In this episode of Like A Native I teach you guys how native English speakers often shorten the word “Probably” to “Prolly” and “Probly” when spoken, and to “Probs” when texting or on Facebook, etc.
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Ep070: Like A Native – Probly, Prolly, Probs = Probably
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Like A Native, Like A Native.
So, this is the second episode I think that I’ve done for this series of Like A Native, and this was for all the kinds of things that I want to talk about on this podcast that aren’t necessarily grammatically correct, aren’t necessarily really really fun and interesting expressions per se, as such, but are definitely things that you’re going to hear. So, they could be the… the wrong way that some people pronounce certain words in English, in Australian English. They may be the kinds of funny little minute expressions that we use, you know, small um… small expressions like “To be up to”, um… “To make it somewhere”, all those kinds of small ones that aren’t necessarily something interesting or… or that are fun that I can spend an entire expression episode breaking down and explaining, but I wanted to have somewhere else that I could talk to you guys about the kinds of things that natives use all the time ah… when speaking English, that you’re probably going to hear, or that you may want to be able to use yourself.
So, today’s episode I want to break down the word “Probably” and how the word “Probably” is often pronounced “Probly”, “Prolly” or “Probs”. So, as I said at the start these things aren’t grammatically correct, they’re not correct, you would never write “probably” as “Probly”, “Prolly” or “Probs”, unless you were on say, Facebook Messenger or texting someone, and even then you would probably only write “Probs”. The other two, “Probly” and “Prolly” would never probably be written.
So, examples of how this would be used, and I might just go through how you can say each one of these in a sentence.
I’ll probs be home soon.
I’ll prolly be home soon.
I’ll probly be home soon.
I’ll probably be home soon.
The cat is probs just outside.
The cat is prolly just outside.
The cat is probly just outside.
The cat is probably just outside.
He’s probs gonna be late.
He’s prolly gonna be late.
He’s probly gonna be late.
He’s probably gonna be late.
So, you’ll notice that it’s just sort of reducing this word. So, “Probs” is just a… a slang term that a lot of English people say instead of saying the entire word “Probably”, and the other two forms “Prolly” and “Probly” are just when native English speakers speak incredibly quickly they just miss that little “-bab-“ in the middle of “Pro-bab-ly”. So, it just becomes, “Probly” or “Prolly”. And I notice that myself, I say “Probly” quite often where I just drop that “-bab-“ but still have a “b” in there. “Probly”, “Probly”.
So, that’s pretty much all there is to it guys. I’m going to run you through a quick substitution exercise where I’m going to make you correct the incorrect phrase that I say. So, I’m going to use the forms “Probs”, “Prolly”, “Probly” and I want you to say the sentence with the correct form “Probably”, “Probably”. So, for instance, if I were to say, “I’ll prolly be home later”, I want you to say after me, “I’ll probably be home later”. So, this way you guys get to focus on, 1. Hearing the incorrect, you know, grammatically incorrect forms, “Probs”, “Prolly”, “Probly”. So, you get to practice that, and, [2.] at the same time you get to practice saying the correct form, “Probably”. So, hopefully this helps, because I’d rather you practice the correct form than the incorrect for, at least with pronunciation and um… actively saying these things.
So, let’s do the first one:
I’ll prolly be home later.
I’ll probably be home later.
It’s probly going to rain today.
It’s probably going to rain today.
He said he’d prolly come home tomorrow.
He said he’d probably come home tomorrow.
I think I can probs make it to the meeting.
I think I can probably make it to the meeting.
You’re prolly gonna have a hard time convincing her.
You’re probably going to have a hard time convincing her.
She’s probly gonna call you on the phone.
She’s probably going to call you on the phone.
We’ll prolly be late if we don’t leave soon.
We’ll probably be late if we don’t leave soon.
They’ve probly been caught in traffic.
They’ve probably been caught in traffic.
That’s probs enough for today.
That’s probably enough for today.
I’d probly tell you if I knew.
I’d probably tell you if I knew.
So, that’s probly enough for today guys, and you’ll see just then that I used the form “probly”. Don’t necessarily practice using “Probly”, “Prolly” and “Probs” but be aware that they are said from time to time by native speakers, and “Probs” may be written by native speakers as well when they’re on social media like Facebook or they’re texting you, but the correct form is always going to be “Probably”. Anyway, until next time guys, all the best!
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By pete — 2 years ago
In this episode I chat to you guys about changing your attitude when trying to do well in any given field. I argue that the best attitude to have is to look for reasons to say yes instead of excuses to say no.
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Walking With Pete: Look For Reasons To Say Yes Instead Of Excuses To Say No
G’day guys and welcome tot his episode of Walking With Pete.
Tonight I have just got home after I finished work. I went for a bit of a skate and as you may or may not know I’ve taken up the hobby of skateboarding again to see if I can apply the language learning approaches that I use and make the… methodology that I kind of put forth to learn languages, and apply that to skateboarding, and skateboarding was something that I absolutely loved as a kid. I always loved skating in the street with my mates and going to the skate park after school or on weekends and just spending a lot of time, a lot of hours there, bumming around, hanging out with friends and not doing a lot of anything apart from skating a little bit. And so, yeah, I decided to take that back up recently and it’s been a lot of fun. I haven’t really taken any big stacks yet. So, “a stack” is like a fall. If you take “a stack” usually on something like a bike or a skateboard, skiing, snowboarding, it tends to be when you fall on land. So, you wouldn’t really stack when surfing I don’t think but if you were riding a bike or riding a sta… uh skateboard and you fell over you could say you’ve taken “a stack”. “I’ve taken a stack”, “I’ve had a stack”, “I’ve stacked”. So, it can be a verb as well. “I um… I don’t want to stack today when I’m riding”. Anyway, I haven’t stacked yet. I haven’t had a big fall. I haven’t injured myself, which has been encouraging, it’s been good. So, that’s been pretty fun but for the most part at the moment I’m just trying to work on the basics and correct a lot of errors that I… that I acquired as a kid when I was skating and I didn’t really have any… have any friends to give me, you know, advanced advice. I didn’t really have any friends who were really really really good skaters, and knew proper technique and could break things down and give you a really good explanation for things, and I think this is where it kind of ties into language learning because, you know, you can just thrust yourself into a language, you can just throw yourself in, dive in the deep end as we say in English, you know, without any explanation for grammar and slowly over time as you speak the language and learn just through exposure you pick up the grammatical rules passively like you would in your maternal language. You don’t necessarily learn them specifically, explicitly, you don’t have them lined out for you, you don’t have them broken down and explained, but I feel like this approach is a little quicker. If you focus on an explanation for a concept, say a grammatical concept in… in a language and you nail it, you do really well at that grammatical concept, you practice it, you focus on it, you master it, and then move onto the next one, I feel like this is a much quicker way of advancing in a field, in a… in a language, in skateboarding, in any kind of pursuit that you are interest in mastering. If you do it like this where you master a specific area of that chosen field, that chosen area that you’re interested in, whether it’s skating or whether it’s language learning, it’s… it’ll get you a lot further a lot quicker. So, that’s what I’m trying to do at the moment with skateboarding. So, for an example, I… I used to have the wrong foot on the board when I was pushing with the other foot on the… on the ground to get moving. And so I’m trying to correct that and I have to use the other foot. And so it feels very unnatural for me but if I can do this it’ll advance my skating a lot quicker than if I were to just do what I used to and focus on my old bad habits. So, that’s what I’m doing at the moment. I’m focusing on just riding, getting good at balance, getting good at being able to push, go fast, get over cracks, you know, not fall over. So, just negotiate obstacles, get around obstacles. I’ve been doing that for the last week. [I’ve] been playing around a little bit with the Ollie, which is where you just jump the board up in the air. So, no… no real trick it’s just you get the board off the ground into the air. That’s an Ollie. So, I’ve been focusing on just riding and getting my proper Ollie technique down. So, like I would for learning a grammatical rule in a language I would go away, I would search YouTube video[s] or look up a textbook and try and find an explanation as to when and how I can use this, say, a tense conjugation, etc. in English. When to say “I would do something” as opposed to saying “I will do something”. So, I look for the videos for skateboarding and how to… how to push off, how to better ride, how to position your feet, how to better Ollie, how to position your feet while you’re ollieing and how to practice the techniques of ollieing etc. and I’m trying to just get the basics of that down. And I noticed, I put a video up and I noticed that straight after having looked at a little video that broke down how to Ollie better and breaking it down into several parts, each of which you can practice, I practiced all of those parts on their own and then I put them together to do the Ollie and I found even within five minutes, ten minutes, my Ollie had significantly improved. I’d learnt to Ollie a lot better just from having broken it down, practice the little bits in isolation like conjugating a verb tense in English. You practice each of them on their own so that when you actually have to use it in real life in a fluid dynamic conversation with someone it just happens naturally and you don’t have to pause and think, ah… etc.
Anyway, so that’s what’s happening with skating at the moment. [I’m] just sort of trying to see how I’ll go. I don’t know what’ll happen in the future but that’s where I am at the moment. Aside from that, what did I want to talk about today? I guess oh… it’s still tied in with the skateboarding, but the main theme of today’s episode was look for reasons to say yes and not excuses to say no. So, look for reasons to say yes and not for excuses to say no. Ah… what do I mean by this? I guess, this… this came to my mind when I was skating to and from work, and there’s a lot of uneven ground, there’s a lot of nice flat ground on the way to work, a lot of nice footpaths and roads that are really really smooth, so they’re really flat, smooth, they’re nice to ride on, they’re good to skate on, but then they’re often broken up by parts or paths that are really uneven, that are really bumpy and it’s really really hard to skate on. And so, whilst at the moment I’m just trying to work on ah… my riding abilities I keep telling myself, or at least I did keep telling myself at the start, maybe I won’t ride to…to work because there’s too many of these little areas where it’s too bumpy ground and I have to keep getting off the board, walking for a bit, then getting on the board, then getting off the board, then getting on the board, etc. etc. etc., maybe it’s easier if I just don’t skate, take it to work, and then skate when I get to work. But, that’s looking for an excuse to say no, an excuse not to skate, when… when I really thought about it I thought look it’s going to take a little more effort in that I’m going to have to put the board down, get on it, get off it, carry it, get on it, get off it, carry it, but every single time I do that, even if it’s for 100 metres, 200 metres at a time where I get to ride and I get to fool around, you know, practice my balance, it all adds up. It all adds up. So, I need to look for reasons to say yes instead of excuses to say no especially in the cases like this where it’s not a matter of a lot of effort, you know, putting down the board and skating a few 100 metres at a time and then getting off and carrying it for a bit, putting it down again, it’s a little bit of effort but it’s not enough to justify saying no. It’s not a big enough excuse for me to justify not riding the board. And by doing this, by riding the board, it all adds up. So, if I do this ten times over 100 metres on the way to work that’s a kilometer total, right? And maybe it’s five minutes, maybe it’s ten minutes all up on the board, and if I do that twice a day that’s an extra twenty minutes that I’ve practiced my riding, I’ve practiced, you know, my balance, my pushing, all of that that I otherwise would not have had the chance to do if I had made an excuse and said no I’m not going to ride on these little bits ‘cause it takes a bit more effort to do and I’ll just ride when I can when the environment’s perfect. So, I guess it’s like that. Don’t always wait for things to be perfect because a lot of the time suboptimal conditions, so that means conditions that aren’t perfect, for practice still add up. They still help you improve. So, it all adds up in the end and it all makes you closer to your goal of mastering the skill than if you were to accept that poor excuse to say that it’s too hard, I’m going to wait until things are perfect, you know. If a surfer only ever when out for a surf every time the weather was absolutely perfect, and the waves were absolutely perfect, he’d probably only surf ten days a year, maybe less. Whereas, if he says look I’m probably not going to catch any amazing waves today, I’m probably going to fall off a lot. I’m not going to be able to stay on these waves. They’re awful. The weather’s a bit off but I’m going to get out there and I’m going to do what I can. He’s going to learn how to paddle. He’s going to get better at riding crappy waves. He’s going to get a lot of time out there in suboptimal conditions where he may surf 100 days in the year as opposed to only ten. So ultimately, at the end of that year I think it’s a lot better to be the guy who finds the reasons to say yes and goes out in suboptimal conditions to practice, and in the context of language learning this could be going to a pub and speaking when it’s really loud and it’s hard to hear people, you know, and you want to have a conversation but it’s not… there’s not perfect silence behind you so you can’t hear every single word, you can’t hear the pronunciation of the person, you can’t hear the way that they’re conjugating verbs, it’s not perfect. It’s suboptimal, and it is easy to say well look it’s too hard. The conditions aren’t right. I would much rather find a one on one situations with someone in perfect silence where I can hear everything. But as I said with the surfer if you wait for those kinds of conditions often they don’t come or they come very rarely and so you’re going to spend a lot of time doing nothing as opposed to practicing in suboptimal conditions, which still helps you move towards your goal of mastering whatever it area, whatever field it is that you are interested in pursuing. And I guess also it’s nice to have small… small parts, small portions of the day where you do things like this as opposed to waiting for big chunks. So, practicing a language ten minutes a day, half an hour a day, is often a lot better if you can do this every day than practicing for two hours once a week on the weekend, even if the two hours adds up to more time than you would’ve done if you’d done ten minutes a day, it’s a lot better to do it more often for shorter periods of time than less often for longer periods of time. And I feel like this is what I’m trying to do at the moment with skating where on the way to work I am choosing, you know, doing a lot of little… you know, one, two minute skates on nice areas, and I take a break, I let my feet recover, my legs recover, and then I do it again, I take a break, let me feet recover, do it again, etc. etc. etc., and it all builds up, it all adds up at the end of the day. And I think a really good analogy for this is Lucas Lampriolli [Luca Lampariello*], I think that’s how you pronounce it, the polyglot Lucas Lampriolli [Luca Lampariello*] that some of you may or may not know on YouTube has an analogy where he… he likens learning a language to fluency to filling a bucket a drop at a time. And so, you can see that a bucket doesn’t get filled all at once. It takes time and if you drop one drop of water in there constantly once a day the bucket will eventually get filled and you’re going to improve at a steady rate effectively. Whether it’s language learning or skating. If I do a little bit every day the bucket will fill itself in the end. So, I felt like that was a really good analogy and that’s what I’m trying to apply here with skating.
And I think too, one last note before I finish up this episode, it’s so much better to have that kind of attitude towards life and towards things that you’re trying to improve upon, that you’re trying to… to gain, to master, whatever it is in your life if you have that kind of psychological attitude towards things where you say I’m going to find a reason to say yes and not an excuse to say no. So, you get confronted with a situation that may not be perfect, that could be suboptimal, and instead of saying straight away nup too hard, too hard, as we say in English, or as we say in Australia, “Too hard basket” which means you’ve… you’ve straight away put that thing in a basket with “Too hard” written on it. So, we say “we put it in the too hard basket”. Instead of putting it in the too hard basket straight away because it looks too difficult, and that’s your instant reaction, if you work on trying to find a reason to put it in the “it’s hard but I’ll try it” or “it’s hard but I’ll do it” basket, you’re going to get a lot more done, you’re going to feel a lot better about yourself, and ultimately you’re going to advance a lot further in whatever field it is. And so, I feel like that at the moment with languages where I’m constantly trying to find how do I squeeze more in the day, how do I do more? Like, I could not skate this little bit of path because it doesn’t look perfect, but at the same time if I do skate it that’s twenty seconds, that’s a minute, that’s ten minutes more that I get to put onto my um… list of experience with regards to skating. The same with language learning and podcasts, listening to podcasts. Am I going to be on the tram for ten minutes, or am I going to be going for a walk for ten minutes? Screw it. I’ll put the podcast in. I’ll listen to whatever language podcast I’m listening to to work on my French, to work on my English, and bam that adds up. That’s another ten minutes on the sheet of my language experience. So, it all adds up. It’s a lot better to look at life that way, to find reasons to do things, to find reasons to say yes. Do little bits and pieces. It all adds up. You feel great about yourself. Whereas, I feel like if you find excuses to constantly say no nothing will… will ever get done and you get yourself in a cycle where you’re going to feel depressed, you’re going to feel useless, you’re not going to feel like you can achieve anything or that you have achieved anything when you’ve been waiting the whole time for the perfect conditions to come and they haven’t come. Whereas, if you’d been practicing in suboptimal conditions you would still have something to show for your effort at the end of the day.
So, that’s probably enough for today’s episode guys. Just remember try and find reasons to say yes to whatever it is that you guys are working on, to whatever it is in life even if it’s seeing your family or going out, as opposed to trying to find excuses to say no. It’s a better way of thinking. It’s a better psychology to have. It’s a better way of looking at the world. Chat to you soon guys. All the best.
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By pete — 2 years ago
In this Aussie English Expression episode I teach you guys how to use the expression TO HAVE A BLAST like a native Australian!
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Expression: To Have a Blast
As usual, I am here videoing the Expression episode now. I’m trying to play with this little lapel mic. I’m trying to see how this goes. So, I’m using this in a few episodes. And, yeah, I’m facing my window, (I’ve) got the light on me. Hopefully these episodes are a little nicer. Although, you have the backdrop of my desk. So, not the nicest thing to look at, but beggars can’t be choosers, and I’ll save that expression for another episode.
Today’s expression is TO HAVE A BLAST. TO HAVE A BLAST. Obviously, you’re going to know what the verb TO HAVE means. That’s one of the first things anyone learns in any language, whether it’s English or not, you learn how to use the verb TO HAVE, TO HAVE SOMETHING.
A BLAST is just a (an*) explosion, a massive sound, some kind of bang, A BLAST. If you light some dynamite and throw it somewhere and it goes off, it explodes, it makes a bang, that’s A BLAST. That’s A BLAST.
So, the definition of the phrase TO HAVE A BLAST is just to have a great time, to have an amazing time, to have an incredible time, an awesome time, to really enjoy yourself. So, obviously, then this is associated with events or some kind of thing that you’ve done for the day, that you have had a lot of fun doing, that you’ve really enjoyed, that you would say WAS A BLAST. And, so that event WAS A BLAST. You can say that. But you yourself HAD A BLAST at the event. So, you HAD A BLAST and the event WAS A BLAST.
This is also similar to the expression A BLAST FROM THE PAST and I went over this in one of the 1-Minute Expression episodes. So, I’ll make sure I link that below. And so, yeah, it’s similar to that idea. Just to go over it quickly, A BLAST FROM THE PAST is just something or someone that evokes, that causes you to have a sense of nostalgia. So, you think of something from the past that you loved when you were young and you were like, “Oh man! Remember… you know, having these chocolates as a kid, this brand of chocolate. This was friggen amazing! You know, like, that IS SUCH A BLAST FROM THE PAST.”. Anyway, go watch that video if you want to see more on that.
Let’s go through some examples, guys, about what we could say when we’re trying to use the expression TO HAVE A BLAST. And again, this is going to be associated with doing things, with having things happen to you that are related to events, whatever it is.
So, for example, number 1. This is probably the most common example. You go to a party, and someone says at the end of the night, you know, you’ve been drinking, you’ve been seeing old friends, you’ve been partying hard, dancing, maybe got a little crazy and you took your shirt off. Anything could have happened. You had an amazing time thought. And at the end someone says, “Oh! You went to this party last night.”, you know, “How was it?” or at the end of the party itself they could say, “How was the party? What did you think? Did you like it? Was it fun?”, you know. It could be the person who actually ran the party, it could be the person whose house it was who organised the party, and they could be asking you, “What did you think?”. If you really liked it, if you really enjoyed yourself, if you had an amazing time you could say, “I HAD A BLAST! I HAD AN ABSOLUTE BLAST! It was an amazing night. What A BLAST! I HAD A BLAST!”.
Example number 2. Imagine that you go to a music concert and it’s a band you’ve never seen before. You aren’t sure. “Is it going to be good? Is it going to be an awful?”, you know, “I don’t know what this music’s like, I really hope it’s good.”. You end up going and you love it. You have an amazing time, you really enjoy yourself, you had your beer, the music turned out to be exactly the kind of music that you love listening to. You had no idea beforehand. Your friends had just brought you there and they’d said, you know, “You’ve got to check out this band, but we’re not telling you who it is. You’ll just come and you’ll…” Maybe you were a little skeptical at first and you were thinking, “Oh… it’s going to be horrible.”. Anyway, you had a great time, and at the end of your night your friends could say, “Well, what did you think? It was pretty good wasn’t it?” and you could say, “Far out, man! That WAS A BLAST! I HAD A BLAST! I HAD AN ABSOLUTE BLAST! What a crazy band. They’re amazing. It WAS A BLAST. I HAD A BLAST!”.
Example number 3. Could be that you try surfing for the first time. And this happens obviously where I grew up, you know, you would see people getting taught how to surf all the time on Ocean Grove main beach. If you haven’t seen that Google Ocean Grove, down near Geelong, so in Victoria, Australia. Ocean Grove beach. And there were… we used to have cars that would show up, or big trucks. Trucks? Maybe, vans. And they’d be filled with Malibu surfboards. So, the big surfboards and the ones that end in a round sort of tip that are really easy to stand on, not the sharp ones. Those are Malibus. Anyway, those trucks or vans used to show up all the time with trailers or just full of all the wetsuits and the different boards that you can use, you can hire, and you could get lessons on how to surf. And so, you would go to the beach on a lot of these days in summer and you would see a whole team of people out in the waves, not necessarily out the back of the waves, so in the really really big surf, but towards just the shallow end of the beach with the very very small waves that you can still catch. And these guys are learning how to surf, you know. Maybe they’re awful. It doesn’t matter. The whole point is that they’re in there. They’re having a go. And they’re always… they were always laughing, smiling, and you would see them come out and, you know, I would walk up and say, “What did you think? Was this your first time surfing? Did you love it?”. One of them could simply say in return, “It WAS A BLAST! I loved it. I HAD A BLAST! Surfing IS A BLAST! I HAD AN ABSOLUTE BLAST!”.
So, those are some of the examples, guys, for how you would use the expression TO HAVE A BLAST, and that was all obviously in the past tense. You could use this in the Present Tense, I’M HAVING A BLAST, I HAVE A BLAST when I do something. Or you can use it in the Future Tense, I WILL HAVE A BLAST tomorrow at this party, I’m sure. It’s going to be good. I know I’M GOING TO HAVE A BLAST.
And, just to change things up a little bit here, guys, I’m going to make this a substitution exercise where I’m going to use a number of different synonyms for A BLAST. So, in the case of A BLAST as in a good time you could say, an incredible time, a great time, an amazing time, etc., etc.. I’m going to go through the different pronouns in this example, and the first sentence is going to end with, for example, “…a great time”. And I want you to change that into “A BLAST”.
So, you’ll work it out. Let’s dive in.
I had a great time.
I had a blast.
You had an incredible time.
You had a blast.
He had a splendid time.
He had a blast.
She had an awesome time.
She had a blast.
We had an amazing time.
We had a blast.
They had a terrific time.
They had a blast.
So, that’s really all there is to it guys. A BLAST, a good time, an amazing time, an incredible time. You went to something, you really enjoyed yourself, or maybe you’re going to something and you know you’re going to enjoy yourself. That is that you are going TO HAVE A BLAST. Something WILL BE A BLAST. The event’s going to be amazing. It’LL BE A BLAST. You know you’re going to have a good time. You’LL HAVE A BLAST.
Anyway, make sure you comment down below and use this in an example. Try and use this in language. Try and use this every day, you know, in order to learn these things you have to be using them. And also, jump on Facebook, send me a message, send me a comment, just say hello. I love hearing from you guys. Tell me what you’re up to. Tell me what you’re doing with English at the moment. Have you got anything that you’re finding difficult that you would like an episode done on? Can I answer any questions for you? And until next time guys, all the best!
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By pete — 9 months ago
AE 436 – Expression: Pack A Punch
Well, we’re not sure what’s gone on here, but the roo has the dog, not the other way around. Max calmly waits for his owner to come and help. The roo sees the odds stacking against him and tries to gut the dog with his claws one last time. His powerful arms anchor the dog by the breast plate as Max doubles his efforts to escape. Finally, the roo switches his attention to Tongs and sizes up the human to be his next victim. Tongs gives the kangaroo his space, but the cranky buck comes forward ready to attack. To save himself, he launches a right hand to the kangaroo’s snout.
G’day, you mob! How is it going? And welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
So, it’s been an interesting week. As you will have seen, I smashed my phone, or at least Leo the dog smashed my phone, and you can see that He Destroyed My Phone vlog video or podcast episode. You probably saw that. So, I had to fork out a bit of money and get that repaired this week, which wasn’t amazing. And then, also ended up having to get some new shoes. So, I had somehow gotten a hole in the back of one of my shoes, and I had recently bought these shoes, I think over Christmas, and had to go and get some new shoes, because these ones were starting to rub the back of my foot. Very, very uncomfortable.
Anyway, so we go to Athlete’s Foot, a store in one of the malls here. It’s a very common store in Australia, Athlete’s Foot, though, it’s funny, because athlete’s foot is the… I think, it’s tinea, the fungi that you get in your foot. We call that ‘athlete’s foot’ as well. So, it’s always funny that there’s a store called Athlete’s Foot.
Anyway, I go get these new shoes, right? So, they test your feet. They get you to stand on this machine. You walk on the machine so that they can see where the pressure is moving through your feet as you walk. So, they can give you better shoes, I guess, for your feet. And so, we do that. She brings out a few different pairs of shoes. I try them on. I pick the best one, well, the best pair, rather. And then all of a sudden, when I got to pay for it, it was like $240, guys, $240. Jesus!
So, a lot of money. Yeah, I’d forgotten just how much proper running shoes in Australia can cost. So, nearly $250 bucks. So, that was a treat, I guess, but you’ve got to take care of your feet, right? If you’re doing a lot of walking you’re doing a lot of vlogging and podcasting whilst on the move, you need to take care of your feet.
Anyway, so that’s been my week. I also have my birthday, and thanks for everyone who is wishing me happy birthday after the vlog that came out with Leo, He Destroyed My Phone. That actually happened on my birthday. So, that was interesting.
Anyway, the movie scene at the start today, guys, that was audio from a ViralHog video on YouTube. So, this is a YouTube channel that gets these viral videos and licenses them. It’s… definitely recommend that you go and watch this video on ViralHog’s YouTube channel. It is an absolute classic. It is very Australian.
So, effectively what’s happening there is that it’s a dangerous situation where a pig dog, a dog that’s been trained to hunt pigs, has been grabbed by a powerful male buck kangaroo, and he could be disemboweled by this kangaroo. So, kangaroos have these claws on their back legs, they kick, and they can actually kill dogs by disemboweling them, scratching them to death, if you’re not careful.
So, the guy who’s the pig dog owner jumps off the car, runs over to try and save the dog, the dog gets away from the kangaroo, and the kangaroo tries to stand up and face this guy like he was going to kick him, and the guy punches the kangaroo in the face. Anyway, it’s a pretty funny strange video. I recommend you go check it out on ViralHog’s YouTube channel.
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Anyway, guys, today’s Aussie joke. So, today’s Aussie expression is related to punching, it’s related to boxing, and so I thought it was only appropriate to have an Aussie joke, or a joke, just to joke in general, doesn’t to be Australian, related to boxing, related to punching. So, here’s the joke.
What is a box’s favourite part of a joke? What is a boxer’s favourite part of a joke? The punchline! Do you get it? The punchline.
So, ‘the punchline’ is that final line that makes the joke, right? And in this case the punchline is literally when I said, “the punchline”. What’s a boxer’s favorite part of a joke? The punchline.
So, it’s a pun, it’s a play on words, with the word ‘punch’. Okay? And the punchline packs a bit of a punch for jokes, usually.
So, today’s expression comes from Gilson who follows me on Instagram and he sent me a message asking about this expression, and I said, “You know what? I’ll make this an episode for the podcast this week.”. So, big thanks to Gilson for this awesome suggestion. And remember guys, if you want to follow me on Instagram it’s just Aussie English, just do a search for that.
So, let’s go through the definitions of the words in today’s expression to pack a punch, to pack a punch. So, this is pretty simple. We’ve only really got two things here.
‘To pack’. ‘To pack’ can usually be to feel something, you know, like a suitcase or a bag, with your clothes or other items that you need in order to travel. So, before you go on a holiday, you have to pack. You have to pack your things. But in this case, it’s more to comprise something to be made of something. So, if something packs something, it’s usually that it has that with in it. Right? So, for instance, an explosion packs… or an explosive packs a big explosion. There is a big explosion within, comprised, inside of this explosive, and so when it goes off, it packs a big explosion.
‘A punch’. ‘A punch’ is the act of hitting someone or striking someone with a closed fist, with a closed hand. So, that’s usually what a boxer does, right? If a boxer’s fighting someone, he’s punching them. But in this case, it’s more that a punch is the power to impress or attract attention. So, it has to have significant impact, to have a lot of impact. It has a lot of punch, right. So, that explosive, if it packs a really big explosion, it packs quite a big punch. It has a lot of impact, right?
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So, let’s define the expression ‘to pack a punch’. So, ‘to pack a punch’, literally, is to be capable of striking someone powerfully. You know, you might have a boxer who packs quite a punch, he packs a punch. He’s very good at punching. He has a strong powerful punch. He packs a punch.
But then by extension, to be capable of having a powerful or swift effect or impact is the figurative version of this expression, ‘to pack a punch’. So, that’s more like the explosive that we were talking about going off. If it packs a punch, it’s not that it literally hits someone, it’s that it has a powerful or swift effect or impact. Okay?
So, let’s go through three examples of how I would use the expression ‘to pack a punch’.
Alright, so first… first example. Imagine that you are a marketer working for some kind of company. So, you market their products. You create ads. Okay? Publications, advertisements. That’s your job. You want to create an ad that stands out and gets the message across to consumers, people buying your product. So, you create this ad and you publish it, and it ends up being perfect. It gets across the message that you’re trying to convey and your boss is very, very happy. He might come into the office, after you’ve created this ad and published it, and he wants to congratulate you, and he might say that advert, that ad, is so perfect it packs a punch, it packs the perfect punch. It’s a really effective. It has a lot of impact. It’s brilliant. It packs a great punch.
Example number two. Imagine you go to a nice restaurant. Maybe you want to have some spicy food. So, you go to a Mexican restaurant maybe you go to a Thai restaurant, and you love spicy food, which is sort of like me. And your friend doesn’t, okay? That could be my girlfriend. She hates spicy food. So, I imagine we’ve both gone to a Mexican or Thai restaurant, we’re sitting down, and as a joke I tell Quel, “Oh, order the enchiladas here. They’re great and they’re not really that spicy. They’re fine. You’ll be fine.”. When the food comes, she might eat it and realize that in fact the enchilada here is very spicy, and she might say, “You liar! It’s spicy as and it really packs a punch. You know that I don’t like spicy food, and this enchilada, oh my gosh, the spice in it packs a punch!”. It’s very strong. The impact is significant.
Example number three. Okay, guys. You’re a small kid at school on your first day at school, and you bump into a big kid, and he bullies you. You know, maybe he pushes you to the ground and you need to defend yourself, you need to fight back against this big kid who is bullying you. And when he tries to punch or kick you maybe you dodge it and you end up pushing him to the ground. And he realises, even though you’re so much smaller than him, you’re incredibly strong, and he might say, “For such a scrawny kid, you really can pack a punch! Even though you’re so small, you sure can pack a punch. You’re incredibly effective, you have a lot of impact, you’re strong, and I didn’t think that at first. You really pack a punch!”.
All right, guys. So, I hope you understand now the expression ‘to pack a punch’. Remember, literally, it can be capable of striking someone powerfully like a boxer. Or figuratively, it can be that you are capable, or something is capable, of having a powerful or swift effect or impact.
So, let’s go through a listen and repeat exercise, guys. We always have this in these episodes to work on your pronunciation to give you something to practice saying aloud right now to work on your English pronunciation. So, you can copy me if you would like to sound like an Australian. Otherwise, practice whatever English accent you have and just say these words after me. Okay? So, let’s go. Listen and repeat after me, guys.
Listen & Repeat:
To pack a
To pack a punch x 5
I really pack a punch
You really pack a punch
He really packs a punch
She really packs a punch
We really pack a punch
They really pack a punch
It really packs a punch
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So, before we finish up, let’s go through the Aussie English fact for today, guys. So, today we had in the… at the very beginning of this episode, we had a kangaroo that was effectively trying to box with a man, and the man ends up punching the kangaroo in the face to try and defend himself and the dogs.
So, where does this thing come from? Why are kangaroos synonymous with boxing? Why is this something that we see quite a lot in Australian culture?
So, the boxing kangaroo is a national symbol of Australia and it’s used all the time in popular culture. It’s often seen as a flag with a yellow kangaroo and red boxing gloves on a green background, and you’re likely to see this really distinctive flag featured at sporting events all around Australia as well as overseas. So, it’ll usually be a symbol that Aussies will use, Aussie spectators, at these sporting events, things like cricket, tennis, basketball, or soccer, when they’re international sports. When it’s Australia vs. another country, as opposed to say, teams that are both from Australia. So, things like the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games. You’ll often see the boxing kangaroo flag.
So, a little bit about the history of this the idea of the boxing Kangaroo originates from a natural behavior of male kangaroos who are often referred to as ‘bucks’. And FYI, for your information, females are referred to as ‘does’, and young kangaroos are called ‘joeys’. Okay?
So, kangaroos have really interesting breeding behaviour and social structures. Large groups of kangaroos are referred to as ‘mobs’, and this is why Aussies often call a large group of people ‘a mob’. You might say, ‘hey, you mob!’. And these mobs can range from a handful of members of these kangaroos up to a hundred or more kangaroos. So, the mobs can get quite large.
Kangaroo bucks box in order to establish dominance as the most dominant male leads the mob and often has exclusive access to females for mating. So, he’s the one who gets to father all the joeys, at least theoretically. Given the chance, subordinate males, the ones who aren’t dominant, will often mate with receptive females pulling a fast one on the dominant males who are probably pretty busy mating with the numerous other females in their mob. So, it’s not always that effective being the dominant male.
When boxing male kangaroos use their smaller four legs, so their arms, to hold onto the attacker’s head and neck whilst they use the claws on their larger more powerful hind legs to kick, slash, or even disembowel their opponent whilst supporting themselves on their thick muscular tail. So, they actually use that tail to support themselves and hold themselves off the ground in order to kick.
So, the stance resembles that of a boxer when they’re doing this, and you can see this on YouTube in this video, right? When they’re fighting they actually look like a human boxer.
So, if you watch any kangaroo doco, you’ll probably see joeys start boxing from a really young age, and they tend to do this in order to develop their fighting skills and give them the best chance at one day being a dominant male, at least for a short period of time, and passing on their genes to the next generation.
So, what about people boxing kangaroos? Have you guys seen this? This was actually a thing in the past. This used to happen. And it seems like it only took colonists a little over a hundred years from when they colonised Australia in 1788 to realise that kangaroos could be trained to box humans, to fight humans, and that this could be used as a source of entertainment for Outback travelling shows, and this started occurring in the late 1800s, so in the 19th century.
In 1895, a German silent film was actually made about fighting kangaroos and this was made by Max Skladanowski, and was called Das Boxende Känguruh. Christine, you’ll have to let me know if I have pronounced that correctly in German. And an English silent film by Bert Acres was made the following year.
So, since these first silent film era movies were made, at least four other movies have been made as well about humans boxing kangaroos, and this symbol has only continued to become more prominent since that period of time.
During the World War Two, boxing kangaroos were stenciled onto Australian fighter aircraft and navy ships. And in 1983, the characteristic green, red, and yellow flag that I mentioned earlier was created by a sailing team on the Australia II yacht in the America’s Cup, and this flag has since skyrocketed into common use by rabid Aussie sporting fans all over the world.
Anyway guys, I hope you enjoy that episode. I hope that teaches you a bit about biology of kangaroos, a bit about Australian history, a bit about the crazy practice of boxing with kangaroos in the past. That’s absolutely insane. And yeah, I hope that you check this episode out in the Aussie English Classroom, guys. I think there’ll be a lot of awesome bonus content to help you skyrocket your English.
Anyway, thanks for hanging around today, guys. I hope you have an amazing weekend and I’ll chat to you soon.
Peace out, guys.
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