Thursday, October 26, 2006

Show 176 Thursday 26 October

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
First of all, what is a culture convenience club? This is from Show 174 in case this is the first video you’ve watched. I asked people what they imagine would be sold at a shop called a “culture convenience club”.
It was really interesting to see people’s ideas. cleverdjembe and gogololichan were both half right when they said it was a shop selling music or books.
Actually, Tsutaya is a video rental shop – so it’s mainly for renting videos and DVDs. But some stores also sell books and music. The one near my place has books and music downstairs and movies upstairs.
And no, unfortunately, it doesn’t sell luxury travel, toilets or beer.
And now I’m going to give you a suggestion for an improvement on this strange English which I showed you on Tuesday.
I have a cat.
It’s very pretty and it’s lovely when it purrs.
I like all kinds of cats but I like Chinchillas best because they are very fluffy.
It feels really nice holding a cat in my arms.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, actor Micheal J Fox is starring in ads supporting American politicians.

Micheal J Fox is an actor. He starred in movies such as Back to the Future.
In 1991 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It can affect movement, speech and posture.
Fox told everyone he had the disease in 1998. Since then he has supported Parkinson's disease research, including stem cell research.
Stem cells are kinds of cells in humans that have the ability to repair the body.
Stem cells are used in medical research and some people think these cells could treat cancer, spinal cord injuries, and muscle damage.
But some people are against stem cell research because of the issue of where the cells come from.
To get stem cells you need to destroy a human embryo or clone the cells.
Some people think it is wrong to destroy a human embryo. Some people think cloning cells could eventually lead to cloning humans.
Micheal J Fox supports stem cell research and he is now starring in ads for politicians who want to give more money to the research.

Some people have criticized the ads. They say it’s wrong to use Micheal J Fox’s hope for a cure for political gain.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 26th of October.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 118 What’s a slippery slope?

Nana and Sarah talk about stem cell research.
Step 1: Repeat Nana’s lines.
Step 2: Read Nana’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Nana Why are people against stem cell research?

Sarah Some people think that it’s a slippery slope that’ll lead to cloning humans.

Nana What’s a slippery slope?

Sarah Well, literally it’s like a wet hill, so if you stand on the top you’ll fall down. And the slippery slope argument means that if something happens then it will definitely lead to something worse.

Nana For example?

Sarah People that are against gay marriage say that it’s a slippery slope that’ll lead to humans marrying animals.

Nana You’re kidding. People really think that?

Sarah I kid you not. I just read an argument like that on the net, I’ll show you.


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Today's questionanswer music:
Artist: JT25
Album: The French Rectal Touch
Track: Nikola Tesla
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