Thursday, January 25, 2007

Show 266 Wednesday 24 January

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

Today’s language is Spanish.
Spanish is the third language in the world in number of speakers
It’s spoken by about 400 million people in many countries.
Why so many countries?
Well it’s because of Spanish explorers, colonists and empire-builders.
Wikipedia says:
Spanish is one of six official working languages of the United Nations and one of the most used global languages, along with English. It is spoken most extensively in North and South America, Europe, and certain parts of Africa, Asia and Oceania.

There’s a YouTuber called language now who has made some videos teaching Spanish and Portuguese.

I learnt some words from the video: Basic Greetings in Spanish.

hola hello
buenos días good morning
buenas tardes good afternoon
buenas noches good evening


Kia ora in Stick News today a disease is spreading on YouTube. According to the Internet Heath Association stupidity has already affected 1 in 5 users of the site. However a product advertised as a cure for the disease has just been released.

YouTube is an internet website which has been described as the ultimate in narcissistic fantasy.
People who use YouTube are called YouTubers. YouTubers tube in various ways. Some write comments. Some make videos. Popular video content includes dancing, lip-syncing, rambling on about what you did that day or ranting about a thought that just popped into your head.
It was all fun and games until a disease began spreading. This disease has been identified as stupidity.
Doctors say YouTubers afflicted by stupidity read the positive comments under their videos. The stupidity virus erodes the common sense layer in the brain allowing the positive comments to actually rot the brain of the YouTuber.
This causes an onset of severe delusion causing the Tuber to think they are more than just a person with a webcam and an internet connection.
Thankfully there’s hope. A product has just been released on the market called Stupitrol.
Stupitol works by blocking the false praise and allows YouTubers to regain control of their lives and beat Stupidity.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday 24th of January.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

My injury has finally healed and I went snowboarding again today. This is the lift down at the bottom of Hanazono.

conversations with sarah
#161 Why do you want to learn Spanish?

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

Mike Are you going to study any more languages?

Sarah Yeah, definitely.

Mike Which one do you want to study next?

Sarah I can’t decide there’s so many. Spanish ...

Mike Why do you want to learn Spanish?

Sarah Then I could travel all around South America.

Mike Do they speak Spanish everywhere in South America?

Sarah Not everywhere. But most countries, I think.