How to increase your English vocabulary

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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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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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The Pub With No Beer (song)

slip.jpgSlim Dusty was an Australian country music singer-songwriter and recorded many songs about Australia.

The Pub With No Beer song is based on a poem written during World War 2.   Beer was rationed during the war and American serviceman had drunk all the beer in the Day Dawn Hotel in Ingham, Queensland.

Dan Sheahan, a local farmer,  had ridden 20 miiles to  town for a beer and discovered there was none.  He later wrote a poem based on this experience.   In 1956 songwriter Gordon Parsons reworked this into a song and presented it to Slim Dusty.

I included a vocabulary list at the end of this article – useful for ESL students.

Watch Slim Dusty sing the song, and follow along with the lyrics.

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Australian wine language and slang

aussie_wineIn this article I explain the language and slang of Australian table wineranging from grape varieties, bottles and casks, paying corkage at restaurants, and playing goon of fortune in the backyard.

In a previous article I wrote about beer and drinking and many of these words apply to wine. You can read that article here.

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Australian Beer and Drinking Language (Slang)


australian-kangaroo-with-beerDrinking beer is a big part of Australian life.

In this article I explain the language  of beer and drinking in Australia. You will learn some slang as well.  I discuss  wine  in a later  article which you can read here.

So grab a coldie, and enjoy  this article.   Cheers mate!

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Music listening – Transistor radio to Internet jukebox

transistorThis is the story of my life of music-listening and the evolution of technology.  I thought of calling this article “From Transistor Radio to CDs, iPhone, MP3s, streaming audio. and YouTube” but that title is a bit long.

The technology of listening to music has changed enormously in my lifetime of over half a century.

In my childhood I had to wait for my favourite song on the radio or hear the record in a shop or at a friend’s house. Now I can find almost any song easily on YouTube  or play the media file on my computer or phone.

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