Friday, June 19, 2009

#1065 Stand By Me, Human Billboard, Shed, Cellphone Cleaner, -umble

Show 1065 Friday 19 June
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we’re studying a song called Stand by Me.

The original version of this song is by Ben King and it was released in 1961. And since then it’s been covered many times.

So, what does it mean to stand by somebody?
Well, if you stand next to somebody, then you’re standing by them.
But stand by somebody also means this: To help sb or be friends with them, even in difficult situations.

When the night has come, and the land is dark And the moon is the only light we’ll see No, I won't be afraid, oh, I won't be afraid Just as long as you stand, stand by me

As long as is an idiom which means provided that, it’s like if.

In this song, the singer is saying that no matter what scary or terrible or difficult thing happens, I’ll be OK as long as you’re here to support me or help me.

If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall Or the mountain should crumble to the sea

Tumble is a way of falling.
to fall suddenly and in a dramatic way

And crumble means to break into very small pieces.


Kia ora in Stick News today a man in New Zealand decided to advertise his website by dangling from a fence for almost 5 hours.

A guy called Dan owns a job search website called Perk Jobs. On Saturday he promoted the site by becoming a human billboard. He wore a harness and was suspended from a wire fence next to a roundabout in Wellington. Dan said he got plenty of waves and toots and a bit of a wedgie.

And that was Stick News for Friday 19th of June.
Kia ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is shed.

When you cry you shed tears.

A line in the song Stand by Me goes: I won't cry, I won't cry, no, I won't shed a tear

Animals also shed their skin.
And plants shed leaves.

friday joke

Why was the broom late?
Because he overswept.

conversations with sarah
#675 What’s that?

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

Sarah Look. I got a present.

Bob What’s that?

Sarah It is a “keitai cleaner”.

Bob What’s that?

Sarah Well keitai means cellphone and this has material on the back of it and it’s for cleaning your cellphone screen.

Bob Can’t you just use your sleeve?

Sarah Well, yeah, but …

Bob Who gave it to you?

Sarah Ah, NHK … they made a new website and they used a few seconds of one of my videos so they sent me this.


show start
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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

friday joke start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: Sumbala
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: The Jazz Woman
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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: Flutey Funk
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

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