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Aussie English Supporter Pack Update Feb 2017

Learn Australian English in this update episode of Aussie English where I tell you all about the Aussie English Supporter Pack and how it works.

 

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G’day guys.

How’s it going?

Hope you’re all going well.

I wanted to make a quick video to just give you guys, I guess, a bit of an update with regards to the Aussie English Supporter Pack.

So, I‘ve been tinkering away with that for the last few weeks, as I’m sure many of you will know.

I’ve been working on trying to add as much value as I could week in, week out. Just keep thinking of different ways of doing things and taking what does and doing more of it, taking what doesn’t work and obviously doing less of it or completely removing it.

So, at the moment, I guess, we’ve gotten to the point where I‘ve been releasing two or so episodes a week to try and sort of build up the number of lessons that you have when you sign up, and I think now we have about… probably about 12-14 different episodes that have the premium transcripts with them.

And, I’ve been getting a lot of good feedback from everyone.

I’ve just started a new homepage.

I’ve put together a new homepage for the website with a bunch of testimonials from people who have signed up and have been enjoying Aussie English.

So, I guess I want to say thank you to you guys.

Thank you to Estefania, Thibault, thank you to Juan, Lerin, Ruchi and Juliana.

You’ve all given me testimonials and I really really appreciate it.

I’ve also put together after maybe the first two or three weeks (I) decided to put together a private Facebook group for people who have signed up to the Aussie English Supporter Pack.

Where they have more access to me, and where I can sort of drive activities to allow everyone who’s signed up to get engaged, practice specific parts of English they’re having trouble with, and raise them up.

And three of the things I was thinking about recently, if I can remember, were 1. just having a day where we talk about one another’s struggles in English, and what we can do to overcome them.

And then, 2. having an article or a video on another day that I released and put together and we all talk about the language that’s used in it.

We express our opinions of the thing.

Did we like it? Did we not like it?

What was difficult?

What was easy?

And there was a third one as well, but I’ve forgotten that off the top of my head.

But, I‘m just constantly iterating.

I’m constantly at the moment trying to come up with ideas of how to add more and more value to the Aussie English Supporter Pack, and principally just help you guys improve your English as much as possible and as quickly as possible, and in a way that is as fun and enjoyable as possible.

So, saying that, in saying that, I’m going to increase the price of the Aussie English Supporter Pack on the 1st of March.

I’ve just decided that now.

So, at the end of this month it should be maybe almost two months since the Aussie English Supporter Pack has been out, and not only is there at least a base level of episodes that you get access to straightaway when you sign up, but there’s also going to be a more advanced setup Aussie English private members group with activities now running every week, multiple days a week to try and give you guys a reason to practice your English in a fun environment and a more engaging environment than say doing it on your own.

So, as I add value obviously it‘s taking up a little bit more of my time and I want to increase the price incrementally, not, you know, crazily, but to sort of reflect the added value that’s going into this.

So, the main reason for me putting this together was to announce to you what I’d been up to, what’s in the Aussie English Supporter Pack, and give you a chance to sign up for it now for the price that it currently is at, because I’m going to double it.

It’s at $9.99 Australian at the moment and I’m going to put it up to $19.99 on the first of March.

So, if you sign up for that before the 1st of March it’s only going to be $9.99 for the first month, and then it’s going to go up for every month after that.

But if you wait until after March then the first month is going to be $19.99, at least for the moment.

I have been thinking about what I can do with trials. Let me know what you guys think, ’cause that does matter to me.

So, if you guys think that paying the full fee straight up is a bit unfair, unrealistic, you’re allowed to let me know and I‘ll take that onboard and I’ll think about things, because ultimately my goal is to serve you guys and to help you guys, but also to make money to allow myself to live, and to focus more on doing this.

If I can support myself I can do more of this, and 1. generate better material that’s paid for, but also create more free content for those who aren’t necessarily in a position to pay for the paid content. This is just a train of thought.

So, I’ve shifting from topic to topic, but one more thing to add, I guess, is what I have been including in all of the premium transcripts.

So, the way it currently is, and I might angle the camera so that I can include… oh, you’re going to get a look of my closet there.

So, that I can include on this side here one of the transcripts and show you, I‘ll run you through it.

But, so, first and foremost I have all of the vocab that I think is potentially a little bit more difficult than the majority of the words used in each transcript highlighted. I also highlight all of the slang that I use.

So, if I use any Australian slang terms specifically I’ll highlight those and define them, or if I use any just broad English slang I highlight and define those as well.

And then, when we get into the exercise section there’s a table with all of the words that I have used in the text with a definition column and a synonym column, and this is for you to fill out.

I’m not going to always give you the answer.

Sometimes there’s videos where I have defined them and you can look up the answers with those.

But, I want you if you’re using this to go through the transcript and to look for these words and try and define them yourself.

How am I using them?

I want you to think about it.

I want you to see, am I using synonyms next to it, because quite often I repeat what I’ve said but in a different way.

So, that I say the same thing twice or even three times and give you guys access to more vocabulary, and try and help you improve your listening comprehension by doing that.

So, that’s the aim with the vocabulary table.

After that, I also have a listening comprehension list, or at least in the most recent episodes I’ve put together as many questions as I can think of when I listen back to these episodes for you to answer, for you to think about, for you to listen, “What is he talking about? Did he define this? What does this mean?” and practice your listening comprehension if that is more what you‘re into.

If you really really enjoy listening comprehension tasks that’s why that’s there.

After that, in the third or fourth section of the exercises at the moment I have a written substitution exercise where I pick different aspects of what’s used in each episode.

So, I might use phrasal verbs in one.

I might pick other random words or short idioms and expressions, and teach you those by using substitution exercises.

And I think this is good because it allows you to see different ways of saying the same thing.

And so, you associate these things together, and you expand your vocabulary when speaking English, and you actively practice it.

And not only are these written substitution exercises, but I’m also now creating aural, aural as in listening, or oral as in speaking, exercises as well where you get an MP3 of me saying all of these same sentences.

So, you can practice aurally where you just listen and then try and substitute in the answer whether you write it or you think it.

And you can practice orally where you listen and just say it.

So, you can use this whether you’re at home, whether you’re studying at a desk, or if you‘re on the move, if you’re walking, if you’re in public transport, if you’re driving, you can listen to these MP3s and practice these specific things.

So, that’s where things are currently at.

I have all of those exercises in the main episodes that come out on a Wednesday and a Saturday, and I try and do this for each one of those.

And then, we also have the Aussie English Supporter Pack group where every one of the members that signs up has access to this group and can interact with me, can interact with all the other members, can post what they want to post that they’re interested in, we can have discussions, and I’m slowly building this up with activities now.

Probably, two or three a week where we really work together to get past your individual struggles as well as talk about things that you’re interested in.

So, that’s going to be your chance to bring something to the table, as we say, to bring a topic, to bring a story, to bring a subject and we can break it down.

We can talk about it.

I can teach you the language being used, the pronunciation of things being used in that video or document if you share it.

And so, yeah, that’s where things currently stand, that’s where things currently are with the Aussie English Supporter’s Pack.

If you guys want to sign up now within the next two weeks, or a bit less than two weeks, it’s only going to be $9.99/month for the first month, and then it’s going to be $19.99 after that for now, because I’ve added all of this extra content now.

I want to say a special thank you to all of these guys who signed up when I first started this and started from scratch.

I didn’t have anything set up.

I really appreciate that you guys believed in me and that you guys supported me, and allow me to sort of tinker with these things and see how they went.

So, thank you so much guys for supporting Aussie English, for being a part of the community, and just your on-going support in general as friends.

And the one last thing that I wanted to say was if you guys think a trial period would be better where you pay say $1 for a week or $1 for the first month, then let me know.

I will take it onboard and think about implementing it.

I’m not a business genius or anything like that.

Ultimately, I want to give you guys the ability to test these things and see if it works for you.

So, let me know what you think.

Anyway, guys, that’s long enough.

Thank you so much as usual, and I will see you in the next episode.

Peace out!

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WWP: The Aussie English Supporter Pack & Other Tidbits

Learn Australian English in this episode of Walking With Pete where I chat to you about the new the Aussie English Supporter Pack and other tidbits.

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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.

Anyway.

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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Expression: To Take The Bait

Learn Australian English in this Expression episode of Aussie English where I teach you to use the expression TO TAKE THE BAIT like a native.

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Expression: To Take The Bait

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G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today I’m going to be teaching the expression to take the bait.

So, the expression to take the bait is quite often used in English. I mean, this is the kind of expression that I would use quite a bit, that I hear quite a bit in Australian English, and it kind of surpasses all kinds of English. So, you’re going to hear it in American English, English English, Canadian English, New Zealand English, Australian English. It’s a very common and ubiquitous kind of expression that’s used by all kinds of natives all over the world.

So, let’s define the words in the expression to take the bait.

We’ll start with the noun the bait, bait, a bait, the bait. Bait is food that is placed on a hook or in a net or some kind of trap that’s used in order to lure in an animal and then catch it. So, if you go fishing, you know, you cast out the BAIT on a hook with often a sinker above the hook or below the hook as well depending on how you’ve set up your tackle on your fishing rod, and you’re hoping that a squid or a fish, whatever it is that you’re trying to catch whilst finishing, grabs onto that bait. So, you’re hoping that they literally take the bait.

And the verb to take in this sense can mean here to eat, to swallow, to bite onto the bait. So, like a fish coming across the bait that you’ve got on a hook or in some kind of trap, and taking that bait, biting it, swallowing it, eating it, you’re hoping that that fish takes the bait.

But then there’s also that idea of to take as in to accept, to take something from someone you’re accepting it. They’re giving it to you, you’re taking it.

So, the definition of to take the bait, when we put this sentence together, if someone takes the bait it’s to accept something that was offered to get you to do something. So, it’s when you accept something, you take something that was offered to you, often bait, and it gets you to do something. And I might add too that it’s the idea of doing something or using something in order to sort of trick someone into doing something that you want them to do that may not necessarily be something that they want to do. So, that’s the idea of using bait in this sense. If you’re using bait it’s in order to sort of literally catch an animal that obviously doesn’t want to be caught. So, you’re using food that it would like but the food is there as a bait, it’s there to trick the animal into coming into the trap or biting the hook and obviously doing something it doesn’t want, which is being caught.

So, when you use this phrase to say that someone has taken the bait or you’re trying to get someone to take the bait it’s often trying to trick that person into doing something that is not necessarily in their best interest. So, not necessarily that they would want to do if they knew the full circumstance or the full circumstances.

So, let’s go through some examples guys.

Ok, number 1. Imagine that you’re hunting an animal. So, imagine that there is a pest species in your local park, say a squirrel. So, in Australia we don’t have squirrels. If you had… somehow they had escaped out of the zoo and they were living in the park across the street from the zoo and you’ve got someone going in there to try and catch them, you could say that he’s set up traps and he’s put BAIT inside of these wire metal traps, and if the animals go in the door at the back shuts and they get trapped in the traps and they can be taken back to the zoo. So, imagine that this pest controller or this hunter, this guy who’s gone out to catch these pest squirrels has set up all of these traps, he’s hoping at the end of the day that all of the squirrels that have escaped into the park, they’ve escaped out of the zoo and they’re living in the park now wild, he’s hoping that they take the bait. He’s hoping that each one of these traps is going to be successful in catching one of these animals by luring in one of these animals, hoping they go into the trap, take the bait, bite the bait, swallow the bait, grab the bait, and the door shuts and traps them there so that they can be taken back. So, that’s one example where we could literally use this phrase of hoping that something literally takes the bait in a trap. So, it’s fooled, it’s lured in, it’s tricked into taking the bait and getting trapped, which is obviously something that it doesn’t want. So, that’s example number 1.

Example number 2. Imagine that you are a chess player. And chess is that game with I think 64 squares. You’ll have like black and white squares in alternating succession, in alternating patterns across a checkered board. And you have, I don’t know the exact number, but you have all of those pieces. So, you’ve got like rooks, that first row of rooks, and then… actually, sorry, the first row is pawns. The first row is pawns. The rooks or the castles are the ones on the end. And you’ve got the horses, the bishops, and then the king and the queen. So, that’s the game of chess, you know, it’s a strategy game where two people play it. One’s white and one’s black, and you’re effectively trying to take the king of the other person, trap the king, you’re wanting to checkmate that person and win the game of chess.

So, imagine that you’re playing this game of chess with someone and you’re trying to trick them into doing a certain thing, making a certain move to actually open up their king so that you can check mate them and win. So, you’re trying to lure them in and hoping that they take the bait. So, imagine that you’ve set up some kind of arrangement of your pieces that makes you look weak, but you know that actually you’re going to be able to checkmate the opponent if he takes the bait, if he gets lured in, if he’s tricked, if he does a certain action and opens himself up for you to be able to make a certain movement, do a certain movement and trick the guy, and checkmate the guy. If he does what you want him to without knowing it though that’s him taking the bait. And the bait in this example would be, say you’ve exposed a certain piece. So, in chess, for example, everyone’s always worried about losing their queen, you know, everyone doesn’t want to get checkmated and lose their king, obviously, ‘cause the game’s over, but prior to that, at least for the novice, for the person who doesn’t know the game incredibly well, the most important piece that everyone seems to always want to protect is the queen, the queen. And so, imagine that you’ve opened it up and you’ve made your queen look incredibly exposed and that he can… your opponent can take your queen easily. He takes your queen and then all of a sudden you make a movement and checkmate. You could say when he takes your queen that he has taken the bait, that you’ve tricked him and then you’ve won. So, that’s a good example of him taking the bait.

Example number 3. This is more a figurative one as well. Imagine that you have a father who’s about to have his 60th birthday. And this is the case with my father actually. Well, at least his 60th birthday’s in this year, 2017. But, imagine that you’re trying to set up a surprise party for your father. You don’t want him to know that you’re going to have a surprise birthday party. So, a surprise birthday party where you invite all over… you invite over all of your friends, you get all of the cake and food and drinks, everything, set up in your house or wherever it is that you’re having the party. You have all of the family come over and you hide in the room, you know. He’s going to come in and you’re all going to jump out and yell out “Surprise! Surprise! Happy birthday!”. In order to get him to go out and do something, to be away while you’re setting up the party, because he would know otherwise, you need to sort of trick him and lure him out to go and do something. So, imagine that you ask him to go to the shops to get some snags, some sausages or some lamb chops or something because you want to have “a small barbecue tonight”, you know. “Hey dad, it’s your birthday. Let’s just have a small gathering. Just, you know, me, my sister, mum and you. We’ll have a small barbecue. Can you go get some meat? Can you go up to the shops. Can you go to Woolies or Coles.” Those are the two different chains that you’ll most often see in Australia, Woolies and Coles. “Can you head up to Woolies and Coles, go down the shops and get some meat, some snags, sausages and some lamb chops for tonight.”. So, you’ve tricked him, he’s gone out and then just as he leaves and goes out to the shops everyone comes over. You get ready, you’ve got all your food out, you get all your drinks set up, you get your presents set up, all the family’s there, friends are there, and then as soon as he gets back you all yell out, you know, “Surprise! Happy birthday! Happy 60th!”.

So, if he were to go to the shops and do what you’ve asked him to do that is when you could say he’s taken the bait. He’s taken the bait, he’s been tricked, we’ve lured him away from the home so that everyone can come over, hes taken the bait. And you could ring everyone up and be like, “He’s just gone. He’s gone to the shops. He took the bait. We asked him to go get some snags and some lamb and some meat and everything for the barbie. He’s gone out and he’s done it. He’s taken the bait. He believed it. He’s been tricked. He’s been lured away. It’s safe to come over. He’s taken the bait.

So, hopefully by now guys you get the phrase to take the bait, and hopefully you’ll be able to use this yourselves whenever you’re speaking English.

And, to end up let’s just do a substitution exercise guys where in this substitution exercise the sentence that I’m going to be using is going to be along the lines of, “Did I take the bait?” and I’m going to conjugate this through all the different pronouns, but I’m going to get you to substitute take the bait for fall for it. So, if you fall for something it means that you’ve been tricked by something. So, if your dad got lured out, like in that last example to the shops, he fell for it. You know, you’ve tricked him to go out so that he does something, he fell for something, he’s falling for something, I wanted him to fall for something.

So, we’ll go through this substitution exercise, guys. The first sentence I’ll say, for example, “Did I fall for it?” and then you’ll substitute in “Did I take the bait?”. And so, we’ll go through like that and you’ll associate taking the bait with falling for something. So, you get to learn two things at once.

Let’s go!

Substitution exercise:

Did I fall for it?

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Did you fall for it?

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Did he fall for it?

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Did she fall for it?

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Did we fall for it?

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Did they fall for it?

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All answers below in the Answers section.

 

So, that’s it for today guys. I hope you enjoyed this episode. I hope you can now use the phrase to take the bait, and I’ll see you in the next one. All the best!

 

Substitution Exercise Answers:

  1. Did I take the bait?
  2. Did you take the bait?
  3. Did he take the bait?
  4. Did she take the bait?
  5. Did we take the bait?
  6. Did they take the bait?

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