I would like to single out and describe a nice day that I have had at GV, however, it is quite difficult because I have had lots of them. Anyway, I’m going to summarize how interesting this experience had been for me.
I remember my first day here, when I could not understand , write or speak a word of English and I thought it would be the worst day and I would feel uncomfortable; but guess what? It was completely different! From the very first moment, everyone was friendly and helpful, teachers and classmates helped me a lot to adapt.
My class is fun with everyone trying to practise speaking English and joking around. In my opinion it is the best way to learn. We have three sessions a day. In the first session in the morning, we revise and practise the subjects and topics we did the day before. After the first break we go through the lessons in the book which introduce useful grammar points and vocabulary useful for every day life. During the third session we have different activities that range from listening, reading, writing and even the occasional cooking class in English.
After school finishes, students get together and organize parties, trips or games for the day.
In a few days I’ll be going back to Brazil and I would like to thank everyone who has lived with me. I’ll never forget the wonderful friends that I’ve met here and I wish you all the best. Gustavo.
Mariana, the Director of Studies at GV Brisbane, has put together some valuable information to help students to understand Australians when they speak.
Mariana, GV Brisbane's Director of Studies
Tips to Understand Australians
We know that the Australian accent is slightly different from the one you are probably used to, either American or British English. As soon as non-English speakers arrive in Australia, they notice a difference in pronunciation, vocabulary that is used and expressions.
Here, at Global Village, we want you to feel comfortable with the Australian culture, lifestyle and traditions, so every week we’ll post some tips for you to improve your understanding of the Australian world. There will be notes on Aussie slang, expressions, pronunciation, and many more things!
Today, we’ll work on three sounds that are specific to the Aussie accent.
The first one is the diphthong (two vowel sounds) that you can find in the words mind, time, find, which is not /ai/, pronounced at the front of your mouth, but /ai/, pronounced at the back. Click below to hear the British pronunciation of mind, time and find:
Compare it to the Australian pronunciation of mind, timeandfind to notice the difference.
The other diphthong that changes significantly is the one you can find in words like mate, main, pay, make. Australians don’t pronounce /ei/ as British people do. Australians will say /ai/. So the traditional greeting in Australia “G’day mate!” will be pronounced /gdai mait/ and not /gdei meit/ as a British person would say.
Click below to hear the British pronunciation of the words mate,main, pay, andmake:
and compare it to the Australian pronunciation of the words mate,main, pay, andmake to notice the difference.
The last pronunciation tip for today is called “intrusive R”. Australians tend to link words with an inexistent R. This only happens if a word finishes in a vowel and the following word starts in a vowel also. For example, in the phrase
“Australia and New Zealand”,
vowel a followed by vowel a
Aussies would say “Australia_r_and New Zealand”. Click below to hear the Australian pronunciation of the “Australia and New Zealand”and below here to listen to the British pronunciation of the “Australia and New Zealand” to notice the difference.
The “r” that is added is very soft, and it means nothing at all. It’s just pronounced to link the words together.
We hope these tips will help you to sound Australian, and to understand Aussies better when you talk to them in the street!
Some brave students took up the challenge and had a go at the ski ‘n’ skurf activity yesterday. Cindy told me that Os entertained everyone because he held on for dear life and refused to let go of the line. He didn’t want to fall in and get wet!
This is my last week in Global Village. I still remember the the day I came to Australia for the first time. It was about four months ago whenI arrived in Brisbane and then Caloundra with the objective to learn English because it is important for my profession. The journey was very long; I left Barranquilla (Colombia) and arrived in Bogota, from there I flew to Chile followed by New Zealand, Sydney and finally to Brisbane. The trip was very long and very boring and I had a problem because I missed my flight from Sydney to Brisbane. Eventually I got to Brisbane and then I caught a bus to Caloundra. Thank God in the end everything went well and I got to my destination.
During these months I have learned many things and I met many friends from different countries. More importantly, I had the opportunity to meet a great person who helped me and I love very much. He is Julio, my boyfriend. Now I hope everything will go well and that one day we will see each other again in Colombia.
Thanks to my teachers Jenny, Matt, Yvonne, Michelle, Louise, Mark , Gwen and especially Patty who helped me, taught me and believed in me.
Thanks Global Village for opening doors to me. I am happy because I have fulfilled my dream and I learned so much, especially because I am learning to learn more about myself.
I hope to return some dayand continue to learn about this beautiful country, Australia.
I’ve been here for 6 months and I feel happy with this school. I really enjoy my class. The class goes from 9am to 2.30pm and we have a half hour break for morning tea (coffee and tea is free for students). We have an hour lunch break too. This is enough time to eat and to talk to my overseas friends. After lunch we have class again and we usually learn speaking and writing skills through an intersting topic and songs.
When I first came here I was a bit nrevous, but in my Elementary class we played plenty of games and talked to each other and I felt better. After that, I was in the Pre-Intermediate class; I learned more grammar, vocabulary and speaking. When I spoke English, my teacher always corrected me so I learned where my mistakes were and I spoke more carefully. Now, I’m in the Intermediate class and I can feel my that my English skills are improving because I do practical study in class. I’ll be moving to the Upper Intermediate class soon so I’ll have new challenges.
There are different kinds of students and friendly teachers here, lots of interesting activities and wonderful weather and beaches. I love GV Caloundra!
There was a lot to celebrate last week: Stefanie’s birthday, ex-students returning to Caloundra and some farewells, Matheus, Yvonne, Corrine, Dominik, Frederic and Esther. So happy belated birthday Stefanie, welcome back Michele and Sariana and farewell to the others. I’m not sure about Dominik and Fred’s plans but Yvonne and Corrine are going to Darwin and Alice Springs for a month, while, Esther is going to study at GV Byron Bay for a month after she gets back from Sydney. Best wishes to you all. Enjoy the photos because it looks like you really enjoyed the night!