Monthly Archives: July 2006

Show 120 Monday 31 July

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日本語

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, this is Stick News. Today in New Zealand, it’s the official coin changeover date.
The new coins have the same design but are up to 54 % lighter.

This is a 50 cent coin from Aotearoa. It’s very heavy.
According to the reserve bank, New Zealand’s old silver coins are among the heaviest in the world.
For years New Zealanders have struggled to maneuver the coins in and out of wallets.
Wallets in Aotearoa are among the largest in the world.
It’s a government standard that jeans made in New Zealand have reinforced stitching around the pockets.
And in what scientists call the heavy coin effect, over several decades people in New Zealand have evolved to have thicker, stronger wrists.
The New Zealand government finally bowed to the pressure from the world health organization who said New Zealand’s phenomenally high rate of wrist injury, was unacceptable.

The new coins were issued today. From August to October both old and new coins will be accepted. And from the 1st of November old coins will no longer be accepted. *
And that was Stick News for Monday the 31st of July.
Kia Ora.

* Accidentally left out: at shops and businesses.

conversations with sarah
# 78 What does that mean?

Sarah talks about watching fireworks.
Step 1: Repeat Manami’s lines.
Step 2: Read Manami’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Manami Did you have a good weekend?

Sarah  Yeah. I went to watch the fireworks at Sumidagawa.

Manami Fireworks? What does that mean?

Sarah  Um, beautiful things in the sky like this…

Manami Oh, hanabi.

Sarah  Yeah.

Manami It must have been crowded.

Sarah  Yeah, I guess so… I was in a building… so it was really comfortable.

Manami What building were you in?

Sarah  Um, one of my students invited me to watch the fireworks from her office building. There were lots of people watching them um, in the cafeteria on the 21st floor.

Manami The view must’ve been good.

Sarah  Yeah it was. We couldn’t hear the fireworks of course, but it was so nice being inside with nice cold beer and air conditioning.

Notes:

About the new coins.

Aotearoa = New Zealand

Music by Kenji Williams from New York, USA.
Used with permission from magnatune.com
From the album Epic.
Listen to the album or buy it here.
Read about Kenji Williams on magnatune.com
Kenji William’s site.

Show 119 Sunday 30 July

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or watch me tv.
日本語

sunday kitchen
#16 Onigiri

This is an onigiri or rice ball.

If you want to eat onigiri, you should make it yourself. It’s not hard.
And the ones at the convenience stores are full of chemicals and don’t taste that good.

Buuuuuut… If you’re in a hurry, you can be forgiven for buying the odd convenience store onigiri.

To make today’s show I went to some convenience stores near my house and I bought some onigiri.

From Mini Stop I bought sekihan, takana, and shiso miso.
And from Family Mart I bought konbu and kishu ume.

They cost 105 yen each.

The most complicated thing about eating convenience store onigiri, is opening the packet.

Please read the instructions carefully.

Triangle-shaped onigiri are opened in three steps.
Find the number 1 written on the packet.
Grip the plastic between your thumb and forefinger.
Pull down, up and around.

Next find the number 2.
Pull.
Find number 3.
Pull.

Round onigiri are less complicated to open.
Just find the tag at the top.
Pull down.

And as for this triangle-in-bag style … just rip the bag open.

Take a bite.
Mmm. Not bad.

Music by Kenji Williams from New York, USA.
Used with permission from magnatune.com
From the album Epic.
Listen to the album or buy it here.
Read about Kenji Williams on magnatune.com
Kenji William’s site.

Show 118 Saturday 29 July

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日本語

HOW TO
#5 How to join grouper

Do you have a video iPod?
Do you know how to watch The Daily English Show on your video iPod?
Do you want to watch The Daily English Show in iTunes?
Yes?
Please keep watching.

If you want to watch The Daily English Show on your video iPod or in iTunes, you need to join grouper.
It’s easy.

Oh yeah… If you haven’t already downloaded iTunes… that’s easy too.

You just go to iTunes and click on download.
Enter your Email address.
Click again.
And follow the instructions.

Now it’s time to join grouper.
Go to grouper.com
Click on Sign Up.
Enter an Email address
User name
Password
Password again
Type the code you see.
(This makes sure that you are human, not computer.)
Click Sign Up.

And that’s it.

Now you can go to The Daily English Show page…
And write a nice comment
Then write nice comments under the videos.
Rate the videos.

And, of course, watch the show in iTunes.

All you need to do is click on this cute little picture.
Then click here.
And the latest episode of The Daily English Show will automatically start downloading.
To download older episodes, just click get.
Get, get, get, get, get.

Excellent.

Then to put the shows on your iPod.
Plug it in.
Go to Edit, Preferences, iPod…
Click here.
Bob’s your uncle.

Links:

Music by Snapo.
From the album Lord I say.
Listen to the album on jamendo.
Snapo’s website.

Show 117 Friday 28 July

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日本語

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, this is Stick News. In Tokyo, police have arrested a printing employee. He is suspected of stealing stamps.

This man works at a printing factory. He was in charge of destroying some revenue stamps that were printed on a trial.
But instead of throwing the stamps away – he stole them.
He then sold them at ticket shops.
Police say that between April 2002 and March 2006 he stole 10 million yen worth of stamps.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 28th of July.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 77 Why does that annoy you?

Sarah is rambling on to her friend Dave about what annoys her.
Step 1: Repeat Dave’s lines.
Step 2: Read Dave’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Sarah You know what really annoys me …

Dave What?

Sarah When people use google as a verb.

Dave Oh. Why does that annoy you?

Sarah I don’t know. It just does.

Dave What would you say instead?

Sarah “Look it up on the net.”

Dave “Look it up on the net” – that has 6 syllables. “Google it” only has three.

Sarah So?

Dave Google it, google it, google it, google it, google it.

Sarah Shut up.

Links:

Today’s news.

Music by Philharmonia Baroque from San Francisco, United States.
Used with permission from magnatune.com

Show 116 Thursday 27 July

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日本語

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, this is Stick News. The Dalai Lama will become an honorary citizen of Canada next month and China isn’t too happy about it.

In 1949 Tibet was invaded by China.
Ten years later the leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, ran away.
Since then he’s been living and leading in other countries. And he has lots of fans – including the Canadian government. They decided unanimously last month to give him an honorary citizenship.
The Chinese government isn’t so keen on the man.
A Chinese politician in Canada said he wasn’t happy about the award.

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 27th of July.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 76 Why did you ask me that?

Sarah asks Keiko if she can name the 10 commandments.
Step 1: Repeat Keiko’s lines.
Step 2: Read Keiko’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Sarah Do you know what the 10 commandments are?

Keiko What?

Sarah The 10 commandments … in the bible … someone says there are 10 rules.

Keiko Oh yeah. In Christianity right?

Sarah Yeah.

Keiko I’ve heard of them – but I don’t know what they are. Do you?

Sarah Mmm, I think I know a couple: don’t kill people, don’t steal …

Keiko Why did you ask me that?

Sarah Oh, I saw this video on the net of this American TV presenter. He was asking a politician if he knew what the 10 commandments were.

Keiko Did he know?

Sarah No.

Notes:

Today’s news.

The music on today’s show was by David Schombert.

It was the seventh track from the album Quiet Life vol.2

David Schombert’s site.

David Schombert’s music at jamendo.

Show 115 Wednesday 26 July

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日本語

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, this is Stick News. In New Zealand some people want to ban junk food advertising during the main times children watch TV. But some television broadcasters have told the government this is not a good idea.

In New Zealand, many people are obese. Obesity is thought to cause many health problems.
So the government is thinking of ways to reduce obesity. And an inquiry is now being carried out.
Some people think advertising junk food to children contributes to obesity. They say banning this kind of advertising at certain times would help reduce obesity.
But the TV people disagree. They said such a ban “was unlikely to have any significant impact on obesity levels”.

The television broadcasters are worried that restricting junk food advertising would damage the local television production industry.
And the government’s obesity inquiry continues.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 26th of July.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 75 What does obesity mean?

Takashi and Sarah talk about obesity in New Zealand.
Step 1: Repeat Takashi’s lines.
Step 2: Read Takashi’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Takashi Do you read the New Zealand news much?

Sarah  Yeah, quite a bit actually.

Takashi What’s in the news at the moment?

Sarah  Um. Obesity seems to be a big topic recently.

Takashi What does obesity mean?

Sarah  Well, a person who is obese has a lot of body fat. Enough to for it to be dangerous to their health.

Takashi Is obesity a big problem in New Zealand?

Sarah  Yeah, it seems to be. I think I read that one in five adults in New Zealand is obese and one in ten children.

Takashi Really? That’s a lot.

Sarah  Mmm, yeah.

Notes:

The music on today’s show was by David Schombert.
It was the second track from the album Quiet Life vol.2

David Schombert’s site.
David Schombert’s music at jamendo.

Today’s news.

Show 114 Tuesday 25 July

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or watch me tv.

日本語

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora. In Stick News today, forty minutes after receiving her crown, the new Miss Universe collapsed on stage.

Miss Universe is a beauty pageant. Women walk on a stage in various outfits and are judged on their beauty.
This year Miss Pueto Rico won the competition. She was congratulated and given a crown.
Then she had to talk to the media. Suddenly she collapsed and was taken off stage.
Within a minute, organizers said she was OK. She had just fainted.
The organizers said Miss Universe had had plenty to eat that day. They said she was wearing a tight dress and it was very hot on stage.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 25th of July.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 74 Is that normal?

Kumiko explains more about the Yamamoto story to Sarah.
Step 1: Repeat Kumiko’s lines.
Step 2: Read Kumiko’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Sarah  Do you think he’s really crying? Or just acting? It looks a bit fake to me.

Kumiko I don’t think it’s fake.

Sarah  But it’s kind of strange…

Kumiko Yeah. But I think Kato always talks in a strange way… so for him, this is normal.

Sarah  Oh, OK. And I’ve never seen anyone cry that much when they apologize on TV before. Is that normal?

Kumiko No, it’s not normal.

Sarah  Normally they just bow deeply and look really sad don’t they?

Kumiko Yeah. And sometimes they cry a bit…

Sarah  But not sobbing like Kato…

Kumiko Yeah. It’s kind of funny.

Links:

Today’s news.

Music by Kenji Williams from New York, USA.

Used with permission from magnatune.com

From the album Epic.

Listen to the album or buy it here.

Read about Kenji Williams on magnatune.com

Kenji William’s site.