Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Show 738 Tuesday 20 May

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

Today we’re going to study a scene from the movie King Kong.
King Kong came out in 1933, I’m sure you’ve heard of it, it’s about a massive gorilla called Kong.

Wikipedia says the movie is notable for its ground-breaking stop motion animation.

It says: much of what is done today with CGI animation has its conceptual roots in the stop motion animation that was pioneered in King Kong.

So it was ground-breaking then, but it’s kind of funny for us to watch now because animation has come a long way since then.

The scene we’re going to do today is near the start of the movie.

The movie starts in New York, and there’s a film director and he’s looking for an actress to star in his latest film but he’s having trouble finding one, so he decides to walk around New York looking for a girl. And then he happens to see a girl who is getting caught stealing an apple.
Then the film director pays the shopkeeper and then takes the girl – whose name is Ann – to a café and buys her some food and then he asks her to be in his latest movie.

And the scene we’re doing today is in the café.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today Barack Obama raised 31.3 million dollars in April.

Barack Obama is an American politician who wants to be the next president.
Running a presidential campaign in the United States costs a lot of money.
Obama’s campaign has released its financial report for April.
They raised $31.3 million.
The amount was less than the $42.84 million they raised in March.
But the campaign said they had 200,000 new donors in April and 93 percent of the contributions were $100 or less.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 20th of May.
Kia Ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is shabby.
Shabby is an adjective which is used to describe buildings, clothes, objects etc to mean in poor condition because they have been used a lot.

It’s also used to describe a person who is badly dressed in clothes that have been worn a lot.

conversations with

#450 It's the thrill of a lifetime

Step 1: Repeat Denham’s lines.
Step 2: Read Denham’s lines and talk to Ann.

Denham Feeling better?

Ann Yes, thank you. You’re very kind.

Denham Don't you fool yourself. I'm not bothering about you just out of kindness.
How did you ever get into this fix?

Ann Bad luck I guess. But then there are lots of girls like me.

Denham Not many with your looks.

Ann I can get by in good clothes, all right. But when a girl gets too shabby ...

Denham No family?

Ann I'm supposed to have an uncle someplace.

Denham You ever do any acting?

Ann I used to do extra work now and then over on Long Island. The studio’s closed now.

Denham What's your name?

Ann Ann Darrow.

Denham Fine. I've got a job for you. The costumes on the ship will fit you. The Broadway shops are still open. I can get some clothes for you there. Come on.

Ann But, but what is it?

Denham It's money, and adventure, and fame. It's the thrill of a lifetime. And
a long sea-voyage that starts at six o’clock tomorrow morning.


fix n. (informal) a difficult or awkward situation

(I don't use this word. I'm not sure how commonly it's used by others.)

get by is a phrasal verb which means: to manage to live or do a particular thing using the money, knowledge, equipment, etc. that you have

eg How's your Italian? It's not great, but I can get by.


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: Nokom electro
album: Nokom
track: Bonnobaize
from: grenoble/lyon, France
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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