Wednesday, January 28, 2009

#950 Spider-Man, Shirking Chores, Ski Vs Snowboard, Canned Obama Music

Show 950 Tuesday 27 January
Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

Today we’re studying a scene from a movie called Spider-Man which came out in 2002.

In this scene, Peter, who is the guy that turns into Spider-Man, is being dropped off somewhere by his uncle. And he goes to get out of the car but his uncle stops him because he wants to talk to him and give him some advice.

What can we learn from this scene?

This is a useful phrase to remember: Thanks for the ride.
If anyone drives you somewhere, before you get out of the car, you should say: Thanks for the ride or thanks for the lift.

Uncle Ben is telling Peter off and he says: You shirk your chores.

shirk = to avoid doing sth you should do, especially because you are too lazy
chore = a routine or tedious task, especially a household one

I don’t know how common the word shirk is, it sounds kind of old-fashioned to me.
If I was Uncle Ben I would probably say: You don’t do your jobs.

Another interesting thing in this conversation is Uncle Pete’s use of the word look.

Peter’s annoyed by what Uncle Ben is saying and he’s not really listening. So Uncle Ben says:
Pete, look, you’re changing, I know, I went through exactly the same thing at your age.

I think when people use the word look like this, they’re trying to say: Please listen to me, what I’m saying is very important.

I’ve noticed a few American politicians – including Barack Obama - seem to have the habit of saying, look, here’s the thing, before they answer questions.

It not really necessary … they could just get straight to the point, but by saying look, here’s the thing, it seems to make it sound a bit more convincing. And perhaps it gives them a couple of seconds to think as well.


Kia Ora in Stick News today the classical music the audience heard at Obama’s inauguration was prerecorded.

At 12 o’clock last Tuesday, when Barack Obama officially became the president of the United States of America a piece of classical music called Air and Simple Gifts was being performed. The piece was arranged for the occasion by American composer John Williams. Some people were surprised to learn that the music they heard on TV wasn’t being played live – it had been recorded two days earlier. Apparently the bows of the stringed instruments had been soaped to silence them. The performers said the cold weather made a live performance too risky. The instruments may have been damaged and were unlikely to stay in tune. Despite the temperature being minus seven degrees, three of the performers performed barehanded.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 27th of January.
Kia Ora.

TDES Niseko Snow Report
with Scott Adventure Sports

For the next few weeks, we have a special guest on the snow report on Tuesdays. David is a ski instructor from England, who’s working for Scott Adventure Sports in Niseko this season.
If you have any questions you’d like to ask David, please write them in the comments section so I’ll have some more questions to ask the next time we interview him.

This is today’s question: What advice do you have for kids who have never skied or snowboarded before and are not sure which one to try first? Well I think, ah, the best advice I can give is to, is to, sort of, I mean, a lot of kids like the look of snowboarding, but I think their parents quite often seem to want them to do skiing for some reason. But, um, is, ah, you can actually, you can always try it out for a couple of days. You know, see if your parents will pay for, you know, one lesson to, to go skiing … But really, you really want to spend a bit of time. You don’t want to do just do, sort of, one day, ah, of one and one day of the other cause it doesn’t give you a chance to, sort of, get an idea, you know, understand the sport or, you know, really get a feeling for, for what either one is like. Um, so, I would probably say to, to try one for a few days. You know, go out there with an idea to, sort of, say, right I’m going to try skiing and then, you know, do that if you’re just there for a holiday or something, do the skiing for the week and then maybe decide the next holiday you’ll try snowboarding. Cause you really want to get past the, sort of, beginner level which is the most frustrating part. And then on to the … then you start to enjoy it. If you cut that too short then all you find is the, you know, just beginning part and you never really get past that to, sort of, enjoy the, the rest of the sport.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is canned.
Here’s a headline I saw the other day, about today’s Stick News:

Obama inauguration classical music was canned and frozen

What does canned mean?

informal, chiefly derogatory, of music, applause etc.

In American sitcoms they often have canned laughter. That’s a recording of people laughing that they play whenever someone makes a joke.

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#594 I didn’t start that fight!

* Watch this scene here.

Step 1: Repeat Peter’s lines.
Step 2: Read Peter’s lines and talk to Uncle Ben.

Peter Thanks for the ride, Uncle Ben.

Uncle Ben Now, wait a minute, Peter, we, ah, we need to talk.

Peter Well, we can talk later.

Uncle Ben Well, we can talk now, if you’ll let me.

Peter What do we have to talk about? Why now?

Uncle Ben Because we haven’t talked at all for so long your Aunt May and I don’t even know who you are any more. You shirk your chores. You, you have all those weird experiments in your, in your room. You have fights at school.

Peter I didn’t start that fight! I told you that!

Uncle Ben Well you sure as hell finished it.

Peter What was I supposed to do, run away?

Uncle Ben No, no, you’re not supposed to run away, but… Pete, look, you’re changing, I know, I went through exactly the same thing at your age.

Peter No, not exactly.


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

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: Dispersion Relation
artist site
YouTube channel

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