Friday, May 26, 2006

Show 54 Friday 26 May

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show. I’ve been getting a lot of nice emails from people. Thank you. And also a lot of scams, surprise, surprise.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of receiving a scam email in English, let me share this one with you.

So this one is from Africa and I’ve got a lot of this same kind of theme. So they are from some bank in Africa, they say. And the English is terrible. Full of mistakes.
“In my department we found an abandoned sum of 15 million USA dollars. And it belongs to a foreign customer who died in a plane crash along with his entire family.”
So, they say they’ve been expecting the next of kin to come and claim the money. But, unfortunately, all of his next of kin and relations died along side him in the plane crash. So there is nobody to claim the money.
So what they want me to do is say that I’m the next of kin, and go to the bank and get the money.
But first all they need me to do ... is give them my bank name, bank account number, my private telephone and fax number.
And if I did this then presumably they would ring me and start contacting me and harassing me. And then ask me to give them some money for administration or something, before they gave me millions of dollars.

In a way it is kind of laughable that people fall for these kinds of tricks. But it’s also kind of sad because some people actually do.
So, hey scumbags, don’t try and trick people out of their money.

And speaking of scumbags ... In the news today, in Stick News. A police officer in Nara has just been fired for taking photographs up women’s skirts.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, a police officer in Nara, Japan has been fired after he was caught taking photos up the skirts of women.

This 31-year-old woman was riding in an ambulance with her son following an accident.
A 49- year-old police officer was also in the ambulance.
The woman said he took a photo up her skirt.
Police have also received complaints from another woman. She said the same officer took photos up her skirt.

Police investigated the incident and found more than 200 photographs of women on the officer’s digital camera.
And that was Stick News for Friday the 26th of May.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 35 What’s in it?

Sarah is at an izakaya with her friend Hiro.
Step 1: Repeat Hiro’s lines.
Step 2: Read Hiro’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Sarah What’s this?

Hiro  Shichimi.

Sarah What?

Hiro  Shichimi.

Sarah Shichimi?

Hiro  Yeah.

Sarah What’s in it?

Hiro  7 spices.

Sarah What spices?

Hiro  Chili and I don’t know what else… do you have a dictionary?

Sarah Yeah, here you go.

Hiro  Oh, OK, here it is.

Sarah Sesame seed, hemp seed, poppy seed, rape seed, Japanese pepper, chinpi – what’s that in English?

Hiro  I don’t know.


Read today's news here.