Thursday, May 11, 2006

Show 39 Thursday 11 May

Watch today's show at grouper or YouTube.


Kia Ora. In Stick News today, a German man is still alive after his suicide attempt failed. But he now faces a bill for the damage he caused to the train.

In Germany a 47-year-old man tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a train.
But he misjudged the timing.
He jumped too late and instead of landing in front of the train, he crashed through the side window of the driver’s cabin.
He was then sued for damages of 4200 Euros. The court ordered the man to pay half the sum.

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 11th of May.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 24 How much should I use?

Sarah wants to do some washing, but is not sure how to use the washing machine. She asks her flatmate Kazu to help her.
Step 1: Repeat Kazu’s lines.
Step 2: Read Kazu’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!

Sarah Hey Kazu, um ... I’m not sure how to use the washing machine ...

Kazu  OK, I’ll show you.

Sarah Oh, thanks. This is the right washing powder aye?

Kazu  Yeah.

Sarah How much should I use?

Kazu  Um ... about 1 scoop I think.

Sarah OK. And then which button should I press?

Kazu  This is the ON button.

Sarah So I just press this?

Kazu  Yes. And then press this button. And then just wait.

Sarah Oh, it’s easy. I thought it would be more complicated. How long does it take?

Kazu  About 30 minutes.

Show 38 Wednesday 10 May

Watch the show at grouper or YouTube.

Hi, my name’s Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Grouper sent me a package. And inside is ... a T shirt.
Ohh. What do you rekon? Grouper.
Very nice. Thank you.
It’s kind of small though. Hmm. What size is it. Mmm medium.
I’m definitely a large kind of girl. Or X large.
And in Japan, I’m just, enormous.
Which completely rules out shopping for girls clothes.
Which is kind of a shame because there are lots of nice girls clothes in Tokyo.
I think they should make a new size: e.
Small, medium, large and enormous. Then I could go shopping.
Anyway, enough about me.
I can’t wear this T shirt, so I want to give it away, to you.
Do you want a T shirt?
If you do, please email me:
and tell me why you want the T shirt.
Hi, my name’s Bob, and I want the T shirt because… blah, blah, blah.
If you are the only person who emails me, I will send it to you.
Anywhere in the world is OK.
If more than one person emails me,
then I will pick a name out of a hat.


Kia Ora. In Stick News today, an American man spent seven days under water in New York trying to break a world record.
He emerged on Monday with very wrinkly hands.

David Blane is a 33 year old American stunt man.
His past stunts include spending 61 hours inside a block of ice. And fasting for 44 days.
This time he thought he’d go for a bit of a dip.
He spent seven days in water-filled sphere in New York.
On the second day his doctor noticed liver damage and told him to get out. David refused.
On the last day, he tried to break the world record for holding breath under water.
The current world record is 8 minutes and 58 seconds.
David only managed 7 minutes and 8 seconds.

Divers pulled Davd out of the tank when he began struggling.
He then thanked his supporters and went to hospital.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 10th of May.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 23 What happened?

Sarah is using the computer and makes a mistake. Her friend Kim asks what happened.
Step 1: Repeat Kim’s lines.
Step 2: Read Kim’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!

Sarah Oh noooo! 

Kim  What happened?

Sarah Ahhhh… the email I was writing just disappeared.

Kim  Oh, no. How did that happen?

Sarah Oh ... I don’t really know. I think I accidentally hit a random key on the keyboard. Ahh.

Kim  That’s so frustrating isn’t it? I’ve done that before too actually.

Sarah Yeah. Ahh. I spent about half an hour writing it. I can’t believe it. I really can’t be bothered writing it again.

Kim  It’s so annoying isn’t it? You should probably write it in word and then copy it into hotmail.

Sarah Yeah, that’s a good idea.


Read today's news here.
Watch the video here.