Saturday, June 27, 2009

#1072 Shakatak, South Korean English City, Bones, Flower Festival, Money Slang

Show 1072 Friday 26 June
Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

I thought we’d have a look at some songs by Shakatak today because they’re going to be playing at the music festival here in Kutchan next month.

Shakatak is a British jazz-funk band – it says in Wikipedia – and they were founded in 1980.

One of their popular songs is called: Down on the Street. That came out in 1984.

And here are some of the lyrics:

Tonight's the night we've waited for
The time to sing and dance like never before
The street's alive with such a carnival air
An all-night dancing party everywhere

So, those lyrics are pretty easy to understand. I don’t think they need any explanation. It’s just about having a good time.

Another one of their songs that I like is called: Easier Said Than Done

It goes like this:

Say I don't miss you every day
Don't need you anyway
You can take your love away
Oh, but it's easier said than done

Easier said than done is an idiom.

It means that something is much more difficult to actually do than to talk about.
For example, if you’re unemployed and someone says: Why don’t you get a job? You could say: Well I’d like to … but it’s easier said than done.

(So ... it’s about the difficulty of getting over a relationship.)


Kia ora in Stick News today an English-education city is being built on an island in South Korea.

According to news reports the education city is tentatively titled: The Jeju Global Education City. Twelve schools will be built where instruction will be almost entirely in English. The city will also include residences, hospitals and other living facilities and native English speakers will be hired to work in the shops. Last week a "ground breaking" ceremony was held at the site and construction of the city is scheduled to take four years.

And that was Stick News for Friday 26th of June.
Kia ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is bones.

I was watching an episode of Wine Library TV recently – that’s an online show - and it was a special Father’s Day episode and the host Gary Vaynerchuk had his father as a guest on the show. And his father was saying how he didn’t like it how Gary uses the word bones.

Bones is slang for dollars and Gary always uses it when he’s talking about how much the wines cost.

This wine is about 5 or 6 bones.

But Gary’s dad doesn’t like the word because bones, as you know, also means the stuff inside your body. It was a pretty funny episode.

Personally, I don’t use the word bones for dollars. I usually say bucks. How about you? What do you think of the word bones?

Watch below from 5:45

friday joke

A guy comes home and yells to his wife: Pack your bags! I just won lotto!
Where are we going?
What do you mean, "we"?

pack v. to put clothes, etc. into a bag in preparation for a trip away from home

pack your bags idm. (informal) to leave a person or place permanently, especially after a disagreement

conversations with sarah
#680 I’ll have to check it out

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

Jake Do you have any plans for the weekend?

Sarah No, not really, but I’m going to Sapporo on Monday.

Jake Oh, to the flower festival?

Sarah Ah, no … what flower festival? Is there a flower festival on?

Jake Yeah, I think it starts this weekend.

Sarah Oh, really? I’ll have to check it out.

filming notes

Today's ending was filmed on Thursday 25 June 2009 at 2:55pm from MSK JR Apartment, Kutchan, Japan.


today's news - CNN
today's news - Joongang Daily
today's news - Education News
today's STICK NEWS pictures


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: Dirt Rhodes
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

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