Learn Australia English in this post where I teach you how to use another 10 Commonly Used Bird Idioms that I either frequently hear or use myself.
1. Like water off a duck’s back
Figurative meaning: To have no apparent effect.
Literal meaning: This expression alludes to the fact that when water falls onto a duck’s back it just rolls off the oil coated feathers.
Example: When you insult me it’s like water off a duck’s back.
2. A night owl
Literal meaning: Owls are nocturnal animals, which sleep during the day and are active late at night when they hunt.
Example: His dad’s a night owl and works late each night.
3. The pecking order
Literal meaning: The expression originated from the 1920s when biologists discovered that chickens maintain a hierarchy with one bird pecking another of lower status. It began to be used to refer to human behaviour in the 1950s.
Example: On a covert mission navy seals will have a definite pecking order.
4. To play chicken
Figurative meaning: To play a dangerous game in order to discover who is the bravest.
Literal meaning: If someone is a ‘chicken’ is means they are a coward. So to play chicken implies that you are testing to see who has less courage and is ‘the chicken’.
Example: Two teenagers got into a car accident on the highway while playing chicken.
Other forms: To play the game of chicken.
5. To ruffle someone’s feathers
Literal meaning: This idiom is based on the idea of a bird whose feathers are not sitting neat and smooth because of fear, irritation or excitement.
Example: When I took my new job I didn’t mean to come in and ruffle anyone’s feathers.
6. To run around like a chicken with its head cut off
Figurative meaning: To run around frantically and aimlessly; to be in a state of chaos.
Literal meaning: The idea in this idiom is to liken someone’s behaviour to what happens to a chicken when it gets decapitated and continues to kick and flap about frantically.
Example: Every time there’s a crisis she runs around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Other forms: To run around like a headless chicken/chook.
7. To be a sitting duck
Literal meaning: This idiom alludes to an unsuspecting duck floating on the water whilst being hunted by a person or predator.
Example: The deer stood in the clearing like a sitting duck while the hunter loaded his rifle.
8. To spread your wings
Figurative meaning: To start to do new and exciting things for the first time in your life.
Literal meaning: This idiom alludes a fledgling bird learning to fly for the first time.
Example: Once he graduated from high school he could spread his wings and move out of his parents’ house.
9. To be an ugly ducking
Figurative meaning: Someone unattractive or unpromising who grows into an attractive or talented person.
Literal meaning: This idiom alludes to the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen where a cygnet hatches with group of ducklings and is despised for its clumsiness until it grows into a beautiful swan.
Example: He always felt like the ugly duckling growing up in his family with three brothers.
10. To watch like a hawk.
Figurative meaning: To watch someone or something carefully or intensely.
Literal meaning: The idea in this idiom is that someone has the keen eyesight of a hawk and is watching something as a hawk would watch its prey whilst hunting.
Example: Ever since she got out of prison the police have been watching her like a hawk.
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By pete — 2 years ago
Expression: To come back & bite you (on the butt)
G’day guys. Welcome to this Expression episode today.
As usual, as usual now at least, I’m trying to video it at the same time as record the audio that I can put on the podcast. And I have my computer set up here. I’ve tried to get the light right. Now I’m actually facing my window so that I get sunlight that actually directly hits me as opposed to just hitting the side of my face as you guys have probably had to put up with in the past.
So, yeah, giving it a go today in a different way. (I’m) hoping that the quality’s a little better for you guys now and that you’re enjoying the material a little better too. Having the videos online on YouTube. Being able to see the subtitles down the bottom here, and also having access to the podcast so that you can listen when you walk around. You might even be able to use it on your phone, obviously, if you’re using YouTube on your phone with the subtitles. Hopefully, that’s just making your English learning experience a little easier and a little more interesting and a little more fun to absorb and to use, I guess, all these resources. So, I hope that you’re enjoying it and I’d love to know what you think. So, always remember to come over to the Facebook page and send me a comment, tell me what you think, and also tell me what your current issues are in English. If you haven’t already done that, and if you are facing some problems always feel free to come over to the Facebook page. Send me a message, send me a comment, whatever you want, get in touch with me, and let me know what you’re having a problem with, because chances are I will make an episode on that problem to try and help you guys. So, definitely give that a go.
Anyway, without any further ado let’s jump into the episode and talk about the expression TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU. TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU.
So, TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU is actually a shortened version of a larger expression, which is TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU ON THE BUTT or TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU ON THE ARSE. You can also use the preposition IN THE BUTT or IN THE ARSE, though ON is probably more common. And, you can use any kind of synonym for BOTTOM, for BACKSIDE, for your BUTTOCKS, your BUM, your ARSE. What else have we got here? BOTTOM, REAR END, DERRIÈRE, we often use the French word for BUM, DERRIÈRE, and… So, yeah you can use any of those with the expression TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU ON THE BUTT, ARSE, BUTTOCKS, etc.
So, what does this mean and when is it used?
The definition of TO COME BACK AND BITE or TO COME BACK AND BITE YOU ON THE BUTT is that it’s something that’s said when something will come back, something will return and cause you problems later. So, you’ve done something, you’ve said something and the result, the consequence is going to be negative for you. So, it’s from a literal sense, a literal sense of this expression would be say, you hurt an animal, you did something to an animal that wasn’t fair, it wasn’t just, it wasn’t right. The animal’s gone away and then the animal has come back. You know, maybe it’s a dog and you kicked the dog, and the dog’s disappeared and then later on it comes back and it literally BITES YOU ON THE ARSE. Someone watching you could say, “Well, you shouldn’t have kicked the dog because it CAME AND IT BIT YOU ON THE ARSE.”. That’s the literally sense of the expression, but figuratively it means that your actions, what you did to that dog, is what ended up COMING BACK AND BITING YOU ON THE BUTT. So, if you hadn’t done that negative thing, if you hadn’t done something stupid, something mean, something unfair, something unjust, something silly, then you wouldn’t have had those consequences happen. So, that wouldn’t have arrived, it wouldn’t have taken place, it wouldn’t have come about, it wouldn’t have happened.
So, yeah, there’s the figurative idea of your actions coming back and getting you, and then there’s the literal idea, obviously, of it being some kind of animal that you’ve done something to, it disappears and then comes back and literally bites you on the butt.
So, let’s go through some examples as we always do guys. And example 1. could be you’re in Africa and you’re a hunter. You love hunting animals. Side note, I hate people that do this. I really really do. Guys, if you like killing animals there’s something wrong with you. Please don’t do that. Back to the story, so someone’s gone to Africa and they like hunting animals. Say, they’re out to hunt a lion. So, they’ve got their gun out, you know, their rifle, they’re on safari, they’ve got guides, they’ve got people showing them about, and they finally see a big male lion with a big mane, you know, he’s roaring, and the hunter lines up his shot. He has his rifle and then “pew!” (he) takes his shot but he misses and he hits the lion in the shoulder, wherever. The lion’s injured but not dead. (It) runs away. And then as the hunter gets out of the car and he goes to look around, you know, “Where’s the lion? I thought I shot it. Is it here? Did I get it? Will I have this nice trophy of a dead lion that I can, you know, get the head and put it on my wall.”. And, he can’t find it. And then, all of a sudden out of the bushes, out of the scrub comes the lion and it literally attacks him. It COULD BITE HIM ON THE BUTT, but more importantly it attacks him. And, effectively, the idea there is that you could say, “Well, you shouldn’t have done that because it CAME BACK TO BITE YOU.” And literally, the lion came back and bit him, but also the action of shooting that animal, that poor animal, of doing something horrible, mean, stupid, unjust, not fair, could be considered, you know, to have that figurative meaning of “It’s come back”, your actions are coming back and there’s consequences which are negative for you. You got bitten. You got attacked. So, you shouldn’t have shot at the lion because it CAME BACK AND BIT YOU ON THE ARSE. It CAME BACK AND BIT YOU. Your actions CAME BACK AND BIT YOU.
Example number 2., perhaps you’re a politician, perhaps you’re on TV and you make some kind of stupid remark, you know, sometimes this… Well, this happens quite a bit. It’s not a rare event especially in Australia. Politicians get on TV and say they say something, the person says something racist, maybe something sexist, maybe he reveals a secret about his political party that he wasn’t meant to talk about on live TV. Either way, he says something stupid, something mean, he’s said something unfair, or he’s made a mistake. He’s done something that he shouldn’t have done. And then, as a result, as a consequence he gets fired, or maybe he gets humiliated on live TV, or maybe he even gets investigated by the police, you know. If it is a racist remark or some kind of… something horrible. Anyway, what the basic idea here is that his actions HAVE COME BACK TO BITE HIM ON THE ARSE. So, what he’s done, what he’s said, what he’s revealed, what he has implied, whatever it is, what he’d done has come back and there have been repercussions, negative results. He’s had consequences. So, those things, that action that he’s done, or actions, HAVE COME BACK AND BIT HIM ON THE ARSE.
A third example could be, and I like this one. This one was a funny one that I came up with. A third example could be that you are a bully at school. Imagine that you are in, you know, year seven in Australia. So, you’d be 13 years old, maybe 12 years old. And, imagine that you’re really nasty to a certain kid there at school. You’re always teasing him, you’re paying him out, which means, you know, to tease. You’re making fun of him. Sometimes you… maybe you hit him, maybe you’re a horrible horrible bully. You actually bash the kid. Maybe you steal his lunch money or maybe you steal just his lunch food. Anyway, you do this all the time to this poor kid. And then, you go on Christmas break. You have Christmas with your family, and over Christmas break this kid’s hit puberty and he’s grown, you know, a foot. He’s become a lot bigger, a lot stronger and a lot tougher than you the original bully. You come back to school and you think on the first day, “Where’s this kid?” and, you know, “How am I going to get his lunch money? What am I going to do to torment him, to be horrible to him today?”. And, he shows up and you see him and you’re like, “Oh, shit! He’s huge. He’s big. I’m not going to be able to bully him anymore.”. Imagine that he bullies you, he bashes you up, he steals your money, he teases you, he makes fun of you on that first day, he humiliates you. That would be a beautiful example of you’re actions in the past as the bully COMING BACK AND BITING YOU ON THE ARSE hardcore, really really coming back and that serves you right, you know. You’ve got what you deserved. Your actions CAME BACK AND BIT YOU ON THE BUTT. So, that’s another example.
Anyway, as usual guys, we’ll go through a little listen and repeat exercise here. I’m going to say these phrases in the future tense. So, with the contractions of WILL, and you’ll see what I mean in a second. So, the basic form of the phrase is going to be IT’LL COME BACK TO BITE YOU. And then, I’m going to use synonyms for the word BUTT on the end of IT’LL COME BACK TO BITE YOU ON THE ____ and then the synonym for BUTT.
So, you’re obviously already thinking about BUTT. And so, that’s why I think it’s a good idea to work on synonyms so that you practice these words and you associate them with your REAR END, your ARSE, your BOTTOM, etc.
So, let’s go.
Listen and repeat:
It’ll come back to bite you.
(And we’ll just do that one without any BOTTOM to start with).
It’ll come back to bite you on the butt.
It’ll come back to bite you on the arse.
It’ll come back to bite you on the bottom.
It’ll come back to bite you on the rear end.
It’ll come back to bite you on the derrière.
It’ll come back to bite you on the buttocks.
So, that’s it really, guys. I mean, maybe one last thing I could do here to help you out is talk about the different levels of rudeness or “politeness” for the words here that are used for your BOTTOM. I don’t really think that any of these words are that offensive, to be honest. I probably wouldn’t say BUTT or ARSE in front of someone like the Queen or the Prime Minister of Australia, the Queen of England or the Prime Minister. If I was, for some reason, having to refer to my BOTTOM in front of the Queen you could say things like REAR END and DERRIÈRE are probably the most polite version. And then you could probably say something like BOTTOM, BUM, BUTTOCKS, would be that next level of, you know, they’re not rude but they’re not necessarily the most polite version of the word. And then at the BOTTOM, funnily enough, ironically, pun intended, the BOTTOM of that list I would use BUTT and ARSE. And, I mean, I use these words all the time with friends, I mean, anyone you know really well in any kind of informal situations it’s fine to use these words. Don’t worry too much. Someone could, you know, say to you if they were really being, you know, a bit uptight that ARSE is a really… Well not “really”, but it’s a rude word. But to be honest I wouldn’t worry about it. There are a lot worse words in English.
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By pete — 1 year ago
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AE 391 – Expression: A Blessing in Disguise
G’day, guys. Welcome to this episode of the Aussie English Podcast. The number one podcast for anyone and everyone wanting to learn Australian English, whether you want to learn to understand Australian English or to speak it just like an Aussie, you’ve come to the right place. So, sit back and enjoy Aussie English.
Alright, guys. So, welcome to this episode. Welcome to this episode.
So, that clip at the start of today’s lesson was actually Lleyton Hewitt, one of Australia’s most famous tennis players, saying his stereotypical, “Come on!”, at the end of winning a point.
So, I thought I would add that in, because most people in Australia will know what you’re talking about if you make a reference to Lleyton Hewitt and saying, “Come on!”. Especially, too, if you do the hand movement, which you’ll have to look up.
Today, let’s go through a little bit of housekeeping stuff here at the start. So, Facebook Live lessons have started up again. Every week, I try and get on Facebook at 7pm sharp, 7pm on a Tuesday, okay, on a Tuesday, and that is Greenwich Mean Time 11+ hours. So, GMT 11+ hours for anyone who isn’t living in the time-zone that I’m living in, which is Melbourne/Sydney time-zone. So, 7pm Melbourne time. Send me your questions ahead of time if you would like me to answer them, to address them, before I answer the questions that come in the comments section. You can send me your questions on Facebook, send me them as a message, or you can email them to me at TheAussieEnglishpodcast@gmail.com. Okay. Aside from that, guys the podcast structure is going to change a little bit. I’m going to mix it up, I’m going to vary it, in the coming weeks and months just to try different things and keep it fresh, to keep you guys engaged, to keep you guys interested.
And I guess, I should also mention that I’m applying the same tactics, I’m doing the same thing, to The Aussie English Classroom. The Aussie English Classroom is an online learning classroom for Australian English. You can get in there and give it a go. It’s a paid service that keeps the Aussie English Podcast going. This is how I make a crust, how I earn a crust, it’s how I make a living, through the Aussie English Classroom. So, you get lessons in there for the expression episodes just like this one. Usually, five to seven different lessons covering things like pronunciation, grammar, connected speech, listening comprehension exercises, and now you get a speaking challenge every week that sends you over to the Aussie English Facebook group where you can post a video practicing a certain expression from this episode.
So, aside from that, you may have also noticed that there are more interview episodes coming out now on a Wednesday. So, I’m going to do this each week where I give you guys access to me having a conversation with at least one other Australian. Maybe from time to time someone from overseas, whether they speak English as their first language or not. But the basic idea is to give you access to multiple people talking all at once about all sorts of different topics, and you guys get to be a fly on the wall listening in on that conversation. Okay, guys? And remember that if you want to practice these interview lessons, if you want to study them more in depth, there is now and interviews in depth section in the Aussie English Classroom that comes out every Wednesday where you study in depth 5-10 minutes of each interview, and then you get a vocab and expression break down and a quiz at the end.
So, that is a great way to level up your listening comprehension of Australian English. If you want to get in there remember guys it’s just one dollar for your first month. Go to www.TheAussieEnglishClassroom.com/register.
Anyway guys, let’s get into today’s joke. Alright. So, today’s joke… I love these one-liner jokes where they’re very short. It’s just like a question and then a funny answer. These are what we call “one-liner jokes”, because they’re one line, they’re a single question.
So, today’s joke is: what do you call a group of unorganised cats? So, what do you call a group of cats who are unorganised?
Are cat-tastrophe. A catastrophe.
Do you get it, guys? That is a pun, that is a play on words, it’s a joke with regards to the word ‘catastrophe’, meaning a disaster, something awful that’s happened, it’s a catastrophe, and the word ‘cat’. So, what do you call a group of unorganised cats? A cat-tastrophe.
So, your mission today… you, the listener, your mission to day is to go out and tell one person, just one person, this joke in English. Use it to start a conversation. Use it as a way of making someone laugh. Just engage and use this joke with at least one person today.
Alright, let’s get into today’s expression, guys. So, today’s expression is, and I’m sure you’ve guessed it, ‘a blessing in disguise’. ‘A blessing in disguise.
So, this expression, ‘a blessing in disguise’, was suggested by Lima in the Aussie English Facebook group. Each week, guys, we vote on the expression that this episode is going to be about. So, you want to be involved there and you want to put forth, you want to suggest, your own expressions, jump over to the Aussie English Facebook group.
So, as usual, let’s go through the definitions of the different words in the expression ‘a blessing in disguise’.
So. ‘a blessing’. ‘a blessing’. What is ‘a blessing’? ‘A blessing’ can be multiple things. It can be a prayer asking for divine favour and protection from God or from some divine power. So, a priest gave a blessing as the ship was launched. So, he might pick up a wine bottle, smash the front of the ship, and then say a prayer, some kind of blessing, so that the ship is protected by that blessing. It has divine favour and protection.
‘A blessing’ can also be a beneficial thing for which someone is grateful. So, a boy who is incredibly smart might consider his intelligence to be a blessing. Someone who is incredibly good looking could it consider their appearance, their attractiveness, to be a blessing. You could consider your good fortune a blessing. So, that is what ‘a blessing’ is.
‘A disguise’, okay, ‘a disguise’. ‘A disguise’ is a means of altering one’s appearance to conceal one’s identity. So, you could put a fake moustache on and you’re wearing a disguise. You could put a wig on and you’re wearing a disguise. Or maybe you completely dress up as something else in a costume or in a suit, in some kind of outfit, pretending to be someone else. Maybe your pretending to be a security guard or maybe you are just trying to conceal your identity so no one can recognise you. That is ‘a disguise’.
And we say that you are ‘in disguise’ when you are wearing a disguise. So, when you put that outfit on you are ‘in disguise’. When you put a costume on you are ‘in disguise’. If you put a fake moustache on your mouth or on the top lip and you put the wig on you are ‘in disguise’. Okay.
So, let’s go through and define the expression, guys. It’s a relatively straightforward expression. It’s pretty easy to understand. ‘A blessing in disguise’ is something that seems bad or unlucky at first, so it seems unfortunate, but then it results in something good happening later. So, as a result of something that seems bad at first, that seems unlucky at first, something else happens afterwards that actually ends up being a good thing. It’s a good result due to this thing that initially seemed bad.
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Alright. So, let’s go through some examples, guys, and then we’ll do a little listen and repeat exercise, we’ll cover an Aussie fact, and then we‘ll finish up.
So, the examples that I have here, number one, the example number one. Imagine you get a job in Queensland, but you live in Melbourne, and you’re like, “It’s good that I got the job, but it’s going to be a real pain in the butt to move to Queensland. I really can’t be stuffed, but I’m and I have to uproot my family, move them all north, and then start life again.”. It seems unfortunate at first, it seems unlucky. So, you have to do this, it’s a lot of stress, it takes a long time to get used to, but then all of a sudden, you realise one day, “I’ve made an amazing set of friends. I love the beaches here. I love the sun. I love the warm weather. I’m actually a lot happier in Queensland.”. So, you could say, despite not wanting to go here in the first place, and despite it being a real pain in the butt and a lot of effort, moving to Queensland was actually a blessing in disguise. So, it was hard work, it seemed like a bad decision at first, but ultimately it resulted in something good happening. It was a blessing in disguise.
Example number two. So, you’re crossing the road. Okay? You’re on a pedestrian crossing at the lights. You press the little button the green man started flickering, you know, making that ***beeping*** sound so that you can cross the road. But as you try and cross the road to go over this pedestrian crossing, this is zebra crossing as we sometimes call it, ’cause of the black and white stripes, ‘a zebra crossing’, you trip over, because your shoelaces are undone, they’re untied. So, you trip over your own feet, you hit the ground, and you think, “Oh, man! That was embarrassing. I’m such a drongo! I need to check my shoelaces in future.”, As you’re having these thoughts though, a car rushes by, and it’s run through the red light, and it would have killed you if you hadn’t tripped over. So, you’re lucky that you had tripped over, although at first, it seemed like it was unlucky that it was something bad that happened, but the result was good, ’cause you didn’t get killed by the car. So, tripping over was a blessing in disguise. It was unpleasant at first, it was bad, it seemed unlucky at first, but it resulted in something positive. It had been a blessing in disguise.
Example number three. Alright, considering the Australian Open is on at the moment, yay tennis, let’s do a tennis example. Okay, so Alex De Minaur is an Australian kid who got in to the Australian Open this year. He’s only 18 years old, and everyone was hoping that he did well, but unfortunately, he lost in the first round to a tennis player called Danii Medvedev. If he learns from this loss, his defeat, at the hands of Daniil Medvedev, and comes back even stronger in the future, it will have been a real blessing in disguise. So, Alex De Minaur is currently mentored by Leyton Hewitt, who’s a famous Australian tennis player. Lleyton might sit him down and say, “Don’t worry mate. It’s okay to have lost. Let’s learn from this, let’s improve from this experience, and let’s treat it as a blessing in disguise. It seemed unfortunate. It seemed unlucky. It would have been good if you’d won, in the short term at least, but if it pays off in the long term, it’ll have been a blessing in disguise.
Alright, so hopefully now, guys, you understand what ‘a blessing in disguise’ is. ‘A blessing in disguise’ is something that seems bad, that seems unlucky, unfortunate, at first, but the results end up being incredibly good. So, something happens afterwards that is good and it’s a blessing in disguise.
So, let’s go through a little listen and repeat exercise, guys. This is your chance to pronounce these phrases just like me to practice your Aussie English accent. So, if you are new, for the first time listening to this episode, first of all, welcome, but second of all, this is the exercise that I do to help you improve your pronunciation. So, what you should do right now is just repeat these phrases exactly as I say them and practice your accent.
Let’s go, guys.
Listen & Repeat:
It’s a blessing
It’s a blessing in
It’s a blessing in disguise x 5
So, I’ve said that slowly and tried to link it together so that you guys learn are connected speech that is happening there when I say, ‘it’s a blessing in disguise’. So, keep going. Listen then repeat after me. I’m going to use the Australian expression ‘I reckon’, which means, ‘it’s my opinion’, and then I’m going to say, ‘it’s a blessing in disguise’. So, listen and repeat after me, guys.
I reckon it’s a blessing in disguise
You reckon it’s a blessing in disguise
He reckons it’s a blessing in disguise
She reckons it’s a blessing in disguise
We reckon it’s a blessing in disguise
They reckon it’s a blessing in disguise
It reckons it’s a blessing in disguise
There’s a lot of S’s going on there, guys. (A) lot of S’s in there.
Anyway, keep doing that, guys. Listen and repeat, and always focus on improving your accent. It’s an ever-lasting thing that you have to practice. It’s not that you can just train it one day and it’s done forever. You’ve got to do it all the time.
Remember, guys, if you want to practice more in depth your pronunciation, your English accent, your Australian accent, jump into the Aussie English Classroom there are exercises designed to help you do that and to help you do that much more rapidly.
Anyway, guys, the Australian fact, and then let’s finish up.
So, obviously, as the Australian Open is on at the moment I thought that we could do some interesting facts about the Australian Open.
So, the Australasian championship started in 1905 at Melbourne’s Warehouseman Cricket Ground.
The tournament changed its name to the Australian Championships in 1927, and then it was renamed again in 1969 to the Australian Open.
It’s the largest annual sporting event that occurs in the Southern Hemisphere. How crazy’s that, guys? It’s just tennis.
Roger Federer is the second oldest man to win a Grand Slam since Ken Rosewall in 1972, and I believe Roger is 36 years old.
This year there were 350 ball kids taking part and 28 of those were from overseas.
The fastest ever serve that has occurred at the Australian Open occurred last year in 2017 from Milos Raonic from Canada, and it was 236km/hr. So, to put that in context, the fastest speed in Australia that you can drive a car is 110kms/hr, and he hit a tennis ball, he served that tennis ball, more than two times that speed. How crazy is that?
Prior to 1988 the competition was traditionally played on grass. However, a blue plexicushion surface has been used since 2008.
The tournament used to be held in places like New Zealand and a bunch of other cities around Australia, 14 times in Adelaide, 7 times in Brisbane, I think Christchurch, over in New Zealand, hosted it in 1906, Hastings hosted it in 1912, and Sydney has hosted it 17 times, and Melbourne has hosted it 55 times.
It became a major tennis event in Australia in 1924, and Melbourne became the permanent home of the Australian Open in 1972.
The extreme heat policy kicks in at 40 degrees Celsius, and after an even number of games in that set. So, if the temperature rises to above 40 degrees, we have to then wait for there to be an even number of games in a set, and then it‘s put on pause.
573 players from 65 nations competed in the Australian Open last year, and 18 Aussies took to the courts in the main draw singles.
Last year as well, almost three quarters of a million people came and attended the Australian Open, with more than half a million people coming in the first week.
Roger Federer won his fifth Australian Open last year after defeating Rafael Nadal.
And Rafael Nadal won the longest ever Australian Open tennis match against Fernando Verdasco in 2009, and the match went for five hours and 14 minutes.
Martina Hingis is the youngest ever singles player to win in the 20th century, and she won at the age of 16. That’s ridiculous.
And the last fact is that there was one coffee shop at the venue in 1988 and as is in Melbourne style these days there are now dozens of them this year.
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AE 291 – Expression: To Face The Music
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Today is another expression episode, and the expression for today is “to face the music”, “to face the music”.
This is one that I hear quite a bit.
This is one that my parents would use a little bit on me when I was younger.
As usual, let’s go through and define the words in the expression, “to face the music”, guys.
So, “face”. This is obviously used as a verb in this phrase, but it’s also a noun.
So, “a face” or “the face” of something is the front of something.
Usually, if we’re talking about people it’s the front of your head.
So, where your eyes are, your mouth is, where your nose is. That’s your face.
When it’s used as a verb, however, so if you face something, to face something, it is to take your face and look toward something.
So, to confront something, figuratively, or to literally point yourself towards that thing.
So, to address something, to confront something, when we’re talking about facing something in a figurative sense, or in a literal sense, if we point our face towards something, we’re facing it.
The last word we’ll go through is “music”, the music or some music.
“Music” is a vocal or instrumental set of sounds, a song or singing or pleasant noise.
I’m sure you guys will know what “music” is.
So, as usual, let’s dive in and define the expression itself, “to face the music”.
What does it mean if you face the music or if you’re forced to face the music.
“To face the music” means to be confronted with the unpleasant consequences of your actions, or to receive punishment for your actions.
So, most often you going to hear this said like, “it’s time for you to face the music”.
“It’s time to face the music”. You need to face the music. To face the music.
So, let’s go into the origin of this expression. I looked this up. It is unknown.
We’re not 100% sure where this expression originates from, but there are two likely possible origins.
Firstly, the expression could have originated from disgraced officers.
So, people in the army or some kind of military force that had to literally face the music, that is they point themselves towards the music, when they were being drummed out of their regiment.
So, if they’re being drummed out that would be like the drums were playing as they were kicked out, as they were removed, from their regiment, from the group that they were in.
So, they would have to stand there and literally face the music that was being played on the drums as they were thrown out, as they were disgraced and chucked out of the regiment, of the military.
That’s the first possible origin of this expression.
The second one could have been when actors had to face the music on stage.
When they came out on stage if they were facing the audience they were also facing the orchestra pit.
So, this is where everyone in the orchestra was sitting below the stage in front of the stage, actors would have to face the orchestra, the orchestra pit, where the music was coming from.
So, when they were on stage they could have said, you know, as they were about to go on stage that it’s time to go out on stage and face the music.
So, it’s time to face the music. It’s time to get out there and have to do this stuff.
We have to face the music. We have to face the consequences of what it is to be an actor.
So, as usual, guys let’s jump through a few examples of how I would use this expression in everyday life.
So, a few everyday life examples or situations where you might hear this kind of expression being used.
Number one, imagine that you are a student at school.
And this is probably mostly the case for male students.
But imagine you’re misbehaving in class and the teacher decides to give you detention.
So, this is where you have to go and stay in a classroom during lunchtime or recess.
So, those periods where you have time to go outside.
If you get detention during those periods as a punishment you have to go and sit in a classroom and do homework or do work.
And it can also happen after school.
So, I didn’t get this too much at school, although I’m sure I did a few times, probably during lunchtime.
But imagine you’re a student who misbehaves. You get given detention.
When the bell goes at the end of the day, or say it goes just before lunch or recess, your friends might say, “Oh, don’t forget you’ve got detention. Time to face the music”.
You’re going to have to go sit in the class all lunch or for a certain period after school and do homework.
It’s time to face the music. You’ve got to go have to do your detention now.
You’re going to have to face up to the consequences of misbehaving in class.
It’s time to face the music.
Example number two.
Imagine that you are a criminal who’s stolen say a million dollars from your business.
So, you’ve taken all this money from your business and fled overseas. You’ve run off.
If the country that you’ve run off in to… so you’ve escaped Australia and you’ve gone into somewhere, say, like the Philippines.
Say that that country has allowed the Australian Government and the police force to come to their country and take you home.
So, they’re extraditing you back to Australia to be punished.
When that happens, you could say that you’re having to go back to Australia to face the music.
So, the police and the Aussie government have come to get you in the Philippines, and they’re forcing you to face the music.
It’s time to face the music.
It’s time to accept the consequences of what you’ve done wrong and receive the punishment for it.
You’re going to have to come back to Australia, go to court, and face the music.
Example number three, the last example.
Say, you’ve had a fight with your wife or your husband, so your partner.
And you’ve gone out with your mates to a local pub.
So, okay, imagine you’re a guy who likes to drink.
You’ve gone out to a pub, which is sort of an establishment that sells beer, usually, on the corner of streets that you’ll go to in Australia, especially out in country towns.
There’ll be lots of pubs.
So, they’re out there hanging with your mates, and you’re kind of avoiding having to deal with the situation, with the fight that you had with your partner.
You don’t want to go home and you don’t really want to face the consequences of that fight.
When you finally accept that it is time to go home though and to confront this issue with your partner.
So, you know, maybe after a few hours, after a few drinks, and you’ve cooled down.
You’ve calmed down. You’re in a better state of mind.
You might say, “Look, it’s time for me to go home. It’s time to face the music. I’m going to have to go home and sort this out with my partner. And it’s time to face the music. I guess it’s time to head home guys. Time to face the music. Time to get this all sorted out. I have to face the music.”
So that’s it for the examples guys.
Hopefully by now you get what the expression “to face the music” means.
As usual, we’ll go through a listen and repeat exercise, guys.
And I’m going to say this just as I would as a native speaker.
So, listen and repeat guys, and practice your pronunciation.
Listen & Repeat:
I’ve got to face the music.
You’ve got to face the music.
He’s got to face the music.
She’s got to face the music.
We’ve got to face the music.
They’ve got to face the music.
It’s got to face the music.
So, for this exercise, obviously, you’ve heard me use “got to”, but I’ve actually contracted it together into “gotta”, which I actually pronounce as more of a “godda” kind of sound “godda”, “godda”.
So, it’s using that T-flap that we’ve gone over previously.
So, if you have got to do something it means you have to do something, you need to do something, you must do something.
And we often use “got” when we’ve contracted “have” onto the pronoun.
So, if I say “I’ve gotta”, I use “got” because it sounds weird to say “I’ve to face the music.”, “You’ve to face the music.”.
We wouldn’t say that is native. So, if we contract “have” we have to use “got”.
Anyway, pronunciation and connected speech tip wise, as I said I used “got to” and I contracted this to “gotta”.
So, “to” often gets turned into a “ta” or an “a” kind of sound when it joins the verb before it.
So, when there’s a verb that’s in the infinitive form with “to” before it.
So, in the case of “I have got to face the music”, the “to” before “face” will often get contracted on to the word before it.
So, you’re going to hear examples, most commonly in English, such as:
Going to = gonna
Need to = needa
Have to = havda
Want to = wanna
Plan to = plan’a
Hope to = hopeta
So, hopefully that makes sense, guys.
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This episode we’re going to go through a lot of different exercises learning how to use “to have to” and “to have got to”, as well as contracting “have” onto the pronouns.
We’re going to practice substituting in and out of “have to” and “have got to”. We’re also going to practice these pronunciation and connected speech parts where we contract “to” onto different verbs.
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Anyway, I hope you guys are having a killer week. I am currently freezing my butt off in my room.
It is the middle of winter and it is absolutely freezing.
Last night was the most cold night to date this year. I think it got down to zero degrees.
So, I’m going to go and watch some TV, and do some more language learning, and I hope you guys have an absolutely killer week.
So, I will chat to you all soon. I wish you all the best.
Thank you so much for listening guys, and enjoy your week.
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