Monthly Archives: April 2007

Show 362 Monday 30 April

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today’s guest is Toshi.
Toshi went to New Zealand in 1997. And he spent 6 months studying English in Christchurch and then he spent 6 months working in Wanaka.
Then he went to Canada for a year and worked in Whistler.
Then he went to the United States for two years and he worked for a travel company in Las Vegas for a year and then he went to Los Angeles and worked for the same company.
And in 2002 he came back to Japan.

Why did you want to go to New Zealand?
First of all, I really want to, wanted to go to ah, abroad. And I know the special visa and the name is ah, working holiday visa. And I know working holiday visa have three choice. One is Australia, Canada and New Zealand. And Australia is hard because Australia have a limit of the ages. And I have a choice, Canada and New Zealand. And first I applied Canada. But Canada have a limit of the number. So I couldn’t get the visa in Canada. Yes, I applied but I couldn’t. So, that’s why, I just, ah, only choice to go to ah, New Zealand.

Was the English in Canada and NZ very different?
Yeah, different. So I struggled so much. Yes, ah, for ah, first time I studied English in New Zealand. New Zealand is quite English style. Canada is still English style. But I think mixed American style and English style. So I struggled so much.


Kia ora in Stick News today, a New Zealand gym owner is angry after someone placed a fake advertisement calling his gym a homosexual fitness center.

The Yellow Pages are a kind of telephone directory for businesses and are usually published annually. Ray Parker owns a gym in Papakura, Auckland.
The New Zealand Herald reported Parker is fuming after someone placed an ad in the 2007 Yellow Pages for: “Ray Parkers (Gay Lesbian) Homosexual Fitness Centre”.
Parker is worried that the ad could affect his business.
He isn’t sure if the ad was placed as a joke or as an attempt to harm Ray’s Gym.
The Yellow Pages is now working with Parker and his lawyer to find the perpetrator.
Ray said, “we will take whoever it is down. He thinks he is smart, but he is a dickhead.”

And that was Stick News for Monday the 30th of April.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#225 What did you do in New Zealand?

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

Sarah What did you do in New Zealand?

Toshi First, I went to a language school for three months. And after I changed a private English school and for three months. After half year … yes, first I was in Christchurch. And after half year I moved at ah, Wanaka. And I work, worked and enjoyed snowboarding at ah, Cadrona in Wanaka.

Sarah How was the snow?

Toshi Mmm. Sometimes good, sometimes very icy … very hard. But I got a so enjoyed.

Sarah What was your job in Wanaka?

Toshi New Zealand is so famous in Japanese because as you know Japan and between New Zealand have a different season. Yes, when Japan is summer, New Zealand is ah, winter. So many snowboard or ski addict moving to New Zealand for training and for enjoying. And so … our previous company have a camp and the name is 3S and so they have a camp for Japanese guys and Japanese girls. And I so they need a translator, because … yes, camper is ah Japanese, but instructor is, some instructor is ah Japanese but mainly is ah, Kiwi, so we need a translate for them. So that’s why I got a hire for CS company.

Sarah Was translating difficult?

Toshi Very difficult. Because ah … yeah. I said I went to New Zealand, this is ah, for the first time to long stay foreign country. So I don’t have, I didn’t have ah, confidence my English at all. That’s why I wondering I can do translating or no. But, do my best. Because I really, really wanted to ah, work at a ski or snowboarding place. So such a nice opportunity for me. So I doing the best.

Sarah So you translated what the instructors said to the students?

Toshi Yeah, that’s right. That’s right. For example so, Kiwi instructor said: “oh very good, but you ah, keep still more low and bend your knee more”. And I translate: “姿勢を低く、もっと膝を曲げて”. Like this.

Sarah Did you ever get stuck when you were translating?

Toshi Ah, yes, that’s right. So many, many time. Ah, yeah instructor is girl … instructor girl and boy is a very, very nice person so they are speaking slowly. But sometimes using the special word as snowboarding. And so I said I start to snowboard in New Zealand.
So I don’t understand word and something. So ah, sorry what meaning this one?

Sarah It must have been good for your English.

Toshi Yes, very good English practice. And I think, thinking everybody because instructor and student, so generosity about my attitude, my English. Yes, they endure my English so much.

Sarah Did your way of thinking change after living abroad?

Toshi Yes, big change. Mmm. Ah, I think so I can watch everything more wide. I mean, so when I was in … just knowing Japan, my view just narrow things. But after returned back a foreign country, I think my view getting wide, make wide.
But this one is very important I think. Because when I, so … decide something we need ah, more wide view and more wide knowledge, so I think best way is get a wide view and wide knowledge, go to abroad.


Today’s news.

today’s qa bgm

artist: Jampy
album: Rain
track: Speak to Me
from: Napoli, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site


Show 361 Sunday 29 April

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Sunday Kitchen #46 Salad

To make a salad you need:

A chopping board, a knife, some vegetables and some water.
First wash the vegetables.
Then chop them.
Then toss the salad.
You can add dressing if you like.
I made a dressing with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and pepper.

These are the vegetables I used:


Nira is a kind of like leek, spring onion or chives.

According to my dictionary nira is “leek” in English.
According to Wikipedia nira is “garlic chives” in English.


artist: Jampy
album: Rain
track: Beautiful Eyes
from: Napoli, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

Show 360 Saturday 28 April

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How to get an Oscar
In ten easy steps

Step 1. An Oscar is a kind of film award, so you need to get involved in a movie. I think being an extra is a good start.

Step 2. Listen carefully to the director’s instructions.

Step 3. Don’t be too disappointed if the chairlift starts going backwards before you get anywhere near the shot. There’s always next time.

Step 4. Make sure you fully understand the signs at the film set.

Step 5. Get plenty of rest between takes.

Step 6. Take lots of photos of the scenery between takes to keep yourself from going stir-crazy.

Step 7. Study the crew closely. Try to remember their names so you can thank them in your acceptance speech.

Step 8. After the break try and get a bit closer to the action so you actually have a chance of being in the shot.

Step 9. If you don’t end up getting in the shot, film it so at least you can prove you were there.

Step 10. Just in case you get overlooked for the Oscar… keep the plastic necklace they give you as a memento.


Can you please react to the action you see.

Ah, thank you.

Ah, OK, this is a test.

OK, the chairlift is starting to move.

Ah, Cut.

The lift is stopping.

Ah, we have a request.

Ah, can we get you to make the reaction as big as possible?

And, the people who are leaning out of the chairlifts, could we get you to lean out about 50 percent more.

Thank you.

So, now, you are in a chairlift with your friends, ah, with three or 4 people in one chairlift.
And, we’d like the reaction to be even bigger. Ah, thank you.

artist: Jampy
album: Rain
track: Little Swing
from: Napoli, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

Show 359 Friday 27 April

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

Today I’m going to talk about The Watchman again. Hmmm I might be obsessed.
Anyway, in his videos The Watchman says: The Watchman has spoken.
Why does he say The Watchman has spoken and not The Watchman spoke?

Has spoken is the present perfect.
And spoke is the past simple.
So when do you use the present perfect and when do you use the past simple?
This is a difficult question to answer – and it’s one of the grammar points that English students have quite a bit of trouble with – in Japan anyway.
It’s also hard to teach and especially if you’ve just started teaching English you might be a bit confused about it, so my explanation might help you … I hope.

I think has a good explanation about this and I’m going to give you a link to that page and also try and explain it the way they do.

They say one of the uses of the present perfect is for an unspecified time before now.

You can’t use the present perfect with specific time expressions such as: yesterday, one year ago, last week, when I was a child, when I lived in Japan, at that moment, that day, one day.

You can use the present perfect with unspecific expressions for example: ever, never, once, many times, several times, before, so far, already, yet.

I think that’s a very useful explanation. Just think: specific or unspecific?
Should I say: This morning I went for a run.
Or this morning I have been for a run.

Hmmm, well this morning is specific, so it must be I went.

Here’s another example. Let’s compare two questions:

Did you go to France?
Have you been to France?

Did you go should be for a specific time.
And have you been for an unspecific time

For example, if I said: Last summer I traveled around Europe for two months.
Then you should ask: Did you go to France? Not: have you been to France?

Because you are asking about a specific time – that is the two months that I was traveling around Europe.

You should use have you been to France? or have you ever been to France? if you’re not talking about a specific time in the past. So you’re talking about some time in the past – but when is not important.

So back to The Watchman – the point is not when he spoke – and a specific time is not mentioned – so he uses has spoken.


Kia ora in Stick News today, according to the World Economic Forum, the US is no longer the king of technology.

The World Economic Forum has published the The Networked Readiness Index six times.
To make the index they judge 122 countries on: the integration of technology in business,
the infrastructure available, government policy favourable for fostering a culture of innovation
and progress and leadership in promoting the usage of the latest information technology tools.
Last time the US was number 1. Now it’s number 7.
According to an economist at the World Economic Forum, Denmark is number one because they have “benefited from the very effective government e-leadership, reflected in early liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, a first-rate regulatory environment and large availability of e-government services.”

And that was Stick News for Friday the 27th of April.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

This evening I went for a walk at dusk. There’s still a little bit of snow lying around.

conversations with sarah
#224 What are you listening to?

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

Masao What were you listening to?

Sarah Ah, Kim Hill.

Masao Who’s she?

Sarah She’s a New Zealand broadcaster. She’s like my idol.

Masao Your idol? Why?

Sarah I just think she’s great. I really like her interview style.

Masao Do you listen to her a lot?

Sarah Yeah, since her show’s been available as a podcast I listen to her quite a lot.

Masao What’s her show about?

Sarah Basically just interviewing a lot of interesting people. The one I listened to today was … she interviewed a guy who was in the Vietnam war. And he’s just written a book. It was really interesting.


Today’s news.

The World Economic Forum

Kim Hill’s profile at Radio NZ

Kim Hill’s show

The interview I listened to is here. Kim Hill interviewed Barry Heard who wrote a book called

Well Done Those Men.


artist: Jampy

album: Rain

track: Morphine

from: Napoli, Italy

album at Jamendo

artist at Jamendo

artist site

Show 358 Thursday 26 April

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
I have a great scoop to share with you today.
The Watchman has spoken!
Back in Show 336 I talked about The Watchman.
He is watchman55 on YouTube.
On his videos there is a website address.
So I checked his site and on his site I found an email address … so I thought I’d send him an email.
I wrote and said I thought his videos were brilliant and I asked if he was going to make any more. Because his last video was posted 6 months ago.
And he replied. I was pretty surprised because I wasn’t expecting a reply.
This is his email.

Dearest Sarah,

The Watchman bows his head in appreciation of your kind words. Brilliant, eh? Hmmmm, this is a high standard to live up to, and perhaps that is what keeps The Watchman from making more. For what is there to be gained once one has achieved brilliance?In truth, it is time and the daily rigors of life that have combined to leave The Watchman little opening for much digital creating.
This certainly won’t always be the case, but since there are no measured consequences levied upon said “creator” for lack of output, new material will only come when the urge hits and time allows.
Do keep your eyes open, however, for you never know when The Watchman will return.


Hmmm so it still doesn’t solve the mystery of who the watchman actually is. But he’s a good writer that’s for sure.
In the videos his accent sounds kind of British. Except that he says /tu:b/ instead of /tju:b/.
And in this email he spells rigor without a u.
And he says eh.
So, I think he might be from Canada.

A couple of words you might not know.
Firstly: rigour/rigor
The rigours of sth means the difficulties and unpleasant conditions of something.
So the watchman says he can’t make any videos because of time and the daily rigors of life.
Basically, he’s too busy.
And he says: new material will only come when the urge hits and time allows.
An urge is a strong desire or impulse.
So he will make a new video when time allows – when he has time and when the urge hits – so when he gets a desire or when he feels like it.
I will definitely be keeping my eyes open.


Kia ora in Stick News today China is planning an online marriage list designed to tackle bigamy.

Bigamy is the crime of marrying someone when you are still legally married to somebody else. In recent years there has been a rise in bigamy in China.
To tackle this problem China is planning an online marriage list.
By 2010 people will be able to check a nationwide registry of marriage details – including the date, place and names of every marriage.

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 26th of April.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

It snowed briefly today.

conversations with sarah
#223 What happened to him?

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

Sam Why do people get married to two people at the same time?

Sarah I don’t know. It’s pretty weird. I was looking up bigamy in Wikipedia and I found this bizarre story about this guy called Arthur Worthington. He was born in America and then he moved to New Zealand.

Sam Did he marry two women at the same time?

Sarah Yeah. It sounds like he married a lot of women. And he set up this weird religion too.

Sam What kind of religion?

Sarah Like a cult I guess. It was called “Temple of Truth”.

Sam What happened to him?

Sarah Well he ran away to Australia … then came back to New Zealand. Then went back to Australia and ended up in prison there. And then went to America and got sent to prison there too.

Sam Was this recently?

Sarah No, it was a while ago. It says he died in prison about 1917 or something.


Today’s news.

Arthur Worthington


artist: Jampy
album: Rain
track: Little Swing
from: Napoli, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

Show 357 Wednesday 25 April

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today I’m going to try an experiment.
I’m going to ask you to vote for me at Podcast Alley. And I’m going to see how many people actually do.
You don’t get any benefit from this – and you might waste 10 seconds of your time. But if you are an English student I think this could be good practice for following instructions.
Podcast Alley is just a website that ranks podcasts.
I don’t think it really means anything if The Daily English Show is high up the ranks or not … but it does seem like quite a popular site – so it might help some people find out about the show.
Anyway, I just want to see what happens. I think if about 50 people vote for The Daily English Show then it could be the number one video podcast in April.

First, click on the link in the video description of this video.
Click after it says “click here to vote”.
And that will take you to The Daily English Show page on Podcast Alley.
On that page under where it says The Daily English Show there is a box.
The title of the box is actions.
Inside that box, click on vote.
Then a window will pop up.
Inside that window there are three boxes.
Two of them are optional, so you don’t need to fill them in.
You only need to fill in the first one. Write your email address in that first box.
Then click on Vote Now!
Then go and check your email.
And you will find an email from Podcast Alley.
The subject will be Podcast Alley Voting.
Open the email and click on the link.
And that’s it!


Kia ora in Stick News today 4 high school students in New Zealand have been expelled from school after they attacked a 16-year-old boy then posted a video of the assault on YouTube.

In New Zealand if school students misbehave they can get suspended.
This means they are not allowed to go to school for a period of time.
If the offence is more serious, the student can get expelled.
This means that the student is forbidden from attending the school in future.
On the 30th of March a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy lured another teenage boy to a park and attacked him.
The New Zealand herald reported up to 30 teenagers watched the assault and spurred on the violence.
It was filmed and uploaded to YouTube.
The video has now been removed and 4 teenagers involved in the attack have been expelled from school.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 25th of April.
Kia Ora.

Click here to take a quiz to check your comprehension of today’s Stick News.

conversations with sarah
#222 Which do you like better cats or dogs?

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

Susan Which do you like better cats or dogs?

Sarah Neither.

Susan Really, why?

Sarah I don’t really like animals. And I don’t like pets.

Susan But they’re so cute!

Sarah I don’t think dogs are cute. They’re noisy, and smelly and scary.

Susan What about cats … cats are cute!

Sarah Mmm, I don’t think so.

Susan But it’s so relaxing, sitting with a cat in your lap.


Today’s news.



artist: Jampy
album: Rain
track: Little Swing
from: Napoli, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 356 Tuesday 24 April

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

Prince William, who is an English prince, broke up with his girlfriend Kate Middleton.
And who cares, right?
But I did see one story that I thought was interesting in terms of language.

This story in CNN starts like this:
Snobbery is thriving in Britain — if you believe the upper-class scorn poured on Kate Middleton’s mother after Prince William broke up with his middle-class commoner sweetheart.
And then it quotes a journalist as saying: This country is riven by the class system. It is more alive than it has ever been.

The class system is hard to explain. I was just reading the social class section in Wikipedia … and basically it’s about power – who has power and who doesn’t. But the systems are different in different countries and have changed over time.
I think a good example of the class system is in the movie Titanic . In that movie the … the rich characters thought that they were better than the poor characters. And that is snobbery.
Snob. n. a person who has an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth and who looks down on those regarded as socially inferior.
So apparently the class system is pretty strong in Britain. I don’t really know much about that – but from what I understand it sounds quite different than New Zealand.
But snobbery does exist to a certain extent in New Zealand. Like some people think they’re pretty special because they own lots of stuff or money – but whatever, they’re just delusional.

Anyway, back to the story. There’s an example about language in the story – by the way this story may not be true, it might just be gossip like most “news” stories about famous people.
But I’m going to tell you anyway, because I think it’s an interesting language point.
Apparently, when Kate’s mother met the queen, she said: pleased to meet you. Shock, horror! Apparently, the upper class in Britain say: How do you do?
I had no idea that it was so important – I would’ve said: nice to meet you. Which is probably even more shocking … so I don’t think I have much of a chance with the prince.

Another shocking thing Kate’s mother said was toilet. She said something like: where’s the toilet? Apparently, upper class people say lavatory. I didn’t know that either. I usually say bathroom. I can’t remember if that’s what people usually say in New Zealand or not.

I think a lot of students in Japan learn the phrase how do you do? – but they’re unsure when to use it.
So, my advice is – if you meet the queen of England, you should definitely use it. As for the rest of Britain, I’m not sure. And if you go to New Zealand don’t say it. I have never heard anyone in my entire life say how do you do?. Then again, maybe I don’t mix with the right crowd.

And as for the toilet … my advice is to try and adapt to the situation. So listen to other people and listen to what words they use and try and copy them.
If it’s an informal situation it could be fine to use words like loo, bog or dunny. But remember if you’re trying to impress the queen of England you might want to use lavatory

And, the moral of today’s story is: If you want to hook up with an English prince, you’d better to study hard because language is very important. So keep watching The Daily English Show.


Kia ora in Stick News today according to a study two out of three British web uses waste significant amounts of time wilfing.

Many people log on to the internet with a purpose, but end up becoming distracted and aimlessly browsing irrelevant websites.
This is called wilfing – which is short for “what was I looking for?”
According to Reuters, 2400 people were questioned in a British study.
And it was found that wilfers lose two working days a month to aimless browsing.
Men were the worst offenders.
And shopping sites were the most distracting.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 24th of April.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#221 What does wilfing mean?

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

Taka What does wilfing mean?

Sarah It’s basically just online procrastination, I think.

Taka Is that a common word?

Sarah I don’t think so. Today was the first day I’d heard of it.

Taka Do you wilf?

Sarah Yeah, a lot.

Taka Do you look at shopping sites?

Sarah No, never shopping sites. I don’t know why. Maybe cause I have no money. But I’m generally not much of a shopper.

Taka How do you procrastinate?

Sarah Usually reading news or stuff on Wikipedia.


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Today’s news.


artist: Jampy
album: Rain
track: Beautiful Eyes
from: Napoli, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site