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By pete — 3 years ago
In this episode of Walking With Pete I give a shout-out to the Français Authentique Podcast and its creator Johan, without whom my French would be much worse and the Aussie English podcast would have never been created.
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Walking With Pete – A Shout-Out To Johan & Français Authentique
Hey guys. Welcome to the second episode of Walking With Pete for the night, or for today, for this week, whenever it is that you’re listening.
I thought I would make another episode quickly because I was listening to the French podcast, Français Authentique by Johan, as I was walking around the park and… and getting a bit of exercise tonight, and I thought I would mention and give a shout-out to Johan and his podcast for… one, for helping me so much with my French, as I’ve listened to his podcast for probably the better part of a year. So, more than a year. And, it has really really helped me with my French. And not just my French but helping me with my day to day life, and being less stressed, being able to deal with… with um… with stress in a… in a… in a better manner as well as just making the most of my time. So, if you don’t know and if you’re not learning French I’ll give you a bit of background. Johan has a podcast called Français Authentique where he teaches authentic French as the Français Authentique means in French, and he teaches you expressions. He… he gives you a lot of insight into his life. So, I really enjoy the podcast from that aspect. And, two, he… he talks about how to… how to stress less, you know, how to get the most out of your day with regards to time, and have a healthy life, you know, do exercise. Um… he’s got a blog called Pas De Stress, which is um… “Don’t Stress”, effectively, or “No Stress”, and as well, it’s a podcast, as well as Français Authentique. And Français Authentique was actually the reason that I started Aussie English. So, I kind of based the framework of Aussie English off of what Johan does with Français Authentique because, firstly, I… I absolutely love how he has it set up. So, I think we… we often say in English that mimicry or to copy someone is the ultimate form of flattery.
I don’t know how this wind is going to be out here. It’s pretty windy. Um… what else did I want to say? I might sit down and see if I can get out of the wind.
Um… and I guess, I had a lot of friends in Australia. So, I was… last year when I first started listening to Français Authentique I was doing a lot of French and learning a few other languages on the side as well, you know, getting the… the basics down for Portuguese at the same time. And I had a lot of friends who I would help learn English in exchange for help learning French and a little bit of Portuguese, and they would often tell me how difficult it was learning… learning English. Particularly in Australia. And then I would always tell them about this podcast Français Authentique by Johan, and how good it was, and that it was such an organic way of learning the language where you get to just hear someone talk and… and chat as if you were there with them, you know, as if you were next to me, chatting to me, like a friend. And, I did a big search trying to find the kind of equivalent for English learners, whether it was in English English or American English, and I couldn’t find anything. And on top of that, I had these same friends, especially the ones that obviously lived in Melbourne and in Australia, that I would see on a regular basis, they would tell me how difficult it was to learn Australian English in particular. So, not only was there no real podcast like Johan’s for learning um… more common dialects of English, I guess, like English English and American English, but there was absolutely nothing for Australian English. And so, this was one of the biggest, or these were some of the biggest reasons for starting Aussie English, to try and help you guys get your head around and… and improve your spoken English, whether it was specifically the English dialect spoken in Australia, and you wanted to copy my accent to some degree. Or if it was just that you wanted some kind of material similar to the way that Français Authentique is set out for learning English. And so, that’s why I guess I wanted to do this quick episode. I was listening to Français Authentique as I was walking around the park tonight, you know, I like to kill two birds with one stone. So, I get two things down in the same amount of time. So, I do that each day. I listen to Français Authentique as well as a few Brazilian Portuguese podcasts pretty much any time I’m walking. But that’s why I thought of it. And that’s why I thought I would make this quick second episode of walking with Pete just as a shout-out, as a special mention to Johan. I’ve listened to his podcast for a very long time. If you’re learning French I absolutely thoroughly recommend it. It’s probably for intermediate to advanced learners of French, but he has transcripts up. I’ll link you below to the Français Authentique website, so that you can check it out. He has tons of YouTube videos. All sorts of things. It’s a really really good organic um… fun way to improve your French. So, if you go and check it out I’d absolutely love for you to get back to me and let me know what you think, and definitely say hello to Johan if you go over there to his Facebook page. And yeah… get involved in the community of Français Authentique, it’s awesome.
So, that’s probably enough for today guys. I think I’ve bombarded you with quite a bit of Aussie English recently. So, I might finish the episode here and hopefully chat to you guys soon. Have a good night!
- Definition: A special mention.
The better part of something
- Definition: The majority of something.
- The better part of the year is the majority of the year.
To make the most of something / To get the most out of something
- Definition: To use or enjoy something as much as possible.
To do something on the side
- Definition: At the same time.
- I was learning other languages on the side whilst primarily learning French.
To get the basics down
- Definition: To get a good understanding of or to master the basics of something.
- I was trying to get a good understanding of the basics of Brazilian Portuguese.
On top of that/this
- Definition: Furthermore; moreover.
To get one’s head around something
- Definition: To understand something; to work something out.
To kill two birds with one stone
- Definition: To achieve two things in a single action.
- I was able to record the episode of Walking With Pete whilst going for a walk.
To bombard something with something
- Literal: To attack with bombs, shells or missiles
- Figurative: To overwhelm someone with questions, criticisms or information.
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By pete — 2 years ago
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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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By pete — 3 years ago
G’day guys, and welcome to the second episode of Aussie English. I’m Pete Smissen. I’m a 28-year-old PhD student from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. So, PhD that’s my doctorate that I’m currently studying. I’m from the city of Melbourne in the state of Victoria in the country of Australia.
I recently started this podcast in order to create some resources as well as share my passion for the English language, especially the Australia dialect, and it’s aimed at anyone who’s interested in speaking Australian English or passively being able to understand Australian English. So, whether you want to learn a lot of our mannerisms and expressions and slang terminology to use yourself in conversation with other Australians when you speak English, or whether you just want to understand what a lot of Australians are saying when they speak, and you don’t necessarily want to use that in your day to day English yourself, then this podcast is definitely for you. Because I’m going to cover, I’m going to go over a lot of expressions and terms and just speak to you guys about every day life things and give you exposure to the Australian accent. So, my accent isn’t too thick, but I’ll be able to hopefully interview other Australians. I want to make videos with interviews using the vocabulary that I include in podcasts, interviewing people in the street. I’m also keen to introduce in each episode, at least when I get the dialogues and everything put together and recorded when my recording gear arrives, I look forward to interviewing people with expressions that I introduce into each episode and ask “true blue”, “fair dinkum” Australians how they would use those expressions in day to day life.
So, for instance, you know, one expression that is very common in Australia is the one that I just said “fair dinkum”. It means “true” or “honest” or “legitimate”. So, to use that in a sentence I would say that “I’m a fair dinkum Australian”. So that means that I’m a real Australian person. I’m actually form Australia. If someone is not a fair dinkum Australian, that would mean that they are from another country, you know? If they were from American and they were pretending to be asutralian putting on the accent then you would say they’re not a fair dinkum Australian. You can also use it as a way of verifying with someone whether or not what they’ve said is true. So if someone has said to me, say, “the weather was the worst that I had seen in Melbourne in my entire life”, then I could say in return “hey, fair dinkum?”, “are you fair dinkum?”, “are you telling me the truth?”, “are you serious?”, like it’s a way of me sort of expressing that I’m surprised, and that I want to hear more but I’m also… yeah, it’s shocking to me. So it’s kind of like “fair dinkum! Are you serious?!”. So yeah, those are the two main ways that you would use that really popular stereotype expression of Australia, “fair dinkum”. To exclaim, to say that you’re really surprised as well as to describe something as fair dinkum meaning that it’s legitimate, it’s real, it’s the true thing. You can also say “true blue”, I’m a “true blue Aussie”. That’s another way, but I might save that expression for another day. Anyway, yeah.
So, [In] these podcasts I’m hoping to teach you a little bit about grammar, about expressions like “fair dinkum” that I just told you about, as well as hopefully go into a little bit about our pronunciation of certain words and especially of strings of words because we tend to shorten things quite a bit, we drop things out completely, we also change vowel sounds and change the endings of words. So, I mean, I really didn’t appreciate how hard Australian English can be for someone learning English as a foreign language until I started thinking about how I could teach [it], and where to start teaching, the different aspects of the dialect of Australian English. And as soon as I started actually writing things down and listening to native Australians and looking up slang terms and expressions, I really began to appreciate just how complex dialects of any language can be. So, I’m sure it’s not just the case that Australian English is like this, but yeah, different dialects. You may speak English but as soon as you move to a different country and learn, say, American English or Canadian English or Scottish English then there is so much more that comes with that dialect that you have to suddenly look into and learn and understand. And it’s the same for native speakers. If I were to move to Scotland tomorrow I would have to learn so much new vocabulary and expressions because I would just have no idea what a lot of what they use in everyday life to express certain ideas that they share and that they understand mutually I would have to learn all of that in order to understand a lot of what is said.
So don’t lose heart if you’re learning English as a second language. If you’re… whether you’re wanting to learn the dialect Australian English or any other dialects just persist. It’s difficult but it’s definitely rewarding and it can definitely be really really interesting to learn about different dialects because a lot of these slang terms and expressions aside form being interesting just on the surface of how are they different form other words and expressions that are used elsewhere, they tend to also come with a history of the reason why we started using that slang term whether it was, you know, a week ago, a hundred years ago, two hundred years ago. Some of these things, some of these words and expressions like “fair dinkum” have been around for at least many decades in Australia and they tend to have really interesting origins. So I hope to look into some of those and share them with you guys on this podcast as well.
So I might finish there for podcast number two, and catch you guys later! Have a good one!
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