Expression: To Have A Blast/To Be A Blast

Learn Australian English in this Expression episode of Aussie English where I teach you the expressions TO HAVE A BLAST and TO BE A BLAST.

Expression: To Have A Blast/To Be A Blast

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Anyway, today we’re going to go over the expression TO HAVE A BLAST or TO BE A BLAST.

TO HAVE A BLAST, TO BE A BLAST.

This one comes from Thibault, and he was talking to me on Facebook in the Facebook Members Group for the Aussie English Supporter Pack.

He was asking about what this expression meant.

So, I thought, “Oh, (it’s the) perfect chance to make an episode and upload it this week covering this expression.”

So, TO HAVE A BLAST or TO BE A BLAST.

We’ll go over the definition of the words in this expression first.

Obviously, you guys know TO HAVE, you know to possess, or TO BE when you are something.

I mean TO BE is a pretty hard one for me to define.

It’s such a basic verb.

So, they don’t really need defining.

But, A BLAST, A BLAST, it’s obviously a noun, and if you want to get really technical A BLAST is a destructive wave of highly compressed air that spreads outwards from an explosion.

So, I mean, most of the time I’m going to use this interchangeably with words like “an explosion”, “a bang”, “a boom”, when something goes off that’s A BLAST to me, A BLAST.

So, imagine you’ve got some dynamite, you light it, put it somewhere and it explodes.

You could say, “The explosion that went off, it was A BLAST.” or say you’ve got some C4.

You’re a soldier.

You’ve put it on a door somewhere because you’ve got to get inside, and you blow it up, and it goes off with A BLAST.

Or an atomic bomb, you know, imagine the Second World War when the atomic bombs went off in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

You could say that that was AN enormous BLAST, A huge BLAST.

So, TO HAVE A BLAST just means to have a great time, to have a lot of fun, or to enjoy doing something a lot.

And TO BE A BLAST is when a specific thing was great, was a lot of fun, was incredibly enjoyable.

So, it’s a pretty simple expression guys.

I’m sure you guys get it.

So, TO HAVE A BLAST is usually used to talk about something that a person has experienced, say, “I HAD A BLAST at the party last night.”

Whereas, TO BE A BLAST is usually used to talk about that something being a good experience.

So, “The party last night WAS A BLAST.”

So, there you go.

Three examples here of how you would use this expression.

1.

So, going off that one we just mentioned, a party.

Imagine that you’re at a birthday party.

You have an amazing time.

All your favourite friends and family members are there.

You get, you know, really drunk.

You eat a lot of great food.

You hear great music.

The next day someone could be asking you, “Oh, man, how was that party last night? I heard you got to see all your friends. You had your favourite drinks there. It was awesome food. I heard the entertainment, the music was amazing. What’d you think?” and you could say, “Oh! The party WAS A BLAST! The party WAS AN absolute BLAST. It was great. I enjoyed it. It was amazing.”

Or, you could say, “I HAD A BLAST at the party. I HAD AN absolute BLAST at the party. The party WAS A BLAST. I HAD A BLAST at the party.”

2.

A second example could be that you went on holiday to The Gold Coast.

So, for example, a lot of Melbournians and people from Victoria and in the south of Australia often go north for holidays.

So, we’ll go up the coast and enjoy better weather.

It tends to be a lot colder in the south and a lot more muggy and rainy than it is, say, in the north.

So, we go to The Gold Coast.

There’s lots of beautiful beaches there.

So, imagine you’ve gone on a holiday.

You’ve come back after two weeks away on The Gold Coast surfing, seeing heaps of people, going partying, whatever.

You come back.

You see your family and they see you all tanned and happy and like you’ve had a great time.

They might say, “Oh! How was the holiday? Was it good?” and you could say, “It WAS A BLAST.”

Or, they could say, “Did you have a good time?

Did you have a good time on your holiday?” and you could say, “Oh! Absolutely. I HAD A BLAST. The holiday WAS A BLAST. I HAD AN absolute BLAST on the holiday to The Gold Coast.”

3.

A third example, just to finish up here, could be that you have travelled to Australia from Brazil.

So, g’day to everyone from Brazil listening to this podcast.

You’re a Brazilian.

You’ve come over to Australia, and you’ve tried surfing for the first time in Australia.

Although, that would probably be a little weird for Brazilians, because Brazilians are known for surfing and beautiful beaches.

Anyway, that aside, imagine they have come to Australia for the first time.

They have gone surfing for the first time down at Bells Beach.

Bells Beach is a beach along The Great Ocean Road, or I think, just before The Great Ocean Road in Victoria here.

And this is where we have like the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition each year.

You’ll see people like Mick Fanning, he’s a famous Australian surfer, and American surfers like Kelly Slater, often competing there.

So, you’ve gone surfing down at Bells Beach for the first time.

You had an amazing time.

You thought it was absolutely incredible.

You didn’t get killed by any sharks.

You didn’t get hit by any other boards, or injured in any kind of way.

You got out of the water after an hour of surfing, you know, and it was absolutely incredible.

You could say, “I HAD A BLAST surfing. Surfing for the first time in Australia WAS AN absolute BLAST. It WAS A BLAST to come here to Australia to Bells Beach to go surfing. The whole thing WAS A BLAST. I HAD A BLAST. It was amazing.”

So, that’s pretty much it guys.

I’m sure by now you get the sense of this expression TO HAVE A BLAST, to have a good time, to really enjoy yourself, or for something TO BE A BLAST, for that thing to be really enjoyable, for it to have been incredibly good fun.

So, to finish up here we’ll do a little listen and repeat exercise guys.

So, just listen and repeat after me and try and mimic my accent perfectly if you’re after an Australian accent.

Otherwise, just copy what I’m saying based on the words that I’m saying and use the accent that you’re after whether it’s a British accent or an American accent.

But if you want to copy me here’s your chance to do it.

So, listen and repeat after me.

Listen and repeat:

I had a blast.

You had a blast.

He had a blast.

She had a blast.

We had a blast.

They had a blast.

It was a blast.

And so now I’ll do that at natural speed.

I had a blast.

You had a blast.

He had a blast.

She had a blast.

We had a blast.

They had a blast.

It was a blast.

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