Thursday, October 23, 2008

#863 Jobs, Open Education, Virtual Strip Search, Vast, Black Bath

Show 863 Wednesday 22 October
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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.

I was just watching a video and, in the video, an English teacher mentioned a common mistake that students make in Japan.

When you ask people: What did you do yesterday?
They sometimes answer: I went to my part-time job.

As the teacher was saying, it’s more natural to say: I worked.

In Japanese, people often use a different word if it’s a full-time job or a part-time job – but when you’re speaking English, it’s usually just a job or work. You don’t have to specify your particular employment contract unless it’s relevant to the conversation.

So, for example, if you’re both full-time university students, speaking English in class, then you definitely don’t need to say part-time job because it’s pretty obvious that it’s a part-time job because you’re both students.

Here are some examples using work or job – these all could be about part-time jobs.

Yesterday, I was on my way to work when I realized I’d forgotten my phone. Are you coming tonight? No, I can’t. I have to work. I’m so broke. I really need to find a job.

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The site I recommend today is called:

This is a declaration about open education that was written in September 2007. I think it’s quite long and not especially well written – but I agree with the sentiment, which is to try and encourage people to create and use open educational resources.
The Daily English Show is an open educational resource, or an OER, which I had no idea until I went to iSummit, because I’d never heard of that term, but anyway that’s been our philosophy from the start and of course The Daily English Show is created thanks to other open resources – not just educational, but music, photography, software. So I decided to sign the declaration and it might be something you’re interested in checking out.


Kia Ora in Stick News today the European Union plans to authorize a virtual strip search in airports in Europe.

Some airports already use body scanners which allow airport staff to see an outline of passengers’ bodies beneath their clothes. The machines were introduced at an airport in Amsterdam last year and officials there said they had few complaints from passengers. The EU is now planning to authorize the machine. But CNN reported some people have concerns about passengers’ privacy. One member of the EU assembly said many travelers will consider the scanners an enormous intrusion on their personal privacy. "There may be some benefit in having body scanners in our airports, but they should be a last resort and a substitution for a strip search, not a random sample of innocent holiday-makers," he said.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday 22nd of October.
Kia Ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is vast.

extremely large in area, size, amount etc.
syn: huge.

This is the second sentence of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration.

Educators worldwide are developing a vast pool of educational resources on the Internet, open and free for all to use.

And here’s an example for the word vast that I found online.

I found an article called:
Why The Vast Majority Of Investment Professionals Are Not Trustworthy

conversations with sarah
#535 That was so nice

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

Sarah Ahh, that was so nice.

Nuko Yeah, it was great. Did you go in all the baths?

Sarah All of them except the black one.

Nuko The black one?

Sarah The one with black water. Wasn’t there one with black water on the men’s side?

Nuko Oh yeah, that’s right, there was. Why didn’t you go in that one?

Sarah It looked scary, like there might be snakes swimming in the bottom.

Nuko What are you talking about? Like there’d be snakes in the bath …

Sarah Yeah, I know but still … it looked scary. The one with bubbles was awesome. And those little private tubs outside, they were cool. And I love the hole in the roof – it’s so nice lying in a hot bath and looking at the sky.


Today's conversation is about an onsen that I went to in Sapporo last weekend. It was really nice - I recommend it if you're in Sapporo and feel like a bath. If you look at the photos on this page you can see the little tubs and the hole in the roof that I mentioned.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: Boom Tschak
album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: More Chocolate, Please
from: Former Yugoslavia

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artist: #NarNaoud#
album: Green Vision
track: Oriental Standing
from: Gironde, France
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: Wolfgang S.
album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: Dynamite
from: Belgrade, Serbia, Former Yugoslavia
artist site

qa start
artist: ioeo
album: triptracks
track: triptrack2
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Antony Raijekov
album: See U
track: Be Brave (feat. Norine Braun)
from: Sofia, Bulgaria
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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