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By pete — 2 years ago
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Traveling With Pete Ep03: Barwon Heads
So, here we are, guys, in Barwon Heads, and I’m about to take a right turn to drive down the main drag in Barwon Heads and give you guys a look at yet another surf town down the coast here. Barwon Heads is next to Ocean Grove. So, you will have just seen if you watched the video (series*) up until now, obviously, and you saw the time-lapse of me driving her you’ll get to see how I got here. And so, these towns are kind of dotted one after the other all over the place down the coast here.
What are these little guys doing? Come on dudes! Cross the road. Come on! What are you doing?
Anyway, this is Barwon Heads. And, as you’ll see the clouds have come over again. So, it’s a little grey. Hopefully it’s still not too bad to check out. But, yeah, this is another town that I used to come and visit all the time and still do with quite a few friends, and if you enjoy cycling, especially cycling like the Tour De France and other things like that you may know, you may have heard of the famous Australian cyclist Cadel Evans. And Cadel Evans is actually from Barwon Heads. So, I’m not sure if he grew up here, but he definitely lived here at least until recently. I haven’t followed him that heavily, but I know that he was training down here and that people would go on rides with him as he was training for the Tour de France.
And so, yeah, another cool thing, I guess, about Barwon Heads and a lot of these other towns down here is the bridge that we just crossed. That’s a beautiful bridge that you guys can come and check out, the Barwon Heads bridge, which crosses the Barwon Heads river.
And there is an amazing TV show that I absolutely fell in love with as a kid called SeaChange, SeaChange. And, a seachange is a term we use for when someone from the city who is a little bogged down in their career, they’re not enjoying themselves as much as they used to, you know, they’re looking for a change. And a seachange is when they move, they change locations from the city or from somewhere that isn’t obviously the sea, to a coastal town or somewhere near the ocean. So, that’s the whole, I guess, meaning behind “a seachange”. It’s making a change and coming to the sea, coming to the ocean, making a big move. Anyway, this TV show SeaChange is a really cool TV show that will give some insight into the life of Australians, if you can get your hands on it, if you can find it, if you can buy it. I definitely recommend it.
And it’ll give you a bit of an insider’s perspective of Australian humour as well. So, you’ll get to see a lot of jokes in there that are very very Aussie in their humour style. And I definitely want to cover Australian humour in the future for you guys because I have heard that it is a little difficult to get at times, and people take us a little bit too seriously and get offended too easily, I think. Most people don’t realise that Australians can come off as mean or rude whilst sort of smiling and laughing, and, I guess, without getting too much into it it’s not that we are mean or rude people it’s just that the jokes that we make tend to be a little bit ruder and a little bit more familiar than people are used to from a lot of these other cultures.
Anyway. So, we might go and explore. I might turn right here, because I haven’t actually gone straight ahead here. I have to turn right off this road. I haven’t actually been down here before, and I just thought why don’t we just go have a cheeky look and see where the road takes us. What are we going to see? Hopefully we can get down to the ocean, because the ocean is directly in front of me but I know that there is a golf course here. So, I’m not sure if it goes the whole way through or if we get stopped at the golf course. And so, you would have seen too as we in Ocean Grove and I was showing you around Ocean Grove main beach we are just west of The Bluff at the moment.
So, (I) might just do a uey here. This is the golf course. So, I haven’t actually been down here before, but, yeah, if you like golf come down here. Anyway, we’re west of The Bluff. So, I might do a uey, go back. And if you remember “a uey” is a U-turn, to do a uey, (I) just did a uey. We’ll go back down this road, turn right, and then head down to The Bluff, and I’ll give you a view, I’ll give you a look, I’ll give you a squiz at The Bluff and the view of Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale from there. So, it’s pretty nice. Anyway, see you there in a minute guys.
A coastline shaped by tide and time. This mountain was once a sand dune. Up to 6,000 years ago the sea-level was lower than it is today. Base Strait was a dry sandy plane. Strong dry winds blew sand across this plane to form a large dune. This dune has been cemented together by natural processes to form the rock beneath your feet. Below this rock lies a bed of basalt spewed out by nearby volcanoes over a million years ago. At low tide you can see this black basalt on the exposed reefs at the base of the bluff. These cliffs are natural sculptures. The Bluff is being moulded into its present shape by the strong winds and waves which have pounded its cliffs for thousands of years. Extreme weather continues to sculpt these cliffs. Please respect these natural forces. Crumbling rocks are a normal feature of this dynamic landscape. Make sure the erosion of the area remains natural and keep yourself safe. Please be sure to stick to the special paths.
So, here we are at Barwon Heads Bluff guys. I’m just walking up a little scenic path. (You can) probably hear some of these cute little birds in the background. And I’m walking up the path here to get to the top of The Bluff to be able to show you guys the view. And one of the really cool things about Barwon Heads Bluff, especially at low tide, which it is at the moment, is that you can see at least one of the many shipwrecks around the bluff. So, there are a whole heap of shipwrecks that were, well, ships that were wrecked in this area along the coast here during the 1800s and 1900s. So, any time these ships were sort of too old for use they were decommissioned, lined up along the coast here, taken somewhere and then sunk. You’ll see behind me some of Barwon Heads. But, yeah, I’ll give you guys, (I’ll) definitely give you guys a look at this shipwreck out here in a sec. Assuming we can see it that is. So, we’re up here. You can see the coast behind me. (You can) probably see some of these people down below. I think we’re probably about 50 or so metres up on the top of the cliff that you guys would have seen from Ocean Grove beach in the background further to the west. So, this is Barwon Heads Bluff. (It’s an) absolutely beautiful part of Barwon Heads that you guys should definitely come and check out. Today it’s obviously really quite. (It’s) nice, it’s sort of warm. It’s not too warm, it’s not too hot. So, it’s pretty peaceful and the wind isn’t too crazy. So, you can obviously here me speaking without there being too much of an issue with wind. So, it’s actually a really nice day.
And one of the cool things too, I think, to mention to you guys is that in some of these places you’ll actually see loads and loads of shells up in the sand dunes, particularly here, that are part of the actual sand. They’re actually coming out of the sand there I assume. This may not be the best example, but a lot of those, when you see them along the coast here, are actually where aboriginals used to create fires and eat a lot of the shellfish and just throw it away. So, all the shells would build up over time. And so, there are locations around the place where you’ll see big stacks of seashells that aren’t necessarily fossilised and in part of the rocks. (They’re) actually on top of cliffs and it should be or should have been a result of the aboriginals eating in the past in that area.
And so, anyway. As you can see down here that’s Point Lonsdale where we were much earlier. And then, Ocean Grove is actually over here, Ocean Grove beach where we were. Barwon Heads is behind me probably over there if you can see my hand. And then you’ve got the beautiful coastline down here with all of the rock pools and seaweed, all sorts of other things down there that you can go and check out and have a swim in during summer. The only thing that you kind of have to be careful of down there are, I think, blue-ringed octopus is the only issue that you have to worry about, but they’re not very common, you’re not going to run into them to be honest. Just don’t go putting your hands underneath any of the rock crevices where you can’t see anything, ‘cause that’s probably where they’ll be hiding.
So, yeah, this is Barwon Heads. The Barwon Heads Bluff. And I might also add down behind me is 13th Beach, and this is one of the more popular surfing spots along Barwon Heads. 13th Beach up here, and you can see the swell probably out behind me there where a lot of the waves come in. And I’ve just noticed, again, you’re probably not going to be able to see this this well, but out behind me there’s a shipwreck and its boilers, where the water used to be kept, are sticking up out of the water because it’s low tide. So, you can actually see some of these shipwrecks at low tide, and you can go scuba diving on them. I used to have friends when I was younger who would come out here and go scuba diving out here. You’d just swim off the rocks here, go for a few hundred metres and then have a nice scuba dive on some of these shipwrecks. So, yeah, Barwon Heads Bluff.
So, I think we might call it a day there, guys. I hope you guys have liked this sort of little mini tour of Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads. I’m really hoping to get more into this kind of travel stuff where I get to sort of take you guys around, show you a bit of Australia, teach you some English at the same time, and hopefully also, in the future, this episode probably wasn’t the best example, but also in the future tell you a lot more about the history of these locations, some of the things you can see here, and yeah, just give you as much information as possible whilst trying to be entertaining. So, let me know what you think in a comment below guys. Make sure you also subscribe and check out the Facebook page, but tell me what you think and if you’ve got any suggestions for how I can improve these videos I’m always all ears open. I’m willing to hear what you guys have to say, what you think, and how I can make these resources better for you. So, I guess that’s it guys. I’ll see you soon and I hope you’re having an awesome weekend like I am. See you later!
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By pete — 1 year ago
AE 363 – WWP Story Time:
That Time I Caught A Deadly Snake!
G’day guys, how’s it going? Welcome to this episode of Story Time, Walking with Pete. I am walking around, I think it’s Princes Park, Princes Park, which is a park across the road from Melbourne University to the north of the CBD in Melbourne. (It’s a) really beautiful park. (There are) loads of people walking around, running around.
But today, I want to talk to about that time I caught the second most deadly snake in the world. This was an eastern brown snake, when I was probably nine or 10 years old. So, I was a very stupid kid.
But, yeah, so Story Time! I thought, again, just to remind you I’m trying to do these episodes to mix it up a little, give you give me some different vocab, tell me some stories about me. But, when I was a kid I used to love fossicking. I used to absolutely love fossicking. And “to fossick” is to, like, look for things. So, I used to lift rocks up, push logs over, lift logs up, pull bark off trees up at the farm, where my grandparents had a farm. And there were loads of animals. There were always heaps and heaps of really cool little animals hanging around the cabin. We had a wooden cabin up there that my parents used to drive us up to with the whole family. And, yeah, it used to be amazing. So, we had this cabin because my grandparents, probably back in the 50s or 60s, I’m not exactly sure when but probably the 60s. They bought this log cabin and built it on a piece of land near Bendigo, up in the northwest of Victoria. I think it’s sort of central Victoria really.
But, it was a beautiful bit of land. And they used to have sheep on the land. They used to have the sheep shorn once a year before summer. So, they’d get all the wool from the sheep and my grandfather would sell it. This was his sort of little hobby.
And so, it used to be a full family event. The whole family would go up. I’d have cousins, uncles, aunties there, my parents, my sister would be there, my grandparents, obviously. And my grandfather used to hire a shearman, or a shearer*, to come to the farm to shear the sheep. And we’d do it all in a weekend. I think it’d usually be one or two days. I think my grandfather only had maybe 200 sheep, and so a good shearer could probably get through that in a day or two, obviously.
And so, yeah, the guy we had used to smash it out in a day, and it was a really good fun event. We’d be collecting the wool and everything, but usually the kids would be off doing stuff, entertaining themselves, hanging around the farm, whilst the parents or the adults were all involved in the shearing process.
So, we had, I guess, an old shed, a really big old shed where the sheep would be brought in, and then they’d be shorn and pushed down a ramp out into the field again, and my parents and grandparents would be going through the wool, making sure it was good quality, pulling all of the seeds and everything out of it, and then bailing it into a big bale to send off and be sold at auction. So, while they were doing that, every… all the little kids, I mean, we could be involved. Sometimes we were asked to be involved, but you know what little kids are like. We get bored pretty quickly. We’ve got the attention span of a bee.
That’s a really big tram coming past that you can probably hear. I’ll just wait for it to pass.
And so, quite often we’d help out in the morning and then disappear outside in the afternoon and just, you know, run around the farm and entertain ourselves.
So, I used to do that. I’d be lifting up rocks, pulling off bits of bark off trees, rolling logs over, and just looking for mostly lizards. I used to really like reptiles. I really love lizards. I’d love to see snakes, but I was educated pretty quickly in Australia, as are most kids, especially, those who go out of the city and are likely to come in contact with snakes, that they are dangerous, and that you should not touch them. You shouldn’t pick them up. You leave me alone and they’ll leave you alone. Make sure you make a lot of noise when you walk around. They’re kind of the equivalent of Australia’s bears, I guess, in that respect, where you’re meant to sort of stomp around and not creep through the grass for fear of sort of stepping on one while it’s trying to sleep or sunbathe.
And so, one summer, I was there and we were outside the cabin, and I was looking around under a bunch of different big rocks that I hadn’t lifted before, and I lifted up one and there was a little snake curled up under it, and it shocked me. I think I jumped back like 10 feet, ’cause I wasn’t expecting to see a snake under that rock. And it disappeared down a little ant hole. It was only a small one. It wasn’t a, you know, fully grown adult snake. That I would not have got near, I would have shat myself, run away, and screamed, probably.
So, anyway, at the time that I was hitting this rock up my parents were actually getting ready to go. So, the moment that I discovered this thing sleeping under a rock, trying to hide from young boy predators, I had to leave. So, I had to put the rock back down. I think I remember screaming “Mum, dad, I found a snake! Come check it out!” but, they were like, you know, “leave it alone, get in the car, we’ve got to go. We’ve got to go back to, you know, real life and work”, ’cause it would have been probably Sunday, a Sunday afternoon.
So, that was in summer. So, this is when these things are the most active, right? And so, we used to come back to the farm every six months or so. And I remember, we came back six months later, just before winter, or just during winter, and the instant, the instant that we got there I had that snake in my mind, that’s what I was thinking about. I was like “Is he still going to be under that rock?”. And, as soon as I got out of the car I made a beeline for the rock. I went straight to it like a bee buzzing going straight to a flower. I made a beeline straight for that rock, lifted it up, and low and behold, the snake was there.
And so, it was funny, because instantly I had my little bucket that I used to carry around with me to put insects and lizards and spiders and stuff in. I would take it inside and normally keep them overnight. You know, look at them, put some leaves in there for them to hide in, and kind of observe how these animals behaved. And then, I would put them back outside the next day.
My parents were always very conscious of the environment and wanted me to take care of things, you know. They’d always be like, “Put the rocks back where you found them. Don’t leave them upturned. Put the logs back. Put the animals back exactly where you found them. Make sure they’re okay, and, you know, it’s bad enough that you’re picking these things up and taking them out of their homes, but just put them back afterwards and leave them alone. After they’ve, you know, gone along with their day”.
So, I had this bucket there and I picked up a stick, and because it was winter the snake was so cold it could barely move. And I put this thing in the bucket. I was so proud. And it was like probably really early morning, and I remember walking in to my grandparents’ farm (cabin*) and, you know, (I) had a massive smile on my face, (I was) incredibly proud of myself. I caught a snake, finally. I’d never caught one before, and I haven’t caught one since. Needless to say, my parents and my grandparents were not impressed. They were not impressed.
Yeah, so, it was pretty funny. I got to hold on to it. I remember Dad just sort of being shocked, and I remember looking up… we had a book there, a book with all the different reptiles of Australia in it, and this… the snake that we’d caught had these little distinctive markings on it. I think it was either on its head or on its neck. And I didn’t expect it to be, you know, an incredibly venomous snake. I expected it to be venomous, ’cause most of them down here are. We don’t really how many pythons down in the southern part of Australia. They tend to just be what are called “Elapids”, and they’re the venomous ones. But, when we looked up the book the snake that best fit the description of the one that I’d caught was an eastern brown snake, and they are one of the most toxic snakes out there. They have the most… second or third most toxic venom of Australian snakes.
The number… the place number one belongs to… what are they called again? (I’ve) Forgotten off the top of my head. These guys are killers, though. What are they called? Taipans, Taipans! So, you’ve got the inland and the coastal taipans in Australia. I’m not sure, I think they’re a different species, but they might be subspecies. But those two are the most venomous of all snakes. And then I think one of their close relatives the eastern brown, which was the one that I’d caught, is second or third on the list.
And so, yeah, that was a really a fun adventure. I remember we had it overnight, we took some photos of it, and then, unlike the rest of the animals that I used to catch, we did not leave this one… we did not let it go near the house where I found it. Instead, we took it across the road into the forest and let it go there, because, obviously, my grandparents and my parents wanted it as far away from where the children were going to play as possible.
So, that was the time that I caught one of the most venomous snakes in Australia. But, yeah, it is interesting. They’re… I can probably leave this for another story at another time, but people seem to have a big fear of snakes when they come to Australia, but, to be honest, you’re rarely, if ever, going to come across them, and when you are, it’s going to probably be because you’ve gone looking for them or you have, you know, gone out into the bush into a really stupid place. But yeah, they’re not going to jump up and hurt you.
Anyway, I we’ll leave that for another time. I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode, this Story Time episode of Walking With Pete, guys! Tell me about something that you’ve done when you were a kid that was equally as stupid or careless or reckless in a comment below and I will chat to you soon. See you guys!
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By pete — 1 year ago
In this episode of Aussie English I answer Haze’s question about how to quickly improve your English vocab & pronunciation. Great question Haze!
AE 383: How To Quickly Improve Your Vocab & Pronunciation
What’s going on guys? Happy New Year! (It’s the) first video of the New Year. I have a question here from Haze Moznur Rahman. I hope I said that right. (I) probably didn’t. In fact, I’m certain I didn’t. Anyway, Haze, you had this question. Okay, so he asks, “I’m weak in English vocab and pronunciation. What can I do.
So, I’m going to try and make it a New Year’s resolution of my own to try and answer more of your questions and create videos like this for you guys. But Hazes okay, poor vocab and pronunciation. We’ll tackle vocab first.
So, vocab wise, my advice is always, once you’re at the intermediate to advanced language-learning stage, whether it’s English or any other language, you need to find resources that you enjoy. You also need to make sure that these resources are at your level or above. Preferably above, but not too far that they’re unenjoyable. Okay? So, you need to find resources that you enjoy.
They can be TV shows, they can be movies, documentaries, they can be podcasts, they can be TV shows, TV shows I said, magazines, books, anything that is… that has English, that is made of English, that is written in English, spoken in English, whatever it is, you need to find something you enjoy. You need to find something you enjoy so that it’s easy to watch and it’s easy to watch, or consume, read, whatever it is, listen to, multiple times. Okay? So, the key there is find something you enjoy so that you can, two, consume it multiple times, and then three make sure, especially if it’s a podcast, something you’re listening to, if it’s a a movie or a TV show or something you’re watching, that there are either subtitles below or that there’s a transcript that you can read.
So, this is important because you want to be able to see all the words that may have gone over your head whilst you were just listening. This happens to all of us. It even happens to me sometimes with natives if that they speak too quickly. Maybe my concentration lapses for a moment. But you want it down below or you want it on a transcript also so that you can then take note of any of the words that you have never seen before; that you have seen before, but just can’t remember what they mean; that you have seen before, you have a vague idea of what they mean, but you want to clarify what they mean. And you want to take these down on a notepad. Okay? So, I normally suggest small notepad that you can fit in your pocket so that you can do this anywhere, any time. But I’d be doing that.
I would then go and look these words up, find the definitions. But most importantly find examples sentences. After that, I would write these examples sentences out and I would speak the example sentences out loud as well. Beyond that, I would find examples where I can use them. Maybe I’ll write something, just you know a bit of abstract writing about whatever you want, your day, and try and work the new vocab in them. Try and have a conversation with someone, even if you’ve got the notepad here, and try to use the words that you’ve practicing. The point there is that you need to be actively using the new vocab for it to be maintained in your active vocabulary. Otherwise, it’s going to be passive, and you’re just going to recognise it when you see it or hear it. Okay? So, that’s what I would suggest with learning vocab.
There are really good apps out there like Anki. I’ve mentioned that a few times. And I think Fluent Forever now has a new app that might be able to help you, but it might be a little for beginners, it might be a little not advanced enough for you guys.
Anyway. That’s what I would suggest vocab wise.
Find something you enjoy. Take note of the vocab that you don’t understand; recognise but don’t really remember; or have never seen before. Look it up, write down examples sentences, and then practice speaking that aloud, or in conversation, or with writing. But you need to practice it, especially, if you want to be using this effortlessly like a native speaker. Okay? So, that’s vocab, and it transitions into pronunciation.
Pronunciation wise, you need to either recognise yourself the parts of the pronunciation you’re having trouble with, or you need to get a private lesson with someone, it could be me could be anyone or just talk to a friend, someone who speaks English as a native, and ask them to pick up on the words that you’re mispronouncing. You need to take note of these words, or at least the aspects of these words that you’re having trouble pronouncing, and then you need to look these words up or words with this aspect up. You need to be able to hear these words if possible. So, you could have a teacher like me, or you could have a friend, record themselves pronouncing these words, or you can use websites like Forvo.com to find native speakers who said these words in English. And you can click on them and listen so that you get it right.
The key thing there though is that you want to try to identify the parts of the language you’re finding difficult to pronounce, and then practice pronouncing them, again and again. You might have to do this five minutes a day for a month, maybe a year. It’s an ongoing process. But you need to do this again and again and again if you really want to nail the pronunciation of these tricky words. So, I guess that’s it for today.
I hope it helps, mate. Keep at it. I’m sure you’re going to level up your vocab, and just keep pronouncing words, keep looking for these words that you want to pronounce. Keep speaking out loud. Talk in your room by yourself. Talk with friends. But just keep using English, and she’ll be apples, mate. She’ll keep improving.
So, I hope that helps Haze, and I hope you guys have a great day. See ya.
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