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How to eat Vegemite like an Australian!
Hey guys! Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today I thought I would make a video for you guys about how to eat Vegemite like an Australian. Vegemite is one of those things that is famously Australian and a lot of people try and eat this when they come here as foreigners, and they definitely do it wrong. And, even some Australians who really really dislike it, I think a lot of the time it’s just that they’ve never really had it correctly. So, I’m going to the shops as we speak, I’m going to the shops right now, and I’m going to buy some Vegemite, some bread, probably some butter or margarine, and I’m going to come home [and] make a video for you guys about how I would and how I would not eat Vegemite. And so, you may be wondering too, it’s a bit overcast, the sun’s not really out but actually today it’s about 30C. It is really really really hot. And in Australia we have incredibly high levels of UV, ultra violet light, UV. And so, I think Australia’s probably the country in the world with the highest rate of skin cancer for any population in the world. And so, that is why I’m wearing a hat, sunglasses on, I have a shirt on as well covering up my arms, and I’ve also got a little bit of sunscreen on, because you can never be too safe. You know, better safe than sorry. So, I don’t want skin cancer when I get older. Although, it’s something like a 2 in 3 chance before I get to the age of 70. And so, in Australia we say SLIP, SLOP, SLAP. SLIP on a hat, I think, SLOP on some sunscreen, and SLAP on a t-shirt. Something like that, but that’s one of those sayings from Australia. SLIP, SLOP, SLAP. Anyway, I am almost at the shops. [It’s] time to get our Vegemite on. I thought I would also show you these streets guys. I really really love these streets in North Melbourne that have gumtrees all the way up the street. So, you’ll probably be able to see behind me here that there are probably about a dozen or so gumtrees lining the middle of this street. So, this is the median strip and then you’ve got gumtrees in the middle. Beautiful. Alright, so, here we are at the shops. Let’s go and find some Vegemite. Bingo! This is exactly what we were looking for. And now for some butter. I’m a big fan of olive oil spread. I don’t know why. I think it’s healthier. It’s probably a bit lame but I’m not a massive fan of butter, and as you can see there’s quite a bit of choice here, but I think I’m going to go the classic Olive Oil Spread. Now to find some bread. And again, I’m a bit of a fan of wholemeal. So, we’ll get some of that. Alright, so, we got the goods, bread, margarine and Vegemite. So, this is obviously just going to be the basics, the basic idea of having Vegemite on bread with margarine or butter, whatever it is that you like having underneath it as a spread. I might also do an episode in the future where I talk about the different kinds of, I guess, mini recipes that you can have with Vegemite, because a lot of people have things like cheese with them, they’ll have avocado with Vegemite, they’ll also have Vegemite on biscuits. When I was a kid that used to be one of those school ground treats that you would have where you would get small savoury biscuits like Savoys, I think is one of the brands here in Australia, and you would put Vegemite and/or butter on these and have them at lunchtime or recess during primary school or high school. So, again, I’m just in the street walking home, and I’m pretty pumped. I guess we’ll see how this goes. It’s been a while. I don’t really have Vegemite quite often. I used to love it as a kid, but I don’t really eat much bread anymore, strangely enough. And so, as a result I don’t really have much Vegemite. So, it’s going to be a blast from the past for me. It’s going to have been a few years since I’ve really gone to town and had a lot of Vegemite, but let’s do this! So, am I going to be nice or am I going to be mean? Do you want the small one of the big one? Small. Small. Johnny gets the big one huh? Can I do just a little fingernail, a little sliver? So, this is how not to eat Vegemite, but you guys have both signed up for… What you want me to take a… Yeah, yeah go for it! I want to see… We’ve got to get your reaction. We’ve got to get your reaction. Here we go. Crack that seal. So what does it smell like? It smells like… Yeast extract. Yeah, it has a yeast smell. It smells like hotdogs. And what would you say, like, most people who try Vegemite, why do they get it wrong? They don’t eat a lot of it, but like it’s… It’s good with avocado, huh, and cheese? I actually had it with Vegemite a little while ago, avocado, and it actually does. It’s a weird pairing. But it’s pretty bad by itself? By itself it’s like… A little bit of butter maybe… It’s like eating a stock cube, you know what I mean? Like, that’s the best kind of thing I’ve thought about Vegemite. But like, hotdogs. I think of hotdogs, I think of mustard. And so how do you think this is going to go? You’ve just taken a little teaspoon of that. This is definitely… It’s disgusting… This is definitely what you’d recommend not doing right? …I’m not going to eat that. You reckon you could finish that? That’s a heaped spoon, as they say in the business. I don’t think I should. I reckon you got this. So, give us a review. What’s that like? The power, already. It’s not, like… There’s other foods that are more disgusting. Like in Sweden they… I think it’s Sweden they do like this fermented fish. That I was in the same room when it was happening and it stank. So, this is a close second, is it? Nah, it’s not even close. The fish, the fermented fish. I can’t remember what it’s called but it’s gross and yeah you had a little bit on bread. The Swedes do it that way. But, this is just a concentrated amount. There you go. John’s just taken a mouthful. How’s that go? It’s not too bad. Not too bad? Yeah, as long as you don’t coat it in there. It’s better than I thought. It’s disgusting. How much did you put in? A whole spoon. I just coated the edges. It’s good. Look what John did [compared] to me! That’s a good metric there. Show me! What’s he done? John’s gone a bit soft. You did a heaped spoon. You finished the whole thing! That’s pretty impressive! So, that’s how not to, how not to eat Vegemite. It’s really horrible. It’s still in my mouth. I haven’t eaten it. Show me your teeth. That’s intense. You’ve got to finish it. Come on Phil, swallow that! You’re allowed to take a mouthful of beer. Yeast with yeast! How did that go? It’s still there. Not your first choice? I tried swallowing it all but it just like become swirled and viscous. More viscous, or whatever. You know, like became like… you put it in with some bolognese or something. Alright. It just gets out there. So, that was Vegemite and how not to eat it. We’re going to have to go inside now and put it on some bread, I think, and we’re going to have to use some margarine, butter. Do it properly. Either/or. And show you guys how to eat Vegemite correctly. So, we get some bread out and we’ll go over to the toaster. I guess we can do… Woah. Two for one! We can probably do four bits, huh? We’ll get two bits out. Depending on the toaster’s size. Yeah, this toaster’s a beast. Turn it on. Alright, so we’ll let it sit there until it pops out. The toast’s popped. This is going to be hard with no hands. So… So, the basic idea is obviously get some margarine or some butter and put that on the bread. I don’t know if it sort of softens it up to some degree. Let’s see if we can do this quick. Got to do it while the bread’s still warm. Alright, let’s smash this out. Boom! Ok, and now here’s the trick. Here’s the trick. Just a little bit. Just a little bit. A little bit. And you spread that whole little bit over the entire bit of bread. Just a tiny tiny little bit, a tiny tiny little bit. And see when you get these big chunks you take that off, you take that off. [It’s] too much, too much. Just a little bit. Alright, there we go. Are you ready to try this Phil? I reckon I am man. Alright. Too nice. It’s been a while since I’ve had one of these. Oh, it’s good, it’s good! Mmm! The olive oil went better than expected, Pete. Yeah, it’s good. It just tastes like margarine. Pete, used a margarine that was made of olive oil. Instead. Yeah, nah, there was… I used to buy it a lot, but I think that’s good. I like it when the toast is very hot and ready to go. I guess too, the thing is that most people eat this kind of, you know, food expecting it to be pretty sweet, but this is incredibly salty. For those of you who haven’t tried Vegemite, it is incredibly salty. So, this is a very very savoury thing to eat. Absolutely! It’s not sweet at all, at all! And so, it definitely is weird if you eat this with also having jam and other things on toast at the same time. But, overall, that’s the trick. Make sure you put margarine on it. Make the bread nice and soft. And then use a tiny tiny tiny tiny bit on the end of your knife, and spread that the whole way across the bread, as opposed to thick like Nutella. That’s a sure way to have a bad time. Absolutely. …to have a bad time. Absolutely. So, yeah. Cheers!
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By pete — 2 years ago
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WWP: Productivity, following your gut and primary school education
Hey guys, how’s it going? I’m just hanging out in the park today and trying to do as much as I can for the podcast, and just expressing myself a lot at the moment. I don’t know. I’m doing a lot of different things that I feel like doing. I’m sort of in the mood. I’m trying to fix the roof while the sun’s shining, I guess. As we sort of chatted about in that previous episode where I was talking about JFK’s quote, “The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining.” Hold on a second. [I] needed that. [I’ve] gotta stay hydrated. So, where were we? What were we talking about? So, yeah, the time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining, and I guess I’m trying to apply that at the moment with the podcast and with helping you guys and with creating content. This weekend I’ve felt incredibly productive and I’ve just tried to put a few different things on the back burner, as we say in English. So, putting French on the back burner. Putting Portuguese on the back burner. Even putting the gym and jiu-jitsu on the back burner to some extent so that I can focus more on the podcast, because I’ve just been in the mood. I’ve just been in the mood to do it, and I think, again this is sort of me chatting to you guys before I’ve actually, you know, sat down and thought this idea or this sort of chat out and written down an idea about how to go… go through it concisely, but… excuse me. I guess I wanted to say that one of those really important things that I’ve found in recent years is really going with your gut. “Going with your gut” in English is when you trust how you feel in your gut, in your stomach. If you “go with your gut” it’s that idea of you have a certain feeling inside of you that you want to do a certain way, you may want to react to a situation. Maybe you want to go to a certain university and do a certain course. Maybe it’s medicine. Maybe it’s biology. And perhaps a lot of people are saying you should do something else. It’s a better idea to do this. It’s a better idea to do that. But your gut, or your gut instinct, is telling you otherwise. It’s telling you that “Actually, if I follow my dream of being a poet. If I follow my dream of being a real-estate agent, even though a lot of people aren’t going to like it, maybe they won’t agree with me, maybe they’ll be thinking it’s a bad decision, it’s a bad idea. I think in my gut that is what I’m going to enjoy the most. That is what I’m going to find is the most fulfilling for me. And, that is what I’m going to ultimately regret not doing if I don’t actually do this now and in the future.” And so, I guess I’m sort of applying that same attitude at the moment with trying to be productive. I’ll try and get this shadow off me. With trying to get a lot of these things done. So, like, at the moment I’m trying to do as much podcast work as I can for you guys, and I’m trying to give myself a bit of a break, not be as strict on myself with regards to trying to get all of my language practice in, all of my gym practice in, and just doing what I feel like doing, when I feel like doing it. And it’s definitely made me feel a lot happier recently, and a lot more prouder of my efforts, I guess. You know, it’s always good when you feel like doing what you’re doing. How’s it going? So yeah, where were we? At the moment I’m just trying to do that. I’m just trying to fix the roof when the sun’s shining. When I feel like doing a certain thing I just… I go and do it and see what happens, and at least until recently I haven’t regretted making any of the those decisions. I can always come back and do more French and more Portuguese when I feel like doing it. And I feel like all the effort that I’m putting in will eventually pay off with regards to the podcast. So, I definitely think that it’s one of those things that you guys can always apply to anything in your life especially if it’s going to be incredibly productive in the long run. It’s hard for me at times to do podcast episodes, and to sort of force myself to sit down, and I really don’t like doing that. When I don’t feel like I’m in the mood to do something I know that the job isn’t going to be as good a job as if I had skipped that day instead of forcing myself and decided to wait until it was going to be a really nice time, that I felt really into doing that podcast episode, for example. So, yeah, it’s really funny how that works and it kind of… it’s… it kind of transcends everything in productivity with regards to human nature I think. Whether it’s at work and, you know, you have a certain job that you need to get done for the day. A lot of the time employers are going to want their workers to be there for a set amount of time and get that job done whether or not the workers are enjoying what they’re doing. Whereas, it may be actually a lot more efficient and pay off in the long run for the employer and for the company if they get the workers to work less time but when the workers, you know, may feel more into it, may want to do it, and may be more productive. So, instead of working 8 hours from 8 O’clock in the morning until 4PM in the afternoon without a break maybe one of the workers is most productive at night, you know, between the hours of 4AM and 6AM, and he only likes working 6 hours a day, that’s when he works at his best. And so, you could say that obviously if he can get more done doing that you should find a way to allow him to do that. And it’s sort of the same that I’ve seen recently with chatting to different people about primary school education, especially in different countries. And it seems like the countries with less time emphasis on children being at school end up having better programs and better educational outcomes where the children actually learn more and exceed the abilities of other children that go to other primary schools in other countries that force the kids to study for longer. So, in Australia, for example, primary school and high school for me was always from about 8:30 in the morning until 3:30PM in the afternoon, and you would have maybe an hour off during the day across 2 or 3 breaks. But other than that there would be usually along the lines of 2 or 3 big chunks of learning in the day there, maybe even 4. And so, it is funny where you see that obviously Australia’s education system is ok. We do alright. But then you see countries like I think Finland, for example. And I was talking to some Dutch girls yesterday who were telling me about their setup in Holland, or in the Netherlands*, where they have incredibly shorter school days and yet the kids are way way way better when it comes to productivity because it’s obviously channeled and focused. Anyway, I’m sort of talking about a lot of these basic ideas that sort of tie back into “Fixing the roof when the sun is shining”, and I guess it’s that ultimate idea of getting the work done when you best feel up to it. When you best feel that you can do it. When you’re motivated. When you’re pumped. When you’re really really feeling that inside… I don’t know. I don’t even know how to explain it, but you know when you wake up and you could work for 4 hours from 4AM until 8AM and smash it out and get a lot done. Whereas, if you had slept in and woken up at lunch time you may not feel up to it. So, I’ve been trying to do that with the podcast and just keep doing what I feel like doing when I feel like doing it, and creating content for you guys. And I mean, I know I’m sure it’s not perfect and I’ll learn and I’ll keep tinkering away and keep trying to improve it, but I think the only way to really improve is to just keep producing things… These damn flies! …to keep making things, to keep making errors and to keep improving on those errors. So, anyway, this episode’s almost gone for 10 minutes and I’ve almost done a complete lap of the park. I hope you guys enjoy it and I’ll chat to you soon. Let me know what you think! So, comment on Facebook or comment on YouTube and tell me. Do you agree with me? Do you disagree with me? I’m up for a discussion. See you later guys.
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By Admin — 2 months ago
AE 509: Buying Second-Hand Stuff Online in Australia
What’s going on, guys? Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
I’m a bit sick today so forgive the voice, but I recorded this video the other day and I decided to put it up on the podcast as well, and it’s a video where I talk about buying second-hand stuff in Australia, so which websites to use, okay?
So, I’m going to put that on the podcast ‘cause I think it’s going to help a lot of you guys. Make sure, though, that you check out video on YouTube if you want to see a screen capture of me using these websites.
Anyway, let’s get into it, guys, and I hope you enjoy it.
What is going on, guys? Welcome to this video! Today I want to talk to you about buying stuff on the line, ok? Specifically, on Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace. Now, there is a lot of good stuff on here, second hand that’s good quality. Quite often you can buy and at a lower price, you can haggle with people, you can barter obviously on here as well, you can trade things even and you can even find things for free so, this is something that I’ve been using quite a lot in the last week trying to find furniture, trying to find cutlery, glasses, all kinds of stuff that I’ll need for the new house that Kel and I are moving into. So, that’s why I thought I would make this video of you, guys, to show you how I do that to hopefully give you some expressions or phrases that you can use too when bartering with people, bartering, when trading with people, trading, when haggling, that’s the word I was looking for, when haggling with people, right? When arguing or talking or discussing the price for something they’re selling. And I tell you what, never start at the price that they’re asking, ok? You’re not going to lose.
Alright, so, the first one he guys is Gumtree. Now, I love this website. I absolutely love this website. It is amazing, I’ve sold things on Gumtree and I have bought a lot of things on Gumtree including equipment for the podcasts and for a lot of other stuff.
So, I think Gumtree is amazing, gumtree.com.au, is the web site. I’m already here. What do you do? So you are obviously looking for something in the case that you’re trying to buy something, try to search for something that you would like to get. So, there is I’m looking for in this search space here. You can alternatively open up the window down the side here and select category, you know, cars and vehicles, you can find cars here, clothing, jewellery, community, electronics and computer Home and Garden jobs. People have jobs on here, miscellaneous goods, pets, Real Estate services for hire, sport and fitness and even tickets so, I’ve been looking a lot in the home and garden, will open that one up, ok. Hopefully it’s going to open up, oh no, I’ve selected it. And then you will type in the thing year after so, you can obviously see here that there are a lot of options that you can select from. Maybe you will go with dining tables, ok?
You’ll also see it on the side here the area that I want to search, obviously, it’s not so helpful if I’m looking for a dining room table and it is in Cairns, 2.500 kilometres North of where I currently am so, it depends on the object you want. Obviously, if it can be sent by mail, you can buy it on here. We’ll talk a bit about how I would do it if from getting it by mail, but for now let’s imagine that we are looking locally, so, near Geelong.
I find the place, all of these and the same, really. Geelong you can do it by postcode so, close that, and then you can select how many kilometres around that area you want to expand the search results so, maybe I want to go 50 kilometres around Geelong, ok? Or round the postcode 3 2 2 0. So, I hit search and let’s see what comes up. Here we go. Alright so, we had like one thousand tables for sale. 1000 ads of tables that are in the Geelong area so, you can obviously just keep scrolling through. They are in no particular order, but you can order them so, you can go up here sort by most recent, best match, cheapest, most expensive, nearest to me, ok? So nearest to me should be closest to the search location that you’ve put in there, so Geelong. Let’s just do cheapest. So, to start with the cheapest and it will go down all the way to the most expensive and usually when you do that. So here it’s got ads that have been sponsored I think. Cheapest. It’ll start with all the free stuff, right? So you’ve got free dining table and chairs, table dining room desk or side table free, six seat dining table free, tables and chairs free. So, all of this stuff is free and you will see there’s there’s a few here for a dollar, a dollar, five dollars, ten dollars, ten dollars, okay?
So, you get the idea of sorting it that way. On the side here you’ll see the location. So, if we go to the top here, where was it? Here, the very first one is in Point Cook, 43 kilometres on the other side of Geelong, Moonee Valley, Geelong city, that’s nearby, Werribee that’s a bit of a drive. Maidstone that’s a bit of a drive so, you’ll see what I mean. They give you a location you can sort of get an idea in your head of where the place is, but when it’s just let’s just click on one, ok? Dining room table. Eight to 12 seats so, you’ll see up the side here the name of the person, how long they’ve been on Gumtree, you can send them a message, you’ll see photos here, you can make them an offer and they’ll also have their phone number here quite often so, you could call them and ask or send them a text and ask about the product and if it’s still up maybe I want to offer them a certain amount of money or less than what they’re selling it for, although this one is free so, I can’t really offer them negative 5 dollars, you know pay me to take it away!
Down the side here you’ll see the location, which you can click on and it’ll show you where that it’s so, that you can obviously know where you have to go, if you gonna pick it up and there’ll be a description down here too. Quite often they’re pretty short. So, in excellent condition, you could have… you could have it as eight seater or 12 so, you could have eight seats or 12 seats and it looks like that is literally it, just this table. Ok? So, Sobar is obviously selling this or well, asking for it to be picked up, it’s free. You can open up send message and there’ll be an automatic message here, which is hi, whoever the person is, I’m interested in whatever the ad is. Is it still available? And if so, when and where can I pick it up? Cheers. You can send a copy of this to yourself and then you can hit send here and the person will get the message and quite often they’re pretty quick if the thing hasn’t been sold or picked up, quite often they’ll e-mail you back relatively fast.
Also, if for example you are trying to buy something as opposed to getting something for free so, imagine I’m looking at this dining room table, which is they want 10 bucks for it. This one has more images so, I can get a better look at it. There it is, but here is the priceand I can type in whatever I want. So, maybe I want to offer them five bucks. You’d then go go and it will send them that offer. Usually they’ll get an e-mail or they will get an e-mail and usually they’ll get back to you relatively quickly with yes/no blah blah blah. You know, whether they’re up for that price or not.
So, I wanted to give you a few phrases for what I would say. In fact, I might do that after we’ve checked out Facebook Marketplace so, let’s do the same here. Alright. Imagine you are looking for tables on Facebook Marketplace. So, all you need to do is go to Facebook, go to the search here and type in Facebook Marketplace or marketplace and then this will come up, this section on Facebook so you can sell stuff on here you can buy stuff on here. You can do a lot of other things, obviously, organizing it by price. You can search locations, you can do within a certain area around that location, just like Gumtree, it’s really good and you can also go through categories so, maybe I’m going home and garden and this should have everything related so what have you got it, tools, furniture, garden, appliances, household, everything related to those things and hopefully, hopefully it loads up. So, you hit that and up will come all of the different things that are being sold under that category.
So, again you can just see the free things if you’re interested in that by clicking only show free listings here and there show you all the stuff that people are getting ready for free. So, you obviously have to go and pick these things up at least what I’ve searched here because it probably won’t fit in the mail. So, if though I want to say such a price range of $140 to 200 bucks and check that, uncheck that, $140 – $200 buck, enter, and there we go. All the things for that price so, again you can click on it there should be all the relevant information there for you. If I click on the ad you’ll be able to, I guess, contact them so you can ask for details here you’ve got the person who’s selling it. And that is about it.
Some really good phrases to use. Some really good phrases to use, though, guys. Ok, so typically I don’t offer people the amount that they’re asking for to begin with as a rule. If they aren’t going to negotiate on the price they will generally say I’m sorry, but it’s this amount. Ok? Usually, though, most people have a starting price that they have begun with, especially with second hand goods, and you can get them down quite a bit quite often depends on the thing. But this is the kind of thing I would say ok, so usually I will go to ask for details and I’ll write a message saying something enthusiastic, something showing that I really like it. I really want that thing that they’re selling, but I mean I’m willing to pay this amount. So, I would say for instance for this table ”I absolutely love the coffee table. Is it still available? And then I’d say phrases like ‘How about $100 bucks?’ So they’re asking $150 here. How about $100? How does $100 dollars sound? So, how about $100 bucks? How does $100 dollars sound? Could you do it for a hundred dollars? Could you do it for $100 dollars? What would you say to one hundred dollars? What would you say to a hundred dollars?
So, those are some pretty good phrases that you can do it to at least get things started. You’re then get a reply usually, they’ll say if it’s been sold or not or they’ll say look I can’t really do it for that price. Maybe they’ll say it’s non-negotiable. It’s $150 bucks. Take it or leave it. They might say take it or leave it as in accept it or decline it. You can have it for that amount or you can just go away or they might offer you something above that amount so, they may say look I can do $130 bucks or they might say How about $130 bucks? Or could you meet me at $130 dollars? As in 150 is here, that’s their starting price, hundred bucks is here and you offered that and they want you to meet them in the middle at a hundred thirty dollars, ok? That’s a common one as well. The last option is that they will just accept it and they will say alright we got a deal and then you’ll have to organize either picking the thing up so, you’ll get an address from them or a phone number from them and usually a time when it’s available for you to go around and get the thing and I guess, generally, I would say pay for it in cash. So, pick the thing up and pay for it either in cash, give the person cash or transfer the money once you’ve looked at the thing and you see that it is what you want. Ok? That’s what I would do with things that I’m picking up, don’t pay for it before you go and see it, make sure it’s something that you want and then pay for it when you put it into your car or maybe give them the money beforehand and then put it in your car and go home. Everyone’s happy, right?
Now, If I’m doing this with things that are getting sent to me in the mail you do have to be careful because you can… the option is that you send all the money to someone you’ve never met and you hope they send you the item, but I’ll tell you about two things that I’ve done recently. Ok, first is that I have done that in the past when I’ve had the person’s Facebook, their name, their phone number and even their address that I’ve just sent them all the money I’ve taken that responsibility on myself given them the benefit of the doubt and hope that they send the goods and the thing that I did that with for example was on Gumtree when I bought my 7D Mark II, the camera that I have, Ok? And that was about eight hundred fifty dollars. So, I actually gave them the lot, I sent them everything, which thinking about it now probably wasn’t the best ideas, but the person was trustworthy and they sent the camera and I got it. They will usually go to the post office. They will take a photo of the thing and they will send that to you as proof that they have sent the item.
I don’t recommend this. It’s just what I’ve done in the past. If I really want to save a lot of money and I can find the thing, but it’s not within driving range. So, that camera for example came from Perth, which is on the other side of Australia and there was no way I could drive there. So, that’s what I would do. The other story here was that I bought headphones recently and I bought something else recently for the podcast as well, but what I did was I gave them half the money to begin with. I then asked for a photo of them in the post office sending the parcel and only after I had seen that did I send them the rest of the money and I also got a name a phone number and often their Facebook or some other kind of address, right? So, again, I don’t recommend that. Obviously, if you can find something close by that you can go and see physically, that’s a lot safer. You won’t have the risk of having money taken from you and not receiving the goods that you want. But that’s kind of the trade off if you find a good deal and it is not within driving distance and you can’t get there, it’s going to cost too much to get there. That’s the sort of way of doing it. That’s sort of way of doing it and being as safe as possible, right? So, you kind of have to decide whether or not you feel like you can do it whether the situation seems good, whether you’re comfortable doing it. But that’s just one option. Ok?
Anyway, those phrases I hope they will help. I really recommend, though, bartering or at least I really recommend haggling, though, because you’ll save quite a bit of money I think for instance the camera I saved I got half price and it was nearly new. So, I almost saved $1.200 dollars instead of buying it new. The headphones I got for probably $100 less than when they were new. And again each time I save probably up to 50 bucks, 50 dollars.
Another thing you can do when haggling is offer them low if you’re going to have the things sent to you and then go back to their price and ask them to include postage. So, imagine they’re sending something or they’re selling something for $150 dollars and you offer them $100 dollars and then they say look I really want $150 bucks. You might say ok, I’m willing to pay a hundred fifty dollars, but can you include postage? Meaning can they pay for the postage, ok? And quite often when you have that kind of discussion they’ll be like alright I’ll do that. You know, I haven’t had too many people tell me just a flat out no. So, I hope that helps, guys, don’t forget those kinds of phrases like ‘can you do it for $50 bucks? How about 50 bucks? What do you say to $50 bucks? or is $50 bucks okay?” Those are some really good phrases that you can use there when starting that haggling negotiation over price and then often you’ll hear things back like ”I’m sorry, I won’t budge. I won’t budge on the price” or I’m sorry only go as low as..” certain amount or I can only do this amount or they may even just say yes, you’ve got a deal. When are you going to come and pick it up? Ok? So, anyway, I hope this video helps guys, make sure that you stay safe. Don’t put yourself in any kind of risk that you’re not comfortable with doing and just, yeah, I hope you get some good deals on Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree. Good luck!
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In this episode of Aussie English I interview Christian from Canguro English about moving to Spain and becoming an English teacher.
AE 347 – Interview With Canguro English:
An Australian English Teacher In Spain
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. How ya going? What’s been going on? I hope you guys have been going well and enjoying your week. It’s a Wednesday, and I think I’m going to try and release interview episodes each and every Wednesday. So, today’s episode is with Christian from Canguro English. If you don’t know Canguro English, definitely do a search for it on YouTube. The links will be below, but it’s C-A-N-G-U-R-O English. So, Canguro there I think is spelt the Spanish way. But, Christian is an absolutely amazing online teacher. He has his own academy in Spain, in Galicia, I believe. And we have a really good chat today about him, where he was born in Australia, what happened when he moved to Europe, he moved to Spain, and we also get into the nitty-gritty of teaching English as well as learning English. And there’s some really good stuff in there on confidence and how to speak more confidently. So, I know that you guys are going to get a lot out of this interview. Sit back, grab some food, grab a drink, grab a cuppa, get some tea, get some coffee, and enjoy today’s interview, guys. Let’s go!
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Pete: All right. Christian, thank you for joining me, man. Christian from Canguro English. Welcome to the Aussie English Podcast.
Christian: Hello. It’s a pleasure to be here. Thank you very much for inviting me. I appreciate it.
Pete: No, no, no. I’ve been dying to get you on for a while. I guess, let’s just start from the start. Tell me about you and just tell me your story. Give me the story in a nutshell. I think it’s going to be a good ride.
Christian:If only my wife thought so. OK. The story. OK. So, I was I was born in Perth in Australia, and when I was 20 years old I met this English girl who was backpacking in Australia, and she had a one year visa, and when that visa expired she had to leave Australia and go back to England. And so, I had to make a decision. I had to make a decision to either stay in Australia and say goodbye to her or go with her. So, for the first time in my life I packed a suitcase and left and went to England. And, you know, for me, you know, coming from Perth, which at that time was quite a small, you know, small sort of city, and then arriving in London was a big shock. And I remember the first morning after I arrived, I opened the windows, because I arrived at night, and in the morning, open the windows and I turned to my girlfriend, and I said to her, “What’s that grey thing in the sky? What is all that?”. She said, “That’s clouds, Christian, clouds.”. But, because all of my life I had only ever seen white fluffy clouds. And… but this was… I called it the sheet of grey. It was just a continuous, just grey cloud that just stretched to infinity, and I’d never seen anything like it.
Pete: That’s crazy.
Christian:And then, so basically… yeah it was… And, you know, it was a continuing feature of life in England. So, I lived… we lived together in England for seven years, and then after that we moved around a lot. We went back to Australia. And then in 2010, we came here to Spain, which is where I now live and work as an English teacher with my own academy. I mean, the story of how I actually started teaching English is a bit, I don’t know, one of those… you know, one of those happy accidents in life. I was… we decided to buy a house. It was a ruin, and absolute ruin of a house that had four walls, basically.
Pete: No roof.
Christian:And we decided… no. Well, it had a roof, but not a roof as you and I know it, Pete. It was more of a rustic… just… I think it was actually asbestos. I’m probably going to die simply from being near it.
Pete: So, did you just trade it for a tarp, did you? A tarpaulin.
Christian:Well, actually, no. We… because we just… we bought this house and we decided to renovate it. So then, we lived in a caravan for… during the renovations. And so, we were living in this caravan and then one night this set of headlights came down the driveway, and we were like, you know, what is this? Who is this person? I think, ’cause it was Spain. It was really late. And, in Spain people will come and visit you at 11 o’clock at night. No problems, you know.
Pete: Are they going to take our walls?
Christian:Damn gypsies! Taking the walls! And so yeah, and so these headlights came down the driveway, a guy came and knocked on the door of the caravan, and said, “Hey! I heard that you’re English. I need your help, because I’m going to work on a boat as a… I don’t know, some sort of technician on a boat. And I need to improve my English. So, can you help me?”. And that was it. And so, I helped this guy with… you know, and I knew nothing about the English language.
Pete: Well except for the fact that you were an expert in using it.
Christian:Well, this is the thing, and you know, this is a thing as well, and I know that this is off topic, but, you know, there are a lot of teachers out there who are not native speakers, who are incredible teachers, you know, and they are discriminated against simply because they’re not native speakers, you know.
Pete: That’s the thing though. I mean I had a story like that when I… This is an embarrassing admission. I used to do fencing.
Christian:Excellent. Tell us!
Pete: I used to do fencing when I was in high school, right? So, I was training to be.
Christian:Wait a second. Do you mean fencing like with swords or putting up fences?
Pete: No with swords. Yeah, so, I used to do some sword fighting, although it’s not as sexy and romantic as it sounds. But, I remember having a really average teacher who didn’t… he wasn’t that skilled, but he was amazing at teaching. And then, I also had once a lesson from someone who was a Commonwealth champion, and it was the worst lesson I’d ever had, because she just… she could do it but she couldn’t tell me how!
Christian:Yeah, well that… and that’s the thing. And, you know, there are so many students out there, and all they want is a native speaker. But I was the same as you. You know, I have met so many native speakers who are terrible teachers, you know. Just speaking the language does not qualify you to teach it.
Pete: That’s it. I think the only thing that makes me a good teacher is that I am ready to say that I don’t know. Quite often. And then I’ll go find out.
Christian:That’s the… first step to enlightenment is ignorance, absolutely.
Pete: Hi, I’m Pete. I’m an alcoholic, and my English average.
Christian:I actually have a special technique, because, you know, every now and again a student asks me a question that… and I have no idea. You know. Yeah, I have no idea why. And sometimes I say, “I have no idea”, but, you know, at the end of the day we’re… you know, I’m running a business. It’s like maybe the first class or the second class, I can’t appear to be somebody who doesn’t know what they’re talking about. So, I say, “Listen, it’s complicated. I don’t have time to teach that right. We’ll do it in the next class.” And then when they leave, I can I went to Google and say, “What the hell.
Pete: That’s it. The next day they see you, you know, you haven’t had any sleep. You’ve got everything written down. You’re like, “It’s ok. I can answer your question.”
Christian:But now I understand the subjunctive in English perfectly.
Pete: I know, but that’s one of those things. It’s the funniest thing because it’s like… it’s… I think students prefer that too, because it’s honesty, and they can see that you’re a real person, and that you are… you know, you’re not trying to put on a facade of being an all-knowing magician. And then also, that you can then go away and use that as a reason to work it out and then better learn yourself as a result of having to look it up and understand it.
Christian:Absolutely. Yeah, look, absolutely, I mean, you know, every time someone asks me a question and I don’t know the answer, you know, I’m learning something. And yeah, it’s impossible… I mean, ’cause I’ve been making YouTube classes for two and a half years, and when I look back at some of my old classes, occasionally, if someone leaves a comment and says why is that like that?
Pete: Don’t do it. Don’t do it, man.
Christian:…and I look at the class and I don’t remember… Well, there’s that. But, I don’t remember some of the things that I taught in those classes, because, you know, it’s not something that you teach all the time, you know, you forget it.
Christian:And you’re right, you know, we’re not all-knowing major, you know. There’s a limited to the amount of things that a person can sort of know I think.
Pete: I know. Well, and that’s the beauty of it, right? And yeah, you have to keep reminding yourself of all these things, and keep them fresh in your memory. And that’s… I found the same thing. As soon as I started doing the live streaming… And I think it was inspired because of your classes. I only did it… (I) started a few months here on Facebook. But, all of a sudden, I had this question and answer time and I was like… the first time that happened I was crapping myself. Thinking… I’m like, they’re going to ask something that’s going to be… seem so simple, and I’m going to be there like, “Ehhh!?”.
Christian:Well look, I mean, it’s nerve racking. But yeah, throw yourself in the deep end, and it’s the fastest way to learn and.
Pete: Sink or swim.
Christian:It’s like you say some… sink or swim. People will ask you a question you don’t know, you find out, and then you know for next time.
Pete: Exactly. Exactly. So, how did you…
Christian:Yeah, so my…
Pete: You go.
Christian:Well yeah, I was just saying that, you know, my introduction into the world of teaching was just a happy accident, because I discovered something that I’m, you know, that I know now that I want to do for the rest of my life, purely by chance, you know.
Pete: It’s funny how that ends up, right? Like, I had the same thing happen with everyone asking me, “but you’ve just, you know, finished all this university study. Why aren’t you going to continue that?”. And it’s kind of like, ’cause it doesn’t fulfil me the same way that this does. And I don’t regret going through all of that because it led me here. If I didn’t do all those things I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. So, you know.
Christian:Exactly. It’s like, every decision in your life that you’ve made until now has led you to this point, you know?
Christian:And you know, there’s so many people out there that I think that are unhappy in their lives because they’re afraid to sort of, you know, to make a decision that might be against everything that they’ve done. But if you’re listening to this and you’re sort of not happy and, you know, you’re not sure what to do with your life, you know, I really encourage you to just keep trying different things, and just hope that one day, you know, you do come across something that you love. And, you know, that can change your life.
Pete: That’s it. Especially, when it helps other people at the same time. Far out.
Christian:Yeah, exactly. Exactly. And that could be fencing with a sword or fencing with actual fences, you know?
Pete: Yeah, that’s it.
Christian:I mean how many… I’m sorry.
Pete: No, you go, you go.
Christian:Well, I mean, How many different jobs have you sort of had in your life.
Pete: I’ve never actually had a full time job. So, I’ve been studying for the last.
Christian:Yeah, I know. Well, that’s it. My… I was sort of freaking out about it. I just had on my PhD in three months ago, and I’m waiting for it to come back. And, was sort of at that point of my supervisor having all these plans for me, and being like, “Well, we’ll hook you up with this, and we’ll get you a job in France, and you could do this”, and I’m kind of like, “Ehh… It’s not really where I see myself to be honest.” But, like terrified at the same time as telling him. And I remember asking my dad. I was like, “Dad, what do you reckon I should do? Like, I’ve started this Aussie English thing. I’m absolutely, you know, in love with doing that. And I could spend 18 hours a day doing this for free, and I enjoy it. Whereas, doing two hours of research kills me. And dad’s like, “Haven’t you worked it out yet, Pete? You are not the nine to five kind of dude.
Christian:Well, that is the thing, you know, I mean people… the same as you, you know, people say to me, you know, you have to stop sometimes. You have to just, you know, take a break and relax. But, if you love it, like if it’s your passion, then that is leisure for you. You know, that is relaxing and fun, and.
Pete: That’s it. You want me to take a break and be stressed out?!
Christian:‘Cause then I’ll have to clean the house, and, you know, that much worse than just learning about things, you know?
Pete: Exactly. So, what happened? After the guy obviously came and asked you for help, what was the link between that and then leading all the way up to you having the academy open and be teaching full-time.
Christian:Well, when… ’cause I live in the north of Spain, OK? So, when people think of Spain they think of, like, flamenco dancing, and, you know, Paco de Lucía playing the guitar, and sort of really hot weather, and beaches. But I live in the north. I live in the Ireland of Europe, basically. It really green and hilly, and there’s a really long winters with lots of snow, and because they were invaded by the Celts, then they have basically something which is identical to Irish dancing. But, instead of holding your arms down by your side, you hold your arms up in the air. But apart from that, it’s the same as like Michael Flatley in Spanish, right? Yeah. and they play the accordion they have a special type of accordion called the Gaita, which is, you know, this same. So, it’s like Ireland in Europe. And so, living in a place like this is like, compared to living in Australia, is like going back 30 years. So my.
Pete: Don’t tell them that.
Christian:????? is not. No, but like in a… OK, not in a… in some ways, absolutely, literally 30 years, but in other ways, I’m talking about, more about the sort of structure of society. So, people don’t do marketing, you know, online. No one has a website here. No one even really has business (cards)… cards. Yeah, no one has business
Pete: Still using stone tools?
Christian:Yeah. No one has business cards. It takes forever to write a letter.
Pete: They’re still living in that time where people know their neighbours, are they? They still know their neighbours, and…
Christian:Yeah, I mean, the word of mouth is incredible. Like, you know, marketing is done, you know, word of mouth. So within… sort of within a month of teaching this sort of guy, word had spread that there was an, you know, a native English person doing classes. And, so, soon I was starting to teach some more children from the area. And then we decided to open a small little, like, school in the nearest town to us, which has a much bigger population, ’cause we live right out in the country. Like, all of our neighbours are cows, basically.
Pete: And, their English is horrible, so you’ve got a lot of work.
Christian:It is horrible. Although, if you moo at a cow, it does actually moo back at you.
Pete: So, they’re polite cows.
Christian:I don’t know if they do that all over the world. If someone could test this. If someone, you know, in… maybe we can ask, you know, Adriana in Croatia if she can moo at some cows and see if they move back.
Pete: And see if there’s some societal differences.
Christian:Yeah. So then, I opened a small school, and we used to teach… I remember, I used to get super excited when we had six children. I was like, “Wow! We got six children, it’s incredible!” But now, yeah, now we teach anyone… anybody from sort of 2-years-old up to up to 99 and beyond.
Pete: Far out. And beyond?
Christian:And yeah, we teach… Well, no. I’ve never had anyone that old. But I’d be absolutely willing to do it.
Pete: (The) door’s open. Door’s open.
Christian:Doors open. If you’re over 99. I will teach you absolutely for free. Yes. So, now we teach hundreds of children and, you know, we have massive groups of adults, and yeah living the dream really, living the dream.
Pete: Wow. So, what is it like for Spanish speakers in the north of Spain coming to class and learning English? What are the difficulties that they face and are they… do they all have the same issues or is it always a different story with every single person that comes in?
Christian:I think, strangely enough, the problems are always the same, you know? And that’s something which I’ve been… which I’ve realised from doing life classes on YouTube and also doing my sort of.. my Facebook group where people can ask me questions, I realised that actually learners have pretty much, you know, the same problems all over the world, you know, as far as I can see.
Pete: Phrasal verbs.
Christian:But… Phrasal verbs, prepositions, confidence issues, you know, things like this. You know, I think it’s a universal experience. But, you know, specifically for Spanish speakers, something which is really odd and really frustrating for me is that they always have excellent grammar. You know, the way the Spanish education system works is it’s very heavily based on sort of teaching the technical aspects of the language. But, you know, students can go all the way through primary school, high school, and never actually just have a conversation. So, you know, you have students who can explain to me rules that I don’t even know about how English works, but, you know, I have difficulty introducing themselves… …fight against that.
Pete: Sorry, you dropped out there for a sec. What did you say, sorry?
Christian:I mean. And so I fight, you know, every day I sort of fight to convince people that actually grammar is just a part of language. You know, grammar is sort of 20% of the language, and the rest of it is all the other stuff. You know, vocabulary, confidence, you know, just being able to express yourself is sort of… is the key.
Pete: So, if you had someone like this come to you right now… Sorry to interrupt you, and say, “I’m great at grammar. I’ve nailed this. I know grammar back-the-front, but I suck at speaking. I suck at communicating.”, what would be your advice for that person as to how to overcome those issues as of today?
Christian:Well, I would say to that person, “Look. You know, congratulations because now I can save… We can save a lot of time, because now we don’t have to do any grammar. It’s done. You know, right now, you know all of the grammar that you ever need to know. So, that work is done. Congratulations. But, you know, I want you to realise that the only people who really need to know that much grammar are linguists, people who are going to actually use language as you know as it’s something to study. But, you know, we’ve had language for at least 65000 years.
Pete: Longer than that.
Christian:Yeah, and for a lot of that time, you know, it wasn’t written down even. (It) wasn’t even written down. It was only a tool for oral communication. And we’ve only been actually understanding and teaching grammar for, you know, a few hundred years. So, you know, let’s just remember for a moment why language exists, which is so that we can communicate with each other, express ideas, have conversations, laugh, cry, you know, fall in love. So, you know, the grammar’s done. Now let’s focus on that. So, tell me a story. You know, let’s have a conversation about something you’re passionate about. Let’s find out, you know, what you can do if you now go to Australia for a holiday, you know? Can you do all the things you want to do? Can you go to the supermarket? And can you buy a beer?
Pete: That’s it. He doesn’t care if you get the grammar right. He just wants to know, you know, what are you getting and how much money do you have to pay for it?
Christian:Yeah exactly. So, I would… and, you know, if that was my student I would never get a grammar sheet out ever again. We would just spend our time talking learning vocabulary, things like that, yeah.
Pete: And so, what would you say to the student who comes to you and says that they have confidence issues? ‘Cause this is… this just seems to be a universal trait that even I experience as someone who teaches a language, but likes learning languages. What can they do to build confidence or overcome confidence issues?
Christian:You know, I think that there’s two aspects, right? Because some people are naturally just not confident people. And that’s you know in their own native language as well, maybe they struggle, you know, to speak to people in public. And so, there’s that, you know, there’s one aspect, which maybe it’s your personality and that’s not going to really change just because you’re speaking in English, but if you’re… if you have confidence issues only when you speak in English, you know, I just want to remind you that really nobody cares. If you speak English really badly, nobody cares. And if you speak English really well, nobody cares, because all people want to do is just be able to communicate with you.
Pete: That’s it. It’s almost like the better you speak it, the less they care, because they don’t even notice. No one walks up to me and says, “Great job! Your English is phenomenal.
Christian:Exactly. And, you know, sometimes it’s worse. You know, for me the analogy is that… ’cause I’m a person who in my day to day life, you know, I don’t really take great pride in my personal appearance. Like, you know, I don’t care really about shaving everyday or how my hair is or what clothes I wear.
Pete: Showers, once a week. Yeah.
Christian:Showers, you know, optional. So, what it means is when I do put on… when I do take the time to, you know, wear something really nice and make myself look good, people are like, “Wow! He looks amazing.
Pete: That’s a sneaky trick.
Christian:A sneaky trick. But if you’re a person who looks great every day and one day people see, you know, with hair dishevelled terrible clothes, and they think, “Oh my god! What’s happened to him.
Pete: Are you homeless?
Christian:And it’s like with your English. You know, you have to… if your English is really good and you have a bad day, it’s worse. You want to have bad English and have a good day. People appreciate that more.
Pete: I’m going to have to start mixing it up. I’m going to have to start mixing it up. You know, start having some off days so I start getting some compliments.
Christian:I mean, really, nobody cares. Nobody cares. You know, all people want to do is communicate with you. And, like for example, I remember 10 years ago, I went on holiday in Egypt and I had a Lonely Planet, and in the back of the Lonely Planet was, you know, the little phrasebook, maybe 50 different phrases in Arabic. And they were simple things. Hello, good morning, how are you? please, and thank you, and I can’t remember the other things. And, I memorised maybe 10 or 15 of these phrases, and, you know, the people were just blown away. And it’s just something so simple. And, so, you know… that requires such little effort for such a great reward. So, you know, if you’re a person who can actually have even a most… the most basic conversation in English, then, you know, that blows me away, to get that far even. And I know that that blows other people away that other people appreciate it so much, you know, when you can even do the most basic thing. So, just, you know, look at the positive side I would say. That’s the key to confidence.
Pete: That’s it. I think you’re right. I think you just have to remember why you’re doing it. You’re there to communicate, and people like your enthusiasm. If you’re keen to really get across to the other person you don’t need to be correct for them to understand. I remember being in France when I was a teenager and I was a French student there with the class, and this guy chatted to us for like two hours, and I didn’t understand like 80 percent of what he was saying, but he just did it, because every now and then, you know, shined through, and I was like, “Oh! I actually understood what he said”, you know? And so, you still have a good time. He’s not there thinking, “God! These guys are idiots!”. Like,…
Christian:Well exactly. And isn’t that just magical when you do get that 20 percent? It’s like, “I understood what he said!”, you know.
Pete: That’s it. Exactly. Exactly. And you have to keep feeding off that. Keep reminding yourself of why you’re doing it and what your ultimate goal is. And if it’s a.
Pete: So that’s… yeah, that’s it.
Christian:Yeah, and, you know, I think know objective-based goals. You know, goals should be, “Can I…”, you know, “Can I…”, for example, “Can I go to the supermarket?”, “Can I order in a restaurant?”, you know? A goal shouldn’t be, you know, “Can I control the Present Simple perfectly?”, ’cause nobody cares about that.
Pete: Exactly, and well, with grammar my sort of, you know, motto is always learn the rules to forget them if you cannot learn them at all. Like, to do it, but just learn to do it so that you don’t have to think about it anymore, so that you can just ignore it and move on. And.
Christian:Yeah, I mean, you know, yeah, learning grammar is an essential part of the learning process. You know, you have to do it, but it’s not 100% of it, it’s just a part of it.
Pete: Exactly. And don’t focus on all of it, right? Like, I think, one of the other things I’m really always keen to tell people that I teach privately, I’m always like, “Just find your holes in…” like I imagine you putting your language together as a spider web that you’re trying to make consistent so that it catches any insect that comes by, right? Any insect that’s a conversation. And if you fill in your holes, which are unique to you, you know, you’re going to strengthen it, but you’ve got to identify where they are, and if they’re grammatical you just find whatever that issue is. Look it up. Sort it out. Move on. And then, you know, don’t just read an entire book or focus 100% on just learning every rule. You probably get 80% of it correct as it is.
Christian:I agree with you 100%. I think that’s a great analogy. The spider web. You know, and a good teacher can listen to you speaking and say, “Right. Well, I can see you have a problem with”, I don’t know, “Present Perfect just Past Simple”, or “I can see that you have a problem with using the Passive”, and you just focus on that and the other stuff you don’t need to do, you know?
Pete: Exactly. And then, you’ll be like we’ll get to the other stuff in the future. We’ll reassess finding the problems whenever they pop up.
Pete: So, what’s next for you and, Christian, with Canguro English? What’s the next few steps before the world’s taken over and everyone’s fluent in Australian English?
Christian:Oh, I think that I am, you know, in general I’m sort of disappointed with a lot of what I see as far as teachers and teaching materials. And I think that is actually what motivates me to sort of do what I do, because, like, you know, when I see, you know, teachers on YouTube spreading misinformation or I see yet another, you know, yet another grammar book, you know, with the same old things that just doesn’t work and doesn’t inspire students.
Pete: Are you the one who’s been on my channel giving me down votes? Is that’s what’s been happening?
Christian:No, but you’re… you know, you’re the opposite of that, you know? You’re like a person (where) it’s all about functional language and about… more… and about also more, you know, the learning process, like how to learn. Like, I watched your video about the Pareto Principle, you know, 20 percent of your sort of effort gives you 80 percent of the reward. You know, these kind of, you know, more… it’s almost like not only do I… you know, you need to teach your students English, you have to teach them how to learn, you know, and about the learning process.
Christian:But, you know, I think what’s next is I would, you know, I would like to see… I would like to see a lot of change in the world of English as a second language teaching. And I’m going to push for that, you know.
Pete: So, for the English teachers potentially listening, I know there’s going to be so many of them, but and I mean, and for selfish reasons as well, what is your advice for someone who wants to be a successful and useful Internet English teacher using the resources that we have today?
Christian:Yeah, I think we… you know, the world, the Internet has had enough of… has had enough of the same old thing, like there’s enough grammar classes on YouTube for the rest of time, you know? I’m sure a normal person couldn’t even watch all those grammar classes. And, you know, there’s enough classes out there about, you know, phrasal verbs with this and that. And there’s a lot of that. You know, I would like to see more teachers just…Man, I kind of lost my I kind of lost my mojo for a second.
Pete: Your train of thought?
Christian:No, not my train of thought. I lost my… I sort of went… I went too deep into myself and I messed it up.
Pete: You’re all good.
Christian:OK. Let me start my answer again, ’cause I don’t know where I was going with that particular thing.
Pete: Go for it. Hit restart, hit restart.
Christian:Yeah, ok. Hit restart! Ok. Yeah, look, I think, I would like to see more teachers fighting back… I know that a lot of teachers are in a difficult situation where, you know, they have to fulfil the curriculum of a school. And, you know, so the administration tells (them), “Alright you have to do the book. We’re going to do these exams.” And, you know, that’s what you have to do and you’re under pressure to do that. And also, you know, a lot of teachers all around the world are not in an ideal situation. You know, maybe they have big class sizes or they have students who are not motivated or maybe they just don’t have any resources. And so, you know, there’s a lot of teachers around the world who are in extremely difficult situations. But, you know, I just want to say to them it might seem radical, but it’s really the opposite of radical. Just remember every day that, you know, your students in the future will actually have to do something with their English that’s practical. Like, in the future if they go to a job interview the person interviewing them is not going to care if they have the Cambridge First Certificate. They’re going to actually want to speak to them and hear that they can actually have a proper conversation, that they can deal with their clients, that they can do that stuff. So, I think your job as a teacher is to make sure that when they actually leave your class that, you know, that they actually have real skills that they can use, and, you know, all the other stuff. You know, it doesn’t matter, and actually at the end of the day it doesn’t help the students. So, you know, I know that you have to do the books, I know you have to do the exams, but just remember that the reason we have language is to express ourselves, is to communicate, and just really try every day to give your students that power, because that’s what’s going to serve them in the future. And all of this other stuff that everyone seems to care so much about, it doesn’t mean anything.
Pete: I think that’s a good point to end. And, that was a good point to make. I don’t know where to follow on with that.
Christian:Yeah, look, I don’t… I’m sorry it was heavy.
Pete: Don’t apologise it was awesome. That was good. So, I mean, where can all the listeners find out more about you and take their English to the next level using your resources, Christian?
Christian:Yeah, look, I have a YouTube channel, Canguro English. I have a Facebook group where people can come and I answer their questions, and they can post videos. And also, like, I don’t have any courses. Like, I recommend that, ’cause, you know, you have courses with materials, and, you know, I recommend that people if they want to do a structured course, they should definitely, you know, look at your stuff, because it’s, you know, it’s great stuff. And, I think Adriana also… you know, Adriana’s another teacher that I think we’re going to be working with in the future. She’s, you know, she has also lots of online courses. So, you know, so I recommend that you, yeah, that you… You know, for me like, you know, if you’re learning, like, I don’t care if you’re watching my stuff or your stuff. I… you know, if you’re learning then I’m happy. I’m a happy man.
Pete: Exactly. And that’s the whole point that we’re networking, right? Like it’s… you just spread the love, let people find everyone, and find the best way for themselves to learn whether it’s with YouTube, Facebook, different teachers, whatever.
Christian:Yeah exactly. And also, you know, guys, don’t forget that the Internet isn’t the only place. You know, I would actually prefer for you to get off YouTube and, you know, go out and have a conversation. That for me, that makes me even happier. It’s not great for business, but it makes me happy.
Pete: And then get back on the internet and tell me how the conversation went.
Christian:Exactly. Exactly. Exactly.
Pete: Awesome dude. Well, thank you so much for joining me today, and hopefully we can do this again soon.
Christian:Yeah, no, look, I’m looking forward to working with you, and I’m excited about the projects we’ve been talking about. So, yeah, it’s great. Thank you so much for your time.
Pete: Oh man. Total pleasure. Total pleasure. Thank you, dude.
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So, that’s today’s interview, guys. I hope you enjoyed it. There should be a great deal of little gems in there for you to go through and pull out, and apply to your own English learning adventure, your own English learning story. So, yeah, think about how you can apply a lot of the advice that Christian gave in this episode to you in your English every day, learning English, whatever it is. Let’s just take it to the next level, guys, and keep improving. Aside from that, obviously make sure that you check out Canguro English’s YouTube channel, go to his website, make sure you jump on Canguro English’s Facebook page, and join his group, guys. Just like the Aussie English Virtual Classroom group on Facebook, Canguro English has a group where you guys can join up, he answers your questions, you can submit videos practicing your English. All the good stuff like that, guys. But just be engaged, use your English, have a conversation, meet people, and take it to the next level. Anyway, that’s enough for today, guys. Thank you so much again Christian for joining me in this episode. I hope you guys enjoyed it, and I’ll chat to you soon. Peace out guys!
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