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By pete — 1 year ago
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AE 375 – Expression:
To Throw Your Hat In The Ring
But seriously, Nev, like, how (are) you holding for cash? I’m a bit bloody broke.
Listen, mate. What are you talking about?
There’s no cash here. Here, there’s no cash. Alright? Cash, no. Robbo?
Oh! G’day, guys! What’s going on?
That was a scene from the movie Chopper.
“So, cash? No cash. Here, no cash. Robbo? No cash.”
It’s a classic one, guys. That is probably the most famous scene from that film. Every Australian is going to know what you’re talking about if you say, “No cash! Here, no cash.” So, it’s a classic. I really recommend that you go and check out the movie Chopper, which is about a famous Australian convicted criminal and gang member known as Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read.
The movie was filmed in the year 2000, and it stars one of Australia’s most famous actors Eric Bana. So, you might know this guy from more recent Hollywood films, but he’s one of my favourite Australian actors. He’s is absolutely brilliant, and he nails, he absolutely nails the mannerisms and the way that Chopper speaks in this movie. So, check it out. Chopper. (It’s a) great movie about the Australian underworld in the 1980s and the 1990s in Melbourne.
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Anyway, let’s get into today’s joke. So, today’s Australian joke, guys, is what is the difference between an Aussie wedding and an Aussie funeral? Okay? What’s the difference between an Aussie wedding and an Aussie funeral? The difference is that there’s one less drunk at the funeral. Do you get it? There’s one less drunk at the funeral, because he’s dead, or she’s dead. So, there’s one less person who is intoxicated with alcohol, who’s drunk, at the funeral, because unfortunately they’re in the casket, they’re in the coffin, they’re dead.
So, that is another example of Australian humour where we’re poking fun at ourselves, we’re taking the piss out of ourselves, we’re taking the Mickey out of ourselves, because we don’t take ourselves that seriously.
Anyway. I hope you like that joke. It’s a bit of a dad joke, but it’s funny nonetheless.
So, today’s expression, todays expression is, “to throw your hat into the ring”, “to throw your hat into the ring.” This one was suggested by Jangsher. So, thank you Jangsher who suggested this in the Aussie English Virtual Classroom Facebook Group. You guys can jump in there. Every Monday we suggest new expressions and then everyone votes on those expressions. And the winner is the one that I do for the weekend.
So, let’s go through and define the words in the expression “to throw your hat into the ring”, “to throw your hat into the ring.
So, “to throw”, the verb “to throw”. I’m sure you guys will know the verb “to throw”. This is to launch something, this is to propel something, with force through the air by a movement with the arm and hand. So, you pick up a ball and you throw the ball. If you’re walking your dog on the beach, you might pick up a stick and throw the stick. If you’re an aborigine living out in the wild, hunting animals, you know, a few thousand years ago, you might throw a boomerang to try and catch a kangaroo or maybe some birds. Ok? So, that is the verb “to throw.”
Synonyms for this verb include: to chuck, to turf, and to piff. “To piff” is one that I used all the time as a kid in primary school. Piff the ball over here! Piff it over here, mate!
“A hat.” “A hat” is a piece of clothing that you wear on your head.
So, other synonyms for a hat include: a cap. You could have a wide brimmed hat, if it’s a really sunny day. If you’re feeling incredibly dapper, you’re wearing a suit, and you’re from the 1800s, you might be wearing a bolo hat. If you’re in the Outback of Australia, out in the bush, out in the sticks, you might be wearing an Akubra hat, an Akubra hat. Think Crocodile Dundee. He’s not an Akubra-style hat that he wears. And if you’re an American going to a baseball game, you might wear a baseball cap. That’s the one with the brim just at the front. I think you will have seen me in some videos wearing a baseball cap.
The word “into”. So, this is a particle, guys. This is a particle that means for something to move within something else. “Into”. So, you might put something into something else, you might move something into something else, shift something into something else, or throw something into something else. I threw the ball into the air. I threw a boomerang into the air. I picked my hat up and threw it into the air.
And the last word in the expression, guys, “to throw your hat into the ring”, is “a ring”, and “a ring” in this sense is a boxing ring where boxers fight, you know? So, like Muhammad Ali or Floyd Mayweather. They fight in a ring, in a boxing ring, which funnily enough isn’t actually the shape of a ring, which is a circle, it’s the shape of a square. So, a boxing ring is the shape of a square.
Let’s define the expression “to throw your hat into the ring.” So, “to throw your hat into the ring” means to make or take up a challenge. So, to demonstrate one’s willingness to join an enterprise. Ok? So, a challenge. To take part in something, to get involved in something. That’s the meaning of “to throw your hat into the ring.” So, if I throw my hat into the ring, I want to be involved. I want to take part. Or I might throw my hat into the ring because I want to take up this challenge. I’m demonstrating my willingness to take part.
The origin of this expression is somewhat interesting. It originates from the early 1800s. So, 1800s. And, “ring” here refers to the circular space that appears within a crowd of onlookers, so a crowd of people looking on at this ring within the crowd, which may have occurred because two people are boxing, or two people are fighting. So, if they didn’t have “a ring”, per se, a boxing ring, and two people wanted to fight they wanted to box, if they’re doing this, often a crowd is obviously going to form around these two people. You might see this at high schools when two kids fight. A ring of onlookers, a ring of, you know, a crowd of people, will form around these two people. So, that’s probably where, funnily enough, that’s probably where the word “ring” comes from to me boxing ring, because before we had proper boxing rings it would have just been in a crowd.
Anyway. The origin of the expression “to throw your hat into this ring”, into the ring that forms in a crowd, it originated when you would have people who wanted to fight, and in order to sort of put themselves forward instead of trying to shout over the hubbub of the crowd, instead of trying to scream out, you know, “I’m interested. I want to fight. Let me box.”, they would take their hat off, and then throw it into the ring in the crowd. So, they would throw their hat into the ring to say that they wanted to fight. And more recently obviously, it’s become a way of expressing that you want to take up a challenge or get involved. Ok?
So, before we get into the examples, I wanted to mention a similar expression, “to throw in the towel” or “to throw the towel in”. This originates from boxing as well, and literally, it is for your coach to throw your towel, as the boxer, to throw your towel into the ring to say that you give up. You’ve been defeated. He’s said, “Look, you’re not winning. You’re getting smashed. There’s no chance that you’re going to win. You’re just going to get injured. You’re going to get knocked out.” So, he throws in the towel to show that it’s over. We give up. Our corner of the boxing match throws in the towel and we submit.
Figuratively though, “to throw in the towel” is to give up, to surrender, to submit, to concede defeat. So, I might use that, figuratively, if I’m at work, and I decide I’m giving up for the day. I want to go home. I throw in the towel and I go home.
So, don’t get it confused with that, guys. Ok?
Alright, some examples. Some examples of how to use the expression “to throw your hat into the ring.
So, number one. Example number one. Imagine you’re having a meeting at work where there’re tons of people, there’s a heap of people, who are being asked to volunteer to complete a certain task at work. However, completing this task is going to require that you and whoever else puts their hand up, whoever else volunteers to complete this task, you guys are going to have to stay late on a Friday night and continue with the hard Yakka at work instead of going out with your mates. Anyway. You decide you’re keen to do this. You decide you’ll put your hand up, you’ll take part, you’ll get involved, you’ll take up the challenge, so you throw your hat into the ring. Ok? You throw your hat into the ring and you say I’ll do it.
Example number two. Imagine you’re a plumber. And a cool kind of derogatory but funny slang term for plumber in Australia is “a dunny diver”, “a dunny diver”. So, someone who dives into dunnies, and “dunny” is a slang term for toilet. So, you’re a plumber, you’re a dunny diver, and you and your plumber mates are at work. You show up for the day. You show up to work. Your boss comes up to you guys and says, “Look, guys, we’ve got a really dodgy job today. It’s going to be a bad one. (It’s a) really smelly, messy job, but someone’s going to have to do it.” So, something’s gone awry in someone’s toilet, someone’s loo, someone’s dunny. Something’s gone bad, something’s gone wrong. And no one’s keen to put their hand up first, but you decide you’re not a wuss. You’ll throw your hat in the ring and take up this challenge. So, “I’ll do it, mate. It’s all good. I’ll throw my hat in the ring. I’ll take up this challenge.”
Example number three. So, you hanging out with your mates at a barbie. Ok? This time you’re a girl, you’re a woman, you’re a sheila, and all your mates are sheilas. Ok? so, “sheila” is a slang term for woman. So, you’re hanging out with your sheila mates at a barbie, a barbecue, having some snags, having a chat, maybe you’re drinking some champagne, you know, kicking back with your girl mates, your girlfriends. And you decide that you want to start a business selling lippy. And “lippy” is a slang term for lipstick. The stuff that you put on your lips, if you’re a woman, before you go out. So, you want to sell lippy, maybe other cosmetics and make-up products as well, and you ask your girlfriends if anyone is willing to chuck their hat in the ring, to throw their hat in the ring, and get involved. “Any of you sheilas want to get involved with this business plan selling lippy that I have?” One of the chicks says, “Yep! It’s totally up my alley. I absolutely love make-up. I love lippy. I love business. So, I’ll throw my hat in the ring and I’ll take part in this venture. I’ll take up this challenge of starting this business with you.
So, those are the examples, guys. I hope you get by now the expression, “to throw your hat in the ring”, which means to make or take up a challenge, to demonstrate one’s willingness to join an enterprise or start a venture, or to take part in something, or to get involved in something. So, it’s all pretty much the same thing. Ok? To throw your hat in the ring.
So, as usual, let’s go through and listen and repeat exercise, guys. Find somewhere quiet, find somewhere away from other people, if you don’t like practicing in front of other people, and practice your pronunciation as an Aussie just like me. So, listen and repeat after me guys and let’s smash this out. Let’s do this. Ok? Let’s do it.
Listen & Repeat:
I threw my hat into the ring.
You threw your hat into the ring.
He threw his hat into the ring.
She threw her hat into the ring.
We threw our hats into the ring.
They threw their hats into the ring.
It threw its hat into the ring.
Good job, guys. Good job.
So, that expression is pretty cool, guys. And I’m going to go over some stuff in today’s Aussie English Classroom with all the exercises and bonus content for this stuff, where we talk about the connected speech in “I threw my hat into the ring.” So, I would actually say that as, “I threw my hat into the ring”, instead of, “I threw my hat into the ring”. “I threw my hat into the ring.” So, there’s some cool stuff going on there, guys. If you want to learn how to break that down and how to pronounce all of that stuff like a native Aussie English speaker, make sure you join up to the Aussie English Classroom. It’s one dollar for your first month. Give it a go.
Anyway, before finishing up, guys, let’s do the Aussie English Fact, although today, it’s going to be a series of facts, a whole bunch of facts, a heap of facts all about Mark Brandon “Chopper” Read. So, about Chopper, the guy that we were talking about at the start of this episode. So, that was who the film Chopper was made about.
So, this guy is quite an interesting character. He was born on the 12th of November in 1954, and fortunately or unfortunately, he died in 2013. So, he grew up in Melbourne, in the suburbs of Collingwood, Thomastown, Fitzroy, and Preston, and unfortunately, he had a really horrible childhood, which isn’t a surprise with a lot of violent criminals. He was severely bullied at school and he got into hundreds of fights. He was sexually molested as a child, and he was placed in foster care. His parents were pretty full on. One of them was a soldier from the Korean War, and I think his mother was incredibly religious, a Christian. And he was put into foster care, moved around quite a lot, and then later in his teens, he was put into several mental institutions, and he even claimed that he received electroshock therapy, which is where they put electric probes on your head and shock your brain. So, (a) pretty full on childhood.
As a young adult, he became an accomplished street fighter. So, he became really good at fighting with his hands in the street, maybe kicking people as well. And, he was the leader of the Surrey Road Gang. So, he became the leader of a gang of other youths. He began his career robbing drug dealers. So, people who sell drugs. And these drug dealers were based in massage parlours in the Prahan area of Melbourne, and I assume they were probably also brothels where prostitutes work.
Crazily, this is a crazy fact too, he only spent 13 months of his time outside of jail between the ages of 20 and 38. So, less than one month of every year between the ages of 20 and 38 he spent outside of jail. And he was convicted for things like armed robbery, firearm offenses, assault, arson, he even impersonated a police officer, and he kidnapped a few people as well.
He started prison wars with his gang the notorious Overcoat Gang. He had the tops of both of his ears cut off by fellow inmates. And this was done on purpose because he wanted to leave H Division, which was the division that he was kept in in Pentridge Prison. And he wanted to do this to avoid being ambushed by other inmates, because of this gang war. So, he actually had another inmate, a friend of his, or at least someone he knew, cut the top of both of his ears off in order to be temporarily removed from that part of the prison in order to save himself, I guess.
A few other crazy facts. He got interviewed on 60 Minutes, a news show in Australia, and he played Russian Roulette with himself. That is where you put one bullet in a revolver, you spin the chamber, and then you put it to your head and pull the trigger. So, he actually did that in an interview on TV. And what’s worse is that he did the same thing again and ask the reporter if she wanted to play. She said no, but she still pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger. Fortunately, there was no bullet in the gun chamber and she survived.
Despite claiming to have killed 19 people in his criminal career, and attempting to murder a further 11 people, he was actually never convicted of murder. He never went to jail for the crime of murder. How crazy is that?
And he had his last interview two weeks before his death from liver cancer in 2013. Funnily enough, again, on 60 Minutes. So, he got interviewed two weeks before his death on there in which he confessed to committing four of these apparent 19 murders. So, he at least says he was a little more honest there and openly talks about four murders.
Anyway, he’s quite a character I really recommend that you check out the movie Chopper. Check out the actor Eric Bana. He’s got a great Aussie accent. He’s an amazing actor. And, I guess, also, I’ll include a few links in here for you to learn more about Chopper Read on Wikipedia, and I’ll also link the YouTube interview with 60 Minutes.
So, I hope you enjoy this episode, guys. I know it was a long one, but I hope it’s full of great content, great vocab for you to learn obviously about violent crime in this case, but interesting stuff nonetheless. And I will see you in the next episode. Catch you later, guys.
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By pete — 2 years ago
In this Like A Native episode of Aussie English I teach you guys how to use the phrase “Adjective + Enough for you?” when making a statement about unusual weather in order to strike up a conversation.
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Like A Native – Adjective + Enough for you?
Hey guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. I though while we’re on the topic of talking about the weather in Melbourne, which I mentioned in the most recent Walking With Pete episode, I thought I would teach you a common kind of phrase that is said in Australia. It’s probably said elsewhere as well, but it’s definitely said here quite a bit. And you say this phrase, and it’s the adjective such as “Cold”, “Hot”, “Wet”, “Windy”, “Humid”, etc + the phrase “Enough for you?”. So, for example, “Cold enough for you?”, “Hot enough for you?”, “Wet enough for you?”, “Windy enough for you?”. And this is incredibly common. My dad would always say this to me when talking about the weather, and usually when talking about the weather when it’s surprising or unusual.
So, I’ll give you some examples now of when you would use this kind of phrase.
Say you live somewhere and it’s usually really warm and really hot all year round, and one day it starts snowing. It starts snowing where you live even though it’s normally hot and warm. You could say to someone if you just met them in the street or if it was a friend or even a family member, you know, you woke up, you walked outside, there’s snow everywhere. You could say to them, “Geez! Cold enough for you?” and it’s short for saying, “Is it cold enough for you?”. So, sort of suggesting like is this… are you enjoying this? Is this cold enough for you?
Another example could be winter has just finished and spring has started but it’s an unusually hot day. So, you’re not expecting it to be a hot day because it’s the end of winter and the start of Spring, but it’s unusually hot, maybe it’s extremely hot. Say, 40 degrees Celsius. If you say, went outside and suddenly felt this heat and you saw someone in the street, someone you knew, it could be a complete stranger and you could be wanting to just start a conversation, and this is why people always kind of laugh at us [English speakers] for using the weather for something to talk about. You could say to this stranger, “Is it hot enough for you?”, “Hot enough for you, mate?”, “Hot enough for you?”. So, this is short for, “Is it hot enough for you?”.
Another example could be that it’s the middle of Summer and you’ve had a surprising amount of rain overnight. So, you went to sleep last night, you woke up this morning and it’d rained a whole lot overnight. SO, you wake up, you get out of bed, it’s overcast, it’s still raining, and everything is incredibly wet. There’s [there’re*] puddles outside on the footpath when you go for a walk. You could take a friend with you if you need to go to the shops or something. So, you’re both walking in the street and you could say to your friend, “Wet enough for you?”. So, it’s like, “IS it wet enough for you?”, “Have you also noticed that it is incredibly wet?”, “Wet enough for you mate?”.
And a last example could be you leave the house to go out with some friends, it’s incredibly windy, and there’s hair going everywhere from the wind, maybe you lose your scarf in the wind it’s that strong it’s blown your scarf away. When you meet your friends that you’re going out to meet in the street you could say to them, “Jesus, windy enough for you?”, “Windy enough for you?”, and it just means, “Is it windy enough for you?”, “Have you noticed how windy it is?” it’s kind of like it’s a joke, like, “IS this windy enough for you or what?”.
So, that’s a little expression that you can use to just have a bit of fun, to start conversations with people. This is definitely the kind of thing that if you meet a stranger in the street, you know, say you’re both waiting at a tram stop for a tram to come or a train or a bus stop and you’re waiting for a train or a bus to come, and there’s someone standing next to you, and you have unusual or surprising weather that day you could turn to them and say, “Adjective + enough for you?”. So, if it was really cold, “Cold enough for you?”, if it was really hot, “Hot enough for you?”, if it was really wet, “Wet enough for you?”, if it was really windy, “Windy enough for you, mate?”, and you’ll probably start a conversation there.
So, that’s that one for today guys. I hope you enjoy it and I’ll chat to you soon. All the best!
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By pete — 2 years ago
Expression: To Have A Blast/To Be A Blast
Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
I hope you guys have all been well.
It’s been a little while since I have specifically recorded one of these as a podcast episode.
So, hopefully the audio’s going to be a little bit better.
Until recently I’d been focusing a little bit, probably too much, on making videos and seeing how that would go with uploading them to YouTube, and it’s a very very long process.
But, hopefully you guys have been enjoying the different videos I’ve been uploading.
I’ve been doing a whole heap of Walking With Pete ones as well as expression ones and just other language learning tip videos.
So, if you haven’t checked them out yet definitely go over to YouTube and have a look.
In those videos, too, I’ve tried to include vocabulary for all the videos, specifically the vocab that I highlight and go over in the PDFs.
So, if you have any feedback for what you think of those videos and how I can improve them, or if you think they’re really good just let me know, because I always love hearing from you guys to sort of get an idea of what you’re enjoying and where to put my energy.
So, I always want to know where I can best put my energy in the podcast and create the best resources possible for you guys, particularly, these free ones that I give away to you guys that you can use at your leisure.
Anyway, today we’re going to go over the expression TO HAVE A BLAST or TO BE A BLAST.
TO HAVE A BLAST, TO BE A BLAST.
This one comes from Thibault, and he was talking to me on Facebook in the Facebook Members Group for the Aussie English Supporter Pack.
He was asking about what this expression meant.
So, I thought, “Oh, (it’s the) perfect chance to make an episode and upload it this week covering this expression.”
So, TO HAVE A BLAST or TO BE A BLAST.
We’ll go over the definition of the words in this expression first.
Obviously, you guys know TO HAVE, you know to possess, or TO BE when you are something.
I mean TO BE is a pretty hard one for me to define.
It’s such a basic verb.
So, they don’t really need defining.
But, A BLAST, A BLAST, it’s obviously a noun, and if you want to get really technical A BLAST is a destructive wave of highly compressed air that spreads outwards from an explosion.
So, I mean, most of the time I’m going to use this interchangeably with words like “an explosion”, “a bang”, “a boom”, when something goes off that’s A BLAST to me, A BLAST.
So, imagine you’ve got some dynamite, you light it, put it somewhere and it explodes.
You could say, “The explosion that went off, it was A BLAST.” or say you’ve got some C4.
You’re a soldier.
You’ve put it on a door somewhere because you’ve got to get inside, and you blow it up, and it goes off with A BLAST.
Or an atomic bomb, you know, imagine the Second World War when the atomic bombs went off in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
You could say that that was AN enormous BLAST, A huge BLAST.
So, TO HAVE A BLAST just means to have a great time, to have a lot of fun, or to enjoy doing something a lot.
And TO BE A BLAST is when a specific thing was great, was a lot of fun, was incredibly enjoyable.
So, it’s a pretty simple expression guys.
I’m sure you guys get it.
So, TO HAVE A BLAST is usually used to talk about something that a person has experienced, say, “I HAD A BLAST at the party last night.”
Whereas, TO BE A BLAST is usually used to talk about that something being a good experience.
So, “The party last night WAS A BLAST.”
So, there you go.
Three examples here of how you would use this expression.
So, going off that one we just mentioned, a party.
Imagine that you’re at a birthday party.
You have an amazing time.
All your favourite friends and family members are there.
You get, you know, really drunk.
You eat a lot of great food.
You hear great music.
The next day someone could be asking you, “Oh, man, how was that party last night? I heard you got to see all your friends. You had your favourite drinks there. It was awesome food. I heard the entertainment, the music was amazing. What’d you think?” and you could say, “Oh! The party WAS A BLAST! The party WAS AN absolute BLAST. It was great. I enjoyed it. It was amazing.”
Or, you could say, “I HAD A BLAST at the party. I HAD AN absolute BLAST at the party. The party WAS A BLAST. I HAD A BLAST at the party.”
A second example could be that you went on holiday to The Gold Coast.
So, for example, a lot of Melbournians and people from Victoria and in the south of Australia often go north for holidays.
So, we’ll go up the coast and enjoy better weather.
It tends to be a lot colder in the south and a lot more muggy and rainy than it is, say, in the north.
So, we go to The Gold Coast.
There’s lots of beautiful beaches there.
So, imagine you’ve gone on a holiday.
You’ve come back after two weeks away on The Gold Coast surfing, seeing heaps of people, going partying, whatever.
You come back.
You see your family and they see you all tanned and happy and like you’ve had a great time.
They might say, “Oh! How was the holiday? Was it good?” and you could say, “It WAS A BLAST.”
Or, they could say, “Did you have a good time?
Did you have a good time on your holiday?” and you could say, “Oh! Absolutely. I HAD A BLAST. The holiday WAS A BLAST. I HAD AN absolute BLAST on the holiday to The Gold Coast.”
A third example, just to finish up here, could be that you have travelled to Australia from Brazil.
So, g’day to everyone from Brazil listening to this podcast.
You’re a Brazilian.
You’ve come over to Australia, and you’ve tried surfing for the first time in Australia.
Although, that would probably be a little weird for Brazilians, because Brazilians are known for surfing and beautiful beaches.
Anyway, that aside, imagine they have come to Australia for the first time.
They have gone surfing for the first time down at Bells Beach.
Bells Beach is a beach along The Great Ocean Road, or I think, just before The Great Ocean Road in Victoria here.
And this is where we have like the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition each year.
You’ll see people like Mick Fanning, he’s a famous Australian surfer, and American surfers like Kelly Slater, often competing there.
So, you’ve gone surfing down at Bells Beach for the first time.
You had an amazing time.
You thought it was absolutely incredible.
You didn’t get killed by any sharks.
You didn’t get hit by any other boards, or injured in any kind of way.
You got out of the water after an hour of surfing, you know, and it was absolutely incredible.
You could say, “I HAD A BLAST surfing. Surfing for the first time in Australia WAS AN absolute BLAST. It WAS A BLAST to come here to Australia to Bells Beach to go surfing. The whole thing WAS A BLAST. I HAD A BLAST. It was amazing.”
So, that’s pretty much it guys.
I’m sure by now you get the sense of this expression TO HAVE A BLAST, to have a good time, to really enjoy yourself, or for something TO BE A BLAST, for that thing to be really enjoyable, for it to have been incredibly good fun.
So, to finish up here we’ll do a little listen and repeat exercise guys.
So, just listen and repeat after me and try and mimic my accent perfectly if you’re after an Australian accent.
Otherwise, just copy what I’m saying based on the words that I’m saying and use the accent that you’re after whether it’s a British accent or an American accent.
But if you want to copy me here’s your chance to do it.
So, listen and repeat after me.
Listen and repeat:
I had a blast.
You had a blast.
He had a blast.
She had a blast.
We had a blast.
They had a blast.
It was a blast.
And so now I’ll do that at natural speed.
I had a blast.
You had a blast.
He had a blast.
She had a blast.
We had a blast.
They had a blast.
It was a blast.
So, that’s it for today’s episode guys.
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I’m always trying to post things to get you guys engaged, to get you talking and to keep practicing your English.
Also, if you haven’t checked it out jump on the website at www.theaussieenglishpodcast.com and check out the free give away ebook and audio course that I have on there.
So, all you have to do is sign up for your email and you get access to my free ebook and audio course on An Introduction To Contractions In English Like A Native.
So, I teach you words like “Gonna”, “Wanna”, “Havta”, “Dunno”, “Doncha” and give you a bit of an introduction to contractions like a native.
How they do it as a native.
And one last little mention here guys, I have released the Aussie English Supporter Pack.
This’s been out for about a month now.
We’ve got quite a few people who’ve signed up and they seem to all be enjoying it.
So, the Aussie English Supporter Pack is premium transcripts for each one of these episodes.
So, I highlight all of the vocab that I go through in these episodes.
I also give you a lot of bonus exercises.
So, you get like a vocabulary list to fill out.
So, all of the highlighted words and difficult phrases in the text are all listed in a table for you to fill out.
I also give you audio and written substitution exercises, and I often go over phrasal verbs and other idioms and collocations that use prepositions, so other words that are commonly grouped together with prepositions.
I also give listening comprehension questions for each episode as well as language learning tips and tricks.
So, this’s also got a Facebook Members Group where you guys can jump across if you sign up, and we all work together to chat and tackle problems you might be having in English, and I just spend a lot more time there trying to engage with you guys.
So, if you want access to that group and you want access to these premium transcripts definitely check that out, and have a think about signing up.
You don’t have to, but it’s definitely something you can do if you want to take your English to the next level.
Anyway, guys, that’s enough from me.
I hope you guys have been enjoying these episodes, and I’ll chat to you soon.
All the best.
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