Hey guys! I recorded an announcement episode for you all today and would really love some feedback if you have time!
For those of you who just want the “too long:didn’t read” (tl:dr) I’ll describe the plans below:
To write up all manuscripts for every single episode with detailed notes for specific vocab and phrases, etc used in each episode. Have these manuscripts available via the Aussie English podcast website for people who subscribe to the website for a small fee.
To put together an Aussie English book that will help absolute beginners learn to speak English, and more specifically Aussie English. The book would follow two people who have travelled to Australia on a working holiday visa and plan to road trip around the entire country and do the 3 months work to stay the full 2 years. It would include ~100 lessons + audio recordings, teaching English grammar, vocabulary, etc. as well as more specific Aussie slang, expressions, history and culture. The main idea here is to give people 1. a way of learning English from scratch, 2. giving them exposure to Aussie English, spoken by real Aussies, 3. give them exposure to Australia, our culture and history as well as all the famous sights and cities etc.
I would love to be able to do this full time once I finish my PhD, but in order to do so I have to be able to support myself financially. So that’s why I’m playing with these ideas for how to create useful resources that are worth paying for in order to help improve your Aussie English!
Let me know what you think guys!
All the best,
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Announcement: $1 for a 1-month trial of the Aussie English Supporter Pack
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Just a little announcement episode today.
I want to talk to you about the Aussie English Supporter Pack and what we’re up to with that, how it’s unfolding, how it’s evolving, and becoming better and better every week.
So at the moment I have just implemented a trial period for anyone who wants to sign up for the Aussie English support pack and try it for a month.
It will only cost one Australian dollar.
So when you sign up you get 30 days of access to all the past episodes and to the virtual classroom where you get to hang out with me and a whole bunch of other hard working ESL students who are working on their English with activities and exercises every day, and just sharing their thoughts and anything related to English.
So the community’s slowly growing.
On top of that at the moment I’m doing a little bit of a revamp.
So I’m trying to change things up and improve things constantly.
And more recently I’ve decided to allow the Aussie English virtual classroom students to decide on the episode theme or subject once a week.
So the expression episode this week, for example, has been decided by one of the students Khoi and you’ll see that when it comes out later on this week.
And also I have decided to try and make lesson exercises a lot more thorough.
So up until recently I had been doing two episodes a week, but I might wind that back and only do one a week, but a lot more in depth, because it seems like you guys have a lot of different things that you want to work on.
Some of you want to work on listening.
Some of you want to work on vocab, phrasal verbs, slang terms, pronunciation, connected speech and grammar.
And so I’ve decided that I’m going to try and touch on all of these things in one large thorough episode per week where I have say an expression episode and then I’m going to have a whole series of exercises for you to do following on from that expression episode.
So for example, I’m going to have a vocab glossary where you get the definition of all of the more complicated vocab used in that episode as well as an example sentence that I come up with to give you context, and as well I’ll show you where it’s used in the episode.
I’ll also give you a vocab table that you can fill out, and you get to fill it out with the definition of the vocab that you heard or that you read about in the glossary that was in the episode as well as the synonyms that you saw in the episode so you can fill that out.
And forgive me, I’m losing my voice a little bit at the moment because I have been a little unwell.
(I’ve) been under the weather.
So we got the vocab glossary and the vocab table.
Then we’ve got listening comprehension questions where you get to go through the episode and listen to it.
And I have questions in order throughout the episode for you to answer as you listen to the episode.
So if you’re working on listening comprehension, say for the IELTs, this is a really good exercise for you.
I’m also going to have a substitution exercise, which will be focussed on phrasal verbs, because I know how difficult these are for you guys.
So I’m going to try and focus on a phrasal verb once a week so that you guys can build up that phrase verb vocabulary in your spoken English.
And then also try and have a pronunciation or connected speech exercise in there, ’cause I know a lot of you guys want to learn things like “wanna”, “gonna”, “should”, “woulda”, “coulda”, “whadayawant”, all those sorts of connected speech and pronunciation changes that natives use that is the way that native speakers speak.
So I know I want to help a lot of you get to that point where you sound like a native, where you pronounce things like a native, where you connect words like a native.
So I’m going to try and incorporate that.
And then I’m going to have a grammar exercise for you guys and this will be where we go over things like the different past tenses.
Maybe I’ll compare them one week.
Or maybe we’ll go over the use of the prepositions “on” “at” or “in” in another episode. That’s what I’m really wanting to do.
So that’s enough for this announcement episode.
The Aussie English support pack you can now sign up for one dollar, one Australian dollar, that’s about 70 US cents.
It’s not very much.
And you’ll get 30 days of access to the Aussie English Supporter Pack before you get charged the full fee.
I know you guys are really going to love this when you get in there and just have a lot more to do with Aussie English and shape the direction of where the podcast goes and help me create the content that is best for you.
So if you’re a serious English student who is wanting to take their spoken English to the next level and their comprehension of Australian English to the next level then I really recommend at least giving this a try for one dollar.
You get 30 days.
You can see how it is.
You can try the virtual classroom and meet everyone.
You can try all the previous episodes.
And then if it’s not for you, for whatever reason you decide that you don’t want to continue with it you can unsubscribe before the 30 days is up and you won’t be charged the full fee.
Anyway, guys that’s enough for this episode.
Sorry again about my throat and my bad voice I’ll chat to you soon.
All the best!
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Walking With Pete: Aussie English is now on Instagram!
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Walking With Pete. Today I am currently outside of my work in one of these really really small laneways in Melbourne. So, I’m right in the CBD and as you may or may not know Melbourne’s got a lot of these really thin, long laneways that are kind of tucked away, they’re hard to find, and they have a lot of restaurants and cafés and small businesses hidden away in these small laneways. And that’s what makes Melbourne somewhat unique. You’ll find a lot of graffiti and a lot of street art also in these laneways.
So, I’m just outside of my work at the moment taking a bit of a break. [I] thought I would run you through what I’ve sort of been up to at work, not because it’s necessarily incredibly interesting but it’ll give you a chance to listen to me use some verbs and nouns and language talking about the kind of mundane things that I do at work, and that you may do yourself elsewhere.
So, I opened up the restaurant and filled up all of the stock. So, all the bottles, all of the different wine, different beers, and water and everything that comes in. I have to put that on shelves, open the boxes, put them up on the wine racks if they’re wine bottles, and if they’re beer I take them out of the cases and put them on the shelves where they sit. Then [I] had to sweep and then mop the whole floor. So, I swept the floor to get rid of all the dust and dirt, and then I used a mop with bleach and cleaning fluid to sort of clean the floor and get rid of all of the dirt and grime that’s built up over the last week. So, I do all of that, and then I get the restaurant ready. So, I make sure all of the chairs are down. I make sure everything’s clean, neat, tidy. I make sure the glasses, cutlery, napkins, everything’s out. [I] do all of that, and then [I] might take a break and make an Aussie English episode, a Walking With Pete episode. So, I guess that’s what I wanted to start with. Give you a bit of an idea of my sort of boring, mundane routine at work when I start early on Wednesdays.
And aside from that, today I wanted to talk to you about Instagram. And I’ve just started an Aussie English Instagram account where my aim is to just try and upload and share with you my sort of experiences, day to day life in Melbourne. So, any time I see something that I think will interest you guys or that perhaps is going to help you learn English, so it could be a certain sign or any kind of thing that I think of that’s just interesting, that I want to share with you guys, I will. And yeah, I wanted to get some feedback from you guys to see what you think. So, let me know on Facebook. The Instagram account is Aussie_English [underslash or underscore]. So, Aussie_English. So, just search this on Instagram if you use Instragram. You should be able to find it if you go to the Aussie English Facebook page because I’ve linked the accounts so that every time that I put anything up on Instagram it should directly go straight to the Facebook account so you guys get to see it straight away. So, yeah, hopefully that will shed some light on my standard day in Melbourne each day. Any time I see something of interest, whether it’s old buildings, graffiti… excuse me, old buildings, graffiti, street art, even just things like possums that you probably saw, all the wildlife around Melbourne, just the daily life in Melbourne, the trams, the people, everything. I’m going to try and share it. I might try and do mini English learning episodes for you guys where I talk about small expressions that I think of so I can sort of use the things that I upload as a reason to continue to teach you guys English. So, I’ll try and do that as much as possible as well. And yeah, if you have any suggestions of how to improve what I do, how to make it more amenable to you and to improve your English then feel free to comment on any of the photos that get linked on Facebook, or you can do it on Instagram if you use Instagram yourself. Also, feel free to send me a message on Facebook. You’re always welcome to do that. I will try and get back to you as soon as I can.
And, yeah, I guess aside from that if you are interested in staying up to date with everything that’s posted on the Aussie English Facebook page there’s a few things that you can do. First of all, just come to the page and like and share all of the posts that you guys enjoy. That will help me, one, grow the page and have other people see the page, but it will also help you guys stay up to date with everything because Facebook remembers the things that you like the most will actually show up in your feed more often, and at the top of the feed. So, if you want to stay up-to-date with it just liking the page won’t necessarily do that, you’ll have to also like and share the posts on the page or go to the top of the page and there should be subscribe kind of button. It depends what language you’re Facebook’s in, obviously, but there is something that you can click at the top there. One of the options is to have the page “Seen first” on your Facebook page. So, I really recommend you guys do that if you want to stay up-to-date and have Aussie English in your newsfeed each day so that you can see what’s going on and keep practicing your English. Give that a go.
Anyway, I’ve got to go back to work. I’ll chat to you soon and I wish you all the best, guys. See you later!
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WWP: Aussie English Subscription & 2017 Language Learning Challenge
What’s up guys? (I’ll) start the episode with an Aussie Salute. I came out here to the park as usual and there’s just already flies all over me attacking me. Too funny. What was I going to talk about today? So, I’ve got a few things to announce. Firstly, it’s New Years day. So, happy New Years to all of you guys. Thanks for your on-going support. Thanks for listening to the podcast. Thanks everyone on Facebook who’s always engaged and chatting to me. (A) special shout-out to Amir, Ali, Thibault, Juan, Juliana, Vanessa, Estefania, everyone who’s been a real big part of the online community on Facebook. Thanks so much guys, I really appreciate it. Uh! (there’re) flies everywhere.
So, yeah, hope you guys had a really merry Christmas, an awesome Christmas, and I hope… you’re probably still enjoying New Year’s Eve depending on where you live in the world as it’s only New Year’s Day just after lunch, I think it’s early afternoon, so it’s about 4 or 5 o’clock here in Melbourne at the moment.
So, yeah, I had a pretty good night. I had to work unfortunately until probably about 1030PM, but it was pretty good at the end. We had paella, or paella, if you want to say it with an Australian accent, paella the Spanish dish, rice dish with I think it was seafood and it had a bit of chicken in it as well, but it was amazing. We don’t normally get to eat that, but obviously it was a special occasion. So, we had that with some beers after work, we had a few shots, and then we had churros for dessert. So, that was fun. And then I… I feel like I’m feeling my age a little bit, I came home around 1130PM, (I) got changed, (I) had a shower, and then when I came out the fireworks started going off. So, I was sort of able to hear them and see them out the window, but (I) didn’t really go and party after work ‘cause I was incredibly tired after walking around for five hours. So, this was probably one of the least wild New Years for me.
Friggen flies! They’re so invasive.
Yeah, so aside from that I’ve got a few announcements to make. Obviously, I’m trying to set up the monetisation of Aussie English where I will try and create more services for you guys and charge a certain fee depending on what that service is. So, I’ve got quite a few ideas at the moment. I was debating whether or not to make all future transcripts private from now on, and really improve the quality of the transcripts and add a lot of other exercises on there and even daily missions or missions for going out and practicing the vocab that you learn. I’m still thinking of doing that but I’m not 100% sure if I am completely comfortable with not publishing some kind of transcript for you guys, because I don’t really want to take away what I have already given away for free, and I know that a lot of you may not necessarily be able to afford the transcript subscription or maybe you live in a country where you can’t pay online with PayPal or whatever system I set up, or maybe you’re just incredibly young and you don’t have, you know, a bank account and your parents can’t afford… Whatever it is, I feel a bit weird and yeah, I don’t know, I’m not 100% comfortable with taking the stuff that I’ve already started doing and implementing on the podcast away. So, I’m still thinking about it but I’m going to obviously try and talk to you guys more about this and see what you think and what you think is fair.
So, the first idea was to have an Aussie English Supporters subscription, which would be a small amount of money, maybe $5 or $10 a month where for that subscription service you’re just supporting Aussie English at a small scale, but also getting access to all of the really good quality transcripts. So, that would be the small first package.
The next one up would be inclusive of the transcripts as well, and then hopefully include specific Australian related culture, society, whatever it is, an Australian themed episode per month with potentially a review episode of the different vocabulary used in that episode, and then maybe a few other bonuses.
Again, I’m going to try and chat to you guys about this more on Facebook. So, give me some feedback, make sure you let me know what you think, and what I can do for you, how I can add more value to this products from Aussie English, because that’s what I’m here to do at the end of the day. I want to make a living, but I also want to best serve your needs. So, if you have any ideas or suggestions please feel free to let me know. I’m all about doing what you guys want.
And then, so, I wanted to create three packages, the first one being the transcripts, the second one being a bunch of bonus paid only episodes that would be on the website where you get like an Australian themed episode, a break down of the vocabulary, and maybe a few other things like bonus Expression episodes, Like A Native episodes. There would be an episode MP3 and video pack that you would get on a monthly basis. So, you would pay a certain fee, you have access to all the transcripts from the Supporter Pack and then you would have all those episodes, videos and MP3s from the Australian themed set of episodes for Aussie English.
And then, on top of that, I wanted to make a more high premium end subscription service where you get everything below, so you get Pack 1 and obviously Pack 2, so the subscription to the transcripts and then the bonus or the themed episodes and all of the material, the bonus material with that. And then on top of that I was thinking about including maybe an hour lesson or an hour chat with me, you know, whatever amount of time it is, some kind of Skype call that you can do with me online where I can either help you with improving your Aussie English. I can answer any of your personal questions. So, you get to contact me personally and I give you 100% of my attention for a specific amount of time once a month. So, you get to check in with me and I get to check in with you and see how you’re going, answer any of your questions, and potentially come up with a language learning plan that is tailored to what you need personally. So, where if say you are an engineer and you want to move to Australia and you want to learn the engineering vocabulary specifically related to whatever area of engineering you’re doing I can help you with developing a plan for how to go about learning that vocabulary, and any other questions you would have, any other services you would need that I could sort of include in that lesson on Skype. And then each month, as well as obviously getting all the other material that I would have as the subscription stuff on the website we can check in together and I can just keep helping you with ideas, helping you with whatever you need whether it’s specific questions relating to English or language learning questions more generally where you just want to know how you can jazz things up a bit, keep motivated, use different resources online. So, there’s a whole heap of resources online that I use and that I’m going to also spend this year trying to really dive into and get to know better so that I can help you guys use them if you like them, if you want to use them.
So, those were the three packages, the three subscription services that I had been thinking about. Again, this isn’t set in stone. So, it’s not carved in stone, it’s not solidified, it’s not definitely going to be this, because ultimately I’m going to put it up in a survey and see what you guys think and what you guys want. So, I’m going to do that with the pricing as well, because I want you to sort of give me some feedback on the kind of, I guess, worth that you would think these services are, that they’re worth. So, instead of me just deciding on my own I’ll probably set up a survey where you can tell me as it were $5, $10, $100, $1million, you know. I’m going to give you a list of different prices and then use that to help work out how much to charge for these services, because ultimately I don’t want to make ridiculous amounts of money, but I would love to be able to support myself, to be able to make enough to do this full time and better serve your needs and create both paid services as well as more free services for those people who can’t necessarily afford to get on any of these subscription services.
So, that was that part of the announcement that I wanted to make, guys. This will be the Aussie English subscription stuff. I really really hope you guys are keen and interested. Again, give me some feedback, tell me if I’m totally off the mark with what I’m doing, and if you’ve got some better ideas please please please tell me what you think I should do, because at the end of the day I’m here to serve you.
So, that’s that part of the episode that I wanted to get out of the way. The second part was to talk about my 2017 language learning goals. So, I think I’ve decided, in fact I’ve decided now, I’m going to focus on French and Portuguese for the next year. I’m not 100% content with where my Portuguese has gotten after a year because in the last 2 or 3 months I have kind of slacked off, and to slack off is like be lazy, not do as much as you could. So, if you don’t work very hard, if you’re a, you know, a tradie who works on a construction site, if someone sees you not working hard they could say you’re a slacker or you’re slacking off. To slack off. So, I felt like because I’d been working so hard on the podcast that I had slacked off somewhat with learning Portuguese, and I definitely haven’t done as much French as I would like to. So, I think I’m going to try and spend the next year really getting to the upper levels of French and Portuguese, at least with respect to what I can achieve at home in Australia when I’m not in the country where that language is spoken. I really want to show you guys what you can achieve with regards to using the internet and using the different kinds of services online in order to learn languages and improve your languages, because I definitely think that you guys can do so much, even if you’re not in Australia, even if you have access to no Australians, no native English speakers in person, there is definitely a lot that you can do online to improve your language learning skills or your language skills in general, (that) you can do to improve your Australian English or just your English in general. And yeah, I want to do that with French and Portuguese and show you how I go about doing that.
So, again, this is kind of like the language coaching stuff. And I think at the moment I’m going to focus on a different resource every month. And one cool thing that I thought about doing is giving myself daily challenges for how to use this resource and also including you guys. So, you guys can use the same resource, you can use it exactly as I’m using it that day, so tackle that same problem, try and learn a certain aspect of grammar or the “equivalent” grammar in English if I’m learning it in Portuguese and French. And we can talk to each other. We can give each other feedback. We can talk about different tips and tricks about using that resource. And the first resource that I’m going to use for all of January, so I’m going to do one month/one resource, is going to be Lang-8. So, “Lang” like the first four letters of the word “Language”, L-A-N-G, hyphen or dash (-) the number 8. Lang-8.com.
So, I’ll put a link below. Check that out. If you haven’t signed up already just go there. It’s incredibly quick. You can sign in with Facebook, and what Lang-8 does is it allows you to upload text that you’ve written in whatever language you want to write it in, but obviously in this case English. You can upload that English and submit it to be corrected by native speakers. So, this is a really good way I’ve found, at least, with French and Portuguese for practicing different aspects of grammar, different ways of using words more naturally as well, you know. You may directly translate something from your native language into English and even though you can directly translate it it may not sound natural. And so, this is a really good resource where native speakers of English who are also learning foreign languages, whether or not it’s your language, can correct your work and comment on it. So, it’s literally like a teacher from high school correcting your work. And they do it for free, right? So, you don’t have to pay for anything. It’s 100% free. If you want to use it for more than two languages that you’re learning I think then you can potentially buy a package that allows you to learn or to be focusing on multiple languages, but obviously if you’re just using English for now or one other language as well as English you don’t have to pay.
But, yeah, I absolutely love this resource. The plan at the moment is to try and upload say 200 words of text a day, you know, 100-200 words, a handful of sentences. So, maybe 10 sentences at max, and submit those practicing a specific point in English, or in Portuguese and French as I’ll be doing. And then, you’ll get the corrections back and then just sort of go over those corrections, improve, and then we’ll do this every day where you’ll submit a little something every single day and slow improve your written English as well as the grammar and vocabulary as well. So, we could do days where we’re focusing on camping vocabulary, days where we’re focusing on the Past Tense. So, we could talk about what we did yesterday. And then we could use the Past Past Tense. So, we could talk about what we used to do in the past, what we did as kids, all of that sort of stuff. We could talk about the future. So, we can do all sorts of tenses. We can use adjective orders. We could do all sorts of vocabulary lessons. So, these are things that I’m going to do with you guys side by side. So, you and me together, we can do this. And we can chat about it on Facebook every day or every week, and you guys can stay up-to-date, you can comment. I’ll put a post up every day about the specific aim of the day, the challenge of the day for you guys to write about, and that I’ll be writing about in French and Portuguese. And we could even correct each other’s work. If you guys speak French or Portuguese I can give you my username and if you want me to correct your work or another Australian or English native you can also just find them online, but you can also just tell me your username and I can look for your post as well.
So, yeah, those are the plans, those are the plans for 2017 so far. Let me know what you guys think below and I will see you soon. Thanks again guys and happy New Year and merry Christmas! See ya!
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