In this episode of Ask Pete Anything I answer Estefania’s question, “Why are red kangaroos so ripped?”.
Here’s the YouTube clip I was talking about where the kangaroo has been chased into a small pond by some dogs. Scary stuff.
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By pete — 2 years ago
In this Aussie English episode of WWP I tell you about the upcoming Ned Kelly episode and the FREE ebook & audio course you get for email subscription. I also teach you several different Australian expression!
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WWP: Ned Kelly & The Free Ebook & Audio Course
Hey guys. Welcome to this episode of Walking With Pete.
I just thought I’d share with you a funny BLONDE MOMENT I had, and BLONDE MOMENT is a phrase that we use in English where someone… I mean I guess I should start from the start. Women who have blonde hair are often considered to be ditsy or sort of less than intelligent. It’s obviously not the case, but it’s one of those stereotypes that goes around. And so, we have those sayings in English like A BLONDE MOMENT where you’re effectively likening whatever it is that that moment was to something that someone blonde would do when they forgot something or they didn’t understand something or, you know, they were just stupid. So, it’s sort of hard to explain without sounding mean, but when you say “Oh, I had A BLONDE MOMENT” it’s like you’re saying you did something dumb, you did something stupid, you forgot something. And my BLONDE MOMENT for today was walking outside of my house, having the video on, playing around, and thinking for a second, touching my pocket, and being like “Oh my god! Where’s my phone?!”. Meanwhile, it’s right here. I was holding it. So, that was my BLONDE MOMENT for the day. I hate when that happens. It happens a few times a year. Anyway.
What did I want to talk to you guys about today on this episode of Walking With Pete? There’s a few birds around man. You’ll probably be able to see. This guy, these guys, are some of my favourite Australian birds, magpies. (They’re) absolutely beautiful. Hopefully, they don’t swoop down and attack me. I think we’re out of breeding season. But you probably saw that video that I posted a while back on the Facebook page where the guy on the cycle, the guy on the bike, got attacked by that magpie. I think he got swooped. It came down and swooped and attacked his head like 13 times. But, yeah, most of the time these guys are actually really nice birds, and they have a really beautiful call that they say at… that the say? That they use* at sunset and sunrise. So, you guys might actually get to hear it in the background if we’re lucky. If we are lucky, but all at the moment that I can hear, and I’m not sure, you might be able to hear, are lorikeets, those parrots. Those really really annoying loud parrots.
Anyway. So, today I wanted to give you guys a bit of an announcement, I guess, partially an update as well. I’m working on a Ned Kelly episode for the first month of that subscription course that I’m trying to come up with online. So, the first month is going to be Ned Kelly. And, I’m partially telling you so that it holds me to it now and I have to deliver, I have to actually do what I say, I have to go and make this episode on Ned Kelly. I can’t just keep procrastinating and… what do we say in English? We say, well my dad used to always say, PISS FARTING AROUND. If you PISS FART AROUND, literally the word PISS, to, you know, take a pee. To go to the toilet and do number 1s, to piss. And to fart, obviously, to fart. If you PISS FART AROUND it doesn’t mean literally you’re pissing and farting. It means that you’re procrastinating, you’re wasting time, you’re fluffing about, you’re not doing anything substantial. So, “Stop PISS FARTING AROUND dude!” would be like “Stop being lazy! Stop wasting time and be productive! Go and do something. Stop procrastinating!”. So, I’m telling you that I want to do the Ned Kelly episode so that it forces me to go do it and deliver. So, that I can’t just keep PISS FARTING AROUND with ideas, I have to…
Hey guys, sorry the audio cut out here while I was doing this video. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but as you would’ve heard I was talking about the Ned Kelly episode and wanting to hold myself accountable by mentioning that to you guys. And then, I also lead into the fact that I recently put together and uploaded a free ebook and audio course on the most common contractions in Aussie English, and that all you have to do to get that course is enter your email and subscribe to the email list on the Aussie English website. So, go check that out and we’ll continue with the episode. Sorry again about that guys.
On some really really common contractions in English. So, an audio course that will be accompanied with an audio book (ebook*) and I’m going to give this away for free when people sign up for the email subscription to the website. So, I’ve set up an email subscription. If you’ve noticed or haven’t noticed that’s at the top of the page. You can chuck your email and your first name in and give me your email, effectively, and if and when I have something of import, when I have something interesting to tell you, which isn’t going to be very often, I might add. I am not going to spam you. I promise you. I friggen hate that, I fucking hate that, when people just spam spam spam spam spam after you give them your email. I do not plan to do that to you guys. I only ever plan to send you something that I think is either going to be useful or that I’ve just released on the website and, yeah. There’s… I really do not plan at all to spam you guys. So, feel safe knowing that your emails are safe with me.
I’m just going to check…(the path in front of me).
So, aside from that, so I’ve put the emails up there, or the email subscription service, because apparently any successful online business needs one of these. So, I worked out how to do it. Genius! And, yeah, I want to give you something in return if you trust me with your email and your name, obviously, I want to give you guys…
There you go. (A) little magpie. This one’s actually just a baby. So, it’s still brown and its parents are actually all around me in the background here looking for food. And this guy’s just chilling out waiting for his parents to run back over and put the food in his mouth, literally. (They’re) very lazy the little ones.
I just lost my train of thought. (I) just lost my train of thought. OK, so yeah, anyway. In return for giving me your email I plan to give you guys a free course where I’m going to cover the contractions GONNA, WANNA, HAFTA, NEEDA, and I think I’ve also got in there… what else? A bonus section with DUNNO and DONCHA. So, I’ve put that together today. I recorded all of that. I have to go through and fiddle with that, and tinker away as we went over recently. I’ve got to go and tinker with, well, hopefully be actually productive though not just waste time and do it “unskillfully”, but I need to go and put together the ebook once I’ve edited down all of the audio files.
And so, yeah, if you guys want a copy of that just put your email in, subscribe to the website. If you’ve already subscribed and you still want a copy then just send me an email and I’ll send it to you guys. It’s not an issue at all.
So, yeah, aside from that, I spent most of today just re-cleaning up my room. So, (I) actually moved everything around and WORKED UP A SWEAT. And, WORKING UP A SWEAT is when you end up a sweating a lot from work. So, you’re doing work whether it’s exercise or physical, you know, actual work for a company or something. So, that’s the phrase TO WORK UP A SWEAT. So, sort of like work it up, to get a sweat going, to be exercising, to be working hard, and to get sweaty. To get sweat. So, I was working up a sweat. I was working like crazy in my room moving all this stuff around, vacuuming, cleaning the house. So, that was my Sunday BUMMING AROUND as we say in Australian English. TO BUM AROUND’s to be lazy, doing very little of anything aside from obviously working on the podcast. (I) thought I would come out and go for a walk ‘cause I’d been inside all day. So, I felt pretty lazy. So, I’m just sort of wandering around in this field here as you can probably see in the background, and looking at the city behind me. You can probably just see the city here. So, these are some of the big buildings in Melbourne.
So, I love this park. This is Royal Park for those of you who live in Melbourne, this is Royal Park. Beautiful. Beautiful park. You can bring your dogs here, you can walk your dogs, you can run, you can use your bikes, and it’s actually a really good place to see nice gum trees. So, I mean there’s gum trees all throughout Melbourne, but there’s a lot of actual… I mean, eh, bush land I want to say, kind of, it’s not really thick bush, but it’s probably about as thick as it’s going to get in the city here. So, definitely come and check it out if you live in Melbourne or are visiting Melbourne. It’s pretty nice.
Anyway, aside from that, (I’ve) just been working all weekend at the restaurant, smashing that out, trying to be productive. I got this new microphone and I’m obviously walking around. And one thing that you guys probably have noticed, with me making the assumption that the microphone protector is actually working, is the lack of wind. Finally, huh? So, I took the liberty, I ordered a microphone and its protector, and it’s actually worked out really well. I was expecting it to be pretty average, but this one seems to be good. This is the directional mic that I think I showed you guys in a previous video. And I’ve chucked it on the side here so that you can, well I can* walk around and just use it when I’m out and about doing stuff.
So, yeah, anyway. That’s probably long enough for this episode guys. Let me know what you think of the new mic, and I’ll see you soon!
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By pete — 1 year ago
In this episode of Aussie English I teach you a bit about Aussie culture as I answer Andrea’s question, why do Australians eat kangaroos?
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By pete — 2 years ago
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WWP: The Aussie English Supporter Pack & Other Tidbits
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- Blue text = Expressions/idioms
G’day guys. How’s it going? Welcome to the very first video of Walking With Pete with the new Osmo.
So, I’ve bought this setup where I have my phone on a gimbal that stabilises the shot as I move around. So, instead of me holding the phone in my bare hand it stabilises it for me. I’m holding it on a little machine. And yeah, it’s not as jerky, it’s not as shaky as when I’m holding it with my bare hand.
I thought I would come out today. It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the park, (it’s) nice and sunny, and I thought I would have a play with this new Osmo and see how we go. And also, see… yeah, I’m just playing around with the joystick here getting a feel for it. To get a feel for it means to get a sort of sense for how it works. So, I’m feeling around trying to feel how to use it best, how it functions, how it works. To get a feel for it.
So, I’ve got a few things to announce today.
Obviously, a lot of you will already know that I have just released the Aussie English Supporter Pack online. So, you now have the ability to sign up for transcripts for every single episode that are going to be premium transcripts.
So, they’re going to be very high quality transcripts where I highlight everything in the text that I’m talking about. I give you extra exercises. I give you a vocabulary list that you can fill out.
So, you can search the transcripts for definitions of the words that I’ve mentioned, and if you can’t find them you can then look online. And I’ve linked to dictionaries and other things that will help you in each of these transcripts. And then, you’ve also go boxes to fill out in these vocab lists of synonyms.
So, again, you can look through the transcript to find where I have said multiple words that mean the same thing, especially of the word that is the subject of that little section, whichever word that you’re specifically looking at.
So, I’ve set that up. There’s extra exercises to practice and focus on the specific aspects of that episode. So, for instance, if we’re practicing an expression I’ll put in different forms of that same expression and give you exercises for substituting in and out that specific expression that we’re practicing. And it just… it’s just a better way of learning. So, you’re going to be able to associate that expression that’s in the episode with a number of other expressions.
(I’m) just walking past the tramlines here.
So, with a number of other expressions. And yeah, I think that it’s just a lot better like that.
If you’re wanting to learn a language it’s always really good to associate multiple different ways of saying the same thing when you’re trying to learn it and get a feel for how these expressions are used, what they mean, and different ways of saying the same thing. It adds colour to your language whether you’re learning English or any other language whatever it may be.
So, there’s that. I’ve also go then in these transcripts I’ve got tips for what you can do to get even more out of these transcripts.
So, for instance, I really like using the program Anki, and there’s also programs like Quizlet and Memrise, and all sorts of other language learning websites like Lang-8 and Speaky, a whole bunch of things online, and I give you tips and advice as to how you can take the vocab and the other things that you’ve learnt in that episode and then go online and continue to practice the specific bits of vocab, synonyms, definitions, all of the stuff you’ve got out of that lesson you can go further and continue learning it online and elsewhere.
So, I’ve tried to add that in as well.
And if you guys have any other suggestions or ideas for how to add even more value to the subscription pack, the Aussie English Subscription (Supporter*) Pack, and what else I could add to these transcripts, please feel free to let me know.
So, send me a message, send me a comment on Facebook, email me, and tell me what else could I do to add even more value to the subscription, or sorry, the Supporter Pack, for you guys, because that’s the aim of the game at the end of the day. The aim of the game. So, my aim, the aim of the game, is to serve you guys as best as I can and help you learn English in a fun novel way.
So, that’s it. That’s the Aussie English Supporter Pack. And at the moment it’s incredibly cheap. It’s only $9.99 Australian per month. So, I think it’s, you know, probably like $7 American give or take, maybe even less when you do the conversion between the two different currencies.
So, it’s incredibly affordable, and I mean if you’re going to be using these transcripts incredibly heavily and practicing really hard, and really working your English, I think you’re going to get a ton of value out of these transcripts because you should be getting at least two or three a week, two or three a week. So, out of a month that’s obviously maybe 8-12 episodes. And I’m hopefully going to keep building on it and adding more.
But yeah, if you definitely want to sign up definitely do it now while it’s cheap and affordable, and it’s only $9.99 a month, because I am going to increase the price in the future as I build on it and increase the value. But, if you sign up now you’ll continue to pay the price that you signed up paying. So, if you want it in the future and it doubles in price and you sign up now it’ll only be $9.99 as opposed to $19.98.
Anyway, that’s probably enough about the Supporter Pack.
Aside from that, I guess also I wanted to mention that I have the voicemail set up on the website where you guys can actually sign up, well not sign up, but sign on, click that little button at the side. You just have to click it. It opens up a little box, and you can leave me a voicemail.
So, you can ask me a question. You can say hello. You can ask me anything regarding Australia, regarding grammar, regarding the English language, “what do these words mean?”, “how do I use this phrase?”. Anything you want you can ask.
So, yeah, I’m trying to encourage people to use that more because I want to feature anyone who leaves me a message on a podcast episode that will be trying to answer that question.
So, if you leave me a message and I make an episode about it I’m going to play your message at the start to introduce the episode, and then I’m going to tackle the question that you have asked and want clarified or just want an episode made about.
So, it’s a really good way for you guys to practice your English. You can record it multiple times if you’re having a little bit of trouble with pronunciation or getting the flow right. You don’t have to send the first one you record.
It gets emailed to me as a little MP3 file. I download it. And then, I can use it in the different podcast episodes that I create. So, it’s something that I’m trying to encourage people to do.
And I’ve decided that if you do this in the near future and I use your question or whatever it is that you’ve sent me in the message, if I theme a podcast episode around your question and feature you you’ll automatically get a month’s free subscription to the Supporter Pack, to the Aussie English Supporter Pack. Because I want to give back to you guys. I want to give you the opportunity to try these things for free if I can, and reward you for engaging in the Aussie English community.
So, yeah, if you go onto the website, www.theaussieenglishpodcast.com there’s a little purple rectangular button on the right side of the screen that says “Leave me a voicemail”. You click that, and it’ll take you somewhere that you can record by clicking from your phone or form your computer a short voicemail. So, a short message, a short-spoken message.
One thing I might add there is that I was chatting to Dong today and I got him to leave me one because he had a question that he sent me on Aussie English the Facebook page. So, hey Dong. Thanks for the question again.
And Aly as well. Thanks Aly for leaving me one yesterday too.
He, Dong, was having an issue with trying to do it on his phone, and it turns out you’ve got to download an app for… I can’t even remember the name of the site that I’ve used (SpeakPipe), but there’s an app that you might have to download if you’re doing this via a phone.
So, just bear that in mind. It’s pretty simple though. It shouldn’t be too hard to organise and sort out. It should be pretty easy.
But yeah, if you leave me a voice message, ask me anything you like. If I do an episode on it I’ll send you an email and I’ll send you a coupon that will give you 100% off (the) Aussie English Supporter Pack subscription for the first month. So, you guys you can… if I send it to you you can go on, you can check it out, you can see if you like it, you can give me feedback, download everything, and then after the month’s up you can just unsubscribe. It won’t cost you anything, or you can elect, you can choose, you can decide to subscribe for the $9.99/month if it’s worth your time, if it’s seen by you as valuable, if you like it.
So, it’s just something to think about and the way for me to give back to you guys, because I want to keep trying to build this community and keep giving back to you guys.
So, yeah, I guess that’s really it recently.
I’ve tried to invest in this Osmo stabilising camera. So, I’m hoping that that really improves the quality of these videos, especially removing the jerkiness, the shakiness, of the videos that I was sort of suffering from when trying to hold it with my hand and walk around.
Aside from that, I’ve released the Aussie English Supporter Pack. So, please go and check it out. I will also leave a link where for where you guys can see a free example PDF.
So, if you want to check it out there is an expression episode I think it was “To take the bait”, which I recently put up on the podcast, and I’ve put that out as the Aussie English Supporter Pack format.
So, it’s 100% free. You can download the PDF. You can do the exercises. You can see everything that I’m talking about with regards to the Aussie English Supporter Pack and what I’m trying to offer with it. And if you like it feel free to sign up.
If you don’t like it definitely send me an email and tell me why, because I want to improve it as best I can for you guys. And if you have any kind of constructive feedback in general with regards to it definitely let me know, because, yeah, ultimately I just want to improve the value, improve the quality of these services and keep doing Aussie English as much as possible.
Aside from that, there’s also obviously what I went over, the subscription… what am I talking about? Leaving a voicemail. Having your question featured on an episode and then getting a month’s free subscription to the Aussie English Supporters Pack.
So, definitely think about leaving me a message. I would love to do episodes that you guys ask about and specifically want directed at, you know, the questions that are on your mind, the things that you’re worried about, the things that you’re having issues with.
So, that’s one more thing to remember. Leave me a voicemail with your questions and I’ll do an episode as soon as I can on whatever it is that you ask.
And aside from that, before we go I guess I just wanted to ask you guys which episodes you’re enjoying the most. I’ve been really focused on trying to get all of this stuff ready recently with the Aussie English Supporter Pack.
So, I’ve been doing, I think over Christmas I did a lot of Walking With Pete episodes, and more recently I’ve been doing a bunch of the Expression episodes and releasing those on a weekly basis. I’m trying to release an episode each Wednesday and each Saturday. And, I would love to know which ones you guys like the most.
Do you like the Walking With Pete ones like this where I talk to you like a native? I just chat away about whatever’s on my mind. And from time to time I talk about issues that I’m having, ways to get around those issues, you know, self-help, self-improvement, all kinds of things like that.
Do you like those episodes where it’s more conversation based, and you get to hear me just talking, me talking and just using English in a native way?
Or do you like the Expression episodes?
Would you like more of those where I cover specific Aussie English expressions, and more generally, English expressions that you can use to sound like a native in English?
Do you like those episodes?
Do you like the Pronunciation episodes where I go over, at the moment, the different contractions? Today, I published one contracting all of the, well contracting “Would” onto all the different demonstrative pronouns, “this”, “that”, “these” and “those”. So, I’m trying to do some more of those for you guys.
Or do you like the Like A Native episodes where I try and use small, not really expressions, but small collocations or conjunctions, things in English that we say or we may use that are not particularly idioms, but are used by natives all the time when just speaking?
So, yeah, give me some feedback. Tell me what you think about all those different episodes, because again, I’m worried about investing as much of my time as possible in the stuff that you guys want in the Aussie English community.
I would much rather create content that you guys are going to love and really use and get the most out of than what I think is best without asking you.
Anyway. This episode’s gone pretty long.
There’s a few things to think about. Go back over it. Let me know what you guys think, and I’ll see you next time on Aussie English.
All the best guys!
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