In this Pronunciation episode I teach you guys how to contract the word “Are” onto the pronouns “You”, “We” and “They”.
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Pronunciation: You are, We are, They are = You’re, We’re, They’re
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. In this episode we’re going to be contracting the word “Are” onto the pronouns “You”, “We” and “They. So, “You are”, “We are”, “They are” becomes “You’re”, “We’re”, “They’re”. So, “Are” is the plural form of the verb “To be” in the present tense. And we’ll start this episode by doing a quick listen and repeat exercise as we usually do guys where I’ll say the uncontracted form with these pronouns, “You are”, “We are”, “They are” followed by the contracted forms “You’re”, “We’re”, “They’re”. If you want to make it a little bit trickier for yourself try and anticipate the contractions before I say them. So, that is, try and say the contracted form directly after I’ve said the uncontracted form, and then listen for me to say the contracted form to hear whether or not you got it correct. Otherwise, just treat this exercise as a listen and repeat exercise to practice your pronunciation of these contracted forms until it becomes natural. So, listen and repeat after me guys.
Listen and repeat:
You are – you’re x 5
We are – we’re x 5
They are – they’re x 5
And so, now let’s try and do a substitution exercise where I’ll say a sentence using the uncontracted forms “You are”, “We are”, “They are”, and I want you to listen to the sentence and then repeat it with the contracted form “You’re”, “We’re” or “They’re”. So, I will then give you the answer after that in its contracted form and you can see whether or not you were correct. If you want to make things a little easier for yourself, if you’re only just beginning to practice these kinds of contractions then as I’ve said previously treat this exercise as a listen and repeat exercise. So, that is, just try and mimic everything that I say as I say it. You don’t even necessarily have to worry about the meaning of the sentences, just practice your pronunciation and eventually you’ll get it, it’ll become a lot easier, and you’ll be able to focus more on the meaning of these sentences and then try and use it as a substitution exercise. So, here we go guys. Let’s get started.
They are late.
You are pretty tall.
You’re pretty tall.
We are mopping the floor.
We’re mopping the floor.
We are going to the beach.
We’re going to the beach.
We are on the way to work.
We’re on the way to work.
You are looking for your keys.
You’re looking for your keys.
You are way smarter than I am.
You’re way smarter than I am.
They are the second biggest group.
They’re the second biggest group.
I think we are going to win the game!
I think we’re going to win the game.
They are the people we are looking for.
They’re the people we’re looking for.
You are always complaining about something.
You’re always complaining about something.
Do you know where they are going on holiday?
Do you know where they’re going on holiday?
So, that’s it for this episode guys. Keep practicing it. Keep working on your pronunciation and on making these contractions. This is the way that native English speakers speak. So, the more you can use these and the better you can understand these contractions the more you’re going to sound like a native speaker and the more you’re going to be able to rapidly increase your listening comprehension and ease of speaking with natives when you’re using English. So, see you in the next episode guys.
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By pete — 2 years ago
Expression: To come back & bite you (on the butt)
G’day guys. Welcome to this Expression episode today.
As usual, as usual now at least, I’m trying to video it at the same time as record the audio that I can put on the podcast. And I have my computer set up here. I’ve tried to get the light right. Now I’m actually facing my window so that I get sunlight that actually directly hits me as opposed to just hitting the side of my face as you guys have probably had to put up with in the past.
So, yeah, giving it a go today in a different way. (I’m) hoping that the quality’s a little better for you guys now and that you’re enjoying the material a little better too. Having the videos online on YouTube. Being able to see the subtitles down the bottom here, and also having access to the podcast so that you can listen when you walk around. You might even be able to use it on your phone, obviously, if you’re using YouTube on your phone with the subtitles. Hopefully, that’s just making your English learning experience a little easier and a little more interesting and a little more fun to absorb and to use, I guess, all these resources. So, I hope that you’re enjoying it and I’d love to know what you think. So, always remember to come over to the Facebook page and send me a comment, tell me what you think, and also tell me what your current issues are in English. If you haven’t already done that, and if you are facing some problems always feel free to come over to the Facebook page. Send me a message, send me a comment, whatever you want, get in touch with me, and let me know what you’re having a problem with, because chances are I will make an episode on that problem to try and help you guys. So, definitely give that a go.
Anyway, without any further ado let’s jump into the episode and talk about the expression TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU. TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU.
So, TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU is actually a shortened version of a larger expression, which is TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU ON THE BUTT or TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU ON THE ARSE. You can also use the preposition IN THE BUTT or IN THE ARSE, though ON is probably more common. And, you can use any kind of synonym for BOTTOM, for BACKSIDE, for your BUTTOCKS, your BUM, your ARSE. What else have we got here? BOTTOM, REAR END, DERRIÈRE, we often use the French word for BUM, DERRIÈRE, and… So, yeah you can use any of those with the expression TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU ON THE BUTT, ARSE, BUTTOCKS, etc.
So, what does this mean and when is it used?
The definition of TO COME BACK AND BITE or TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU ON THE BUTT is that it’s something that’s said when something will come back, something will return and cause you problems later. So, you’ve done something, you’ve said something and the result, the consequence is going to be negative for you. So, it’s from a literal sense, a literal sense of this expression would be say, you hurt an animal, you did something to an animal that wasn’t fair, it wasn’t just, it wasn’t right. The animal’s gone away and then the animal has come back. You know, maybe it’s a dog and you kicked the dog, and the dog’s disappeared and then later on it comes back and it literally BITES YOU ON THE ARSE. Someone watching you could say, “Well, you shouldn’t have kicked the dog because it CAME AND IT BIT YOU ON THE ARSE.”. That’s the literally sense of the expression, but figuratively it means that your actions, what you did to that dog, is what ended up COMING BACK AND BITING YOU ON THE BUTT. So, if you hadn’t done that negative thing, if you hadn’t done something stupid, something mean, something unfair, something unjust, something silly, then you wouldn’t have had those consequences happen. So, that wouldn’t have arrived, it wouldn’t have taken place, it wouldn’t have come about, it wouldn’t have happened.
So, yeah, there’s the figurative idea of your actions coming back and getting you, and then there’s the literal idea, obviously, of it being some kind of animal that you’ve done something to, it disappears and then comes back and literally bites you on the butt.
So, let’s go through some examples as we always do guys. And example 1. could be you’re in Africa and you’re a hunter. You love hunting animals. Side note, I hate people that do this. I really really do. Guys, if you like killing animals there’s something wrong with you. Please don’t do that. Back to the story, so someone’s gone to Africa and they like hunting animals. Say, they’re out to hunt a lion. So, they’ve got their gun out, you know, their rifle, they’re on safari, they’ve got guides, they’ve got people showing them about, and they finally see a big male lion with a big mane, you know, he’s roaring, and the hunter lines up his shot. He has his rifle and then “pew!” (he) takes his shot but he misses and he hits the lion in the shoulder, wherever. The lion’s injured but not dead. (It) runs away. And then as the hunter gets out of the car and he goes to look around, you know, “Where’s the lion? I thought I shot it. Is it here? Did I get it? Will I have this nice trophy of a dead lion that I can, you know, get the head and put it on my wall.”. And, he can’t find it. And then, all of a sudden out of the bushes, out of the scrub comes the lion and it literally attacks him. It COULD BITE HIM ON THE BUTT, but more importantly it attacks him. And, effectively, the idea there is that you could say, “Well, you shouldn’t have done that because it CAME BACK TO BITE YOU.” And literally, the lion came back and bit him, but also the action of shooting that animal, that poor animal, of doing something horrible, mean, stupid, unjust, not fair, could be considered, you know, to have that figurative meaning of “It’s come back”, your actions are coming back and there’s consequences which are negative for you. You got bitten. You got attacked. So, you shouldn’t have shot at the lion because it CAME BACK AND BIT YOU ON THE ARSE. It CAME BACK AND BIT YOU. Your actions CAME BACK AND BIT YOU.
Example number 2., perhaps you’re a politician, perhaps you’re on TV and you make some kind of stupid remark, you know, sometimes this… Well, this happens quite a bit. It’s not a rare event especially in Australia. Politicians get on TV and say they say something, the person says something racist, maybe something sexist, maybe he reveals a secret about his political party that he wasn’t meant to talk about on live TV. Either way, he says something stupid, something mean, he’s said something unfair, or he’s made a mistake. He’s done something that he shouldn’t have done. And then, as a result, as a consequence he gets fired, or maybe he gets humiliated on live TV, or maybe he even gets investigated by the police, you know. If it is a racist remark or some kind of… something horrible. Anyway, what the basic idea here is that his actions HAVE COME BACK TO BITE HIM ON THE ARSE. So, what he’s done, what he’s said, what he’s revealed, what he has implied, whatever it is, what he’d done has come back and there have been repercussions, negative results. He’s had consequences. So, those things, that action that he’s done, or actions, HAVE COME BACK AND BIT HIM ON THE ARSE.
A third example could be, and I like this one. This one was a funny one that I came up with. A third example could be that you are a bully at school. Imagine that you are in, you know, year seven in Australia. So, you’d be 13 years old, maybe 12 years old. And, imagine that you’re really nasty to a certain kid there at school. You’re always teasing him, you’re paying him out, which means, you know, to tease. You’re making fun of him. Sometimes you… maybe you hit him, maybe you’re a horrible horrible bully. You actually bash the kid. Maybe you steal his lunch money or maybe you steal just his lunch food. Anyway, you do this all the time to this poor kid. And then, you go on Christmas break. You have Christmas with your family, and over Christmas break this kid’s hit puberty and he’s grown, you know, a foot. He’s become a lot bigger, a lot stronger and a lot tougher than you the original bully. You come back to school and you think on the first day, “Where’s this kid?” and, you know, “How am I going to get his lunch money? What am I going to do to torment him, to be horrible to him today?”. And, he shows up and you see him and you’re like, “Oh, shit! He’s huge. He’s big. I’m not going to be able to bully him anymore.”. Imagine that he bullies you, he bashes you up, he steals your money, he teases you, he makes fun of you on that first day, he humiliates you. That would be a beautiful example of you’re actions in the past as the bully COMING BACK AND BITING YOU ON THE ARSE hardcore, really really coming back and that serves you right, you know. You’ve got what you deserved. Your actions CAME BACK AND BIT YOU ON THE BUTT. So, that’s another example.
Anyway, as usual guys, we’ll go through a little listen and repeat exercise here. I’m going to say these phrases in the future tense. So, with the contractions of WILL, and you’ll see what I mean in a second. So, the basic form of the phrase is going to be IT’LL COME BACK TO BITE YOU. And then, I’m going to use synonyms for the word BUTT on the end of IT’LL COME BACK TO BITE YOU ON THE ____ and then the synonym for BUTT.
So, you’re obviously already thinking about BUTT. And so, that’s why I think it’s a good idea to work on synonyms so that you practice these words and you associate them with your REAR END, your ARSE, your BOTTOM, etc.
So, let’s go.
Listen and repeat:
It’ll come back to bite you.
(And we’ll just do that one without any BOTTOM to start with).
It’ll come back to bite you on the butt.
It’ll come back to bite you on the arse.
It’ll come back to bite you on the bottom.
It’ll come back to bite you on the rear end.
It’ll come back to bite you on the derrière.
It’ll come back to bite you on the buttocks.
So, that’s it really, guys. I mean, maybe one last thing I could do here to help you out is talk about the different levels of rudeness or “politeness” for the words here that are used for your BOTTOM. I don’t really think that any of these words are that offensive, to be honest. I probably wouldn’t say BUTT or ARSE in front of someone like the Queen or the Prime Minister of Australia, the Queen of England or the Prime Minister. If I was, for some reason, having to refer to my BOTTOM in front of the Queen you could say things like REAR END and DERRIÈRE are probably the most polite version. And then you could probably say something like BOTTOM, BUM, BUTTOCKS, would be that next level of, you know, they’re not rude but they’re not necessarily the most polite version of the word. And then at the BOTTOM, funnily enough, ironically, pun intended, the BOTTOM of that list I would use BUTT and ARSE. And, I mean, I use these words all the time with friends, I mean, anyone you know really well in any kind of informal situations it’s fine to use these words. Don’t worry too much. Someone could, you know, say to you if they were really being, you know, a bit uptight that ARSE is a really… Well not “really”, but it’s a rude word. But to be honest I wouldn’t worry about it. There are a lot worse words in English.
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By pete — 1 year ago
Learn Australian English in this expression episode of The Aussie English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression NOT WORTH A ZACK.
AE 370 – Expression: Not Worth A Zack
Man. Let’s just get this started. How is it going, guys? I… I have just got home and I have had way too much coffee, but I thought you know what it is time to do this week’s podcast episode. So, I just got on Facebook Live. I put up all the podcast… freaking hell! I’ve been saying podcasts instead of postcards for the last hour.
So, anyway. Ok. This is what this is an episode that’s going to be full of bloopers. I have that feeling already. I have that feeling already. So, I got back, my parents just dropped me off. My folks dropped me off. (I) spent the weekend down at their place… the weekend, I guess, the week*. It’s only Saturday now. But, I have just gotten back to Melbourne. So, I’m back in my house.
I got five postcards from you amazing listeners. So, thank you so much to all of you guys. I did a Facebook Live lesson and I put them on the wall. So, they are now up behind me. Next time on live videos hopefully you can spot the postcards that you sent me. Thank you so much guys.
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First and foremost, I’m an uncle. I am an uncle. So, I became an uncle on Wednesday. My sister has had a beautiful baby girl. The baby was in breech. So, that means that it wasn’t sitting the right way around with its head facing down inside of my sister’s stomach to be born properly by a natural birth. So, instead of a natural birth my sister had to have a Caesarean, what we call a C-section, Cesarean section, where she was opened up, I guess, booked in, cut open, and they pull the baby out, and they sew back up, and she doesn’t have to go through labour.
Anyway, everything went amazingly well, and I am now the proud uncle of a beautiful baby girl named Isabel Anne Smissen. So, welcome to the world Isabel, and congratulations to my sister Annika and her partner Rory, as well as my parents. They are incredibly stoked. They are grandparents for the first time. They couldn’t stop looking at this beautiful little baby. And it kind of blew my mind quite a bit. So, it‘s ruffled my feathers a little bit, and made me a little envious and looking forward to the day in the near or far future when I have children as well. But it‘s a long road I’m sure before that happens for me, but we’ll see. We’ll see. I can imagine it can be life-changing. So, that’s the first announcement. I’m an uncle.
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Let’s get into it though, guys. Today’s expression is “not worth as zack”, for something to “not be worth as zack”. Ok?
So, before we get into that one though, as usual, I’ve got a joke for you guys. I’ve got a joke. It’s a little bit crass, but it’s not too bad. It’s not too bad. And it’s a good joke, I think, because it kind of illustrates Australian humour. It’ll give you a sense of how we often take the mickey out of ourselves. And to take the mickey out of something or someone is to poke fun at someone or something, to make fun of. So, to make light of something, to joke about something. So, I like taking the mickey, like Mickey Mouse, mickey, I like taking the mickey out of myself, and Australians love taking the mickey out of themselves.
Ok, so the joke. Why wasn’t Jesus born in Australia? Why wasn’t Jesus born in Australia? Because nobody could find three wise men or a virgin. Do you get it, guys? No one could find three wise men or a virgin. So, it’s making fun of Australians saying that none of us are smart and that none of us are virgins. OK? So, that’s today’s joke. Why wasn’t Jesus born in Australia? Because no one could find three wise men or a virgin.
So, today’s expression, guys, is not worth as zack, for something to not be worth a zack. This one was suggested by Karina. So, good job Karina. She suggested this in The Aussie English Virtual Classroom, guys. It’s the Facebook group that you can come in and interact with everyone. There’s daily videos that people upload to practice their English. And on Mondays, I get you guys to suggest expressions and then vote on these expressions for me to do the weekend’s podcast on. So, Karina, good job, mate. To not be worth zack, not worth zack.
So, as usual, let’s go through the words in this expression.
“Not“. I’m sure all of you guys are going to know the word “not”, n-o-t. This is a particle that negates an auxiliary verb. Ok? So, a helping verb. I am not going there. I am not going there. I would not go there. I wouldn’t go there. So, it negates it. I am going. I’m not going. I would go. I wouldn’t go. So, that’s “not”.
“Worth“. for something to be worth something worth. Means the equivalent in value to the sum or item specified. Ok? So, that’s a complicated way of saying, the value of something. Ok? So, my computer is worth seven dollars. My word is worth… it’s invaluable. It’s worth a lot. Ok? So, my car’s worth ten thousand dollars. It’s the value of something.
“A zack“, “a zack”. So, this was an interesting one. I had to look this up, because, to be honest, I have never used this expression. I’ve heard it, but I’ve never used it. So, “a zack”, it turns out, is slang for a sixpence or what was called a six penny. So, this is back when we use the imperial system for money in Australia. So, some of you might know, some of you may not know, our money originally came from Britain. So, Australia’s a Britain colony. We were colonised by the British back in 1770, I believe, by Captain Cook. And as a result, the money and the measurements that were used in Australia were the imperial system. Ok? So, anyway, we had pounds, we had shillings, and we had pennies, and a sixpence, which was about five cents, was nicknamed “a zack”. I don’t know why, but it was nicknamed “a zack”. So, if something wasn’t worth a zack, it wasn’t worth very much. It wasn’t worth five cents. It wasn’t worth sixpence. It wasn’t worth a six penny in the imperial monetary system.
So, let’s define the expression, guys. So, if something isn’t worth a zack, it’s not worth zack, it’s worthless, it’s not worth any, or we could say, it’s worth bugger all. So, that’s an Australian expression, to be worth bugger all. And that just means it’s not worth anything, it’s worthless.
So, we’ve sort of gone over the origin of the expression “a zack”. It’s from the 1700s. And when I looked this up, the usage of the term “zack” for a slang term for a sixpence actually dropped off in the 1800s, guys. So, this is a really old slang term, but obviously it’s been maintained in the expression “to not be worth a zack”. And so, it’s funny how the meaning of “zack” has kind of disappeared and people have forgotten it, despite continuing to potentially use the expression “not be worth a zack“. So, yeah, not worth a zack.
Let’s go through some examples as usual, guys, of how to use the expression “to not be worth a zack”.
So, imagine you’ve got a mate who makes a promise. He gives you his word that he’s going to do something. I promise I’ll do this. I give you my word I’ll do it. But then he breaks his promise or he goes back on his word. So, you could say his word isn’t worth a zack. His promises aren’t worth a zack. They’re worthless. They’re worth bugger all.
Example number two. So, you want to buy a house, and you go somewhere and they say… you know, you go to an auction, and the auction gets up to a really ridiculous price, and the house is a real run down old house that’s not worth much at all. It looks atrocious. It looks awful. But they want a million dollars for this house. You could say, yeah, we want it, but to be honest, it‘s not worth it a zack. It‘s not worth a zack. This house is so run down and old it‘s not worth it a zack, let alone worth the million dollars that you would like for this house. It‘s not worth a zack.
The third example is, imagine you want to get some wine. Ok? I’m a fan of red wine, maybe like white wine, but you go to a bottle-o ago by some booze, to get some grog, so some alcoholic drinks, some alcoholic beverages. You want to get some wine. So, you go there and you say, I‘m after some Australian wine. I want some Penfolds. Penfolds is an amazing Australian brand of red wine. I think it tends to be just red wine, and it’s from the 1840s. They were established in the 1840s. So, the company’s something like 170 years old. But these guys are from the Barossa Valley in South Australia, and they would be Australia’s most famous brand of red wine. But say you’re after some Penfolds, and the place doesn’t have any or the vintages of Penfolds that it has, and “vintage” as in the year that that bottle of wine or that wine was bottled, say they’ve got the wrong one or they don’t have Penfolds at all, you could say, well, I don’t want any other wine but Penfolds from the Barossa Valley. Anything else isn’t worth a zack. Or maybe it’s the vintages that they have, and they’re atrocious, awful, cheap vintages that you hate. You could say, these ones aren’t worth zack. They’re not worth five cents. They’re worthless. They’re worth bugger all.
Alright, guys. Hopefully, you understand the expression “to not be worth a zack“. And I definitely challenge you guys to go out there and use this expression with some Australians, and see if they know it. You might find some Aussies who know this expression and who probably love hearing you say it, you know? It‘ll put a smile on their face. It’ll make them grin.
So, as usual guys, let’s go through a listen and repeat exercise where you guys get to practice your pronunciation. Try and say things exactly as I say them to work on your Australian pronunciation to get that Aussie accent happening. Let’s do it, guys. So, listen and repeat after me.
Listen & Repeat:
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
I’m not worth a zack.
She’s not worth a zack.
He’s not worth a zack.
You’re not worth a zack.
We’re not worth a zack.
They’re not worth a zack.
It’s not worth a zack.
That’s it guys. Good job. And remember to sign up to The Aussie English Classroom if you want more in-depth exercises like this to practice your Aussie pronunciation and learn to speak Australian English just like me.
So, let’s go through an Australian fact, guys, and this ties in with “a zack”, so a sixpence or a six penny from the 1700s and 1800s. So, the Aussie fact for today is that Australia’s British colony obviously used the imperial system. So, we used pounds, shillings, and pence for our money. We used feet and inches and miles for measuring length or distances. And we used things like ounces for measuring the weight of something. Ok? So, this was like Americans use today, at least, in terms of feet, inches, miles, and ounces. They use dollars for their money, obviously. But yeah, we use this, and we used it up until the 14th of February 1966. So, my parents lived through a time where there were pounds, shillings, pence, feet, inches, miles, and ounces used as a measurement system in Australia. And in the 1960s, they switched the currency and these measurements from the imperial system to the metric system, so a decimal system, where the measurements are all relative to the number 10.
And so, the interesting thing here is that when they wanted to convert these they had to do a massive ad campaign, a massive ad campaign on TV, on the radio, to inform everyone that on the 14th of February 1966 the money was going to change over, that everything was going to change over. And so, for a period of time, and I was talking to my mum about this earlier this week, you could pay for things with pounds, shillings, and pence as well as dollars and cents. So, both currencies were being used at the same time in Australia for a period whilst this conversion was taking place. Anyway, there’s a really interesting jingle. So, the song from the ad, “a jingle” we call it. That catchy tune that are quite often really short, you know, 30 seconds. It’s used in this ad. I’m going to play it after this so that you can have a quick listen to the start of this jingle, and I‘ll also link the ad so that you can go and check it out. Anyway, that’s today’s fact. The currency changed over on the 14th of February 1966 from pounds, shillings, and pence to dollars and cents.
In come the dollars, in come the cents, to replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence. Be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix on the 14th of Feburary 1966.
Who are you?
I’m Dollar Bill, and I’ve come to tell everyone that decimal currency will be here from the 14th of February 1966.
What is decimal currency?
Decimal currency is simply a money system worked out in multiples of 10. The base unit is a dollar made up of 100 cents.
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By pete — 2 years ago
Here is a playlist of all the Aussie English Expression episodes up to date.
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