Thursday, December 07, 2006

Show 217 Wednesday 6 December

Watch today's show at YouTube or BlipTV.

Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show. Yesterday I was talking about mistakes and I made one myself. A sneaky little hyphen climbed into my video description. I wrote no-one but it’s not supposed to have a hyphen.

I often make mistakes with words like that. I can’t remember if a word is supposed to be one word or two words or have a hyphen or no hyphen.
One of the tricky things is that sometimes they can be spelt in two ways.
Like all right can be spelt all right or alright. Although according to my dictionary alright is non-standard or informal.

No one is two words but nobody is one word. I wonder why.

You have to be careful with some words because their meaning can change.
Like every day and everyday.
I eat breakfast every day. This book has ideas for turning everyday objects into works of art.


Kia ora in Stick News today a dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been sold in London for thousands of pounds.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a movie made in 1961. Audrey Hepburn played a character called Holly in the movie. At the start of the movie Holly eats bread for breakfast, standing outside a jewellery shop in New York called Tiffany’s wearing a black dress.
Recently the owner of the dress gave it to his friend to be sold for charity.
Last night someone bought the dress in an auction for 410 thousand pounds. The money will help underprivileged children in India.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 6th of December.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

It didn’t snow much last night so today the road was black and the snow on the side of the road was brown.
The tdes I wrote yesterday is still alive. I thought it might have been destroyed by a snow clearing machine or a cheeky kid.

conversations with sarah
#129 Why not?

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

Sarah So if I was to point out a small mistake on a blackboard in a shop – just to be nice, not to be rude ... what do you think is the best way to say it nicely in Japanese?

Daisuke I don’t think you should point it out at all.

Sarah Why not?

Daisuke Because ... maybe you like having your mistakes pointed out, but 99% of people don’t.

Sarah I think that’s true for other mistakes – but don’t you think that English spelling mistakes are different?

Daisuke No, I think it’s the same.

Sarah It just feels kind of rude to have a quite smile at mistake – but not say anything. Like not telling someone they have food stuck between their teeth or something.

Daisuke I see what you mean. But I still don’t think you should say anything.

Sarah Because there is a 99 percent chance that the person will be offended?

Daisuke Yeah.

1 comment:

Patrick Jackson said...

Hello Sarah. DES is really good.I watch it with classes of High Schoolers in Nagoya and we think you are fab. I can't spell 'each other'.