Monthly Archives: February 2007

Show 301 Wednesday 28 February

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

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

Today I am going to try an American accent. I chose a video by a girl from Texas.

She mostly sings on YouTube – but this video is an introduction video about herself.
I think it’s a good one to study to practice introducing yourself.

A couple of interesting language points from the video … she says anyways with an s – but in New Zealand English there’s no s … it’s just anyway.
She also says “years old” quite often– I have a feeling that might be an American thing – but I’m not exactly sure. But anyway, I don’t usually say the “years old” … I would just say I’m 28.

So now I’m going to try a Texan, American accent. Wish me luck.

I try copying the accent from this video.

From 101:
So, um, anyways, I am 19 years old. I’m a music major. Um. I live in Saxy, Texas, a small town, ah, I love to sing. I love music. I love to write. I love to act like I can play the piano. I wanna learn how to play the guitar. Um. I have tons of brothers and sisters. Um. I am … taken at the moment. Um. I don’t know, ah, I have new hair, it’s red and I know it’s different, but that’s just me. Um, I don’t know what else? I mean, I , I like to have fun, ah, I like to laugh, um, I don’t know, if you want to know anything else you can just ask, cause I really don’t know what else to say, I think I said everything. My birthday is January 6th 2007. And I’m very excited because I’ll be turning 20 years old and that is one year away from 21. So, I’m, I am excited. I work at Sonic. I been there for 7 months. And um, it’s OK, I just want a better job that pays more.

STICK NEWS

Kia ora, this is Stick News. Today a man met his biological father for the first time since he was separated from his parents 25 years ago.

25 years ago in South Korea a three-year-old boy was walking with his mother in a market.
For some reason the boy disappeared.
For the next few days the parents looked for their son in many local orphanages – but they couldn’t find him.
He ended up being adopted by an American couple who were ski instructors from Colorado.
They called him Toby.
At the Olympics last year, Toby won a medal for skiing.
Following the media attention, many parents in South Korea came forward to claim Toby was their child.
Tests were needed to confirm who were the real biological parents.
Today Toby met his South Korean father for the first time in 25 years.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday 28th of February.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#183 No paparazzi?

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

Kim Has your life changed after being featured on YouTube?

Sarah Um, no.

Kim No paparazzi?

Sarah No. Very sad.

Kim No death threats in the comments?

Sarah No. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be actually.

Kim Were most of the comments positive?

Sarah Yeah, they were actually. There were some negative comments … but not as many as I thought there would be.

Kim What did the negative comments say?

Sarah Mostly just that it was boring. Which is kind of true … I don’t think it was the most interesting video I ever made, that’s for sure.

Links

Today’s news.
Toby Dawson on Wikipedia.

Show 300 Tuesday 27 February

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

Hi I’m Sarah and this is the 300th show of The Daily English Show.
On Saturday we had a party here to celebrate. And it was a lot of fun.
One great thing was that it coincided with Eri and Akira and Kazuki’s visit from Tokyo.
Eri is a very dedicated Daily English Show viewer. She’s watched almost all of the shows I think. So that’s awesome.
And Mike also came. Mike is the very first person that I actually met through The Daily English Show.
He’s a snowboard instructor from Scotland. And before he came to Niseko he was looking on the internet for videos about Niseko and he came across The Daily English Show.
And he ended up getting in touch and we met and it turns out he’s a really cool guy.
So, the party was really good and then, now, on the day of the 300th show, it happens to coincide with the first time The Daily English Show has been featured on the front page of YouTube.

So that’s cool. A nice 300th show present.
So, I’m really happy about that.
YouTube is such a popular site that hopefully it will mean that a lot more people can find out about The Daily English Show.
I’ve already had a couple of emails from people saying nice things like they were happy they found it and they wished they found it earlier.
So I’d like to thank YouTube for that.

And I’d also like to thank grouper. Grouper is the first website that I started uploading The Daily English Show to.
And they quite often feature The Daily English Show on their front page, which is great, I really appreciate that.
And more recently some Japanese sites, like watchme.tv
They often feature The Daily English Show videos under their recommended video section.
And also zoome. For the last couple of weeks, The Daily English Show channel has been on their front page. So, thank you.

And I’d like to thank all the people that have watched the videos and all the people that have sent me nice emails and left comments under the videos.
And thank you to the people that have made me video resoponses. Amazingly some people have been watching since right at the beginning or almost the beginning. So, wow, thank you.
And I’d like knf for his great support.
And I’d like to thank the academy.

Show 299 Monday 26 February

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
People often ask me how they can improve their pronunciation and fluency.
One idea I have is to watch a video on the internet and try and copy what they are saying.
You can start by stopping the video after each sentence and repeating what they say and then work up to leaving the video playing and speaking at the same time as them.
I’m going to do this to show you what I mean.
This week I’m going to choose a different video every day and I’m going to try and copy their accent.
I’m going to choose women – but if you are guy you should do it with guys.
And I’m going to try and copy a different accent every time.
But you can choose – say if you really want to sound like an American for example then choose someone who you think sounds nice and try and copy how they speak.
And don’t worry if it doesn’t sound perfect – because it won’t – I’m going to try it now and it definitely won’t sound perfect – but that’s not the pint. Just give it a go and it will definitely help your English.
I chose a video today by an English girl. I think it’s a really funny story – and I also think this video is a really good example of how to use filler words like you know, like, um.

Script for the start of this video.

Hi, hello guys, um OK, check this out, yeah, I went up to the shops yesterday, um, to get some fruits, yeah. So, I go up to the till and … there’s this lady standing in front of me, yeah, middle aged lady, probably late 30s or something like that, or probably early 40s, I don’t know. But you know she’s standing in front of me to like get her things, you know, paid for and … stuff and I’m just like there holding my … toiletries. And you know just standing behind her. And then, all of a sudden I sort of like smell something really, really disgusting … seriously this lady farted, I mean, she really, she farted in my face. You know literally, I was just standing … And it smelt so bad. And seriously, because I was like the only person standing there, yeah, it was like, you know there was no other person there to smell what I was just smelling. Because it actually turned my stomach, you know, I had like really upset stomach because it was so disgusting, you know, she, she could of as, she could of as well just like sat on my face and farted. That was just how it felt. And she didn’t just, she didn’t bother, she just, she just went up straight to the till and you know just put her card in and paid for whatever she bought and that was it … you know, it was horrible, seriously. I mean, I just, I just, it’s good to fart yeah, but don’t fart in someone’s face.

STICK NEWS

Kia ora this is Stick News. Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar yesterday. It was the eighth time he has been nominated.

Martin Scorcese was born in New York in 1942. He studied film at university in New York and in 1967 made his first feature-length film.
Since then he has directed dozens of movies and has been married 5 times.
Before this year he was nominated for an Oscar for directing five times – and he never won.
Yesterday, he finally won.

And that was Stick News for Monday the 26th of February.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#182 Did you watch the Oscars?

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

Kate Did you watch the Oscars?

Sarah No, we don’t have a TV.

Kate Do you normally watch it?

Sarah Yeah, if I have the chance. I quite like watching it.
I did watch some of the clips on the internet though … and saw some of the photos.

Kate What did you think of the dresses?

Sarah I didn’t really like any of them that much.

Kate If you had to choose one … ?

Sarah Of the ones that I saw, maybe Jennifer Lopez’s dress. That was pretty cool. With the, like, sparkly things around here.

Links

today’s news
Martin Scorcese at imdb wikipedia Oscar.com

Show 298 Sunday 25 February

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Weet-Bix are a popular breakfast cereal made in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

There’s an ad in NZ which goes:
Kiwi kids are Weet-Bix kids.
In Australia it goes: Aussie kids are Weet-Bix kids.

In the UK there is a similar product. It’s pretty much the same, except that there’s an a in the middle and the corners are round instead of square.

I bought this packet of Weet-Bix at M Pocket.

Weet-Bix are usually eaten in a bowl with milk.

If you leave Weet-Bix soaking in the milk for too long, they get soggy.
This is usually considered undesirable:
Never Eat Soggy Weet-Bix.

Saturday 24th February

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

1. ShadowedAngel87
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUsxV6u_fiQ
Hi, um, I guess (sigh) you could call this my first blog.

2. PerfectlyBimbo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5WN6MV8c2Q
Hi, this is my first web log. Um, I’ve decided to make one basically through boredom.

3. sociallyxtragic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWR5mJ8sm-Q
Hello, my name is Jackie, aka Jackie Catastrophe, that’s my MySpace name. Um, this is my very first video blog.

4. nanaosaki4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgbc92VUfnU
Ah, this is my first video blog, so … go easy on me he he he.

5. trixiepixiedixie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm5_rxvG-Ek
OK, this is my very first video for YouTube. Um, I don’t really know what to say, because it’s kind of weird talking to myself.

6. SweetLiss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a9TogjSJ68
So, basically, I never thought I’d be doing a video blog. Because, in the beginning, um, I thought it was cheesy. But now I really think I like it. And, I’m going to do one anyway, so …

7. armywife122703
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aOgPTfw5G4
OK, so, this is my first video blog. I’ve … not really planned anything … but, um, I just really wanted something to put on YouTube other than little family videos.

8. jtyaung
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0slKBHvbgWU
So this is me. After seeing some other’s video blogs, I thought I’d follow suit and try and be as cool as them.

9. donna555pink
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ocjFZrhFk
Hi, my name is Donna and this is my first video blog. Um, let’s see … yay, my first video blog, finally!

10. madfudge
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkIFxuxRXuw
Hello, I’m Sandy and this is gonna be my first video blog. I just thought I’d try it.
I’ve been on YouTube for a very long time now and I’ve always wanted to make one.

11. paeshe2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKsFjGx3rNI
OK, this is my very first video with an actual video camera. And … yeah.

12. GingerSnappd
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYLFs67PPl4
Alright YouTube, this is, like, my fourth attempt to make my damn video blog. It’s my first one too, fuck.

13. kyles666
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXhCwEhgJFw
Today is the 3rd of August 2006. It’s half nine in the morning. I’ve just got out of bed, so I’ve got my dressing gown on. It’s my first video blog. First video blog. First, first video blog.

14. Ifilmhammers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjaduRZSRkA
Hey Guys what’s up, my name’s James. Ah, this is my first YouTube vlog. Video blog for those of you who don’t know.

15. pjohn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRfvOh2jaQI
Um, this will be my first video blog for MySpace, so… Cause I’m tired of typing things out and I want you to see it visually.

16. blmarzk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6O2UO5aMHQ
Hey guys, what’s up, my name’s Brandon and this is my first YouTube blog video.

17. LaSlut
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJNNCEtn0nM
OK, here goes nothing. What’s up, YouTube. My name’s Dan and this is my first video log.

18. abbington12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raoYy4fKWcE
So, I decided I wanted to try and do a video blog, I guess. So here’s is my first entry.

19. CKYrock2006
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P_0-3HBgC0
OK, so I’m making a blog and this is my first blog. Um …

20. VampireLoveHussy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQH9iFoQiv0
Video blog. Hi, I’m Cassie. Um, this is my first video blog and it might not last, because, personally, I’m not a big fan of video blogs.

21. imaginaryjenn89
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0bSw0ZUWIQ
This is my first time video blogging. I was intrigued by it. Actually, I only just started watching video blogs a few days ago because I was using YouTube and looking for music videos and stuff … I don’t even know what I was doing. But, I found a few that were really interesting, um …

22. thederekeffect1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGM70YwuQ_g
Hi guys, welcome to my first video blog. I don’t want to make this too much about me, so today we’re going to talk to filthywhore.

23. RedHeadEd82179
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS2oxXTa9IM
This is my first video log, so I really don’t know what to talk about. I’ve never done this before.

24. noobatlife
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6SapHaVn9M
Hey, how’s it going. This is my first video blog. I’m some guy from Australia.

25. kingamaan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8f3AMzV3OI
Ah, it’s my first video blog. So, if it sucks, give me a break I guess.

26. martydukes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THFikXUuE10
So, this is Marty Dukes, and this is my first V log or as I like to call it, vlog.

27. Mistercharming
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbldFmd6bG0
Well, hello everyone out there. Ah, I just thought I would make my contribution to MySpace and YouTube all at the same time.

28. canadiangeek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlU9c9YRLy0
Hi YouTube, my name is Chris, ah, also known as canadiangeek here on YouTube. Ah, this is my first official vlog, blog, web log … whatever you want to call it. I personally call it a vlog or a video log.

29. YuSnYaT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXKipiWmlsk
This is a very, this is a random ending to a first blog um vlog um random thoughts, random thoughts, random thoughts.

Mistake:

thegreatkhan is listed in the credits – but his clip somehow disappeared during the editing process – so he’s not actually in it.

Show 296 Friday 23 February

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Tomorrow night we’re having a party to celebrate the 300th show of The Daily English Show.

Back last month, I said that I might ask Heineken to sponsor the event … and I did – I emailed them. And they replied … actually the head of Heineken in Japan replied and he asked me to send more information about the event.
And I did – I sent a two page proposal of my great plan to have their product featured on one of the best shows on the internet.
And they never replied – so it guess it was a no. Oh well.

Anyway … the party is tomorrow night and you should come if you live in NIseko.
I know that at least 2 people who live here watch the The Daily English show – because I’ve had emails form them. So that’s at least 2 people that might be coming. I tell you what man, Heineken will be kicking themselves to have missed this great opportunity.

The video I recommend watching today is called The Spelling Bee.
A spelling bee is a spelling competition – I think they’re quite popular in America.
They’re not so common in New Zealand … but I think we had one once at my primary school for a fundraiser. Anyway, in this video, the word they ask how to spell is sphincter.
A sphincter is a muscle in the body. It’s hard to spell and it’s quite a funny word – but you don’t need to remember it … I can’t think how it would be useful in a conversation.

So this video gives you a bit of an idea of what a spelling bee is like … kind of … and I just think it’s funny.

STICK NEWS

Kia ora, in Stick News today, a popular New Zealand-made TV advertisement has been banned in Australia because people think it might cause car accidents.

Last year Hyundai promoted one of their cars with a TV ad featuring two toddlers driving to the beach for a surf.
The boy toddler gets out of his cot, grabs the keys and starts driving. He picks up a girl toddler who is hitchhiking, they then go to the beach and he has a surf.
The ad was popular in New Zealand and was even voted New Zealand’s favourite TV ad.
71 people complained to New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Complaints Board about the underage driving in the ad. In September 2006, the complaints were dismissed, because the board said that the commercial was clearly fantasy and was not shown during children’s programmes.
But it was a different story across the Tasman.
The Advertising Standards Board in Australia received more than 80 complaints and they decided to ban the ad.
They said: “The Board certainly acknowledged that the notion of a toddler driving a car was unrealistic and fanciful, but under the Advertising for Motor Vehicles Voluntary Code of Practice, fantasy cannot be used when it contradicts, circumvents or undermines the Code.”
“Many of the complaints were from parents concerned that the advertisement would encourage copy-cat behaviour in young children and might lead to accidents.”

And that was Stick News for Friday 23rd of February.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

Kazuki made a cave today. It’s very cool.

conversations with sarah
#181 Do you think the ad should be banned?

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

Maki Do you think the ad should be banned?

Sarah I don’t really see how it could cause copy-cat behaviour.

Maki What does copy-cat behaviour mean?

Sarah It means they think toddlers could copy the ad.

Maki They would try to drive a car? But … how?

Sarah Exactly. I don’t know how they would put the keys in the lock for a start.

Maki And their feet can’t reach the pedals.

Sarah Yeah. Still … I guess if they were already in the car they could climb over the seat and turn the key and that could cause an accident.

Maki But the parents should make sure the car is safe if they leave the kids in there.

Sarah True.

Links

Today’s news.
About the ad.
The ad.

Show 295 Thursday 22 February

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

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

Today I recommend watching a video by rmrsgirl called The “3 People” Question.

In this video she asks the question:
If you could pick 3 people that you would have a conversation with – whether it be past, present, future, living or deceased – who would those 3 people be?

And her answers are: her maternal grandmother, the first female president of the United States and her mother’s real father.

I think if you’re studying English it could be a good idea to memorise a few questions like this… because it can be hard to think of ways to start a conversation.

And I don’t think the answers are necessarily that important – but it could start an interesting conversation because you can ask people why they chose the people that they chose.

As for me if someone asked me today I think I would choose: Hitler, George Bush, and Kim Jong-il.

I don’t want to chose dead friends or family because … I don’t really have anything to say to them – I mean I enjoyed their company when they were alive and I miss them now that they are dead – but there’s nothing I really forgot to say to anyone.

There are lot of famous people whose work I like … like actors, directors, authors … and it would be exciting to meet them – but I don’t thing I have anything to say to them either.

So if I met Hitler I would ask him if he had any advice for me as to what I could do to shop someone like him from doing what he did.
When I talk to George Bush I think I will try and convince him to become a pacifist.
And I’d like to talk to Kim Jong-il because I’d like to ask him about his philosophies and way of thinking. And what he thought about the possibility of letting North Koreans travel to other countries and use the internet and that kind of thing.

STICK NEWS

Kia ora, in Stick News today, a TV show host has decided to not make jokes about Britney Spears because he says she is vulnerable.

Craig Ferguson is the host of an American TV show called The Late Late Show.
Usually he makes many jokes about American celebrities.
But on Monday he announced he wouldn’t make any jokes about Britney Spears in the near future.
He said comedy should be about attacking the powerful for example politicians, members of the Trump family, and blowhards.
He said comedians shouldn’t attack the vulnerable.
Craig also announced that he was an alcoholic and stopped drinking 15 years ago.
He said he didn’t know if Britney Spears was an alcoholic – but that he thought she needed help.


Britney Spears was reported to have checked in an out of rehab a few times recently.
And that was Stick News for Thursday 22nd of February.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#180 Have you seen The Late Late Show?

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

Tim Have you seen The Late Late Show?

Sarah Only clips of it on YouTube.

Tim What’s it like?

Sarah It’s a comedy show – basically one guy making lots of jokes.

Tim Is it funny?

Sarah Some of them I’ve seen were kind of funny … but nothing to write home about.

Tim Nothing to what?

Sarah Nothing to write home about. It’s an idiom. It means I don’t think it’s that good.

Link

today’s news
Craig Ferguson talking about Britney Spears.