Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Show 139 Tuesday 19 September

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today I’m going to talk about Scottish English.
Because I found some video blogs by a Scottish guy Peri Urban – which I recommend that you watch to check out Scottish English.
So, in case you don’t know, Scotland is a country which is part of the UK.
It has a population of 5 million, and over 790 islands.
The capital city is Edinburgh and the largest city is Glasgow.
And in Scotland people speak Scottish English.
And in Wikipedia it says that 1 percent also speak Scottish Gaelic and about 30 percent speak Scots.
Then under the entry on Scots it says there are over 1.5 million speakers of Scots, in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and England.
And there are at least five Scots dialects: Northern Scots, Central Scots, South Scots Insular Scots, Ulster Scots.
So in this video you can listen to Peri Urban’s cool Scottish accent.
And you can also learn a couple of words of Scots.
And I watched the video many times, and I’m going to try and pronounce them now so, wish me luck.
Loch. Driech.
I swear that is the hardest word I’ve ever tried to pronounce. I’ve been practicing it for like 10 minutes and it still didn’t sound anything like it’s supposed to sound.
But, anyway, I’m going to try and pronounce the phrase too.
A braw bricht moonlicht nicht the nicht.


Kia Ora. In Stick News today, 73 surfers rode the same wave in South Africa. They say they broke a world record.

In many surf spots in the world, there is problem with overcrowding.
But some surfers like sharing the waves.
The official world record for the most surfers on a wave at the same time is 44.
That was in Ireland in May this year.
Now, that record seems to have been broken by surfers in South Africa.
The record is not yet official, but they say 73 surfers rode a wave at the same time for 5 seconds.

The event was to raise money for a shark safety program. Sharks attacks are a problem in South Africa. Last month a lifeguard had his foot bitten off by a shark during a training exercise at a Cape Town beach.
And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 19th of September.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 91 Even on weekdays?

Eri and Sarah talk about surfing.
Step 1: Repeat Eri’s lines.
Step 2: Read Eri’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Eri Is it very crowded?

Sarah Yeah, I can’t get over it. There’s so many people in the water.

Eri Even on weekdays?

Sarah Weekdays aren’t so bad. Still pretty crowded – but weekends are insane. Literally hundreds of people in the water ...

Eri It must be even more crowded at the beaches closer to Tokyo.

Sarah Yeah it is.

Eri What are the other surfers like?

Sarah Mmm. They’re usually not very friendly. But not aggressive either. I’ve only ever seen a couple of guys who were being pretty rude.


Music on the show used with permission from and

Today's questionanswer music:
Artist: From Roots
Album: Confrontation
Track: No War
music at jamendo

Today's news.
The Ireland record.

Learning Scots part 1
by Peri Urban

OK I wouldn’t do this for just ah anyone but I can see that you’re seriously interested in my culture and my language and ah you’re making a valiant effort to do your best with it, but I’m afraid it’s just not right.
So, um, I’m going to give you a little lesson in the Scot’s language.
Ah, very short. The way you say it is Loch, loch.
You see, there’s no flem in the “ch”. Loch not right. Loch not right. Loch.
Now it just so happens I have another word for you. I was thinking about this today and I was discussing it with my wife... And we agreed there’s another word that you should know about it. Ah, it means “wet”. Um, it’s a great word. And I really hope that maybe if you know a few more Americans, you might be able to get this word into Hollywood, or on the TV over there, or whatever ... It’s a great word. Are you ready? The word means wet, horrible, sticky kind of day. I don’t know if you have those in America. We have lots of them here, so we have a really good word for it. It’s “driech”.
Now is that not one of the best words you’ve ever heard in your life?
I’ll say it again, because I know you’re going to rewind, but I just want to say it again, because I’m enjoying it so much. Driech. You know, when you say “driech” you know what, you know what the weather’s like. It’s not good, not good.
There’s another ... the other use of the “ch” sound. Is a braw... a braw bricht moonlicht nicht the nicht. Which means: A beautiful bright moonlit night tonight.
A braw bricht moonlicht nicht the nicht.Now if you practice that one, and you get that ... by Jove you’re practically Scottish.