Category Archives: Asking Acadia

Show 539 Wednesday 24 October

Watch today’s show at YouTube.Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today is mistake day and I’d like to tell you about a useful site about mistakes.

The site is by Paul Brians who is a Professor of English at Washington State University in the United States – so obviously it’s about American English.
And it’s not actually for English language students. It’s talking about the common mistakes of native English speakers in the United States.
But I still think it could be useful for you. And if you’re a native English speaker interested in language then I think it’s a fun site to browse. You can think, “Mmm what does that word mean?” And click on it and have a read … it’s really interesting.

Here’s an example which could be useful for language learners: vain vane vein
Three different words with the same pronunciation.

This is what he says about this vain:

When you have vanity you are conceited: you are vain. “You’re so vain you probably think this song is about you.” This spelling can also mean “futile,” as in “All my love’s in vain” (fruitless). Note that when Ecca-something ( Ecclesiastes) says that “all is vanity” it doesn’t mean that everything is conceited, but that everything is pointless.

Next vane:
A vane is a blade … blah, blah, blah … I don’t think that one’s very important.And the last vein:
A vein is a slender thread of something, like blood in a body or gold in a mine.

I can see veins in my arms. They’re blue lines.

And he says:
It can also be a line of thought, as in “After describing his dog’s habit of chewing on the sofa, Carlos went on in the same vein for several minutes.”

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, this is Stick News. For the last four days massive fires have been burning in Southern California in the United States. More than 900,000 residents have been evacuated and at least 1,500 homes have been destroyed.

Southern California is the southern portion of the US state of California.
Recently, the area has been extremely dry and windy.
On the 20th of October a series of wildfires started burning.
Today, 16 fires were burning. Several fires were thought to be started by power lines which were knocked down by winds. Others may have been arson.
According to Wikipedia six people have died and at least 70 others have been injured.
The Californian Governor declared a state of emergency in seven California counties. And the President of the United States signed a major disaster declaration.
CNN reported there were 76,000 people staying in 42 shelters in San Diego County this morning. Including thousands of people staying in a sports stadium.
According to an emergency official the cost of homes destroyed by the fires is likely to top $1 billion in San Diego County alone.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 24th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
Which language would you most like to study and why?

Um, I would love to continue studying French in France. I did an exchange when I was in grade 10 and I was way too young to care about it. Like, I was just like, “oh yay, I’m in France”.
But I’d love to go back there and become immersed in the culture and stuff. And just get to know it better because I definitely didn’t appreciate it when I could do it.Italian, because my family’s from Italy.

I’d like to study Spanish because I think it’s one of the, kind of, next emerging languages. So it’s going to become really important economically and to get jobs. And I think the more languages you have the better chance of getting jobs. Plus, I’d love to go to South America. So I’d love to have that language so I could work down there.

I guess English is the, ah, language that I want to study, because, ah … in my way of thinking, I guess English will, ah, be most useful. Although my mother, mother language is Chinese, but I guess English, ah, will be a very good choice to be my second languages. So, I guess, that will be OK.

French. Because it’s a romantic language, that’s why.

conversations with sarah
#334 You must get annoyed sometimes.Step 1: Repeat Jim’s lines.
Step 2: Read Jim’s lines and talk to Sarah.

Jim Do you have any pet language peeves?

Sarah Yeah, kind of. Well, I mean, I’m a teacher so when students make mistakes I don’t get annoyed.

Jim You must get annoyed sometimes.

Sarah Yeah, sometimes secretly. But I would be a really bad teacher if I showed the student I was annoyed at them making a mistake, because it’s perfectly natural to make mistakes. I mean, if they spoke perfect English they wouldn’t need lessons, right?

Jim True.

Sarah Anyway, OK, I’ll try and think of something that annoy me. OK, マイカー。That’s Japanese.

Jim What does it mean? My car?

Sarah No, it could mean my car, your car, anybody’s car. It just means … a car that someone owns privately, as opposed to a rental car or a stolen car or something.

Jim How do you use it?

Sarah For example, 彼女はマイカー通勤です。And if you translated that literally, it would mean, “she goes to work in my car”. But it doesn’t mean that, it means: “she drives to work”. Or, “she drives her own car to work”. But it’s like … my car? She doesn’t drive my car to work, it’s her car!

Jim Are there any other words like that?

Sarah Oh, yeah: マイペース. Another ridiculous word. You say to someone: please go at “my pace” when you mean your pace. Crazy.

Jim But people don’t say that in English.

Sarah Yeah, no they don’t. But students do – because sometime Japanese is the name as English, like カメラ means camera, exactly the same, no problem. But マイペースdoesn’t mean my pace.

notes

You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.

This is a line from a song called You’re so Vain by Carly Simon. This song was written in 1972.

Listen to the song here.

links

today’s news

today’s STICK NEWS pictures

California Wildfires (Wikipedia)

Common Errors in English

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 4

from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 538 Tuesday 23 October

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

This is our last week in Wolfville. On Saturday, we’re flying to Vancouver. And we’re actually stopping in Toronto on the way but only for a few hours unfortunately. We wanted to stay there longer, but we can’t so we’re just have to come back to Canada. There are so many places that I’d like to see. But you can’t see everything – especially when you’re in the second biggest country in the world.

So we’re flying back to Vancouver, then flying back to Japan on the 4th of November. So we have a week to fill in and during that time we’re going to Vancouver Island for a couple of days and after that I’m not sure yet. I’m supposed to be sorting that out but I haven’t quite got around to that.

Anyway, after we get back to Japan we’re going to take a bit of a holiday. The Daily English Show hasn’t had a holiday since last August, when we took a month off. So I think it really is time for a break. We’re going to take 10 days off. From Friday the 9th of November to Sunday the 18th of November. I think it’s a good time to have a break because we might not have internet access during that time – because it takes a bit of time to set up. We’re going back to Kutchan by the way – the same place we were in last winter. Back to the yellow couch.
And it’ll be nice to have a break when we get back to get over the jet lag, do a bit of cleaning. And I might even do a bit of work on The Daily English Show website. That really needs some work.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today, YouTube New Zealand has been launched. The site is a localized version of YouTube featuring some videos on the front page that were made by New Zealanders.

YouTube is an online video sharing website owned by an American company called Google.
Since June this year localized versions of the site have been available
for countries such as Japan, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
Today, YouTube New Zealand was launched.
Newstalk ZB reported that members of the VIP online community were invited to the launch which was held in Auckland.
The New Zealand Herald reported the launch was a “kiwi content fizzer”.
But according to one of the leading sources of online news, YouTube editors showed their outstandingly good taste in deciding to feature a video by The Daily English Show.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 23rd of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
What do you know about New Zealand?

Ah, I only know about cows in New Zealand.

Um, nothing.

I don’t really know anything about New Zealand.

Well, I know that it is located in the Pacific, close to Australia. That it has a lot of sheep. And that Lord of the Rings was filmed there.

I know that they, ah, filmed Lord of the Rings in New Zealand.

I know that New Zealand has good rugby. Our rugby coach is from New Zealand.

conversations with sarah
#333 What’s different about the NZ site?

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

Mana What’s different about the NZ site?

Sarah Not much … the videos on the front page are different.

Mana Are they all made by Kiwis?

Sarah No, most of them are made by Australians.

Mana Oh, that’s weird.

Sarah Yeah … but I don’t think there are that many videos made by Kiwis to choose from.

Mana Isn’t YouTube very popular in NZ?

Sarah I don’t know. But I think New Zealand has some problems with broadband – so most people don’t watch online video. And anyway, there aren’t many people in New Zealand.

Mana Is there a YouTube Canada?

Sarah No, there isn’t. I guess … maybe there will be in the future, though.

Mana I wonder how they decide which country to do next.

Sarah Yeah, I don’t know.

link

today’s STICK NEWS pictures

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 4

from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 533 Thursday 18 October

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

Today I have a question for you. I want you to look at this footage and tell me if you can see anything strange.

Did you notice anything? Yes, there are no number plates on the car!
Well there are, but only on the back, not on the front.

I noticed this a couple of weeks ago and at first I was just looking at one car and I was thinking, “Hmm that’s strange, that car doesn’t have a number plate”. And then I looked around and I was like, “Ooh, they are all like that”. I was so surprised because I just assumed that everywhere in the world cars had two number plates.

But no.

And I just checked in Wikipedia and there are a whole list of places in Canada and the US where cars only have one number plate.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora this is Stick News. Today a famous Japanese boxer visited the home of his opponent to apologise for his bad behaviour in the ring.

The three Kameda brothers are a famous boxing trio in Japan.
They are from Osaka and their father trained them since they were young.
The middle brother is Daiki.
Last week Kameda Daiki fought the WBC flyweight champion Naito Daisuke
Naito won.
During the fight Kameda broke many rules and he’s now been suspended for a year.
Before the fight he said he would commit seppuku if he lost but he changed his mind.
Instead he went to Naito’s place to apologise.
After the visit, Naito said in a written statement: “I was surprised that they came to my home without notice but I now understand their best intentions after receiving the apology.”

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 18th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
What have you been doing during the strike?

Well I play volleyball, so we’ve had volleyball all day. And then we have study hall, work out. So we have a full day. And then just don’t do anything at night really.

I’ve been keeping up with some of my school work. Actually last night I went out to the bar. But, um, I’ve been, ah, doing, just trying to keep up and trying to get stuff done ahead of time. So I don’t have as much to do when we have to do all our mid-terms in one week.

I’ve been busy moving into residence, because I think the residence is a better choice for me.

Well I haven’t been doing a lot. Just sitting in my room, playing xbox, watching TV, going on the internet. Did a little bit of school work.

conversations with sarah
#331 What does “the Maritimes” mean?

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

Dana What does “the Maritimes” mean?

Sarah Oh, I just looked that up the other day actually, the Maritimes are Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

Dana Why are they called the Maritimes.

Sarah I don’t know.

Dana And what is Atlantic Canada?

Sarah That is the Maritimes plus Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dana So five provinces?

Sarah No four. Newfoundland and Labrador is one province.

Dana Really? Wow. Long name for a province.

Sarah Yeah.

links

today’s news

today’s STICK NEWS pictures

Kameda brothers (Wikipedia)

Kameda Daiki (Wikipedia)

Seppuku (Wikipedia)

Only one number plate in Canada and US:

The following quote is from this page on Wikipedia (look under “Mounting”).

“In the Canadian provinces and territories of Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, and in the U.S. states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts (most plates issued prior to 1988 – see note below), Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia, however, license plates are currently only required on the rear of the vehicle. Some vanity and specialty plates in Arizona and Kansas are issued in pairs, but only the rear plate is required to be displayed; the optional front plate is something of a bonus for paying an extra fee for the plate.”

The Maritimes (Wikipedia)

Atlantic Canada (Wikipedia)

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Pequeñas piezas para María 2
from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 531 Tuesday 16 October

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

A lot has been happening here in Wolfville recently. Actually there always seems to be a lot of events going on. Last weekend was homecoming weekend. And then a strike started on Monday.

I thought I’d show you a bit of footage of some stuff that’s been happening recently.

This was on Sunday 6th October. There was an event in Wolfville called Clocktoberfest.It was part of a festival called the Valley Pumpkin Fest. There was music and food inside a kind of tent called a yurt.
The yurt was really cool. It was made by some people in Nova Scotia.
On Friday 12th of October there was a race as part of homecoming weekend. It had a name but I can’t remember what it was.
People were wearing some pretty cool costumes.
On Saturday, there was a homecoming parade. The band at the start was cool and rest of it was basically just people walking along holding signs.
After the parade there was a football game. Acadia played Bishop’s. They lost 42-17.
On Sunday there were two soccer games.
First the Axewomen beat the Mounties 2-0.

And then the Axemen drew with the Mounties 1-1.

From yesterday a strike started at the university. Members of the faculty are now walking around the outside the university holding signs.
This is called picketing.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora this is Stick News. Today in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, an agreement was signed to protect 605 acres of land supporting old-growth forests.

Wolfville is a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada.
In April 2007, Wolfville became Canada’s first Fair Trade Town.
Wolfville was also the first municipality in Nova Scotia to be smoke-free in indoor public places, and the first municipality in the Maritimes to join the Safe Communities Foundation of Canada.
Now they have another first, after signing an agreement to protect a 605 acre parcel of land known as The Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve.
The agreement protects the land from development. The town will continue to own the land and it will looked after by the trust.
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust says it’s the first time a Canadian municipality has partnered with an NGO to permanently protect a municipally-owned natural area.
The Mayor of Wolfville said, “This easement will ensure that people will always be able to wander the meandering woodland trails of the Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve, to learn from, and be inspired by its pristine and undisturbed natural beauty.”And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 16th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
What do you want to do after you graduate?

Well, I’m thinking I’ll probably work for a year and then go to grad school. Probably do the whole English thing and then maybe go and do law. But I’m not sure. Still contemplating and stuff.

After I graduate, I’m thinking about working for a bit. And then I might start a, I’m planning to start a business. Then, during my free time, might just go back to culinary school. Cook.

After I graduate, I’d like to work for a year and then go to graduate school.

Ah, become a teacher.

That’s a hard question because I haven’t really decided yet. Like, I know I want to go into like, I’m taking kinesiology right now and I think I might be a physiotherapist and help people with ah, with recovering from injuries and stuff because I’ve had many myself. So that’s something I’d like to do.

conversations with sarah
#329 Do you get annoyed if people think you’re Australian?

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

Lily Do you get annoyed if people think you’re Australian?

Sarah No. Well, it depends.

Lily On what?

Sarah Well, if they just say, “Are you from Australia?” I don’t mind. I just say, “No, I’m from New Zealand.” But sometimes people keep asking about Australia after that, like, “Oh, so what’s the xyz like in Australia?” And I’m like, “I don’t know …”

Lily They’re pretty similar though, aren’t they?

Sarah Yeah, for sure. But some things are quite different, though. Like, some people say I want to go to New Zealand because I want to see Kangaroos. And I’m like hmmm, well …

Lily You don’t have kangaroos?

Sarah No.

Lily I’m kidding. I know that.

Sarah Oh, OK.

Lily Canadians get annoyed if people think they’re American, don’t they?

Sarah Yeah, I’ve heard that. I’ve never tested it out though. Actually I got annoyed by someone calling me American once. I lived in this apartment for a year in Japan and every time I walked outside, this little kid would yell out, “America-jin, America-jin” really loudly and at first I just thought, oh, whatever. And then after a couple of weeks I thought oh maybe I should actually tell him, so I explained to him that I wasn’t actually American. And then he just did it louder, obviously, just to annoy me. So I just gave up and just tried to ignore him.

Lily It’s pretty rude to yell out someone’s nationality when you see them anyway.

Sarah Yeah. But he was just a kid, so I can forgive him.

notes

do the whole English thing = study English (literature)

grad school = graduate school

(AmE) noun a tertiary institution that offers postgraduate courses

America-jin (アメリカ人) = American (Japanese)

links

today’s news

today’s STICK NEWS pictures

Nova Scotia Nature Trust

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm

artist: Carlos Rives
album: Improvisaciones
track: Noesis 1
from: Andratx, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 526 Thursday 11 October

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

This weekend is homecoming weekend at Acadia University.
So, what is homecoming?

I’d heard of it before and I always assumed that it meant when the students go home.
But no …

In my dictionary there are two meanings for homecoming.
1. an instance of returning home
2. (N. Amer.) a reunion of former students of a college or high school

In New Zealand, we don’t use the word homecoming. But I think schools and universities do have reunions, but not very often, as far as I know.

But here homecoming is an annual event. So I guess some people, if they have a lot of free time, could go back to their (old) university every year.

And former students are called alumni. It says in my dictionary, especially American English. I’ve heard that word before, but I don’t think it’s used much in New Zealand.

There are various events over homecoming weekend mostly sports games, and there is also something called fall convocation. I don’t actually know what that is. I should probably ask someone.

I’ve never heard of convocation before and in Wikipedia it says there are about three different meanings. But anyway it’s some kind of ceremony.

And fall is a season, as you probably know. I still can’t really get used to it being called fall. Fall sounds like something you do when you trip over, it doesn’t really sound like a season to me.

And tomorrow night we’re going to a hockey game. Hockey as in ice hockey which they call hockey in Canada. It’s hard to get used to that too.
In New Zealand we say hockey and ice hockey. And in Canada, they say field hockey and hockey.
I’ve played both sports actually. At high school I played hockey for 4 years. And then when I was at university I played ice hockey for a year.
So I’m really looking forward to watching the game.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today the Nobel Prize for literature has been awarded to 87-year-old British writer, Doris Lessing.

On the 22nd of October 1919, a girl was born in a country called Persia.
Her parents were British and six years after Doris was born, they moved to
Southern Rhodesia .
Doris went to a Catholic school and left when she was 13.
She was married twice and had three children.
In 1949, Doris Lessing moved to London and her first book was published.
The book was called The Grass is Singing.
It’s a novel which deals with racial politics in Southern Africa in the 1940s.
Lessing has now written more than 20 novels, as well as short stories, poetry, plays, two operas, non-fiction and two volumes of an autobiography.
Now she’s just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In a radio interview Lessing said about the prize: “They can’t give a Nobel to someone who’s dead, so I guess they were thinking they’d better give it to me now before I popped off.”

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 11th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
Why did you choose Acadia?

Cause it was the first place that accepted me.

Ah, it’s one of the only schools I got into.

Well, ah, it was one of the, it’s the closest school to my hometown with a program in theology, which is what I study. And they actually have, ah, better scholarships in theology than almost any other school in Canada right now, so a couple of really good reasons right there.

I wanted to go to a really small school. And most of the small schools are on the east coast. So then my dad and I came out and looked at them. And Acadia I guess was the one that just fit the best, so …

Ah the lap top program’s pretty nice. And ah, being far away from home.

Um, I came here, because it had a really good kinesiology program. And I came for rugby as well.

conversations with sarah
#326  How long did you play for?

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

Tommy You played ice hockey in New Zealand?

Sarah Yeah.

Tommy Is it popular in New Zealand?

Sarah No, not at all. I think there are only two ice skating rinks in the whole of New Zealand.

Tommy How long did you play for?

Sarah Just for one season.

Tommy Did you enjoy it?

Sarah Yeah, I loved it. I love ice skating and rollerblading and hockey … so, yeah, it was really fun.

Tommy Did you win many games?

Sarah Yeah, actually my team won the championship.

Tommy What was your team called?

Sarah Ahh, I can’t remember.

links

today’s news
Nobel Prize press release
today’s STICK NEWS pictures

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Olga Scotland
album: Scotland Yard
track: Ksan
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 525 Wednesday 10 October

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

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

Today, I got an email from someone asking for help with their English.
So today is their lucky day. I’m going to point out some mistakes in their email.
While I’m reading this email, see if you can see what the mistakes are.

Hi how was youre day?
Hi, how was your day?

You’ve used the wrong your there. That’s a classic mistake.
And my day was great, thank you.

First Iwant to know how many times repeat one lesson?
First, I want to know how many times to repeat one lesson.

You shouldn’t use a question mark there because it’s not an actual question.
Also, I think this sounds a bit better:
Could you tell me many times I should repeat one lesson?

And my answer to that question is: until you get sick of it. I think repeating is really important and useful, but it’s important to choose something that you’re interested in to repeat. I would just watch a show once and then if you find it interesting, watch it again and again until you get sick of it.

Second what do I do to remind a word, that I don’t know ?
Second, what do I do to remember a word that I don’t know?

You should use remember there.
Well, there are many methods to remember words. And one is to use it. So, when you pick up a new word, try to use it as much as possible in conversation and use it when you’re writing, because the more often you use it the more likely you are to remember the word.

Third how can I underestand a word or sentences if I don’t want look from dictionary , is it possible or not .
Third, how can I understand a word or sentences without looking them up in a dictionary? Is this possible?

You’ve spelled understand wrong there.

Yes, it’s definitely possible. You can try and guess what a word means from the context. And I think it’s a very useful and important skill.

And the email goes on from there.
And my final piece of advice today is this: use spell check.

Spell check won’t solve all your problems, but it is very useful.

I use Word and I have that thing turned on where you can see a squiggly red line under a word that could be spelt wrong.
I think that’s a great way to improve my spelling. That line could be there because it’s a new word like blog, but it also could be there because I don’t know how to spell the word.
And when I see it, first I try and correct the mistake myself, and if I can’t work it out, then I look it up. And after I’ve made the same mistake a few times, then eventually I remember how to spell it.
It’s really useful to know how to spell, even if you are on a computer because it’s much faster if you spell everything correctly the first time.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora this is Stick News. Today is the World Day Against the Death Penalty. Thousands of people across the globe are taking part in initiatives to protest capital punishment.

When a state agrees to kill a person as punishment for a crime, it’s called capital punishment or the death penalty.
Wikipedia says the death penalty used to be used by nearly all societies.
But now many countries and states have abolished the practice. Including almost all countries in Europe, the South Pacific and Latin America and Canada.
Places where the death penalty still exists include the United States, Guatemala, most of the Caribbean and the majority of democracies in Asia and Africa.
In 2003, the first World Day Against the Death Penalty took place. The event was launched by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
The coalition says on their website that their ultimate objective is “to obtain the definitive abolition of death sentences and executions in those countries where the death penalty is in force.”

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 10th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
What do you think of the death penalty?

Honestly, truthfully, um, I’m not exactly against it for one reason. I know that if it was me, and you leave me alone and you touch somebody that’s mine, I will kill you. So, let them get you before I do.
Well, it depends on the situation, because if it’s like, if someone’s murdered, like, death for death, I don’t find is right. So, it really depends on the situation, I guess, for now. And of course other countries believe different things too. So … but, here, I don’t really believe that’s right.

I think it’s wrong because you don’t know … what happens if someone’s innocent? You can’t exactly go back on it.

Um, I really don’t think that it should be up to us to decide who lives, who dies, um, it … I don’t want that responsibility and I don’t feel like I can trust someone else with that either.

I think, um, I don’t necessarily agree with it completely. But I also don’t agree with um, guys, like someone committing a crime, like murder and then being let out of prison years later and then recommitting that crime. So either way, I don’t necessarily agree with it, but at the same time, I don’t agree with not having it.

conversations with sarah
#325 Do you agree with the death penalty?

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

Sarah Do you agree with the death penalty?

Jenny Yes.

Sarah Really? Why?

Jenny I think some crimes are so bad that they deserve it.

Sarah Like killing people?

Jenny Yes. And I think it helps the families of the victims.

Sarah Really? But from what I’ve read often the victims’ families don’t actually support the death penalty.

Jenny So you don’t support it?

Sarah No.

Jenny How about when a person kills a lot of people?

Sarah No matter what they do, I don’t agree. I don’t think we can really stop killing by killing more.

Jenny Well, how can we stop it?

Sarah Well, maybe we can’t. But if the death penalty doesn’t even help, then we shouldn’t do it.

Jenny But they need to be punished for their crime.

Sarah Yeah, maybe. But anyway, you can punish people without killing them. And what about all the wrongful convictions? There are a lot of them. And once someone is dead, that’s it.

links

today’s news

today’s STICK NEWS pictures

World Day Against the Death Penalty

Death Penalty at Wikipedia

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Olga Scotland
album: Scotland Yard
track: Trust
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 519 Thursday 4 October

Watch today’s show at YouTube.

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

Today I’m going to talk about Halifax – which is the biggest city in Nova Scotia.

Before I came to Nova Scotia I was reading about this area on the internet. And I was getting really confused about the name of the city of Halifax. Because everybody seemed to call it Halifax – but when I looked it up in Wikipedia it says this:

Halifax Regional Municipality is the capital city of the province of Nova Scotia.
The municipality’s name is commonly shortened using the acronym HRM and often simply, although incorrectly, as Halifax.

And then I thought, oh, well, is it wrong to call it Halifax?
But I think everyone just calls it Halifax – and then there’s also the official name.

And this morning I decided to listen to a CBC podcast as I was walking to school and there happened to be a story about the name of Halifax. Apparently the name Halifax Regional Municipality was made about 10 years ago after they joined a few cities together.

And now they’re thinking of changing the name again – to Halifax.
And so they had some people talking about whether or not they thought it was a good idea. Some people thought it was a bad idea. They said it would be a waste of money because they’d have to change all the signs.

And speaking of Halifax, or HRM, today’s news is about a brewery in Halifax.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora in Stick News today the government of Nova Scotia is spending four and a half million dollars to help pay for an expansion of a brewery.

Alexander Keith was born in Scotland on the 5th of October 1795. He became a brewmaster in Scotland, then moved to Canada in 1817. Three years later, he founded the Alexander Keith’s brewing company.
Keith was the mayor of
Halifax, Nova Scotia three times, and he was a member of the Legislative Assembly for 30 years.
Alexander Keith died in Halifax in
1873.
But the beer lives on.
Today Keith’s is still brewed in Halifax.
The brewery is planning a $45 million dollar expansion so that more beer can be brewed.
Today CBC reported the Nova Scotia government would be chipping in 10 percent of the cost.
In other Keith’s news, tomorrow is Keith’s birthday.
Tonight, people all over Canada will be celebrating Keith’s 212th birthday.
According to Keith’s website, at exactly 11pm, thousands of people will recite a pledge to Alexander Keith’s.

I do solemnly pledge
To be faithful
To Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale
The ambrosia of ales
And the emissary of Nova Scotia good times
As long as I am able
To lift glass aloft
Slainte mhath

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 4th of October.
Kia Ora.

ASKING ACADIA
Do you know what this word means? (Ambrosia)

No.
No.
I have no idea.
Is it … some kind of … tree cutting … ah, term?
My guess is that it would be a disease.

conversations with sarah
#322 What’s Halifax like?

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

Larry What’s Halifax like?

Sarah I don’t know, I haven’t been there yet.

Larry But, didn’t you fly into Halifax?

Sarah Yeah, the airport. But, you know, the airports aren’t usually right in the centre of town. The planes need a bit of space to land.

Larry True. So you didn’t go into the city before coming out here?

Sarah No, we came straight here.

Larry How far is it to Halifax?

Sarah About an hour.

Larry You should go and visit it at least once.

Sarah Yeah, definitely, we’re planning to go. We might hitchhike there. Don’t know how easy it would be to hitchhike back though. It’s kind of hard to hitchhike out of big cities.

Larry Aren’t there any buses?

Sarah Yeah, there are buses. That might be a better idea.

notes

chipping in = contribute

chip in something = to give some money so that a group of people can buy something together

ambrosia = (greek and roman mythology) food of the gods, something very pleasing to taste or smell

emissary = a person sent as a diplomatic representative on a special mission

Slainte Mhath = cheers (literally “good health”) in Gaelic
Explination here.

links

today’s news
today’s STICK NEWS pictures

HRM
So many things called Halifax

Alexander Keith
Keith’s pledge
Keith’s birthday site (although you have to enter a birthday … how annoying)

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Fabio Basile
album: Mabbit
track: The Carousel Beginning
from: Verona, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site
YouTube channel

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