Wednesday, January 28, 2009

#951 Lunar New Year, Dilbert, Punchline, Naked Singapore Stroll

Show 951 Wednesday 28 January
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

As you may or may not know the Lunar New Year was celebrated on the 26th of January this year. Apparently, this is celebrated in: China, Korea, Tibet, Vietnam and Mongolia.

And of course it’s celebrated all over the world by communities who want to celebrate it … for example Chinese communities all over the world.

And it used to be the Japanese New Year before they adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1873.

By the way I got a bit sidetracked when I was looking this up and I discovered that the Gregorian calendar is named after an Italian guy called Gregory was the Pope between 1572 and 1585.

Anyway, today’s mistake comes from a blog entry about the Lunar New Year in Korea.
This person wrote: …. family members get together and spend time at home in New Year's day.

That should be on New Year’s Day – if you’re talking about just one day.
For example, in New Zealand, the 31st of December is called New Year’s Eve and the 1st of January is called New Year’s Day and the 2nd of January is … the 2nd of January.
And if you want to talk about that period, people often say New Year’s.

Are you going away for New Year’s?

And you can also say: over the New Year.

So, back to that sentence , I would probably say: in Korea … family members get together and spend time at home over the New Year. Or during the New Year holiday.

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The site I recommend today is:
Dilbert is one of my favourite cartoons and the site is awesome. You can register and save your favourite cartoons . You can easily print them out and you can get widgets to put on your site … I might do that actually. And one thing that I think could be good for studying English – apart from just reading and enjoying and studying the cartoons, of course - is the mashup service that they provide.
You can actually write your own punch line for a comic strip – and then you can save it and share it or print it out. If you’re an English teacher I think this could be an interesting activity to try in a class - especially an advanced class – get students to write their punch line and then explain it to the class.


Kia Ora in Stick News today a couple in Singapore have been arrested after going for an evening stroll wearing only jandels.

When people go for walks in Singapore they usually wear clothes. But last week a couple decided to take off all their clothes before going for a walk. Restaurant staff said the couple walked by some restaurants and bars smiling and waving and they even stopped to talk to some customers. They said the couple attracted a crowd of more than 200 people who were cheering, whistling, applauding and taking pictures. The couple have been arrested and released on bail.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 28th of January.
Kia Ora.

TDES Niseko Snow Report
at MSK JR Apartment

The other day it was really sunny, so I took some photos around my apartment building.
This is where the rubbish goes.
This is my building and this is its twin.
From another angle.
Check out the mountain of snow!
These are the streets around my place.
This is the fire station which is near my apartment building.
And this is the local ski field in Kutchan.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is punchline.

This is the definition from wiktionary:
The final part of a joke.

Here’s a famous joke:

Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get to the other side.

This is the punchline.

conversations with sarah
#595 Did they have fireworks?

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

Paula Have you ever celebrated Lunar New Year?

Sarah Yeah, I went to Chinatown in Yokohama once.

Paula What did you do there?

Sarah It was like hatsumode, we queued up to go into a temple.

Paula What was it called?

Sarah Oh, I can’t remember – it was quite a few years ago.

Paula Did they have fireworks?

Sarah Yeah, yeah, they did. That was kind of scary actually. They were really loud and people were just randomly letting them off in the street.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


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

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

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