Flame Trees – song by Cold Chisel

flame trees

Flame Trees” is a song by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel from their 1984 album Twentieth Century. It is one of their best known songs, and was written by drummer Steve Prestwich and organist Don Walker.

According to the band’s official website, Walker’s inspiration for the lyrics was a combination of his memories of Grafton where he had lived as a youth, and of his romantic dreams.  It’s really a story of love, regrets about “the one who got away”, and realising that you can never go back to the way things used to be.

The song title refers to Illawarra Flame Trees which grow on the east coast of Australia and often line roads. They turn vivid red in late spring when flowering.

These song lyrics can be used to teach vocabulary and the music video shows a typical Australian country town.   Continue reading to watch music videos and read the lyrics.

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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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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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G’day G’day How ya goin? Aussie Greetings

gdaygdayAustralians are a relaxed, friendly nation and the most famous Australian greeting is G’day (short for Good day).

G’Day, G,Day is a song by Australian country music legend, Slim Dusty. Here is a video of the song and the lyrics which contain some great Australian slang and language.

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How to speak Australian – abbreviate everything!


How to speak Australian? Abbreviate everything!  In this video I share the video by hijosh with a transcription of all the words.

I often show this video to my students. The word list and following questions can be used in an ESL lesson.

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