Friday, December 14, 2007

Show 580 Friday 14 December

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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

This is turning into an excellent Christmas. Check this out, this is an armadillo all the way from Austin, Texas. So cute and so cool I can’t believe someone that I’ve never even met sent me a present. Thank you Andrew.
And not only an armadillo, but Texas bats too. Very cool.
He even offered me free beer if I visit the US, so I’m totally there.

This armadillo is the state mascot of Texas, but it originally comes from Mexico ... I found out by reading this.

It began its migration into Texas from Mexico about 200 years ago. The word Armadillo in Spanish means “little armored one”. It has the unique capability to curl itself into a ball, and its shell-like skin serves as protection from predators.

Hmm ... but it’s fluffy ... maybe the real ones have shells.

Today’s song is No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley. You must’ve heard of Bob Marley right?

He was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist from Jamaica. And he is the most widely known performer of reggae music.

The official language of Jamaica is English.

But most people speak Jamaican Patois which is a kind of English, but it includes parts of other lanugages. It says in Wikipedia, it includes words and syntax from various African languages, other European languages, Pre-Columbian Caribbean languages and Asian languages.

It also says that some linguists classify Jamaican Patois as a separate language and some classify it as a dialect of English.

So the song goes: No, woman, no cry.
Which means: No, woman, don’t cry.

Then it goes something like this – well I’m simplifying it a bit, but ...

Cause I remember when we used to sit
In a government yard in Trenchtown,
Observing the hypocrites
Mingle with the good people we met.

He says ‘ypocrites, instead of hypocrites, because in some parts of Jamaica people don’t pronounce the h.
I think, I don’t know anything about Jamaica, I just read that on Wikipedia.

Trenchtown is a neighbourhood located in Kingston, the capital and largest city of Jamaica.

But I don’t know what they mean by government yard and I don’t know why they were sitting there.

Anyway, the reason why I chose this song, apart from the fact that I like it, is for this part:

I remember when we used to sit.

Used to - very very useful word to know, but a lot of students I’ve met in Japan don’t know it.
What does it mean?
It is used to say that sth happened continuously or frequently during a period in the past.

For example, about me:

I used to live in Nagoya.
I used to be a bartender.
I used to have really long dreads.

You can use used to in an answer too.

Do you watch Ainori?
No. I used to. But we don’t have a TV at the moment.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, Canada Post have changed the rules for their Santa letter writing system, after several children received letters from Santa containing inappropriate language.

For the last 26 years, Canada Post has been running a Santa letter writing program.
They have volunteers reply to children who have written letters to Santa Claus.
But this year, for the first time, there was a problem with the system. Yesterday the company received nine complaints about Santa letters.
A spokesperson said the complaints ranged from "inappropriate language and observations about the child's letter to Santa to more disturbing comments."
CBC reports Canada Post is now urging parents to open letters from Santa themselves before their children can do so.
The delivery of Santa letters has been temporarily suspended while the company searches for other inappropriate Santa letters that might still be in the postal system.
And the Santa letter writing system has now been changed to include a logging and tracking process.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 14th of December.
Kia Ora.

at Loaf Lounge

How were the conditions today?

The wind was strong at the top.

The powder was bit hard but it wasn’t too bad.

Where did you go?

Today I went to Annupuri.

How long have you been snowboarding?

I started when I was eight.

But I was just having fun and didn’t take it seriously.

I started doing it seriously about two years ago.

Do you live in Niseko?

住んでいるッスね。 実家がニセコなんで。
Yeah, I live here. I’m from here.

Which course do you like best in Niseko?

I mostly go to Annupuri at the moment.

Hirafu and that are good, they’re alright if there aren’t many people.

Yeah, I quite like Hirafu.

friday joke

What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?
It's Christmas, Eve.

I found the joke here.

conversations with sarah
#354 What’s magic sand?

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

Kelly Did you used to write letters to Santa when you were a kid?

Sarah Um. I can’t remember ever writing letters. Maybe I did. Dunno. I wrote lists though.

Kelly Of what you wanted for Christmas?

Sarah Yeah.

Kelly What did you want?

Sarah Usually, near the top was ... things like ... my own room, a TV ...

Kelly You wanted your own TV?

Sarah Uh, no, not my own, just a TV in the house ... cause, we didn’t have one.

Kelly Did you ever get one?

Sarah No.

Kelly Bummer.

Sarah I remember some other things that I wanted too ...

Kelly What?

Sarah Bubblegum jeans and magic sand.

Kelly What’s magic sand?

Sarah I don’t know, I can’t remember, some kind of sand that changed colour ... I just remember really wanting it. And bubblegum jeans. I never got those either.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: Anawin
album: A glimpse inside the bubble
track: Little jazzy
from: Arles, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo

the snow report start
artist: Olga Scotland
album: Scotland Yard
track: Absolute
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

friday joke start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: Sumbala
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: ioeo
album: Groovetracks
tracks: groovetracks ending
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Silence
album: Encre
track: Plume
from: Bruxelles, Belgium
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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