Friday, January 11, 2008

Show 607 Thursday 10 January

Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

The video I recommend today is one off the list of YouTube’s top ten videos of 2007.
It’s called: "I Got a Crush...On Obama" By Obama Girl

I think the video and the song are pretty well done.
So let’s talk about some vocab from the song.

First of all, what does crush mean?
It says in this dictionary: A strong feeling of love, that usually does not last very long, that a young person has for sb older.

Hmm ... I don’t agree with that last bit – it doesn’t have to be someone older than you, it can be younger or the same age as you.

But I think it’s the kind of word that is usually used about young people. Or about yourself when you were younger. Like I can still remember some of the guys that I had big crushes on when I was at high school. Nothing usually happened of course I’d just talk about it with my friends but be too shy to actually talk to them - which I think is a typical crush.

So that’s what crush means. Some more words:
The Oval Office is the office of the President of the United States of America. And it’s in an oval shape, hence the name.

Border security is mentioned in the song and that seems to be a big political issue in the United States. I think that’s about trying to stop foreigners they don’t want in the US from coming into the country.

Another issue mentioned in the song is: universal health care reform.

That is something about changing the health care system.
Universal means: done by or involving all the people in the world or in a particular group

This is what it says about universal health care in Wikipedia:

Universal health care refers to government programs intended to ensure that all citizens, and sometimes permanent residents, of a governmental region have access to most types of health care. Patients may pay for some portion of their care directly, but most care is subsidized by taxpayers and/or by compulsory health insurance.

The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not provide universal health care.

I don’t know if that’s true though.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today a woman in Nova Scotia, Canada was given a car by a secret santa and she says it has made a huge difference in her life.

This woman is the manager of a coffee shop in Nova Scotia. She is a single mother with a three-year-old daughter.
Last year in March her daughter was diagnosed with kidney failure. She didn’t have car so she had to rely on family and friends to get to the children's hospital in Halifax every three to four weeks.
But just before Christmas a guy from a used car dealership arrived at the coffee shop and gave her a set of keys and an envelope.
Inside the envelope was a card which said: "Hope this helps with your struggles and your trips back and forth to Halifax." It was signed by: "someone who cares."
The woman said she was in shock for about four days.

And that was Stick News for Thursday 10th of January.
Kia Ora.

on Hanazono #3

thanks to Ryan

Where are you from?
Ah, from Perth in Australia.

How long have you been staying in Niseko?
Ah, this is the fifth, the fifth day. So se, ah, six days total. So one more day tomorrow, then we go home.

How many times have you been to Niseko?
This is the first time I’ve come but I think I’d like to come again. Yeah, the snow’s awesome, so, for sure.

Which mountain do you usually go to in Australia?
Ah, I’ve only been to a couple of mountains, Mount Hothem and Mount Buller, but only a couple of times, so, not so, not so good in Australia. But, ah, yeah, much better to come to Japan, I think.

What’s your job in Australia?
Ah, I actually live in Malaysia. I work in ah, sports management, event management.

How would you describe today’s conditions?
Ah, it’s, it’s good. Um, not, I mean, there’s lots of snow in the trees and stuff. A lot of the runs are getting tracked out. But, ah, it’s nice, getting a bit windy, but, ah, still lots of powder out there, so, yeah, get into it.

conversations with sarah
#367 What a nice story.

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

Bob Wow, what a nice story.

Sarah Yeah, that is nice.

Bob Would you do that?

Sarah Buy someone a car?

Bob Yeah, or do something nice anonymously like that.

Sarah Yeah, if I had the money I would buy someone a car, I guess.

Bob It doesn’t have to be expensive though.

Sarah Yeah. I remember something nice I did once ...

Bob Only once?

Sarah Ha ha, I’m nice sometimes ...

Bob Just kidding. Go ahead.

Sarah Well I was walking home from work and I saw this guy lying on the ground and these other guys were kicking him ...

Bob What?!

Sarah Yeah, it’s kind of common in New Zealand. And it was the middle of the night, I was a bartender, walking home from work. Anyway, as I walked up those guys walked away. And the guy on the ground was alright, he didn’t seem injured, he was just really drunk so he could hardly talk. And I happened to have some money on me because I’d got about 10 or 20 dollars tips. So I found a taxi nearby and I pulled the guy off the ground and half carried him into the taxi and gave all my tip money to the taxi driver and sent him home.

today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: BrunoXe
album: aprendiendo desde 2004
track: Mandrake
from: Jerez, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

the snow report start
artist: Olga Scotland
album: Scotland Yard
track: Absolute
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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

qa start
artist: ioeo
album: Groovetracks
tracks: groovetracks ending
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: BrunoXe
album: aprendiendo desde 2004
track: Chill Out
from: Jerez, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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