand of red wine. I think it tends to be just red wine, and it’s from the 1840s. They were established in the 1840s. So, the company’s something like 170 years old. But these guys are from the Barossa Valley in South Australia, and they would be Australia’s most famous brand of red wine. But say you’re after some Penfolds, and the place doesn’t have any or the vintages of Penfolds that it has, and “vintage” as in the year that that bottle of wine or that wine was bottled, say they’ve got the wrong one or they don’t have Penfolds at all, you could say, well, I don’t want any other wine but Penfolds from the Barossa Valley. Anything else isn’t worth a zack. Or maybe it’s the vintages that they have, and they’re atrocious, awful, cheap vintages that you hate. You could say, these ones aren’t worth zack. They’re not worth five cents. They’re worthless. They’re worth bugger all.
Alright, guys. Hopefully, you understand the expression “to not be worth a zack“. And I definitely challenge you guys to go out there and use this expression with some Australians, and see if they know it. You might find some Aussies who know this expression and who probably love hearing you say it, you know? It‘ll put a smile on their face. It’ll make them grin.
So, as usual guys, let’s go through a listen and repeat exercise where you guys get to practice your pronunciation. Try and say things exactly as I say them to work on your Australian pronunciation to get that Aussie accent happening. Let’s do it, guys. So, listen and repeat after me.
Listen & Repeat:
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
I’m not worth a zack.
She’s not worth a zack.
He’s not worth a zack.
You’re not worth a zack.
We’re not worth a zack.
They’re not worth a zack.
It’s not worth a zack.
That’s it guys. Good job. And remember to sign up to The Aussie English Classroom if you want more in-depth exercises like this to practice your Aussie pronunciation and learn to speak Australian English just like me.
So, let’s go through an Australian fact, guys, and this ties in with “a zack”, so a sixpence or a six penny from the 1700s and 1800s. So, the Aussie fact for today is that Australia’s British colony obviously used the imperial system. So, we used pounds, shillings, and pence for our money. We used feet and inches and miles for measuring length or distances. And we used things like ounces for measuring the weight of something. Ok? So, this was like Americans use today, at least, in terms of feet, inches, miles, and ounces. They use dollars for their money, obviously. But yeah, we use this, and we used it up until the 14th of February 1966. So, my parents lived through a time where there were pounds, shillings, pence, feet, inches, miles, and ounces used as a measurement system in Australia. And in the 1960s, they switched the currency and these measurements from the imperial system to the metric system, so a decimal system, where the measurements are all relative to the number 10.
And so, the interesting thing here is that when they wanted to convert these they had to do a massive ad campaign, a massive ad campaign on TV, on the radio, to inform everyone that on the 14th of February 1966 the money was going to change over, that everything was going to change over. And so, for a period of time, and I was talking to my mum about this earlier this week, you could pay for things with pounds, shillings, and pence as well as dollars and cents. So, both currencies were being used at the same time in Australia for a period whilst this conversion was taking place. Anyway, there’s a really interesting jingle. So, the song from the ad, “a jingle” we call it. That catchy tune that are quite often really short, you know, 30 seconds. It’s used in this ad. I’m going to play it after this so that you can have a quick listen to the start of this jingle, and I‘ll also link the ad so that you can go and check it out. Anyway, that’s today’s fact. The currency changed over on the 14th of February 1966 from pounds, shillings, and pence to dollars and cents.
In come the dollars, in come the cents, to replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence. Be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix on the 14th of Feburary 1966.
Who are you?
I’m Dollar Bill, and I’ve come to tell everyone that decimal currency will be here from the 14th of February 1966.
What is decimal currency?
Decimal currency is simply a money system worked out in multiples of 10. The base unit is a dollar made up of 100 cents.
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