Friday, May 09, 2008

Show 726 Thursday 8 May

Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

The video I recommend today is an instructional video about how to open a bottle with one hand. The guy in the video only has one hand, so the video is partly to help people who only have one hand. But as he says in the description, it’s also useful for “people who want to be ready for the worst-case scenario that they suddenly have only one free hand and have to dismantle a bomb that is hidden inside a bottle!”

I think the video is interesting partly because his delivery is quite entertaining.

And the main reason why I recommend studying English with this video is because following instructions and giving instructions is a very important part of learning English. And it doesn’t matter if the actual information isn’t always directly useful for you – you can still pick up some useful language and grammar structures.

For example:

What I like to do is ...
You should be able to ...
Here’s what you can do ...
One tip though, make sure ...


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, an American boy who wore the same shirt every day for four years has finally changed his shirt.

In 2003, a seven-year-old boy called David was given a football jersey for Christmas.
It was the number 4 jersey for an American football team from Wisconsin called the Green Bay Packers.
David put the jersey on and continued wearing it every day until his twelfth birthday.
He wore the jersey for a total of 1,581 days and took it off on the 24th of April 2008.

And that was Stick News for Thursday 8th of May.
Kia Ora.

Word Of The Day

Today’s word is willy-nilly.

This is an adverb which doesn’t have anything to do with anything else in today’s show ... I just heard it on a podcast a couple of days ago and I remembered how much I like this word.

Willy-nilly has a couple of meanings. I only ever use it to mean: haphazardly or randomly, at random, indiscriminately, arbitrarily, every which way.

Here’s an example of how you can use willy-nilly from the headline of a blog entry.
Effective writing: Don't place those commas willy-nilly; there are rules

conversations with sarah

#442 You’re probably just weak

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

Kim Isn’t it strange how you try opening a jar for ages and as soon as you give it to someone else they can open it straight away?

Sarah Mmm. You’re probably just weak.

Kim Doesn’t it happen to you?

Sarah Yeah, yeah, I’m just kidding. There’s a reason for that though.

Kim Because you get tired and the second person is fresh.

Sarah Yeah, exactly.

Kim And you’ve already weakened the ... what do you call it?

Sarah Yeah, you’ve weakened the vacuum, or seal or whatever. But it’s not just that, I also think it might be kind of psychological too.

Kim What do you mean?

Sarah Well, the second person knows how satisfying it will be to be able to open the jar when the first person couldn’t ... and that desire releases a kind of adrenalin type thing which gives them extra strength.

One handed tricks: Opening Bottles

by captaindanger384

A lot of people have a hard time opening bottles, whether it’s because of arthritis, cerebral palsy, weak joints, or whether like me, you’ve just got one hand.
Now, normally with a bottle, I can get my hook around it, but with these larger bottles, or a bottle that’s really stuck, it’s just, it’s too hard to do.
So, what I like to do is get these rubber, um, gripping pads. You can get these at any dollar store, they’re very cheap. And, ah, put it down on the table. If it’s just a normal bottle, you should be able to get it off really easily. If it’s a bottle that’s really, ah, really tight, here’s what you can do, use the same grip. Put it in your elbow. Of course, if you don’t have an elbow, use your shoulder.
Put the bottle on top. Another grip on the other side. And with that solid grip right there, that kind of three point contact. You can open up just about any bottle. That’s a better grip than you can even get with your hand. And just open it up.
One tip though, make sure when you’re opening it like this, hold it back as far as possible, you don’t want to spill whatever you’ve got in the bottle, down on to the table or on to yourself.
Remember, you can do it, you just have to find a way.


today's news

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

WOD start
artist: DJ iPep's
album: Home Mix 2007
track: Game Toy
from: EVREUX, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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

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

qa bgm
artist: zoop
album: music on hold
track: sfumato
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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