Show 539 Wednesday 24 October

Watch today’s show at YouTube.Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today is mistake day and I’d like to tell you about a useful site about mistakes.

The site is by Paul Brians who is a Professor of English at Washington State University in the United States – so obviously it’s about American English.
And it’s not actually for English language students. It’s talking about the common mistakes of native English speakers in the United States.
But I still think it could be useful for you. And if you’re a native English speaker interested in language then I think it’s a fun site to browse. You can think, “Mmm what does that word mean?” And click on it and have a read … it’s really interesting.

Here’s an example which could be useful for language learners: vain vane vein
Three different words with the same pronunciation.

This is what he says about this vain:

When you have vanity you are conceited: you are vain. “You’re so vain you probably think this song is about you.” This spelling can also mean “futile,” as in “All my love’s in vain” (fruitless). Note that when Ecca-something ( Ecclesiastes) says that “all is vanity” it doesn’t mean that everything is conceited, but that everything is pointless.

Next vane:
A vane is a blade … blah, blah, blah … I don’t think that one’s very important.And the last vein:
A vein is a slender thread of something, like blood in a body or gold in a mine.

I can see veins in my arms. They’re blue lines.

And he says:
It can also be a line of thought, as in “After describing his dog’s habit of chewing on the sofa, Carlos went on in the same vein for several minutes.”

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, this is Stick News. For the last four days massive fires have been burning in Southern California in the United States. More than 900,000 residents have been evacuated and at least 1,500 homes have been destroyed.

Southern California is the southern portion of the US state of California.
Recently, the area has been extremely dry and windy.
On the 20th of October a series of wildfires started burning.
Today, 16 fires were burning. Several fires were thought to be started by power lines which were knocked down by winds. Others may have been arson.
According to Wikipedia six people have died and at least 70 others have been injured.
The Californian Governor declared a state of emergency in seven California counties. And the President of the United States signed a major disaster declaration.
CNN reported there were 76,000 people staying in 42 shelters in San Diego County this morning. Including thousands of people staying in a sports stadium.
According to an emergency official the cost of homes destroyed by the fires is likely to top $1 billion in San Diego County alone.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 24th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
Which language would you most like to study and why?

Um, I would love to continue studying French in France. I did an exchange when I was in grade 10 and I was way too young to care about it. Like, I was just like, “oh yay, I’m in France”.
But I’d love to go back there and become immersed in the culture and stuff. And just get to know it better because I definitely didn’t appreciate it when I could do it.Italian, because my family’s from Italy.

I’d like to study Spanish because I think it’s one of the, kind of, next emerging languages. So it’s going to become really important economically and to get jobs. And I think the more languages you have the better chance of getting jobs. Plus, I’d love to go to South America. So I’d love to have that language so I could work down there.

I guess English is the, ah, language that I want to study, because, ah … in my way of thinking, I guess English will, ah, be most useful. Although my mother, mother language is Chinese, but I guess English, ah, will be a very good choice to be my second languages. So, I guess, that will be OK.

French. Because it’s a romantic language, that’s why.

conversations with sarah
#334 You must get annoyed sometimes.Step 1: Repeat Jim’s lines.
Step 2: Read Jim’s lines and talk to Sarah.

Jim Do you have any pet language peeves?

Sarah Yeah, kind of. Well, I mean, I’m a teacher so when students make mistakes I don’t get annoyed.

Jim You must get annoyed sometimes.

Sarah Yeah, sometimes secretly. But I would be a really bad teacher if I showed the student I was annoyed at them making a mistake, because it’s perfectly natural to make mistakes. I mean, if they spoke perfect English they wouldn’t need lessons, right?

Jim True.

Sarah Anyway, OK, I’ll try and think of something that annoy me. OK, マイカー。That’s Japanese.

Jim What does it mean? My car?

Sarah No, it could mean my car, your car, anybody’s car. It just means … a car that someone owns privately, as opposed to a rental car or a stolen car or something.

Jim How do you use it?

Sarah For example, 彼女はマイカー通勤です。And if you translated that literally, it would mean, “she goes to work in my car”. But it doesn’t mean that, it means: “she drives to work”. Or, “she drives her own car to work”. But it’s like … my car? She doesn’t drive my car to work, it’s her car!

Jim Are there any other words like that?

Sarah Oh, yeah: マイペース. Another ridiculous word. You say to someone: please go at “my pace” when you mean your pace. Crazy.

Jim But people don’t say that in English.

Sarah Yeah, no they don’t. But students do – because sometime Japanese is the name as English, like カメラ means camera, exactly the same, no problem. But マイペースdoesn’t mean my pace.

notes

You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.

This is a line from a song called You’re so Vain by Carly Simon. This song was written in 1972.

Listen to the song here.

links

today’s news

today’s STICK NEWS pictures

California Wildfires (Wikipedia)

Common Errors in English

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 4

from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 538 Tuesday 23 October

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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

This is our last week in Wolfville. On Saturday, we’re flying to Vancouver. And we’re actually stopping in Toronto on the way but only for a few hours unfortunately. We wanted to stay there longer, but we can’t so we’re just have to come back to Canada. There are so many places that I’d like to see. But you can’t see everything – especially when you’re in the second biggest country in the world.

So we’re flying back to Vancouver, then flying back to Japan on the 4th of November. So we have a week to fill in and during that time we’re going to Vancouver Island for a couple of days and after that I’m not sure yet. I’m supposed to be sorting that out but I haven’t quite got around to that.

Anyway, after we get back to Japan we’re going to take a bit of a holiday. The Daily English Show hasn’t had a holiday since last August, when we took a month off. So I think it really is time for a break. We’re going to take 10 days off. From Friday the 9th of November to Sunday the 18th of November. I think it’s a good time to have a break because we might not have internet access during that time – because it takes a bit of time to set up. We’re going back to Kutchan by the way – the same place we were in last winter. Back to the yellow couch.
And it’ll be nice to have a break when we get back to get over the jet lag, do a bit of cleaning. And I might even do a bit of work on The Daily English Show website. That really needs some work.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today, YouTube New Zealand has been launched. The site is a localized version of YouTube featuring some videos on the front page that were made by New Zealanders.

YouTube is an online video sharing website owned by an American company called Google.
Since June this year localized versions of the site have been available
for countries such as Japan, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
Today, YouTube New Zealand was launched.
Newstalk ZB reported that members of the VIP online community were invited to the launch which was held in Auckland.
The New Zealand Herald reported the launch was a “kiwi content fizzer”.
But according to one of the leading sources of online news, YouTube editors showed their outstandingly good taste in deciding to feature a video by The Daily English Show.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 23rd of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
What do you know about New Zealand?

Ah, I only know about cows in New Zealand.

Um, nothing.

I don’t really know anything about New Zealand.

Well, I know that it is located in the Pacific, close to Australia. That it has a lot of sheep. And that Lord of the Rings was filmed there.

I know that they, ah, filmed Lord of the Rings in New Zealand.

I know that New Zealand has good rugby. Our rugby coach is from New Zealand.

conversations with sarah
#333 What’s different about the NZ site?

Step 1: Repeat Mana’s lines.
Step 2: Read Mana’s lines and talk to Sarah.

Mana What’s different about the NZ site?

Sarah Not much … the videos on the front page are different.

Mana Are they all made by Kiwis?

Sarah No, most of them are made by Australians.

Mana Oh, that’s weird.

Sarah Yeah … but I don’t think there are that many videos made by Kiwis to choose from.

Mana Isn’t YouTube very popular in NZ?

Sarah I don’t know. But I think New Zealand has some problems with broadband – so most people don’t watch online video. And anyway, there aren’t many people in New Zealand.

Mana Is there a YouTube Canada?

Sarah No, there isn’t. I guess … maybe there will be in the future, though.

Mana I wonder how they decide which country to do next.

Sarah Yeah, I don’t know.

link

today’s STICK NEWS pictures

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 4

from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 537 Monday 22 October

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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today’s guest is Jeremy. He’s a fourth year business student at Acadia. And he’s also the president of ACE Acadia.
ACE stands for Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE).
And as part of ACE Acadia Jeremy has been producing video during the strike which is going on at Acadia at the moment. I asked him why he decided to make the videos and post them on YouTube.

Ah, well, part of the, ah, ACE project or ACE mandate, one of the criteria is, ah … well there’s an ethical component to it. And my faculty advisor, ah, for ACE, she had this brainwave, ah, the weekend before the strike happened, she said why don’t you go around interviewing people and just getting their take on things. And ah, the second question could maybe be an ethical one. So with her help we, we established the three questions. And every day of the strike have gone around talking to people … um, what they think of the strike, if they think it was ethical for the faculty to have gone on strike, and if they have any other messages to tell people about the strike.
It’s, it’s our current event right now, it’s, it’s ah, what Acadia and Wolfville is going through at this … immediate time. And ah, It’s been an absolute pleasure, ah, talking to people, and hearing what they have to say. And these skills with video editing and YouTube it’s all been knew to me also, so ah, it’s fun to learn.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today, Dumbledore is gay. On Friday night the author of the Harry Potter series announced that one of the main characters in the series plays for the other team.

Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
On the 19th of October J.K. Rowling was speaking in New York City. A fan asked her whether Dumbledore finds “true love”. She answered, “Dumbledore is gay.”
She said that he had fallen in love with another character, who did not return his affections. And that love, was his great tragedy.
The audience at the time first gasped, then clapped.
Since Friday, Potter fans around the world have discussed the news. CNN reported some were dismayed, others indifferent, and most were supportive.
One fan said Rowling calling a character gay would make wonderful strides in tolerance toward homosexuality.
“By dubbing someone so respected, so talented and so kind, as someone who just happens to be also homosexual, she’s reinforcing the idea that a person’s gayness is not something of which they should be ashamed.”

And that was Stick News for Monday the 22nd of October.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#332 Why are you studying business?

Step 1: Repeat Sarah’s lines.
Step 2: Read Sarah’s lines and talk to Jeremy.

Sarah Why are you studying business?

Jeremy For myself, I think business makes sense. Ah, I’ve always been a little bit entrepreneurial in my thinking. Sort of, what can I do, ah, to create my own type of employment. I don’t do that all the time but I think the skills I’m learning in business is going to ultimately assist whatever game plan I, or life plan I, I choose to go down. Ah, I didn’t want to go to university right after high school, so I didn’t. Um, so I’m sort of more of a mature student right now, well for age at least. And, ah, yeah, when I looked at what do I want to take, I figured business was the practical way of, the practical thing to do, I guess you could say.

Sarah And you’re in your fourth year?

Jeremy Fourth year here at ah … of Acadia studies, but this is actually only my second year on campus. There’s a college down the road in Kentville and I went there, got a financial services diploma, and I was able to transfer here into third year, last year. So, ah, I’m in fourth year at Acadia, but it’s only my second year here.

Sarah What do you want to do after you graduate?

Jeremy That’s always the question people ask students. And, ah, ideally I’ll stay here in Wolfville. I’m from the West Coast, a suburb of Vancouver. And I moved out here about five years ago. And, I love it out here, I think Wolfville’s a great little community. And in one of my classes right now actually, at Acadia, I’m developing a business plan. Um, I’ll be doing that all year. And if things work well and if the plan, you know, ah, is well thought out, then I’m going to try to establish this project this summer. And, so that will give me a short term plan for, you know, immediately after school, during the summer. And then we’ll see if it can go from there.
I’m sure there’s ways I can stay in Wolfville, and be involved, and have it financially make sense also.

Sarah Can you tell us about it or is it a secret?

Jeremy Well no, it’s not secret. I mean I don’t like to talk about it too much because, you know, it puts up expectation. But, um, at the same time I’m kind of excited about the possibility of starting a town walking tour, idea. Wolfville is such a picturesque, community, tourist type of town. And although the tourism numbers have been going down in, in recent years,
I still think there would be a market out there for people willing to know more about the town when they come to visit. And so if I can provide a guided walking tour of the, ah, cultural, historical ah business aspects of the town. Then I think people will pay for that service. And it would be very enjoyable for myself because it just involves talking to people, really. And that works for me.

Sarah What do you like about Wolfville?

Jeremy It’s the sense of community that’s here. Every Saturday morning there’s a Wolfville Farmers’ Market. Throughout half the year, like the summer months, it’s outside. And the other half of the year it’s here on campus in the BAC. Ah, or in the SUB, the Student Union Building, sorry.
Ah, and what do I like about Wolfville? I like going, standing right in the middle of the market, looking around and just breathing it all in. Because you see people ah, buying from local farmers, their produce, their vegetables. There’s live music, there’s, there’s people with smiles on their faces. There’s a sense of community that, ah, is elsewhere, you can find this in other places also. But no where have I been that it’s most … um, I don’t know, welcoming, as here in Wolfville.
There is such a great dynamic from townspeople and university. Ah, there’s like, what, 3000 students, about 3000 community members. So it’s a great mix. It’s somewhat of a transient town, in the sense that you do get people coming in for brief amounts of time. And make friends and then you say goodbye real fast. But ah, you know, that’s what makes it enjoyable also. There’s always people coming and going because of the university and because of the university and because of the facilities that are in place here.
It might be in rural Nova Scotia but it’s about an hours drive to the city.
And I’ve never felt trapped or bored and those are good things for a young person to, to not feel.

notes

plays for the other team = is homosexual

stride = a long, decisive step

dub = give an unofficial name or nickname to

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
This is a quote by Dumbledore. (Used in today’s STICK NEWS picture).
More quotes from Dumbledore here.

does not do to = it is not a good idea to
to dwell on = think, speak, or write at length about

links

today’s news
today’s STICK NEWS pictures

Dumbledore (Wikipedia)

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 4

from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 536 Sunday 21 October

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Sunday Kitchen #69 Brownies

Boil one cup of water and 1/2 cup of flour over low heat, stirring constantly, until it reaches the consistency of a thin gluey paste. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Mix 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 3/4 of a cup of cocoa and 1/2 cup of oil.

Add the flour-water mixture.

Mix well.

Add 1 1/2 cups of flour and 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder. Spread mixture into a pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

link

I used this recipe.

But I used one cup of sugar instead of two because two seemed like too much.
It tasted sweet enough to me.

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 2
from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 535 Saturday 20 October

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When did you learn how to make a Chinese knot?
Four years ago.

Who taught you?
My friends.

Was it easy to learn?
Ah, it’s easy to understand how to make it, but it’s very hard to remember the process.

How long does it usually take to make one Chinese knot?
Ah, maybe 20 minutes.

What do you call it in Chinese?
In Chinese, it’s 中國结. Yes. 中國 means China. And 结 means knot.

Do many people in China know how to make them?
No, because it’s so difficult so just … little people know how to make it.

How do you use them in China?
Ah, we always hang it on the wall, or on bag, or so on. And some people always make it like some mobile phone hangings, or some earrings and so many things.

What do they mean?
Ah, have so many meanings, like harmonious and double lucky and the live forever and so fourth.

links

Chinese knot (Wikipedia)

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Pequeñas piezas para María 2, Noesis 5, Noesis 4
from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 534 Friday 19 October

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Today we went to Halifax. The trip went smoothly until just before we arrived in Halifax and suddenly the bus crashed into the car in front. So we had to wait for about an hour before we could continue. Luckily no one on the bus was hurt but the guy in the car got taken away in an ambulance.

We all had to give our details to the police.

This is Halifax.

First we went to Keith’s brewery. We did a tour. The tour was great. The guides were all dressed in costumes and they spoke as if they were living in the 1800s. It was really cool.

In we go on folks. Time’s a-wasting.

We had to show them ID and wear a sticker.

Hello folks, how are you doing today? Good. Well, my name’s Amy O’Hara and Mr. Keith gave me explicit instructions to take you under my wing, so to speak, and to show you what it is you’ve gotten yourselves into. So follow me, right this way.

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to film anything. But we were allowed to take photos.
On the tour they showed us a movie and talked about the history of Keith’s.

The guides stayed in character the whole time. This guy was brilliant. He was very funny.

They served us beer, sang, danced, told us a story, and played a game. I fully recommend this tour if you’re ever in Halifax.

After the tour we walked around Halifax for a bit.

Then we went to a shopping mall where I saw a Spiderman bucket and a singing tree, but nothing else that was very interesting.

Signs from the tour:

notes

time’s a-wasting = we are wasting time

take you under my wing
under one’s wing = in or into one’s protective care

knave
n. (archaic) a scoundrel

scoundrel
n. a dishonest or unscrupulous person; a rogue

rogue
n. a dishonest or unprincipled man, a mischievous but likeable person

unscrupulous
adj. without moral principles, not honest or fair

fisticuffs
n. pl. (old-fashioned or humorous)
a fight in which people hit each other with their fists

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: Fabio Basile
album: Mabbit
track: Tropica Bulgar
from: Verona, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site
YouTube channel

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