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Walking With Pete: Plans for an Aussie English membership page
Hey guys, what’s up? Welcome to this episode of Walking With Pete. It’s been a while. I’ve been a little caught up with a few other things in life. I mean, I’ve been doing a few episodes as you’ve probably all noticed. [I’ve been] Doing things like the Uluru episode. That’s been a bit of fun but it takes a bit of time to get that done. [I’ve] Smashed that out. But yeah, aside from that, I’ve just been studying like a machine, getting back into training as well and getting back into doing weights and getting back into doing jiu-jitsu several times a week, and yeah it’s funny how once you get back into that regular routine of just working on your body and exercising in general you just feel so much better about yourself and about things in general. I feel like I have a much more positive outlook when I’m doing that on a regular basis than when I get to be a bit more lazy and stop training as regularly and find myself sitting at home or going home straight after work to eat and being a little more lazy in general, and it’s funny how you kind of get a bit more down in the dumps and depressed as a result of being inactive but then as soon as you start being active again, once you drag yourself out of that slump you feel friggen amazing! So, that’s where I’m currently at. I’ve been doing that. [I’ve been] Trying to smash out the podcasts and I took on a new student recently for tutoring, and I’ll give a shout out to him. Juan I just want to say thank you. I had a good chat with him the other day for our first lesson and he really got me to nip it in the bud and work out a way of monetising Aussie English finally. So, I really want to say thank you to him. We were just chatting about things in general, helping him with his English, and he just had all these really really good ideas and encouragement for me to, I guess, get out of my comfort zone and work towards producing products that I can sell on Aussie English or on the website on The Aussie English Podcast that you guys will really benefit from and hopefully be able to further support myself doing what I love doing, which is obviously creating content for Aussie English and helping you guys improve your Australian English and learn to speak English like an Australia, with Australians. And so, yeah, [a] massive thank you to you Juan, and I’m getting on it. So, I spent all of today trying to smash out, trying to get done a new website theme. I had to download this website theme which will allow me to setup a members section on the website where I haven’t worked out all of the details yet but ultimately the aim is to setup a members section where you guys can have the opportunity to subscribe to that members section and have access to exclusive Aussie English material. So, I’m still yet to work out all of the details, but it will I think definitely encourage me to do more, obviously if it’s generating an income and allowing me to first and foremost support myself obviously and keep a roof over my head, keep food on the table, keep me warm at night, but also obviously to spend less time working in say the restaurant and more time at home working on free products for you guys, more videos on YouTube. I’d love to do some more packages. As you probably know I’m working on that pronunciation package at the moment where I will keep releasing all of those for free obviously for you guys to listen to and get the most out of as a sort of thank you for all of you guys who have joined me from the beginning. So, that’ll keep happening but membership wise I’m thinking about just potentially releasing more content more regularly on the website for anyone who signs up. But then also potentially creating lessons like more in depth lessons whether it’s about Australian history with MP3s that go with that as well as PDFs and exercises as well as also wanting to create an Aussie English group where you guys will have access to me whenever I’m awake, obviously. I was going to say at any hour of the day but I’m… obviously not when I’m asleep. But you’ll have access to me to ask me your personal, you know, issues, your questions to get verification of certain things in English, and yeah, just I would love to foster a kind of Aussie English community where we can all work together and discuss things and just help each other, and work towards improving all of your English.
So, that’s where the basic idea is at the moment. And so, step one, today after watching a bunch of tutorials on YouTube and reading quite a lot on how to set this up, step one was switch the Aussie English website theme over to a new theme, which will be able to house these things, the membership site as well as have other parts of the website that I can setup for selling products, as the theme I had previously didn’t have those options. So, I spent all of today redoing the theme and trying to make it look nice and cleaner too. It was just a bit messy previously I thought. So, I did that. That’s step one. And then, step two is having to buy and download and set up some kind of system where I can house all of the stuff and make it available to everyone who is a member, or who signs up to be a member of the website. So, that’s the next step, but I thought I would just get this theme sorted, play around with it until I’m happy, take things as they come, and then once that’s good I’ll sort out this… the next step, I guess. So, that’s where I’m at with that. And then also I wanted to take a little time to work out how I could best serve you guys if I am to create something that you end up paying for. So, remember if you have any suggestions, any tips, any ideas, I am totally open to anything and everything that you guys have to say, ‘cause at the end of the day, ultimately, I’m doing this to serve you guys, to help you guys. So, you may have a better idea of what you want than I do. So, don’t feel like you can’t tell me exactly what you think or what you feel. Maybe I’m going down the wrong track. Maybe I’m doing the wrong thing. Maybe you’ve got a much better idea. Please feel free to tell me. I do not mind at all being corrected by you guys or being put on a different path. I just want to help you guys improve your English.
So, yeah, [I’m] currently crossing a huge roundabout that I cross every single day going home, just walking. Today was a beautiful day. [It’s] time to actually talk about something probably more interesting than just what I got up to with setting up the website. It was the first day in months and months and months, I think, of above 30oC. So, it was absolutely beautiful. The sun was out. There’s not much wind. It’s incredibly warm. Everyone’s running around in shorts and t-shirts. I went out at lunchtime and had a nice ice cream from one of the stores down Lygon st, which was amazing. [I] went out there with two of the girls from work and we all had ice cream. And, yeah, [I] spent all of today working on the website. So, [I] might go home now as I’m walking home instead of going to the gym and give my brain a rest as well as my body as I’m bit burnt out, I’m a bit wrecked. Anyway, I’m not sure how you guys are going to hear me. Hopefully this recorded ok. I’ll have to check it out when I get home. I’m just doing it on my phone as usual. But I can tell that there’s a lot of background noise. So, anyway, yeah, that was the update for where I’m at with things, what I’ve been up to recently as well as what is in the near future, in the foreseeable future with Aussie English. So, what I’ve got planned. So, yeah, I might leave it at that guys, and I will chat to you soon. Stay tuned. See you later!
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By pete — 3 years ago
In today’s episode I explain how to use another common English expression, “To have ants in one’s pants” more commonly used as, “To have ants in your pants”.
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Ep048: Expression – To Have Ants In One’s Pants
Hey guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. It’s another episode including expressions with animals involved in them. So, idioms, phrases that involve animals. And all of these expressions that I’m using, I promise you they’re the kinds of expressions I use all the time, English speakers use all the time. There’re tons and tons and tons of expressions out there using animals, and looking a lot of them up recently I noticed there are some that aren’t used that often, there are some I’ve never even heard of, but then there are these ones, the ones that I’m going to include, that I use all the time or at least sometimes, or that I’m really familiar with. So, if I don’t use it I don’t really want to talk about it. I don’t want to make an episode for it unless I know that it is used quite often. That I recognise it, that I heard… that I hear it quite a bit because I feel like they’re the only ones that I can back up. That I can say, “These are commonly used in English”. If I haven’t heard of those phrases or they’re rarely used they’re kind of not useful to you guys so I’m going to try and avoid those where I can.
Anyway, today’s phrase, today’s idiom is, “To have ants in one’s pants”, “To have ants in one’s pants”. So, the “one’s” in there, is just “one” it’s sort of a person in general that we use sometimes in these sorts of more formal situations but you can just say “your pants” instead. That’s a little more familiar. So, “to have ants in your pants”, “to have ants in your pants”.
What does “To have ants in your pants” mean? It means to be fidgety, or to be restless. So, this is like you can’t sit still. You can’t stop moving. If you fidget it means that you’re moving around, you’re touching things, you just can’t sit still. If you’re restless again it means that you can’t rest, you can’t sit still, you can’t be calm. You’re constantly moving.
So, I’ll go through the definition of the different words in this sentence and I think it’s probably only going to be the words “ants” and “pants” that I really need to define. All the other words are pretty intuitive and I’m sure you all know them from having learnt the basics in English.
So, “an ant” is a type of insect, which lives in a large colony. So, a colony is a really large group of the same animals that live together, and they often live on the ground or in trees. They’re an insect so they have six legs. They have a sting. So, a sting is like a barb or a dart, a sharp pointed part of the animal often at the rear, at the back side, of the animal that can deliver, that can give poison or venom into its enemies, into something it’s trying to defend itself or its colony from. So, ants can sting, not all, but most of them can I think. Um… ants often have pincers at the front of their head, which they use to bite with or to pick things up, to manipulate things, and they don’t have wings apart from the males, which use them to disperse and to mate, I think, in a certain life-cycle in the colony. Anyway, that’s getting too complicated biology wise. An ant is just an insect with six legs, an ant.
“Pants”, which rhymes with “ant” and “ants”. Um… pants are the clothes that you wear on your legs. So, they could be like tracksuit pants or jeans. Pants is one of those um… bizarre nouns that we never really use in the singular, if at… if at all. You will never say “a pant” it’s always “pants” plural.
So, when would you use the phrase “To have ants in your pants”? It’s the kind of phrase that you would use mainly with children, mainly with younger people when they can’t sit still, when they can’t um… stop moving, when they’re fidgeting, when they’re restless. So say you’re a teacher sitting in a class and one of your students is really, really fidgety, is really restless and won’t stop moving, you could say, you know, say, his name’s Fred “Fred, what’s wrong with you? Have you got ants in your pants or something?” you know, “Stop moving around so much. Sit still for a moment” you know “Have you got ants in your pants? What’s wrong?”
Um… you could say it also if someone’s really excited about something. If they’re really anticipating an event and they’re, as a result, fidgeting, restless, you know, say you’re really excited to go to a party on the weekend and you just, you know, almost shaking with anticipation, with excitement, when you talk about it. Someone could say to you “what’s wrong with you? Have you got ants in your pants or something”. You know, “Calm down. It’s going to happen. We’ll go to the party. Just… it seems like you’ve got ants in your pants. So, chill out”.
So, that’s the phrase “Ants in your pants”, and we’ll go through an exercise where we’ll just conjugate through the present tense of the different pronouns. Um… of the sentence “I have ants in my pants”.
I have ants in my pants
You have ants in your pants
He has ants in his pants
She has ants in her pants
We have ants in our pants
They have ants in their pants.
I know these exercises are going to be pretty boring and they’re probably incredibly simple, especially for most of you. If you can understand what I’m saying you’re more than likely already, you know, highly fluent in English, but again it’s not to practice understanding these sentences. I’m sure you already understand them, or at least will after a few lessons. It’s more practicing the conjugation of verbs so that they become natural and effortless, you don’t have to think about this stuff when you speak. Practice your pronunciation, your intonation and cadence based off how I say it as a native Australian speaker. And, so that’s why this sentence I choose “I have ants in my pants” because one I conjugate the verb “have” using “have and has” based on the different pronouns. We go through the different pronouns and then we also use the different pronouns for possession such as “my, you, his, her, etc.”. So, I think it’s just a really good way of practicing those things.
Anyway, that’s today’s episode guys. I hope you liked it. I hope you could sit still and that you didn’t have ants in your pants while you were listening to it. Um… go out, practice these phrases guys, even if it’s just yourself in your room. Practicing using these things and they’ll move from your passive vocab where you recognise it into your active vocab where you can summon it up and you can use it on a daily basis and you’ll be able to do so without thinking, you know. The more you do it, the better you get. So keep at it guys and I’ll see you next time.
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By pete — 7 months ago
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AE 461: How to Pronounce the Australian ‘O’
Alright, so we’re almost at the end of the field here where there’re trees
and I just don’t want to make too much noise, ’cause I know that I’ll probably scare them.
What’s going on, guys? I thought we could do a vlog today, ’cause I’ve had quite a few questions regarding the Australian ‘O’ sound.
So, let’s go and do a ‘vlog’. Let’s just go.
Alright, so I am going to find a nice shaded spot to sit down in and do this lesson.
This looks perfect. Look at that! That was made to be sat on! That was definitely made to be sat on. So, I’ll set up and let’s do this. Boom!
So, how’s this, guys! A bit of Australian pronunciation in the bush, or at least as close as I can get currently in the Australian bush.
So, you’re probably going to hear things like crows singing in the background, and maybe currawongs, you’ll hear birds, all sorts of stuff.
But, this is the office for the day and I wanted to tell you how to do the ‘O’ sound in Australian English.
Okay. The ‘O’ sound. So, the Australian ‘O’. There are two things happening here. This is a diphthong so there are two vowel sounds. You’re going to hear “O-o”, “O-o”. Okay? It’s going to go “O-o”. It sort of rounds. Okay? It goes “O-o”.
How do we make these two different sounds? First, obviously, we have the mouth a little bit more opened and the lips are rounded. Okay? Like, “O”, “O”.
And then the jaw comes up a bit and the tongue gets closer to the top of the mouth. So, it sounds like “o”. Okay? And the lips have rounded ever so slightly.
So, I always try and explain this to my students by saying there’s a bit ‘O’ at the start with your lips, ‘O’, and then it goes to a small ‘o’ by lifting the jaw, ‘O-o’ x 3.
Okay? Say that with me.
‘O-o’ x 4.
Good, good, good.
Now I’ll try a sentence for you guys, or a few sentences, that you can repeat after me in order to perfect your pronunciation. Okay?
So, let me just think here for a sec, ’cause I’m doing this on the fly, I’m doing this on the spot.
You never know when to go.
You never know when to go.
I throw toes at Beau’s nose.
I throw toes at Beau’s nose.
So, I don’t know if Beau won’t go.
So, I don’t know if Beau won’t go.
Dingoes and crows go after snowmen.
Dingoes and crows go after snowmen.
Good job, guys. So, I hope that helps. I hope it gives you a bit of an idea. Just keep listening, repeating, listening, repeating. Really try and nail this vowel sound in Australian English as it will really, really help you sound a lot more like an Australian.
And it tends to be one of the first things I notice when I hear foreigners speaking English if they get it right. It really sticks out and I’m suddenly like, oh, okay, this person’s working on their Australian accent. That’s pretty good.
So, I would love to ‘know’ what you guys think. So, ‘go’ down to the comments and let me ‘know’. Let me ‘know’.
Alright, I will see you in the next one, guys. Peace!
So, I just decided to lift up this rock here to see what we would find.
What do you guys think this little dude is? Or should I say this little lady?
This is one of Australia’s most dangerous spiders that is called the redback spider for obvious reasons.
So, we might leave her here, but yeah, this is one nasty little spider that if you see it, probably just leave it alone and definitely do not pick it up.
So, usually, there’s a whole heap of kangaroos in this field here, especially at sunset.
So, the sun is… can I get my hand in front of it? Right here-ish, and it’ll probably set in about an hour maybe a bit more.
But there is… there’s water down here, there’re trees down here, so they sit there and rest all day, and then at night or in the evening when the sun sets, they come out in this field here and eat this kind of grass.
So, that’s why I thought I would come down here, but they don’t seem to be out just yet. But, I wonder if they are lying under the trees chilling out, scratching their balls, and waiting for the sun to go down. So, let’s see if we can get a little closer and have a look.
Alright, so we’re almost at the end of the field here where there are trees and I just don’t want to make too much noise, ’cause I know that I’ll probably scare them, assuming they’re here that is.
So, you’ll be able to see here behind me, I don’t know what this is for exactly, but the wire’s pointing in, which means we shouldn’t go in, and I’m not going to go in, but obviously, it’s not trying to keep the kangaroos in, it’s trying to keep people out.
But there… I’ve seen 100s of kangaroos in here before. I’ll show you what I’m looking at.
So, if we get close, hopefully I’ll have enough time to switch lenses so that I can get a closer look for you guys as I’ve brought Kel’s camera with me, which has a much bigger lens on it.
So, a bit of a biology lesson for you guys. Kangaroos tend to stay out of the heat in the middle of the day when the sun’s out, because unlike humans they can’t sweat.
A lot of mammals, you might be surprised to know, can’t sweat in order to lose heat like humans. They have to… they have to pant to cool themselves down.
And so, one way for kangaroos to avoid overheating is obviously avoiding the daylight and instead being active in the evenings when it’s still warm but it’s not really, really, really hot. They’re not going to have direct sunlight. And a really cool thing that they do when they want to cool themselves down, if it’s a hot day, even if they’re in the shade, is that they… they lick their arms. So, they have veins on their forearms really close to the skin and they wet the skin in order to allow heat transfer to occur more rapidly. So, they cool down. So, they actually have this cool adaptation of putting saliva on their arms, wetting the fur, and then when that evaporates it cools them down.
Anyway, I don’t know where they are. They mustn’t be at this end… They mustn’t be at this end. I’ll have to keep exploring and we’ll see if we can find something interesting.
Well, it looks like they don’t want someone in here. They’ve obviously gotten some kind of machine and dug this huge ditch here across this road, right across this road, so that people can’t drive in. However, it seems that they have gotten around that by simply going around the trees here. So, there you go.
So, we know we are in the right place, because these are kangaroo paw tracks on an ant hill here. You can see these holes in the ant hill. And there is also kangaroo faeces.
So, mister kangaroo has been kind enough to crap on mister ant’s ant hill. So, at least we know they’re around here somewhere.
Alright, so I found the kangaroos. They are about… they’re about 1 kilometre this way, unfortunately. However, I did also see… I can see one from here, actually, way over here. So, I might go check that out. But yeah, bugger! (I’ll) see if I can get a shot of these for you guys. Right above my finger there way, way off in the distance.
The funny thing is too, there’s so many animals out here, right? I can see ducks, I can see coots, all of these water birds, swans, and then we’ve also got a bird of prey sitting up here watching over the creek where I am. Or the creek, the dam, whatever this is. There’s a bird of prey. I think it’s some kind of kite. Let’s see if I can get a shot of it.
So, I’ve already seen some kangaroos, guys. They’re right here in front of me. I need to probably whisper because they can see me, they’re all looking at me now actually. They’re about 100m in front of me. I’m going to try and get some good shots of them whilst they’re eating. So, let’s see how we go.
Alright, guys. So, this is about as close as you can get to kangaroos in Australia without frightening them off. Well, they just ran off a little bit, but there’s still a really, really big dude here that I’m not going to mess with, hopping around somewhere. And you can see too how quickly they disappear. There is actually probably about 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 kangaroos in front of me here, but as they bend down into the long grass you can’t see them at all. You just see these little curves. So, pretty cool. Pretty cool. Anyway, I’m going to let them eat and I’m going to head home. Night, guys!
God damn it!
I tell you what, guys, I think this comes under the heading of “No shit Sherlock!”. “Road closed”. What road?
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By pete — 7 months ago
AE 460 – Interview: Tips for Overseas Students in Australia with the Melbourne Vibe Team
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Anyway, today’s episode is an interview episode guys, and I have a special set of guests, not just one guest, I have two guests, for you today in this interview. The first is David and the second is Jocelyn, and these guys are the team at Melbourne Vibe.
Now, Melbourne Vibe I found on YouTube and these guys are a start-up, obviously set up in Melbourne, down in the south east of Australia, and these guys produce awesome, awesome videos. They’re taking off on YouTube at the moment and the videos are all about being overseas students in Australia. So, if you are currently an overseas student, you’re living in Australia, you want to find out where you can work, you want to find out about which cities you can live in, how to rent somewhere, the kinds of prices you’ll have to pay for renting, where to find food, all of those kinds of pieces of information for people living in Australia at the moment in these different cities, this channel, and Melbourne Vibe the start-up, is just a brilliant, brilliant resource for you.
So, I want to say a massive thank you to both David and Jocelyn for coming on today’s podcast. It is full of so much good information that is going to make the lives of a lot of you guys listening to this podcast easier if you’re trying to find work, food, somewhere to live, all of that sort of stuff.
So, anyway guys without any further ado, let’s get into it. Jocelyn, David from Melbourne vibe, thank you so much. Let’s go.
G’day guys, welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today I have Dave and Jocelyn from Melbourne Vibe, a YouTube channel that I found recently that’s sort of become my secret little addiction. David and Jocelyn welcome. How did you guys get started?
How did we get started? Basically, there was a gap in the market and there wasn’t that many videos that were catering to international students and we played around with a few different things like travel and vlogs and things like that, and we fell into this one.
Yeah pretty much. These are the things that a lot of people that look for, they are coming here and there are so many people coming to Australia. So there was nothing there. like I myself before coming here was looking for these things and it wasn’t there. So we just decided “Why not just make it?”.
So what were you left with Dave? And when did you get to Australia? Do you want to talk a bit about that story and how you discovered all these things on your own before there was a resource for you to search for and get this information?
Yes. I’m in my 3rd semester at Monash University. I’m doing my Master’s of Business there and I came here late last June and when I was coming here… Before coming here obviously I was looking for things like how is Australia and how are people and what’s the weather like all the basics questions that a lot of people that are coming here they have. So I was just looking for it and there weren’t much things, like if you talk about the United States there are a lot of things that by each State you would get to know. But in Australia particularly they weren’t videos and these days a lot of people don’t wanna read pages and pages.
Exactly! I’m one of those people. I’m always… I open an article and I’m like “oh my God! more than 500 words! Can’t be bothered.”
So that was pretty much it. And they’re… It’s pretty surprising; students from almost 200 countries come to Australia every year.
It’s amazing. And then we just started and in a month or two the response that we got was pretty amazing.
I definitely noticed that. But I mean how did you guys meet too? And how did you… Did you come up with this idea together or was it something one of you is doing beforehand and you just decided we’re going to work better as a team?
Well basically… So I already had a YouTube channel, I just stopped uploading. I was originally a make-up artist and then I started uploading make-up tutorials and things like that back in the day, 2014/2015, when it was really popular. And then I’ve also got a background in photography as well. So I had all the equipment and everything and I knew how YouTube worked and social media and things like that. Then I actually went to India and when I came back I met Dave and we started talking randomly at a party and he also had an interest in photography, so then we just basically kept talking. And he’s wanting to do YouTube and things like that, and he already sort of had an idea of where he wanted to take things, and obviously I had that technical background in everything. So we just kept brainstorming and this is what happened.
So what was it step by step? For any of the listeners right now thinking “I want to start a YouTube channel!” How did you go through that process and how did you get started? Did you just jump in and you were like “Look, it’s going to be quick and dirty to begin with but we’ll just give it a go and see what happens and get better as we go,” or did you fully plan things out and try and make it as professional as possible from the beginning?
I’d say we researched and planned a lot. Like I said, I had the technical and experience on youtube and I had somewhat grown a channel. I also had friends that are doing really really well on Youtube; it’s their full time job, so I had that support. But in saying that it came down to knowledge about SEO and basically the knowledge that we had in the videos. So making sure that… Obviously we had all the information for the particular videos and then… I don’t really know what I’m trying to say, to be honest…
I know what you mean…
I think the most important part to somebody who was actually goiing to start a YouTube channel is think of an idea, shortlist it, and just go for it. You never know whether it’s going to be successful, it’s not going to be successful, but you don’t do it to make it successful. You do it because it’s your hobby. So just do it that way, because a lot of people… I think there are 22 million YouTube channels these days…
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Yeah! But the important part is the consistency. Like the way you keep uploading your new language lessons that we have been learning, it is really cool! So that’s what you have to do. That’s consistency is the key.
I know. It does feel like throwing shit at the wall quite often, where you just like “I keep having to just keep doing it and eventually something random will happen and suddenly people find it…” But yeah, you can sort of nail or cut down on the “buying lottery tickets” kind of style of making videos when you can implement really good SEO, definitely learnt that the hard way after probably a year of doing really really bad search engine optimisation and then finally sort of having friends go, “Maybe you should try this,” and that made a huge difference. So what have you with… Some of the videos that I like that I really wanted to chat to you about was cities around Australia and things like cost of living and lifestyle. If I was a foreign student thinking of coming to Australia and I came to you guys and said “Okay I want to study at university,” could be anything, but which city would you recommend if I could live anywhere in Australia and why?
So what would we recommend to those people? We’re biased! Melbourne, obviously!
Why Melbourne then? Why Melbourne? I’m sure people always say that because they will here all the time “Melbourne! Melbourne! Melbourne!” What makes Melbourne so much better than everywhere else in Australia? And then what’s the number 2?
So I actually come from New South Wales. So I was brought up about four hours away from Sydney itself. I lived on the coast and it was beautiful and I love NSW’s beaches, and the bush and everything. But when it comes to Melbourne it is a totally different atmosphere and there’s so much more culture here. There’s a whole art scene which I’m really into as well. So personally for me I feel like I fit in better here in that respect, because there is more things for me to do, more of my interests that are based here. And it’s just… I think it’s a more relaxed city and for me I feel like it’s easier to get around, but I’m in the city basically 24/7, so I’m just on TransLink and so… If you want a really relaxed lifestyle, obviously then you’ve got Brisbane. It’s a lot more quieter. It’s basically like a country town to be honest.
Yeah, I’ve been there to pass through, but never actually hung out spent some time getting to know the place.
I’ve only gone for holidays and things like that but people that I know that’ve liked there a long time; they really get to know the community and everyone around there. So you want that community and you want that small town and you want to know pretty much everyone who’s anyone then Brisbane is the place to go. And I guess coming third for me would be Sydney. The only reason coming in third is because to me it’s just too big, like Crazy! And for me the traffic – I can’t deal with that.
I found out recently… My girlfriend and I drove in for the weekend to go to some restaurants and we saw three accidents in a single day and I’d never experienced that, where a car had… And it wasn’t like big accidents it was just they’d gone into the back of someone. That same accident I kept seeing. I couldn’t believe it, three times! and I was like… I never see this in Melbourne so I don’t know if these guys are just overly aggressive, or if this was a chance thing, but it definitely did feel more claustrophobic too. I don’t know if it’s like… Everything’s very close-in. There’s nowhere to park. There’s yeah… Seems crazy but it is very beautiful there. But what about you?
So I was just going to say that I’m taking Dave and his friends to see Sydney this weekend. So it’s their first time, so it’s going to be really interesting.
What are you planning to see? Are you planning to go to restaurants? You planning to see the sights or?
As much as possible. Obviously all the touristy things like Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Beach. We’ll be staying on the beach so they’ll get to see the Bondi Wharf, everything like that.
So what about you Dave? What was your experience coming to Australia and obviously you ended up in Melbourne. Did you start in Melbourne?
Yeah I pretty much started in Melbourne, but I friends all around the country. So because… Whenever we make a video we obviously talk to somebody who has lived there, who knows everything there. I mean, I would I like Melbourne, and I had heard it has come 8 times straight “The Best City to Live in.” But I don’t know why do people not complain about the weather here!?
Yeah! The weather, you can’t deal with it! Was it a shock? Were expecting it to be pretty…
I was not expecting it! I was not! I didn’t think it! Any commercial about Australia… What is shown? It is shown that it’s sunny. There are beautiful beaches. It’s amazing. Nobody ever talks how cold that is!
Yeah that’s pretty surprising! I think too… We just moved to Canberra. So we’ve been here for maybe three months now and aside from it getting pretty cold at night, I was really shocked with just the consistency of the weather, to be honest. That was like reverse shock for me because I’m used to Melbourne. I’m like “Okay, it’s going to be cold in the morning. It’ll probably get hot when the sun comes out, it might rain and that’s probably gonna be cold again. But in Canberra it was like even when it was cold you walk outside and there’s no clouds and the sun just burns you and you’re like “Oh okay, well it’s like this for the rest of the day.” Yeah it definitely is pretty funny. So have you ever travelled around Australia as well, much in your time whilst you’ve been here?
No. I’ve travelled around Melbourne but Melbourne is pretty much where I’ve been based. So next thing would be Sydney, this weekend.
Oh wow. Awesome. Well I hope it goes well. And how did you find acclimating to the language here in Australia? How how did that go? And was it a tough experience, or did you come prepared, or..?
I definitely did not come prepared. If I talk about myself… I think it was my second day in Australia, and then somebody was showing me around and they just took me to some mall and they just greeted and they must have said “How are you going?”, and I had no idea what they said. I’m just staring at them for two second then I’m like “This is gonna to get awkward, so I’m just going to smile and leave,”.
Man, I came up with the best response. My girlfriend… We were walking – she’s Brazilian – so we’re walking into Safeway the other day and there was a guy there who must have been from somewhere in Southeast Asia working there. He walked up to us and he was just like he said something like “Angi mangi maa!” I just had no idea what he said and I’m just like “That’s it!” And the guy just started laughing and was like “Yeah man!”, and we walked off, and my girlfriend’s looked at me and she’s like “What the hell did he say!?” and I’m like “I have no idea, but if you just point at them and say ‘that’s it’, it doesn’t matter if it is a question. It doesn’t matter what it is!” So did it take long to get used to the slang?
I mean… it pretty much did. I don’t really understand a lot of slangs, but because a lot of people that come here, they are pretty comfortable with English, so that… Obviously you’re going to be able to communicate well and that’s… It not gonna to be a major issue. But when it comes to really Australan language, those slangs and everything, then you know this goes top of my head. I don’t get it at all.
I think it’s one of those things. It takes time and you have to not really think that all of your English is going to require you to understand every single slang word. It’s like context or give it away or you just asnk someone and they’ll be like “oh you know.” Anyone who keeps using too much slang with a person who’s clearly from overseas too is just an arsehole right. Especially if they can see you don’t understand and they keep doing it… So what about you Jocelyn? How have you go on with learning Australian English? Obviously you’re native, you’ve been doing this a while!
Obviously. Growing up, born and bred!
Do you have advice for students or foreigners like Dave coming over here that would better prepare them for the language and the difference… The differences they may experience compared to the US or the UK?
I don’t think there’s much you can do to prepare yourself particularly Australian slang. It’s something that you just learn once you get there. But the more people you talk to and the more open you are to meeting people, you’ll start to get used to it. And obviously people understand that you’re not from the country so if you’re just like “what does that mean?” you’re not you’re not gonna look like an idiot, because… Some of the stuff even I understand. sometimes I go to other states and I’m like “I don’t even know what that means and I’m from this country. What are you talking about?”.
I think it was a rude awakening for me when I finished high school and left Geelong and then I remember… I think we went somewhere interstate and someone was talking about “togs” and I was like “What the hell togs!?”… “Swimmers!” and I was like “Oh my God. Bathers, Jesus!”, but now I use “togs” all the time and I’m just “Togs, of course!” It’s so funny that you kind of absorb these things all the time. Crazy. And so what about getting used to uni life here in Australia? I saw that you had a lot of videos talking about paying for university fees, finding a university. Do you have any advice for students who are thinking about coming to Australia or who may already be here, with regards to just setting up their lives as students in Australia?
Yeah so primrary thing that I think benefited me was that I was very open to talk to people from all over the world. And that’s one thing that I want everybody to do. What happens is that because you don’t have family here, you may have come out of your house for the first time in a different country, you don’t know anyone. So you try to speak with people of your country. Which would be with Indians and Saudis… All the countries. It’s just more comfortable because you can talk to your language, you’re a little bit homesick but you don’t want to accept and… I would just say that just have more friends from all over the world, because it’s just amazing fascinating to know everything. To know a different culture. Just journey with other people. And once you start doing that another thing that you don’t even consciously do but you’re going to network like crazy. And that’s going to come handy so much.
So is that how you guys obviously met, too? You were putting yourself out there, getting social and going to events, and you guys obviously met as a result?
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What kind of activities or events would you suggest people do then? Because I know you know if I… Tomorrow I move to Sri Lanka or Africa or something I would be thinking “I have no idea about what activities to do here, I’m just gonna look for Australians or people who speak English.” And obviously if you want people to avoid doing that what can they do in order to try and do that as seamlessly as possible without it being really traumatic?
Yeah I think the easiest is going to be is if they’re student, they have the university.
They’re forced to meet other students.
Yeah there are going to be students from all over the world so that is the easiest, and if… So i always tell everybody when you go to university and when you graduate you should have five people that you should count on that’s going to be even when you die. So those five things… Those five people you should care about, you should have in your life…
And make sure they’re not from your home country!
Exactly! And that should be from different countries.
You can have one! your allowed one from your own home country, that you can talk with in your native language in breaks when it’s just you two. So would you put a lot of emphasis, though, on having native speakers as your friends if you want to improve your English or is having people who don’t speak your mother tongue but speak English as friends just as good because it still forces you to be using English all the time?
Yeah. I think if you want to be good… If anybody wants to be good at English they shouldn’t have the best friend who’s Australian, because their English is going to get stuck!
Why is that?
That’s just a joke!
Could be true!
No, but definitely they should not talk… Even when they are with their people from their country, they should make sure that they talk in English, because it’s just about being comfortable with that language. So when you reach a level when you start thinking in English that’s when you’re going to get comfortable speaking, and it’s very difficult.
Was that something you had to sort of build over time? build that confidence? Or did you just come in all-guns-blazing and you were like “I don’t care, I am just going to just put myself out there,” or is it something you just have to be obviously conscious of growing over time?
Even myself, I was very conscious that if I had to talk to anyone, I have to walk and talk to anybody you say, I don’t think I still can do. I can if I need something from them or if I have something to talk about, but if it’s just like “Hey, yeah, what’s up? What’s your name?” That’s something that is really difficult… But it starts from there. You have to put out there, not everybody’s going to respond to you well, but it’s just practice; You’re gonna learn, you’re going to understand what to say, when to say, how to say, how to present yourself, how to market yourself. And that only comes with practice. You cannot read it. You cannot watch any videos. I mean you can learn little bit, but if you want to master it you have the practice it.
Well I’m always saying that if you wanna run a marathon you don’t learn on YouTube, you can get tips, but she ultimately have to do the running, you have to do the time on the road, and it’s the same with any language, I think, where you just have to keep doing it, doing it, doing it. That’s awesome. Jocelyn I’ve got a question for you: with regards to Australia compared to the US, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, what would say, obviously from a biased point of view, are the reasons you should choose Australia compared to those other countries for studying or living abroad?
Well I mean…
I mean, you can go to new beaches for 27 years straight…
Is that once a day is it? If you go to one new beach a day you’ve got to take 27 years or something, is it?
Literally! That’s what brought me here, and then came to Melbourne and then I realised I cannot even go to swim, it’s so cold!
Yeah, and there’s sharks right?
Honestly just being able to travel so freely in Australia, obviously with the road trips, the a country itself, and the people. The people are amazing and I love Australia.
So what would you say people don’t expect? Are there any things you would warn people about… When they come to Australia, are they any things that most people get shocked about, that they had no idea about before getting here?
That we have so many metropolitan areas. People seem to think they come here and it’s the middle of nowhere. Again, the weather. So many people have said to me “Why’s Melbourne so cold? Where is the summer?”, we get three months of summer, guys… You got to go to Brisbane.
And it’s 40 degrees on several of those days, so it gets hot but it still sucks!
Exactly! So just expect a lot of that.
I think another reason why… Because I personally, before coming to Australia, I was looking at different countries and I was 99 percent sure that I was going to go to the United States and then Trump happened! And that’s it. I’m not going there!
So that wasn’t so much that you were unable to go there., did you just see that and you were like “Nope. Not doing that.”
I mean… I had a visa, I can go today. But the point is that Australia is, if you think about it, United States, Europe… Australia is still growing, and growing quite fast. So that’s exactly why people… A lot of people from all over the world wants to come to Australia. Canada is growing as well, but then Canada comes… They don’t even get three months of summer that we get here. And you need that. You want to go to the beach, you want to stay there, chill for a weekend, all the things that you want. It’s this quality life here. Australia has pretty much everything; if you want a little bit chill yet fast life, you come to Melbourne. You want really fast life, you go to Sydney. You want chill life, good weather, amazing, you go to Brisbane. And there’s so much to do. So I think Australia has been pretty much on top three countries that people want to go to, even to stay, to study, for anything.
And are you thinking about staying here long term after you finish studying, or would you like to live elsewhere, or go home, or what is it sort of like from a student’s perspective and is it easier to get PR and citizenship if you were wanting to stay here than, say, America or Canada?
So based on our research, and obviously we’re not… You have to give any advice regarding immigration, you have to be authorized, but we’re not. And personally, I’m not really sure if I want to live in Australia because the reason I wanted to come to Australia was to explore, and there is so much, and the world is so huge. So I wouldn’t be able to say that I want to live here or not. And in fact… I come from India. And India is so diverse and so amazing, so if I can live in my country I would be more than happy there. But thinking about it, I think I would… I personally would, and a lot of people who are thinking that they just want to go to Australia, you guys come to Australia, it’s great, but also main thing that anybody comes to Australia should have is an open mind over everything. Think about what you have been doing; these languages, listening to 50 sentences every day. Learning these things. That takes a lot. And that happens when you want to do something new, maybe you wanna grind. That’s so amazing. That’s the thing everybody should have: an open mind to learn things.
So do you think in your experience too Jocelyn, have you met people where they tend to do a lot better if they do have an open mind and are a lot more open to opportunities as opposed to “this is what I’m doing and I’m not deviating from that path at all”?
Yeah definitely. And I think… Going back to the English thing as well, I’ve seen so many people that have come from overseas just so intensely with their language themselves just by hanging out with English speaking people or just forcing them and their friends to speak English. And then even with myself, just in career and everything, when I started there I was like “This is what I want. This is what I’m doing. this is where I’m going.” I was opening myself to other opportunities and then the last couple of years I was like “No like I have to stop doing that,” and so many things grown from that including obviously Melbourne VIBE, and meeting so many people and… So I agree, definitely. Open up yourself to as many possibilities as you can because you’ll definitely grow tenfold.
And switching now on to cost of living in Australia. How does that compare? Because you guys have done quite a few awesome videos comparing the different cities in Australia and the cost of living in these different cities, which I really recommend anyone listening – if you’re thinking about coming to Australia to check out these Melbourne via videos on the different cities… When you were doing that, did you find anything that surprised you? And what is the average cost of living? Does it vary a lot? Could you talk a bit about how it differs between cities in Australia?
The most variation is going to be your accommodation. That is where it’s really gonna get you. So obviously if you’re looking at Sydney, I think it is the most expensive city in Australia by a lot.
Canberra’s catching up.
Yeah Canberra is crazy. All of the politicians they’re buying out of all of the houses probably.
We got here and we went to some inspections that had a hundred people inspecting this… Like crack dens, horrible houses and the rent for our little room, which is this tiny, tiny room we can’t fit a desk in It’s 350 dollars a week for two of us.
Yeah I used to live in Canberra. Even 10 years ago, it was stupid amounts of money for studio apartment. I pay half in Melbourne than I was 10 years ago in Canberra, and I get more in Melbourne.
I left Melbourne thinking “Oh my gosh this is one of the most expensive places in Australia! I can’t wait to get elsewhere and save money,” and it was like “WRONG!”
No unless you’re making twice as much money!
So it’s going to be a culmination between these places and can you offset that, though? Even if you look these numbers up and you see, “Okay, oh god. Melbourne’s 600 bucks a month to maybe 900 dollars, depending on where you want to live,” is it easy to offset that with working as well? I remember I just saw a video from you David, talking about making up to three thousand dollars a month, right? from 20 hours of work. So obviously if you do the right hunting, you can actually make enough money, as even a foreign student, to cover costs by a mile.
So one video that we are coming up with, and that blew our mind, that is something that we have never heard, is I just… I was talking to somebody who grabbed a job for $55,000 a year, and she only has to work 20 hours a week! And that is unbelievable! I still cannot digest that!
What job is that? Can you tell us?
It’s part of her degree. She’s doing part-time work, or a project-management company, so she’s actually able to study in her Masters..? She’s studying a Masters but she’s already got some form of work experience, so that obviously helped her. The advice would be if you have a degree behind you, find companies that you can try and work part time for, because you’re going to half the wage, which obviously when you have a degree in Australia your wages are going to generally be higher than working in hospitality or as a delivery driver or anything like that.
And you’re pretty much set up for a job once you graduate.
Exactly. It’s obviously harder in the beginning to try and get those jobs. Once you lock something that is going to set you up for the next 20 years, or however long you want to stay.
And I think the important part is that if it comes to work… Because students can work for only 20 hours. Or even in future, even if you can work for 50 hours 60 hours, just work your ass off! That’s what happens! A lot of people who just don’t do that!
That’s it. they want a free ride, right?
Yeah yeah. So they’re like, “When am I getting promotion?” But you’re not putting enough hours made… That’s what you have to do. Even if as a student, somebody gets 20 hours, then make sure you work for 30 hours in those 20 years.
Don’t just go there, cruise along, take your paycheck home and think “I did a good job,” but put the effort in and try and build the relationships or show them that maybe after you finish studying you’re worth hiring. And so what else was it like? If accommodations obviously really expensive and that’s the biggest thing people need to worry about, obviously after they’ve paid for their degree, assuming they paid for that upfront, what are the other things that they should factor into cost of living in Australia?
Obviously putting aside the essentials like eating and accommodation and utilities, things like that, we mention all of that on our videos. So a student can generally around a thousand dollars to $1500 a month, depending on how they choose to live. Obviously as a student you don’t need that much, so we always recommend you share your room, share as much as you can, barely going to be there anyways…
Exactly. I work full time and I even keep on costs because I want to save for my future as well. I mean… Exactly, prioritise. But I think the biggest thing is when you do come to a new country you want to experience that country as well and travel, so that’s going to be another big expense for you. So obviously working three to six months and then wanting to go and travel in your university breaks, it can set you back a couple grand just travelling around Australia itself, which is crazy and I think a lot of people don’t realise that when they come here…
So they come empty handed, expecting they can do everything, but then realise…?
Yeah. Obviously travelling around in your own city… There’s so much you know Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, where ever you end up, so much you can do for free. But obviously once you start looking at travelling to different states it’s going to get expensive.
So maybe also factor in, “Okay, where do I want to go and visit Australia as a holiday or as a tourist?” And maybe think about cities that are close to that location so that you can just peak your head out on the weekends as opposed to having to take an interstate flight.
Yeah exactly. And as you probably know, flights in Australia are not cheap. I think it’s cheaper to go to Bali than it is to go to Sydney.
So overall, you should be able to live off about 1000, maybe 1500 if you’re a bit extravagant a month, and how much you’re expecting to make? Even the lower end, I think I remember from your video David, was even if you’re on like 15 dollars an hour, 20 hours a week, that’s 450 what’s that 900 a fortnight? So about eighteen hundred bucks, and that’s the lowest end. So as long as you can find a job as a waiter or something somewhere, you should be easily able to make the money that’s that’s required for all of your living expenses and a bit to save to travel right?
Yeah 100%. So students generally get jobs of 20 dollars an hour and they can work for 20 hours, so thats 400 dollars a week. So that’s around $1600 to $2000, so what you said was right. So that’s what they can. And the things that we see in our videos is it’s very… We ask people not to spend a lot of money, because this is the time – if a student is watching – this is a time when you can save money. This is the time when you don’t have a lot of responsibility. This is a time… This is the only time probably, the last time that you to share your room. Because after you’re 25, 26, 27, you just want your space, you have started working…
Pretty much! Until you meet someone and then you’re like, “Oh I guess I’m sharing the room for the rest of my life!”
So that’s why all the amounts that we say is low. Because I’m sure you will have experienced, we know people that they actually their minimal expense in Melbourne and at least $2500, $3000, and it’s not something extraordinary. It’s just that they’re $1,300 is going in the rent! So it’s just for students, that these $1000 or $1200 dollars that we say, that they can manage it.
What sort of tips would you guys have for ways to save money in your research for making some of these videos? Have you found any unique or things that most people might not think about with regards to being able to save a bit of money here and there? Or is it just the standard stuff of “Don’t eat out, don’t buy extravagant stuff, don’t waste money on things you don’t really need.”.
That’s obviously, having said that, it is very important. Another thing is that, I personally have started this only after coming here, because when you are your own country, life is very comfortable. So one thing that I was wait for sale if you want to buy something. Very simple!I was like, “I like this! I’m gonna buy this,” and I buy it. And then I realise that it’s fifty dollars less. I think, “What did I just do!?” So just think about it, if you want to do something there is going to come a Boxing Day. All you get to do is wait for 4:00am or 5:00am in the morning if you want to but that laptop!
I keep having those moments at the moment, where I’m out. And I love my camera gear as well, as you can probably se I’ve got a whole bunch of stuff. And I always walk into Teds and check out their camera gear and I’m like, “Crap I really want it. Do I buy it?” And I’m like, “No, go home, Get on the internet, find a cheapo, you just have to wait two days for delivery,” and I always end up saving like 60 bucks and I’m like, “Oh thank god!”
That’s so important, that’s amazing. It’s just self control, it’s don’t buy this right now, just for two hours, you’ll find something 100%.
I think we’re almost trained nowadays, with social media and being able to get access to anything any time, to just not want to wait. A lot of the time I have an idea, I want something, it’s like, “Well I’ve got I’ve got money, I’ll go do it. Bam,” and I don’t think about it, I just do it. And it’s like you have to retrain yourself to be patient, to be a little more frugal, to save money and not be so wasteful.
True. In fact, what you say was, I think I was listening to Gary Vaynerchuck from the United States, and he said the exact same thing that you just said right now.
Well I think… Was it him who was just saying, “Stop eating all the effing smashed avacados!” And it’s so true. Eating out in Australia is frickin ridiculous… Even for me, if I go out and I’m like, “Oh my God! two burgers and two beers? that was $65? Are you serious!? Are you kidding me?” And you could do that everyday easily, if you had the money, but it adds up quickly.
Yeah, really quick!
Alright guys, well finishing up, what’s next for the channel, Melbourne VIBE? You guys are running out of cities to review, with regards to living expenses, where are you guys heading and what are you going to be covering in the near future?
Actually it’s pretty exciting because Melbourne VIBE is actually turning into a Startup, and that is going to provide a one stop solution for all international students, no matter where your from.
Yeah. So in the near future hopefully if you talk about accommodation, we’ll be able to provide. If you talk about jobs, we’ll be able to provide. You just name it, we have it.
How are you planning to do that? Is it going to be something like a website? A walk-in company? An app on the phone?
Yes so it obviously will be a website, everything will be online. As of now we just don’t… We don’t want to reveal everything because in the pipeline right now. It’s going to be a portal it’s just basically going to make all those hundreds and thousands of students who are gonna come to Australia every year. It’s going to make their lives easier. So that’s what Melbourne VIBE started with, that’s what we want to do, and that’s what we’re going to do in the future.
Do you have any timeline on when that might be ready? If people are listening right now and they’re like, “Oh man, I’m coming to Melbourne soon!” How long ’till you think things will be up and running?
Well we’re basically going hard for the next three months. So we are working we’re with a whole team at the moment to get this up and running but we don’t have… Well we have a deadline, but we don’t have a launch date at this stage.
Yeah and in fact the amazing thing is that I think a lot of people are listening and planning to come to Melbourne, is that Melbourne VIBE is launching and having a party, a meet-up, for all the new people that are going to come here in July. And that’s something that’ll be very regular. For the people who want to hang out and meet people from all over the world. That’s that’s something pretty interesting happening in July.
Awesome! So how can people find out about that? Obviously you’ll be mentioning this through social media, where can people go to hear about parties?
The best thing to do to keep in contact with that would be to join our Facebook group. Facebook.com/groups/MelbourneVibeStudyinAustralia. Basically because we can put announcements on there and that’s just going to go through to everyone’s Facebook. If they don’t have Facebook, there’s obviously Instagram and Twitter, and they can follow us on social media like that or we’ll announce it on YouTube as well.
Awesome guys! Jocelyn and Dave thank you so much for coming on the podcast today.
It was lovely talking to you!
No worries, Cheers guys!
All right, guys. That was Melbourne Vibe, the team from Melbourne Vibe. Thank you so much again David and thank you so much again Jocelyn.
Remember guys, if you want to find out more about these guys, if you want to check out their amazing videos, you can jump on to YouTube and just search ‘Melbourne vibe’. That is two words: M E L B O U R N E, Melbourne, and the second word is ‘vibe’, V I B E. Okay? And make sure you give them a thumbs up, give them share, and give them a comment saying “G’day from Aussie English”.
Anyway, guys, I hope that helps. I hope your stay in Australia is going really well if you happen to be an overseas student who has just arrived and needs this kind of information, and if not, I hope it was still helpful. I hope you guys have an amazing week and I’ll chat to you soon. See ya!
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