Pronouncing The Biggest Australian Cities In An Aussie Accent
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today, we’re going to learn how to pronounce 15 of Australia’s largest cities with an Aussie accent.
So, not only am I going to teach you the 15 largest Australian cities and how to pronounce them with an Australian accent today, guys,
but we’re also going to practice the contraction of “Going to”, “Going to”.
And this gets contracted all the time by native Australians to “Goin’ah”, “Goin’ah”.
“I’m going to the shops”, gets contracted as, “I’m goin’ah the shops”.
So, let’s get started.
I’m going to Sydney.
I’m goin’ah Sydney
You’re going to Melbourne
You’re goin’ah Melbourne
He’s going to Brisbane
He’s goin’ah Brisbane
She’s going to Perth
She’s goin’ah Perth
We’re going to Adelaide
We’re goin’ah Adelaide
The Gold Coast
They’re going to The Gold Coast
They’re goin’ah The Gold Coast
I’m going to Newcastle
I’m goin’ah Newcastle
You’re going to Canberra
You’re goin’ah Canberra
The Sunshine Coast
He’s going to The Sunshine Coast
He’s goin’ah The Sunshine Coast
Wollongong (That’s a hard one.)
We’re going to Wollongong
We’re goin’ah Wollongong
Hobart (And notice the “T” gets muted.)
They’re going to Hobart
They’re goin’ah Hobart
Geelong (This is my home town.)
I’m going to Geelong
I’m goin’ah Geelong
You’re going to Townsville
You’re goin’ah Townsville
He’s going to Cairns
He’s goin’ah Cairns
She’s going to Darwin
She’s goin’ah Darwin
Note: “Goin’ah” is only spoken and never written. It’s always written as “Going to”.
Anyway, guys, I hope that helped. I really really wanted to include “Going to”, which becomes “Goin’ah”, because you’re going to hear that all the time.
So, not only did we learn how to pronounce these different cities with an Australian accent, but also how to pronounce “Going to” as “Goin’ah”.
Anyway, that’s long enough.
See you in the next episode.
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By pete — 4 weeks ago
AE 517 – Expression: Go Out On A Limb
This is the signal for ‘Big Bill’ Neidjie to begin on of the most important duties in the maintenance of his tribal lands. Only he and the other elders are traditionally entrusted with the task of burning the grasslands. They must clean the country, they say, but strictly according to aboriginal law.
Bill’s son, Johnathon Yarramana, has come to learn just how and when the fires may be lit.
The time is right when the birds begin to migrate. The young animals born in the grasslands have grown to maturity by this time and so can escape fire.
It’s also a comparatively cooler time of year and beneath the dry stalks there is still dampness. Fires will not rage out of control and so the country will be cleansed, but not devastated. If the laws about burning are broken and fires are started later in the season of heat and dryness, there will be great loss of life.
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Anyway, guys, the movie scene at the start there, I hope you like that, that was a snippet from a David Attenborough doco, I’m not sure exactly which one, but I found that on YouTube and thought that I would chop a little part out of it and show you it because it has something to do with what we will talk about at the end of this episode and that is bushfires, ok? And Indigenous Australians use and have used for many thousands of years bushfires to control the land for hunting for many different purposes. Anyway, we’ll chat about that in the Aussie English Fact at the end of today’s episode.
Alright, so, as usual, let’s start with an Aussie joke. So, I decided to try and find a tree joke, a joke about trees, because today’s expression references the limb of a tree, as in a large branch on a tree, ok? So, here’s the tree joke, here is the joke about trees. How did trees get online? How did trees get online? They just log in. They just log in. Do you get it? There’s a pun there with the word log, right? A log is a thick part of a branch of a tree that has been chopped up, right? If you chop a tree down and you chop the trunk up or a large branch up, you get logs. Those small chunks of wood, that’s a log so, how to get online, they just log in, because log in to is to get online. I don’t know. I don’t know. Bad joke.
Alright so, today’s expression, guys, is ‘to go out on a limb’, ‘to go out on a limb’, ‘to go out on a limb for someone’, you’ll usually hear it in that kind of pattern, so this came from Kel, my wife, in the Aussie English Classroom, seemed like a lot of you guys in the Facebook group were a bit busy this week so, we only had two expressions to choose from, Fatima, you almost got there, but next week, we’ll try next week. So, let’s go through and define the words in the expression ‘to go out on a limb’, ‘to go out on a limb for someone’.
So, ‘to go out’. ‘To go out’. This is to move in an outwards direction, right? You can go out of a house, which is to exit the house, to leave the house, to move out of the house. You can go out of the city if you’re in the city and you go out of the city, you’re moving outwards from the city, you’re leaving the city. But if you go out on something, now by saying ‘on’ something we’re talking about moving out, moving outwards, moving in an outwards direction, but now we are on something, right? Like you’re standing on something. So, maybe you go out on a balcony. If you have a balcony in your house you walk out on the balcony, you go out on the balcony, maybe or a tightrope walker and you’re about to walk out on the tightrope you are going out on the tightrope, ok? So, to go out on something is to move outwards on something.
And the last word here ‘a limb’. ‘A limb’ can be an arm or a leg of a person or an animal or maybe the wing of a bird, right? ‘A limb’, but in this sense, it is a large branch of a tree which resembles a limb, I guess, of an animal. You know it’s a long thin part of an organism in that case, a large branch of a tree. So, what does the expression to go out on a limb or to go out on a limb for someone mean? So, if you go out on a limb, it can be that you are isolated, but generally it means that you put yourself in an isolated position in which you’re supporting someone, but you yourself don’t have the support from other people so, you can go out on a limb to support someone, to protect someone, to help someone and the idea there being is that you’re doing it alone, you’re not doing it with a lot of other people’s support behind you. So, maybe as well it could be that you’re in a position where you’re not joined or supported by other people when you’re supporting someone and another definition here was to do something that is strongly believed in, usually in support of other people when it’s risky or extreme and I guess that ties in, it’s risky or extreme because other people aren’t doing it with you, ok?
And the phrase is referring to climbing a tree and going out on the limb of the tree as if, I guess, you were chasing an animal or maybe you’re leaning out and trying to get an apple or some fruit, but you’re taking a risky course of action. You’re doing something that’s dangerous in order to get something. So, you’re putting yourself in a sort of uncomfortable position, to go out on a limb, to go out on a limb for someone.
So, the origin of this expression was that it was first used in a figurative usage back in the late 19th century in 1895, when it was used in the Steudenville Daily Herald, a US newspaper. However, here, it’s not actually referring to climbing trees, but instead it was referring to being having someone isolated, having them isolated so, that they were vulnerable, in a vulnerable position and the quote was:
”We can carry the legislature like hanging out a washing. The heft [the main part] of the fight will be in Hamilton country. If we get the 14 votes of Hamilton, we’ve got them on a limb or all we have to do is shake it or saw it off”.
Ok, so the idea here being I don’t know what the context is for trying to get votes, but if they get enough votes they will have, I take it, the opposition in a vulnerable position and he’s talking figuratively when he says he’ll have them on a limb and all they have to do is shake the limb or to saw the limb off, right? To get rid of them, I guess.
So, let’s go through three examples of how I would use this expression in day to day life, ok?
So, example number one. Imagine you’re working in a factory. So, you’re a factory worker. You are a labourer. You work with big machinery with tractors, robots, conveyor belts, all of that sort of stuff. One day you make a catastrophic error and you accidentally leave a tool in a part or a section of the machinery. So, maybe it’s a spanner or a screwdriver or bolts, nuts, whatever it is and they get sucked into the machine and they do irreparable damage to that machine. They destroy that machine so, you notice that you see that, you freak out, you’re really worried, you think you might lose your job because you stuffed up and you’ve cost the company a heap of money because they need to replace that equipment, but your boss goes out on a limb and he saves you from losing your job. So, maybe he reports to the people above him at the company and he tells them how skilled you are, how important you are, how integral you are, how crucial you are for the company and maybe he explains it wasn’t really your fault or it was a simple accident. So, you don’t get fired because your boss went out on a limb for you. He puts himself in a vulnerable position in order to support you and maybe without anyone supporting him when he does that, but he’s saved your job.
Example number two. Imagine you’re an up and coming footy star. You know you love footy, you play footy, football, Australian Rules Football in Australia, you’re a kid, you’re a young kid who’s been playing all his life, training hard and your dream is to get selected and play on an AFL team so, you go to tryouts and you are showing a whole bunch of scouters, people who are selecting young up-and-comers to go on to these footy teams, and you have to show your stuff, you have to show them what you’re made of, right? So, ultimately, it’s their decision as to whether or not you get on the team. And if one of the scouts sees you, although you haven’t been performing incredibly well, you haven’t done as well as you would normally, but he sees you and he thinks this kid’s got a bit of talent. I think he’s going to go far. He might go out on a limb and support you when he talks to the other scouters and convinces them to put you through into the team, to select you, right? So, he goes out on a limb for you in order to get you through, right? He wants to support you and he’s doing it alone. He’s not doing it with other people’s help. He is isolated, he’s vulnerable.
Example number three. Maybe you are a fisherman on a fishing boat and you’re out at sea when there’s a huge storm with thunder, with lightning and it rolls in before you can do anything, before you can get back to port safely. So, the swell is really huge, you know, the waves are up and down, three, four, five metres you’re really worried that the boat is going to capsize in this swell, that your crew might get thrown off the boat, get thrown overboard and likely drown and, obviously, that you will lose the catch, the fishing catch that you’ve got this trip. So, the coastguard might come out to try and save your lives. So, these are the sailors whose job it is to help sailors or fishermen in distress at sea. So, they come out in their vessel into the storm and they find you, they get you guys on board, they hook your boat up to their boat so that they can tow it all the way back to the port and have your vessel get all the way back to safety without, you know, hopefully too much damage, despite the fact though that they’re putting their lives in danger, right? There’s a lot of peril. The storm could endanger them as well. So, despite the dangers, the coastguard went out on a limb to rescue you and your crew. They were isolated, they put themselves in a vulnerable position, in danger, in order to rescue you. They really went out on a limb to save your lives.
So, I guess, too I might add here because I just realised I haven’t touched on this, you can also use to go out on a limb when you’re talking about something you don’t know much about, right? Or when you put something forth and you’re not really sure. So, Kel came in before and I was talking to me about this suggestion and she had thought about it during IELTS, where if you get asked a question you don’t know much about, you know, maybe they say to you what’s your thoughts on the political situation in Bosnia? You might say okay… you’ve kind of caught me off guard. I’m not prepared, but I might go out on a limb and say that the political situation is not too good, right? So, you’re going out on a limb. It’s like here, it’s like saying you’re going to take a risk, you are going to put yourself in a vulnerable position, right? I’ll go out on a limb and say that this.
So, hopefully, you guys understand the expression ‘to go out on a limb’. Generally, it’s used when you’re putting yourself in an isolated position, but you’re supporting someone or you’re trying to help someone, right? Without the support of other people or it’s to do something you strongly believe in without the support of others when it’s very risky or extreme and it can be also when you want to comment on something that you don’t know much about, right? As in, you’re going to take a risk and give your opinion, you’re going to go out on a limb and say, blah blah blah.
So, as usual, let’s go through a little listen and repeat exercise, guys, where you can practice your pronunciation, and remember if you want to work on your specific accent, if you’re not working on an Australian accent, you’re working on a British, a New Zealand, a US accent, whatever it is, just copy the words that I’m saying, but don’t necessarily copy my accent exactly, but if you are working on an Australian accent then really try and mimic how I say these things, if you want a general Australian accent. Ok? Let’s go!
To go out
To go out on
To go out on a
To go out on a limb x 5
I went out on a limb for him.
You went out on a limb for him.
He went out on a limb for him.
She went out on a limb for him.
We went out on a limb for him.
They went out on a limb for him.
It went out on a limb for him.
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Alright, so I mentioned at the start today that I was going to talk about bushfires. So, that’s today’s Aussie English fact.
As you may or may not know, bushfires in Australia are relatively prevalent. They happen every single year. They’re always on the news during the dry and hot seasons are. So, let’s go through a little bit about bushfires. Bushfires are a frequent and important part of Australian climate and its environment so, prevalent in Australia due to the mostly hot and dry climate that we have here in Australia and fires occur on an annual basis, every single year, primarily during summer or during the dry season up in the North of Australia, and the impact is extensive. It happens all over the place to bushland, to forests and even to suburbia where people have decided to build houses around forested areas around or in forested areas.
So, although on one hand they have the potential to cause extensive property damage and even loss of human life, on the other hand bushfires are an important part of Australian ecosystems and the biology and life cycles of many native flora and fauna, for example, positive effects of bushfires include:
- Heating up the soil, cracking seed coats and triggering the germination of many plant seeds,
- Triggering woody seed pods held in the canopy to open up and release their seeds onto a fresh and fertile ash bed below, and this happens with Banksia plants,
- Clearing thick understorey in forested areas to reduce competition for plant seedlings. So, those seeds when they land in that ash bed are more able to grow quickly because of the ash as nutrients, but they also have less competitors because they have been burnt away from bushfires.
- Also, encourage new growth that provides food for many animals.
- And they also create hollows in logs and trees that can be used by animals for nesting and for shelter.
- And aboriginals in Australia often light bushfires, which is a practice called ‘traditional burning’, and they do this in order to: make access easier through thick and prickly vegetation, to maintain a pattern of vegetation, to encourage new growth and also attract game for hunting. So, they want to attract animals in to eat the new vegetation so that they can hunt these animals. And they also do it to encourage the development of useful food plants for cooking, warmth, signaling, and even spiritual reasons.
So, this practice was done for so long more than 40,000 years that many ecosystems in Australia have adapted to this and they rely on regular fires lit by humans in order to thrive.
That said, there are many negative effects of fires, which include:
- The damage done to vegetation in communities such as rainforests, where it can often take hundreds of years for rain forests to recover from a fire.
- They can kill and injure plants and animals.
- They can cause erosion and the subsequent sedimentation of creeks and wetlands, which is where the erosion goes into the water and it decimates the local flora and fauna. It makes it hard for them to survive them.
- It can also open up areas to the impacts of weeds and feral animal invasion. So, where trees and plants and everything had been burnt away, weeds can come in and live there, animals that have been feral and are introduced into Australia like rabbits, foxes, they can more easily get in too, and also, humans suddenly now have access to these places and they can vandalise these places as well.
How bushfires in Australia are managed? If you come to Australia, you may sometimes see practices such as back burning and prescribed burning taking place in places like national parks and other forested areas around the country near suburbs and this is usually outside the bushfire season. It’s usually done then when they set fires to the understorey, to grasslands, etc. in order to burn away excess wood, excess grass, etc., to make it safer and easier to control during summer and also communities as well as individual households in these areas usually have plans, they’ll be encouraged to have bushfire action plans so that if a bushfire should occur, they know exactly what they need to do in order to get out safely to evacuate the area.
So, let’s chat about the worst bushfire in Australian history. This bushfire was called ‘Black Saturday’, and it was actually hundreds of bushfires all on this one day, and it was the worst Australia bushfire in terms of lives lost. These fires were a series of bushfires that were ignited or were burning across the state of Victoria on Saturday the 7th of February in 2009, it was nine years ago, with the final fire going out or being put out more than a month later on the 14th of March.
The fires occurred during extreme bushfire weather conditions and resulted in Australia’s highest ever loss of life from a bushfire with a total of 180 fatalities and a further 414 people were injured as a result of the fires. There were as many as 400 individual fires recorded that day with the total amount of burnt area, including more than a million acres so about half a million hectares of land.
What caused these fires? There were various confirmed causes of these fires including:
- power lines,
- and even arson
So, people had actually lit these fires on purpose and more than 3,500 buildings including two thousand homes were burnt to the ground and completely destroyed. So, it was a very tragic event and if you ask any Australian about Black Saturday they will know what you’re talking about and they will know about the tragic loss of life.
Anyway, guys, I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode today, I hope you’ve learned a little bit more about English, some expressions, a little bit more about Australian history as well, although, recent Australian history and I hope you guys have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you soon. Peace out!
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By pete — 2 years ago
In this Aussie English episode of WWP I tell you about the upcoming Ned Kelly episode and the FREE ebook & audio course you get for email subscription. I also teach you several different Australian expression!
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Hey guys. Welcome to this episode of Walking With Pete.
I just thought I’d share with you a funny BLONDE MOMENT I had, and BLONDE MOMENT is a phrase that we use in English where someone… I mean I guess I should start from the start. Women who have blonde hair are often considered to be ditsy or sort of less than intelligent. It’s obviously not the case, but it’s one of those stereotypes that goes around. And so, we have those sayings in English like A BLONDE MOMENT where you’re effectively likening whatever it is that that moment was to something that someone blonde would do when they forgot something or they didn’t understand something or, you know, they were just stupid. So, it’s sort of hard to explain without sounding mean, but when you say “Oh, I had A BLONDE MOMENT” it’s like you’re saying you did something dumb, you did something stupid, you forgot something. And my BLONDE MOMENT for today was walking outside of my house, having the video on, playing around, and thinking for a second, touching my pocket, and being like “Oh my god! Where’s my phone?!”. Meanwhile, it’s right here. I was holding it. So, that was my BLONDE MOMENT for the day. I hate when that happens. It happens a few times a year. Anyway.
What did I want to talk to you guys about today on this episode of Walking With Pete? There’s a few birds around man. You’ll probably be able to see. This guy, these guys, are some of my favourite Australian birds, magpies. (They’re) absolutely beautiful. Hopefully, they don’t swoop down and attack me. I think we’re out of breeding season. But you probably saw that video that I posted a while back on the Facebook page where the guy on the cycle, the guy on the bike, got attacked by that magpie. I think he got swooped. It came down and swooped and attacked his head like 13 times. But, yeah, most of the time these guys are actually really nice birds, and they have a really beautiful call that they say at… that the say? That they use* at sunset and sunrise. So, you guys might actually get to hear it in the background if we’re lucky. If we are lucky, but all at the moment that I can hear, and I’m not sure, you might be able to hear, are lorikeets, those parrots. Those really really annoying loud parrots.
Anyway. So, today I wanted to give you guys a bit of an announcement, I guess, partially an update as well. I’m working on a Ned Kelly episode for the first month of that subscription course that I’m trying to come up with online. So, the first month is going to be Ned Kelly. And, I’m partially telling you so that it holds me to it now and I have to deliver, I have to actually do what I say, I have to go and make this episode on Ned Kelly. I can’t just keep procrastinating and… what do we say in English? We say, well my dad used to always say, PISS FARTING AROUND. If you PISS FART AROUND, literally the word PISS, to, you know, take a pee. To go to the toilet and do number 1s, to piss. And to fart, obviously, to fart. If you PISS FART AROUND it doesn’t mean literally you’re pissing and farting. It means that you’re procrastinating, you’re wasting time, you’re fluffing about, you’re not doing anything substantial. So, “Stop PISS FARTING AROUND dude!” would be like “Stop being lazy! Stop wasting time and be productive! Go and do something. Stop procrastinating!”. So, I’m telling you that I want to do the Ned Kelly episode so that it forces me to go do it and deliver. So, that I can’t just keep PISS FARTING AROUND with ideas, I have to…
Hey guys, sorry the audio cut out here while I was doing this video. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but as you would’ve heard I was talking about the Ned Kelly episode and wanting to hold myself accountable by mentioning that to you guys. And then, I also lead into the fact that I recently put together and uploaded a free ebook and audio course on the most common contractions in Aussie English, and that all you have to do to get that course is enter your email and subscribe to the email list on the Aussie English website. So, go check that out and we’ll continue with the episode. Sorry again about that guys.
On some really really common contractions in English. So, an audio course that will be accompanied with an audio book (ebook*) and I’m going to give this away for free when people sign up for the email subscription to the website. So, I’ve set up an email subscription. If you’ve noticed or haven’t noticed that’s at the top of the page. You can chuck your email and your first name in and give me your email, effectively, and if and when I have something of import, when I have something interesting to tell you, which isn’t going to be very often, I might add. I am not going to spam you. I promise you. I friggen hate that, I fucking hate that, when people just spam spam spam spam spam after you give them your email. I do not plan to do that to you guys. I only ever plan to send you something that I think is either going to be useful or that I’ve just released on the website and, yeah. There’s… I really do not plan at all to spam you guys. So, feel safe knowing that your emails are safe with me.
I’m just going to check…(the path in front of me).
So, aside from that, so I’ve put the emails up there, or the email subscription service, because apparently any successful online business needs one of these. So, I worked out how to do it. Genius! And, yeah, I want to give you something in return if you trust me with your email and your name, obviously, I want to give you guys…
There you go. (A) little magpie. This one’s actually just a baby. So, it’s still brown and its parents are actually all around me in the background here looking for food. And this guy’s just chilling out waiting for his parents to run back over and put the food in his mouth, literally. (They’re) very lazy the little ones.
I just lost my train of thought. (I) just lost my train of thought. OK, so yeah, anyway. In return for giving me your email I plan to give you guys a free course where I’m going to cover the contractions GONNA, WANNA, HAFTA, NEEDA, and I think I’ve also got in there… what else? A bonus section with DUNNO and DONCHA. So, I’ve put that together today. I recorded all of that. I have to go through and fiddle with that, and tinker away as we went over recently. I’ve got to go and tinker with, well, hopefully be actually productive though not just waste time and do it “unskillfully”, but I need to go and put together the ebook once I’ve edited down all of the audio files.
And so, yeah, if you guys want a copy of that just put your email in, subscribe to the website. If you’ve already subscribed and you still want a copy then just send me an email and I’ll send it to you guys. It’s not an issue at all.
So, yeah, aside from that, I spent most of today just re-cleaning up my room. So, (I) actually moved everything around and WORKED UP A SWEAT. And, WORKING UP A SWEAT is when you end up a sweating a lot from work. So, you’re doing work whether it’s exercise or physical, you know, actual work for a company or something. So, that’s the phrase TO WORK UP A SWEAT. So, sort of like work it up, to get a sweat going, to be exercising, to be working hard, and to get sweaty. To get sweat. So, I was working up a sweat. I was working like crazy in my room moving all this stuff around, vacuuming, cleaning the house. So, that was my Sunday BUMMING AROUND as we say in Australian English. TO BUM AROUND’s to be lazy, doing very little of anything aside from obviously working on the podcast. (I) thought I would come out and go for a walk ‘cause I’d been inside all day. So, I felt pretty lazy. So, I’m just sort of wandering around in this field here as you can probably see in the background, and looking at the city behind me. You can probably just see the city here. So, these are some of the big buildings in Melbourne.
So, I love this park. This is Royal Park for those of you who live in Melbourne, this is Royal Park. Beautiful. Beautiful park. You can bring your dogs here, you can walk your dogs, you can run, you can use your bikes, and it’s actually a really good place to see nice gum trees. So, I mean there’s gum trees all throughout Melbourne, but there’s a lot of actual… I mean, eh, bush land I want to say, kind of, it’s not really thick bush, but it’s probably about as thick as it’s going to get in the city here. So, definitely come and check it out if you live in Melbourne or are visiting Melbourne. It’s pretty nice.
Anyway, aside from that, (I’ve) just been working all weekend at the restaurant, smashing that out, trying to be productive. I got this new microphone and I’m obviously walking around. And one thing that you guys probably have noticed, with me making the assumption that the microphone protector is actually working, is the lack of wind. Finally, huh? So, I took the liberty, I ordered a microphone and its protector, and it’s actually worked out really well. I was expecting it to be pretty average, but this one seems to be good. This is the directional mic that I think I showed you guys in a previous video. And I’ve chucked it on the side here so that you can, well I can* walk around and just use it when I’m out and about doing stuff.
So, yeah, anyway. That’s probably long enough for this episode guys. Let me know what you think of the new mic, and I’ll see you soon!
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AE 476 – Vlog: 1 Tip to Make Your English UNBREAKABLE!
On the fields of the Serengeti the antelope eat trying to stay aware as the minds roam around.
What the hell are you talking about, mate. This is Australia and those are roos.
Fun fact: Australia actually used to have lions roaming around, but they were marsupials. Anyway, we’ll talk about that more at the end of today’s episode so stick around.
So, all geared up. (I) got this puppy recently, a dead cat. Hopefully it makes the wind go away. And then, I got Kel’s camera in here as well. Food, drink, should be good. Let’s sort this out.
Not today, guys. Not today. So, (I’ve) had a few little fails just to begin with. I bought the windsock for the microphone that’s currently sitting on my camera so that there’s *wind sound* while I try and chat to you guys, but I noticed that when I put the windsock on the camera I had left it, I had flicked it, on accidentally. And so, the battery had died, but I brought a second battery, ya suckers! So, this time I actually didn’t get caught with my pants down in a bad spot and I just put the other battery in there, and hopefully it’s working now, and if it’s not, I have this little sucker working here. Although, I’ve just realized that I haven’t put the wind sock on that. And so, that might not be working too well, but we’ll see what we can get. We’ll see what we can get. Anyway, I am going up here. (It) should be good, should be good, but I’m getting to that point now, (I’ve) come here probably 10 times in the last week, two weeks, (I) haven’t come here more than once a day, and I’m getting ready to puke if I see another kangaroo, or have to photograph another kangaroo. I’ve done that so many bloody times this week. But I’ll tell you what, repetition, repetition, repetition, guys that’s what makes perfect and we’ll get to that soon, okay! So, let’s go! Boom!
So, I’m puffed out running up these hills trying to record all this B(-roll) footage, and then suddenly this echidna just runs across the road. So, I had to switch lenses and try and get a few shots before he waddled off into the distance. I will never get sick of filming echidnas. So cool!
Don’t worry! It’s perfectly legal. It’s just easier to get through the fence than the gap here in the gate. And as you would expect, kangaroos everywhere. It’s my path two, guys. Let’s give peace ears to this Kangaroo, guys. Peace!
We’ll get there eventually, guys. I promise. You’re telling me! I know it’s hard. I’m the one who’s had to walk up this hill. You just had to sit there and enjoy this, looking at my bum as I go past the camera. If you’re not learning English while doing that, I don’t know what you’re doing. And I’m puffed out, not because I got bad cardio, which I do, I’m just in a rush. That view guys. That viiew.
I tell you what, this land really reminds me of my grandfather’s farm, which is like 700 kilometres away from here, because it’s just full of these rocks, lots of these trees, broken trees, all the stuff that snakes and lizards love to live in. So, if you’re somewhere in Australia running around somewhere like this in summer, watch yourself. There’s going to be snakes everywhere. Look at it, though! Beautiful!
This is what I was coming here for, these rocks up here, they’re really nice, in the middle of nowhere, but (it) should be a good place to sit down and and record a little chat.
(I’m as) sweaty as can be, guys. It’s cold, but, I tell you what. Oh, alright, don’t fall down on these rocks. So, today I wanted to chat to you about… what did I want to chat to you about? Language learning and learning from your mistakes. Cheers. Oh, that’s good. Kombucha, guys. All the way!
So, I had a few anecdotes that I wanted to chat about today with regard to learning languages, and obviously learning English is related to this, and works in. There’s a lot of parallels between these two things.
So, as you guys may know, I do a lot of photography as I am currently talking to you on camera. That’s what this is. I also did jujitsu for a very, very long time, Brazilian jujitsu. (It’s an) amazing martial art. It’s like chess with the human body. Lots of thinking, it’s very cerebral, it’s not just brute force, and I absolutely love that martial art, because, I think, and the same with photography, it requires a great deal of learning. If you want to advance really, really quickly in either of those endeavours, as I always say, it requires a sophisticated approach. So, you can’t just expect to show up every day and learn without thinking about what it is that you’re trying to do, learning from your mistakes in particular. That’s the biggest thing, I guess, I wanted to get across. So, I had two anecdotes, and I think this applies to English, it applies to any learning of any kind, learning English, learning any other language, learning any kind of sport or hobby, whatever it is, you’re going to learn so much faster if you analyze your mistakes, if you learn your mistakes, if you treat your mistakes like something that you can learn from.
And I’ll give you two examples before I start talking about fragility, resilience, and anti-fragility.
So, jujitsu. I started jujitsu in about 2012, maybe 2013, and I did it for just… I went bonkers, I went nuts, I was there every single day of the week except for Saturdays and Sundays, ’cause I was wrecked and needed to recover, and I would be on the mat for hours a day. And I remember when I first started, I was a muscly guy, not anymore, but when I first started I was a bit of a muscle, I’d been working out quite a lot, and I thought, you know what, I’ll just muscle my way through all of the people that I fight. If they’re smaller than me, bigger than me, I’m strong, I’ll be able to defend myself. Boy, was I incorrect. I was completely wrong. A lot of people who had been training for a long time, let alone only a few months, demolished me, they destroyed me, simply because they were applying really, really good technique, technique that they’d learnt from analysing their mistakes, improving, and paying attention to details, and learning from it as much as possible, using every single mistake that they made whilst they were fighting, whilst they were trying to do different techniques. They would ask for feedback. That’s an important thing. They would get feedback from their partner, from the teacher, from their friends. What they’d done wrong. It’d be pointed out, it’d be interrogated, and they would learn from it like that, as opposed to just muscling their way through it, including myself when I first started, and hoping that you would eventually get better.
The quickest way to do this is to analyse, is to interrogate, yourself and it requires quite a bit of humility, because you have to go in there and say, I’m not good. I suck I’ll be better though. So, it requires humility and it requires confidence, which are two things that a lot of people need to work on including myself.
So, jujitsu was an eye-opener with regards to learning, just learning in general, and I learnt a lot faster after a month or two of getting my arse handed to me, getting beaten up, and then paying attention to what I was doing wrong. Every single fight that I had against someone as good as me, better than me, even worse than me, I would ask for feedback. What did you do wrong? Did you say anything stupid? Did I make a mistake? It was really obvious that I didn’t notice? And can you tell me how I can fix that?
So, that was jujitsu and I noticed a massive improvement after I applied that principle of getting feedback, looking for feedback constantly, and being humble whilst also being confident in myself that I could improve.
Okay, so jiujitsu story: humility and confidence. Work on it. Apply it. Think about it. How can you apply this to English? Next time you go in and have a conversation with someone, next time you’re in an environment where someone can give you feedback, am I humble, can I ask for their feedback, and am I confident and know that with their feedback I’m going to learn a lot, I’m going to improve, and I’m going to move forward one day at a time?
And my coach used to say, don’t aim to be better than me. Don’t aim to be better than anyone else. Aim to be better than you were yesterday by 1 percent. 1 percent a day. We can all achieve that guys, you know, even if it’s just watching a YouTube video.
The second story. The second story, guys, is photography, and I’ve only just taken this up as sort of like a full on hobby this year. I’ve needed something else to kind of tinker with the gears in my head and give me something else to think about so that I’m not just always pulling out the last few hairs that I’ve got stressing about English and teaching English.
But the photography is one too. You can’t hide. You can’t hide. You can’t brute force photography. I… you know, I’ve learnt. So, you have to go out there. You have to take loads of photos. You have to try loads of different things. You have to put yourself out there. And then after that, you have to be humble and interrogate your photos, you have to analyse your photos. Why don’t I like this? Why is this one bad? Why is this one better? Why is this one really good? How can I apply these things next time when I’m out and about doing photography?
Same thing with English. Every time you get feedback and you can then apply these things to your English, you want to think, okay, next time I’m not going to make that mistake. I’m going to focus on. I’m going totry and use that. I’m going to put myself in a situation where I’m forced to use that piece of English, where I’m forced to have a discussion that makes me feel uneasy, you know, pushing those comfort… that the boundary of your comfort zone, trying to get uncomfortable on the edge to keep growing.
And so, with photography recently, I’ve been sending photos to my dad who’s been a photographer for 35-40 years and asking for feedback, brutal feedback. What do you think? And again, you’ll know when you’re getting good feedback. People can be arseholes. People can be horrible. I think you guys will be able to tell when someone’s being genuine and saying, you know what, you’re doing well, keep doing what you’re doing, but you could do this, you could try this, maybe if you did like this, you would sound a bit more native. I do it like this. Take that on board, and then give it a go. As opposed to someone who just says, you suck. You know, obviously, those people aren’t trying to help you and aren’t being completely honest in their feedback. They’re probably just being horrible because of their own confidence issues.
So, photography. I’ve been taking as many photos as possible. I’ve been getting out and about as often as possible. I’ve been going to the same places to try and take the same photos better every single time, although, they’re still pretty average. And I think you guys can do exactly this with English. Have a conversation about an interest of yours. Notice, can I talk about this thing really comfortably? Am I having issues? What I want to describe after the conversation?
Think, what else would I have liked to have said? What else could I have said? And think about it, maybe even in your own language. Try and turn this into English that you would use next time you’re talking about something that you’re passionate about that is bound to come up in conversation again. Right?
So, those are two anecdotes and I’ve had to sort of try and apply this to Portuguese as I’ve been learning Portuguese and trying to improve as quickly as possible. And I tell you what, guys, learning to be humble only gets easier.
I… it was difficult for me to constantly ask what something meant and for asking for corrections from Kell and from all the other people that speak Portuguese that I work with in order to improve, but it only gets easier. And now, I don’t even think about it. I am constantly, everytime I don’t understand, I just say what was that? What do you mean? What was that word? How would you use it in a different context? Can you give me more examples, etc.? And it just becomes a habit. And so now, I have this habit, and I think you guys need to apply this in English, you know, humility: What did I do wrong? And confidence: I’m going to do better. Okay, pat yourself on the back.
You know, whether you’re horrible or you’re amazing, thinking you’re horrible isn’t going to improve you, right. I was talking to Kel about this recently. You need to have a positive attitude, because even if you are horrible or bad, not as good as you would like to be in whatever endeavor that is, thinking you’re horrible isn’t going to help you. Thinking you will get better, thinking that you’re okay, you’re just human, you will improve, you will get better, is definitely going to keep you on the right path heading in the right direction.
Before we finish up… You know what? I’m going to do this bit up there. Okay.
The last thing that I wanted to talk about was fragility, resilience, and anti-fragility.
Alright, so, the basic idea of fragility is obviously something that’s fragile will break. So, that’s a mistake in English. If you don’t learn from that mistake, you’re fragile.
The basic idea with resilience is that if you break, you heal, you heal back together, right. And so, in the sense of resilience, resilience with regards to language learning would be making mistakes, but not letting it get to you, and then continuing on doing what you’re doing. So, a lot of people always say you need to be resilient, but I think that’s garbage. Resilience is just the ability to keep going and not learn from what you’re doing wrong.
Whereas, anti-fragility is that when you break, when something goes wrong, you heal back together, and then you come back stronger. So, you learn from your mistakes. You make a mistake, you find out what happened, what went wrong, you learn from it and it won’t happen next time. Next time that same mistake won’t occur so you’ve learnt from it and you’ve become stronger than ever before.
You know what? Sticks when the best analogy, guys. Bones are a better analogy, right. So, imagine that you’ve accidentally broken a bone. I’m just kidding. I’m not actually going to do that. And the bone is set. You put it back, you know with your whatever they do back in the day, you know, use sticks like this. Make your bone ready to heal, the bone heals up, and it becomes stronger. You’ll often see in x-rays that the bone where it broke is actually thicker. That anti-resilience (anti-fragility*). That is facing adversity, facing something that went wrong, learning from it and coming back stronger than before. This is what you need to do with your mistakes in English. Treat them as broken bones. The bones break, they heal, you learn from your mistakes, and you come back stronger and don’t make those mistakes again in the future.
So, there you go guys. Be antifragile, don’t be resilient.
Anyway, guys, I hope you enjoy this episode. I hope you got something out of it. Time to head home. I’m buggered.
Oh, Jesus I’ve got to walk all the way back down there now.
How you goin’ mate? How’s it goin’?
Jesus! Jesus, guys! There’s crap everywhere. Far out! Poo all over the shop. Look at that, guys. Disgraceful! And your eating in this, you’re eating in this, guys. Disgusting! You animals!
How you going, buddy? Just having a cheeky scratch? Just chilling out like a lion.
I tell you what, guys, I’ve been here so often recently taking photos of these poor dudes, I feel really sorry for them. I almost all of them by first name now. Not this one though. This one, I’ve forgotten his name. But, yeah, I’ve been here a lot recently. Thanks you guys for your patience. Thank you.
So, yeah, guys. Thanks for joining me. Hope you enjoyed that episode. Hope you got a bit out of it. Don’t break your arm over English, though, you know, be careful. Let me know what you think in the comments below, guys. Don’t forget to subscribe. Smash that bell if you want to keep up to date with all the new videos coming out. And if you have any questions, if you have any suggestions for things you would like me to do videos on in the future, put them down in a comment below and I will see what I can do. I will see what I can do. No promises, but I’ll see what I can do.
Anyway guys… bah! F*ck man! What is this? Littering everywhere. What is this? Anyway guys, I hope you have an amazing night and I will chat to you… Night? Could be day, morning… and I’ll chat to you soon. See you, guys!
I tell you what, I just realized I put my jacket down in some fresh kangaroo poo. Jesus! Man, first world problems.
All right, guys. Let’s do some facts about Thylacoleo.
So, the standard name for Thylacoleo carnifex, that’s the scientific name, the standard name is the Pleistocene Marsupial Lion, and this is because they are so similar to lions from Africa.
So, these guys have slicing cheek teeth. They have large stabbing incisor teeth similar to canine teeth of carnivorous mammals. They have a huge enlarged thumb claw that may have been used for disemboweling prey.
But these guys are marsupials. They had a pouch and they raised their young in pouches just like kangaroos or koalas.
Now these guys were between 90 and 160 kilograms, about the same size as a lion. They were a meter and a half from head to tail and about 75 centimeters at their shoulder.
They were found all across Australia during the Pleistocene Epoch, so within the last two million years, but I believe they went extinct after the last Ice Age.
Whatever the case, I think these guys were incredibly cool animals. I really recommend that you check them out, and I will chat to you guys later. Have a good one.
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