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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G’day guys. How’s it going? Welcome to the very first video of Walking With Pete with the new Osmo.
So, I’ve bought this setup where I have my phone on a gimbal that stabilises the shot as I move around. So, instead of me holding the phone in my bare hand it stabilises it for me. I’m holding it on a little machine. And yeah, it’s not as jerky, it’s not as shaky as when I’m holding it with my bare hand.
I thought I would come out today. It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the park, (it’s) nice and sunny, and I thought I would have a play with this new Osmo and see how we go. And also, see… yeah, I’m just playing around with the joystick here getting a feel for it. To get a feel for it means to get a sort of sense for how it works. So, I’m feeling around trying to feel how to use it best, how it functions, how it works. To get a feel for it.
So, I’ve got a few things to announce today.
Obviously, a lot of you will already know that I have just released the Aussie English Supporter Pack online. So, you now have the ability to sign up for transcripts for every single episode that are going to be premium transcripts.
So, they’re going to be very high quality transcripts where I highlight everything in the text that I’m talking about. I give you extra exercises. I give you a vocabulary list that you can fill out.
So, you can search the transcripts for definitions of the words that I’ve mentioned, and if you can’t find them you can then look online. And I’ve linked to dictionaries and other things that will help you in each of these transcripts. And then, you’ve also go boxes to fill out in these vocab lists of synonyms.
So, again, you can look through the transcript to find where I have said multiple words that mean the same thing, especially of the word that is the subject of that little section, whichever word that you’re specifically looking at.
So, I’ve set that up. There’s extra exercises to practice and focus on the specific aspects of that episode. So, for instance, if we’re practicing an expression I’ll put in different forms of that same expression and give you exercises for substituting in and out that specific expression that we’re practicing. And it just… it’s just a better way of learning. So, you’re going to be able to associate that expression that’s in the episode with a number of other expressions.
(I’m) just walking past the tramlines here.
So, with a number of other expressions. And yeah, I think that it’s just a lot better like that.
If you’re wanting to learn a language it’s always really good to associate multiple different ways of saying the same thing when you’re trying to learn it and get a feel for how these expressions are used, what they mean, and different ways of saying the same thing. It adds colour to your language whether you’re learning English or any other language whatever it may be.
So, there’s that. I’ve also go then in these transcripts I’ve got tips for what you can do to get even more out of these transcripts.
So, for instance, I really like using the program Anki, and there’s also programs like Quizlet and Memrise, and all sorts of other language learning websites like Lang-8 and Speaky, a whole bunch of things online, and I give you tips and advice as to how you can take the vocab and the other things that you’ve learnt in that episode and then go online and continue to practice the specific bits of vocab, synonyms, definitions, all of the stuff you’ve got out of that lesson you can go further and continue learning it online and elsewhere.
So, I’ve tried to add that in as well.
And if you guys have any other suggestions or ideas for how to add even more value to the subscription pack, the Aussie English Subscription (Supporter*) Pack, and what else I could add to these transcripts, please feel free to let me know.
So, send me a message, send me a comment on Facebook, email me, and tell me what else could I do to add even more value to the subscription, or sorry, the Supporter Pack, for you guys, because that’s the aim of the game at the end of the day. The aim of the game. So, my aim, the aim of the game, is to serve you guys as best as I can and help you learn English in a fun novel way.
So, that’s it. That’s the Aussie English Supporter Pack. And at the moment it’s incredibly cheap. It’s only $9.99 Australian per month. So, I think it’s, you know, probably like $7 American give or take, maybe even less when you do the conversion between the two different currencies.
So, it’s incredibly affordable, and I mean if you’re going to be using these transcripts incredibly heavily and practicing really hard, and really working your English, I think you’re going to get a ton of value out of these transcripts because you should be getting at least two or three a week, two or three a week. So, out of a month that’s obviously maybe 8-12 episodes. And I’m hopefully going to keep building on it and adding more.
But yeah, if you definitely want to sign up definitely do it now while it’s cheap and affordable, and it’s only $9.99 a month, because I am going to increase the price in the future as I build on it and increase the value. But, if you sign up now you’ll continue to pay the price that you signed up paying. So, if you want it in the future and it doubles in price and you sign up now it’ll only be $9.99 as opposed to $19.98.
Anyway, that’s probably enough about the Supporter Pack.
Aside from that, I guess also I wanted to mention that I have the voicemail set up on the website where you guys can actually sign up, well not sign up, but sign on, click that little button at the side. You just have to click it. It opens up a little box, and you can leave me a voicemail.
So, you can ask me a question. You can say hello. You can ask me anything regarding Australia, regarding grammar, regarding the English language, “what do these words mean?”, “how do I use this phrase?”. Anything you want you can ask.
So, yeah, I’m trying to encourage people to use that more because I want to feature anyone who leaves me a message on a podcast episode that will be trying to answer that question.
So, if you leave me a message and I make an episode about it I’m going to play your message at the start to introduce the episode, and then I’m going to tackle the question that you have asked and want clarified or just want an episode made about.
So, it’s a really good way for you guys to practice your English. You can record it multiple times if you’re having a little bit of trouble with pronunciation or getting the flow right. You don’t have to send the first one you record.
It gets emailed to me as a little MP3 file. I download it. And then, I can use it in the different podcast episodes that I create. So, it’s something that I’m trying to encourage people to do.
And I’ve decided that if you do this in the near future and I use your question or whatever it is that you’ve sent me in the message, if I theme a podcast episode around your question and feature you you’ll automatically get a month’s free subscription to the Supporter Pack, to the Aussie English Supporter Pack. Because I want to give back to you guys. I want to give you the opportunity to try these things for free if I can, and reward you for engaging in the Aussie English community.
So, yeah, if you go onto the website, www.theaussieenglishpodcast.com there’s a little purple rectangular button on the right side of the screen that says “Leave me a voicemail”. You click that, and it’ll take you somewhere that you can record by clicking from your phone or form your computer a short voicemail. So, a short message, a short-spoken message.
One thing I might add there is that I was chatting to Dong today and I got him to leave me one because he had a question that he sent me on Aussie English the Facebook page. So, hey Dong. Thanks for the question again.
And Aly as well. Thanks Aly for leaving me one yesterday too.
He, Dong, was having an issue with trying to do it on his phone, and it turns out you’ve got to download an app for… I can’t even remember the name of the site that I’ve used (SpeakPipe), but there’s an app that you might have to download if you’re doing this via a phone.
So, just bear that in mind. It’s pretty simple though. It shouldn’t be too hard to organise and sort out. It should be pretty easy.
But yeah, if you leave me a voice message, ask me anything you like. If I do an episode on it I’ll send you an email and I’ll send you a coupon that will give you 100% off (the) Aussie English Supporter Pack subscription for the first month. So, you guys you can… if I send it to you you can go on, you can check it out, you can see if you like it, you can give me feedback, download everything, and then after the month’s up you can just unsubscribe. It won’t cost you anything, or you can elect, you can choose, you can decide to subscribe for the $9.99/month if it’s worth your time, if it’s seen by you as valuable, if you like it.
So, it’s just something to think about and the way for me to give back to you guys, because I want to keep trying to build this community and keep giving back to you guys.
So, yeah, I guess that’s really it recently.
I’ve tried to invest in this Osmo stabilising camera. So, I’m hoping that that really improves the quality of these videos, especially removing the jerkiness, the shakiness, of the videos that I was sort of suffering from when trying to hold it with my hand and walk around.
Aside from that, I’ve released the Aussie English Supporter Pack. So, please go and check it out. I will also leave a link where for where you guys can see a free example PDF.
So, if you want to check it out there is an expression episode I think it was “To take the bait”, which I recently put up on the podcast, and I’ve put that out as the Aussie English Supporter Pack format.
So, it’s 100% free. You can download the PDF. You can do the exercises. You can see everything that I’m talking about with regards to the Aussie English Supporter Pack and what I’m trying to offer with it. And if you like it feel free to sign up.
If you don’t like it definitely send me an email and tell me why, because I want to improve it as best I can for you guys. And if you have any kind of constructive feedback in general with regards to it definitely let me know, because, yeah, ultimately I just want to improve the value, improve the quality of these services and keep doing Aussie English as much as possible.
Aside from that, there’s also obviously what I went over, the subscription… what am I talking about? Leaving a voicemail. Having your question featured on an episode and then getting a month’s free subscription to the Aussie English Supporters Pack.
So, definitely think about leaving me a message. I would love to do episodes that you guys ask about and specifically want directed at, you know, the questions that are on your mind, the things that you’re worried about, the things that you’re having issues with.
So, that’s one more thing to remember. Leave me a voicemail with your questions and I’ll do an episode as soon as I can on whatever it is that you ask.
And aside from that, before we go I guess I just wanted to ask you guys which episodes you’re enjoying the most. I’ve been really focused on trying to get all of this stuff ready recently with the Aussie English Supporter Pack.
So, I’ve been doing, I think over Christmas I did a lot of Walking With Pete episodes, and more recently I’ve been doing a bunch of the Expression episodes and releasing those on a weekly basis. I’m trying to release an episode each Wednesday and each Saturday. And, I would love to know which ones you guys like the most.
Do you like the Walking With Pete ones like this where I talk to you like a native? I just chat away about whatever’s on my mind. And from time to time I talk about issues that I’m having, ways to get around those issues, you know, self-help, self-improvement, all kinds of things like that.
Do you like those episodes where it’s more conversation based, and you get to hear me just talking, me talking and just using English in a native way?
Or do you like the Expression episodes?
Would you like more of those where I cover specific Aussie English expressions, and more generally, English expressions that you can use to sound like a native in English?
Do you like those episodes?
Do you like the Pronunciation episodes where I go over, at the moment, the different contractions? Today, I published one contracting all of the, well contracting “Would” onto all the different demonstrative pronouns, “this”, “that”, “these” and “those”. So, I’m trying to do some more of those for you guys.
Or do you like the Like A Native episodes where I try and use small, not really expressions, but small collocations or conjunctions, things in English that we say or we may use that are not particularly idioms, but are used by natives all the time when just speaking?
So, yeah, give me some feedback. Tell me what you think about all those different episodes, because again, I’m worried about investing as much of my time as possible in the stuff that you guys want in the Aussie English community.
I would much rather create content that you guys are going to love and really use and get the most out of than what I think is best without asking you.
Anyway. This episode’s gone pretty long.
There’s a few things to think about. Go back over it. Let me know what you guys think, and I’ll see you next time on Aussie English.
All the best guys!
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IELTs – Lesson 4: Travelling & Holidays
G’day, guys! Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today we’re going to be doing another IELTS lesson where we talk about our travels. So, how you can obviously talk about going around the world, you often gonna get this sort of a question, you know, have you’ve been overseas? Have you traveled much? Have you studied abroad?
Definitely, it’s a very common topic.
Yeah. Did you get that in your IELTS at all?
It’s hard for me like if you are anything similar to me, like I didn’t have the chance to travel my friend was a child with my parents and my family so, all my experiences are very recent.
So it would have been a little limited if they said, ”oh where have you been before?”.
Definitely. Or like, ”oh tell me about holiday spend with your family” I’d be like…. I would struggle to make it up on the spot, just like being creative, it’s just hard so I’m really glad I did get this topic… It is not that it’s hard to talk about, it’s hard for me because, you know, I started travelling, not that I’ve done much, but I started when I was already an adult and yeah mostly in Australia so…
Well, that’s sort of my case as well. Anyway, I guess the basic idea here will be we’ll have this video first where Kel and I will just have a casual, natural discussion about our history travelling around, where we’ve been, maybe what we would like to see in the future as well and then the second video we’ll go through the different vocab that we’ve got here in case we miss anything in this video.
So, to open it up, Kel. Which countries have you been to in the past?
That’s when it gets hard for me because I honestly left Brazil, I didn’t travel…I travelled around Brazil, I went to a couple cities in the South and in the North as well, but I wish I had done some travelling in South America.
Why is that?
Because, you know, it’s already there, it tends to be you know cheap, as opposed to travelling to Europe, for example or the USA, it would be much more expensive.
Because those countries are just next door. You just have to cross the border and you’re in Colombia or a completely different country.
Argentina I’d love to go, but unfortunately I didn’t have the chance. But then I came to Australia and here I’ve seen, you know, I’ve been to Sydney, I’ve been to Canberra, we lived there for six months.
And to me you were in Queensland for a long time and that’s sort of a ideal picturesque holiday destination in Australia, everyone goes to Queensland. Queensland, Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, all the warm weather is up there the beautiful beaches. When you were living there, did you travel around much like a tourist or were you mainly into one place?
I I’ve been to Cairns for a holiday. I’ve been to Mackay, also in a holiday. I’ve been around Townsville so, you have like those like little towns and villages they have like a waterfalls and things like that. So, yeah a few creeks there we would go and just, you know, spend the day at and have fun. Yeah it’s great to be in Queensland because everywhere you go is like a paradise so, not that I don’t like Victoria, but it’s just easier I guess, because it’s always summer and yeah it is where everyone goes to when people are on holidays. That places are very tourist so, it’s really…
You can probably say that, yeah touristic, I guess you would say probably just there are a lot of tourist attractions in those locations and almost a bit of a tourist trap right at times where we have a lot of people, especially places like Castle Hill.
Castle Hill. Yeah, Townsville… Well, I wouldn’t say that Townsville is a tourist trap because…
There’s not a lot of tourists.
Well, we do but there is so much to see, still… but at the same time it’s a tiny little city so, I’m not expecting to see you know… do a lot of sightseeing or visit like museums or other things you might be frustrated, it’s really the place you go to if you wanna, you know, spend a day on the beach and and that’s it.
And relax. So, did you book any trips whilst you were there, did you go to I think it’s Maggie Island, Magnetic Island.
Maggie island is like I think 25 minutes by ferry and there’s accommodation there, like hostels and even like….what do you call it when you just camp?
Yeah. It’s great to spend the day there, there’s a few bays you can swim, restaurants, you can go hiking. There are lots of things to do. So, there was honestly, that was my favorite sort of… if I had to choose a perfect holiday, that’d be let’s go to Maggie Island, spend a whole weeked just relaxing and I’m not a big fan of, you know, sand and beaches, but it’s just so beautiful and there’s so much to see! You can go diving.
Scuba diving you can… yeah just great, a lot of things.
Are there any places you would have liked to have gone on when you were in Queensland because you’re obviously now down to Victoria, were there any tourist attractions or any sites that you wish you’d see that you never got the chance to?
Definitely the Great Barrier Reef, I’ve been to the Great Barrier Reef when I was in Orpheus Island, but it’s not the reef you see on TV, right? Like the big massive thing there you can just take photos of and, you know, paradise. It’s a very small portion of the reef the island is beautiful, but I was working there so, it wasn’t really a holiday so, definitely if have the chance to go back I want to go the Great Barrier Reef. It’s beautiful.
And are there any other places that you would like to visit whether it’s in Australia or overseas in the future?
I would love to go to Europe. Like, now my best friend lives in France… I’ve always wanted to go to Paris, just romantic and I can’t imagine like walking around Paris at night must be beautiful, all the lights and Greece as well, because of the history, the historical importance of the place. If I had to go tomorrow I think Paris and Greece would be my two favorite places, what about you? I know you want to go to Brazil.
Yeah, I’d like to go to Brazil. I don’t know where to start, where I would start because Brazil is such a big country with so much to see.
Start from the North.
Obviously yeah you’d start North, maybe go South. It’s one of those things, though, I think for me I get worried in countries like South America, countries in South America with regards to safety, but I’m sure once you get there you become aware and you get to know…
That’s a downside, I would say, of going to Brazil, you do have to be aware of, you know, the violence and things you can’t do, like things that Australians take for granted. Like walking around with phones and stuff, but it depends where you are a lot like, some places are more dangerous, you have really, you know, dangerous place, you don’t go there, but mostly it’s just fine.
Growing up in Australia my parents would take us away each summer we would go camping so, we would have those kinds of travelling holidays where you would go on short trips locally to places that are nearby like the Grampians or Willson’s Prom. I remember being in grade 6 and we went to Rockhampton in Queensland up North and that was my first experience with, I guess, the Great Barrier Reef and you know taking chartered flights out to different islands, getting on boats seeing a bit, I didn’t think we…I don’t think we went scuba diving or anything, but we went snorkeling in some places and then I’ve been to, I went to France when I was in high school for a month and travelled around France and was practicing French, that was cool and then when I was doing my PhD, I went to I went to…
Yeah, Indonesia, Sulawesi, where tsunami recently was. Sulawesi studying in the jungles there looking for rats and other animals for my supervisor.
Did you have time to go sightseeing was just like working?
It was pretty much I was just following my supervisor where he was taking us. So, we had to go to different towns and then hire someone to drive us to the next town. We had to make camps with all of the gear there and then we had to do different things in the jungle for the scientific studies, but I would love to travel a lot more in the future, I’d love to go to Europe.
I’d love to go to Europe, I think. Still, you know, you again talking about safety, but it’s still one of those places, you know, if you have the chance, go. My friend is just amazed how beautiful France is and I just can’t… Hopefully you can do it together with the baby and things. Do you think Australians tend to… like I know camping a big thing here for you guys, but do you go a lot for travel agents or it’s just like let’s improvise and get the family together and do it?
I think if people organise flights somewhere and they’re wanting to spend like a week somewhere, they’ll usually do it, especially if it’s far away and if they’re lazy they can’t be bothered booking places on their own, like they don’t want to book the flights, they don’t want to book the hotel, they don’t want to book the chartered flights, the buses, the boats, whatever it is, they are going through a travel agent so, that that person can organise it and you just have to be in certain locations at certain times, you know, whether you go on guided tours or you’re going to your hotel or you just have to be like ”okay I need to be here by 10 o’clock.”. But if you’re going overseas they will. So, if you’re organising a holiday in Bali or to Thailand, you know, Australians will tend to go to those sorts of places in Southeast Asia for short holidays. So, kind of like summer holidays that they’ll go on locally, in this region of the world.
It’s cheap as well, I heard.
It’s relatively cheap, but if we’re goingo to other countries like France, Brazil, that sort of stuff people tend to go though news… news agencies, I mean, flight agencies, travel agents, travel agents and they all tend to get them to book everything for them.
I think it’s much easier nowadays, you know, with everything’s online you can… thank your parents went to Europe, did they do it by themselves?
I’m not 100 percent sure.
All the bookings and things.
I think they probably would have organised it themselves because they’re pretty savvy when it comes to organising those things and they probably know how to save money now.
So, yeah I think he also depends on how adventurous you are. Like, if you go to Brazil by yourself or like, you know, a small group of people, doesn’t want any help from my travel agent. Good luck. It happens. I would be much more comfortable, especially going overseas, if I had someone helping me, you know, like that’s where you can stay at, that’s what you’re going to do…
Far out, so, I guess this would be a bit of a short one, guys, but the basic stuff that I would focus on when replying to these sorts of questions, if people are asking you about these things with travelling, ”have you done it in the past? Are you interested in it now? Are you thinking about it in the future?” I would think about those different tenses so, I would quite often try and talk about it…”what did I do when I was young?” ”What have I done…” as in when we talk about experiences we would use the present perfect. I have been to France, I have been to Brazil, sort of like I may go again, but if you talk about a time in the past like when I was young, I went to Brazil, you would use the past simple. So, I would play around with tenses like that so, I would practice talking about what I did when I was young and what I have done as experience, what I would like to do in the future and that would be a great way of showing off the different tenses that you can use in English. you obviously try and use connected words, you know, like ”well I did this and I thought this was good, however this happened, oh and moreover this was really good” so, try and link things together and don’t be afraid if you breaks sentences up, you don’t finish your train of thought or you change where you’re going. Quite often if you can keep just talking it shows a good level in English.
And again like if you have to make up things on the spot, just try to be calm and remember the vocabulary because the vocabulary related to travelling and holidays is quite specific so, there’s a lot of things you can learn like in chunks.
Learn the collocations.
The collocations and I’m sure it helps a lot. It’s one of the most common topics on IELTS to be honest, it’s not difficult to talk about it and most people, even if you haven’t done a lot of travelling like me, it’s easy to talk about holiday, like a weekend you spent with your family somewhere or like ”we used to going see my extended family somewhere else” so, you know, there’s always a way to answer their question properly.
I would just keep going and if you do make it up, just be, I guess, try I would probably have a plan that I practice, right? If I’m going to, if I’m thinking about the lies or making stuff up on the spot, I would try to avoid just doing it in the moment because you’ll be like…..
f you have an idea of, you know, just make up Africa is somewhere I want to go because I like safaris, wildlife safaris, rhinos are my favourite animal. None of that is true, but just happens that some sort of back up plan if you do get caught out.
Just keep talking.
Anyway, good job, guys! We will see you in the next video in the Aussie English classroom if you’re not there already, where we’re going to now talk about all the different vocabulary that we used in the last video and that we may have also missed in that video. So a few extra words in there. We’ll see you there!
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By pete — 3 years ago
In today’s episode I talk to you about the recent events in Britain with the Brexit, a bit about the state of Australian politics at the moment, as well as my news and what I have planned for The Aussie English Podcast in the near future.
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Walking With Pete: Brexit, Aussie Politics & More
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Walking With Pete.
It’s been a little while and I thought it was probably about time that I recorded another episode. So, I jumped outside today. It’s only about lunchtime, only just got out of bed. Sunday, [I] had a cheeky sleep in so that was good. [I’m] Feeling a lot fresher. So, [I’m] walking through the park at the moment across the road in North Melbourne, and yeah, [I] thought I would do an episode for you guys. So, what to talk about today? Um… Recent news I guess you’ve probably all heard about the Brexit that’s been happening or that’s just occurred in Britain. So, “Brexit” is how they’ve referred to Britain exiting the EU, and they’ve joined the words “Britain” and “exit” to write, or to make the word, “Brexit”. And, I’m kind of irritated because… So, the vote just won. I think it was 52% voted to leave where 48% voted to remain in the UK, and even though I’m from Australia I have um… British heritage I guess you would say, and my mother was born in Britain on a holiday. So, she has Britain citizenship and as a result I have a British passport, but yeah… So, I was always happy that I had a British passport because it allowed me to go to Europe, and I could go and live in any of the countries in the EU. Any of the, I think it was 27 before Britain left, 27 countries in the EU without a visa, without having to worry about any of that sort of stuff, but as a result of Britain leaving the EU that passport is effectively going to become useless. At least, in the next two years or so when their exit is finalised. So, I won’t be able to go to any of these countries, and Britain was kind of the… one of those countries in Europe that was last on my list. I was much more interested in going to a lot of the other European countries like France or Spain, more so than Britain itself. So, that’s one of the things that’s been happening recently in the news that’s kind of been a bit of a shame but we’ll see what’s happened. It’s interesting because by the sounds of it the majority who voted to leave Britain are [is*] actually the older generation. So, they’re all, I think based on what I’ve seen on the news, I haven’t looked into it too heavily, but it looked like from what they were saying the majority of leave voters, the people who voted to leave, were 65 years and older. So, all the retired generation. Those who don’t work anymore, and the majority of those who voted to stay were I think under 30. I think 75% of the people who voted to stay were young Britain citizens. So, it’s a bit of a shame that we have these two demographics that are sort of opposing one another. So, you have all the younger people effectively wanting to stay in the EU and all the older people wanting to leave the EU. And it’s also sort of screwed up what’s happening with Scotland being part of Britain as well. I don’t think a single area in Scotland, not a single region voted to ah… leave the EU. And so, that’s going to be interesting in the future too because Scotland may have now a referendum to try and leave the UK, the United Kingdom. And this could also set off a similar kind of thing happening with Northern Ireland where they may want to try and reunify with Ireland again so that both Ireland and Scotland can be somewhat independent countries, and also remain within the EU while England can go and do whatever the hell it wants. And, if that happens I’m really hoping that I can change my.. my um… English passport somehow. At the moment, I have no idea how this would work but I would love to be able to make it Scottish or Irish or something instead. My UK, British passport, it would be so much nicer if I could be of Scottish citizenship and be able to stay in the EU.
Anyway, so that’s one of the things that um… has been on the TV a lot here recently. Obviously, because Australia is an ex-colony of the UK, and just because it’s big news anyway. Aside from that Australia is about to have a federal election. So, I think it’s next week. I think July the 2nd I have to go and vote in this election. So, there’s [are*] three main parties. We have The Labour Party, which is sort of more worried about workers and unions and workers rights. And then you have the Liberals who are the conservative party in Australia. And then, a lot smaller but still sort of becoming a… a larger player these days in… in the ah… political realm in Australia is the Greens and they’re sort of the environmentally conscious party in Australia that’s, you know, a lot more LGBT rights, and um… you know, sustainable living, worrying about um… the environment a lot more than say the Liberals or Labour. And, I don’t know. For me personally I’m sort of over it. I can’t… it’s so painful watching TV these days and seeing just the same two leaders, Bill Shorten who is the leader of The Labour Party, and Malcolm Turbull who is now the leader of the Liberal party, just repeating the same rhetoric, the same arguments, the same points over and over again about how awful the other side of politics is, and how awesome they are, and you know, how much in trouble the country is, and how they’re going to save the country. It’s just… I get so over hearing them speak these days that I’ve kind of been somewhat disenchanted with the political process, especially in Australia. And the more you look into Australian politics the more I think you will probably laugh your head off. You’ll… especially if you’re from places like different countries in Europe. I think America’s kind of got a bit of a screwed up political system. And England’s pretty weird as well at the moment with their… sort of um… opposing sides constantly at each other’s throats. But it seems Australia as well, similar to America and England, the opposite sides never agree on anything. They’re just contrarians I would say. They always take the opposing view of the other side of politics even if they agree deep down. Even if they agree with the point, they always take the opposing view because um… they want to win all the voters who disagree with say Labour, you know, LIberal will just disagree with whatever Labour says in order to get all the voters who hate Labour, and and… just as bad Labour will do exactly the same with the Liberals and take the exact opposite stance in order to get um… all of the anti-Liberal votes. And so, Australian politics is a bit of a joke at the moment, I think on… on the 2nd of July I’m probably going to vote for an independent party. So that’s where you have just an independent person running to have a seat in… in um… in the government. And I think… I think in Australia a lot more people are starting to do that. They’re starting to vote for the smaller parties. They want the smaller parties to sort of gain in… in size and… and momentum and have a little bit more power over these larger two or three political parties that have just sort of really become quite detached from I think mainstream Australia to be honest. It just… it feels like they’re just after power and yeah it’s just it’s so irritating. I’m so over it. Anyway, that’s enough from me whinging today about Australian politics and about the Brexit.
Aside from watching the news and being a little disenchanted and disheartened by that I’ve been just trying to smash out the PhD recently. Trying to work on that and write up some papers and get that done. Um… hopefully I’m going to finish in December, but who knows, who knows. But the plan is to finish in December and then I guess I have about two years to travel on my British passport before it becomes useless. So, I’m debating doing that, and yeah… continuing the Aussie English podcast potentially overseas in Europe where I can keep doing what I’m doing, and I guess fill you guys in and tell you about all the kinds of things that I do and see while I’m traveling around. Although I haven’t really thought too much about it yet, but we’ll see. Um… I’ve gotten back to the gym recently. So, I took a bit of time off. I was a little depressed and having to deal with a lot of stress with um… university and doing my um… part time job as well as learning languages. I just sort of ran out of time and it all got a bit much so I sort of stressed out and stopped going to the gym and training, and it was kind of really funny because the less I trained the more I kind of got depressed because you end up at home, you know, sitting around, not being active, eating, um… not taking care of yourself, and it’s like this… what I would call a positive feedback loop where the more you do the nothing um… it leads to you feeling like crap, feeling depressed, feeling unhappy, which leads you to do even more um… nothing effectively. So, you sit around, so you feel bad, and you feel bad because you sit around. Anyway, so I dragged myself out of that recently and am feeling so much better. It’d been probably four or five months since I’d really trained properly at the gym, and trained um… I do jiu-jitsu, which is a form of martial art where you use submissions to defeat your opponent, and I got back into that and not only… you know I got to exercise again and feel… feel really good in that aspect of um… my fitness and daily life, but I also got to reconnect and hang out with a lot of my friends again that I hadn’t seen in quite a while. So, yeah it was kind of funny to see how as soon as I dragged myself to the gym, you know, the first day I went there. I didn’t really want to go. I knew I was going to be unfit, and that I wasn’t going to be able to necessarily fight very well in jiu-jitsu or um… do what I used to be able to do in terms of lifting weights, but despite that, you know, the first day was the hardest, dragged myself in and got back into it and felt amazing that night. So, it is so funny how it’s sort of all in your head sometimes, and you just… that first… that first day. That first time, when you force yourself to do something that you don’t’ feel like doing, quite often it can lead to you feeling so much better afterwards. So, I was really happy that I went through that and I’m trying to make it more regular, and I feel like physical activity definitely keeps me sane. It definitely gives me a clear head and helps me sleep. And I think the social side of it as well is just brilliant because I get to see a lot of people who I otherwise wouldn’t get to see. And, being on your own, being solitary, and loneliness kind of become addictive at times, whether or not you’re sort of predisposed or suffering from depression, it can become pretty addictive to just do what you want to do all the time on your own, but when you can sort of separate yourself from that and force yourself to be social and everything it, yeah… it leads to some… I don’t know, it’s interesting. And I’m happy I got back into it.
So, yeah, the episode’s probably gone long enough today. Um… I’m going to also try and do some more… I’m going to try and reformat Aussie English and… excuse me… and do… put together groups of episodes to…
You’re all good. (I’m very sorry). You’re all good. You’re all good. Getting attacked by a tiny little dog.
Ah… what was I talking about? I’m going to try and reformat Aussie English where I’ll get into a bit of a better rhythm and start releasing say, an expression episode, a pronunciation episode, and an embarrassing English Errors episode once a week. And I’m going to try and make them sort of tie into one another so that, for example, all the previous phrases I’ve explained, or pronunciation things that I’ve explained in previous episodes, I’m going to try and sort of write it out and have it on a list in front of me when I write these episodes, and I’ll try and use all the previous phrases that we have gone over as much as possible so that for you guys, you can just keep practicing these things again and again and again. So, I’m really hoping to sort of drive home um… Aussie English and reinforce your learning by doing that, and get a proper rhythm to it. At the moment it’s sort of just been any time I have a good idea or I am really driven to record a bunch of episodes I do it all at once and then I kind of just put them all up on the podcast, but that’s probably not the best thing for me to do long term. It’s a little harder to sort of continue at a steady rate. So, I might try this for a while and we’ll see how we go. But, yeah definitely get in contact with me on… on Facebook or on the website if you guys have any comments, any suggestions. If you’re liking what the podcast ah… is at the moment, let me know. If you don’t want it to change let me know. If you do want it to change and you like the new system or the new set up that I’m going to design um… let me know. Just, yeah… if you have time always give me some feedback. If there’s anything that uh… comes across your mind that you think could help improve Aussie English, and yeah… I might leave it at that for today guys. Thanks again for listening guys. I really appreciate it. I’m so happy to be able to help you with your English, with your Aussie English, and, I’ll chat to you soon. All the best!
By the sound(s) of it/things
- Used for saying that you’re basing your ideas or opinions on what you’ve heard or read.
E.g. By the sounds of it your mother doesn’t want to come to the party.
To look into something
- To try to discover the facts about something such as a problem or a crime.
E.g. The policemen went to the house to look into the complaint they received.
- To make a serious mistake, or to spoil something, particularly a situation.
E.g. When he was caught drink driving he knew he’d screwed up.
Whatever the hell
- A slightly stronger way of saying “whatever”.
E.g. You can do whatever you want à You can do whatever the hell you want.
- Former something.
E.g. Ex-boyfriend (former boyfriend); ex-president (former president); ex-boss (former boss).
To laugh one’s head off
- To laugh uncontrollably.
E.g. John told a joke that was so funny I nearly laughed my head off.
To be at each other’s throats
- To quarrel or fight consistently.
E.g. He and his little brother are always at each other’s throats fighting over their toys.
- At the bottom; basically.
E.g. Deep down he knew smoking cigarettes was bad.
- Against; not to like something.
E.g. He is anti-smoking à He is against smoking.
To be a joke
- Someone or something not worth taking seriously.
E.g. Your old car is a joke. It looks like it’s about to fall apart.
To be after something
- To be in pursuit of in order to reach or get.
E.g. The police were after the suspects who committed the crime.
- To whine; to complain.
E.g. Mate, stop whinging and harden up!
To fill someone in (on something)
- To inform someone about.
E.g. Can you fill me in on the story?
To drag oneself to
- To force yourself to go somewhere.
E.g. I’ll drag myself to the gym later, but I really can’t be stuffed going.
A clear head
- To be able to think clearly.
E.g. He always makes important decisions with a clear head.
To tie into one another
- To connect to one another.
E.g. All the Harry Potter books really tie into one another well.
To drive home
- To make clearly understand.
E.g. He really wanted to drive home the point he was making.
To come across one’s mind
- To think of; to realise.
E.g. Suddenly, it came across his mind that he was meant to be in a meeting.
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