Friday, October 27, 2006

Show 177 Friday 27 October

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
I have a bit of an announcement to make today: I am moving to Hokkaido. This won’t affect you much at all because I exist in cyberspace and The Daily English Show will continue.

Why am I going to Hokkaido? Well, I’ve always wanted to live on a mountain for a season. So my dream is coming true. I’m going to live in a ski resort and go snowboarding every day.

So I have left my jobs and pretty much finished all my goodbyes.

It is hard to leave – because I really, really enjoyed living in Tokyo. But there are other places that I want to go and things that I want to see so I have to leave sometime.

If any of my students from Tokyo are watching this – I just want to say thank you very much for taking my lessons. Well, if you’re a junior high school or high school students then you didn’t have any choice – so thanks for putting up with me.
And if you’re one of my private students, then thank you for choosing to study with me and I really, really enjoyed teaching you.

I’m going to miss my dojo too.

So, I’m leaving Tokyo on Wednesday morning and I’m going to take my time getting to Hokkaido. My boyfriend and I are going to drive there. So, we’re going to drive for a couple of hours every day and do some sightseeing on the way. And I’m going to upload a short video every day showing you where we’ve been.

So from November the first until we reach our destination – The Daily English Show is going to be the special travel version – it’s going to be good – I’m looking forward to showing you a bit of Japan. And it’s a good season for it too – beautiful autumn leaves ... I might even interview some people along the way – if anyone wants to talk to me.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, the cartoonist Scott Adams said he cured his neurological condition with a nursery rhyme.

The comic strip Dilbert was first published in 1989. It now appears in newspapers in 65 countries and 19 languages.
Scott Adams is responsible for creating Dilbert. He’s also the author of several books.
Recently, health problems have been affecting his work.
Since 2004, he has suffered from focal dystonia of the hand. This means his fingers move without his control.
He has also suffered from spasmodic dysphonia – this means he can’t talk properly.
Adams kept trying different methods to cure his condition – and he now says he found the answer – by saying the nursery rhyme: Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. Jack jumped over the candle stick.

Adam’s claims haven’t been confirmed by medical authorities – but he may be the first person in history to recover from this disorder.
And that was Stick News for Friday the 27th of October.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 119 Why are you leaving Tokyo?

Kim and Sarah talk about Sarah’s plans.
Step 1: Repeat Kim’s lines.
Step 2: Read Kim’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Kim Why are you leaving Tokyo?

Sarah Well, I love living here ... but there are other places that I want to see, so ...

Kim But Hokkaido is so cold!

Sarah Yeah, I know. But that’s the point, I’m going to snowboard.

Kim Are you going to work?

Sarah Yeah, I’m going to work too. Snowboard and work. Hopefully more snowboarding than working.

Kim What are you going to do after Hokkaido?

Sarah Um, I haven’t decided yet. But I’ll definitely come back to Tokyo for at least a couple of weeks to say hello to everyone.

Kim And then go home?

Sarah Maybe. Or go to another country.


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