In this episode of Walking With Pete I chat a little bit about what I got up to over the Easter holidays long weekend here in Australia and how we as Australians tend to celebrate Easter.
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 269 – 30 Aussie Slang Words Ending With ‘O’
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English guys.
Today I want to go through 30 or so different words in Australian slang, Australian English, that end with an ‘O’.
He’s a bit of an agro guy.
That guy’s a bit aggressive.
He’s pretty aggro.
Dad’s a bit of an alcoholic.
You could say he’s an alco.
Dad’s an alco.
Can someone call the ambos?
I need to go to the hospital.
What are you doing this arvo?
Not much. I was thinking this arvo I might go to the beach.
I love eating avos.
This one I don’t know where it came from, but it means a fight.
You fight with someone.
My mates are having a bit of a biffo at the moment.
They’re actually having a biffo outside.
Look at them fight.
They’re having a biffo.
Bottle-o. The bottle shop.
What are you doing this arvo?
(Do) you only get some alco from the bottle-o?
Let’s go to the bottle-o.
(I’m) doing a reno on my house at the moment.
Did you want to come over this arvo and help me with the reno?
Yeah, get some alco at the bottle-o as well on your way over.
Let’s do it.
So this is like if you were injured and you got a payment from the government or from work.
Dad injured his back at work and he’s on compo now, and he’s turned into a bit of alco.
I defo want to see you.
I defo want to go to the movies.
And as I am doing it there, it’s often emphasised.
This one is used a bit, but it’s a derogatory term for say someone who is poor, doesn’t have a job, but drinks a lot, is very… like a bogan, and uncouth person.
Watch out for those guys.
They look like deros.
Be careful of him, mate.
He looks like a bit of a dero.
He’s drinking alco in the street this arvo.
She was devo when her boyfriend left.
She was absolutely devo.
Did you want to come over this arvo and watch a doco?
Yeah. David Attenborough’s on.
Let’s watch that doco on the animals.
(I) love docos.
Garbo. Garbage collector. Garbage man.
I hope I don’t end up working as a garbo.
Damn those garbos this morning they came over and woke me up when they were picking up the garbage.
So this is usually when we’re talking about restaurants, cafés, hotels.
I used to work in hospo, but I broke my leg, got some compo, and now I’m devo because I don’t have a job.
(I) turned into a bit of an alco really.
Journo. A journalist.
My sister works as a journalist (journo* woops) for that newspaper.
She loves it.
Then she broke a leg and she’s on some compo.
I always get a mo in November for Movember.
And November is the cause each year in November for raising money for prostate cancer.
And I think it is worldwide.
My mate Marcus works as a muso.
(He) loves it.
He’s not really an alco, but he plays most arvos as a muso on stage.
We’re almost out of fuel.
We’ve got to go get some peto.
Except this is not used as a noun it’s used as an adjective.
So it’s a way of explaining what something is.
We never go to Target to get clothes, mate.
That’s povvo as. That is really povvo.
So it’s like something poor people do.
Check out that sheila over there mate.
She’s definitely preggo.
Rego. Registration for your car.
My rego’s about to run out, mate.
I have got to go renew it this arvo.
Have you got any relos coming over this arvo mate?
Nah, none of my relos are, just some mates.
(I) hate driving at night, ’cause sometimes you hit roos.
(You) see them everywhere in the farmland.
There’s roos all over the shop.
Salvos. Salvation Army.
So this is a charity, a religious charity, in Australia that sells clothes secondhand in stores.
We should go to the Salvos this arvo and get some clothes.
I’ve run out of, I don’t know, pants.
Servo. Service station.
So, petrol station.
This is where you get peto.
Mate, we’re out of peto.
Let’s go to the servo and fill up.
I need to get some ciggies as well mate.
Let’s go to the servo.
Smoko. A smoke break.
So, a break where you have a smoke.
Most people who work in hospo have smokos.
Do you want to go have a smoko?
I need a break, mate.
Let’s go have a ciggy outside.
(Let’s) have a smoko.
Typo. Typing error.
Man I’m always making so many typos in e-mails.
So it could be a vegetarian.
That guy’s a vego.
Or it could be that a meal is vegetarian.
So noun vs adjective.
I don’t want to eat that mate.
That looks vego.
The last one I want to go over is a derogatory term that you guys should definitely not use, I repeat, not use.
Abo is the equivalent of the “N word”.
And again, I hesitate to say that, but “nigga” in Australia.
Abo is an incredibly derogatory word for Aboriginal.
Don’t use it.
You’ll offend pretty much everyone who hears you including white people and coloured people alike, Indigenous Australians alike.
So, it’s important for you to know what that word is because a lot of people do use it, unfortunately, but don’t use it.
Don’t use it.
Anyway, guys I hope you’ve liked this episode.
Let me know if I’ve missed any of these words, and also see if he can use some of them in a sentence below in a comment.
See you in the next one.
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By pete — 1 year ago
Learn Australian English in this episode of Aussie English where I teach you to pronounce all 24 Australian English consonants like a native.
AE 330: The 24 Australian English Consonants
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today, I’m and I teach you all the different consonant sounds in English.
There’s quite a few, but specifically, I’m going to teach you how to pronounce them in Australian English.
So, let’s start with oral plosives, guys.
These are consonants where the air gets pushed out of the mouth like that, “push”, and you’ll feel it.
A trick is to hold your hand in front of your mouth when you say these things, and if you feel a sudden bit of air hit your hand as you say these consonants you’re doing it correctly.
/p/ – Pat. Pot. Pink.
/t/ – Tin. Tank. Teach.
/k/ – Cap. Keep. King.
/b/ – Bat. Bring. Buy.
/d/ – Dot. Date. Dark.
/g/ – Go. Green. Gap.
Now let’s talk about affricatives, and these consonants /ch/ and /dj/.
/tʃ/ – Choose. Change. Tune.
/dʒ/ – Judge. Jolt. Jump.
Now, let’s do fricatives, guys. Things like /f/ and /v/, /θ/ and /ð/. They can be unvoiced like /θ/, /f/, /s/ or they can be voiced like, /ð/, /v/, /z/
/f/ – Fan. Fork. Fair.
/v/ – Van. Vote. Vent.
/θ/ – Think. Through. Thank.
/ð/ – These. Those. That.
/s/ – So. Said. Sent.
/z/ – Zoo. Zinc. Zip.
/ʃ/ – She. Shake. Shore.
/ʒ/ – Beige. Massage. Garage.
/h/ – He. Hate. Hair.
Now let’s do nasal consonants, guys, like /n/ /m/ /ŋ/.
/m/ – My. Make. Mate.
Mate. G’day mate! Mate.
/n/ – No. Knot. Neck.
/ŋ/ – Bang. Thing. Thongs.
Aussies love their thongs.
And to finish up approximates, and these are ones that are close to vowel sounds like /w/ and /j/.
/w/ – We. Wait. Watch
/j/ – You. Young. Yet.
/l/ – Leaf. Late. Link.
/ɹ/ – Run. Rent. Rope.
So, there’ll the consonants guys. I hope you enjoy the episode.
Remember, go over it again and again and again. Make sure you practice the ones that you’re finding most difficult and your pronunciation is going to rapidly improve.
Keep at it guys. Keep working hard. You got this in the bag!
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By pete — 2 years ago
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Using The Rain Radar
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today I want to talk to you about the Bureau of Meteorology website, and this is a really really good website that you guys can use to get an idea of what the weather is like where it is that you’re staying in Australia whether it’s in Melbourne, whether it’s in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin. Whether you’re on the road and you’re going to little towns in between these larger cities. It doesn’t matter. You can use this website to have a look at the weather. So, it’s not just the weather forecast, which you can obviously get from this website as well, but the main point of this episode today was to show you how the rain radar works.
So, I was actually sitting on my couch, and I’d spent today, this is Sunday, and I’d spent today chilling out, just hanging out at home, relaxing. I went out to the shops earlier to get some groceries and it was a beautiful day. [it was] absolutely amazing. [it was] sunny, [it was] really nice. I went out in a t-shirt. I got home, I decided to make lunch and no sooner had I sat down on the couch to watch a documentary than it started to piss down rain. So, it started to rain incredibly heavily, and that gave me the idea “I should make this episode for you guys” because if I had left, you know, at that time, five minutes before the rain had fallen then I would’ve gotten incredibly wet on the way to the shops or on the way back from the shops.
So, this is one of these websites that if the weather’s being really temperamental or you’re worried it’s going to rain or you want to see when it’s going to rain this is a really good website that you can use just to get an idea of where things are at. So, www.bom.gov.au . Type that in. Hit enter. What you see on the homepage is obviously certain warnings if there are any that are coming up for your state. So, if you’ve got things that you’re worried about like bushfires if you’re traveling then any of the warnings for those sorts of events, wind, cyclones if you’re in the north of Australia or in the west of Australia you can check it out here at the top. Obviously, it’s got the weather forecast here at the bottom for you too. And, on the side here the stuff that I’m interested in telling you about today is under Rain Radar. So, that button right at the top there. So, we’ll click that, Rain Radars. So, what it gives you is a map of Australia, and all of these little symbols on here are different cities or different towns that you can click on that each have their own radar map. So, the radar map is used to effectively check out where the rain is in the city or the town that you’re at [in*]. So, if we go to Melbourne for example. Click on Melbourne. You can see that Melbourne here is pretty much dead-centre, it’s right in the middle here. Port Phillip bay is this… is just below the centre and then you’ve obviously got Bass Straight or at least all of the ocean there, the Southern Ocean, below. So, Melbourne’s in the middle. All of the colour on here, so all of the white through blue, green, yellow, red, and I don’t think there’ll be any black on there, is rain that’s currently falling. So, down the bottom you can see the Rain Rate, so the amount of rain that’s falling, and it goes from white, which is incredibly light rain, all the way through to black, which is incredibly heavy rain. And so, you kind of get this heat map of the rain that’s currently falling on the radar that you’re looking at. And you can change the size of the radar. So, if you’re interested in looking at a zoomed-in 64km diameter radar of Melbourne, you can see Melbourne in the middle here, you can do that. So, it gives you a bit more finer-grain resolution. If you want to have a look at a larger diameter of Melbourne, Victoria, the entirety of Australia, you can click larger diameter radars. So, 256kms here, you can see obviously most of Victoria. The 512km composite, that’s all of Victoria some of South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales up here. And then you can just click National. And so, that will give you the entire map of Australia. So, you can get an idea of where the rain is coming from, obviously, because these radars are really good in that they give you several 6-minute interval photos, effectively, of the rain. And so, you can see which way it’s moving, and you can get an idea of how quickly the rain’s coming, and the length of how much rain is going to fall [width of the rain cloud].
So, obviously, the rain’s currently stopped where I am. I started making this episode when it was just finishing. So, you can see this band here on the screen has just passed this little icon here in the middle, Melbourne, and that’s why the rain’s stopped. If I was going to go for a walk now or say I was a tourist and I wanted to go out and see some tourist attractions around Melbourne, [if] I wanted to go to the zoo, I might use this website in order to see whether or not I need to take a raincoat or an umbrella, or worry about more rain. So, I look outside and I can see the rain’s stopped, but I want to know is there going to be more rain. And if I was looking at the image in front of me here currently I would see this band that’s coming across and I would probably think that there is a pretty high chance that I’m going to need an umbrella or a rain jacket of some kind later today. So, this is the main reason I would use this website, and I use it at home, I use it at work, I can use it on my phone if I’m out and about. It’s just any time that I’m about to go outside, if I’m worried that it’s going to rain or I want to know if there’s rain coming or has the rain that’s just fallen passed for the rest of the day? Do I need an umbrella? Do I need a jacket? I can use this website and it’s brilliant.
So, I guess that’s all there is to it guys. It’s just a really really good website if you’re worried about the rain and you want to see whether it’s coming, whether it’s finished for the day, [to] get an idea of how much rain is coming. So, definitely check out www.bom.gov.au , and yeah, I’ll chat to you in the next episode guys. All the best!
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