AE 314 – Expression: The Best Of Both Worlds

Learn Australian English in this expression episode of Aussie English where I teach you to use THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS just like a native speaker!

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AE 314 – Expression:

The Best Of Both Worlds

G’day, guys. I hope you’ve been well.

I hope you’re kicking goals in life and achieving everything that you guys desire and deserve.

I’ve been working hard this week. Anyway.

Before we get into that, welcome to the Aussie English podcast.

If it’s your first time, this is the number one podcast for learning Australian English, for learning to understand Australian English as well as learning how to use Australian English.

So, I’m all about equipping you guys with English weapons, Australian English accent weapons, we can say, in order to better equip you to tackle the challenge that is understanding and speaking Australian English.

Anyway, let’s dive into the episode as usual guys.

Today’s expression is going to be “the best of both worlds”.

We’ll get into that in a bit, but first, I thought I would chat to you guys about my week.

So, I guess, to get started, I’m under the weather, I’m feeling under the weather or I am a little under the weather.

I’ve been sick for the last few days.

And it’s one of those things that I feel like as soon as I realise that I haven’t been sick for a long time I jinx it by thinking about it.

It’s kind of like, as soon as you think about not wanting something to happen or wanting for something to not happen it tends to happen.

And that has happened with me this time.

I thought, “Oh man! I haven’t been sick all year. How lucky is that? I mean I get through all of winter without feeling sick, without getting a cold, without getting the flu.”

And the moment that I thought that this week I got sick.

So, I went to the gym and did legs. I worked on my legs.

I did some squats and some deadlifts.

And I think that’s one of those things that knocks you around a little bit.

Your body has to kind of focus on healing your muscles when you go to the gym, and, especially, when you do legs, and you’re working the strongest part of your body.

Your body has to heal that, and so any virus that gets into your system can take hold more easily.

So, talk about frustrating. I’ve had the sneezes. I’ve been sneezing.

I’ve been coughing. It’s been really annoying.

I’ve been quite congested, but I’m still working hard and staying motivated.

Today, I have recorded a bunch of new One Simple Tip To Sound Australian episodes.

So, I’m going to put them up when I can guys.

I hope you haven’t been getting too overwhelmed with all of the new content that I’ve been putting out.

I’ve tried to be as productive as possible for you guys, and to keep giving you smaller more interesting and just different episodes to play with, to listen to, and to think about on the podcast as well as on the YouTube channel.

So, I’m trying to do one per day.

Anyway, without any further ado, guys, let’s get into today’s episode, and let’s learn what “the best of both worlds” means.

So, today’s expression guys is “the best of both worlds”, “the best of both worlds.”

As usual, let’s dive in and define the words in the expression “the best of both worlds”.

So, “the best”, “the best” is the greatest.

It’s the opposite of the worst. So, you might have the best dad in the world.

You might be the best player on a team.

In class, you might have the best answer of all the other students. “The best”.

The greatest or the opposite of the worst. “The best”.

The word “both”. I’m sure you guys know “both” is. It’s two things.

It’s when there are two things and you have both of them or you’re talking about the two things.

You’re talking about both of them.

So, if there are two kids outside you could say, “both of my children are outside” and the children could say, “both my parents are inside”.

So, it’s the idea of two things, two things.

“Worlds”. “Worlds”. Literally, “a world” is a planet.

A place with water, with life, with rocks, with plants, with animals.

That is a world. The whole place. The whole planet.

Figuratively though, it’s aspects of something.

So, for instance, my world, my world, Pete’s world, is the world that I experience as a human being.

So, it is the place that I live. It’s the people I know. It’s the things that I do.

It’s everything that is involved in the experience that it is to be me. That is my world.

You could say that Chinese culture is a different world. So, it’s not what I’m used to.

It’s a different experience. It’s a different world.

And you could say that going into the forest is a different world.

So, because I’m not used to living in that environment, because it’s a completely different experience from what I’m used to, I could say that if I go into a really cool tropical rainforest it’s a totally different world from say living in Melbourne, in Victoria.

So, as usual, let’s go through and define the expression “the best of both worlds”.

So, “the best of both worlds”, if you have the best of both worlds, you get to see the best of both worlds, it means that it’s a win-win situation.

So, a situation in which one gets the advantages of two different things, of two contrasting things, but to get both of them at the same time.

So, for example… we’ll go through these examples as usual guys.



Number one, for example, imagine that you love your job, but you also want to retire.

So, you also want to stop working.

You’ve gotten to the age of about 65, maybe 70 years old.

It’s time to retire, but you do absolutely love your job.

When you do retire, your job allows you to keep volunteering.

So, it allows you to keep coming to work. It allows you to keep being involved.

If you get to retire, but you still get to work where you work at your job, you could say that you get the best of both worlds.

So, you get to do both things.

You get to retire, but you also get to work.


Example number two.

Imagine that you attend lectures at a university and you’re in a class that is incredibly interesting to you, but, for example, if you’re doing a Master’s Degree or a PhD you might be going to the class to learn, but you don’t actually have to do the exams.

So, you’re not getting marked on results of the class that you’re doing.

You don’t have to worry about the assessments, the assignments.

You just get to go and learn, and then apply what you learn in the class to your project that you’re doing outside of that class.

So, if you get to go to the class, but you don’t have to worry about studying for these exams, and you don’t have to worry about passing the exams, you could say you get the best of both worlds.

You get the best of both worlds, because you get to go to the class and enjoy the material, and you also don’t have to worry, you don’t have to stress, you don’t have to freak out about exams, about assignments.

So, you get those two things, you get both those things, and they’re good.

They’re the best options. The best of both worlds.


Example number three.

Imagine that someone invents a junk food that tastes exactly like a chocolate bar or an ice cream or a bag of salt and vinegar chips.

I love salt and vinegar chips.

So, imagine that someone invents this junk food, but it has no sugar. It has no fat.

There’s zero calories. So, it’s healthy.

When you eat this thing… or at the very least it’s not necessarily healthy, but it’s not bad for you. Right?

So, imagine someone’s created this junk food that tastes like normal junk food, but it’s nowhere near as bad for you.

You could say it’s the best of both worlds.

So, it tastes amazing and it’s not bad for you. It’s the best of both worlds.

So, as usual guys, let’s go through a listen and repeat exercise where you guys get to practice your pronunciation and practice sounding just like a native English speaker, just like me.

So, listen and repeat after me guys.

Let’s go.

Listen & Repeat:

The best of.
The best of.
The best of.
The best of.
Both worlds.
Both worlds.
Both worlds.
Both worlds.
The best of both worlds.
The best of both worlds.
The best of both worlds.
The best of both worlds.

Good job guys. Good job.

As usual, let’s have a little discussion about the pronunciation and connected speech aspects of this expression, of this phrase, of this sentence that we just went through.

So, the main thing that I want you to take away today is the fact that the word “of” often gets converted into just an “-ah” sound when it’s sitting between two words like that.

So, for example if I was to say, “the best of both worlds”, but incredibly quickly, and like a native, I would say, “the best-ah both worlds”, “the best-ah both worlds”, “the best-ah both worlds”.

So, the “of” turns into just an “-ah” or “-eh” sound that links “best-ah both”, “best-ah both”.

This happens all over the place, guys.

You’re going to hear it with couple of = couple-ah.

You’re going to hear it when people say lots of = lots-ah, heaps of = heaps-ah, pair of = pair-ah, or heard of = heard-ah.

So, this is something that native speakers everywhere in the English-speaking world will do with the word “of”.

Let’s just practice, “the best-ah both worlds” five times, guys, and give you a chance to practice your pronunciation, and convert “of” into an “-ah” or “-eh” sound.

Let’s go.

Listen & Repeat:

The best-ah both worlds.
The best-ah both worlds.
The best-ah both worlds.
The best-ah both worlds.
The best-ah both worlds.

Good job guys. Good job. Keep at it. Keep listening to these episodes.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Learn all the vocab in them and practice your pronunciation, and sooner rather than later you’re going to sound a lot more like a native speaker.

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So, that’s it for today, guys. Thank you so much for listening.

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Until next time guys, I hope you have a killer week, I hope you have an awesome week.

I’ll chat to you soon. See ya!

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