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By pete — 4 months ago
AE 494 – WWP: A Change in Direction for Aussie English
Well… that was a big fail! I was about to go for a Walking with Pete when I got ready, got my mic set up, got my phone here that I’m recording on and I went to walk outside…. Just opening the back door so so I can go outside, I wanted to walk outside to get my little walk and realised that it was raining. And now here is just as bad.
There’s cover there, but the rain is coming from the south…. Squishy shoes and wetting everything under the balcony there.
Anyway, let me try this side of the house… This looks better. Here we go, no! cat’s trying to get outside. Alright, so outside so, we’re back… we’re back in Melbourne. We just move back.
And Kel and I are living at my parents’ place. They’re over in Britain at the moment. Travelling around for five weeks and we are taking care of their cats. So, that’s been good fun. It’s nice to be back down near the beach, near family, near my sister and her husband or boyfriend. Long term partner, I guess, you would say, and their child and… I’ve just been rethinking things really with regards to Aussie English so as you guys may or may not know, I mean you probably know when you look at the number on the front of this episode, Walking with Pete, it’s probably going to be. 494, 495, I guess, we’ll see when I release it.
You’ll see that we are almost up to five hundred episodes on the podcast. Five hundred. That’s amazing! I never expected to get this far from the very beginning, you know, I remember starting this maybe three years ago, four years ago now? It was in 2015. So, three years ago, almost four. And initially just thinking, you know, I’m trying to start this up to help friends who were having trouble with Australian English and obviously it has evolved into the beast. The thing.
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The thing that it is, Aussie English today, right? With the Aussie English classroom, with all the courses in there, the Aussie English podcast, website obviously, I’ve got the YouTube channel and then I’ve got courses that I’m selling as well. So, it’s all evolved from there.
And yeah, it’s been really good, it’s slowly growing, you know, this year it’s been… it’s been pretty continuous. I’m still sort of, you know, scraping by, I’m not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s obviously been able to keep me afloat as in keep me with my head above water financially that is, to be able to keep doing what I’m doing, even though I had finished my PhD last year and decided, you know, I’m going to let this go and I’m going to keep teaching English and keep doing that full time and. Not get a job in the area that I had been studying in for 12 years. So, anyway I’m really proud of myself, proud of the podcast and everything that it is and proud of you, guys, to it for sticking with it. Some of you guys have been there since the very, very beginning and that to me that is really, really impressive and really touching as well because it makes me know that I’ve struck a chord with you, guys, and I am helping you improve your English. I also want to say thank you to all of you guys who have given me feedback over the years as I’ve been trying to improve and trying to come up with ways to, you know, innovate, change, teach you guys and do things differently. And so, I’ve really, really appreciated all of the support and all of the feedback.
Sounds like it’s stopped raining. Maybe, maybe for now, anyway. So besides that, the reason I wanted to put this up was because I was thinking about going in a new direction. So, now that we’re almost up to episode 500, you’ve probably got enough resources out there to learn Australian English five times, you know? Like, you’ve probably got more than enough resources from the 500 or more episodes of the podcasts that are out there all or at least most designers specifically focusing on Australian English and so more recently I had been thinking about changing it up and aiming at everyone and anyone wanting to learn English from say upper intermediate to advanced levels. So, I wanted to sort of shift the focus of this podcast just a little bit and deemphasise how much Australian English is the focus of the podcast and focused more on Advanced Learners of English.
So, I was thinking…just going to go inside..
I was thinking about more potentially interviewing people from all different countries all over the world learning English or speaking English, you know, whether they’re from Scotland, Ireland or America. Every now and then I have had them on the podcast recently, but I’ve sort of tried to get more Australians on that. So, that was one thing that I was thinking about. Switching on to, you know, focusing more on getting other foreign speakers on the podcast. And then also just focusing on the episodes that…I don’t know, were… focused on problems that advanced English speakers have, right? So, learning things like collocations or scenarios… Kell has suggested recently we sit down and talk on this podcast in episodes about specific scenarios. So, for instance if you’ve got to go to the airport what are five expressions you could use at the airport and where would you use them? Who are you likely to need to talk to? What are you going to have to say to be able to prepare you for those sorts of scenarios? And so I wanted to make this episode to let you know, you know, my thoughts see what you guys think and see where you guys would like the podcast to head because, after all, this podcast is there to help you, guys, and to help you improve your English whether it’s Australian English or any other English now, you know, hopefully from now on after episode 500 will switch over to something different.
Maybe I’ll change the intro and the outro to the podcast. I don’t know. I’m just thinking about it, ok? So, anyway I would love to know your feedback. That’s probably enough for today’s little Walking with Pete episode, but I would love to know what you think, is a really bad idea? Would you prefer that Aussie English stays the way it is or is it a really good idea? And would you like for Aussie English to be a little broader and focus on English accents, English dialects from all over the world? The experiences of people in different countries learning English in different countries? America, New Zealand, Africa, South Africa, as well as more of a focus on advanced English in episodes on the podcast so maybe I’ll come up with some new episode themes or content where we’ll focus on different Collocations or different Verbs or things that Advanced Learners can use in their day to day life when they’re using English.
So, your job today is to send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Ok? So, that is email@example.com
I want to know what you think. I want to know your opinion. So, when you receive an e-mail saying that this episode is out, I want you to reply to that email or just go to your inbox and type in firstname.lastname@example.org and send me your thoughts. I want to know what you think. Is it a good idea or is it a bad idea? And I think as, you know, any democracy out there if the majority of you say it’s a bad idea, I’ll rethink things and maybe stick with what I’m doing, but if the majority of you say, you know, hell yeah! that’s a good idea! I guess we’ll start changing things up as of episode 501, I guess.
So, anyway, guys, that’s enough for today! Thank you so much again. I really appreciate each and every one of you who listens to this podcast, who is in the English classroom learning each week, who is signed up to the podcast site, who’s bought any of the courses or who watches any of the videos on YouTube.
You guys are amazing and I wish you guys all the best and I will hopefully see you very, very soon.
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By pete — 3 months ago
AE 499 – Expression: — Up a Storm
We’ve been talking a bit this week about the 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy, the devastating cyclone in Darwin, and a caller mentioned, (it) might have been Annette, talking about the sound that was captured by a bishop at that time, Bishop Ted Collins, and the noise. We’ve managed to track it down. Here’s a bit of that noise that ripped through Darwin close to Christmas in 1974.
G’day, you mob! Welcome to this episode of Aussie English, the number one podcast for anyone and everyone who wants to learn advanced English, obviously, too with a tiny little hint of Australian English in there as well, although, it may not be that tiny at times. Depends. Depends.
Anyway, so, the intro scene there, guys, the intro scene was from a radio segment from 2GB Sydney that was aired in 2014. You can probably check out 2GB if you’re in the Sydney area and it was on the YouTube channel Des Poeling-Oer. (I’m) not sure how to pronounce his name, but there will be a link in the transcript if you would like to check out that entire video, although, it was a short one.
But yeah, that was about Cyclone Tracy, which took place in northern Australia, in the Northern Territory, back in the 70s. But we’ll get into that in today’s fact.
Anyway, guys, this is the Aussie English Podcast. This is where I try to help English learners who’ve come to Australia, but elsewhere in the world as well, learn advanced English. So, I’m interested in trying to help you sound more like a native speaker when you learn English, when you’re speaking English, ok? So, that’s the whole point of these episodes. So, obviously you’re listening to the Aussie English Podcast, if you would like to get access to the transcripts and the MP3s unlimited access so that you can download these, make sure you go to TheAussieEnglishPodcast.com and you can sign up there for the price of a coffee per month and you’ll be able to download these anytime, anywhere and practice wherever you want.
Also, the Podcast is brought to you by the Aussie English Classroom, guys. Now, this is where I put all the other content the courses, the videos, the other bonus MP3s, the exercises, the quizzes, everything else that I create I put into the Aussie English Classroom in the form of a course. Except there are many, many, many, courses. So, each week for these expression episodes I create three videos at the moment for pronunciation, for expressions and for vocab and then I guide you through 10 or so different pieces of vocab expressions etc. and I try and help you expand your English so, if you want to join up there, you will get access to this episode’s bonus content as well as previous episodes. You’ll also get access to the interview course that I have in there with other Australians and the pronunciation course so, that you can work on your English pronunciation. Just go to TheAussieEnglishClassroom.com, don’t get it confused with the podcast website of TheAussieEnglishClassroom.com hit sign up, you can enroll and it’s just one dollar for your first month so, give that a go! Anyway, guys, let’s get into today’s joke.
So, today’s expression is obviously about the weather, it’s about storms. So, I thought I’d try and find a joke that is related to the weather. So, here’s the joke: what does a cloud wear under its raincoat? What does a cloud wear under its rain coat? Are you ready? Thunderwear. Thunderwear. I told Kel this one earlier today and she was very underwhelmed with the joke. She was like… *claps*.
What does a cloud wear under its raincoat? Thunderwear. So, it’s a pun on the word ‘underwear’ and the word ‘thunder’, right? From a cloud, thunder that comes from a storm cloud. Anyway, dumb jokes aside, let’s get into today’s expression, guys.
Today’s expression is to ‘verb’ Something, ‘verb’, ‘verb’, ‘verb’ + up a storm, right? So, up a storm, but there’s often a verb before the expression ‘up a storm’, ok? We’ll get into that in a sec. This one was from Zinnia who suggested this in the Aussie English Classroom, a Facebook group we all voted. Good job Zinnia, she won!
So, ‘up a storm’ it’s an interesting expression, because this expression, the first part of it can change. So, you might hear this as to cook up a storm, to dance up a storm, to work up a storm, to kick up a storm, to stir up a storm. The verb at the start there can change, ok? But before we get into how it is defined, let’s talk about the words in this expression.
So, obviously, the first word can be a verb of some kind that can change and the definition of that verb is going to depend on the verb.
But the word ‘up’, the word ‘up’ here isn’t literally talking about the direction upwards, right? So, like, above you, in that direction, the opposite of down or downwards. In this case, the word up is a preposition and it’s part of a phrasal verb. To cook up, to dance up, to work up, to kick up. And in this case, it means to something into a desired or proper condition, right? So, if you cook something up, you are changing something so, that it is cooked. You are completely cooking that thing so, that is how ‘up’ is working here, when it’s combined with a verb, it’s kind of like to completion or into a desired state or proper condition.
The other word in here ‘a storm’, right? ‘Storm’ is a violent disturbance of the atmosphere, with strong winds, usually rain, thunder, lightning, and snow, but no thunderwear, right? So, often you know, there’s storms. There was a storm here last night with a lot of rain that came, though, and there was a lot of wind. Fortunately, though, there was no lightning or thunder and there’s never been any snow, not at least here, not at least here.
So, the definition of the expression, right? ‘— up a storm’, but with a verb before it. So, as I said, it’s interesting because it can change, you could say Cook up a storm, dance up a storm, work up a storm, kick up a storm, but the most common one here I’ll ever hear is ‘cook up a storm’. I think this tends to be the most common one that you’ll hear and it may seem confusing, right. It’s effectively acting like an adverb though, up a storm, right? You’re adding it to have before it it’s modifying the verb. And so, ‘— up a storm’ is added to mean the action of the verb, to a great amount, with fury, with intensity. So, you’re doing something, the verb, you’re doing that verb with enthusiastic spirit, to great amounts.
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If you’re cooking up a storm, you are cooking something up a lot in a furious manner. If you are working up a storm, you’re working something up to a great degree, in an enthusiastic spirit, ok? But it can kind of change the meaning depending on the verb you use. You cook up a storm, you can imagine you are cooking a large amount of food all at once, you’re preparing a great deal of food. If you talk up a storm, you are talking to a great extent. You are talking to a great amount, with a lot of intensity. If you kick up a storm, in this case, if you kick something up, it’s more that you’re creating a situation in which people are very angry or upset or critical so, you’re like causing a fuss, ok?
So, let’s go through three examples using three different versions of this expression. So, this is how I would use these in day to day life, ok? So, the three examples will be for cook up a storm, talk up a storm and kick up a storm.
So, number one: cook up a storm: and this is a true story. So, Kel and I are getting married in the next month and my mum is very keen to have a really big family party of some kind, to have all my family and friends over, my extended family and grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, third cousins. She wants all of those people over at the house to introduce Kel to them, to the entire family. So, she’s invited them all over to our place in Ocean Grove for a Brazilian style barbecue, because Kel is Brazilian, they want to cook up some Brazilian food. So, they’ve decided to theme it with a Brazilian theme and they’re going to cook up a bunch of Brazilian foods from recipes that they get online. So, hopefully that means lots of farofa, feijão, and churrasco. So, that is like… Farofa is this kind of cassava flour powder that you add to food and it’s really tasty. Feijão is beans, black beans, and churrasco is just barbecued meat. So, hopefully will have lots of that. So, because they are planning to cook up a lot of food and for so many people at the party I’m sure on the day they’ll be cooking up a storm, right? They’ll be cooking up a storm in the kitchen, they’ll be cooking loads of food up, they’ll be doing it with intensity, with fury, with enthusiastic spirit. I hope that while they’re preparing this food, they’re going to be cooking up a storm.
Number two: to talk up a storm. To talk up a storm. My sister got pregnant last year, ok? She had a bun in the oven. She was up the duff. She was pregnant and nine months later, obviously, she had a baby. This was in November last year and her daughter is named Isabell. So, my niece is now almost a year old. She is beginning to walk, she can say a few words, you know, things like ‘mama’, ‘dada’, but I’m sure that in no time at all she’s going to be able to talk up a storm, right? She’s going to be able to learn to speak. She’ll start talking everyone’s heads off, she’ll start saying all these other words and so, she’ll be talking, she’ll be speaking non-stop, all the time, enthusiastically, to a great extent, she’ll be talking up a storm.
And, example number three: to kick up a storm. So, in this case, imagine you are going into the city one day for a bit of retail therapy, and retail therapy is something that women quite often use. They use this expression retail therapy to refer to buying clothes or buying things when they’re upset or they’re in a bad mood or they’re sad, right? So, imagine you’re a girl, you’ve broken up with your boyfriend, you’re feeling really bad after the breakup, you want to cheer yourself up, you might go out and have a bit of retail therapy, right? Because you going to buy some stuff in retail. So, if when you go out to get some clothes, some food, some whatever it is that you want to buy for your house or for yourself, you go into the city and there’s a massive protest going on in the street. Thousands of people holding up signs, holding up placards, shouting slogans, are making a lot of noise, and you might want to know what all the fuss is about. You might want to know why they’re kicking up such a storm. So, what’s all the fuss about? Why are they protesting? Why are they kicking up a storm? So, if you find out it’s a relatively trivial matter. Maybe, you know, they want a 1% increase in the wages of teachers. And you think that’s not really important. You might say they’re kicking up a storm over nothing and that these protests are nothing but a storm in a teacup, meaning they’re a very small problem. They’re very trivial, it’s not a big issue, they’re kicking up a fuss over nothing. They’re making a mountain out of a molehill, they’re kicking up a storm over a very trivial matter.
So, hopefully now, guys, you understand the expression ‘Something + up a storm’, right? To cook up a storm, to talk up a storm, to kick up a storm. When we add ‘up a storm’ as an adverb to a verb before it, it means that we’re doing that verb to a great degree, with fury, with intensity, or with enthusiastic spirit, ok? So, as usual, let’s go through a little listen and repeat exercise, guys. So, in this one I use the example to cook up a storm and I want you to listen and repeat after me and practice your English pronunciation, ok? Let’s go!
To cook up
To cook up a
To cook up a storm x 5
Good job! Now, let’s practice using ‘to kick up a storm’ in the future continuous tense, ok? For example: I will be kicking up a storm. I’ll be kicking up a storm. However, this time, I’m going to use contractions and connected speech as I would when I’m normally speaking English at a natural pace, right? At a natural speed. So, try and pay attention to how these words link together and how the changes in sound occur. And if you want to get access to the exercise, the video where I break this down step by step, don’t forget to join the Aussie English Classroom, remember, it’s just one dollars for your first month at TheAussieEnglishClassroom.com and you’ll get access to this video, in the course, as well as all the previous courses where I break down exactly how I am changing my pronunciation when I’m speaking more naturally, how these connections in words occur, how the contractions occur. Ok? So, let’s go.
Tomorrow, I’ll be kicking up a storm.
Tomorrow, you’ll be kicking up a storm.
Tomorrow, she’ll be kicking up a storm.
Tomorrow, he’ll be kicking up a storm.
Tomorrow, we’ll be kicking up a storm.
Tomorrow, they’ll be kicking up a storm.
Tomorrow, it’ll be kicking up a storm.
Good job there, guys! Good job! You may think why am I using words like tomorrow in these sentences when we use certain tenses like I’ll be kicking, I’ll be doing, I’ll be thinking, because it’s placing it in the future, I think it’s always important to try and give context in the sentence itself so that you attach the tense with a time, ok? So, that’s why I tend to try and use words like tomorrow, yesterday, next year, until tomorrow, etc., to place those verb tenses in context.
Anyway, guys, let’s get into the Aussie English fact for today and then we can finish up and there’s a phrasal verb with up. Alright, so, now I want to talk about Cyclone Tracy.
So, obviously today’s expression was about the word storm or had the word storm in it. So, I thought, you know, what could I do about storms in Australia? And I thought about the severe cyclone storms that Australia gets every year in the monsoon tropics. This is the part of Australia in the north, above the Tropic of Capricorn, right? That goes through, roughly, halfway through Australia and separates the south from the north so, to the north of Australia cyclones hit the coast all the time whether it’s in the Northern Territory or Queensland, they get cyclones each year. Cyclone Tracy was a tropical cyclone though that made landfall on Christmas Eve and Christmas day in 1974 and it devastated the city of Darwin in the Northern Territory in Australia. So, really tragic, because… not just because it was such a devastating storm, but the timing couldn’t have been worse. It arrived on Christmas Eve and it, you know, destroyed Christmas Day as well for all the people there. So, it was the most compact cyclone storm to have ever occurred in the Australian basin and southern hemisphere, with gale force winds extending only 48 kilometres from the centre. So, outside of 48 kilometres from the centre of the storm, the eye of this storm, the gale force winds dropped off which is very weird. That’s a very small, compact, concentrated storm. So, this made it the smallest-ever tropical cyclone worldwide until the year 2000 and I think 7, 2007, 2008, when Tropical Storm Marco broke the record with gale force winds extending only 19 kilometres from the centre, massively compact storm.
So, Cyclone Tracy first started as a storm that formed over the Arafura Sea. And then it moved southwards and affected Darwin with category four winds. The highest sustained winds during this time were up to 205 kilometres an hour with gusts nearly 250 kilometres an hour, right? That’s crazy. I don’t think I’ve ever… I’ve never been in a car that’s driven that fast. That’s insane.
And so, these storms, I guess, they form over the warm water in the tropical areas and then when they hit the land they start to dissipate, but they build up all that energy from the warm water in the oceans. And that happens around the tropics.
So, Cyclone Tracy completely devastated Darwin and it killed 71 people and many thousands of people were injured. In 1974, the cost of the storm was $837 million dollars in damage, which today is more than $6 billion dollars. Initially, after the storm 65 people were killed, were found to have been killed, with six missing and it was only in 2005 when the Northern Territory Coroner proclaimed that the six people that were still missing had perished at sea. So, this cyclone knocked down more than 70 percent of buildings in Darwin, including 80 percent of people’s houses.
And if you search for Cyclone Tracy in Google images you’re going to see the full extent of this cyclone’s destruction. It’s just insane. Everywhere is flat it looks like those photos you see of the U.S. when a massive tornado has gone through a town.
So, 25,000 of the 47,000 inhabitants of the city were made homeless prior to landfall of this cyclone and they were evacuated. Most of Darwin’s population got evacuated to places like Adelaide, Whyalla, Alice Springs, Brisbane, and Sydney and many of these people actually stayed in these cities and never returned after the storm. After the storm had passed and people had assessed all the damage from the storm, the city was eventually rebuilt using more stringent standards to cyclone code so that, hopefully, in the future, the city would be more cyclone-proof and you would prevent any of this sort of destruction to the same extent in the future.
So, that’s the story of Cyclone Tracy, guys. It was a very small and compact storm that hit Australia at a very unfortunate time, during Christmas, in 1974 and it killed 70 people making it the deadliest storm in Australian recorded history, as far as I’m aware.
So, if you come to Australia, I’m sure that if you mention knowing information about Cyclone Tracy the average Australian here is going to have heard of that cyclone and if they were alive during 1974, they may have even been there.
Anyway, guys! Thank you so much for joining me. I hope you have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you in the next episode, episode 500, which I have something very special planned for.
So, I’ll see you then. Bye!
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By pete — 2 years ago
In this Walking With Pete episode of Aussie English I chat to you guys about my plans to build an online paid subscription for Aussie English in order to allow me to work towards working full-time on the podcast and creating awesome products as well as all the free podcast episodes and videos for you guys!
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Hey guys, welcome to this episode. It’s just going to be a brief one I guess. I wanted to talk to you about the e that I’ve been uploading. So, I was doing quite a bit this weekend and I got about 5 of them done I think, and [I] went through and wrote out the transcripts, put them all up online. And there were just a few different things that I wanted to chat to you about to see… to get some feedback, to see what you thought. What could I improve with regards to the layout of the episodes? What did you think of the layout of the episodes, and the episodes in general? Are they helping? Are you getting the idea? Am I explaining well enough the basic principles, I guess, of how to make these contractions and how to think of them? Because, ultimately, the most important thing for me in making these Pronunciation episodes is to produce something for you guys that is useful, that you can use to improve your English, your Australian English, whatever you want. These rules transcend Australian English and they are used by English speakers from everywhere in the world, these contraction rules and these pronunciation tips. So, definitely don’t be worried that this is “the way” we speak only in Australia. It’s used everywhere. So, yeah, at the moment I guess the basic idea is I start out by introducing the thing I’m going to be talking about in this episode, in that episode, the one that I make for a given pronunciation theme. And then I try and do that listen and repeat exercise where I just get you to solely focus on your pronunciation of the specific contracted form of the two words or three words depending on the contraction, or the several words that are getting contracted. And then after that, at the moment at least I’m trying to always incorporate some other aspect of English whether it’s a grammatical rule. For example, in the most recent episodes with contracting HAS and HAVE onto different words including, you know, the pronouns, the demonstrative pronouns, the indefinite pronouns and nouns, I’ve been trying to teach you how to use HAS GOT, HAVE GOT, as well as obviously HAS and HAVE with the PAST PARTICIPLE. So, talking about stuff that’s happened in the past. And there’s an example “that’s happened”. And so, I’m trying to be as productive as possible and tie everything in together where you can be practicing multiple things at the same time. So, not only are you practicing your pronunciation, you’re practicing how to contract these words, but then I’m also trying to include these incredibly common grammatical rules like HAS GOT, HAVE GOT, and the HAVE and HAS + PAST PARTICIPLE, and also in the coming episodes with, I think the next set of episodes that I’ve got planned for you guys is including the word WOULD and contracting that, so the conditional [tense] onto all those sorts of words. I have other kinds of small phrases and commonly used expressions that have WOULD in them potentially. So, I’m wanting to also include those, and just always give you as many different things to kind of focus on and help you improve your English as opposed to just give you random example sentences where the only thing we’re working on is the pronunciation of the contraction. So, definitely let me know what you think of that. Is it helping? Are you getting the idea? If you have any suggestions or any ideas for how I could improve these episodes then please please tell me because first and foremost I am here to serve you guys. I’m here to help you guys improve your English as best I can. So, obviously if you’ve got a better suggestion for how I can do that hit me up. Let me know what it is and I will implement that as soon as I can. Aside from that, I guess, a question that I’ve been thinking about with these episodes is the spacing between the examples when I get you to do the exercises. Are the silence gaps between the, I guess, where I get you to repeat things, whether it’s the Listen & Repeat episode… Sorry, whether it’s the Listen & Repeat exercise or the Substitution exercises. Is that space of time long enough? ‘Cause I’m always trying to work out how much time you need to think about these things. So, I have a feeling it might be a bit short at the moment, but let me know if you think otherwise or if you agree because that’s something that I can fix really easily, obviously. So, that was one more thing that I wanted to let you know, and to ask you about. And, I guess, aside from that we can probably just chat about plans for Aussie English in the future. So, I made that announcement episode recently that was a Walking With Pete episode about my plans to try and monetise, to try and get some kind of income, some kind of revenue from Aussie English. So, obviously to try and produce something for you guys worth paying for that will allow you to improve your English at an affordable rate, you know, even if it’s just a small amount of money per month that you could potentially pay. I’m trying to get a nice shot of the city here in the background for you. [You can] probably see over my head there’s Melbourne. So, yeah, I’m trying to come up with ideas for that, and the most recent idea that I had was to sort of again follow along the lines of what Français Authentique has done. And Johan from Français Authentique has what he calls I think it’s L’Academie Français Authentique. So, The French… The Authentic French Academy where he has monthly plans, lesson plans that come out that help you guys work on your French if you’re listening to that podcast and practicing or learning French. And I guess I wanted to do kind of the same thing but maybe expand on it a little bit where the basic idea would be to have a certain theme every month and probably a relatively long episode on that theme, whether it’s about characters in Australian history, whether it’s about historical events, whether it’s about Australia’s sports like AFL or cricket, anything Australia. You know, I would come up with a theme and I would write a lesson plan around that theme that would be maybe 15, 20, maybe even 30 minutes long. You’d get a transcript where you guys could do that. So, it would kind of be like an extended podcast lesson except I would also try and video it, and give you subtitles down the bottom so that you can also watch me when I speak, my mannerisms, my expressions, as I talk. And then on top of that… So, that’s the basic idea. Number 1: have the basic lesson plan, the basic theme for each month. And then, I was thinking that I would break down certain expressions and certain Like A Native collocations or things that I say in these episodes that I think you guys will profit from, that you’ll benefit from, that you could use. So, again, this would be like making my standard Expression or Like A Native episodes. And, again, I would probably do that in video form, MP3 form like a podcast but only for you guys, not released on the podcast, and a manuscript as well or a transcript so that you can read. I’d probably give you exercises to do. So, like, written exercises with answers. And then I was also thinking about doing a set of interviews every month. So, for example, every time I make a… an episode about an expression that was in the basic theme, plan, transcript, whatever you want to call it, for the month I interview people on how they would use that expression, what that expression means to them and if they can give me examples. So, like those Aussie Chinwag lessons. If you guys have been watching those on YouTube where I’ve been interviewing my family quite a bit about small expressions and Like A Native collocations and expressions, phrases, that I’ve done episodes on. I’m trying to tie everything in together. So, that’s the basic idea. I want to be able to teach you about Australia, and give you that basic plan, number 1. Number 2, I want to break down and produce several smaller Like A Native, Expression, Phrasal Verbs, whatever they are episodes of specific expressions, phrases, like a native collocations that I’ve used in the theme that you’re already practicing, in the, you know, that longer Australian thematic episode for the month. And then on top of that I want to go over those things again but in interviews with other native speakers of Australian English. So, that’s the basic idea. I would produce that kind of thing on a monthly basis and release it at the start of each month, and you would pay a small fee to subscribe to that service. So, every month you would get a pack of videos, a pack of MP3s and the transcripts that go with every single one of those episodes that would be exclusively yours as someone who’s paying for that service from Aussie English. Obviously… just swallowed a fly. Excuse me guys. Obviously, I would keep the podcast going, and I still want to be giving you all of this stuff for free. I still want to keep helping you guys, but I also want to be able to do Aussie English, ultimately, full time. I would absolutely adore being able to do this full time, being able to generate an income from this and focus on helping you guys as my full-time job. That is my ultimate goal to be honest. I’m doing my PhD, I’m going to finish my PhD, but once that’s done I wholeheartedly want to continue doing Aussie English and find a way to support myself by doing this, and monetisation seems like obviously the only way to do it. So, that is the basic idea at the moment. I would definitely appreciate, I would definitely really love for you guys to give me some feedback to let me know what you think of those ideas. And again, as always, if you have a better idea or some other suggestions… Sorry, I’ve got to check this path… for how I could better help you guys learn English, for how I could improve these products that I plan on producing and then selling, because that’s ultimately the goal, [it] is to create the best content possible for you guys, then please let me know. Please let me know in a comment. Give me some feedback. Send me a private message if you don’t want to talk about it openly on Facebook. But again, it’s all about producing the best thing that I can for you guys. So, I really have no problem at all from you giving me some feedback even if you completely disagree with me, guys, just let me know what you think. Oh! And I guess also lastly, the plan was also to have private members’ Facebook group or a group on the website where you guys would have access to me all the time, any time that I was awake obviously and online, where I could answer your specific questions, where we could have discussions about that month’s theme, about anything else, and we could work together on just your English in general. I’m all about getting you guys to work together, to foster a community on Facebook, whether it’s openly on the Facebook page as it is or whether it’s in a private group for paying costumers. I absolutely love interacting with you guys so that is also one of my main goals when putting together this service. It’s going to be working side-by-side with you guys to help you dominate and help you, you know, get really really good at your spoken English, whether it’s Australian English, American English, English English, Scottish English, Irish English, whatever you want to call it English, I am at your service and I am here to help you guys succeed in whatever it is that your goal is. So, jump on Facebook, jump on YouTube, jump on the Aussie English website. Send me an email, a message, a comment, give me some feedback. Do you disagree with me? Do you agree with me? Can I do more to help you guys? Let’s just start chatting about this stuff, because I really really want to give this a go and start making an income from it, and be there all the time to keep producing awesome Aussie English products and podcast episodes and videos for you guys. Anyway, this has been a very very long episode, and I’m walking out of the park now down this little track. [It’s] time to go home. I think my throat’s getting a bit dry from talking so much. I think I’m getting a bit too impassioned, getting a bit too excited about Aussie English and about chatting with you guys. And I need to go have dinner I think, and maybe some beers, maybe not. I don’t know. Anyway, I hope you guys have a really really nice evening, nice day, nice night, whatever the time is where you guys are. It’s really nice and warm here and I’m kind of not too happy about the fact that it’s going to 38C tomorrow. So, I’m going to go home and prepare for that, I guess. Anyway, I’ll chat to you later guys. Thanks again!
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