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Bogan! A fine example of a mullet if ever I saw one


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With Andrew and Hans on Friday night we looked into the attitudes Australian’s adopt when they’re overseas. Click the link above for a more in depth look at a discussion of Australian stereotypes including ‘bogans’ and ‘mullets’ – that’s a fine example in the picture above!

Apparently class divisions between expats can be quite distinct in England, where a third are extremely well paid and the rest are just out for a holiday and a good time.

We also mentioned silent letters – why do they exist? For the answer, just look below.


Hans asked this question last week, and here’s a really good answer:

“Etymology is the reason there are so many silent letters in English spelling. Etymology is the study of the history of words, and there was a widespread view that words should show their history in the way they are spelled. There was a genuine belief that it would help people if they could ’see’ the original Latin in a latin-derived English word.

So someone added a ‘b’ to the word spelled ‘det’, ‘dett’, or ‘dette’ in Middle English because the source in Latin was ‘debitum’. It thus became debt and caught on. Similarly, an ‘o’ was added to ‘peple’, because it came from’populum’. We find both ‘poeple’ and ‘people’, before the latter became the norm. An ’s’ was addedto ‘ile’ and ‘iland’ because of the Latin ‘insula’. Now we have ‘island’. There are many more such cases. Some people nowadays find it hard to understand why there are so many ’silent letters’ of this kind in English. It is because other people thought they were helping.”

THIS IS ALL COURTESY OF http://aishwariya.wordpress.com/2007/09/18/why-are-there-silent-letters-in-english-spelling/


a) We use ‘like’ to talk about things we enjoy eg. “My brother likes Starcraft”

ALSO if we put another verb in after ‘like’ we add ‘-ing’ to it eg. “My brother likes playing Starcraft”

b) We use ‘would like’ to talk about things we want. ‘I would like’ is more polite than ‘I want’. eg. ‘I’d like a day off work’

ALSO if we put a verb after ‘would like’ we use the infinitive/simple form with ‘to’ eg. ‘I’d like to speak another language’

c) We often use ‘Would you like…’ for an offer eg. ‘Would you like a coffee?’

We picked this up well in class, but if you’d like further activities, try this:



On Friday we went discussed the use of ‘How’ in questions and the different ways we can use it.

We divided ‘how’ into four different groups:

a) to ask about the way to do something eg. ‘How do you say that?’

b) to ask about the size, amount, number, distance etc. of something eg. ‘ How far is Strathfield from here?’

c) phrases used when you meet someone eg. ‘How are you?/How do you do?’

d) to make a suggestion eg. ‘ How about we get a coffee?

We all did well in class, but if you want some more practice I recommend taking this quiz:


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