Today’s episode is about an idea that I have to create a series on the podcast called Ask Pete Anything, where you guys get to ask the questions or choose the topics that I speak about. Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions or topic ideas make sure to message or comment them to me on www.facebook.com/theaussieenglishpodcast.
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Ep050: Walking With Pete – Ask Pete Anything Idea
G’day guys and welcome to this episode of walking with Pete.
Today I’m currently in the park out the front of my work. I work at the museum studying at the moment, doing my PhD, and I’ve just walked in from North Melbourne, a suburb in Melbourne where I live. And, I thought I would do a little walking with Pete episode because I’ve been relatively lazy of late, I’ve been pretty lazy recently, and haven’t… haven’t recorded any episodes, haven’t put any up. I’ve been mainly focusing on expressions. And I recorded a whole bunch of expressions related to animals recently as you’ve probably noticed if you’ve been listening to the recent episodes on the podcast. And it’s just taken me a little while to get through all of them and that’s why everything’s been expression, expression, expression. But, I hope you’ve been enjoying those episodes. I hope they help. As I said in I think one of them, all those expressions are expressions that I either use regularly or that I hear regularly, and understand. So, other people use them in English. And I know, it’s pretty irritating at least, I’ve found in learning Portuguese and learning French, when I look up a lot of these expressions, idioms, phrases online, um… a lot of the time they’re just stereotypes and they’re not really said very often in the native language in French or in Portuguese that I’m learning. I’ll learn these phrases and, you know…, think “Oh my gosh I’m really good, I’m doing well, I’m… I understand these idioms” and then I try using them and native speakers will look at me cross-eyed, they’ll look at me confused and be like “what the hell is he talking about?”
Anyway, so that’s a little long-winded answer, or a little long-winded explanation, of why I picked the um… expressions, the idioms, that I’m using. They’re all idioms that I either use myself or that I hear. So, any of those idioms that you learn, if you come to Australia and you use them people are going to understand at least what you mean, or they’re going to use them themselves and you’re going to hear them. So, don’t be afraid to learn those expressions. Don’t be afraid to use those expressions. I promise I’m not going to throw anything in there that’s stupid or isn’t used very often if at all um… just for the sake of it. So, anyway, yeah, that’s a little announcement about those expression episodes. I hope you’re enjoying them. I hope they’re useful. Um… if you have any questions or other expressions that you’ve heard or what explained feel free to let me know on Facebook and I’d love to do an episode on those expressions or questions, and that’s a little segue, that leads me onto the next um… point that I wanted to get to in today’s walking with Pete episode. I’m thinking of doing a series called Ask Pete Anything, where you guys can ask me any kind of question or give me a subject that you would like me to make an episode on. So, the main idea for this is instead of me dictating the episode topic, instead of me choosing and deciding on the episode topic and what I talk about in that episode, you guys get to choose that. So, you get to ask me a question. It can be about me, it can be about what I do, what I like, um… it can be about Australia. It could be about Melbourne. Um… So, it could be about anything personal with regards to me, but it can also be anything impersonal. So, nothing about me. Something else. Um… it could be “what do you think of this? How do you use this in English? What does this word mean? Talk about the word philosophy for five minutes? You know, what does philosophy mean to you? Um… Do you like philosophy? What do… if could be anything. I just want to make content that you yourselves are interested in and would like to have listening resources to practice. So, you know, even if it’s about um… horse riding, or… it could be anything, you know, just ask me a question and I will look it up if I don’t already know a little bit about it. Um… and I’ll try and record an episode on them as soon as possible, and upload it with a transcript and everything for you guys to use and practice. So, yeah, [the] main idea behind that is just to give you guys resources that are directly chosen by you, and also directly interesting to you guys, you know, ‘cause I talk about a lot of things that I choose but they may not necessarily be the most interesting topics. So, if I can… if I can kill two birds with one stone as we say in English, if I can create content um… in English for you guys to use to learn English, but I can also create content that you are directly interested in yourselves I’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone, um… and yeah, do two things in a single action. So, that was the main other point today, [it] was just I’m thinking about doing this Ask Pete Anything series where any time you guys have a question or a topic that you would like me to talk about jump on Facebook, jump on the website, um… so www.theaussieenglishpodcast.com or www.facebook.com/theaussieenglishpodcast , if you haven’t already jump on there. Send me a message. Send me a comment. Comment on any of the pictures or things that I upload, and give me a question or a statement that you would like me to talk about in an upcoming episode and I will do so as soon as possible.
Anyway, that was probably all I really wanted to talk about today, and I’ll see you guys next time. Have a good one!
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AE 482 – 50+ Australian Slang Words You Need to Learn
G’day, guys! What’s going on and welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today, we’re going to be talking about 50 different Australian slang terms you need to know. Let’s go.
- Arvo. Arvo. This is just afternoon. You might hear this, what are you doing this arvo? or What are you doing tomorrow arvo? and it just means, what are you doing this afternoon or tomorrow afternoon? Arvo.
- The Aussie salute. ‘The Aussie salute’ is what we used to refer to when someone does this, because it fly’s in their face, and they move their hand like this, because we have a lot of flies in Australia.
- To bail. If you bail on something or bail on someone or you just need to bail, it just means that you need to leave. Sorry, guys, I’ve got to bail. I have to go home. I’ve got to get dinner. I’ve got to bail. Sorry about that. Gotta bail.
- A barbie. ‘A Barbie’ is just a barbecue. So, you might have friends over on the weekend, get on the deck, get some food, put it on the barbie, cook it up, you’re having a barbie, you’re having a barbecue. A Barbie.
- Bathers. ‘Bathers’ is an incredibly common way of saying ‘swimsuit’ the gear that you wear when you go to the beach or when you go to a swimming pool, because you want to swim, you put your bathers on.
- Beauty. Oh man, what a beauty! ‘A beauty’ is something that is really good as in ‘beautiful’. It is a beauty. He got a new car. It is a beauty. What a beauty! That car is a beauty.
- A billabong. ‘Billabong’ is an Aboriginal word for a pond, a small piece of water, a small thing of water, in a dry river bed. This is a billabong. And it is also a brand of surfing gear in Australia.
- A Billy. ‘A billy’ is a tea pot usually made out of a metal tin. A tin of some kind. You put it on a campfire. You use it to heat water when you camping. A billy.
- A bludger. ‘A bludger’ is someone who is lazy and doesn’t work. If they don’t have a job or when they are working they’re incredibly lazy, they are a bludger. And you’re going to often hear this in the phrase ‘dole bludger’, which means that you are receiving government benefits because you don’t have a job. You’re a dole bludger. That guy is a real bludger.
- Bogan. Man, this is one that is hard to explain. ‘A bogan’ is someone who is usually uncouth, unsophisticated, uneducated, swears a lot, is just an unpleasant person, usually. it’s sort of Australia’s version of a redneck. A bogan. A bogan. And a bogan usually doesn’t know they’re a bogan. Everyone thinks someone else is a bogan. But bogans themselves, probably won’t say, yeah, I’m a real bogan. Okay? Bogan. Be careful how you use that Down Under.
- Booze bus. The booze bus. ‘Booze’ is alcohol. Booze. ‘A booze bus’ is a police bus that is used for breath-testing, getting your breatho, when you’re driving around in the city, wherever it is. If there’s a big bus there doing breath-tests, it’s a booze bus. Booze bus.
- A bottle-o. ‘A bottle-o’ is a bottle shop, somewhere you can buy grog, booze, alcohol. A bottle-o. Let’s go to the bottle-o later and grab some beers. She’s going to head over to the bottle-o and get some wine. I love going to the bottle-o on weekends. Bottle-o.
- Brekky. Brekky. Everyone gets up and has brekky in the morning. ‘Brekky’ means breakfast. The most important meal of the day. Brekky. Let’s grab a bite to eat. Let’s get some brekky.
- Brolly. ‘A brolly’ is an umbrella, right? If it’s raining outside, if it’s pouring, rain’s coming down, you pull out your umbrella, that is ‘a brolly’. Did you bring your brolly? Looks like it’s raining outside. Get your brolly out.
- A buck. ‘A buck’ is a dollar in Australian English. A buck or bucks. How much is that, mate? About 50 bucks. Can you spare a few bucks, mate? I’m out. I need a few bucks to grab some beer from the bottle-o. Buck or bucks.
- Budgie smugglers. ‘Budgie smugglers’ are speedos or male bathers that are usually very small, sitting around the crutch area of a man, and because his genitals look like… a budgie, the bird, being put inside of a sack, it’s often referred to as ‘budgie smugglers’. So, yeah… Be careful how you use that one in Australia. But people will laugh if you say, that guy’s got some nice budgie smugglers. Tony Abbott does not look very good when he’s wearing his bloody smugglers. Budgie smuggler.
- The Bush. ‘The Bush’ is anywhere that is away from civilisation in Australia. If it is away from a city, away from a town, there is forests, there’s desert, whatever it is, it is isolated areas of country Australia. The Bush.
- Cab sav. This just stands for Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a type of red wine in Australia. So, we get lazy. We don’t want to say, let’s go and get a Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll say, let’s grab some cab sav. I love good cab sav on the weekends after brekky.
- Cactus. If something is ‘cactus’, it’s broken. It doesn’t work anymore. The car broke down. It’s cactus. If you’re ‘cactus’, it means you’re tired. I’ve been working all day. I’m cactus. Cactus.
- Choc-a-bloc. If a place is ‘choc-a-bloc’ it is that it is completely full. So, you’ve gone to the location, there are people everywhere, you can barely move, the place is choc-a-bloc. Or maybe the fridge, you’ve got a fridge full of food, full of beer, whatever it is. It’s choc-a-bloc full of beer, choc-a-bloc full of food. Choc-a-bloc.
- Choccy biccy. You get a two for one here, guys. ‘A choccy biccy’ is a chocolate biscuit. So, we can often use ‘choccy’ to refer to anything that’s chocolate, and we can often use ‘biccy’ to refer to a biscuit. Would you like a choccy biccy? Nanna’s got some choccy biccies just for you, mate. Choccy biccy.
- A chook. ‘A chook’ is a female chicken, but you’ll often use it on someone sort of as a term of endearment, if they’re being a bit… I don’t know, if they’re a bit scared to do something. Ah, don’t be a chook! That guy’s a bit of a chook. She’s a bit of a chook. A chook.
- Chrissie. This one’s probably pretty obvious. Christmas. What are you doing this Chrissie? Are you going to celebrate Chrissie with your family? Chrissie. Everyone loves Chrissie, everyone loves Santa Claus. Chrissie.
- A ciggy. ‘A ciggy’ is a cigarette. That guy loves smoking a pack of ciggies every single day. He’s obsessed with smoking ciggies. Ciggy.
- To get clucky. To get clucky. Now, obviously, men can’t get clucky, women get clucky, and it means to get maternal. So, if someone is thinking about having children or they see children and they’re like, Oh I love kids! They are getting a bit clucky. And the idea here is that they are like a chook that is about to lay eggs and have baby chickens. Clucky.
- Cobber. ‘A cobber’ or ‘old cobber’, that guy, that cobber. It just means good friend. So, you might hear guys from time to time use this in Australia to refer to mates. How’s cobber going? What’s up with old cobber? Cobber.
- A coldie. ‘A coldie’ is just a cold beverage. Could be a beer, could be a coke, whatever it is that’s a cold drink. It is a coldie.
- That leads me to this one, ‘A cold one‘. Same thing, a cold drink, a cold one. Give us a cold one. I might grab a cold one out of the fridge. I’m parched. Really need something to drink. Give us a coldie.
- A cop or copper, or cops, coppers. This is a policeman or the police. There’s lots of cops on the roads today. They are using booze buses and they’re trying to bust anyone is drunk driving. Cops or coppers. That guy’s a cop.
- Crikey! Steve Irwin loves this one. Crikey! ‘Crikey’ is just an expression to show surprise, enthusiasm, excitement. Crikey! Wow, that looks amazing outside. Crikey! Crikey! It’s hot outside. Crikey! There’s a croc over there. Crikey!
- A croc. ‘A croc’ is a crocodile. Crikey! There’s lots of crocs in that river. Don’t go swimming at the beach, mate. There’s crocs everywhere. It’s dangerous. Crikey! Crocs.
- To be crook. If you are crook, it means that you’re sick, it means that you’re ill, it means that you’re under the weather. I’m feeling a bit crook today. I might skip work. I’m feeling the weather. I’m feeling crook.
- A dag. Literately, ‘a dag’ is the poo that hangs from a baby sheep’s tail before the tail’s been removed. However, we never use it that way. Any time someone calls you ‘a dag’, it is a term of endearment to say you’re a wee bit silly, or that you are a bit of a nerd or a geek, you’re a bit unfashionable with wearing something. You’re a dag, right? So, if I was wearing a silly hat, so if I was wearing a silly hat someone might say, take that hat off. You look like a dag. A dag. Don’t be a dag, mate.
- Your daks. Your ‘daks’ are your trousers, your pants, or even your underwear. So, someone daks you, they pull your pants down, but they might refer to their pants as ‘daks’ the themselves. Where are you daks, mate? How come you just wear a budgie smugglers? I lost my daks. Daks.
- Deadset. If someone ‘deadset?!’, it’s that they’re asking, is that real? Is that true? Are you serious? Deadset? But you can also use this as a way of describing something as being authentic or true. Man, that guy is a deadset legend. That is a deadset awesome car. Deadset.
- Devo. If you’re ‘devo’, you’re devastated. So, I went outside the other day, had my brolly, the brolly broke, and I was devo. I was devastated. Devo.
- A drongo. If you’re ‘a drongo’, it’s that you’re a bit of a fool or an idiot. I don’t like that girl. She’s a bit of a drongo. That bloke over there is really strange. He’s a bit of a dag, but actually, you know what? Even worse than that, he’s a drongo. That guy is a real drongo. Don’t you drongo, mate.
- A dunny. ‘A dunny’ is a toilet. I’ve got a dunny. I’m busting. I need to go the dunny. Is there a dunny near by? Dunny. That’s a really good money use. A dunny. And if you go camping and you find a dunny where it doesn’t flush, it’s just a hole in the ground with a dunnie on top, that’s ‘a drop dunny’. Dunny.
- An esky. ‘An esky’ is something you put your cold drinks in. It’s an insulated container for cold drinks. An esky. You’ll often take these to barbies in order to keep you drinks cold so that you can have a cold one or a coldie whenever you want. Esky.
- Fair dinkum. ‘Fair dinkum’, this is a way of saying, Honestly? No kidding? Are you serious? Really? Fair dinkum. Yeah, honestly. Yeah, fair dinkum. Did that guy really steal that car? Yeah, he did. Fair dinkum? No kidding? serious? Fair dinkum. But you can also use this one sort of like ‘deadset’ when describing someone. That guy is a deadset legend. That guy is a fair dinkum legend. He’s true, he’s authentic, he’s fair dinkum.
- A flanno or a flannie. This is a flannelette shirt. Not really much else to say. If you’re wearing ‘a flannie’ or ‘a flanno’, you’re wearing a striped or crossed flannelette shirt. Flanno. Flannie.
- A frothy. ‘A frothy’ is a beer. When you open that beer, a coldie or a cold one, and the froth comes out of it, it’s a frothy. Grab us a frothy, mate. Grab us a frothy out of the esky. I’m after cold frothy. Ah, that’ll hit the spot. Frothy.
- G’day. ‘G’day’ is pretty self-explanatory, and I’m sure you probably already know what this is. Use it! G’day. G’day. Hello. How are you? What’s going on? G’day, mate. G’day, mate. And definitely use ‘mate’ if you’re talking to guys and it’s an informal situation. G’day, mate. How’s it going? G’day!
- A galah. Now, this one isn’t that common anymore. I used to hear this when someone was talking about a stupid person. That guy’s a bit of a galah. This is a parrot in Australia. It’s pink and grey. It’s a pink and grey parrot. A galah. And they tend to be stupid birds. So, if you call someone ‘a galah’, it’s kind of a polite way of calling someone an idiot. That guy is a real galah. What a galah!
- Get stuffed! If you tell someone to ‘get stuffed’, it’s that you’re telling them, in a polite way, ‘screw you’. So, you could use this usually in anger to tell someone to go away or as an expression of contempt. If someone says something to you, you’re an idiot. You might say, ‘get stuffed!’. If someone says you’re flannie’s is a bit weird, it looks strange, you might tell them, ‘get stuffed!’. Get stuffed, mate. Get stuffed.
- Can’t be stuffed. This is another good one. If you ‘can’t be stuffed’, this means you can’t be bothered. Mate, can you come over here and help me with that? Ah nup, can’t be stuffed. Sorry, mate, can’t be bothered. I can’t be stuffed.
- Going off. If something is ‘going off’, usually a party or some kind of social event or gathering, it means that it is incredibly busy with lots of people and it is in full swing. So, it is incredibly enjoyable. This party’s going off. Things’re going off. Wow, stuff over there at the shops is going off! There are people everywhere. It’s chockablock. It’s going off!
- Good on ya. This is a common one. Good on ya, mate. Good on ya. And it just means ‘Well done’. You did a good job, mate, at work, that was amazing. What you did was great. Good on you! But you could also use this sarcastically. So, I imagine someone said, Pete’s so dumb, he doesn’t know how to tie his own shoelaces. I might say, yeah, good on ya, mate. Good on ya!
- Goon. Oh my God. Good. ‘Good’ is one of the most famous inventions that young university students tend to love in Australia and it is a plastic sack with wine in. It his cask wine. So, if someone says, oh, I brought some good to the party, the party that’s going off, they’re talking about a sack of wine. Goon. Goon. And it’s incredibly cheap. Let’s get some goon, mate. I think it’s like five bucks at the shops. Goon.
- Hard Yakka. ‘Hard yakka’ just means hard work. I’ve been working all day, I’ve been putting in a lot of hard yakka at work. If you want to work as a builder, it requires a lot of hard yakka. Hard yakka.
- The last one, guys. Heaps. Heaps. This just means loads, lots, many. Okay? There’s heaps of people outside. It’s choc-a-bloc outside. There are heaps and heaps of people there. It’s really hot outside. It’s heaps hot. You might hear people say that from time to time, meaning it is really something, it is really hot, it’s heaps hot. It’s really good. It’s heaps good.
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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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WWP: Ned Kelly & The Free Ebook & Audio Course
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.
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AE 409 – Expression: To Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
The dingo in the tent. That dingo took the baby. God. No! Please, God help! That dingo took my baby!
G’day, guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English, the number one podcast for anyone and everyone who wants to learn Australian English, if you’re interested in Australian slang, Australian vocab, the Australian accent, this is the podcast for you, guys. All things Australian lingo.
So, today, the opening scene today was from a movie called Evil Angels, and that was in 1988 starring Sam Neil and Meryl Streep. You might know Meryl Streep, and you probably would know Sam Neil if you’ve seen Jurassic Park. He’s the main guy in Jurassic Park.
Anyway, that line “The dingo took my baby” or it’s often misquoted as “The dingo ate my baby” is a line that you’ll hear in Australian pop-culture from time to time, and it’s referring to this story but this movie is about that occurred in 1980 when baby Azaria went missing near Uluru.
And this line got pretty famous when TV shows like Seinfeld and Fraser used it in some of their episodes.
Tell my fiancé I’m looking for him. I have lost my fiancé the poor baby. Maybe the dingo ate your baby? – Seinfeld
That dingo’s got your baby. – Fraser
The dingo ate my baby. A dingo at my baby. – Conan O’Brien
I’m sorry a dingo at your baby. You know that’s a true story? Lady lost a kid. You about to cross some f*cking line! – Tropic Thunder
So, we’ll talk about exactly what happened there and we’ll chat about dingoes, who could’ve been the main culprit in that story, at the end of today’s episode. So, stay tuned and wait for that.
Anyway, announcements wise. So, the coming week, I’m getting ready to move to Canberra. So, that’s going to be a big change. I’m looking forward to that, guys. I’m moving to Canberra. So, if any of you guys live in Canberra, feel free to send me a message or an e-mail and we might be able to catch up. Who knows. But that’s in the works at the moment. That’s what’s going to happen.
Aside from that, I’ve obviously been working away, recording interviews, working on the Aussie English Classroom, and also practicing a bit of French and a bit of Portuguese as well. So, I’ve been doing weekly lessons with one of my old students, Laleh. She’s been working hard with me to help me improve my French, and I’ve been trading her for some time learning English. So, that’s been good fun the last few weeks. So, a big thanks Laleh for helping me improve my French. Merci beaucoup mon amie!
Anyway, guys. Let’s get into today’s joke. So, today’s joke, seeing as we’re talking about dingoes today, is a joke about dogs. Okay? So, here we go. Here’s the joke. What do you call a frozen dog? What do you call a frozen dog? Can you guys think of anything funny, think of anything funny? So, we call a frozen dog “a pupsicle”. Do you get it? “A pupsicle”.
So, that’s a pun, it’s a play on words with the word “pup” or “puppy”. So, “pup” is short for “puppy”, and it means a baby dog. Usually a baby kind of mammal. You can have seal pups, but it means baby dog usually. A pup or a puppy. It’s a play on words with that and the word “popsicle”, which is a word that means an ice cream or flavoured water that’s frozen to a wooden stick. So, “a popsicle”. And the joke here was that: What do you call a frozen dog? “A pupsickle”, instead of a popsicle.
All right, guys. So, today’s expression is ‘to let sleeping dogs lie’, and that is a proverb. This is actually a pretty old expression or proverb, which we’ll get to in a bit. But let’s go through “to let sleeping dogs lie”, and define the words in this phrase.
So, “to let”. “To let” in this case means to allow or to permit. If you let someone do something, you allow them to do something, you permit them to do something. So, my parents might let me sleep in on the weekend. They allow me to sleep in. They permit me to sleep in. They let me.
The next word is “sleeping”. So, this is the gerund form of “to sleep”, and it’s the act of obviously being asleep. It is what you do when you are not awake. You are sleeping. Sleeping.
“A dog”. A dog is “a man’s best friend”, guys. You will all know what a dog is. Woof woof. A dog is a carnivorous species of the mammal family Canidae. So, these guys have canine teeth, and that’s why they’re in the family Canidae, Canidae. Canine teeth.
The last word here is “lie”. “Lie”. So, in this case, it doesn’t mean a fib, something that you say that isn’t true. In this case, it is to rest in a horizontal position like to lie down or to lay down. “Lie”. If I lie, I’m lying on the ground.
All right. So, the expression let’s go through the expression and what it means when you say to let sleeping dogs lie.
So, if you let sleeping dogs lie, it means that you are leaving things as they are. You’re not instigating trouble. You are avoiding interfering in a situation that is currently causing no problems, but it could cause a problem with interference. So, this is sort of complicated, but let me try and explain it in one more way. It’s to not restart or rekindle an old argument. So, it’s to leave disagreements in the past. So, if you have a problem with someone, you have an issue with someone, in the past, if you let sleeping dogs lie, it is that you don’t instigate trouble. You don’t bring these things up again. So, you don’t wake the dog up. You allow that dog to stay sleeping. You let sleeping dogs lie.
So, a synonym for let sleeping dogs lie is “leave well enough alone”. So, you may have heard that as well. It’s best to let sleeping dogs lie. It’s best to leave well enough alone.
So, I went through and looked at the expression origin. I was kind of curious. When this expression get coined? How long has it been used for? And I think this is one of those expressions that is probably the oldest that I’ve come across so far. So, “let sleeping dogs lie” derives from the long-standing observation that dogs are often unpredictable when suddenly disturbed. So, if you suddenly woke a dog up, you don’t know what it could do. It could bite you, could bark, could run off. And Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first to put this into print. So, to write this down in a book. And he did so in a book called Troilus and Criseyde in 1380.
So, that was a very long time ago, you know, about… what… what’s that 700 years ago? Maybe not 700. 650 years ago, we’ll say. So, he put that down in a book about 650 years ago in 1380, and he said something along the lines of, “It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake“. So, effectively, “you shouldn’t wake a sleeping dog”.
So, the expression may have started as a warning about the risk of waking a potentially dangerous animal, but it later turned metaphorical, and it later became “to let sleeping dogs lie”.
So, let’s go through some examples, guys. As usual, this is where I will go through three different examples of situations of how I would use this expression, and this is a good chance for you to try different vocab that I’ll bring up, you know? You got to think about these situations I’m talking about. I use different verb tenses. So, that’s the whole purpose of me using these examples. So, let’s go through them.
Example number one. Alright. So, imagine that you arrive to work late. You arrive to work late and you’re worried that your boss is going to be angry for your tardiness, for showing up at work late. You ask a friend if you should mention something to your boss, you know, bring it up, say something about it and apologise, and your friend says, “It’s probably better not to bring it up. So, just let sleeping dogs lie. You should definitely just let sleeping dogs lie. Leave well enough alone and don’t bring it up. Don’t mention this thing that’s happened in the past. Let sleeping dogs lie.”.
Example number two. Alright. In this example, imagine that you have borrowed money from a friend. So, this friend has lent you some money, you’ve borrowed some money from your friend, and you wanted to buy something. Maybe you want to buy some smokes, some ciggies. You know? Something small like that some cigarettes. Or maybe you borrowed a lot of money and you want to go on a holiday down The Great Ocean Road. You know, maybe you’re going to take your ute down there for a bit of a cruise, a bit of a drive, and you borrowed a bunch of money from your friend. If you think about asking them if they want you to pay them back now, maybe this week, and you ask a friend, “Should I do that? Should I ask if they want the money back now.”. Your friend might say, “It’s better to just let sleeping dogs lie. Don’t bring it up just yet. Bring it up in the future. Let sleeping dogs lie.”.
Example number three is imagine that your father and his sister, so your auntie, have a bit of a tumultuous relationship. So, they fight quite a bit, they don’t get along, and they do this at parties, and imagine that one day you’re having lunch with your family and your auntie’s there, your father’s sister has come to this party, and she brings something up from their history, something like a disagreement, an argument, something someone did, in order to start a fight, in order to instigate some kind of argument. You might say to her, “Why couldn’t you just let sleeping dogs lie? Why couldn’t you just let sleeping dogs lie? Why couldn’t you leave well enough alone? You should have let sleeping dogs lie. You should have left well enough alone. You should have left these things unmentioned and in the past. You shouldn’t have started a fight.”.
So, I hope you understand the expression now, guys, “To let sleeping dogs lie”, which effectively means, don’t restart an old argument. Leave disagreements in the past.
So, as usual. Let’s go through a little listen and repeat exercise, guys, and then we’ll go through the Aussie fact. So, this is your chance to practice your pronunciation, guys. Listen and repeat after me exactly as I do if you want an Aussie accent. Let’s go.
Listen & Repeat:
To let sleeping
To let sleeping dogs
To let sleeping dogs lie
I should have let sleeping dogs lie
You should have let sleeping dogs lie
He should have let sleeping dogs lie
She should have let sleeping dogs lie
We should have let sleeping dogs lie
They should have let sleeping dogs lie
It should have let sleeping dogs lie
Awesome job, guys. Awesome job. So, just remember if you want to learn the connected speech from today’s exercise make sure that you’ve enrolled in the Aussie English Classroom, guys. The online English-learning classroom for anyone and everyone wanting to learn Australian English faster. Remember, you can try that for just one dollar for your first 30 days. The link will be in the description or you can go to www.TheAussieEnglishClassroom.com. And we’re going to talk about why I said “sleepin'” instead of “sleeping”, “shoulda” instead of “should have”, as well as a few other little tips and tricks in there to get you sounding more like an Australian.
Anyway, guys. Let’s get into the Aussie fact for today, and then let’s finish up.
So, today I want to talk about dingoes, and the history of dingoes in Australia.
So, dingoes are a native Australian dog. The only native dog in Australia. And The species name is Canus lupus dingo. So, it’s actually a subspecies of dog. These are the same species as your pet dog, but they are a subspecies.
They’re a medium-sized canine, a medium-sized dog, and they’re about the same size as say a poodle or a bit smaller than a labrador, and they grow to about 13 to 24 kilograms and about 52 to 63 centimetres high when they’re standing.
They vary between sandy yellow and red ginger in colour, and they usually have white markings on their feet, on their tail tip, and on their chest.
They are found throughout the mainland of Australia, but they are absent from Tasmania. Dingoes are also found in all kinds of habitat. They’re found in alpine regions, woodlands, grasslands, deserts, and even tropical regions all across the mainland of Australia.
There are many different cross breeds of dingo now, because they’ve interbred with wild or pet dogs. And the only full-blooded population of dingoes that haven’t interbred with wild dogs or pet dogs are believed to live on Fraser Island in Queensland.
So, dingoes are active at dawn and dusk, so at sunrise and sunset, and this is the same time that their prey is active. And these guys prey mostly on wallabies and kangaroos. So, the hopping macropods, the marsupials that hop in Australia. But they’re also known to eat things like rabbits, possums, sugar gliders, rats, and mice. With regards to livestock, though, they don’t tend to attack farm animals. So, they leave things like sheep and cows alone. They do not tend to eat these things. I mean they probably would if they found a dead one, but these animals tend to be a bit too big.
These guys arrived in Australia only 4,000-5,000 years ago. Okay. So, that is about the time that The Pyramids were being built. That’s when these guys arrived in Australia. And to put that in context with when humans arrived here, humans arrived about 12 times that amount of time ago in the past. So, humans arrived between 50-60,000 years ago. Dingoes arrived between 4-5,000 years ago.
So, originally it was thought that they were introduced by Indonesian seafarers. Although, more recent research has suggested that the dingo arrived in Australia with a migration of Indian people, people from India, about 4,300 years ago, which would make sense.
Since dingoes arrived in Australia, they have been a big part of indigenous culture, and they have acted as companions, physical and spiritual protectors, hunters, and a source of warmth around the campfire.
So, dingoes in Australia are pretty infamous too because of what happened, and the reason that this film that we mentioned at the start Evil Angels was made, because of what happened in the ’80s in the Northern Territory. Okay. So, that famous line, “the dingo took my baby!”. What is that based on?
So, what happened? Okay, so the Chamberlains, a family, were hanging around, they were checking out Uluru in 1980, and they had their nine-week-old baby Azaria with them whilst they were camping around Uluru. They left their tent open and in the middle of the night, according to them, a dingo went into the tent, picked up their nine-week-old baby, and disappeared.
So, the baby’s clothes were found a few days later, I believe, and they were in blood, and despite them having reported that a dingo took the baby, people thought that that was a bit suss. They didn’t believe it, because at the time they’d never heard of these apparently harmless small dogs having hurt any kind of human young or old.
And so, a coroner found them innocent initially, and suggested that it was a dingo. However, city people found this hard to believe, and the media believed that, in fact, Lindy Chamberlain, the mother of Azaria, had actually killed the baby and wanted to get rid of it for some reason.
So, she didn’t exactly appear like the anguished mother we would imagine when she was in the media. And so, people decided she must have been guilty, and they didn’t believe that a dingo could have killed her baby.
So, she was taken to court, and there was blood that was found in the car, and that, despite that being the only evidence, there was no other evidence, there was no murder weapon, no motive, no body, they believed that she had cut the baby’s throat and killed the baby in the car. So, in 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was convicted and sent to jail. And Michael Chamberlain, I believe, was also convicted as an accessory (to murder).
She went to prison for three years. And then three years later at Uluru, the baby’s jacket was found, which showed evidence of the dingo having bitten it. And also, they found out that the apparent blood in the car had been a sound-deadening compound and also a potential fruit drink of sweetened milk. So, how crazy’s that? They thought it was blood originally, and it turns out that was definitely not the case.
So, these guys were pardoned and they were let out of jail. The public still thought though that she had done it and they didn’t change their minds. During this time, in 1988, Evil Angels the movie was made with Sam Neill and Meryl Streep, and the film played the angle of Lindy and her family being innocent, and that a dingo had actually gone into the tent picked up the baby and taken it away and killed it. And it also showed the media’s negative portrayal of the Chamberlain family. So, people, despite this movie coming out, still didn’t change their minds and still believed she was guilty.
There were a few royal commissions and other coroners who looked at this case, and they also ruled that it could have been her and it could have been a dingo, but they didn’t want to say that it was definitely a dingo. So, it was still left up in the air for a very long time.
However, more recently, since Azaria’s disappearance, there have been hundreds of reports of vicious dingo attacks, several of which have been fatal to children. Tragically on April the 30th in 2001, nine-year-old Clinton Gage was attacked and killed by two Dingo’s near Waddy point on Fraser Island. So, this isn’t a nine-week-old baby, this is a nine-year-old child being killed by two dingoes, two apparently harmless native dogs.
So, finally people started to realise these weren’t dog like animals, they were wolf like animals. They weren’t harmless creatures. They were opportunistic and able to kill humans, though very small and young humans, if they wanted to.
So, finally in 2012, a new coroner found that a dingo was the cause of death and finally put this case to rest.
So, there’s still some mystery around this, and I guess we will never really know what happened, whether that dingo had actually gotten the baby and run away, or whether this lady did it herself. But I would love to know what you guys think in the comments. So, make sure you let me know. Do you think she did it or do you think a dingo took her baby?
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