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Mr G and Celine (Australia)
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A fragment from the Australian TV series 'Summer Heights High', filmed in the style of a documentary.

(Well, I've had Celine for 12 years. She's uhm, past it now but in her days she was quite) a performer. she and I did trick shows. We'd do little shows together with the hoops.

- And hoopies, go through. Come on. Hoopies, come through. Hoopies.

She might need some encouragement.

- Come through the hoop, Celine, come through the hoop.

Good, there we go!. That's what she does. She jumped 4 to 5 metres above the ground. With the run-up she'd just dive through it.

- She'd run, run, run, run, run and she'd go through the hoop and down.

She used to do a trick where she grabbed onto my arm, she'd bite onto the sleeve and I'd swing her around. We used to do multiplication tricks. Little trick where I'd give her a simple multiplication sum.

- Two times three is (six). Go. Step it out. One, two... Step it out. Come on. Three, four, five... six. Well done.

And she loves a bit of a swing, don't ya? Swing, swing. And the wonderful thing is... Out she comes. Can she walk? Yes, she can, but still she'll go to the side. It's cause of the, uhm... the dizziness that she gets.

- Ooh, ooh. Oh, no, that's not the front, go to the front. D'you want a smack? You'll get one. There we go.

Oop, that's what happens when you leave her to do something on her own.

NOTE: On this video he is talking about a past situation, he's talking about the things he and his dog used to do some years ago, when the dog was still young and a good performer, but not now. To talk about a past situation, past habits, he uses the two forms that are used in English for that: USED TO and WOULD:
- I used to go to the cinema every week, but now I go once a year
- When I was a child I would never finish my breakfast
- Every time he needed money he'd ask me, but one day I said, 'never again'

SHE'S PAST IT NOW= That situation belongs to her past.
- When I was younger I loved going to the disco, but I'm past it now.

IN HER DAYS= During her best years (when she was younger and famous).

PERFORMER= Someone who performs. To perform is to act for the public doing something special (singing, dancing, acting, juggling, etc.)

SHE WAS QUITE A PERFORMER= She was a very good performer.

TRICK= Talking about animals, a trick is something that animals will never do naturally but a person can train them to do it. For example, if a dog stands up when you order it, or it dances, that's a trick.

TRICK SHOWS= Shows where an animal does tricks.

WE'D DO...= We used to do... (see note about WOULD at the beginning of the explanations, we won't comment any more 'D here)

HOOP= A big ring used in the circus or to play with.

HOOPIES= It's a reference to the hoop. It sounds like the kind of language you use when talking to babies, where you change the words and make them sound more cute for them.

THERE WE GO= Perfect! That's it!

ABOVE= /əbʌv/ over

RUN-UP= a run-up is when you run quickly for a few seconds to gather momentum and propel yourself. For example, if you want to jump very high, you have a little run-up and then you can jump much higher because you can use the speed to give you power in jumping.

DIVE= To jump downwards (especially into water, but not here).

SHE GRABBED ONTO MY ARM= She took me by the arm (with her teeth). If you grab something, you hold it.

SUM= A mathematical operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)


STEP IT OUT= Express that using your feet (every step is one number, so to say 6 she would need to make 6 steps). The particle OUT here gives the idea of "express, reveal", a s with many other verbs (e.g. spell out, mouth out, work out, find out).

YA= (coll.) you.

CAUSE= (coll.) because.

DIZZINESS= The act of feeling dizzy. When you feel dizzy your stomach feels bad because you were moving from side to side or spinning around. Some people get dizzy when they travel by car on a winding road or when they travel by plane or by ship.

D'YOU= (coll.) Do you. This form is very frequent in conversation but we don't write it.

SMACK= To hit with your open hand (usually) so it makes a "slap" sound. Most frequently you smack someone on the face or on their bottom.

ON HER OWN= Alone.

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