The Years To Come

Life is moving by so quickly.

In merely 9 days I’m going to be 15. 15! It’s such a small number, yet it seems so enormous and encompassing. I’ve been on this Earth for 15 years. 15 years where I’ve seen tragedy, joy, illness, destruction, actions of kindness that only occur every so often and everything in between. Hell, I even remember when nobody worried about climate change and everyone said things like “that won’t happen in my lifetime”. Look at the world now. I wonder what those people are thinking now.

In 5 weeks, semester 2 is going to start. It’s going to be term 3. That means that we are almost half way through the year.

It’s going to be June in 3 days. We only have 6 months left of 2017. Why do I feel like I’ve done nothing in that time? In 6 months you could be in your second trimester of pregnancy. In 6 months you could have traveled the whole of Europe. You could do so many things in 6 months but here I am sitting in my bedroom and all I have to show for 6 months are some crappy paintings, mediocre grades and a fucked up ankle.

Side note: Oh yeah by the way last weekend I fell over at netball and stuffed my ankle up so I had to go to hospital and get x rays and shit and they told me that I tore some really big ligaments in my foot which sucks and they said that if it doesn’t heal properly then I won’t be able to play netball ever again which I am sort of panicking about because netball is my escape and I love it with a passion so I can’t give it up. Okay deep breaths ha that was a long old sentence.

On June 3rd I’m going to be in Queensland. I’m going to Cairns and then Port Douglas which are cities up around the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and we’re going snorkeling and we’re gonna walk through the rain forests. It’s gonna be so fucking fun. I’ll definitely write a blog post for you guys about it when I get back.

At the end of this year I’ll be going on year 9 camp where we go to Sydney and basically do like a mini Amazing Race sort of thing.

I’m going to a Harry Styles concert in Sydney in December.

I’m going to an Ed Sheeran concert in March 2018.

I’m going to be in year 10.

I’m going to be 16

I’m going to learn to drive.

I’m going to graduate from high school.

I’m going to be in college (by the way college in Australia is year 11 and 12, not university).

I’m going to be in year 11.

I’m going to be a senior.

I’m going to be 17.

I’m going to get my P plates.

I’m going to get a job.

I’m going to be in year 12.

I’m going to be 18.

I’m going to be able to drink alcohol.

I’m going to graduate.

I’m going to go to university.

All of the stuff that I’ve listed above is all the shit that’s going to happen in the next 3 and a half years. 3 and a half fucking years. That’s nothing in the grand scheme of things. But yet, these next 3 and a half years are going to be the craziest years of my life so far.

And to be honest, I’m looking forward to it.

But I’m also a little scared.

But that’s okay. Because being scared means that you’re self aware. It means that you know that not everything is going to be perfect and you’re going to make mistakes and there’s going to be times when everything really fucking sucks. But you’ll get through it. And I know that because if you’re still here, alive right now, living on this Earth, then you’ve gotten through everything else.

So why couldn’t you get through this?




How To Speak Australian

Hey guys!

Recently in English we’ve been learning about etymology, the study of words. Last lesson we watched a video about Australian slang and the whole class was completely cracking up, realising how much slang we use in our daily lives. So today I thought I’d share with you some Australian slang and how to speak Australian.

First of all, we love to shorten words. Words that really don’t need to be shortened, we freaking shorten them anyway!

I’ll give a few examples:

  • biscuit – bickie
  • afternoon – arvo
  • football – footy
  • sunglasses – sunnies
  • relatives – rellies
  • kindergarten – kindy
  • lipstick – lippie
  • magpie – maggie
  • mosquito – mossie
  • pregnant – preggers
  • present – pressie
  • Christmas – Chrissy
  • Australia – Aussie
  • McDonalds – Maccas
  • Schnitzel – Schnitty
  • Woolworths – Woolies (a supermarket company here)

And that’s just to name a few.

Now, there’s a few categories that Australian slang phrases fit into.There’s having a chat to your friends, having a fight, gossiping, etc. For example, if you see a friend down the street, nobody in Australia’s gonna say good day, friend. How has your day been? If someone said that to me I’d probably laugh and walk away. No, the correct dialogue is g’day, mate. How’s it going?

If someone apoligised to you about something, you’d probably say no worries. And if you wanted to say thank you to someone you would say ta. If you’re annoyed about something, bloody hell. If you’re tired, I’m stuffed or I’m buggered. If someone did something good, good on ya. When someone is a bit unsophisticated and are a bit weird, bogans. If something seems a bit weird or not right, dodgy. If something is great, it’s a beauty. If you are annoyed at something, bugger it. If you’re annoyed at someone, get stuffed or come off it. If someone is a bit dodgy and bogan, their a dag. If someone deserves something bad that’s happened, sucked in. When saying goodbye, have a good one. If you think something will be okay, she’ll be right. When you want to try something, give it a crack. 

We also have a few things for foods and other random objects as well.

A sausage is called a snag. A sandwich is a sanger.Tucker means food.A biscuit is a bickie. Brekkie is breakfast. Chewie is chewing gum. Chokkie is chocolate. Daks is pants. Trackies are tracksuit pants. Cozzie is swimming costume. Dunny is toilet. Esky is coolbox. Grog is alcohol. Icy pole is ice lolly. Jocks is male underwear. Lollies are sweets. Loo is toilet. Munchies are snacks. Pav is pavlova (the dessert). Spag bol is spaghetti bolognese. Stubby is a beer bottle. Thongs are flip flops (not underwear!). Veggies or veg and vegetables. A ute is like a little truck or a utility vehicle.

How about we construct a paragraph now and test your Australian slang knowledge. To properly experience this you will need to read it in an extremely strong Aussie accent.

Here we go.

Yesterday arvo me and my mates chucked a few stubbies in the esky and packed a few sangers and snags for the barbie at the beach with my rellies.We hopped into the ute with our cozzies and thongs then headed for the beach. Before we got there we went for a Maccas run but I wanted a schnitty so we stopped by the Woolies in town. We played a bit of footy and told our mate to get sucked in when he fell in the water. All the mossies were out that night and the maggies were swooping us from the trees. Luckily I bought me sunnies though cause I was buggered by the end of the night. We chucked a few snags on the barbie and cooked up some veggies then had a pav for dessert with a block of chokkie. The dunny at the camp was gross as but I really had to go to the loo so I dropped me daks and jocks and went in the bushes. Before bed we had a few munchies and a bikkie with me cuppa. The ocean was a right beauty but one of me dodgy mates was being a bogan and ruined the night.We told him to get stuffed. The next morning we went for a dip before brekkie then all headed home. Told me mates to have a good one and it was no worries for bringing em along.

And there you go now you know how to speak fluent Australian. Also, if you found this amusing then I suggest you watch this video and this one. You might not understand the second one if you’re foreign but it’s a proper laugh if you follow along quick enough.

Have a good one mate!

Love always

Jags xxx