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By pete — 3 years ago
In today’s episode, Ep061: Pronunciation – What Do I & What Am I, I teach you how the pronunciation of “What Do I” and “What am I” changes when English speakers speak at a natural speed.
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Ep061: Pronunciation – What Do I & What Am I
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today we’re going to do some more pronunciation stuff following on from what we covered last week, which was the episode on “What are you” and “what do you”. So, “What are you” and “What do you”. And today we’ll cover using the pronoun “I”. So, “What do I” and “What am I”.
What do I becomes Whad_deh why, and
What am I becomes Whad em eye.
Note: “Whad_deh why” and “Whad em eye” are just how I am spelling the phonetic pronunciation of how “What do I” and “What am I” are said when spoken quickly. You will never see them written like this in correct English.
So, it’s “Whad_dehwhy” and “Whad em eye”. There’s a slight difference there in the middle. “Whad deh why” and “Whad em eye”.
So, here are some examples of “What do I” plus a verb:
What do I do becomes Whad_deh why do,
What do I think becomes Whad_deh why think,
What do I say becomes Whad_deh why say, and
What do I talk about becomes Whad_deh why talk about.
So, you’ll see again how I mentioned last week too that it’s just a lot easier to say “What do I” if you push it together and it becomes a more fluid “Whad_deh why”, “Whad_deh why”, “Whad_deh why”. And remember that if you hear just the verb after the “Whad_deh_weh”, you know, you don’t necessarily have to analyse and break down the “Whad_deh why” into each individual word to know what the person’s talking about. An easy sort of cheat, and easy way of doing this is just hearing the verb afterwards and if it’s just “Do”, “Think”, “Say”, “Talk about”, you know that it’s “What DO I”, and if it ends in “-ING” you know that it was with the verb “To be”. So, the next section is with the verbs ending in “-ING”.
What am I doing becomes Whad em eye doing,
What am I thinking becomes Whad em eye thinking,
What am I saying becomes Whad em eye saying,
What am I talk about becomes Whad em eye talking about.
So, you hear that “Whad em eye” and then “Doing”, “Thinking”, “Saying”, “Talking about”. “Whad em eye”. Or you’ll hear “What do I”, “Whad_deh why” and “Do”, “Think”, “Say”, “Talk about”.
So, it’s just one of those things. Keep practicing it guys. Um… it’ll become a lot easier for you to speak as you learn to sort of push together these words and pronounce them a little more fluidly like this, and you’ll also, as a result of learning how to do it and practicing it, when you hear it you’ll naturally know what people are saying without having to sit there and think, “Okay, he said “what” and then he said “am” and then he said “I”, and that’s “Whad em eye” so that’s… I know what he’s talking about now!”. It’ll just become natural.
So, let’s go through some of the exercises here where I’ll just repeat the pronunciation change of “what do I”, “Whad_deh why” five times, and then I’ll do “what am I”, “Whad em eye” five times.
Whad_deh why x 5
And now I’ll do “What am I”.
Whad em eye x 5
And so now I’ll read out those same sentences that we did earlier and you guys have to try and anticipate the pronunciation change. So, I’ll read it out well pronounced like “What do I do” and then I’ll give you a little bit of space for you to guess how to change that. So, “What do I do” and then you would say “Whad_deh why do” and then I’ll say the correct version afterwards.
What do I do.
Whad_deh why do
What do I think
Whad_deh why think
What do I say
Whad_deh why say
What do I talk about
Whad_deh why talk about
What am I doing
Whad em eye doing
What am I thinking
Whad em eye thinking
What am I saying
Whad em eye saying
What am I talking about
Whad em eye talking about
So, that’s the episode for today guys. I’m going to follow on and I’m going to try and cover all the different pronouns with this sort of from of “What do” and then “What am” or “What are” or “What is”. And, so hopefully it helps you guys in your fluidity of spoken English. Anyway, talk to soon. Have a good one.
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By pete — 2 years ago
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Using The Rain Radar
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English. Today I want to talk to you about the Bureau of Meteorology website, and this is a really really good website that you guys can use to get an idea of what the weather is like where it is that you’re staying in Australia whether it’s in Melbourne, whether it’s in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin. Whether you’re on the road and you’re going to little towns in between these larger cities. It doesn’t matter. You can use this website to have a look at the weather. So, it’s not just the weather forecast, which you can obviously get from this website as well, but the main point of this episode today was to show you how the rain radar works.
So, I was actually sitting on my couch, and I’d spent today, this is Sunday, and I’d spent today chilling out, just hanging out at home, relaxing. I went out to the shops earlier to get some groceries and it was a beautiful day. [it was] absolutely amazing. [it was] sunny, [it was] really nice. I went out in a t-shirt. I got home, I decided to make lunch and no sooner had I sat down on the couch to watch a documentary than it started to piss down rain. So, it started to rain incredibly heavily, and that gave me the idea “I should make this episode for you guys” because if I had left, you know, at that time, five minutes before the rain had fallen then I would’ve gotten incredibly wet on the way to the shops or on the way back from the shops.
So, this is one of these websites that if the weather’s being really temperamental or you’re worried it’s going to rain or you want to see when it’s going to rain this is a really good website that you can use just to get an idea of where things are at. So, www.bom.gov.au . Type that in. Hit enter. What you see on the homepage is obviously certain warnings if there are any that are coming up for your state. So, if you’ve got things that you’re worried about like bushfires if you’re traveling then any of the warnings for those sorts of events, wind, cyclones if you’re in the north of Australia or in the west of Australia you can check it out here at the top. Obviously, it’s got the weather forecast here at the bottom for you too. And, on the side here the stuff that I’m interested in telling you about today is under Rain Radar. So, that button right at the top there. So, we’ll click that, Rain Radars. So, what it gives you is a map of Australia, and all of these little symbols on here are different cities or different towns that you can click on that each have their own radar map. So, the radar map is used to effectively check out where the rain is in the city or the town that you’re at [in*]. So, if we go to Melbourne for example. Click on Melbourne. You can see that Melbourne here is pretty much dead-centre, it’s right in the middle here. Port Phillip bay is this… is just below the centre and then you’ve obviously got Bass Straight or at least all of the ocean there, the Southern Ocean, below. So, Melbourne’s in the middle. All of the colour on here, so all of the white through blue, green, yellow, red, and I don’t think there’ll be any black on there, is rain that’s currently falling. So, down the bottom you can see the Rain Rate, so the amount of rain that’s falling, and it goes from white, which is incredibly light rain, all the way through to black, which is incredibly heavy rain. And so, you kind of get this heat map of the rain that’s currently falling on the radar that you’re looking at. And you can change the size of the radar. So, if you’re interested in looking at a zoomed-in 64km diameter radar of Melbourne, you can see Melbourne in the middle here, you can do that. So, it gives you a bit more finer-grain resolution. If you want to have a look at a larger diameter of Melbourne, Victoria, the entirety of Australia, you can click larger diameter radars. So, 256kms here, you can see obviously most of Victoria. The 512km composite, that’s all of Victoria some of South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales up here. And then you can just click National. And so, that will give you the entire map of Australia. So, you can get an idea of where the rain is coming from, obviously, because these radars are really good in that they give you several 6-minute interval photos, effectively, of the rain. And so, you can see which way it’s moving, and you can get an idea of how quickly the rain’s coming, and the length of how much rain is going to fall [width of the rain cloud].
So, obviously, the rain’s currently stopped where I am. I started making this episode when it was just finishing. So, you can see this band here on the screen has just passed this little icon here in the middle, Melbourne, and that’s why the rain’s stopped. If I was going to go for a walk now or say I was a tourist and I wanted to go out and see some tourist attractions around Melbourne, [if] I wanted to go to the zoo, I might use this website in order to see whether or not I need to take a raincoat or an umbrella, or worry about more rain. So, I look outside and I can see the rain’s stopped, but I want to know is there going to be more rain. And if I was looking at the image in front of me here currently I would see this band that’s coming across and I would probably think that there is a pretty high chance that I’m going to need an umbrella or a rain jacket of some kind later today. So, this is the main reason I would use this website, and I use it at home, I use it at work, I can use it on my phone if I’m out and about. It’s just any time that I’m about to go outside, if I’m worried that it’s going to rain or I want to know if there’s rain coming or has the rain that’s just fallen passed for the rest of the day? Do I need an umbrella? Do I need a jacket? I can use this website and it’s brilliant.
So, I guess that’s all there is to it guys. It’s just a really really good website if you’re worried about the rain and you want to see whether it’s coming, whether it’s finished for the day, [to] get an idea of how much rain is coming. So, definitely check out www.bom.gov.au , and yeah, I’ll chat to you in the next episode guys. All the best!
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By pete — 1 year ago
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