Tuesday, July 21, 2009

#1097 Gigantic, Black Market Baby Shopping, Shady, Crash, First Moon Walk

Show 1097 Tuesday 21 July
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we’re studying a scene from a movie called Gigantic because I came across a clip of it online and it looked interesting. It’s a comedy made in the United States and it was released in April this year.

The movie is about a guy called Brian who works in a mattress shop and wants to adopt a Chinese baby.

And in this scene another guy … I think it might be his brother, offers to get Brian a baby on the black market.

Do you know what the black market is?

black market n. an illegal form of trade in which foreign money, or goods that are difficult to obtain, are bought and sold

But Brian doesn’t think it’s a good idea.
He says: It sounds kind of shady.

Shady is an informal word which means that something seems dishonest or illegal.

I think I agree with Brian … buying a baby on the black market sounds incredibly shady.


Kia ora, this is Stick News. Forty years ago today Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon.

On the 16th of July 1969, three American men flew to the moon in a spaceship called Columbia.
They arrived at the moon on the 20th of July and the next day, they decided to go for a walk.
Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. After his first step he said:
That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 21st of July.
Kia ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is crash.

You probably know the word crash as in: The car crashed into the armadillo.

Brrrm … crash!

But crash is also an informal word for sleep.

In today’s scene, the guy asks if it’s OK if he has a bit of a sleep on the one of the beds in the mattress shop.
He says: Hey, you mind if I crash here for a little bit?

And Brian says: Knock yourself out.

Which means: sure, go ahead.

conversations with sarah
#696 It sounds kind of shady

Step 1: Repeat Brian’s lines.
Step 2: Read Brian’s lines and talk to John.

John Anyway, he thinks he can get you a healthy, Chinese baby on the black market for like 45,000 US.

Brian What?

John Nah, it’s Chinese, like you want. He’s got those kind of connections, he’s an oil man.

Brian Really?

John So, what do you think?

Brian The black market?

John Yeah.

Brian It sounds kind of shady.

John Does it? Or does it sound awesome?

Brian Right. It sounds like a bad idea.

John OK, you know, just my little, ah, contribution, but, um, parallel paths, you pursue that way that’s not working right now and I’ll keep on going after my thing. We’ll see who wins.

Brian OK.

John OK. Hey, you mind if I crash here for a little bit?

Brian Knock yourself out.


today's STICK NEWS pictures


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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: The Jazz Woman
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Desert City
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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