Monthly Archives: July 2007

Show 454 Tuesday 31 July

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

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

Yesterday’s guest was Jeff from the tofu shop and on Sunday Kitchen this week you’ll be able to see how they make tofu.

Today I thought I’d tell you the story behind the visit to the tofu factory.
So back in Japan I had the idea of, for Sunday Kitchen, not just cooking stuff myself, but also going to restaurants or food manufacturers and filming how they make stuff.

On Japanese TV there are a lot of shows like this – they go to a bakery or whatever and film what’s going there. So I thought I’d do something like that – although a different style.

And one place I really wanted to visit was a tofu shop in Japan. But I just never got around to it. Then when we came to Nelson, we were eating tofu at our first host place, and I looked at the packet and I noticed that it was made in Nelson. And it also had herbs in it which was interesting – very different to the tofu in Japan.
So then I thought – we should go and visit them and film them. That would be really interesting – especially for Japanese viewers, it would be interesting to see tofu made in Canada.

Then when we came here – we talking to Helen, one of our hosts and she said that she knew him and she’d call him for us. And so she called him and he said sure … and the rest is history.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today, the Taipei 101 is no longer the tallest building in the world. A building in Dubai is even taller.

Since 2004, the Taipei 101 has been the tallest building in the world. It is 509.2 meters tall.
The same year that building was finished, construction started on an even taller building in Dubai.
The Burj Dubai has an estimated completion date of the 30th of December 2008. The estimated height is 818 meters.
On the 20th of July the building surpassed the height of the Taipei 101 making it the tallest high-rise building in the world.
But it won’t have that official title until it’s finished.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday 31st of July.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#277 Is the tofu in Canada the same as in Japan?

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

Brain Is the tofu in Canada the same as in Japan?

Sarah No, from what I’ve seen, it’s usually different.

Brain How so?

Sarah Well, the stuff here is usually hard, or firm. But in Japan it’s usually soft.

Brain Do they have herb tofu?

Sarah No, not that I’ve seen. But they have other kinds – like goma (sesame), eda mame tofu and … oh, what I really like is Jonny.

Brain What’s that?

Sarah It’s really soft and creamy and mmm it’s really good. You’ve got to try it.

music

show start, cws start, qa start
artist: Matthew Tyas
album: Music for the movies vol1
tracks: Superheros, Intellectuel, Three ways to run away
from: Oloron Sainte-Marie, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: pharmacopia
album: For The Stilling Of Volcanoes
track: Bossarim Quatro
from: Boonton, United States
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

Did you notice a mistake in this script?
Please leave us a comment and tell us!
We really appreciate people pointing out our mistakes.
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Show 453 Monday 30 July

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

Today’s guest is Jeff. Jeff is the owner of a company in Nelson called Silver King Soya Foods. They make tofu.

Last week, Jeff kindly let us come and visit and watch the tofu making process.
And it was really interesting. And we filmed it and that is going to be on this Sunday.

Jeff was pretty busy making the tofu but he agreed to answer a few questions on camera while he worked.

The first thing I asked him was: How long have you been making tofu? And he told me the story of how and why he began.

Well, I got into this by accident, quite literally. I used to be a tree planter.
And, ah, in 1989, ah, we were coming back from California. We had a bad car accident. And after that I couldn’t really plant trees. For a while I couldn’t even walk. A very short while, but, for a while. And then ah, I had already talked with this woman and I we were planning on … she had … came to me and said, “Would you like to start a tofu business with me?” And I said, “Tofu? What’s that?”
It was, sort of, really like that. You know. My wife says we’d been eating it all along, but I never even knew. So, um, I said sure. Mostly cause I liked her.
But, ah … And we went up to see Greg (Craig?) Lund and his wife Ellen (Helen?) were making tofu up in Kaslo. They really started this business.
The accident for us happened on March 1st. And it was just about the time I was getting ready to go tree planting. Um, and I couldn’t do that anymore. And, ah, so, I sat around a lot and, ah, Greg meanwhile moved his tofu factory from up there down to Nelson. Anyway, he moved down here so his kids could go to the Waldorf school. And he moved the tofu shop – he had it in a trailer by that time, he started it out in his basement, but he had it in a, in a trailer. And he moved the trailer down to Nelson, to Silver King road. And renamed it Silver King Soya Foods.
And he was looking for help to wash buckets. And wash up after making it. It was a lot different configuration than this. He was making the tofu, not with a pressure cooker, but just with ah, three camp stoves, with, ah, big pots on top of them. And he wanted someone to wash up for him. So, I figured that was sort of within my limited capabilities then. And I started washing di… washing up in the tofu shop.
And meanwhile Greg was trying to sell the shop because he thought he had post-polio syndrome. And he felt his whole body going numb on him. Um, so he wanted out of the business. And I didn’t want him to sell it because then I’d lose my dishwashing job. Which was about forty dollars a week, fif… sixty dollars a week I think.
So I offered to become partners with him and ah, I joined the business that way. And we were partners for about two or three years. And then he got a real job, up in Kaslo, ah, working in the hospital. So he moved back to Kaslo and sold me the rest of the business. And, ah, I moved it from his place out there – ‘cause I figured sooner or later he was going to sell it – down to this. And at that point this brewery was still ah, very falling down, it was … holes in the roof and everything. It was really… There was no, no other businesses in here except these guys next door, Trainor Mechanical was the only business in here. And right at the same time I moved in Keith next door that has the Live Metal moved in. So, um, he and I are the oldest tenants downstairs here. Actually there were some people upstairs.


STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today public nudity has been banned in town called Brattleboro in the United States after officials received several complaints.

Vermont is a state in the north east of United States of America.
According to Reuters, Vermont has a live-and-let-live tradition, allowing skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing.
But one town in Vermont has had enough of the nudity.
Officials in Brattleboro say they received quite a number of complaints about people wearing only their birthday suits in pubic.
So this month they passed an emergency rule. Now, according to Wikipedia, nudity is banned on the main roads and within 250 feet of any school or place of worship.
Skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing is still legal but anyone doing “full monty” in the middle of town could be fined $100.

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

conversations with sarah
#276 Did it take long to learn how to make?

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

Sarah Did it take long to learn how to make?

Jeff Not to learn the basics, I mean you already know the basics, right? Just from watching and listening to, ah, what Mitch was saying. But to, to make it good takes a while to learn.

Sarah Do you think the market has changed over the years?

Jeff I don’t know, I’ve found the market pretty steady for the last 17 years or however long I’ve been doing it. We actually make less tofu now than we did 17 years ago.

Sarah Why is that?

Jeff I don’t know. It’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned right now, because, ah, we package it all. We didn’t package any of it to begin with. Packaging takes at least half of the time.
Sarah Do you have to package it for health reasons?

Jeff Well … the health department made it really hard for the stores that wanted to sell bulk. Like see those bins up there? I had lids, with sliding lids and they had our name on them and everything, I had about 40 of those out at all the stores around here. Including the big supermarkets. Save-On, it was called Overweighty Foods, now it’s Save-On. And they sold it in bulk bins like that. And I would take them lots of tofu in bulk.
But now, they’re all packaged. There’s about two places in town that you can buy it … actually there’s one place that you can still buy it in bulk, and that’s the co-op.

links

today’s news
Brattleboro
Vermont

Listen to Jeff Mock speaking on a radio show called Deconstructing Dinner.
An article about why Jeff Mock came to Canada.

music

show start, cws start, qa start
artist: Matthew Tyas
album: Music for the movies vol1
tracks: Superheros, Intellectuel, Three ways to run away
from: Oloron Sainte-Marie, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: pharmacopia
album: For The Stilling Of Volcanoes
track: JLF
from: Boonton, United States
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

Did you notice a mistake in this script?
Please leave us a comment and tell us!
We really appreciate people pointing out our mistakes.
Thank you.

Show 452 Sunday 29 July

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Sunday Kitchen #57 Green Smoothie

On Monday, we visited Ulla and she made us some green smoothies.
First she picked some fruit and vegetables in the garden.
Then she washed and cut them.
Then put stuff in the blender.
Banana, apple, water, raspberries.
Then she put some chard in.
And some dill.
Some kale, parsley, celery and a weed called lamb’s quarter.
She added a few beets.
Some berries and some ginger.
Then she tasted it and decided to put more raspberries in and some lime.
Some more water.
And some more apple.
And that’s it!
The green smoothies turned out to be brown smoothies.
But they tasted very good.

links

lamb’s quarter

music

show start
artist: Matthew Tyas
album: Music for the movies vol1
track: Superheros
from: Oloron Sainte-Marie, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: pharmacopia
album: For The Stilling Of Volcanoes
track: JLF
from: Boonton, United States
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

Show 451 Saturday 28 July

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This is Bailey.
Like most dogs, Bailey likes chasing things like sticks.
I don’t know why – it’s seems pretty pointless to me – but anyway …
Bailey’s favorite thing to chase is an orange ball.
He also loves going down to the river.
At the river we throw sticks for him.
Bailey likes chasing after small sticks.
And massive sticks.
Wow. Go Bailey!

music

show start
artist: Matthew Tyas
album: Music for the movies vol1
track: Superheros
from: Oloron Sainte-Marie, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: pharmacopia
album: For The Stilling Of Volcanoes
track: Journey Inside
from: Boonton, United States
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

Show 450 Friday 27 July

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Today is the 450th show, so it’s time for a special show.
After watching citizenstand’s videos I thought I’d try a standing video.
I didn’t have time to go and search of some truly interesting places to stand.
So I thought I’d just stand around the house.

So this is me standing under the clothes line. I was trying to keep a straight face but it was hard because Bailey was trying to play with me.

This is me in front of the sprinkler rainbow with Bailey’s head.

That’s better. This is after we locked Bailey in the basement.

Standing in the outhouse.
In the compost.
Under an apple tree.

In the river.

I decided to try standing at night time too.
But you can’t really see me.

That’s a little bit better.
Maybe it’s better to do it inside the house at night time.

This is me standing at the top of the stairs. Woooo that’s pretty scary!

And this is me at the bottom of the stairs. It’s amazing what a difference the angle makes.

Goodbye!

music

show start
artist: Matthew Tyas
album: Music for the movies vol1
track: Superheros
from: Oloron Sainte-Marie, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: Birds of Fire
album: A night in Istanbul
track: Dim Stuff
from: Lyon, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo

Show 449 Thursday 26 July

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

Thank you to everyone who commented on Tuesday’s show so far – it’s really interesting to see where everyone’s from. I’m going to wait a few more days and then check how many different countries people are watching from.

And today I’m going to talk about numbers. A lot of people have difficulty saying numbers. So I thought I’d give you some examples.

1.6 one point six
2 1/2 two and a half
1/4 a quarter
3/4 three quarters
7/8 seven eighths
400 four hundred

Remember after hundred you say and, but after thousand you don’t.
So it’s:

405 four hundred and five
450 four hundred and fifty
1845 one thousand, eight hundred and forty five
1,234,557 one million, two hundred and thirty four thousand, five hundred and fifty seven

If this number (1945) was a price, it would be, for example, one thousand nine hundred and forty five dollars.
But if it was a year it would be nineteen forty five.

Years are usually pronounced like that:
1945 nineteen forty five
1988 nineteen eighty eight

But an interesting thing happened when we hit 2000. People called it the year 2000. And the years after that were (2001) two thousand and one, (2002) two thousand and two …
This year is (2007) two thousand and seven. Well that’s how I say it.
But some people also say twenty oh seven. So … I’m not sure which one is more common.

For phone numbers you say each digit like this: 356 8812 three five six eight eight one two.

Or if was a number like this: 425 6333, you could say, four two five six triple three.

For time, remember the word like hours or minutes, comes at the end:

So it’s:
2 and a half hours
3 and a half weeks
4 and a half minutes

You can’t say 2 hours and a half.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, this is Stick News. Over the last week there have been floods in many parts of the United Kingdom. According to Wikipedia, 11 people have died and up to one million people have been affected.

Last month it rained a lot in the United Kingdom. This month the rain continued.
There has been flooding in many areas of the UK. This is a map showing the English counties affected in June and July floods.
Damage to business and property is estimated to be over £2 billion, with 5,000 businesses and 27,000 homes affected.
The rescue efforts have been described as the biggest in peacetime Britain.
Some houses are still without water. Others have water that isn’t safe to drink – but can be used for baths, showers and flushing toilets.
Eleven people have died in the floods – including two people who died trying to pump water out of a rugby club.
The BBC reported farmers’ livelihoods have been devastated and now food shortages and raised prices are expected.
The managing director of a fruit and vegetable distributor was quoted as saying:
“I don’t want to exaggerate the problem we’ve got, but if I say it’s a crisis, I’ll be telling it exactly like it is.”

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

conversations with sarah
#275 Have you ever been in a flood?

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

Sam Have you ever been in a flood?

Sarah Yeah, when I was a kid.

Sam What happened?

Sarah It was in 1985 and there was a big flood in the Coromandel – that’s the area where I grew up.

Sam Did water come into your house?

Sarah Yeah, it did. But actually that night I was staying at my friend’s house and their house was destroyed by the flood.

Sam Did you get out of the house OK?

Sarah Yeah, we couldn’t get out the front door so we had to climb out the bathroom window.

Sam Where did you go?

Sarah We went up the hill. They had a barn up the hill so we stayed there.

Sam Did anyone die?

Sarah Yeah, I think one person did. I didn’t know her though. I just read about it in the paper.

music

show start, cws start, qa start
artist: Matthew Tyas
album: Music for the movies vol1
tracks: Superheros, Intellectuel, Three ways to run away
from: Oloron Sainte-Marie, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: pharmacopia
album: For The Stilling Of Volcanoes
track: Journey Inside
from: Boonton, United States
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

Show 448 Wednesday 25 July

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

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

Last Thursday, Show 442, I asked people to send me some emails so I could point out your mistakes and help you improve your English.
And I got a couple of emails – which is great. And please keep sending me those emails too because I’m planning to keep doing this, every Wednesday.

The first email was from Yumi and actually, as she writes:

… this is not exactly an e-mail to ask you to correct my English errors. I just miss the English transcripts of your shows on your site. I used to check out the words I didn’t understand, so it was really helpful for my studies.

Well, I’m really glad you found them useful and thanks for writing to tell me. And I’m sorry there has been no transcripts recently. But the good news is – I’m working on it – I’m slowly catching up and I’ve already done a couple of weeks of the old transcripts and the rest will be up soon.

And she also writes:
I’m a third generation Japanese living in Brazil and one really good thing that happened to me when I started watching your videos is that I became more interested in the Japanese culture, something I wasn’t really fond of.
Thank you, I’m learning a lot from your excellent work.

Wow, that’s really cool.

Unfortunately for this exercise, Yumi’s email is almost perfect. The only thing I would change is that I would say I became more interested in Japanese culture rather than the Japanese culture.

You just mean Japanese culture in general so you don’t need the.

By the way, if anyone disagrees with any of my corrections – feel fee to tell me in the comments.
The next email is from someone called Lasz.
Is that how you pronounce your name?
This another problem … it’s really hard to know how to pronounce names.

Anyway, Lasz writes:
I’d like to write a lot more, but the movie I’m watching, holds my attention to strong.

OK, first thing – your to should be too. And I would also change holds to is holding.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today Microsoft has had trouble getting visas for foreign programmers to work for them in the United States. They are now planning to open a development center in Canada which they say will allow them to recruit people affected by immigration issues in the US.

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational computer technology corporation with 76,000 employees in 102 countries.
Microsoft is now planning to open a development center in Vancouver, Canada.
A Microsoft spokesperson said that one of the attractions of Vancouver was that it was close to its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and it was not bound by US immigration policies.
The immigration issues aren’t the reason they are building the center. But the spokesperson said: “It does help us address that challenge we have in the United States of hiring very qualified people, many of whom are graduating from schools in the US, but who cannot acquire the necessary documentation to work in the US.”

According to cnetnews.com high-tech companies have been pushing hard to get the US government to increase the number of visas they are allotted.
H-1B is a category of visa for skilled workers. Cnet News reported Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates wants unlimited H-1B visas, and a Google executive has credited the company’s success to foreigners and called for expanded ability to hire them.

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

conversations with sarah
#274 What do you think of Microsoft?

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

Mike What do you think of Microsoft?

Sarah I’m not really sure … some people say they are evil though …

Mike Why are they evil?

Sarah Ah … something about their business tactics.

Mike Do you have a PC or a Mac?

Sarah PC.

Mike Why did you buy a PC?

Sarah Um … when I wanted to buy it I didn’t know what kind of computer to buy so I just bought the one my boyfriend recommended.

Mike That’s so lazy! You should do the research yourself.

Sarah Yeah, I guess so. I just didn’t really care … and there’s so many to choose from. And it’s really hard to do the research and ask shop staff questions in Japanese …

Mike Excuses, excuses …

links

today’s news
H-1b visa

music

show start, cws start, qa start
artist: Matthew Tyas
album: Music for the movies vol1
tracks: Superheros, Intellectuel, Three ways to run away
from: Oloron Sainte-Marie, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Birds of Fire
album: A night in Istanbul
track: Tempête sous le crâne
from: Lyon, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo