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16. Andrew’s Story: Feeling fine

Podcast para aprender inglés - Episode 16- andrew's story

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Episode 16: Andrew's Story: Feeling fine

Nivel de inglés: avanzado
Acento: inglés australiano

 

Esta semana en nuestro podcast para aprender inglés con historias reales y emocionantes, Andrew nos cuenta todo lo que ha aprendido viviendo en el campo en Australia. Aprenderemos palabras típicas relacionadas con este entorno como ‘bonfire’, ‘dodgy’ o ‘footy’.

Después de haber pasado casi toda su vida en la ciudad, Andrew se fue a vivir a la campiña australiana. El protagonista nos relata momentos únicos: cómo se sorprendió con la cantidad de vacas que encontró y con la oscuridad del cielo de la noche en los llanos ¡Escuchemos sus primeras impresiones y cómo aprendió a vivir en este nuevo entorno!

Transcripción del Podcast

Bree: Backyard bonfires, dark star-filled skies and lots of cows. These are some of the lovely memories that our storyteller, Andrew, shares with us in today’s episode about his time living and working in the Australian countryside.

In today’s episode, Andrew talks about the wonders and challenges of moving out of home for the first time and starting a job at a country hospital in the small town of Colac. After spending his whole life growing up in the big city, Andrew tells us about learning to spend time on his own and how he realised that family, friends and fun come in all shapes and sizes. We’re calling this episode: ‘Feeling fine’.

Before we begin listening, let’s talk about some of the vocabulary and expressions you’ll hear Andrew say:
Firstly, to look out for – Andrew’s story is full of phrasal verbs and this one of them. To look out for means to take notice or watch over someone usually with a level of care. Another common expression with a similar meaning is ‘to keep an eye on someone’ – estar pendiente de alguien. Andrew talks about moving out of home and realizing that he needed to start looking out for himself.
Next, Dodgy – Dodgy is an informal adjective we use to describe something or someone that is suspicious, dishonest or of bad quality. For example, you could talk about a dodgy internet connection or a dodgy car salesman. Dodgy.

Bonfire – A bonfire is a big fire lit outdoors usually as part of a celebration or to burn rubbish. Una hoguera en español. Typically in many English books or movies they talk about children toasting marshmallows and telling scary stories around a bonfire.
Footy – F-O-O-T-Y Footy is a nickname that Australians use to refer to Australian football. This is a sport that looks a little bit like rugby but involves bouncing the ball in addition to throwing and kicking it around a big grass oval. Andrew mentions watching and playing footy as a typical weekend hobby of many Australians.

And finally to come to a head – To come to a head usually refers to a problem or difficult situation reaching some sort of critical moment or stage that some action needs to be taken to change what’s happening. Llegar a un punto crítico en español. In his story, Andrew talks about his feeling of loneliness coming to a head when he broke up with his girlfriend. To come to a head.

As always you have a downloadable transcript, vocabulary list, and listening comprehension activities on our website acingles.com/podcast. OK let’s get into the story…

Andrew: G’day I’m Andrew…I just started working at the hospital in Colac and I and it was my first time living out of home and I was just sitting at the table having breakfast with one of the dieticians who worked there and before we’re heading into work she looked across at me and said, ‘before we go in you should probably iron your shirt’! And that was kind of the first time I kind of realised that, I don’t know, I was out of home and I needed to sort of start looking out for myself.

Colac is a very classic Australian country town. One main street, a couple of pubs, one supermarket and then around it, lots of farms. Big dairy industry, cows, cows for milk and lots of sheep as well. And I’d always, always lived in Melbourne and I was looking, looking for work around Melbourne but there wasn’t really anything available.

My, my girlfriend at the time had moved out towards the west of Victoria, the state that I lived in, so it kind of made sense to be out that way. I stayed in the accommodation that the hospital had put me up in for a couple of weeks and then eventually a really nice lady that I worked with, one of the physio assistants, said that she had a spare room at her place.

So I rolled up to this, to their property and they had this big beautiful kind of homestead kind of big house at the front. Really beautiful brick house, really big chimney. So I was actually really, I was really excited. Then I drove past that, down the really long driveway they were on quite a big block to what turned out to be my flat which is essentially probably the size of my bedroom now so.

But the whole place! So one one small bedroom single bed and then a really really tiny bathroom and toilet and then a really small kitchen and living area. No internet. Pretty dodgy mobile phone signal. No heating for a lot of the time and then a couple of months after I moved in the oven broke as well. So that was my home for the 14 months.

It took a little bit of adjusting. Melbourne’s a really big vibrant city. Really cosmopolitan. Like I lived at home with my family and I had a really big network of friends that I saw really really often. A standard weekend in Melbourne would be maybe going out for dinner or meeting friends for brunch or coffee or going out at night time to a few different bars. There’s lots of really good nightlife in Melbourne. So it was definitely different leaving that and going to a really small place like Colac.

One of those things that they like to do out there was bonfires. So what they’d do during the couple of weeks is they’d gather everything up either that was kind of like old rubbish they didn’t need or scrap bits of timber or old furniture things like that and then in the back half of Trevor and Di’s property, they basically had what was a big empty field. So everything would just get piled up into the middle of the field during the week and then every, every fortnight normally on a Friday night they’d have a group of family and friends around and we light up the bonfire and everyone would just stand around and have a couple of drinks and chat next to the bonfire all night. I don’t think it was my first experience but I think one of my first regular experiences of when the sun goes down it’s actually dark.

This always seemed really strange to me as something to do when I saw in movies and stuff when people would go out and just lie on their back on the grass and just look up at the sky like at the stars. But that was something I started to do. Really beautiful starry sky, massive fire in the background, lots of really beautiful warm people around.

Trevor and Di, the people that took me in, were just the most beautiful incredible people. So I I would describe Trevor and Di as classically Australian so they’re in the mid-50s, adult kids, Di had shoulder-length dyed blonde hair and then Trevor pretty much always in the same outfit of flannel shirt, khaki work shorts, work boots and just just really into classic Australian male hobbies so the footy, fishing. We would spend every weekend going into the forest to cut firewood – just really friendly.

Something I found, just the effects of being away from everything that was familiar, was really challenging. That was definitely something that I found, I found quite difficult was I think spending lots of time alone and that being quite new whereas normally I’d be really social, seeing people all the time and I think that kind of really came to a head as well when about halfway through the year my girlfriend and I broke up and that exacerbated that, that kind of feeling of being alone. Initially I’d get home from work at 5:30 and I might go for a walk or something then have dinner and then and then go to bed basically when it got dark.

So I think there were times that it was really challenging and I was feeling really lonely and it wasn’t that great. So after we’d, Just after we’d broken up, and I can remember just being inside cooking dinner one night and there was a knock at the the sliding glass door behind me and it was Trevor standing there with a couple of beers and he handed me a beer, came in and sat down with me and chatted for 30 or 40 minutes. I think that brought it home as well even though I was away from who I would normally think of as familiar as friends and family is that I’ve found kind of another really good for another group of really important people as well.

So I found, I found lots of things to get involved with. I actually started coaching a kid’s basketball team. In my, in my actual alone time, I think I just got a lot better at trying to find things that were meaningful and and just being comfortable with that so I taught myself the guitar, spent time playing basketball by myself but just just just being comfortable that I didn’t have to be around people all the time to kind of be happy. 

I left Colac for the last time and then drove away knowing that it had been a really really positive experience and taking with me lots of friends that I’ll, I’ll have forever and I think a lot of confidence in skills I got in terms of just being independent were helpful when I when I did eventually move home from Colac and move overseas. I was able to take a little of those things with me as well.I think there’s, there’s very little, to be honest, that people from the city could teach people from the country. I think they’ve definitely got all the knowledge and wisdom. So I think a couple of things that I, I definitely learned were that strawberries and other fruits grow from flowers and that there are many more than one type of cow.

Bree: After moving away from Colac, Andrew has since explored South East Asia, worked in London and backpacked across Europe, not on his own but with his new girlfriend, Amanda. The couple now live their version of the Australian dream in the suburbs of Melbourne, where they live together with their newly bought home, a vegetable patch, worm farm and their lovable adopted greyhound named Granny.

Gracias por haber escuchado la historia de Andrew. Si aún no lo has hecho suscribirte a Into the Story en Spotify, iTunes o tu plataforma preferida. And if you have a story to tell we’d love to hear it. Send an email hello@acingles.com. Thank you for listening, until next time we hope you have a good time, or at least, a good story to tell.

Quote of the episode

‘This always seemed really strange to me as something to do when I saw in movies and stuff. When people would go out and just lie on their back on the grass and just look up at the sky like at the stars. But that was something I started to do.’

Andrew

Bonfire

Y la expresión que hemos escogido para esta semana es la palabra… ‘bonfire’!

Cuando hablamos de ‘bonfire’ o ‘campfire’ en inglés hacemos referencia a las fogatas o las hogueras. ¿Alguna vez has visto en las películas a los niños asando unas nubes de golosina en la fogata? ¿O quizás has escuchado a alguien contando historias de terror al lado de la fogata en la noche?

La tradición de ‘bonfire’ puede tener un significado diferente para cada cultura o región. Por ejemplo, en España se celebra el festival de San Juan y la llegada del verano con hogueras nocturnas. En otras culturas, las fogatas forman parte de una tradición de Navidad o son típicas en las acampadas en el bosque.

En el podcast de hoy, hemos eschuchado a  Andrew hablando del ritual de hacer ‘bonfires’ los viernes por la noche con Trevor, Di y su familia en el campo australiano. Nos cuenta cómo solían recoger leña, sofás abandonados y cualquier tipo de restos para alimentar el fuego y cómo pasaron la noche charlando y tomando unas cervezas alrededor de la hoguera. Veamos cómo se utiliza la palabra, ‘bonfire’ aquí:

‘So everything would just get piled up into the middle of the field during the week and then every, every fortnight normally on a Friday night they’d have a group of family and friends around and we light up the bonfire and everyone would just stand around and have a couple of drinks and chat next to the bonfire all night.’

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15. Harry’s Story: Biking and Brioche

Podcast para aprender inglés - Episode 15- harry's story

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Episode 15: Harry's Story: Biking and Brioche

Nivel de inglés: intermedio alto a avanzado
Acento: inglés británico 

Esta semana en nuestro podcast para aprender inglés con historias reales y emocionantes, Harry nos relata su aventura en bicicleta por Francia y cómo hizo frente a los imprevistos con los que se encontró. En el episodio de hoy, aprenderás expresiones interesantes en inglés como el significado de ‘creature comforts’ y ‘throw a spanner in the works’.

El protagonista nos cuenta una serie de acontecimientos curiosos y a veces, incómodos, durante un día en particular de su viaje. Según Harry, estas adversidades son las que hacen una aventura emocionante a recordar y gracias a los momentos difíciles, uno aprende a apreciar la seguridad y el confort su vida diaria. ¡Escuchemos sus aventuras por Le France!

Transcripción del Podcast

Bree: Today’s story begins at a train station in Toulouse, France. It’s 6am in the morning and our storyteller Harry is arguing with the train station conductors, asking them, begging them, to let him and his bike onto the train.

In today’s episode, we hear about a day from Harry’s adventure cycling through the French countryside and the unexpected obstacles and people he meets along the way. In this story, you’ll hear Harry talk about the difficulty of eating croissants while cycling and how he narrowly escaped a night sleeping outside in the forest. We’re calling this episode ‘Biking and Brioche’.

Before we begin listening, let’s talk about some of the vocabulary and expressions you’ll hear Harry say:
Firstly ‘off the top of your head’. Off the top of your head is a colloquial expression used to describe when someone does or says something, without thinking about it carefully. You’ll hear Harry talk about the train conductor asking him off the top of his head to pay a fee to get on the train with his bike. 

Next, ‘quid’. The word “quid” Q-U-I-D is an informal British word used to refer to the British pound. You’ll hear Harry being asked to pay 30 quid. You’ll hear how Harry uses the work quid to refer to money in general.
Saddle. Saddle is a noun used commonly to refer to the seat of a bicycle or a motorcycle. A saddle is also the structure used to ride a horse. A saddle.

To ‘throw a spanner in the works’. To throw or put a spanner in the works is a great informal expression in English that we use to refer to something that causes a plan to go wrong. A spanner, or wrench in North America, literally refers to the tool that we use to help us grip or release a screw – una llave inglesa. Harry talks about the heavy rain that throws a spanner in the works of his plan to sleep outside. A similar expression in Spanish would be ‘poner palos en la rueda’. Throw a spanner in the works
And finally ‘soggy’. Soggy S-O-G-G-Y is an adjective to mean wet and soft. For example, after the rain, the ground is usually soggy to walk on. In Harry’s case, the sandwich he had in his pocket was soggy after he rode to town in the rain. Soggy.

As always you have a downloadable transcript, vocabulary list, and listening comprehension activities on our website acingles.com/podcast. OK let’s get into the story…

Harry: So the plan was to take a train from Toulouse to Bordeaux and then cycle about 200km to Niort. The day starts at my friend’s house where I’m staying and I’ve got to get to the station for 6 a.m. to get this train but what I don’t know is that taking a bike on the train in France is an absolute minefield. This is a big train with 20 carriages and only two bikes, and at 6 a.m. at 5 p.m. to get there and the train guy is saying sorry there is no space on the train. And I’m almost on the verge of tears, I’m so tired. This is a disaster. 

I’ve got everything planned later. If I don’t get to this place Niort, this town in the middle of France, everything is going to be very hard for the following days and so I’m just begging him and begging him and he says alright go talk to the boss man over there. I’m saying I want to put this bike on the train, it must be possible, I’ll do whatever it takes, I’ll take it apart. I’ll stand up and the bike can have the seat whatever and they say hmmm… well… have a look at the train. Alright then alright then, we’ll let you on. But you gotta pay 30 quid and he looks like he’s just made up that number off the top of his head and he’s like well it would be 10 in the ticket office but you are late so 30 quid to put the bike on. So I get the bike on!

The bike, the great thing about the bike is that you don’t have to plan months in advance. You know, you can, you can be a little freer. Especially after those long months of quarantine, I was, I was pretty keen to get a sense of freedom. It changes your routine completely. It gets you into a different rhythm. In the morning it’s lovely on the bike because you are full of energy and you feel very peaceful. The light is very, very nice in the morning. It’s a good temperature for cycling and you can go quite fast and you… if you like, you are in one of those idyllic adverts or something for sportsgear, cycling along and you think, ‘oh when am I going to do that!’ and there you are.

I packed really light because I knew I was staying in either a friend’s place or in these little hostels on the way. So no tent or anything like that. Just got a 10 litre bag on the saddle, a couple of small bags on the frame which is stuffed with leftover croissants and brioche and things. I did try a few times thinking, I could save time if I eat whilst I’m still going. I don’t know how they do it on the tour de France. It’s actually quite difficult. You have to keep a hand on the wheel, you’ve gotta eat the thing, your mouth is incredibly dry and gurgh, gurgh, gurgh, practically choking to death and you think, ‘fine then, I’m going to stop’.

I got to this restaurant in the middle of this nowhere. It’s a small village, somewhere between Bordeaux and Cognac and there’s a lady there and she’s looking… Everything is looking very nice. I feel oh maybe I’ll have lunch here. I’m actually early! You have to be very careful about what time you eat your food as it’s very precise. Everybody tends to eat between midday and 1:30 and in Spain I’ve been used to the 3pm lunches and stuff and 9 or 10 p.m. dinners and in France it is very specific hours. It’s 11:45 and I think surely at midday because I’ve already had this experience of being turned away. Midday they’re going to be saying it’s a good time to eat. I think, Harry, you’ve done well here. You’ve actually understood the French hours for eating. 

This is going to be a great success. But she says to me that the restaurant is fully booked and I couldn’t believe it because the restaurant is empty at this point and surely I can just go in before anybody comes. She says you don’t have a reservation then it’s not possible, sorry. I sit on the side, sit on the side of the road and have a sandwich from the, from the little corner shop. There is hardly anybody in this that I’ve seen for all morning. It’s really in the countryside. Then amazingly at 12, the restaurant is full and all the room people have arrived within 10 minutes. Apparently the whole town and the surrounding towns dine there everyday. It must be a good place.

So the thing that was really, throwing a spanner in the works, later in the day, was that I realized that my accommodation for that evening in the, lovely, Niort, had been cancelled and I’m thinking bullocks I have nowhere to sleep tonight. But it’s a nice sunny day, I’ll just sleep in the forest. I thought I’d just go into the forest, make a little lean tool, maybe put some sticks, leaves and sticks against the thing and pop the bike there. I didn’t have anything to sleep in so I thought I would just rough it for one night, it would be alright. But it really started raining really really heavily and it was really really cold ‘cos something that happens as you move up France is that you cross a certain river and the weather changes quite significantly from the north and between the north and the south and it was just bucketing down.

I had to get, I had to do this last 20 km on the main road and I’m really cold and really wet and I’m thinking, crap, that forest plan is not going to work. The forest, the forest plan… I am looking at the forest, the forest looks thoroughly uninviting! So I’m thinking, I thought, the best plan now is to just go in and maybe I can chat to some people and befriend them or something and see if someone’s got a sofa that I can crash. I’m pretty tired and I’m going from bar to bar trying to find one that has got a bit of life in it. I find a bar and I get talking to a group of youngish looking people and I’m thinking these guys are really nice, really interested in bikes as well. I made the mistake of choosing the bar near the station and about quarter past eight oh they also I better be going, I’m going back to Paris tonight and ah good luck with finding a room. 

So off they go and… off they go and I’m left there with the barman who is quite keen to close and sort of just edging, they’re doing that thing you know when they close one table at a time, making you feel thoroughly unwelcome all of a sudden and so I’m desperately looking on like airbnb or something for a place and luckily right at the last second, somebody responds saying borgh, go on then, are you already in Niort? Alright, go on then. And it’s not too expensive or anything. And so I go there and it’s much better than the forest. The guy is really nice. Bless him, he gave me some dinner as well when he saw a soggy sandwich that I pulled out for dinner.

I think those unexpected adventures are kinda what makes the trip a little bit exciting when you look back on it. Yeh relish those things that go wrong because ultimately it’s those moments of discomfort that make us appreciate the security and.. and ah creature comforts that we have. That’s why I try not to plan too much in advance or just get a skeleton idea of what I’m going to do and then hopefully, all those little improvisations that you do along the way, bring a little bit of magic.

Bree: Gracias por haber escuchado la historia de Harry. ¡Nos encantaría saber qué te ha parecido este episodio! Puedes enviarnos un correo electrónico a hello@acingles.com. Si aún no lo has hecho suscribete a Into the Story en Spotify, iTunes o tu plataforma preferida. Thank you for listening, until next time we hope you have a good time, or at least, a good story to tell.

Quote of the episode

‘...the great thing about the bike is that you don't have to plan months in advance... I was pretty keen to get a sense of freedom. It changes your routine completely. It gets you into a different rhythm.’

Harry

Creature comforts

Y la expresión que hemos escogido para esta semana es ‘creature comforts’.

Cuando usamos la expresión ‘creature comforts’ hacemos referencia a las cosas del día a día que pueden hacernos sentir cómodos y felices. Por ejemplo: un entorno familiar, nuestra manta favorita o los osos de peluche.

Si alguien dice ‘I don’t like camping. I don’t want to give up my creature comforts’, esto significa que ‘creature comforts’ son las cosas de su vida cotidiana que no dispone durante un viaje de estas características, desde su comida favorita hasta el baño particular. 

En este caso, Harry usa la expresión ‘creature comforts’ para hablar de los elementos diarios que hacen su vida diaria más fácil y cómoda. Después de un día largo y complicado en bicicleta, lo único que buscaba era la oferta de una cena caliente y una cama donde pasar la noche. Son estas adversidades que hacen le apreciar la comodidad. Veamos cómo usa la expresión:

‘I think those unexpected adventures are kinda what makes the trip a little bit exciting when you look back on it… ultimately it’s those moments of discomfort that make us appreciate the security and.. and creature comforts that we have.’

Learning materials

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