Friday, October 20, 2006

Show 170 Friday 20 October

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today I want to tell you about a YouTuber called KGKGKG.
He’s from Kyoto and he’s a musician so some of his videos are of his original music.
And a cool thing that he has done is made videos introducing himself in different languages like Russian, Chinese, French, Korean.
And he has made some videos teaching a few Japanese words too. I learnt this word from his video: ookini. It means thank you in Kyoto.
A few people have asked me if there are dialects in Japan. And the answer is yes. In fact one of my students is a dialect professor. He’s a cool guy and he gave me this book that he has written. It’s a dialect dictionary.
It’s an interesting book ... every page has a different word and there is a map – so you can see where the words are used.
For example 太陽 たいよう which means sun ... there are a lot of different words for sun.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today Microsoft says that in Japan it will take 2 to 3 years for more people to be using Vista than Windows XP.

An OS, or operating system, is ”a software program that manages (the) hardware and software resources of a computer.”
Most computers in the world use Microsoft Windows.
Windows was released in 1985. Windows 2.0 arrived in 1987.
Three years later came
Windows 3.0 then Windows 3.1 in 1992.
In 1995 Microsoft released Windows 95, followed by Windows 98 in 1998.
Windows ME was released in the year 2000.
The latest version, Windows XP was released in October 2001. There are now over 400 million copies in use.
Now it’s almost time for the new Windows OS. It will be available for business customers next month and everybody else in January.

Microsoft is currently showing off its new OS at a computer industry expo at Tokyo Big Sight.
And that was Stick News for Friday the 20th of October.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
# 114 Are there dialects of Japanese?

Rachel and Sarah talk about Japanese dialects.
Step 1: Repeat Rachel’s lines.
Step 2: Read Rachel’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah.

Rachel Are there dialects of Japanese?

Sarah Yeah, there are.

Rachel Can you give me an example?

Sarah Honma or honma ni means really in Kansai.

Rachel So people don’t say that in Tokyo?

Sarah No, they say honto or honto ni. Another example is “I don’t know”. In Kansai they say “wakarahen” but in Tokyo it’s “wakaranai”.

Rachel Ah, honma? That’s interesting.


Music on the show used with permission from

Today's questionanswer music:

Artist: fukufuku
Album: self-aaa
Track: little fox
music at jamendo

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