In this episode of Effortless Phrasal Verbs I teach you the concepts behind phrasal verbs that include the particles AROUND and ABOUT.
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By pete — 2 years ago
You may or may not have been asking yourself, “Why the glasses, Pete?” as I’ve been wearing the glasses in quite a lot of videos. Here’s the reason why.
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Why the glasses?
Pete, what’s with the glasses? What gives? What’s up? Why are you wearing glasses all the time?
So, I thought I would do this quick episode to explain, what’s the deal? What gives? What’s up? Why am I always wearing the glasses?
First and foremost, I wear these all the times when I’m outside. So, any time I’m walking from A to B, from one place to another, I protect my eyes, especially somewhere like Australia where you’ve got a lot of sunlight, a lot of UV. I protect my eyes and I like wearing sunglasses.
Secondly, I want to to wear them as something that differentiates me. So, obviously, in the world of podcasts or personalities in general online, on Facebook, on websites, on YouTube, on TV, whatever it is, you need to have a way to differentiate yourself, and something that isn’t necessarily invasive or incredibly stupid, you know. If I was to have a mohawk that was pink that would be a way of differentiating myself but to be honest it’s not really me. That’s not my kind of personality. So, I wear the sunglasses more because I want to be somewhat recognised and remembered as “The dude who wears sunglasses”. I don’t really care about weather or not I have sunglasses on, like, I’m not trying to hide something from you guys at all. I don’t mind taking them off. I don’t mind talking to you normally. I’m not ashamed of my eyes or anything like that, although, it is somewhat bright where I’m sitting at the moment looking out of the window. But yeah, so they’re the first two reasons.
The third reason, and this is one that I picked up from a YouTube personality a few months ago who mentioned this and it seemed incredibly, I guess, how would I explain it? It seemed intuitive. It’s one of those things where I don’t mind not wearing glasses when I’m talking directly to the camera, I’m riffing, I’m ad libbing, I’m making it up on the spot and I can look at you. But when I have to refer to notes on the computer, which is actually down here, if I take my camera you can see my computer down here, if I have to refer to that, even for the just dot points, which I use sometimes in these episodes, I don’t like the fact that my eyes are darting around all the time, especially when I re-watch these videos. I find it sort of confusing, frustrating and almost like I’m not concentrating.
And so, I don’t want to pass on that kind of image or message when people are watching these videos. So, part of the reason that I wear these sunglasses is that it looks like I’m always looking at the camera. So, even though at the moment I’m looking down, I’m looking up, I’m looking left, I’m looking right, it looks like I’m looking directly at the camera, because you can’t see the whites of my eyes as they move around.
And so, it’s just one less thing that you guys are going to focus on when you’re watching these videos and you’re trying to practice your English, you’re not going to be thinking, “What’s he looking at? What’s he doing? What’s that over there? What’s this over here?”.
So, anyway, that’s my rationale, that’s my reason for wearing the sunglasses in quite a lot of videos.
First and foremost, I like protecting my eyes when I’m out and about and I also don’t like squinting. So, if I’m videoing outside and the sun’s in my face, I don’t really want to be there the whole time doing these ones. Like, you know, it’s uncomfortable and it’s just not very photogenic for the camera.
Secondly, I… what was the second reason again? I’ve totally just forgotten… Secondly, I want to differentiate myself. Everyone is going to know someone who has no hair, who has blue eyes, who is Australian, but if you say “The Australian guy who wears sunglasses in all of his videos and teaches English.” there’s probably going to be very few of them online currently doing what I’m doing. So, that’s the second reason.
And the third one is to not distract you guys with my eye movement when I am looking down and reading the dot points that I have listed here on the spreadsheets and word documents while I’m trying to make these episodes.
Let me know what you think guys. I don’t know if it’s a bad idea or a good idea. It’s just something that I’ve started doing. Maybe you think it’s dumb, maybe you think it’s a distracting idea to have these in there, maybe you think it’s a good idea. Let me know below. I’ll chuck this up on YouTube and you guys can give me some feedback. And yeah, give me a thumbs up if you liked the video and subscribe to the channel if you want to learn more Aussie English. Catch you all later!
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 267 – 11 Words To Mispronounce To Sound Like A Native
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today I want to talk to you about 11 different words that native speakers say incorrectly and why you should be seeing them incorrectly too.
So often spoken English is different from how it’s written, and the reason this occurs is because we’re trying to convey ideas by speaking, obviously, as quickly as possible.
And a lot of the time correctly pronouncing these words doesn’t lend itself to speaking quickly.
So, a lot of the time sounds change, letters are removed, or syllables are removed from words.
And I do this all the time.
Native speakers do this all the time in English.
And I’m sure it happens in your native language as well.
So, today we’re going to go through a list of words that I would say, that are reduced down, that I think you should say as well to sound like a native.
1. Clothes = “close” – / kləʊs /
All right. No. 1. “Clothes”. “Clothes”.
This is even hard for me to say, especially, when speaking quickly.
“I’m wearing a lot of clothes”.
So, often this one will actually get reduced down to just “clo-es”.
No “TH”. “TH” is turfed.
It’s thrown out. It’s removed. It’s ditched bye-bye “TH”. Close.
And it sounds like, “Opening the door and then closing it”. Close.
2. Asked = “ast” – / ɑːst /
No. 2. “Asked”. “Asked”.
This one, there’s quite a few different consonants in there. “S-K-T”.
It’s very difficult to say quickly.
So, we often get rid of the “K”. “Ast”.
“I as-ed him. I as-ed him a few times. What do they say. I don’t know but I as-ed him.”
“I as-ed”. “As-ed”.
3. Exactly – “ig-zak-ly” – / ɪgˈzækli /
No. 3. “Exactly”. “Exactly”.
This one gets changed as well where the “T” gets removed this time.
It gets ditched, thrown out. It’s too hard to say “Exactly”.
So, we just get rid of the “T”, and we say “exac-ly”, “exac-ly”.
“Is this right? Yeah that’s exac-ly right. That is exac-ly right.”
4. Properly – “prop-ly” – / ˈprɒpli /
No. 4. “Properly”. “Properly”.
This one, again, too many syllables.
“Do we speak properly when we’re speaking quickly.
No we speak prop-ly”. “Prop-ly”.
5. Probably – “probly” – / ˈprɒbli /
That same thing happens here in number five, “Probably”.
This one, again, too long.
We get rid of one of those syllables, and we say “Pro-bly”. It’s pro-bly not correct to say pro-bly.” “Pro-bly”.
6. Library – “li-be-ry” – / ˈlaɪbəri / “li-bry” – / ˈlaɪbri /
No. 6. “Library”. “Library”.
It’s very weird to say ”library”.
This one can be either.
You can say “Li-be-ry” or you could just say “li-bry”.
I’d probably just say “li-bry”.
“I’m going to the li-bry”.
“I’ve asked Dave and he said he’s going to the li-bry. Is that true? Exac-ly.“
7. February – “Fe-bu-ry” – / ˈfɛbʊri /
No. 7. “February”. “February”.
This one sort of like library.
Those two “R’s” in there a bit weird.
So, this one is going to be said as “Feb-ury” “Fe-bu-ry”.
“I’m going to the li-bry in Feb-ury. Pro-bly. I’m not sure, but yeah pro-bly.”
8. Laboratory – “Lab-ro-to-ry” – / ləˈbrətəri /
No. 8 “Laboratory”.
Again, too long. Cut that stuff down.
“Lab-ratory” or even just a lab. But in this case “lab-ratory”.
“I’m working in the lab-ratory.”
9. Cupboard – “Cu-board” – / ˈkʌbəd /
No. 9 “Cupboard”.
No one, no one anywhere would ever say “cupboard”, “cupboard”.
There’s two consonants in there, the “P” and the “B”, and we just say the “B”.
“I’m going to open the cu-board, and I’m going to put my li-bry books in the cu-board pro-bly, but I need to make sure that they’re arranged pro-ply.”
10. Chocolate – “Choc-lit” – / ˈʧɒklɪt /
No. 10 “Chocolate”,
It’s actually spelt kind of weird.
But this I would say as “Choc-late”.
And I think most native speakers would say that as well.
“Choc-late”. You wouldn’t say “chocolate”.
Too long. “Choc-late”.
11. Different – “Diff-rent” – / ˈdɪfrənt /
No. 11 “Different”.
And this goes for “difference” as well.
We would just say “diff-rent” or “diff-rence”.
“What’s the diff-rence? I can’t tell the diff-rence. There’s no diff-rence. It’s the same they’re not diff-rent.”
And I’ll give you a bonus one.
12. Wednesday – “Wenz-day” – / ˈwɛnzdeɪ /
No. 12 “Wednesday”.
This one, it’s so weird, I know.
No one would ever say it like that.
This isn’t even a matter of contracting it down to something that’s said incorrectly.
No one would say “Wednesday”.
I do say this in my head when I’m trying to spell it, but when I’m speaking it’s just “Wens-day”, “Wens-day”.
So I hope you watched that episode guys try and learn to say these correctly, obviously, but practice them incorrectly like a native as well, because it will allow you to blend in and sound a lot more like it.
Good luck guys. Keep at it.
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