Saturday, January 10, 2009

#932 Clumsy, Bamboo Shoot Raid, Breathe, Fire Safety

Show 932 Friday 9 January
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

I’d thought we’d study a pop song today. So I went and checked out the most viewed videos on the Universal Music Group’s YouTube channel. And I found a song that I thought would be interesting to study. It’s called Clumsy.

It’s pretty easy to understand – it’s just about a girl who is falling in love and the effect that that’s having on her.

She says that she’s become clumsy because she’s falling in love.

clumsy adj. moving or doing things in a very awkward way

For example: I spilt your coffee. Sorry – that was clumsy of me.

She also says she has butterflies.
Butterflies are a funny feeling in you have in your stomach when you feel nervous.

And here are some words from the chorus that you could study:


Do you know what all those words mean?

To stumble means to almost fall over.
To trip means to catch your foot on something and then stumble or fall.
To tumble means to fall: suddenly, clumsily, or headlong.
To crumble means to fall apart gradually or to break into pieces like a biscuit or a cookie.
Fumble means: use the hands clumsily while doing or handling something.

So, if I was attempting to open my phone and make a call and then, I don’t know, Will Smith walked past, I’d probably get really nervous and start fumbling.


Kia Ora in Stick News today police in Japan have raided five companies in connection with a bamboo shoot labeling scam.

The Ministry of Agriculture said a company called Takenokoya sold more than 1000 tonnes of boiled Chinese bamboo shoots last year. They mixed the Chinese bamboo shoots with a small amount of Japan-grown bamboo shoots, and labeled them as being grown in Japan. The bamboo-shoots were then sold to other companies who sold them to supermarkets all over Japan. According to Kyodo news photographs of fake farmers were even attached to the bamboo shoot labels. The agriculture ministry said the people in the pictures were simply employees of the companies.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 9th of January.
Kia Ora.

TDES Niseko Snow Report
in Kutchan

On my way back from the gym on Wednesday a fire department parade went past. They were driving slowly so I had time to get out my camera and start filming.

Happy New Year everyone.

Today the fire department opens for the year.

Please continue to be careful with fire this year.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is breathe.

This is a line from today’s song:

Can't breathe, when you touch my sleeve

Breathe means to take air into your lungs and send it out again through your nose or mouth.
By the way, the noun for that air that goes inside your lungs … is called breath.

So if someone is panicking you can say to them: calm down, take a deep breath.

And back to that song, when the person that she’s singing about touches her sleeve, she can’t breathe because she’s overcome with emotion.

friday joke

What did the baby digital watch say to the mummy analogue watch?
Look Mum, no hands!

conversations with sarah
#582 That’s pretty funny

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

Mary That’s pretty funny.

Sarah Yeah it is. It’s pretty bad too though actually.

Mary Yeah, true. It makes people stop trusting food labels.

Sarah Exactly. I always look at those pictures too and I’m like thank you very much for all your hard work growing this carrot or whatever … and now I’m going to be like mmm are they really farmers?

Mary There have been a lot of food labelling scandals, haven’t there?

Sarah Yeah, there have.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


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

nsr start
artist: Zeropage
album: Ambient Pills Update
track: Is It Real?
from: Switzerland
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

nsr bgm
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Bass Vibes
artist site
YouTube channel

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

friday joke start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: Sumbala
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist 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: Kevin MacLeod
track: Style Funk
artist site
YouTube channel

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