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Show 528 Saturday 13 October

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Last night we watched a hockey game. The Acadia Axemen were playing the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

Someone sang the national anthem before the game.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

This guy scored a puck.
During the first break, a car drove onto the ice. And someone was throwing t-shirts into the crowd. We were sitting behind a net so we didn’t have much chance of catching one.
During the second break some kids had a shot at the goal.
And some other kids played on the slippery floor.

During the game we saw a bit of pushing and crashing …

Acadia scored one goal which was pretty exciting.

Unfortunately the other team scored four goals.

links

story about today’s game

music

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

other music
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Balbalama5
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 487 Sunday 2 September

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Deutsch

Sunday Kitchen #62 Okara Felafel

1 cup of okara
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of chili pepper
1 teaspoon of cumin
Quarter of a teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Half an onion
A cup of water
A cup of parsley
Blend.
Add this blended stuff to a bowl with 5 cups of okara.
Mix.
Add one cup of flour.
Make into balls.
Put some oil into a frying pan.
Cook them for about 6 minutes on one side and then turn them over and cook them for about 4 minutes.

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

cws bgm
artist: San Sebastian
tracks: Capo 6
artist site

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Show 486 Saturday 1 September

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Deutsch
Sarah’s Diary: New Denver
On Wednesday, we hitch-hiked to New Denver.
We had to walk for about an hour before someone picked us up.
The first ride took us to a turn-off. There was a bank.
The second ride took us to this shop.
The third ride took us all the way to New Denver. We went along some back roads and saw some teepees.
The guy that we were hitching with stopped a few times so we could take some photos which was really nice.

This is New Denver. When we got to New Denver we went to the lake.
So beautiful.
The water was so clear. At night we went kayaking … but we didn’t take the camera.

The next morning we walked around the town and saw a small dog and a big dog. We had coffee at The Apple Tree sandwich shop.
Then we played with some giant chess pieces.

Next to the chess board a guy was being interviewed by a TV station. They were talking about cell phones. New Denver doesn’t have cell phone reception and it seems some people have pretty strong views about whether or not it should stay that way.

A lot of people in town also really like them.

On the way home the first ride was to Silverton.
Silverton seems to have got its name from people mining for silver.
I think this is silver. And these are mining tools.
Some toys in a shop.
And hitchhiking out of Silverton.

We got a ride to this place. Then got another ride.
We sat here for a while but we weren’t having much luck so we started walking. We walked over a dam and a bridge. Then finally got a ride home.

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

cws bgm
artist: San Sebastian
tracks: mellow, Final Beat
artist site

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Show 485 Friday 31 August

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

Today I’m going to talk about transcripts. Sometimes people leave comments like, “What was that word you said at 1:32?” And I think, “Hmm, they mustn’t know that there’s a transcript.”

If you go to thedailyenglishshow dot blogspot dot com – you can see a transcript for every show.

This is one of the key ideas of The Daily English Show – the idea is that I talk in a reasonably natural way – I do grade my language to a certain extent, but not much, it’s fairly natural – and then for every show there’s a transcript.
So what you can do is, perhaps watch the show first and then go and check the script for any words that you didn’t catch or that you want to look up.
Or you can cut and paste the script into a translator if you think that helps or you can use one of those programs where you run the mouse over a word and the meaning pops up in your language – like rikai.com.

The transcripts are all free to use at home or in class. If you’re a teacher, you can print them out and give them out to your students. No problem.

A lot of language learning podcasts make their money by charging people to use the transcripts – but The Daily English Show transcripts are free. And they’ll stay that way too because I think it’s an important part of The Daily English Show philosophy.
This is a non-commercial show, so the purpose is not to make money. So we don’t have any money, surprise, surprise. But we would like to find a way to get some money eventually, to cover some expenses – buy some equipment, that kind of thing. But we won’t do it by charging for transcripts, that’s for sure. Or by getting sponsored by a nasty company like McDonalds. But anyway, that’s another story.

Today I just wanted to make sure that everybody knows that there is a script for every video. And if you’re watching this on YouTube there is a link to the script next to every video. So the script is just a click away.
And if this is a YouTube video you’re watching, but it’s on another site, and you want to find the script easily, then all you have to do is click on the video and it will take you to the original place on YouTube where the video is and then you’ll see the link to the script next to the video.

Also, not only are there transcripts for the show – there are translations in Japanese and German.

Thomas – this guy – is an absolute legend and he has been translating the scripts into German … and pointing out the mistakes too, which is great. Every script there are a couple of mistakes so it’s really good to have someone to point them out.

Today’s joke was sent to me a couple of days ago by someone called Robert on MySpace. And I thought today is very good timing for this joke – people have been talking about stupid Americans a lot recently. So I thought it was about time we start talking about stupid Australians.

Robert says:
As an Aussie I have always liked this one. I thought you may like to add it to your collection.

Q. How do you tell the difference between a kangaroo and an Australian?
A. The intelligent look in the kangaroos eyes .

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today, a thief in New Zealand returned to the house he burgled the same day because he felt guilty about the burglary.

On Tuesday a person broke into a house near Queenstown in New Zealand.
They smashed a window to get inside then stole a laptop, a camera and a wallet with a credit card inside.
The burglar then went shopping and bought a basketball and two pairs of gloves using the stolen credit card.
At some point, the thief started feeling guilty. He or she went back to the house to return the stolen goods. They also left a full-page apology note.
The owner of the house said he was more “bewildered” than angry.
Police are now searching for the offender. They said the change of heart would be taken into account.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 31st of August.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#300 What does “grade your language” mean?

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

Brad What does “grade your language” mean?

Sarah It means to simplify your language so it’s easier to understand.

Brad Is that easy to do?

Sarah It’s, it’s easy for me now because I’ve been teaching for a while, but for some people – especially if they’ve never taught English – they have no idea how to do it.

Brad How do you do it?

Sarah Well, one thing you can do is avoid using idioms or phrasal verbs. So, for example, instead of saying, I’m going to hit the sack you could say, I’m going to go to bed. Or you might say visit instead of drop in on.

Brad And you would avoid difficult words?

Sarah Yeah. If there is an easier word that means the same thing, use that. Like instead of strenuous say hard.

Brad Do you always do that?

Sarah No, not always. Well, I try and judge the students level – and then use language appropriate for that level. So I think it’s good to use some words and expressions that you think they probably won’t know – so that they can learn something new. But just don’t use too many, or they’ll get discouraged.

links

today’s news
today’s STICK NEWS pictures

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

cws bgm
artist: San Sebastian
track: Capo 6
artist site

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Show 484 Thursday 30 August

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

The video I’m going to talk about today is the famous clip of Miss South Carolina.
This video clip is very funny. Well, I think it is, and millions of other people seem to find it entertaining too. But I think some English students might not understand why it’s funny – so I thought I’d explain it.

She was asked this question:
Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is?

Her Answer:
I personally believe … that US Americans are unable to do so, because ah, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps. And I believe that our ed, education like such as in South Africa and the Iraq everywhere like, such as. And … I believe that they should … our education over here in the US should help the US or, or should help South Africa. And should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for our children.
The first funny thing she said was: US Americans. There is no such thing as US Americans – because all Americans come from the US. You can say things like Canadian-Americans – like Jim Carrey who has dual citizenship. Or African Americans, people who were born in America but whose ancestors come from Africa. But US Americans … no, you can’t say that.

Then she says the reason why some people can’t locate the US on a world map is because they don’t have maps. Which is grammatically correct – but it’s a silly answer, so it’s funny too.

Then she says “our education like such as in South Africa …”, which doesn’t make sense because American education has nothing to do with South Africa.

Also, she says, like, such as …, which mean the same thing, so you don’t need to use both of them together. But you can if you want, so it’s not such a huge mistake.
But she ends a sentence with such as, which is very strange. You should use such as before an example.

She also says the Iraq – which is strange. You don’t use the before Iraq. You shouldn’t use the in front of most countries actually. But you can in front of some. For example: the Netherlands, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, the United States

She also says the Asian countries, which is odd in this context. She should say: America should help Iraq and Asian countries. But then that would still be funny because it doesn’t have anything to do with the question.

It’s also funny how she started randomly talking about Iraq and South Africa. Iraq is in the news a lot at the moment, so maybe that country just popped into her head, but South Africa – what has that got to do with anything?

And overall, I think the funniest part, is that: with her voice, and the way she is standing, and her big smile at the end – she looks like she’s really confident and she’s making perfect sense. But she isn’t.
I think she might have the potential to be the next Paris Hilton.

STICK NEWS
Kia Ora, in Stick News today, David Beckham has hurt his knee.

David Beckham is an English soccer player.
Since July this year, he’s been playing for an American team called Los Angeles Galaxy.
His team played a game yesterday and, in the 30th minute, Beckham hurt his knee.
CNN reported he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee which will sideline him for six weeks.

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 30th of August.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#299 There are hundreds of countries in the world

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

Brad Speaking of maps, do you think you could name all the countries in the world on a map?

Sarah Hell, no. There are hundreds of countries in the world.

Brad How many are there?

Sarah I don’t know. Hang on, I’ll check. Mmm it says here there are 244 countries … but it sounds confusing, depends on what you include in the list. Anyway a few hundred.

Brad How many do you think you could point out on a map?

Sarah Maybe twenty or thirty.

Brad That’s all?

Sarah Yeah. But who cares … if I want to know where something is I’ll just look it up. I don’t need to have all that information in my head.

Brad Fair enough.

Sarah That’s what I learnt in school anyway. It’s more important to know how to look things up that to remember facts.

links

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

cws bgm
artist: San Sebastian
track: mellow
artist site

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Show 483 Wednesday 29 August

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

Today I’m going to talk about different than.

The other day someone left a comment after I said different than.
I said: Is it different than your accent?

And this person said that’s wrong. It should be different from.

The person writing that said they felt quite strongly about that too, which I think is interesting.

I’d never really thought about different than and different from before. So I looked it up and it turns out that different from is Standard English – but a lot of people say different than. So, it’s not really wrong, it’s just non-standard English.

So, I would say, if you’re learning English, you might as well go with the standard way of saying it. But if you want to say it the non-standard way, then I think that’s fine too.
Just be aware that some people will that tell you it’s wrong.

Personally, I don’t really have a problem with non-standard English – depending on the circumstances of course. If you’re writing an essay for school then you should definitely use Standard English and follow the style guide for your school or university.

But if you’re writing a poem or writing in your diary or writing an email to a friend and you want to use non-standard English, then, go ahead, I say.

And I think it’s important to remember that there a two different kinds of “mistakes”.
First there are actual mistakes, things that native English speakers never say, like: Can you borrow me the book? I think these are the kind of mistakes that you should be focusing on. And the other kind of “mistakes”, I wouldn’t even call them mistakes – just non-standard English.
And whether or not these non-standard English expressions are right or wrong … I would just leave that to the native speakers to worry about.

STICK NEWS

Kia Ora, in Stick News today, Jim Carrey is starring in an online video to help free a woman in Myanmar.

Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor. He’s famous for being funny.
But his latest role isn’t funny.
He is starring in a video on behalf of the Human Rights Action Center and the U.S. Campaign for Burma.
They aim to help free a woman who is being held captive by the government in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
CNN reported Aung San Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her nonviolent efforts to bring down the oppressive military regime in Myanmar.
She is now under long-term house arrest.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 29th of August.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#298 Do you use non-standard English?

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

Tom Do you use non-standard English?

Sarah Yip.

Tom For example?

Sarah Ah, like saying yip. That’s not standard. Standard English is yes.

Tom So, is it better to say yes?

Sarah No, I don’t think so. Not necessarily. Depends on the situation. If you want to be formal, you should say yes rather than yip or yeah.

Tom What kind of situations?

Sarah Ah, maybe at a job interview. But then it would depend on the job as well. Also, like at school, the school I went to, when the teacher called the roll, most of the students just answered yip or yi – but if it was a different kind of school, like a private school, then I think the teachers might make the students say yes.

Tom What’s another example?

Sarah Ah, double negatives, like, I don’t have no money. Ah, that’s non-standard English. Standard English would be, I don’t have any money.

Tom Do you use double negatives?

Sarah No. But some native speakers do.

links

today’s news

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

cws bgm
artist: San Sebastian
track: mellow
artist site

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