In this Aussie English episode of Effortless Phrasal Verbs I’m going to teach you to use phrasal verbs with OFF like a native English speaker.
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 280 – WWP: Future Plans For AE. What Do You Think?
What’s up guys? Welcome to this episode of Walking with Pete.
(I) thought I would do this on the way in to have brunch with my friends Emily and Andy.
They were the ones who’s wedding I went to recently.
I can’t remember if I posted some photos up on Instagram while I was there at the wedding.
I think I did. But, yeah, (they are) some of my friends who got married in the Dandenong Ranges.
And the Dandenong Ranges are a series of mountains outside of Melbourne.
So it’s beautiful out there with really really big trees. It’s all forested.
So, (I’m) going to Hot Poppy to have brunch with them. And brunch is the meal between breakfast and lunch.
Hence “br-unch”, breakfast-lunch, brunch. So, I’ve just sort of come out of my house.
It’s bloody cold. It’s really cold. Well at least for a Melbournian. For me it’s cold.
It’s probably about five or six degrees, and really foggy today. It’s kind of bizarre.
I can’t see any of the buildings in the city and even the buildings in the hospital nearby I can’t see because of the fog.
So, it’s funny that the fog has lingered this long as it normally disappears pretty quickly once the sun comes up.
But, yeah, so I had a few things to talk about today and I thought I would try to do some more Walking With Pete episodes as it had been a while since I’ve really done them. I’ve been a bit busy with the PhD.
(I) finally submitted that though. So, I have a little more spare time to do this sort of stuff. And yeah, what else?
I’ve been busy with a few other things, just work and life in general, but I know you guys like Walking With Pete episodes where I talk to you as if you’re standing next to me walking with me, just like a friend.
So that you can practice your English. But, I guess to give you a bit of an update with Aussie English, I’ve got some things that I’m thinking about at the moment.
Sort of the next step. What to do.
So, obviously, you guys know that I have the Aussie English Supporter Pack, which is a weekly pack of bonus material that goes with the expression episodes that come out every Sunday.
So obviously you get the exercises in there to help you learn the language and the English that’s used in each lesson a little more thoroughly.
So I focus on, you know, the pronunciation, expressions, these, you know, we do the substitution exercise with phrasal verbs, and a little point of grammar.
But I’m trying to think constantly what else can I do? What else can I add? How else can I help you guys accelerate learning in English, and specifically obviously Australian English?
And more recently, I’ve been thinking about putting together a membership website.
So like as opposed to where the Aussie English Supporter Pack is… It’s a membership, but it’s just for, obviously, the weekly episodes where you get all the bonus content.
I would love to have an entire online experience, an online website that effectively becomes a one-stop shop for everyone and anyone learning Australian English.
What do I mean by this? I guess basically I mean that you would have all sorts of extra content in a data library in the membership.
So you would have courses on Australian pronunciation, on spoken contractions, on the history of Australia, on all sorts of things like that that are about… oh (I’ve) just got to run across the road!
All sorts of things like that that are about Australia, about the Australian language, about our history, about our culture.
All of those sorts of bonus exercises for each episode, that I can just build this huge library of resources online for people to sign up and use to try and allow people to have a community as well where they can go and just focus 100 percent on Australian English, and improving their spoken Australian English.
So more recently I’ve been trying to think about how I can implement that.
How I can sort of get started with that. And one idea was to start with 30 day challenges.
So I was thinking that I could do a 30-day challenge with Australian slang where I would pick maybe thirty or so commonly used Australian slang terms that I use, that other Australians use.
And you learn one day.
You get like an MP3 File talking about it, and talking about how do you use it, and also with a few exercises in an e-mail every day for 30 days.
And also you’d get like a PDF with that MP3 file, obviously.
And so, not only will I be able to help people who just want a bit of motivation, they want to, you know, practice their Australian slang, but then I can also add that 30 day challenge, all of the material from that, to the online library, the Australian, you know, English membership site that I will have created at the end of every challenge that I create.
And so it sort of… it motivates me to do it little bit by little bit.
I’m helping people at the same time as well as, I guess, reaching more people, and encouraging more people to be involved in the Aussie English community.
And then I can put it all into the library at the end of each month that I create this stuff, and slowly build it online.
So, where for instance, if you wanted access to the entire 30 day course straight away you could just sign up straight away to that to get access to it or you can go through the 30 day thing.
But then obviously, if you want all the other previous 30 day courses or challenges then they would also all be in the in the online membership site as well, as well as all this other bonus stuff that I would put together bit by bit piece by piece.
And I think Australian interviews I want to do a lot of Australian interviews whenever I sort of go around and travel around and talk to Aussies.
Anyway these are all ideas just going around in my head. Obviously, the reason I’m talking about it… lot of noise.
Hopefully you guys can hear me.
The main reason I’m wanting to talk about this stuff is because at the end of the day I can have all these ideas, I can think they’re all great, I can think of perfect ideas, but I need to put them out there so that you guys can give me feedback and tell me what you think, what you want, what’s going to be useful for you, because all of this content really is made for you.
So, make sure you let me know what you think. Give me some feedback.
I want to serve you guys I want to help you guys learn Australian English as fast as possible, as fun as possible, and in a community.
I really want to get people involved and talking with one another and interacting and, you know, just make it a lot more fun.
So, they’re the sort of ideas at the moment.
That’s where things stand. That’s how things are.
Aside from that, I guess, and it’s a little bit further into the future, when the online membership, you know, I don’t even know what I’m going to call it.
I’d probably call it something like Aussie English Academy or Aussie English Club or something like that.
I was thinking about I can also gamify it.
You know, this is further down the track, further down the road, but eventually I would love to be able to gamify the learning experience.
What I mean by this?
So you would have all of these different courses in the Aussie English membership website. You would have all of this material online.
And if I gamify that material it would show, you know, you would sign up, you would get a membership, and then you could say make an avatar, make a character for that membership that you sign up (for), that would be you, that would be unique, you know, you get to create it.
And then on top of that, you could… you get points, effectively, for all of the content that you go through.
So whether it’s finishing a course. Whether it’s listening to a podcast episode.
Every sort of… every little bit of work that you do you gain points.
And then I was thinking that it’d be good if I can find ways of allowing you to turn those points that you earn through consuming content into products or services that you could then use to continue learning Australian English.
So, for example, if you went through, I don’t know, a course on Australian slang, and you finish it and you earn a thousand points.
It’d be really cool if I could turn those thousand Points into say a half an hour lesson with an Australian English speaker, whether it’s me or someone else.
So that, not only are you motivated to finish the course because of the sort of gamification, earning points, but then you can redeem these points, you can turn these points into something else that will further your English.
So that you could take these points and get a book, an Australian book, or you take these points and you get a lesson with an Australian speaker.
They’re these ideas that are going around in my head.
I think, ultimately, the way that languages are taught at the moment in classes and via books is becoming more and more redundant I feel.
I feel like everything’s moving online, everything’s moving to self-paced learning where you’re in control of how much you do, how often you do it.
And so that’s why I’m sort of thinking about these ideas and wanting to talk to you guys about these ideas to see what you think, because yeah, I want your feedback.
I want to see what you guys think, and if you guys think this would be effective and a great way of learning Australian English.
Anyway. Those are the ideas. Let me know what you think guys, whether it’s in a comment on Facebook or send me a message.
Maybe I’m crazy or maybe I’ve got my finger on the pulse, and I am, you know, incredibly aligned with what you guys want.
But ultimately I really really want your feedback.
I want you to tell me what you think, what’s important to you, how do you want to learn Australian English, how do you want me to teach you Australian English, what can I do to improve your learning experience.
You know, I’m always looking for constructive feedback.
So, I am almost at Hot Poppy on Errol Street. It’s a cafe.
I’m about to see my friends Em and Andy.
I might leave it there and chat to you guys soon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode. I hope you guys having a killer week.
I hope it’s a little warmer where you guys are than it is here. And I’ll see you soon.
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By pete — 2 years ago
In this YouTube video I explain to you guys why I don’t read from a script when I record videos and episodes for Aussie English.
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Why I Don’t Read From A Script
Ok guys, welcome to this video in Aussie English.
Today I wanted to talk to you a bit about why and how I do my different episodes. So, why I do them without a script and how I set them up. So, I guess first and foremost the expression ones I love… I love to go through the definition of each of these words that are in a given expression, and I often choose expressions that I will hear myself say as well as when I have conversations with other friends I’m all the time writing down these sorts of expressions that I hear and that I use, and especially when I talk with foreigners who speak English as a second language, a lot of the time I use these expressions without even thinking and they will say, “What did you just say? What does that mean? That sounds so weird?”, and then I realize, you know, all of a sudden I’ll be like, “Ok, what does this expression literally mean? Uh… it doesn’t make any literal sense but this is what we mean when we say this expression”. So, that is how I like to choose them. I’m not really into just searching on the web for weird ah… strange expressions for the sake of teaching them. There are a lot of weird Australian ones. I mean, one example could be “As dry… as dry as a nun’s nasty”, and it’s a bit of a vulgar expression, but at the same time it’s not really used very often. I’m not even going to define it here but if you want to look it up, “As dry as a nun’s nasty”, you can look it up on Google and you’ll find stereotypical ah… Australian expressions like that, but they’re not very often heard, at least with… with native speakers unless they’re trying to be a little cliché and, you know, make fun of the fact that someone’s Australian or that they’re Australian, or overplay the fact that they are Australian. So, they’re the kinds of expressions I like to choose, and the ones that I use. They’re ones that I catch myself saying, and they’re ones that I hear other people bring up and ask me to clarify on. So, that… that’s evidence to me that it’s worth explaining in an episode if a foreign… a foreigner has… has an issue with a certain expression that I use then that… that shows me that it’s worth explaining.
Another reason that I like to go over the expressions in a non-scripted way is because I feel like if I were to read of a script it’s a little disingenuous. It’s not… it wouldn’t reflect the kind of English you’re going to hear on a daily basis spoken by native speakers. So, what do I mean by this? If I were to read off a script the sentences would be perfectly, ideally perfectly formed. They would be short, you know, there would be no “You know’s”. There would be no “But’s” or “Um’s” or, you know, “Ah”, “Uh”, “But”, “Ah”. And those parts of English are important I feel, and it’s really important to include them in… in these recordings. I like that I say “You know” and “Um’s” and “But’s” and even though it… when I go through and write the transcripts I always kind of pinch myself and get irritated when I see “You know’s” and “Um’s” and “Ah’s” in the middle of sentences because written English would never look like that, and you’re taught to try and minimise how much you say that in school especially if you’re giving a speech or some kind of talk, but a lot of native speakers use this. I use this. I use this when I’m speaking with most of my friends. I use it when I’m speaking about things that I don’t know much about, when I know things that I know incredibly well, like even if I were to give a talk about my… my PhD project I would probably still “You know”, but I try and minimise the amount of times I say these things, but at the same time they are things that native speakers say all the time, and they are the kinds of things that you need practice listening to and hearing, and I feel like if I were to read off a transcript it would be giving you a false impression or a… a different ideal, a different experience than spoken English. If you were to speak with me in a room about a certain topic I would talk like this where I’m just thinking off the top of my head. It’s more a stream of thought as opposed to perfectly um… sensical grammatical sentences put together. So, that’s… that’s one of the biggest reasons that I kind of like but at the same time it’s a little ah… frustrating. I like doing these… these things without a transcript. The English isn’t always 100% grammatically correct but at the same time it’s the kind of English that you’re going to hear and that’s why I feel that it’s so important that you get exposure and experience listening to and reading off these transcript the kinds of um… the kinds of… the kind of English that I’m going to use, and that’s why I include the “Um’s” and the “Ah’s” and the “You know’s” in there also so that you can see that it wasn’t me ah… mispronouncing a word, or whatever, you can see exactly what that vowel sound or the sentence “You know” in the middle of a sentence, what it all means. So, that’s why I try and include it in the transcripts as well.
The last bit I guess I should go over is the pronunciation exercises. I still want to hear your feedback on this because I don’t know necessarily whether or not you enjoy these, whether or not they’re helping. I hope they’re helping. It’s the kind of thing that I use when I’m practicing my French and my Portuguese, and the podcasts that I listen to when I’m doing my Portuguese and French practice often have these kinds of exercises in them, and I feel that they’ve helped me personally improve um… my Portuguese and my French a lot, a lot. Especially, learning on my own. So, that’s why I feel like they’re important, but I would love to hear what you guys think and if the majority of you don’t like them then I can always remove them. If the majority of you like… like them immensely and want me to include more of them let me know. I’m thinking of doing some episodes that will just be listening and… and repeating exercises. But yeah, truly, truly give me some feedback. Let me know what you think and what you guys want. If you have any feedback too on the… the structure and the plans that I put together for these episodes let me know. Do you want them longer or shorter? You’re always welcome to give me feedback because at the end of the day I’m creating this podcast to serve your needs and to help you improve your English. So, any feedback about how I can best do that would be immensely appreciated.
So, that’s probably enough for today guys. I thought I would give you a bit of a break down of how and why I put together these lessons the way that I do. And I’ll chat to you soon. All the best.
Note: You’ll notice I wrote “You know’s” and “But’s” with an apostrophe [‘], this is because I don’t want you to confuse me talking about the plural of “You know” and “But” with the conjugation “Knows” and “Buts”.
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By pete — 3 years ago