In today’s episode, Embarrassing English Errors Ep10: Eat & It, you’ll learn how to pronounce the difference between the words “Eat” and “It”.
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Embarrassing English Errors Ep10 – Eat & It
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Embarrassing English Errors.
In this episode I’m going to go over the two words “it” and “eat”. So, “it” is obviously a pronoun, “I want it”, “I can see it”, “I want to have it”. And “eat” is a verb. “To eat”, “I want to eat something”, “I need to eat”. Obviously, if you confuse these two things, so instead of saying “I want it” you accidentally said “I want eat”, it’s going to make it sound like you want to eat as opposed to you want something that you’re talking about. “I want it”, “I want eat”.
Um… so other words in English that sound like “it” or have that “ih” at the start of them:
And other words in English that have that same “ee” sound at the start of them like “eat”:
So, let’s just do these sounds back to back. The two vowel sounds 10 times.
Ee – Ih x 10
And now let’s do the words “eat” and “it” back to back 10 times.
Eat – It x 10
So, that’s it for today’s episode guys. I hope you liked it and I hope it’s helping. I hope it’s helping nail your pronunciation in English, especially these very very close sounds that are often hard to pronounce between one another, ‘cause I know what it’s like in different languages doing that. Anyway guys, that’s today’s episode. I hope it’s helped and I hope it’s making pronunciation a lot easier by following these different episodes and practicing them. I definitely recommend listening multiple times in order to keep practicing these sounds until it just becomes subconscious. It becomes natural. You don’t have to think about it. You just do it. So, just remember that if you have any other words or any other sounds in English that you are finding really difficult to pronounce differently then feel free to send me a message on Facebook or on the website. Send me a comment. Get in touch with me and I’ll do an episode on whatever it is you’re having trouble with as soon as I can. So, until next time guys, have a good one!
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By pete — 7 months ago
Learn Australian English in this expression episode of the Aussie English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression A TASTE OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE.
AE 480 – Expression: A Taste of Your Own Medicine
G’day, guys! Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. This is the Aussie English Podcast, the number one podcast for anyone and everyone wanting to learn Australian English, or just English in general, as I always say.
So, guys, how have you been going? What’s been going on? No intro scene today. I was going to record this episode this morning, but my housemates… one of them goes out really early in the morning and has to work. He works as a swimming instructor. And so, he buggered off really early in the morning at like six thirty or something, (at the) crack of dawn, but he gets breaks during the day. So, he came back it would have been like nine o’clock, and I was just writing this episode, putting it together, and then he went to sleep, he wanted to sleep for a bit before he went back to work.
So, I decided, you know, what I’m not going to record the episode this morning, instead I’ll invert my day, I’ll reverse the order of my day and how I’d planned it, and I went out to Mulligan’s Flat, yet again, the reserve nearby where I live in Canberra here with loads of animals, and I was out there shooting with the new lens that I’ve got.
So, I recently got a lens. Hopefully, you guys have heard about this or seen the video that I was talking about this in on YouTube, and I made a Walking With Pete episode recently discussing photography and how much fun I’m kind of having with it. So, you’ll have to keep an eye out for that one. That’ll be out soon when I get around to making it, although, it ended up being a bit of a long one. It was about 27 minutes, I think 27 minutes, almost half an hour.
But yeah, today was amazing. I went out there at about 10 and got back at about 2 in the afternoon. (I) saw loads of wallabies, loads of kangaroos, heaps of birds, lots of little small passerine birds. These are things like honeyeaters and… What are the other ones? Robins. Really small ones, and now with this new lens I can finally get them.
So, it was an amazing day. I’m really happy. I’m really starting to enjoy a little more being a podcaster and someone who works from home, because I’ve sort of structured my day around what I want to do, and I talk about this in the Walking With Pete episode coming up, making your day the kind of day that you want to enjoy. Anyway, guys.
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Big intro, guys. Let’s dive into the episode.
Today’s Aussie joke, today’s Aussie joke, is about an optometrist. So, this… I found this one, I thought of this one, when… obviously the expression for today is ‘a taste of your own medicine’. I typed in ‘medicine jokes’, ’cause I know that there’s a lot of doctor jokes, but I found this one about optometrists. And ‘optometrists’ are the ones who make your glasses for your eyes. Okay? So, here’s an optometrist joke.
Did you hear about the optometrist that fell into his lens grinding machine?
I wonder if you guys know where this is going to go.
Did you hear about the optometrist that fell into his lens grinding machine? The machine that used to grind lenses so they can be used for glasses.
The answer: He made a spectacle of himself.
He made a spectacle of himself. Do you get it?
‘A spectacle’ can be used for someone who makes a scene, right, something to be looked at, something to be watched. So, if you were to do something embarrassing in front of a lot of people, you’re making a spectacle, right? If you were to take your clothes off at a football game and do what is called ‘streaking’, which some guys tend to do in Australia at footy matches, if you were to streak at a game like that, you would be making a spectacle.
But ‘a spectacle’ or ‘a pair of spectacles’ is also another way of saying ‘glasses’, ‘eye glasses’, that you look through, that allow people who have poorer vision than average, than 20/20, ‘a spectacle’ or ‘a set of spectacles’ allows them to see. A set of glasses.
So, did you hear about the optometrist that fell into his lens grinding machine? He made a spectacle of himself. Wow. Anyway, guys.
As I said, today’s expression is ‘a taste of your own medicine’, ‘a taste of your own medicine’. I wonder if you guys have heard this before.
Now Yu was the one who suggested this. Congratulations Yu. This was the first one she’s won. She is in the Aussie English Classroom private Facebook group and suggested this expression along with all the other members, we voted on them, and Yu won. Well done, Yu!
So, let’s go through and define the different words in the expression ‘a taste of your own medicine’, ‘a taste of your own medicine’. Okay.
‘A taste’, ‘a taste’. ‘A taste’ is the sensation of flavour perceived in the mouth and throat on contact with a substance. So, you put food in your mouth, you’re having a taste of that food, right? You’re tasting the food, you’re having a taste of the food. A taste of something. Have a taste! I’ve baked a cake. Have a taste of it. Have a try. Put it in your mouth and taste it. ‘A taste’.
‘Your own’, ‘your own’, ‘your own something’, ‘your own’. ‘Your own’… when we use ‘own’ that way with possessive words beforehand, we are emphasising that someone or something belongs or is related to the person mentioned, right? So, if it is ‘your own phone’ it’s an emphasis showing that that phone belongs to you. If it’s ‘your own work’, you’ve written an essay, this is my very own work, my own essay. It is your essay. It’s a way of emphasising that, right?
‘Medicine’, ‘medicine’. ‘Medicine’ is a drug or other preparation for the treatment or prevention of a disease. So, I’m sure when you guys got sick when you were younger, your mother or your father would have given you medicine, you know, Panadol or Paracetamol, whatever drug it was, to help you feel better. They would have given you medicine.
So, let’s go through and define the expression, guys, and before we do that, I want you to know that this expression you might hear in a range of different ways with a few different verbs before ‘a taste of your own medicine’.
So. you might hear it as ‘to give someone a taste of their own medicine’, ‘to give someone a taste of their own medicine’. And you might also hear, ‘to get a taste of your own medicine’ or ‘to have a taste of your own medicine’. It can be quite often heard with those three verbs. ‘To give someone a taste of their own medicine’, ‘to get a taste of your own medicine’, or ‘to have a taste of your own medicine’.
So, I wonder if you guys know this expression of what it means. If you get, if you have, if you give someone, a taste of one’s own medicine, it is that that person is experiencing the same harmful or unpleasant thing or things that they were doing to someone else. So, if they were inflicting some kind of harmful thing or unpleasant thing on another person, and then suddenly, they were to receive that exact same harmful unpleasant thing, that treatment, back to themselves, that is a taste of their own medicine. So, an attack in the same manner in which someone has attacked someone else, right? If I punch you and then you punch me, that’s me receiving a taste of my own medicine.
So, I looked into the origin of this one and, apparently, the origin of the phrase ‘a taste of your own medicine’ comes from Aesop’s famous story about a swindler, someone who tricks people and sells things in order to make money and… trick people, a swindler who sells fake medicine claiming that it can cure anything. And then, this swindler becomes sick himself, he becomes ill, he falls ill, and people give him his own medicine, which he knows won’t work. So, literally, he got a taste of his own medicine, and figuratively, he got a taste of his own medicine.
Alright, so let’s go through three different real-life examples of how I would use this expression.
Example number one. Imagine that you have a friend or a young relative who is always pulling pranks on you. So, maybe he puts whoopie cushions on your chairs before you sit down. And whoopie cushions are these sort of rubber cushions that when you fill them with air and someone sits on them they go, *plthhh*, and it sounds like you farted, even though you didn’t really fart. So, maybe his putting would be cushions on a chair before you sit down as a prank. Maybe he put red food dye in your red wine before you drank it, and then after drinking it, your mouth was completely red. Or maybe he prank calls you. He calls you up and says, it’s the cops, you know, it’s the police. You need to come down to the police station. So, he’s pranking you a lot, right? If you get sick of him doing this and you thought, mmm, I’m going to have to get my revenge and do to him what he’s done to me. Then you’re going to give him a taste of his own medicine. Maybe you get him a chair to sit on and there’s a wonky leg, you know, a leg that’s kind of about to break, about to fall off the chair, it’s a bit wonky, and then, when he sits down, Bob’s your uncle, the chair breaks and he falls over, falls on his arse, and embarrasses himself. He got a taste of his own medicine. He had a taste of his own medicine and you gave him a taste of his own medicine. Right? So, he received the unpleasantness that he had been giving you.
Example number two. Alright, imagine that you’re a restaurant manager with a temper, and this is a true story. This is something, you know, that happened when I was working in hospitality and one of our managers was an awful person who would always lose her temper. So, you’re a restaurant manager, you’ve got a temper, you always get angry at customers, at other staff members, workers, at waiters, at chefs, at dishwashers, and you’re always taking out your frustration, your stress, and your anger on other people. One day, they all decide enough is enough and they gang up on you. So, when you suddenly decide to lose your temper and rage up at them, instead, when they see that you’re about to crack, they all start raging at you all at once yelling at you. So, this time, everyone else has given you the same treatment you usually give them. So, they gave you a taste of your own medicine, you got a taste of your own medicine, and you had a taste of your own medicine when it comes to the workers yelling at you instead of the other way round. You received a kind of unpleasantness that you usually dole out to others.
Example Number three. You’re a little kid at school and you’re known for always bagging out other children. So, you’re a boy, right, you’re nasty to other kids, you teased them, you pick on them, you pay them out, you bag them, and it makes you feel superior, you know? Bullies like to do it because it makes them feel better. So, your abuse usually packs quite a punch and causes kids to cry or to run away and dob you in to the teacher, that’s to go to the teacher and tell on you, ‘to dob you in’. And one day a new kid comes to school and is bigger than you, and he’s stronger than you, and he’s a worse bully than you. And in order to sort of assert his dominance, instead of teasing the other kids, he comes straight for you. He comes after you, he bags you, he teases you, he pays you out, like crazy, enough for you to cry, run away, and go and dob on him to the teacher. And what’s the teacher going to say when you do that? They’re going to say, this kid just gave you a taste of your own medicine. You’ve just had a taste of your own medicine from this kid. You got a taste of your own medicine from this kid. Okay? So, the teacher might show absolutely no sympathy towards you. You received the unpleasantness that you usually give other people.
So, I hope you understand the expression, guys, ‘a taste of your own medicine’. Remember, it can be used with verbs like ‘to give someone a taste of their own medicine’, ‘to have a taste of one’s own medicine’, and ‘to get a taste of one’s own medicine’. And it is when an experience of the same harmful or unpleasant thing that someone does to other people is received by that person. So, it kind of boomerangs back on them, right? And I just use the word ‘boomerang’ as a verb.
(A) ‘boomerang’ is that… the curved stick that Aboriginals used to hunt animals in Australia, and there is a stereotype that it comes back. So, it boomerangs, right? You’ve probably seen that on Instagram. Boomerang. Anyway, I diverge.
Let’s get on to the listening and repeating exercise, or listen and repeat exercise, okay. So, this is your chance to practice your pronunciation, guys, before we finish up. So, listen and repeat after me and practice your English accent. Let’s go.
To give you
To give you a
To give you a taste
To give you a taste of
To give you a taste of your
To give you a taste of your own
To give you a taste of your own medicine x 5
That was a long one today, guys. I hope you did alright. So, now I’m going to use it in the future perfect tense. Okay? I will have got… You will have got… Okay? So, ‘will have’ + the past participle. And I want you to pay attention to how I’m pronouncing ‘will have’, okay? You’re going to notice that it gets contracted. Let’s go.
I’ll have got a taste of my own medicine
You’ll have got a taste of your own medicine
He’ll have got a taste of his own medicine
She’ll have got a taste of her own medicine
We’ll have got a taste of our own medicine
They’ll have got a taste of their own medicine
It’ll have got a taste of its own medicine
Good job, guys. Remember, if you would like to go through the detailed video that will break down this exercise and talk about all the different aspects of connected speech, of pronunciation, intonation, go to theAussieEnglishClassroom.com and enroll and you will get access to all of this episode’s content as well as all of the past expression episodes content and a bunch of other things too. TheAussieEnglishClassroom.com. Give it a go.
So, today’s Aussie fact. I decided to look up medical inventions from Australia. So, I thought, I know that there’s a few medical inventions that were created in Australia. So, I thought I would do a search, I’d list them, I’d mention them, and I would discuss each of them for you, guys. So, I’ve got six here. Okay.
And if you want to read a more in-depth article about these inventions and a couple of other ones that were also listed go to ScienceAlert.com. Okay. It’ll be in the transcript if you want the link to read this article. Okay. Let’s go.
So, number one: Medical application of penicillin. So, the Australian researcher Howard Florey worked with a team in the UK to purify penicillin from a special strain of mould. This is how it was originally done. And he later showed it could fight bacterial infection in humans. The antibiotic changed modern medicine forever, although obviously, we’re going to probably have problems in the near future because antibiotics are less and less effective these days.
Number Two: disease-diagnosing nano-patches. Disease-diagnosing nano-patches. This is still a relatively new invention, but these nano-patches have the potential to change the way we diagnose disease in the future. They were developed by researchers at the University of Queensland, and the patches are covered in tiny microscopic needles that can quickly and painlessly detect disease carrying proteins in the blood. How crazy’s that? And it means that you don’t need a blood test. So, because these patches have access to the human bloodstream, obviously, with those little needles, you don’t have to get blood tests. So, as someone who really hates blood tests, I’m looking forward to these becoming more predominantly used.
Number three: the bionic ear. I know! I didn’t realise this until I read this too. The bionic ear. One of our best-known exports is the cochlear implant. Both my grandparents have one of these. And the cochlear implant was created by Graeme Clark a researcher at the University of Melbourne. The device has helped more than 250,000 people with profound hearing loss to hear again. So, how crazy is that? The cochlear implant.
Number four: spray-on-skin. Now, I remember this one being in the news. Spray-on-skin has saved the lives of tens of thousands of burn victims around the world and was invented by a woman named Fiona Wood from the University of Western Australia. The invention works by taking a small patch of a patient’s skin, then growing it in the lab so that it can be sprayed back on to the person’s skin, where they’ve been burnt, over their wounds and create a protective barrier. Really cool!
So, number five: the ultrasound scanner. I didn’t realise this one was ours too. Every expectant mum around the world when they go to the hospital would be more than familiar with the ultrasound scanner, but what people might not know is that the initial discovery that ultrasounds could bounce off soft tissue was made by the CSIRO, and in 1976 it was commercialised by an Australian company called Ausonics.
Number six, the very last one, guys: electronic pacemakers. Another one that blew my mind. The first pacemaker was made impulsively back in 1926, at Sydney’s Crown Street Women’s Hospital to help save a newborn patient suffering from heart problems. The device was used to stimulate the baby’s heartbeat with electric pulses and was created by medical doctor Mark Lidwill, but he was so concerned about the ethical implications of his invention that he refused recognition and patents despite his inventions saving hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.
So, there you go, guys. I hope you enjoy this episode today. Thanks so much for spending the last 20 minutes listening to me. I do really, really appreciate you guys and I hope you have an amazing weekend. I’ll chat to you guys soon. Peace out!
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By pete — 2 years ago
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G’day guys. How’s it going? Welcome to the very first video of Walking With Pete with the new Osmo.
So, I’ve bought this setup where I have my phone on a gimbal that stabilises the shot as I move around. So, instead of me holding the phone in my bare hand it stabilises it for me. I’m holding it on a little machine. And yeah, it’s not as jerky, it’s not as shaky as when I’m holding it with my bare hand.
I thought I would come out today. It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the park, (it’s) nice and sunny, and I thought I would have a play with this new Osmo and see how we go. And also, see… yeah, I’m just playing around with the joystick here getting a feel for it. To get a feel for it means to get a sort of sense for how it works. So, I’m feeling around trying to feel how to use it best, how it functions, how it works. To get a feel for it.
So, I’ve got a few things to announce today.
Obviously, a lot of you will already know that I have just released the Aussie English Supporter Pack online. So, you now have the ability to sign up for transcripts for every single episode that are going to be premium transcripts.
So, they’re going to be very high quality transcripts where I highlight everything in the text that I’m talking about. I give you extra exercises. I give you a vocabulary list that you can fill out.
So, you can search the transcripts for definitions of the words that I’ve mentioned, and if you can’t find them you can then look online. And I’ve linked to dictionaries and other things that will help you in each of these transcripts. And then, you’ve also go boxes to fill out in these vocab lists of synonyms.
So, again, you can look through the transcript to find where I have said multiple words that mean the same thing, especially of the word that is the subject of that little section, whichever word that you’re specifically looking at.
So, I’ve set that up. There’s extra exercises to practice and focus on the specific aspects of that episode. So, for instance, if we’re practicing an expression I’ll put in different forms of that same expression and give you exercises for substituting in and out that specific expression that we’re practicing. And it just… it’s just a better way of learning. So, you’re going to be able to associate that expression that’s in the episode with a number of other expressions.
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So, with a number of other expressions. And yeah, I think that it’s just a lot better like that.
If you’re wanting to learn a language it’s always really good to associate multiple different ways of saying the same thing when you’re trying to learn it and get a feel for how these expressions are used, what they mean, and different ways of saying the same thing. It adds colour to your language whether you’re learning English or any other language whatever it may be.
So, there’s that. I’ve also go then in these transcripts I’ve got tips for what you can do to get even more out of these transcripts.
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So, I’ve tried to add that in as well.
And if you guys have any other suggestions or ideas for how to add even more value to the subscription pack, the Aussie English Subscription (Supporter*) Pack, and what else I could add to these transcripts, please feel free to let me know.
So, send me a message, send me a comment on Facebook, email me, and tell me what else could I do to add even more value to the subscription, or sorry, the Supporter Pack, for you guys, because that’s the aim of the game at the end of the day. The aim of the game. So, my aim, the aim of the game, is to serve you guys as best as I can and help you learn English in a fun novel way.
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But yeah, if you definitely want to sign up definitely do it now while it’s cheap and affordable, and it’s only $9.99 a month, because I am going to increase the price in the future as I build on it and increase the value. But, if you sign up now you’ll continue to pay the price that you signed up paying. So, if you want it in the future and it doubles in price and you sign up now it’ll only be $9.99 as opposed to $19.98.
Anyway, that’s probably enough about the Supporter Pack.
Aside from that, I guess also I wanted to mention that I have the voicemail set up on the website where you guys can actually sign up, well not sign up, but sign on, click that little button at the side. You just have to click it. It opens up a little box, and you can leave me a voicemail.
So, you can ask me a question. You can say hello. You can ask me anything regarding Australia, regarding grammar, regarding the English language, “what do these words mean?”, “how do I use this phrase?”. Anything you want you can ask.
So, yeah, I’m trying to encourage people to use that more because I want to feature anyone who leaves me a message on a podcast episode that will be trying to answer that question.
So, if you leave me a message and I make an episode about it I’m going to play your message at the start to introduce the episode, and then I’m going to tackle the question that you have asked and want clarified or just want an episode made about.
So, it’s a really good way for you guys to practice your English. You can record it multiple times if you’re having a little bit of trouble with pronunciation or getting the flow right. You don’t have to send the first one you record.
It gets emailed to me as a little MP3 file. I download it. And then, I can use it in the different podcast episodes that I create. So, it’s something that I’m trying to encourage people to do.
And I’ve decided that if you do this in the near future and I use your question or whatever it is that you’ve sent me in the message, if I theme a podcast episode around your question and feature you you’ll automatically get a month’s free subscription to the Supporter Pack, to the Aussie English Supporter Pack. Because I want to give back to you guys. I want to give you the opportunity to try these things for free if I can, and reward you for engaging in the Aussie English community.
So, yeah, if you go onto the website, www.theaussieenglishpodcast.com there’s a little purple rectangular button on the right side of the screen that says “Leave me a voicemail”. You click that, and it’ll take you somewhere that you can record by clicking from your phone or form your computer a short voicemail. So, a short message, a short-spoken message.
One thing I might add there is that I was chatting to Dong today and I got him to leave me one because he had a question that he sent me on Aussie English the Facebook page. So, hey Dong. Thanks for the question again.
And Aly as well. Thanks Aly for leaving me one yesterday too.
He, Dong, was having an issue with trying to do it on his phone, and it turns out you’ve got to download an app for… I can’t even remember the name of the site that I’ve used (SpeakPipe), but there’s an app that you might have to download if you’re doing this via a phone.
So, just bear that in mind. It’s pretty simple though. It shouldn’t be too hard to organise and sort out. It should be pretty easy.
But yeah, if you leave me a voice message, ask me anything you like. If I do an episode on it I’ll send you an email and I’ll send you a coupon that will give you 100% off (the) Aussie English Supporter Pack subscription for the first month. So, you guys you can… if I send it to you you can go on, you can check it out, you can see if you like it, you can give me feedback, download everything, and then after the month’s up you can just unsubscribe. It won’t cost you anything, or you can elect, you can choose, you can decide to subscribe for the $9.99/month if it’s worth your time, if it’s seen by you as valuable, if you like it.
So, it’s just something to think about and the way for me to give back to you guys, because I want to keep trying to build this community and keep giving back to you guys.
So, yeah, I guess that’s really it recently.
I’ve tried to invest in this Osmo stabilising camera. So, I’m hoping that that really improves the quality of these videos, especially removing the jerkiness, the shakiness, of the videos that I was sort of suffering from when trying to hold it with my hand and walk around.
Aside from that, I’ve released the Aussie English Supporter Pack. So, please go and check it out. I will also leave a link where for where you guys can see a free example PDF.
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 339 – Expression:
To Pull The Wool Over Someone’s Eyes
What’s going on guys? Welcome to today’s expression episode.
Today’s expression episode is going to be “to pull the wool over someone’s eyes”, and this one was voted by everyone in the Virtual Classroom, The Aussie English Virtual Classroom Facebook group.
And it won. It got the most votes. And it was suggested by Petinka.
Thank you so much Petinka for suggesting this expression that everyone voted on and chose it as this week’s expression.
So, if you want to do that in the future if you want to suggest an expression, and if you want to vote on the expression that will be the expression for the week, then definitely jump over to the Aussie English Virtual Classroom.
Just click join. I’ll add you. We chat in there.
We do all sorts of exercises, video exercises, and once a week we vote on which expression I’ll be discussing on the weekends.
So, I hope you guys are having a good day. I haven’t yet set a time for these live streaming episodes.
I kind of just do them when I have time now on Saturdays.
Last week was the very first one, and it seemed that that was a great idea.
This is the second one, obviously. The basic format’s going to be the same thing.
I open it up, tell you about my week, tell you about the different words and everything in the expression, tell you about the expression, give you examples, and then we’ll go through some listen and repeat exercises.
And I guess the best bit is that at the end you can ask me questions about this expression and about anything else related to Aussie English, English, Australia, anything that you want to chat about.
So, keep those questions for the end. Anyway, let’s dive into today’s content, guys.
Crazy Australia fact number 2. I guess, we started last week, and I’m going to try and do this at the start of each episode.
But, Australia fact… today, the crazy Australia fact is that Australia is the driest continent on earth, except for Antarctica.
So, it’s the driest continent on Earth, except for Antarctica.
And it’s a pretty crazy thing, when you actually go and check out a map of where in Australia it’s populated you’ll see the entire continent, most of which is desert, and then there’s the Great Dividing Range that goes from Cairns, up in the north of Queensland, all the way down to Melbourne.
And then, you’ll have a little bit of green that goes all the way over to Perth, and that’s the area that’s the most densely populated of the entire country.
I think probably 99 percent of people live along the coastline.
The eastern coastline and the southern coastline of Australia.
And it’s because the desert is so dry that it’s just effectively uninhabitable.
Anyway, give me a thumb’s up, give me a love heart, if you guys can hear me okay.
And if you want to share the video now’s the time. Let’s dive into the different words that are used in the expression “to pull the wool over someone’s eyes”.
So, the verb “to pull”. If you pull it’s that you grasp something, you grab something, you hold on to something, and you bring it closer towards yourself or you take it somewhere.
So, if I grabbed onto you and led you in my direction, pulled you towards me, that’s to pull.
A car could tie itself onto another car or something like a tree stump, it could be anything, and if it drives away while it’s connected to that thing, it’s pulling that thing, it’s towing that thing, it’s taking that thing with it.
So, that’s to pull. To grasp something, to be connected to it, and then to bring it towards you, usually, or in a direction with you. To pull.
“Wool”. Wool, which rhymes with “pull”, wool is the hair or the fur that grows on a sheep.
And a female sheep is called a ewe, e-w-e. That’s a ewe. Ewe. Sounds like the pronoun “you”.
A male sheep is a ram. And sheep are one of the most common livestock animals that you’ll find in Australia.
And we specifically grow them for meat that we’ll get from lambs, baby sheep, and also obviously for the wool that we’ll get from the adult sheep.
I actually grew up on a farm…. didn’t grow up on the farm, sorry.
I grew up going to my grandparents’ farm and they had sheep when I was younger, and we used to shear them.
We’d go every year before summer time, after winter.
The sheep will have grown all their wool really really thick, you know, it’d be 10 centimetres or so dense, thick.
And we would hire a guy to come to my grandparents’ farm, to come to the sheds, and he would she every single one of my grandfather’s sheep in about a day.
So, it would… or maybe two days. But yeah, it used to be really good fun.
And then we would bale the wool up.
We would use this big machine that my grandfather had to put the wall into what we call “a bale”.
So, I guess, like a hessian sack, but huge. It was bigger than a man.
And it would be full of wool, and he would sell these.
So, it would be used for clothing and everything. So, that’s wool.
The fur or the hair that grows on a sheep.
If you pull something over something else, it is that you have pulled that thing, you’ve held it, grasped it, grabbed it, and taken it to cover something else.
So, you’ve pulled it over something, over the top of something, in order to cover it.
And we’re showing that the thing is being covered by using the phrasal verb + “over”.
So, “pull over”. Sorry, using the preposition “over”.
If we pull something over something else, we’re covering that thing.
So, you might pull the plastic covering over a pool, as in where you go swimming, and you’re pulling it over in order to cover the pool.
So, to pull something over is to cover that thing.
The last one, and I’m sure all of you guys know what this is, “an eye”.
I’ve got two eyes right here. I can see you with my eyes.
If I pull something over my eyes, imagine it’s my jumper or it could be my hair if I had hair.
I could pull my beard up over my eyes if my beard was longer.
So, my eyes are what I see with. And if I pull something over my eyes, I’m covering my eyes so that I can’t see.
So, I might pull my hat down over my eyes.
And a cool thing there you might notice is that we’re actually combining prepositions in phrasal verbs.
They may seem like they’re a little bit more complicated, but we’re combining multiple prepositions to kind of explain the action that’s happening there.
So, if I pull something down, I pull my hat down, that’s the motion of going from here to here.
And if I pull something down and over something else it’s just a very simple way of explaining a more complicated concept by using multiple prepositions.
Pull my hat down over my eyes. So, something to think about next time you hear a phrasal verb with multiple prepositions following it.
Often, it’s just describing two different movements that are happening the same time as the verb action that’s explaining those movements.
So, to define the expression “to pull the wool over someone’s eyes”, this is… it’s a very simple expression in regards to its definition, and it just means to deceive someone, to trick someone.
So, you’re effectively saying something or doing something in order to prevent them from knowing what you’re really doing.
So, if you pull the wool over someone’s eyes, you are deceiving that person, you’re tricking that person.
It could be malicious. It could be a bad thing.
Or it could be benign, where it’s not really that it’s a nasty act or a nasty thing that you’ve done, but you’re deceiving the person nonetheless.
So, it could be “a white lie”, meaning that it’s not really something bad.
You’ve told them something that’s not true, but it’s not a malicious lie. It’s not “a black lie”.
So, there’s those two kinds of lies that we would, I guess, refer to as “white lies” and “black lies” in English.
So, to talk a little bit about the origin of this expression guys.
At first, I was like, I guess, maybe it’s talking about a woollen jumper, a jumper made of wool, and someone’s pulling it over their eyes so that they can’t see.
But then, I looked up the definition of the expression, and underneath it had the origin of where this expression came from.
And I can’t remember it was the US or from the U.K., but apparently it dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
So, I guess it’s probably the UK, because I don’t think the Americas were around in the 1500’s.
But, it was when back then in that time men would wear wigs made of wool.
Right? So, I probably need to get a wig. If I wanted to pretend to have hair, I would buy a wig and put it on my head.
And instead of using other people’s hair they would use the hair from wool.
And you’d probably see this kind of wig in courts in the Western world.
So, you’ll see those barristers and judges wearing those weird wigs with, you know, the weird curly kind of hair.
And they would make those out of wool.
And I guess, the expression originates from having that wig pulled down over someone’s eyes so that they couldn’t see what was going on, so that they were being deceived or tricked.
That was the literal idea behind the expression to pull the wool in the wig, to pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
And the figurative meaning was that it was deceiving them, tricking them.
They couldn’t see what was going on. They were missing what was happening. They were being deceived.
So, three examples, as usual guys, for how we would use this expression to pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
If you pull the wool over someone’s eyes or if someone pulls the wool over your eyes, you’re deceiving someone or you’re being deceived.
So, example number one that I have here is that imagine that you tell your boss you’re sick.
So, you’re pulling a sicky, you’re pretending to be sick. You’ve called him up.
You’ve told him, “I’m feeling really bad today. I can’t come to work. Sorry, I’ll come in tomorrow.”
But instead of actually being sick, you’ve gone to the beach to have a surf or you’ve got to hang out with your mates.
Anyway, news travels back to your boss that same day and he finds out you’re not actually sick, that you’re not actually in bed trying to recover and that you’ve gone to the beach to surf or you’ve gone to see your mates.
And so, in this case you could say you’ve tried to pull the wool over your boss’s eyes. You’ve tried to deceive him.
Or you could say that you have failed to pull the wool over your boss’s eyes. You’ve failed to deceive him.
So, you might go in the next day or the next week to work and he’d be like, “Good try mate. You didn’t quite pull the wool over my eyes. You’re fired.”.
Yeah. Or he might just be a little annoyed and say, “You’re not going to get paid for that. There’s no sick leave. You lied to me. You tried to pull the wool over my eyes, but I worked out what was going on. You didn’t successfully deceive me.”
So that’s example number one.
Imagine, in example number two, that you are cheating on your partner.
So, you’ve gone away on a business trip and you’ve told your partner that it’s only going to be two nights.
You know, maybe you’re flying out to Sydney.
And instead of going to the airport to fly to Sydney, you’ve actually gone to a woman’s house or a man’s house.
Someone with whom you’re cheating on your wife, your partner, your husband, whoever it is.
So, you’re having an affair. You’re cheating on the person there.
But you’ve pulled the wool over their eyes by telling them, “I’m going to Sydney” or “I’m going on a business trip. I’m going to do this other thing that’s related to work.” when in reality, when in actual fact, you have gone to see someone else that you’re having an affair with.
So, you’re cheating on that person, you’ve lied to that person.
In this case, I would say it’s a black lie. It’s not a white lie. It’s not harmless. It’s a malicious lie.
And you’re trying to pull the wool over your partner’s eyes or you have successfully pulled the wool over their eyes, you’re deceiving them.
So, for example number three. Example number three.
This could be an example where we talk about white lies, guys.
So, a lie nonetheless but not a bad lie, not a black lie, not a malicious and nasty lie.
This is relatively benign and you’re doing it for the right reasons.
So, I imagine that it’s my dad’s 60th birthday, which actually is in about…
I think the 26th of September this year. So, two, three weeks away.
So, it’s his birthday and I’m trying to organise a surprise party for him.
So, I might tell him, “Dad, on the way home from work it’s really important that you go to the shops and grab some beer, ’cause I want to hang out with you tonight, dad. Just you and me.”.
When in reality, I’ve got 50 people coming over. We’re all going to hide in a room.
We’re going to be waiting with balloons, with cakes, with a candle.
I probably wouldn’t put 50 candles in it.
Maybe one of those candles that is 50, the number 50, with you know two flames on it.
And so, I’ve told him this lie. I’ve pulled the wool over his eyes.
I’ve told him to go get some beer, go grab some stubbies, maybe he’ll grab some tinnies, stubby bottles, tinnies the can, of beer.
Bring them home. When he gets home, he opens the door, and we all yell, “Surprise!”, and start singing happy birthday.
And he might say, “Oh, you really pulled the wool over my eyes. You really tricked me. You really deceived me. You got me.”
So, it was a white lie. It wasn’t a nasty lie. It was for a good reason.
It was a benign sort of trick. But, that’s pulling the wool over my dad’s eyes.
So those are the three examples, guys.
Now let’s get into the listen and repeat exercise.
So, this is your chance to practice your pronunciation and listen to what I say and then repeat what I say.
So, if you aren’t currently somewhere private, on your own, at home or out in the public, try and find somewhere where you can talk, whether it’s quietly or out loud, wherever you are, and listen and repeat after me, and let’s practice your pronunciation, guys.
And then, after they listen and repeat exercise I’ll go through a pronunciation tip regarding this phrase that we’re going to go through.
And then, after that we’ll go through some questions.
So, I have in mind anything that you want to ask me about this expression episode, any of the vocab that I’ve used, anything in English, anything about Australia.
If you have your questions I’ll be waiting around for 5 or 10 minutes after we finish this episode.
But let’s get into the lesson and repeat exercises, guys.
So, listen and repeat after me:
Listen & Repeat:
To pull the wool.
To pull the wool.
To pull the wool.
To pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
To pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
To pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
Now I’m going to go through a sentence saying it in the future and will conjugate through all the different pronouns.
They’re pretty much the same… we’ll they are the same for every single pronoun, but we’ll switch in the different pronouns.
So, listen and repeat after me, guys.
Listen & Repeat:
I’ll pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
You’ll pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
She’ll pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
He’ll pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
We’ll pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
They’ll pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
It’ll pull the wool over someone’s eyes.
Good job guys. Good job.
One thing that I know some of you are going to say or probably be thinking, “Geez, he says those L’s in a weird way. They almost sound like a W.”
And, I was actually trying to emphasise that fact.
We call that in Australian English at least, and I think British English too, potentially American English, we call that “the Dark L”.
The Dark L. So, we get lazy, guys.
When there’s an L at the ends of words that is preceded by a vowel sound, and which is followed by not a vowel sound, so a consonant sound, we pronounce it as an “iow” kind of sound.
So we’re not saying “l” where we’re putting the tongue up. We’re not saying “l”. We’re saying “iow”.
So, we make the sound with our lips instead of our tongue, and our tongue actually stays flat.
And so, that’s why we’re saying “pull”, “wool” and “I’ll” or “you’ll”, “we’ll”, etc., because that’s how I speak when I speak really quickly.
We’ll pull the wool over his eyes.
So, I want to talk about the Dark L in this pronunciation tip at the end of this episode, guys.
I guess, firstly, they should introduce the Light L as well.
So, the Light L is the L that we say at the beginnings of words and when the L is followed by a vowel sound.
So, for example “light”, “love”, “laughter”, “letter”.
Those words all have the Light L, “leh”, at the start of the word, and they’re followed by a vowel sound.
The Dark L is where there’s a vowel sound before the L, and the next sound after the L isn’t a vowel sound, it’s a consonant sound, or there’s just no sound at all.
So, some examples are instead of “ball”, I would say “ball”. Instead of “pull”, I would say “pull”.
Instead of “cool”, I would say “cool”. And instead of “whale”, I would say “whale”.
So it’s… the sound’s being made with my lips instead of my tongue.
And I was trying to emphasise that in those sentences.
One interesting thing to point out is that I think I noticed myself stopping at the end of “wool”, the word of “wool”, and not linking it to “over”.
But if I link the word of “wool” to “over”, “It’ll pull the wool over his eyes.”, I actually link it with the Light L.
So, I won’t say the Dark L there, because I’m linking it to a word that starts with a vowel.
So, I’ll still say, “I’ll pull…”, there’s two Dark L’s there. “I’ll pull the wool_over…” The Light L there, “wool_over”, “wool_over his eyes”.
So, just something interesting to chat about here at the end.
I wanted to give you one example of a word that has both the Light and the Dark L in it, “little”.
The Light L at the front there. They’re “L..”, “lit” “lit”.
And then, at the end that Dark L, “-le”. And it’s my lips doing the work. “Little”.
And for those of you who were here last week, you’ll notice that the T’s there are the T-flap.
And instead of saying “little” or “little”, I say “little”.
So, let’s go through the listen and repeat exercise one more time, guys.
I’ll try and do this. It’s hard. I have to think. I’m going to try and say the first two L’s, “I’ll pull…”.
I’m going to try and say those Dark L’s.
And then, I’m going to try and say the L at the end of the word “wool” as a Light L to link to the word “over”. “Wool_over”.
So, I’m going to do my best. See if you can do it as well. And then after this we’ll do questions.
So, keep your questions in your head. But let’s practice your pronunciation quickly.
I’ll pull the wool…
Let me do again. Let me do it again.
Listen & Repeat:
I’ll pull the wool over his eyes.
You’ll pull the wool over his eyes.
She’ll pull the wool over his eyes.
He’ll pull the wool over his eyes.
We’ll pull the wool over his eyes.
They’ll pull the wool over his eyes.
It’ll pull the wool over his eyes.
Great job guys. Great job.
I know that one is actually probably the most difficult sound to get in the Australian English accent.
This is a really difficult one.
I’ve found it hard to teach this, but I want to pay attention to it here so that when you guys hear this you’ll know at least what the natives are doing.
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