Catching a train in Australia! – Learn English for Free – Vocabulary and listening

Hi guys! Welcome back to English with Max.

Today I am going to teach you some train- and travel-related vocabulary.

I did actuallycatch a train recently.

Last week I went to Sydney and I filmed parts of the journey tolater share the experience with you.

It was a rather long journey.

It took 9 hours.

Yeah,Australia's known for many good things, but public transport isn't one of them.

In anycase, if you would like to learn some train vocabulary, or if you would just like to seewhat it's like to travel by train in Australia, I recommend that you keep watching.

In thebeginning of the video I do speak a little bit quickly, so if you find it hard to understand,I suggest that you click on the CC button to get subtitles.

I have also put a list ofthe vocabulary in the info box below and there will also be a list at the end.

Ok, so here we are at the train station.

Iprobably don't look my best this morning because we had to get up at sparrow's fart, whichis another way of saying "really early".

You can also say: "at the crack of dawn," or ifyou are Australian, you could just say: "too bloody early.

" It's also raining, to add insult to injury.

I don't know if you can see.

I apologise forthe quality.

I'm not filming on my normal camera, I'm filming on my phone today.

Ohit looks like some children have arrived.

So we are catching the train because we decidedto go to Sydney last minute.

Most normal people do catch the plane, but ah, well, we are alittle bit cheap, and the plane tickets were a bit expensive.

"Cheap" is just another wayof saying "stingy".

Now, this journey's going to take about 9 hours – that's 9 hours totravel 500 km.

Something tells me we're not in Europe anymore.

Oh there are people arriving.

The train is about to arrive.

It's very exciting.

Ok, so here we are on the train now.

I'm actuallyreally excited because, as some of you might know if you've watched my other videos, Ilive in a town in Australia called Coffs Harbour.

Coffs Harbour is the town where I grew up,but I only moved back about 3 months ago, and I haven't left it since.

Before that Iwas living in Paris off and on for about 6 years, so moving back to Coffs Harbour wasquite a shock to the system.

"A shock to the system" – that's a nice expression.

Anyway, today we are going to Sydney, thebig smoke.

"The big smoke" is a way to express a big city, basically.

Something that CoffsHarbour isn't.


Now, one thing you can do on a train to passthe time is, of course, eat.

Which is why I am now heading towards the buffet car.

Iapologise for not holding the camera very straight.

I don't want it to be very obviousthat I'm filming and have the guy working there think that I'm a crazy person.

Now we are having breakfast.

As you can see,Mum is making our teas, and we are going to eat these, which we brought from home.

Itis about ten to seven (6:50) in the morning.

Later on we will probably have a second breakfastbecause that is what you do when you sit on a train for 9 hours.

These are our tickets.

I'm sure that's nota new word for most of you.

Up there you can see a luggage rack, whichis where you can put your luggage, or your other belongings – you can see our thingsthere.

And here we have two reading lights.

That is the emergency exit, which is the doorthat you exit by if there is an emergency, like a fire or a crazy person running around.

This is the inside of our carriage.

You canalso say "car", so we are in car E.

And we deliberately chose car E because we were pretty sure that it was going to be empty.

The part in the middle between the seats, so the partwhere you walk, is called the aisle.

Yes, the "s" is silent.

You also have aisles inairplanes, and when you book a ticket, you can decide whether you have a window seator an aisle seat.

So 3 is the window seat and 4 is the aisle seat.

As you can see, Mum is in the aisle seat.

"Crew only" means that only the crew, so only the people working on the train, are allowedto pass through.

Now, travelling by train in Australia is notquite as fascinating as many people might think.

You don't see koalas, you don't seekangaroos, and you do not see Crocodile Dundee.

You basically see fields, sometimes a river,some buildings.

And you see cows.

More cows.

Because there isn't much to see out the window,we brought several things with us to keep us occupied.

As you can see, Frank has comealong too, and he's very excited as well.

Here we have an iPad, I have my computer,we each have a book.

We have several episodes of Survivor to watch, we have some films.

There unfortunately is no WiFi on the train, and we're hoping that the power on our deviceslasts because there are no power outlets.

Something tells me we're not in Europe anymore.

Now we are having our second breakfast.

I'mhaving a savoury croissant, and because we're in Australia it's served with tomato sauce,which is also known as ketchup in other countries.

Mum's having a pie, which is very Australian.

More cows.

This is the sign right in front of us.

Itsays: "We're watching out for you.

Staff are now wearing personal safety cameras, whichare monitored 24/7, to help you stay safe.

Audio and camera images may be used by police.

If you see bad behaviour or feel unsafe, tell a staff member right away.

" This means that the people working on thetrain all have cameras attached to their bodies.

Like in a spy movie.

I don't know about you,but that doesn't really make me feel safe.

Lunchtime! What are we having for lunch? We are having vegetarian lasagne.

Mmm, yummy! More cows.

We have just stopped for a few minutes ina small town called Dungog.

This is true, rural Australia.

I'm almost sad we're notspending the night here because I'm guessing they must have a fascinating nightlife.

Upahead you can see some train tracks – we still have about 200 km to go.

In any case, wheneverI complain about living in a small town such as Coffs Harbour, I can always comfort myselfby remembering that I don't live in Dungog.

Now we are returning to civilisation.

We arenow in the outer suburbs of Sydney, which means that we are about 20 minutes away fromour final destination.

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