My Australia Episode 10 Part 1
Hello, IÃm Vijay Khurana. Welcome to My Australia, the show about people from overseas having Australian experiences. ItÃs all about food today. HereÃs whatÃs coming up. Akki earns some cash picking grapes, Weiping goes crab catching and Faye digs in at a community garden. Fruit picking is a popular type of work for young people in Australia and itÃs a great way to meet people from other cultures, but itÃs also hard work.
LetÃs see how Akki goes picking grapes. My name is Akimitsu Miyazato. People call me Akki. IÃm originally from Okinawa Japan. ItÃs a little island, southern Japan. Born and raised there. Grew up going to the beaches and play sports and I was there til 18. I have a lot of friends I made. Well, my room mate is from Australia so first got to meet him and learn a lot from him. Down the street from where I live.
Ssssh! ThatÃs the wallabies, theyÃre basically small kangaroos. I didnÃt know about it but there are so many of them. Check it out. I finish university. I am hoping that I am getting a Masters degree and IÃm now here at the Mundubbera in Queensland five hours from Brisbane and I am at caravan park, staying in a caravan park, going to fruit picking which is grape picking now and itÃs very hot but making money.
So this is my room, itÃs a big tent and with a small bed and I brought my guitar and Notebook computer, suitcase, very simple life, and you know I just come back, work, at night, maybe one, two beers, play some tunes, some songs and try to compose some different songs my own. So this is where I always hang out with my friends. This is the kitchen dining area. There are so many foreign students, you know, itÃs a break from the school so, from India. There are a lot of Koreans.
Majority of students are from those countries. They came and working. I bought Korean curry powder so IÃm just going to ask them how I make this curry because I can’t read this Korean. If for you are three to four, five person you can put everything. Okay, okay. Okay. Good luck. Yeah, thank you.
We start working at five oÃclock am, itÃs still dark. Hi, itÃs 37. 37. This side. First day I only picked three boxes, which is, I couldnÃt probably tell you the price of what I earned but itÃs pretty pretty low. ItÃs very hot. Even though we start working at five oÃclock, by nine oÃclock the sun is,.
Yeah, very, very high and still, you know, making me burn and just, yeah, boiling. Recently I just found a little library in town. ItÃs very small library but thereÃs airconditioner there. So I just go there to relax and feel the air. ItÃs cooler air. Today IÃm cutting the grapes from this vine and IÃm doing this row, this side and basically this is the second pick. So first pickers already went about a week or two ago and then you know, all the grapes that are left behind, thatÃs ripe now and IÃm picking.
English Bites Series 8 Episode 21 Grape Picking
This story is about grape picking. First, listen to Akki talk about where he’s staying: So this is my room, it’s a big tent and with a small bed and I brought my guitar. He brought his guitar. Brought is the past tense of bring. Listen for the ‘r’ sound after the ‘b’ brought. I brought my guitar. Now listen for the past tense of buy, bought: I bought Korean curry powder. I bought Korean curry powder.
There’s no ‘r’ sound. Listen again: I bought Korean curry powder. Bought. These 2 words are easy to confuse. bring brought buy bought And where is Akki with the curry powder he bought? So this is where I always hung out with my friends. This is the kitchen dining area. He’s in the kitchen dining area the place in the caravan park where you prepare and eat your food.
That’s where he ‘hung out’. To hang out in a place is to spend a lot of time there. Notice that he uses the past tense of hang, hung: So this is where I always hung out with my friends. This is the kitchen dining area. He hangs out in the kitchendining area in the evening, but when does he work? We start working at five o’clock am, it’s still dark. Five o’clock a.m. a.m. means in the morning. You don’t need to say o’clock.
Listen: So it’s around six am now, this time of the day is a very, very comfortable to work in because sun is not too bright and vine is kind of like a shade. It’s not too hot. Next, listen for the way the word pick is used to mean remove the grapes from the vine and pick up means to collect: This whole box I pick, these whole grapes I pick, is going to be in Australian families’ home. Make a lid.
I work usually this fast and put it on. I usually work like this. Then I put my bar code on. This is me, 3241. That’s me. The tractor comes so I’m just going to put it here and those guys, the cart crew, come and pick it up. pick it up To pick up means to collect and to pick is to take fruit from a vine or tree. So what is Akki going to do after work?.
I finish my last box for today. Look at the sky. It’s beautiful. There’s no clouds. The temperature is 35 degrees celsius. Maybe I’m just gonna go home and ask my friends if they wanna get some beers with me, at the pub or something. He’s going to drink some beer with his friends. So what do you say when drinking beer with friends? Alright, cheers. Cheers guys. Cheers mate. Hot day.Yeah. Hard work, after hard work.
Cheers. You can even say ‘cheers’ to mean thank you. We’ll finish with Akki saying what he thought of the experience: I really like it and it was great, great experience and I’m really happy that I did.