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So, continuing on from what I was talking about yesterday, about language … Today I recommend watching videos by a YouTuber called dandorf.
She’s Indonesian, but she lives in the US. And most of her video blogs are in English, but some of them are in Indonesian and in a couple of her videos, she’s teaching bahasa Indonesia which means Indonesian.
In her video Indonesian Language 101 you can learn some basic words like: hello, good morning, excuse me, thank you, and some numbers.
And I also recommend that you watch another one of her videos called: Video Blog – Pronunciation.
In this video she’s talking about some of the pronunciation problems she’s had with English words. And this is really interesting because students from different countries have problems with different words. And I’m used to the problems that Japanese students have with English words – but the ones she talked about I’d never heard before.
These are some of the things she has difficulty with: the difference between a sheet of paper and piece of shit. So sheet, shit. And eleven and elephant.
And a few other words like Hippopotamus. Canada and Robot.
So check out some of her videos. I really enjoy watching them because she seems like a really nice person and she’s really natural on camera.
Kia Ora, in Stick News today the New Zealand government has given a final fireworks warning. If people can’t use them safely, next year sales will be restricted and they may eventually be banned.
Guy Fawkes was an English soldier who tried to kill the King of England by blowing up parliament on the 5th of November 1605.
This failed plot is now celebrated in the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and parts of Canada.
People celebrate by burning effigies of Guy Fawkes and letting off fireworks.
In New Zealand the celebrations can be dangerous. Police and firefighters said last year’s celebrations were the worst in 10 years. 1700 tonnes of fireworks were detonated in 2005. During the 10 days fireworks were on sale, firefighters attended more than 700 firework-related incidents and police attended nearly 1200 incidents.
The SPCA also received calls about distressed animals and they believe fireworks should be banned immediately.
The government says it’s not ready for a complete ban – and this year they’ve settled on a public safety campaign.
On its website, people are encouraged to attend a public display. Other helpful advice includes:
Fireworks and alcohol/drugs are a dangerous combination.
Always let an adult light the fireworks.
Point fireworks to the stars, not at your mates.
Guy Fawkes Night is on the 5th of November. The celebration is also known as Bonfire Night in England. And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 17th of October.
conversations with sarah
# 111 Is it a popular event?
Kanako and Sarah talk about Guy Fawkes.
Step 1: Repeat Kanako’s lines.
Step 2: Read Kanako’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.
Sarah Do you know the origin of the word guy?
Kanako No, what is it?
Sarah It comes from the name Guy Fawkes.
Kanako Who’s he?
Sarah He’s the guy who tried to blow up the English parliament with gunpowder. We celebrate it in New Zealand.
Kanako You celebrate that someone tried to blow up parliament?
Sarah Yeah, I think we’re supposed to be celebrating that he failed. When we were kids we used to make a dummy of the guy and then burn it on a bonfire.
Kanako Really? Is it a popular event?
Sarah Yeah, it is. It was fun – but scary … because there used to be these things called double happies and kids threw them at each other.
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