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By pete — 7 months ago
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AE 461: How to Pronounce the Australian ‘O’
Alright, so we’re almost at the end of the field here where there’re trees
and I just don’t want to make too much noise, ’cause I know that I’ll probably scare them.
What’s going on, guys? I thought we could do a vlog today, ’cause I’ve had quite a few questions regarding the Australian ‘O’ sound.
So, let’s go and do a ‘vlog’. Let’s just go.
Alright, so I am going to find a nice shaded spot to sit down in and do this lesson.
This looks perfect. Look at that! That was made to be sat on! That was definitely made to be sat on. So, I’ll set up and let’s do this. Boom!
So, how’s this, guys! A bit of Australian pronunciation in the bush, or at least as close as I can get currently in the Australian bush.
So, you’re probably going to hear things like crows singing in the background, and maybe currawongs, you’ll hear birds, all sorts of stuff.
But, this is the office for the day and I wanted to tell you how to do the ‘O’ sound in Australian English.
Okay. The ‘O’ sound. So, the Australian ‘O’. There are two things happening here. This is a diphthong so there are two vowel sounds. You’re going to hear “O-o”, “O-o”. Okay? It’s going to go “O-o”. It sort of rounds. Okay? It goes “O-o”.
How do we make these two different sounds? First, obviously, we have the mouth a little bit more opened and the lips are rounded. Okay? Like, “O”, “O”.
And then the jaw comes up a bit and the tongue gets closer to the top of the mouth. So, it sounds like “o”. Okay? And the lips have rounded ever so slightly.
So, I always try and explain this to my students by saying there’s a bit ‘O’ at the start with your lips, ‘O’, and then it goes to a small ‘o’ by lifting the jaw, ‘O-o’ x 3.
Okay? Say that with me.
‘O-o’ x 4.
Good, good, good.
Now I’ll try a sentence for you guys, or a few sentences, that you can repeat after me in order to perfect your pronunciation. Okay?
So, let me just think here for a sec, ’cause I’m doing this on the fly, I’m doing this on the spot.
You never know when to go.
You never know when to go.
I throw toes at Beau’s nose.
I throw toes at Beau’s nose.
So, I don’t know if Beau won’t go.
So, I don’t know if Beau won’t go.
Dingoes and crows go after snowmen.
Dingoes and crows go after snowmen.
Good job, guys. So, I hope that helps. I hope it gives you a bit of an idea. Just keep listening, repeating, listening, repeating. Really try and nail this vowel sound in Australian English as it will really, really help you sound a lot more like an Australian.
And it tends to be one of the first things I notice when I hear foreigners speaking English if they get it right. It really sticks out and I’m suddenly like, oh, okay, this person’s working on their Australian accent. That’s pretty good.
So, I would love to ‘know’ what you guys think. So, ‘go’ down to the comments and let me ‘know’. Let me ‘know’.
Alright, I will see you in the next one, guys. Peace!
So, I just decided to lift up this rock here to see what we would find.
What do you guys think this little dude is? Or should I say this little lady?
This is one of Australia’s most dangerous spiders that is called the redback spider for obvious reasons.
So, we might leave her here, but yeah, this is one nasty little spider that if you see it, probably just leave it alone and definitely do not pick it up.
So, usually, there’s a whole heap of kangaroos in this field here, especially at sunset.
So, the sun is… can I get my hand in front of it? Right here-ish, and it’ll probably set in about an hour maybe a bit more.
But there is… there’s water down here, there’re trees down here, so they sit there and rest all day, and then at night or in the evening when the sun sets, they come out in this field here and eat this kind of grass.
So, that’s why I thought I would come down here, but they don’t seem to be out just yet. But, I wonder if they are lying under the trees chilling out, scratching their balls, and waiting for the sun to go down. So, let’s see if we can get a little closer and have a look.
Alright, so we’re almost at the end of the field here where there are trees and I just don’t want to make too much noise, ’cause I know that I’ll probably scare them, assuming they’re here that is.
So, you’ll be able to see here behind me, I don’t know what this is for exactly, but the wire’s pointing in, which means we shouldn’t go in, and I’m not going to go in, but obviously, it’s not trying to keep the kangaroos in, it’s trying to keep people out.
But there… I’ve seen 100s of kangaroos in here before. I’ll show you what I’m looking at.
So, if we get close, hopefully I’ll have enough time to switch lenses so that I can get a closer look for you guys as I’ve brought Kel’s camera with me, which has a much bigger lens on it.
So, a bit of a biology lesson for you guys. Kangaroos tend to stay out of the heat in the middle of the day when the sun’s out, because unlike humans they can’t sweat.
A lot of mammals, you might be surprised to know, can’t sweat in order to lose heat like humans. They have to… they have to pant to cool themselves down.
And so, one way for kangaroos to avoid overheating is obviously avoiding the daylight and instead being active in the evenings when it’s still warm but it’s not really, really, really hot. They’re not going to have direct sunlight. And a really cool thing that they do when they want to cool themselves down, if it’s a hot day, even if they’re in the shade, is that they… they lick their arms. So, they have veins on their forearms really close to the skin and they wet the skin in order to allow heat transfer to occur more rapidly. So, they cool down. So, they actually have this cool adaptation of putting saliva on their arms, wetting the fur, and then when that evaporates it cools them down.
Anyway, I don’t know where they are. They mustn’t be at this end… They mustn’t be at this end. I’ll have to keep exploring and we’ll see if we can find something interesting.
Well, it looks like they don’t want someone in here. They’ve obviously gotten some kind of machine and dug this huge ditch here across this road, right across this road, so that people can’t drive in. However, it seems that they have gotten around that by simply going around the trees here. So, there you go.
So, we know we are in the right place, because these are kangaroo paw tracks on an ant hill here. You can see these holes in the ant hill. And there is also kangaroo faeces.
So, mister kangaroo has been kind enough to crap on mister ant’s ant hill. So, at least we know they’re around here somewhere.
Alright, so I found the kangaroos. They are about… they’re about 1 kilometre this way, unfortunately. However, I did also see… I can see one from here, actually, way over here. So, I might go check that out. But yeah, bugger! (I’ll) see if I can get a shot of these for you guys. Right above my finger there way, way off in the distance.
The funny thing is too, there’s so many animals out here, right? I can see ducks, I can see coots, all of these water birds, swans, and then we’ve also got a bird of prey sitting up here watching over the creek where I am. Or the creek, the dam, whatever this is. There’s a bird of prey. I think it’s some kind of kite. Let’s see if I can get a shot of it.
So, I’ve already seen some kangaroos, guys. They’re right here in front of me. I need to probably whisper because they can see me, they’re all looking at me now actually. They’re about 100m in front of me. I’m going to try and get some good shots of them whilst they’re eating. So, let’s see how we go.
Alright, guys. So, this is about as close as you can get to kangaroos in Australia without frightening them off. Well, they just ran off a little bit, but there’s still a really, really big dude here that I’m not going to mess with, hopping around somewhere. And you can see too how quickly they disappear. There is actually probably about 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 kangaroos in front of me here, but as they bend down into the long grass you can’t see them at all. You just see these little curves. So, pretty cool. Pretty cool. Anyway, I’m going to let them eat and I’m going to head home. Night, guys!
God damn it!
I tell you what, guys, I think this comes under the heading of “No shit Sherlock!”. “Road closed”. What road?
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By pete — 1 month ago
AE 515: 13 x Hand Expression + English Test
G’day, guys! What’s going on? I am Pete, the host of Aussie English and today I want to teach you a whole bunch of expressions to do with the hand. Let’s go!
Alright, so, number one, guys: is to live hand-to-mouth. To live hand-to-mouth. This means to live with the bare minimum of food of money of whatever resource it may be and to have none left over afterwards, to have none spare. For example: While studying at university I really lived hand-to-mouth. I’m still living hand-to-mouth even with this new promotion.
Number two: to be caught red-handed right? The idea there being you have blood on your hands because you have been caught in the act of doing something wrong or committing a crime. So, for example, the examiner caught the student cheating red-handed on the exam. I caught my son red-handed taking a cookie out of the cookie jar.
Number three: Second hand. Second hand. If you get something second hand, you’re getting it and it’s not new. It’s not brand new, it’s second hand, someone else has owned that before you so, for example, I’m going to buy a second-hand car. Did you get that jumper second hand from the op shop?
Number four: to give someone a hand, to give someone a hand, this means to assist someone with something they’re doing. Could you give me a hand with this heavy couch? I can’t really lift it on my own. I’m gonna give James a hand with his car on the weekend. We’re gonna repair it.
Number five: to be good with your hands. To be good with your hands. That one tends to be pretty obvious, but it’s usually used to mean that you are skilful with your hands when making something or when repairing something. Dave works as a plumber and has always been good with his hands. If you’re good with your hands, can you help me fix my broken camera?
Number six: at hand. To be at hand. I guess that’s you can reach that thing if it’s at hand, right? So, it is to be close by or to be readily accessible, you can get to it. So, for example, I’ll ring up the police and see if they have an officer at hand to investigate this crime. Do you have your mobile phone at hand?
Number seven: to wash your hands of something. To wash your hands of something. This means that you refuse to have anything more to do with something and it can be someone as well. After our fight, I washed my hands of Peter and I want nothing more to do with him. She washed her hands of cigarettes years ago, hasn’t touched a smoke since.
Number eight: to have your hands tied. To have your hands tied. If you have your hands tied, it is that you are unable to act freely and you have to follow the rules or abide by the law. The cop pulled me over and wanted to let me go, but his hands were tired and he had to give me the fine. The judge says her hands are tied and the law requires a harsh sentence.
Number nine: to know something like the back of your hand. If you know something like the back of your hand or more specifically if you know a place like the back of your hand, it is that you know that thing incredibly well, right? You would imagine you know the back of your hand pretty, well better than anyone else. I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life and I know the place like the back of my hand. She knows this neighbourhood like the back of her hand.
Number ten: hands down! Hands down. This means easily and decisively, right? So, will usually use this when talking about the most extreme something, the best thing, the worst thing, right? For example: this restaurant is hands down the worst restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. The Matrix is hands-down the best film we’ve ever seen.
Number eleven: to take matters into your own hands. To take matters into your own hands. This means to deal with a problem yourself because the person who was meant to be dealing with it was unable to do so. After the police gave up the investigation, we decided to take matters into our own hands. I might have to take matters into my own hands. If you don’t deal with your misbehaving son.
Number 12: on one hand… on the other hand… So, we use on one hand or on the one hand to introduce a statement that we’re then going to compare to an opposite statement usually or a contrasting statement on the other hand. For example:
on one hand, I want to go to the party tonight, but on the other hand I have to study. On one hand, she wants to go to the gym and get fit, on the other hand, she’s too busy with work.
The very last one, guys, the very last one, number thirteen is: first-hand, and you can also hear this as second-hand and third-hand, fourth-hand etc. So, when we use first hand this usually means directly it’s happened to you directly. So, you’ll hear something first hand, you will learn something first hand, you will see something first hand and that means that you personally did that thing. If it’s second hand, it’s that you did so through someone else. If someone tells you a rumour about someone else, you’ve heard that rumour second hand or you’ve heard that information second hand through someone else and not the direct source, ok? So, examples: when the dog growled at the girl, she learned first-hand not to pull its tail. I heard second hand that Bill’s going to divorce his wife. So, there you go guys. There you go!
Those are 13 expressions that you can use that are related to the body part the hand. They’re very common, they’re very useful! So, learn those and if you have a video that you would like me to do in the future on expressions like this surrounding a theme, make sure to comment below and let me know which you would like me to do. And also, don’t forget to hit that like button and subscribe to see more videos like this. Thanks for joining me, guys. See you soon!
Let’s review with the test. I’ll show you the question followed by the answer if you need more time pause the video. Good job guys, well done! I hope you scored well, and I’ll see you next time.
Let’s review with a test!
I’ll show you the question followed by the answer. If you need more time, pause the video.
- If you’re comparing two contrasting things you use the expression _______.
- On the one hand, on the other hand
- Hands are tied
If you’re comparing two contrasting things you use the expression on the one hand, on the other hand.
- If you only make enough money for the bare necessities in life, you __________.
- Live hand to mouth
- Give someone a hand
If you only make enough money for the bare necessities in life, you live hand to mouth.
- If you decide to deal with a problem because the person who should have dealt with it has failed to, you have _______.
- Taken matters into your own hands
- Your hands tied
If you decide to deal with a problem because the person who should have dealt with it has failed to, you have taken matters into your own hands.
- If something is easily and decisively the best, it’s ______ the best.
- Hands down
- At hand
If something is easily and decisively the best, it’s hands down the best.
- If you know a location incredibly well, you ______.
- Know it like the back of your hand
- Take matters into your own hands
If you know a location incredibly well, you know it like the back of your hand.
- If you catch someone in the middle of committing a crime you _________.
- Wash your hands of them
- Caught them red-handed
If you catch someone in the middle of committing a crime you caught them red-handed.
- If someone or something you need is readily accessible, it’s _______.
- At hand
If someone or something you need is readily accessible, it’s at hand.
- If you are amazing at repairing or making things, you are ________.
- At hand
- Good with your hands
If you are amazing at repairing or making things, you are good with your hands.
- If you learn information directly from the source, you’ve learnt it _______.
- Hands down
If you learn information directly from the source, you’ve learnt it first-hand.
- If you assist someone with something, you ________.
- Give them a hand
- Are good with your hands
If you assist someone with something, you give them a hand.
- If you have to follow the law even if you don’t want to, your ________.
- Hands down
- Hands are tied
If you have to follow the law even if you don’t want to, your hands are tied.
- If you buy something that isn’t brand new, you’ve bought it _______.
If you buy something that isn’t brand new, you’ve bought it second-hand.
- If you no longer want anything to do with someone, you’ve ______.
- Washed your hands of them
- Caught them red handed
If you no longer want anything to do with someone, you’ve washed your hands of them.
Good job, guys! Well done! I hope you scored well and I’ll see you next time!
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