Monthly Archives: March 2007

Show 332 Saturday 31 March

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I had great plans for Shutdown Day. But … I wasn’t feeling so good becauseI went out the night before. I went to a bar called Fatty’s. Apparently they didn’t do so well this year and they’re not going to open next year. So this was their last night ever. Fatty’s is a bar inside two trucks.
After Fatty’s we went to Jam Bar.
On Shutdown Day the computer was shutdown and so was my body. I spent most of the day lying in bed feeling sorry for myself. I recovered sometime in the afternoon and in the evening went out to meet some friends at Loaf. They happened to be having a jembe night.
The day after Shutdown day I did some of what I was planning to do on shutdown day. We went shopping at the second hand stop and found a few interesting things like this clock.
I wanted to make some art so I bought some material and some nails.I made a frame and nailed the material to it for canvas.
The canvas has been blank all week because I couldn’t decide what to paint. Today I finally decided on birds.

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Show 331 Friday 30 March

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show. Today’s song is called Kings of MySpace. It’s by P-D-Flo Films.

I really like this song. But I think it is very hard to understand for English students – because there’s a lot of slang and cultural references. So don’t worry if you don’t understand most of it. I can’t understand some of it too actually.

If you just watch it and learn a couple of new words that’s enough.

They talk about three stereotypes. They are:
the emo guy
the wannabe thug
the meterosexual guy

I talked about emo before. And a thug is a violent person, especially a criminal.
Wannabe is short for want to be and it means a person who tries to be someone they’re not.
The wannabe thug in the video dresses like he’s a gangster but he’s not.
A metrosexual … that’s a fairly new word. It means something like guys who live in cities an do things usually considered to be feminine – like be interested in fashion and skincare. It think there’s debate around what it means but anyway, something like that.

I like these lines:
Get naked in the bathroom and take some pics
Put the flash on .. so they can see no zits

Pics is short for pictures. And a zit is a pimple or a spot on your skin.
And that’s a good trick – if you use bright lights, it looks like you have good skin.

But wait I have no friends, so what do I do?
It’s okay, we were once losers just like you
I had zero friends, not even Tom would approve me

Tom is the guy who founded MySpace. And when you join American MySpace then you automatically get Tom as a friend.
So that’s a funny line: not even Tom would approve me.
Recently Japanese MySpace just started and Ozzie is the Japanese version of Tom.

Finally these two lines:

All the fly chicks will show you e-love
Don’t even ask for the digits, just get the three dubs

Fly means sexy or cool … mainly American, I think.
I’ve never heard anyone use fly in New Zealand.

The digits means a telephone number. And three dubs means url.
So that’s a sign of the times – before when you met someone you’d just ask their phone number – but these days people also ask for urls or user names.

STICK NEWS

Kia ora in Stick News today, Bono has received a medal from the United Kingdom. He is now a knight.

The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals’ personal bravery, achievement, or service to the United Kingdom.
Within this system, there are ten orders of chivalry.
One of these orders is called: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Yesterday Irish rock star Bono became a member of this order.
Now he’s a knight.
Normally, people who become knights get to be called Sir.
But not Bono – because he’s Irish.
His son was reportedly disappointed Bono didn’t receive a Star Wars light saber.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 30th of March.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

Today I went for another walk around my neighbourhood.

conversations with sarah
#205 Did you hear Bono got a medal?

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

Sarah Did you hear Bono got a medal?

Jun Yeah, what was it?

Sarah Um, it says here: he was crowned a “Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.”

Jun What’s an order?

Sarah I don’t really know. It sounds like a strange secret group or something … but I think it’s just a medal.

Jun Who do they give it to?

Sarah People they think have done good things, I guess. And they usually take it away if you break the law.

Jun What’s it good for?

Sarah Nothing really. Except maybe you get to talk to some special people.

Jun What do you mean?

Sarah Like if I rocked up to the queen of England or the prime minister … they probably wouldn’t talk to me. But if I had one of those medals they’d be like: how do you do.

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From this quiz by Charles Kelly.

Illustrations by: UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked Software

Kings of MySpace
lyrics

M to the Y, S P A C E
MySpace dot com, it’s the place to be
We da kings of MySpace,
just check the friend list
I got ass for days, this sh*t is endless

Not a MySpace whore, I’m a MySpace pimp
My views keep rising like the Goodyear blimp
With just one click we can be best friends
I’ve seen more news flashing than CNN

25-8 I check the MySpace
I just can’t wait to check the MySpace
25-8 I check the MySpace
It makes life great when I check the MySpace
25-8 I check the MySpace
It’s how I get dates I check the MySpace
25-8 I check the MySpace
And if you ain’t got a page then get out of my face

Now first things first, get yourself an account
So you can tell the whole e-world what you’re all about
Get naked in the bathroom and take some pics
Put the flash on .. so they can see no zits

But wait I have no friends, so what do I do?
It’s okay, we were once losers just like you
I had zero friends, not even Tom would approve me
But then we found the key to getting MySpace love
I became the emo guy
and I’m the wannabe thug
Put on our backwards caps, stunner shades and chapsticks
Added a Tupac song, started hitting up black chicks

Grew my hair long
Put up Dashboard Confessional
Put on tight jeans that smashed up my testicles
MySpace bitches hit you with the request
Get more underage p***y than Ryan Seacrest

25-8 I check the MySpace
I just can’t wait to check the Myspace
25-8 I check the MySpace
It makes life great when I check the MySpace
25-8 I check the MySpace
It’s how I get dates I check the MySpace
25-8 I check the MySpace
And if you ain’t got a page then get out of my face

You can be the meterosexual guy in the sweatervest
And just like that, bam you got friend requests
Woah, new pics, new …, they all just keep adding me
got so many kudos my page is getting cavities

New birthdays too, the fun is unlimited
Oh, quick, go to Google and find me fun images
IMG to the SRC
Here a Photobucket flyer for my party

All the fly chicks will show you e-love
Don’t even ask for the digits, just get the three dubs
Send her a slick message, get yourself a hot date
If it all goes well, slide her in the top eight

It’s addictin’ like how a crackhead feels
Although the pics might be fake, the love is all real
And just when you thought that its come to an end
Press the refresh button and do it again

Links

Today’s news.
British honours system

Show 330 Thursday 29 March

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today’s song is called Creation Science 101 – I found it because it was featured on the front page of YouTube.
It’s by Roy Zimmerman.

Creation science is another term for creationism.

creationism n. the belief that the universe and living organisms originated from specific acts of divine creation

evolution n. the process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed from earlier forms, especially by natural selection

So basically:
The idea that the world was created by god – that’s creationism.
And the idea that we evolved from monkeys – that’s evolutionism.

I think a lot of people have strong views about this. Last time I checked there were more than 5000 comments under that video.

As for the song – it’s comedy and I think it’s funny … but it’s not an easy song to understand – because there are quite a few cultural references and some difficult vocabulary. So I don’t recommend it for beginners.
But there are lyrics, there are lyrics on his site, so I’ll put a link to that.

In this video Roy is pretending to be a teacher, teaching about creationism or creation science. So he thinks evolutionism is wrong.

I like the line: You ain’t no monkey’s great grandson.
This means: you didn’t descend from or evolve from a money.

He also says:
There might be sinners in this class
Who might believe in Charles Darwin

A sinner is a person who sins.
And to sin is to break a religious or moral law.

You might have seen in movies … people go inside a church and sit next to a little booth with a person inside … and say forgive me father for I have sinned.
And that means: please forgive me because I have done something wrong.

So this video could lead to some interesting discussions.
I guess you should be careful when talking about religion because it is controversial – but I don’t think you should not talk about it at all.
Just try to judge the situation.
It’s definitely possible to have to an interesting and respectful discussion about religion even if you have different views.

STICK NEWS

Kia ora in Stick News today, the cover for the seventh and final Harry Potter book has been released.

Harry Potter is a fictional character created by J.K.Rowling.
The first Harry Potter book was published in 1997. So far, six books have been published and more than 325 million copies sold.
The seventh book is called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and will be available on July the 21st.
Yesterday the publishers released the cover of the book.
The publishers have also announced that 12 million copies will be printed for the first print run in the US alone.

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 29th of March.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

At 6 o’clock this evening I decided to go for a walk in my neighbourhood.

conversations with sarah
#204 Do you think Harry is going to die in the last book?

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

Kate Do you think Harry is going to die in the last book?

Sarah I don’t know. I hope not. What do you think?

Kate I think he’s going to die.

Sarah Mmm. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to handle it.
I was so shocked when his godfather died.

Kate Yeah, me too. What was his name?

Sarah Um, Sirius, I think.

Kate That’s right. Sirius Black.

Sarah And I couldn’t believe it when Dumbledore died.

Kate How are you going to cope if Harry dies?

Sarah I don’t know. Maybe counseling.

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Error correction.
Questions from this quiz by Charles Kelly.

Links

Today’s news.
Harry Potter at Wikipedia.

Show 329 Wednesday 28 March

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

The song I recommend today is called: Addicted To YouTube by GiR2007.

I this is a great song to study – the lyrics aren’t too complicated and the lyrics are also in the video description which is useful.

He uses the word furries for his toys. I don’t know if that is a Scottish thing … or just his own personal slang. But I would call those things soft toys.

He says: galipoka rocks!
To rock is a slang verb … I think it’s pretty common. It means: it’s great.
For example: The Daily English Show rocks.
Or … Do you like Fat Freddy’s Drop? Yeah, they rock!

Another line is: I find that a lot of videos on YouTube are shite.
I find means I think.
Shite is another word for shit. It’s a bit of a softer word than shit though, I think.
I quite like the word shite … it has a nice ring to it, I think.
But remember, it is slang – so if you want to use it be careful not to use it in the wrong situation … and if you’re in doubt, then don’t use it at all.

STICK NEWS

Kia ora in Stick News today according to CNN the next Silicon Valley is in Siberia.

The next Silicon Valley: Siberia
This headline is from CNN’s website.
Wikipedia says: Silicon Valley is the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California in the United States. The term originally referred to the region’s large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers, but eventually came to refer to all the high tech businesses in the area; it is now generally used as a metonym for the high-tech sector.
According to CNN, the next Silicon Valley is in a place in Russia (Akademgorodok) which translates in English to Academy Town.
This town used to be a thriving academic town.
It had been neglected since the Soviet state collapsed in 1991.
Now the town is experiencing an IT boom.
CNN says Russia is the third-largest software outsourcing destination in the world, after China and India.
Large multinationals are attracted to Academy Town partly because of the low cost of rent, services and salaries.
Intel opened an office there in 2004 and IBM arrived in 2000.
Most of the work for companies in Academy Town comes from outside of Russia. One customer is Harpo Productions, Oprah Winfrey’s media company. They’ve hired a company called called Axmor to build a web portal.

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

the snow report

There was a tiny bit of snow today. So now there’s a light dusting of new snow on top of the old melting snow.

conversations with sarah
#203 Who sings that song?

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

Keiko Who sings that song?

Sarah Addicted to YouTube?

Keiko Yeah.

Sarah GiR2007.

Keiko Did he do the animation too?

Sarah Yeah, he did everything – music, lyrics, animation.

Keiko Are all his videos music videos?

Sarah Yeah, most of them, I think. He has a couple of behind the scenes videos too.

Keiko What happened behind the scenes?

Sarah He was interviewed by some media, like the BBC.

Keiko Where’s he from?

Sarah Scotland.

Links

Today’s news.

Show 328 Tuesday 27 March

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
This week I’m going to introduce some original songs from the internet.
Today: Just Like Emmalina by LazyDork.

This video was posted 9 months ago and at that time Emmalina was one of the most popular YouTube users.
LazyDork wrote this rap talking about how he wasn’t doing very well on YouTube and he wanted to become famous like Emmalina.
And he used the metaphor of a drug addict who really wanted drugs, but couldn’t get them.

In other words YouTube, or YouTube fame is like an addictive drug, which is hard to get if you’re like LazyDork.

This is the chorus of the song:

YouTube is like liquid crack
And I’m the junkie that can score no smack
I wanna be famous like Brad and Angelina
Or even be … just like Emmalina

You probably know who Brad and Angelina are … Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – American movie stars.

Crack is: a potent hard crystalline form of cocaine broken into small pieces.

It’s not a word you often hear in New Zealand – because cocaine isn’t very popular in New Zealand. I guess because it’s made in Columbia – which is quite far away.

But it sounds like it’s quite popular in the United States. They consume half of the world’s annual consumption which is about 300 metric tons. And it’s the second most popular illegal recreational drug in the U.S.

As you can see I got quite sidetracked reading Wikipedia.

Anyway, cocaine is very addictive … and so is YouTube … hence the line:
YouTube is like liquid crack.

A junkie is a drug addict.
And score means get.

There are a few other words you might not understand:
Mad
He says: I got mad vids
Mad
can mean insane or angry … but here it means great.
Vids is short for videos.

So I got mad vids means: I have got great videos or my videos are great.

And one word I don’t quite understand yet is flame … that’s an internet slang word which means something about writing abusive messages.

STICK NEWS

Kia ora in Stick News today a company in New Zealand has been fined more than 200,000 dollars for misleading customers about the vitamin C content of their blackcurrant drink.

Ribena is a black current flavoured softdrink made by GlaxoSmithKline the second largest pharmaceutical company in the world.
The company has advertised Ribena by saying blackcurrants have four times as much vitamin C as oranges.
Blackcurrents may well contain a lot of vitamin C – but Ribena certainly doesn’t.
In 2004 two high school students in New Zealand tested the drink and found it had less vitamin C than it claimed to have.
The students followed up their experiment with letters to the company, the Advertising Standards Authority, and the Commerce Commission.
The Commerce Commission took GlaxoSmithKline to court and today the judge decided they have to pay $217,500 for misleading customers. They also have to place corrective advertisements in newspapers.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 27th of March.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

Last night Jonny actually slept in the cave.

conversations with sarah
#202 When are you going to go back to New Zealand?

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

Tom When are you going to go back to New Zealand?

Sarah Never if I keep reading the news …

Tom What do you mean?

Sarah It’s just so depressing sometimes … it makes me want to not go back.

Tom What have you been reading today?

Sarah Oh, apparently a lot of police officers in New Zealand rape women.

Tom Really? Police officers?

Sarah Yeah, how sick is that? I thought police officers were supposed to protect us from violence.

Tom That’s awful.

Sarah Mmm … it definitely makes me think twice about whether I want to call them to ask for help. I think I’d rather protect myself than have violent criminals help me.

Just Like Emmalina
by LazyDork

Emmalina’s gotten 27,000 hits in the last 5 minutes.
And I’ve only gotten four all week.
Maybe if I hit refresh one more time …

Hello this is LazyDork comin’ at you.
And I check my YouTube twice as much as you do.
I got mad vids and they all get ignored.
By the young, the restless and eternally bored.

Check the latest comments, no one cares.
Check my ratings and it’s totally bare.
I’m never most viewed, or most discussed,
On recently added, I’m a total bust.

I stalk the users with 200,000 views.
And I just don’t get it, I’m just confused.
Stationary girls talking to webcams,
About their pimply boyfriends and summer plans.

I can’t compete on this global stage.
Because, to tell the truth, I’m twice your age.
But why must I be crushed and shed some tears.
Just cause I can drive and grow a beard.

YouTube is like liquid crack,
And I’m the junkie that can score no smack.
I wanna be famous like Brad and Angelina,
Or even be … just like Emmalina.

YouTube is a harsh mistress.
It’s caused me great mental distress.
Melissa Joan Heart was just like Sabrina.
Now I wanna be … just like Emmalina.

I can’t do yoga, I’m not 18.
I smell my boxers, to make sure they’re clean.
I was born in the seventies, I got three cats.
And I spend half my life in pajama pants.

It’s no shock, I’m a YouTube loser.
At least I’m not a self-spam abuser.
I upload video, I think it’s not bad.
And the only comment is: LazyDork’s a fag.

Maybe 10 years ago, I’d be the man.
But I was still on a slow-ass dial up plan.
AOL teen chat, That was my game.
Asking age sex location and then getting flamed.

But now I’ve sadly realized.
That’ the YouTube fame of which I fanaticized.
Is reserved for those whose faces are much cleaner.
And I’ll never be, just like Emmalina.

I’ll never be just like Emmalina.

YouTube, it’s like liquid crack.
And I’m the junkie that can score no crack.
I wanna be famous, like Brad and Angelina
Or even be … just like Emmalina.

YouTube is a harsh mistress.
It’s caused me great mental distress.
Melissa Joan Heart was just like Sabrina.
Now I wanna be … just like Emmalina.

LazyDork.com What.

Links

Today’s news.
GlaxoSmithKline

Show 327 Monday 26 March

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Well, I survived Shutdown Day … just. Actually I was quite sick for the first half of the day – not from a lack of computer … but because I had a bit too much fun the night before.
Anyway, today is Monday so we’re going to have another guest today. Mike was going to come today … but he isn’t feeling so good, so he’s going to come another time.
Today’s guest is Jonny. Jonny is from Auckland, New Zealand. And he’s been in Japan since February. And he’s been staying here and snowboarding and studying Japanese and building snow caves.
This is the second time he’s been in Japan. Today I asked him about why he came to Japan and what he thinks of the snow in Niseko and how he studies Japanese.
Here’s a bit of what he said, and the rest is in the conversation.

When did you first come to Japan?
Ah, I came here last year in May. Ah, Just for a holiday and for my friends, my girlfriend’s we … sister’s wedding.

When you first came to Japan was it different than what you expected?

It wasn’t as much of a shock as I thought it would be. It wasn’t too difficult and … I wasn’t overwhelmed by the customs or anything like that. I think I was quite well prepared for it. Well, having Japanese friends and living with a Japanese family in Canada. I guess that prepared me for it.

Where else have you snowboarded?
I’ve snowboarded around New Zealand. Um, many ski resorts around New Zealand. I spent two winters in Idaho. Northern Idaho in USA. And after that I went to Canada for two years. So … there was a period where I, where I always had winters. I had, I think 7 winters in a row.

How does Niseko compare to those other places?
When it snows, it’s really good. It’s, it’s by far the best snow I’ve ever seen. Um, the terrain is … it could be a bit more challenging. Ah … some mountains I’ve snowboarded before, especially Lake Louise or Score. Lake Louise in Canada, Squaw Valley in California. Um, various places around USA they’ve been more challenging. But the snow is, there’s nothing like it, on a good day.

STICK NEWS

Kia ora this is Stick News. Yesterday morning a 6.9-magnitude quake hit the Noto peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture. The Meteorological Agency has warned the aftershocks are likely to continue for several days.

The Noto peninsula is about 300 kilometers west of Tokyo. At 9:42am yesterday an earthquake jolted the peninsula. One person died and about 200 people were injured. 68 houses were destroyed and 164 were badly damaged.
The center of the quake was 11km under the sea. According to CNN about 160,000 households are now without electricity and more than 10,000 households lack running water.
Today, more than 175 aftershocks hit the Noto peninsula, including a 5.3-magnitude shock and a 4.8.
Strong aftershocks are likely during the next three days.

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

the snow report

Jonny decided to extend the cave because he’s planning to sleep in it.

conversations with sarah
#201 When did you start studying Japanese?

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

Sarah When did you start studying Japanese?

Jonny I studied in high school for about one year. But I didn’t concentrate. So, I started studying properly about two years ago. Um, I went to Auckland University for one semester of Japanese.

Sarah Why did you decide to study Japanese at high school?

Jonny I choose … we had to choose a subject, we had to choose a language. And … my sister came home and she was speaking French, so I hated French, so I thought I would try Japanese.
Um, but I, I wasn’t very interested in it. I thought it was a bit boring.

Sarah How are you studying now?

Jonny Ah, just from, from a textbook. And I go snowboarding often. So … I get to practice speaking to Japanese people on the chairlifts. So, it’s, it’s good practice, it’s … the mountain’s like my classroom.

Sarah What are your goals with learning Japanese?

Jonny Ah, I want to be able to get by, by myself. Um, hold conversations with people. Just, talk … talk about what I want. And understand what people say. I’m, I’m focusing more on conversations now. Just being able to understand, and speak. Ah, once I get a bit better, I want to learn more about kanji and be able to write a bit better and read.

Sarah Have you made any embarrassing mistakes in Japanese?

Jonny Ah, nothing too bad. Not, not like the story about the guy who, ah, who went to the bakery and he wanted ah, unko pan … instead of anko.

Sarah You’re planning to teach English in Japan, aren’t you?

Jonny Um, I’d like to eventually. Just, ah … First I’d like to get アルバイト (casual work) or a job that I can at least, um, use Japanese in. Just because if … I’ve heard English teachers, if you’re always teaching English it’s hard to learn Japanese. So I thought if I get a, a job surrounding myself with Japanese people. If I’m forced to speak the language it will make me learn a lot more.

Sarah Do you have any advice for people studying English?

Jonny Ah, I guess it would be you have to try practicing speaking as much as possible. Especially with native speakers. Um, I’m, I’m quite fortunate. I’m in Japan, surrounded by Japanese. So it’s easy for me to practice speaking Japanese.
I know in New Zealand, many Japanese, for example. They come, come to New Zealand, and they go to English language schools. But they’re surrounded by other foreigners who, who are learning English as well. So they don’t, they don’t get corrected in their English. And it’s hard … especially if they work at Japanese or surrounded by other Japanese. It’s hard, for them to um, really progress in their English sometimes. So, if possible just try to surround yourself with people speaking the language you’d like to learn.

Links

Today’s news at CNN
Today’s news at Japan Times

Show 326 Sunday 25 March

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

Sunday Kitchen #41 Peanut Butter and Celery

I don’t usually eat peanut butter – but I bought some because I wanted to show you this snack that I used to eat in New Zealand.

This peanut butter has partially hydrogenated vegetable oil in it. I don’t know what that means … but it sounds pretty dodgy.

Anyway, to make peanut butter and celery, first you wash the celery.
Then cut it.
Then open the jar and spread peanut butter on the celery.

And that’s it.