Australian and American English – 6 Confusing Words


This blog post is for sharing a short video about six words which have different meanings in Australian and American English. Enjoy!

Continue reading to see the video on YouTube and a transcript of the video.

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Where did Australia get its name? (Video)


Here is a video about how Australia got its name and why it is called Down Under.

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The Vocabulary of Mobile Phones


This article is a summary of vocabulary I have taught on the topic of smart phones.

A mobile phone a telephone with access to a cellular network  system so it can be used over a wide area, without a physical connection to a network.   Before mobile phones there were land-line phones. In Australia we call it a “mobile” and in America they call them cell-phones.

A smart phone is a mobile phone that performs many of the functions of a computer, typically having a touchscreen interface, Internet access, camera, and an operating system capable of running downloaded apps (programs downloaded from the Apple iStore or Google Play). A user needs to find a service provider and a plan of which there are many kinds – prepaid, SIM Only, or a monthly plan. Often there is a contract which includes the purchase of the phone.

The main service providers in Australia are Telstra, Optus, Virgin and  Vodaphone . Do you use another provider? Let me know in the comments.

What do you call smart phone in other languages?   keita-denwa (Japanese),  handphone 핸드폰 Handeupon  (Korean),  teléfono móvil (Spanish),  cellular (Portuguese).

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How did Australia get its name?

Australia icon, outline style

The name Australia comes from the Latin word Australis which means Southern.

As far back as the 2nd century there were legends of an unknown southern land  –  Terra Australis Incognita (Latin).  It was believed there had to be a large land mass in the south to balance the Northern land mass of Europe.

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What is Australian (Aussie) Rules Football?

Spotless Stadium, Sydney
Spotless Stadium, Sydney

Are you a fan of Aussie Rules? Do you follow the “footy”?

I showed the following video to my class to help them understand the rules. Try the quick quiz after the video then look at the attached worksheet and answers to learn more.

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How to increase your English vocabulary

Pile Of Words

As you learn English you face the big challenge of learning and remembering new words and expressions.

How can you increase your vocabulary and become a great communicator in English?

The best strategy is to be exposed to a variety of English through reading, listening and speaking;  writing down new words to help you remember then using these new words in your daily life.

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