I just found this riveting video and wanted to pop it here because it's similar to a 'learn English' blog post of mine where I am talking to a koala - and I also ask him if he's 'alright mate'! So I'm rather quite relieved to see that other people also speak to animals and I love that we both call our animals 'mate'!
If you can take a few seconds to watch this adorable baby wombat trying to take off this lady's glasses, you'll be rewarded with a little example of using 'mate' to speak English to the wildlife! "You right there mate?' she asks the little creature.
If you go back and look at my video where I am giving water to a very thirsty koala, you'll see that I ask it 'You alright mate?' However, see if you can hear any difference in our intended meaning when we speak English in the two videos. Although the words are very similar, I'm a little more sincere in actually asking the koala if he's alright because he looks so terrible and needs help (I'm not really expecting an answer!) Whereas the lady with the wombat is being a little more sarcastic with her question because she knows the wombat is alright, she just thinks that what he's doing is a little funny and it's inconveniencing her a little.
Hence, if you are at this website to learn English, notice that in Aussie English there is a big difference when we speak English, between - 'Are you alright mate?' and 'You right there mate?' Using 'alright' is usually the sincere question, whereas just using 'right' - 'you right there?' could be sarcastic or a little joke - meaning that the person you are speaking to is doing something that is inconveniencing you in a non-harmful but funny or annoying way.
Interesting to try to work out sarcasm when we learn English isn't it! Good luck with that:)
ANZAC Day is April 25 and is a day that Australia as a nation, stops to remember those who fought in the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps - particularly through the commemoration of the battle of Gallipoli, Turkey where they suffered a massive loss.
It has been expanded to include remembrance now of all service men and women who have fought and particularly those who have died in war. There is a dawn service and later a march of veterans or their surviving relatives, through the town/city.
This video by the Queensland RSL is a cute snippet of what current children know about ANZAC Day and the ANZACs. If you're here to learn English, it's a great snippet of Aussie children with Aussie accents - but be warned - they don't always speak English clearly so I recommend you play it a few times, play and pause, play and pause, to follow what they are saying! Also some of their answers are cute and funny - but not always accurate! So if you don't know much about ANZAC Day or what the ANZAC is, you may need to research a little more!
On the video the children are asked some questions and they give their answer. My favourite is towards the end of the video, the first boy who answers the question - Why are veterans brave? He answers - 'because they had to eat canned food...'
If you are here (at this website) to learn English online, here's a little help to understand the video:
ANZAC stands for:
Australian & New Zealand Army Corps. So an ANZAC is an Australian or New Zealand soldier in this Army Corps.
Someone who serves is a soldier or someone working in the Army Corps during a war.
A Digger is another word for a soldier.
Gallipoli is an area on the European side of Turkey. In 1915 the ANZACs fought the Turkish army here and suffered a massive defeat.
"The British and French attempt to knock the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) out of World War One had begun. It became known as the ‘Gallipoli campaign’ and it lasted until 8 January 1916, when the last British soldiers left the Gallipoli peninsula from positions near Seddulbahir." For more of the history go to www.Gallipoli.gov.au
When students and migrants are in Australia to learn English, learning about ANZAC Day is a great way to incorporate both English language learning and learning about Australia.
It's long been a favourite English expression in Australia to say to a friend when he or she is being funny or strange, without meaning to.
We have it on our Top 50 list so you can view the full explanation here to help you learn English online.
I've always loved this word because although it's technically a bit of an insult, it's usually said with affection and so it's not really offensive! Although I know you can use a lot of rude or mean language when you speak English to friends in a way that is not serious and not offensive, here the word itself is kind of funny, so how could you really be offended?! Our English speaker in the video says it perfectly too - to help you learn English in Australia and get used to hearing the Australian accent.
The actual literal meaning is quite funny, but does explain why we use it the way we do. A dag is actually a collection of poo, wool, dirt and other muck hanging from a sheep's bottom! So this is why we use it to call a friend daggy when he is dressed in old tracksuit pants with holes in them and an old t-shirt - for example. Or when a friend is behaiving in a way that is a bit weird, messy, disorganised or funny - that's why this word can be used, when their behaivour is kind of similar to a dag (on a sheep's bottom).
So learn English you dag! There's lots of gems like this one:)
Star Wars - The Force Awakens, what a fantastic movie!
I have only seen it 3 times at the cinema, but I love it, as everyone does. So if we can learn English with Star Wars - why not? Perhaps not Australian English, although we could use it to make some comparisons (and have a good excuse to watch some Star Wars - we're all just trying to learn English right?)
A favourite part is when the character Finn tells Han Solo (Harrison Ford) that he's kind of a big deal in the Rebellion and Solo, who immediately sees through him, goes on to call him 'Big Deal' as a nickname:
Finn: Hey, Solo. I'm not sure what we're walking into here...
Han Solo: Did you just call me "Solo"?
Finn: I'm sorry, Han. Mr. Solo. You should know I'm a big deal in the Resistance, which puts a real target on my back. Are there any conspirators here? Like First Order sympathizers?
Han Solo: Listen, "big deal". You got another problem. Women always figure out the truth. Always.
I only remembered this part recently and am blogging about it now because the expression 'a big deal' has long been on our list common English expressions here at AusEphrase and I found it there again recently.
It's actually very common to use it sarcastically in Australia, see our page here on 'Big deal' if you are looking to learn English online.
No doubt it's a common one in all English-speaking countries, the only difference might be the accent!
Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in Australia at TAFE is all about a certificate. Cert IV Training and Assesment TAE to be exact.
Of course to teach English at TAFE you'll need a few other qualifications too such as TESOL and a degree. Since you asked, I have the prestigious and highly sought after Bachelor of Arts, Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics (TESOL), but one still needs the Cert IV TAE which is specifically about training and assessment of adults.
It's been a few years since I've taught in the classroom so it was actually good to recap. In particular a new unit Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) which focuses on these skills in adult students training for the workplace.
So if you're ready to help students learn English at TAFE it's time to update your TAE.