Monthly Archives: April 2006

Show 28 Sunday 30 April

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日本語

sunday kitchen
#4 Coffee

To make a cup of coffee is easy.
All you need is…
A coffee pot.
Some coffee beans.
Some scissors.
A grinder.
And some water.

All you need to do is …
Cut open the bag.
Pour some beans in the grinder.
Put the lid on.
Press the button.
Wait until it stops grinding.
Take the lid off.
Pour some water in the bottom part of the coffee pot.
Put the middle part in.
Put some coffee in.
Screw the top part on.
Put the pot on the stove.
Turn the gas on.
After a while some coffee will start pouring out the top.
When it has finished …
Turn off the gas.
Take the pot off the stove.
And pour the coffee into a coffee cup.

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Show 27 Saturday 29 April

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Sarah’s Diary
#2 Baseball game

Last Sunday, I went to a baseball game.

Before the game started, I saw some players wearing blue caps.

I saw a guy warming up.

I saw a bird shoot something into the crowd.

I saw some people in interesting costumes selling beer.

I interviewed a person in the crowd.

I saw some kids playing baseball.

I saw lots of big cameras.

During the game …
I saw some nice hits.

I saw miyamoto preparing to hit.

I saw Miyamoto hit the ball.

I saw another nice hit.

I saw a pretty beer girl.

I saw a lovely rear end.

I saw a Japanese flag.

I saw some players having a bit of a talk.

I saw a guy practicing pitching.

I saw Huruta.

I interviewed a fan again. I asked him how he felt now that his prediction was wrong and his favourite team was losing.

I saw the final score.

And after quite a few beers … a final interview.

Show 26 Friday 28 April

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STICK NEWS

Kia Ora. In Stick News today it’s spring in Japan, and the perfect time for a party. About 2000 people rocked on at a party yesterday with the emperor.

This is Akihito. He is the emperor of Japan and the world’s only reigning emperor.
He is an amateur specialist of ichthyology and has published many books about fish.
He’s 72 years old. But he still likes to party. And yesterday he invited about 2000 friends over for his annual spring garden bash at the Akasaka imperial garden.
Emperor Akihito spent 90 minutes walking along a line of guests chatting.

Staff at the Daily English Show were expecting to be invited to the party. But despite checking the letter box daily, the invitation… never arrived.

conversations with sarah
# 20 What do you want to know?

Sarah’s co-worker Taka asks her about New Zealand.
Step 1: Repeat Taka’s lines.
Step 2: Read Taka’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!

Taka You’re from New Zealand aren’t you?

Sarah Yes, I am.

Taka I’m thinking of going there this year.

Sarah Oh, really?

Taka Could you tell me a bit about New Zealand?

Sarah Sure. What do you want to know?

Taka Sorry?

Sarah What would you like to know?

Taka Oh, um, well, what are the most popular sports?

Sarah Sports? Um, well, I guess rugby is the most popular.

Taka Oh yes, rugby. I’ve heard of the All Blacks. They’re a good team aren’t they?

Sarah Yeah, apparently.

Taka Do you like rugby?

Sarah Mmm. Not really.

Links:

Read today’s news here.

Read about ichthyology here.

Show 25 Thursday 27 April

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STICK NEWS

Kia Ora. Today two Maori smokefree representatives are meeting a tobacco company in New York to talk about the way cigarettes are killing maori people. Stick News brings you this report about smoking.

This is a cigarette vending machine in Japan. You may be surprised at some of the names of the cigarettes. Lark, peace. You wouldn’t think smoking these things could be so dangerous.

In Japan smoking is on the decline, and some steps have been taken to discourage the habit. There are non-smoking areas in many restaurants and cafes. Smoking in the street is banned in the Chiyoda ward in Tokyo. And in other areas smoking while walking is also discouraged. Advertising smoking is still permitted although the advertisements on trains now come with health warnings.

In some other countries the warnings are much stronger. Such as on this vending machine in Melbourne, Australia.

In New Zealand on December 10th 2004 all bars and restaurants became smokefree. There’s been an aggressive anti-smoking campaign for many years. And smokefree warnings are bilingual. Last year it was discovered that in Isreal, cigarettes called Maori Mix werebeing sold. Maori people were not impressed.

When Tobacco company Philip Morris was contacted about the issue last year there was an immediate retraction and apology. But Maori still have more to say and are meeting Philip Morris’s parent company in New York today.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 27th of April.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 19 Have you been to Hawaii before?

Sarah is on the plane from Tokyo to Hawaii. She starts talking to the woman next to her.
Step 1: Repeat woman X’s lines.
Step 2: Read woman X’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!

Sarah    Have you been to Hawaii before?

Woman X Yes, about ten times.

Sarah    Wow! You must really like it.

Woman X Yes, I do. It’s a beautiful place.

Sarah    How long are you going for this time?

Woman X 10 days. How about you?

Sarah    Ah, I’m staying for a week. I’ve never been to Hawaii before.

Woman X Really?

Sarah    Yeah. Actually, I’ve never been to America before.

Woman X I hope you have a good time.

Sarah    Thanks. I’m sure I will. I’m really excited.

Show 24 Wednesday 26 April

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STICK NEWS

Kia Ora.
In Stick News today, respect for Ali G from one of the daughters of the president of Kazakhstan.

This is Kazakhstan. It has a population of 15 million, and is the ninth largest country in the world by area. 
This man is not from Kazakhstan. His name is Borat. And according to Wikipedia most people in Kazakhastan have never heard of him. Borat is a character played by this British comedian, who is best known for another character he plays, Ali G.
Borat presented the MTV Europe awards in November last year. He flew in in a plane, flown by a pilot holding a vodka bottle. The Kazakh Foreign Ministry weren’t impressed. They described his portrayal as “utterly unacceptable, being a concoction of bad taste and ill manners which is completely incompatible with ethics and civilized behaviour.”
Authorities then closed down his Kazakhstan website the following month.
But yesterday, it was reported, that one of the Presidents daughters thinks that wasn’t such a good idea. She says, “we should not be afraid of humour and we shouldn’t try to control everything”.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday 26th of April.
Respect.

conversations with sarah
# 18 When did you lose it?

Sarah loses her glove at a ski resort. She asks the person at the information desk in the lobby by the restaurant.
Step 1: Repeat Mr X’s lines.
Step 2: Read Mr X’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!

Sarah Excuse me. I was wondering if anyone has handed in a glove.

Mr X A glove?

Sarah Yes. It looks like this.

Mr X When did you lose it?

Sarah Only in the last hour. I think I dropped it in this lobby on the way into the restaurant to have lunch.

Mr X Just a moment, I’ll have a look.

Sarah Thanks.

Mr X Sorry, I didn’t find any gloves like that.

Sarah Oh, really.

Mr X Sorry about that.

Sarah Thanks anyway.

Notes:

Read about today’s news here.

Authorities shut Ali G’s website.

Ali G glossary

Videos:

Borat has lunch with posh British people.

Ali G talks about drugs.

Ali G interviews Posh and Beckham.

Ali G interviews a feminist.

Show 23 Tuesday 25 April

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STICK NEWS

In Stick News today, the United States is the top spam sending nation on earth. But they’re now close to loosing that number 1 spot – China is catching up.

The word SPAM was born in the 1930s, when an American meat company changed the name of one of its products: Spiced Ham.
In 1970 the Monty Python sketch SPAM was first broadcast. The sketch is about the “Green Midget Café” where SPAM is included in almost every restaurant item, and a group of Vikings sit in the corner singing.
Nowadays the word spam is widely used to mean “unsolicited commercial email” or “junk mail”. Spam is highly annoying. Thanks to efforts find and fine prolific spammers, spam is in decline in the US. But in other nations, it’s still on the rise.
There are 13.2 billion spam messages sent every day. And more than seventy percent of them are from zombie computers.

A computer consultant has warned that computer users worldwide need to use better devices to stop their computers from becoming spam-spewing zombies.
And that was Stick News for Tuesday 25th of April.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah

# 17 Are you OK?
Asking about someone’s health

Sarah is chatting to her neighbour Bob. Bob is worried because Sarah looks tired.
Step 1: Repeat Bob’s lines.
Step 2: Read Bob’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!

Bob  Are you OK? You look tired.

Sarah Yeah, I’m just feeling a bit run down.

Bob  Too many late nights?

Sarah Yeah, I’m pretty busy at work at the moment.

Bob  Oh, it’s the end of the term isn’t it?

Sarah Yeah. So I have to mark all of the end of term tests.

Bob  Well, good luck.

Sarah Thanks.

Bob  And you should try and get an early night – sleep is important.

Sarah Mmm true. I think I will.

Links:

Read about today’s news story.

The history of the word spam.

The Monty Python sketch.

Show 22 Monday 24 April

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STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today, the Japanese government has issued a warning following the phenomenal success of an internet show which has caused people all over Japan to be unable to tear their eyes away from their video ipods and computer screens.

The Daily English Show was launched just three weeks ago. But already fans from all over the world are logging in daily to watch the show.
This site report shows people are watching in Turkey, Egypt and Argentina.
In Japan, people can be seen all over Tokyo watching the show.
This has raised safety concerns for the Japanese government. They’re worried people might watch the show at inappropriate moments, such as while operating dangerous machinery.
They’ve even issued a pamphlet of safety guidelines.
Inside people are warned not to watch The Daily English Show when: riding a bicycle, driving on the motorway, playing baseball or swimming.

Prime Minister Koizumi is also considering reducing the length of government meetings, so politicians can have more time to watch The Daily English Show.
And that was Stick News for …
Sorry, I’ve got to go.

conversations with sarah

# 16 How hungry are you?
Meeting a friend in the evening.

Sarah meets her friend Tom at the station in Shibuya in the evening. They have planned to meet, but haven’t planned where to go.

Step 1: Repeat Tom’s lines.
Step 2: Read Tom’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!

Tom Do you have any idea where we should go?

Sarah Not really, how about you?

Tom How hungry are you?

Sarah Um, I’m not that hungry actually, I had a late lunch.

Tom O.K. then, why don’t we just go to an izakaya.

Sarah O.K. Sounds good.

Tom I don’t really go out in Shibuya much, so I don’t know anywhere good to go.

Sarah Yeah, same. But I did go to a good izakaya in Shibuya last year. We could go there.

Tom Do you know how to find it?

Sarah Ummm … maybe. I could give it a go, I think it’s this way.