Hello Leo Listeners. This week I’m joined by Pete from Aussie English. He invited me over to his podcast and YouTube channel a couple of weeks ago for a chat. And now I’m returning the favour. Pete is Australian, unsurprisingly, so it’s a great chance to listen to and compare our accents.

 

The idea behind this interview was to discuss Australian accents, Australian TV and anything else that took our fancy.

 

I ended up finding out about Pete’s PhD research into Australian rat populations. And got a lot of juicy language learning tips out of him. If you want to know about how he got an authentic French accent, stay tuned. A lot of these tips also apply to English.

We discuss:

 

First 10 minutes or so

 

  • The fact that Pete is actually Dr Pete as he holds a PhD
  • The fascinating evolution of Australian rat species and how they’re related to each other
  • My close call with a rat in Seville
  • Why rats make better pets than hamsters and mice. And why you should avoid ferrets.  

 

The next 10 minutes

  • Where Pete’s living and where he’s originally from
  • How and why Canberra became Australia’s capital
  • Chatting about Australian cities and why my relatives live in the worst one
  • Australian geography vs European geography and the impact (or not) on language learning
  • Linguistic diversity in the UK and the status of Gaelic in Scotland

 

20 minutes onwards

  • Pete’s experience learning languages
  • How Pete got back into learning French
  • Pete’s top language learning tips from his experiences in reactiving his French and learning Portuguese

 

39 minutes in

  • Classic Australian TV shows: Home and Away, Neighbours
  • Pete’s friends TV show about snake catching
  • Some Australian TV shows you might not have heard of
  • Australian movies

 

46 minutes in

  • Australian accents and slang

Links mentioned in our chat:

 

My interview on Pete’s YouTube channel about life in France: : https://youtu.be/FtMDWzK9VCM

My interview on Pete’s YouTube channel about  getting rid of subtitles: https://youtu.be/aIeZ3oOujTY

 

Pete’s big list of 20+ movies & TV shows in Aussie English that will help you learn the Australian accent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feFUc4EEDe0

 

Pete’s friend’s show, Snake Catcher is on this site: www.fraudulentfilms.com

 

Pete’s website: https://theaussieenglishpodcast.com/

Aussie English on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theaussieenglishpodcast/