Today I answer a question from Luis who asked, “What are some common Aussie names?” In this episode I list, spell and tell you the shortened nickname version of the 20 most common Aussie names for boys and girls.
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By pete — 2 years ago
In this episode of Like A Native I teach you guys how native English speakers often shorten the word “Probably” to “Prolly” and “Probly” when spoken, and to “Probs” when texting or on Facebook, etc.
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Ep070: Like A Native – Probly, Prolly, Probs = Probably
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Like A Native, Like A Native.
So, this is the second episode I think that I’ve done for this series of Like A Native, and this was for all the kinds of things that I want to talk about on this podcast that aren’t necessarily grammatically correct, aren’t necessarily really really fun and interesting expressions per se, as such, but are definitely things that you’re going to hear. So, they could be the… the wrong way that some people pronounce certain words in English, in Australian English. They may be the kinds of funny little minute expressions that we use, you know, small um… small expressions like “To be up to”, um… “To make it somewhere”, all those kinds of small ones that aren’t necessarily something interesting or… or that are fun that I can spend an entire expression episode breaking down and explaining, but I wanted to have somewhere else that I could talk to you guys about the kinds of things that natives use all the time ah… when speaking English, that you’re probably going to hear, or that you may want to be able to use yourself.
So, today’s episode I want to break down the word “Probably” and how the word “Probably” is often pronounced “Probly”, “Prolly” or “Probs”. So, as I said at the start these things aren’t grammatically correct, they’re not correct, you would never write “probably” as “Probly”, “Prolly” or “Probs”, unless you were on say, Facebook Messenger or texting someone, and even then you would probably only write “Probs”. The other two, “Probly” and “Prolly” would never probably be written.
So, examples of how this would be used, and I might just go through how you can say each one of these in a sentence.
I’ll probs be home soon.
I’ll prolly be home soon.
I’ll probly be home soon.
I’ll probably be home soon.
The cat is probs just outside.
The cat is prolly just outside.
The cat is probly just outside.
The cat is probably just outside.
He’s probs gonna be late.
He’s prolly gonna be late.
He’s probly gonna be late.
He’s probably gonna be late.
So, you’ll notice that it’s just sort of reducing this word. So, “Probs” is just a… a slang term that a lot of English people say instead of saying the entire word “Probably”, and the other two forms “Prolly” and “Probly” are just when native English speakers speak incredibly quickly they just miss that little “-bab-“ in the middle of “Pro-bab-ly”. So, it just becomes, “Probly” or “Prolly”. And I notice that myself, I say “Probly” quite often where I just drop that “-bab-“ but still have a “b” in there. “Probly”, “Probly”.
So, that’s pretty much all there is to it guys. I’m going to run you through a quick substitution exercise where I’m going to make you correct the incorrect phrase that I say. So, I’m going to use the forms “Probs”, “Prolly”, “Probly” and I want you to say the sentence with the correct form “Probably”, “Probably”. So, for instance, if I were to say, “I’ll prolly be home later”, I want you to say after me, “I’ll probably be home later”. So, this way you guys get to focus on, 1. Hearing the incorrect, you know, grammatically incorrect forms, “Probs”, “Prolly”, “Probly”. So, you get to practice that, and, [2.] at the same time you get to practice saying the correct form, “Probably”. So, hopefully this helps, because I’d rather you practice the correct form than the incorrect for, at least with pronunciation and um… actively saying these things.
So, let’s do the first one:
I’ll prolly be home later.
I’ll probably be home later.
It’s probly going to rain today.
It’s probably going to rain today.
He said he’d prolly come home tomorrow.
He said he’d probably come home tomorrow.
I think I can probs make it to the meeting.
I think I can probably make it to the meeting.
You’re prolly gonna have a hard time convincing her.
You’re probably going to have a hard time convincing her.
She’s probly gonna call you on the phone.
She’s probably going to call you on the phone.
We’ll prolly be late if we don’t leave soon.
We’ll probably be late if we don’t leave soon.
They’ve probly been caught in traffic.
They’ve probably been caught in traffic.
That’s probs enough for today.
That’s probably enough for today.
I’d probly tell you if I knew.
I’d probably tell you if I knew.
So, that’s probly enough for today guys, and you’ll see just then that I used the form “probly”. Don’t necessarily practice using “Probly”, “Prolly” and “Probs” but be aware that they are said from time to time by native speakers, and “Probs” may be written by native speakers as well when they’re on social media like Facebook or they’re texting you, but the correct form is always going to be “Probably”. Anyway, until next time guys, all the best!
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By pete — 2 years ago
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today we’re going to learn how to pronounce the different states and territories in an Australian accent.
So, not only are we going to learn how to pronounce the different states and territories in an Australian accent today guys,
but I also want to continue to practice contracting “Going to” to “Goin’ah”,
which you would’ve seen in the city pronunciation video,
but also, I want to teach you the phrasal verb “To check out”, which means to examine, to look at, to go and see.
So, we’re going to practice “Goin’ah check out”, “Goin’ah check out”.
I’m going to go see it. I’m going to go examine it. I’m going to go look at it.
Listen and repeat after me, guys.
This is a list of all of the Australian states and territories said with an Australian accent ranked from highest to lowest by population.
Listen and repeat:
New South Wales
And this often gets reduced down to just “WA”,
“We’re going to WA.”
And this often gets reduced to “Tassy”.
The Australian Capital Territory
And this often gets reduced down to just, “ACT”.
The Northern Territory
So, before we get into the next exercise, guys, where I teach you “Goin’ah” and “Check out”,
let’s just go over the fact that we contract “Aus-tra-li-a” down to “Aus-tra-lia”.
So, that’s “Aus-tra-li-a”, four syllables, that turns in to “Aus-tra-lia”.
And we often do the same thing for “Ter-ri-tor-y”.
So, instead of saying four syllables there in “Ter-ri-tor-y”, we contract it down to just “Ter-ri-tory”, “Ter-ri-tory”.
So, those are just a few things to note there pronunciation wise.
So, listen and repeat after me guys.
We’ll practice “Going to” getting contracted to “Goin’ah” and the phrasal verb “To check out”,
which means to look at, to examine, to go and see a place.
Listen and repeat:
New South Wales
I’m goin’ah check out New South Wales.
You’re goin’ah check out Victoria.
He’s goin’ah check out Queensland.
Western Australia or WA
She’s goin’ah check out Western Australia.
She’s goin’ah check out WA.
We’re goin’ah check out South Australia.
Tasmania or Tassy
They’re goin’ah check out Tasmania.
They’re goin’ah check out Tassy.
The Australian Capital Territory or The ACT
I’m goin’ah check out The Australian Capital Territory.
I’m goin’ah check out The ACT.
The Northern Territory
You’re goin’ah check out The Northern Territory.
Note: “Goin’ah” is only spoken. “Going to” is how it’s written.
So, I hope you liked this episode guys.
See you in the next one. Peace out!
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By pete — 1 month ago
AE 516: Few, A Few, Very Few, & Quite A Few – What’s the difference?
What’s going on, guys? Welcome to this advanced English lesson. Today I want to take you through, I want to show you, the differences between these common collocations with the word FEW, right? You’ll hear few, a few, very few, quite a few…There’s probably others but these are very common and they can mean completely different things. Ok? So let’s get into it.
Alright, so let’s go through FEW first, the word few. Few means a small number of something and it will be plural. A small number of things, it’s never one, it’s usually two, three, four. The idea being that it is not very many, but it is plural. It can have a negative meaning. So, it can mean not as much as expected or wished for. So, for example I have few friends as opposed to just saying I have three friends, I have four friends, which is just sort of a neutral statement.
If you say I have few friends, that’s the idea that you have a small number of friends and it’s less than expected or less than you wish for. Maybe you want more. I only have few friends. I have few friends. Another example: she has few talents. She has few talents. Again as opposed to saying she has two talents, three talents, four talents. The idea here is that she only has a small number of talents and it can be negative. It can be ahhh she only has a small number of talents, less than expected, less than wished for, ok? Few.
It’s not always negative, though. So, when you add this in with a time period in the future or in the past, it is just talking about a small number, right? So, for example I’ve lived in Australia for the last few years. That could be two years, three years, four years, but the basic idea being that I have lived in Australia for the last small more a number of years, ok?
Another example: it’ll rain for the next few days. So, it’ll rain for the next small number of days, it could be two days, three days four days. Probably won’t be many more than that. Ok? It’ll rain for the next few days.
Now let’s talk about A FEW. Ok? Now we’re using it as a noun, right? A few. A few. This just means some, a small number of some things, so it’s similar to few, but this time it doesn’t have that negative connotation. We need a few hours to do the job. We need a few hours to do the job. We need only a small number of hours to do this job, two hours, three hours, a very small number of hours. Another example: the car comes in a few different colours. That is that the car is available in only a small number of colours and it could be that you wish there were more colours. Ok?.
VERY FEW. Very few. A very small number. Now we’re sort of emphasizing how small that number is, right? That’s what varie is doing in front of few. Very few, not just a few, very few. So, he wants very few people present at his wedding. Meaning he only wants a very, very, very small number of people present at his wedding. The shop has very few products left for sale. The shop has only a very small number of products left for sale so, this is just a way of emphasizing how small that number of things is.
The last one here: QUITE A FEW, tends to be the complete opposite. And this is where it can be confusing. If I say quite a few, it is a surprisingly large number of whatever the thing is that you’re talking about, right? So it can have the complete opposite meaning of few or a few on its own, right? Where you will have a very small number. If you say quite a few, it’s a very large number and the same thing with that negativity, sorry, with that opposite meaning negative for few and a few as in less than expected, less than wished for. This is the complete opposite where it’ll be a positive meaning potentially, where it could be more than expected or more than wished for.
Ok? So, let’s see an example: the dog knows quite a few tricks. So, you could say the dog knows a few tricks and that would be he knows a couple, but if you say quite a few, that’s he knows a lot, right? The dog knows a surprisingly large number of tricks, more than you expected. Yeah, he knows quite a few tricks!
Another example: there are quite a few people eating at the restaurant. There is a surprisingly large number of people eating at the restaurant, more than you would expect.
So, now let’s go through and do some comparisons and we will do this over in the Aussie English classroom, guys. So, if you would like to join me there, make sure that you go to theaussieenglishclassroom.com, sign up to be a member, you can try it for just one dollar for your first month and you’ll get the rest of this video where we will compare all these different forms: a few, few, very few, quite a few, across a few different sentences and we will also talk about the difference between using little and few, right? A little, a few, little, few, very little, very few. So, join me over in the Aussie English Classroom, guys and I’ll see you there!
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