Monday, February 12, 2007

Show 285 Monday 12 February

Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

Recently I started offering online lessons. I put some information about that on my website.
So if you’re interested in taking online lessons please check that information out.
I would love to teach you. I’ve taken a bit of a break from teaching since I left Tokyo – but I’m really keen to start again.
During a lesson when I’m listening to people tell me their opinions or plans or what they’ve been up to – I always get inspiration ... so that’s one of the things I miss about it.
If you have a webcam then I can teach you using MSN messenger or Yahoo messenger or Skype or another program that you suggest.
And if you don’t want to use a camera we can just do voice chat. Or even if you just want to do text chat only – that’s fine too. I’m pretty flexible.
If you have any questions, please email me:

This week I’m going to talk about children.

The video I recommend watching today is called:
Hello. My name is Shunya. I'm 2.

It’s at this YouTube account:

The person who makes these videos is American and teaches English in Shizuoka in Japan.

This video is a 2-year-old English student, called Shunya, giving a speech.
This is the speech that he gives:

My name is Shunya.
I’m 2.
I like Anpanman.
Thank you.
Merry Christmas.
Happy New Year.

Except he says it a lot better. I am so impressed his speech.
Not only does he remember 6 sentences, but his delivery is fantastic.
Good pace and volume and he’s really confident and he’s not distracted by the noise around him.

So, if you ever watch this Shunya – nice work. Good speech!


Kia ora this is Stick News. 39-year-old American celebrity Anna Nicole Smith died last Thursday. She left behind a 5-month-old baby. Three men are now claiming to be the father of the baby.

Anna Nicole Smith was born in Texas in 1967. She was named Vickie Lynn Hogan.
Vickie told people she wanted to be the next Marilyn Munroe.
She didn’t finish high school.
When she was 17 she got married to a 16-year-old.
He was the cook at a restaurant where she worked as a waitress.
They had a baby a year later. Then they separated and she moved to Houston with the baby.
In Houston she became a stripper.
In 1992 she was on the cover of Playboy.
The next year she was chosen as their model of the year. By then she had started calling herself Anna Nicole Smith.
She then had a job modeling for a brand of jeans called Guess.
In 1991 when she was working at a strip club, she met an oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall and they began seeing each other.
Two years later Smith divorced her first husband and in 1994 she married Howard Marshall.
Some people called her a gold-digger because he was 89 and very rich and she was 26.
Her husband died in 1995.
After her husband’s death Smith began a legal battle with her step-son for Howard Marshall’s money.
The case still hasn’t been resolved.
During Anna Nicole’s life she was often in gossip magazines. One issue was her body shape. She often lost and gained weight.
She also behaved strangely in public.
Last year Smith had another baby. She said the father was her lawyer Howard Stern.
But her ex-boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, said he was the father.
Then, a new court battle started.
Three days after the birth of her daughter, Anna Nicole’s 20-year-old son Daniel died. He died from a lethal combination of drugs.
Two weeks later Anna and Howard Stern had an informal commitment ceremony.
Last week Anna Nicole died. The official cause of her death is not yet known.

There are now questions over who will take care of her daughter. A third man has now claimed to be her father.
People are also fighting over her house.

And that was Stick News for Monday the 12th of February.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#172 It’s a public holiday today, isn’t it?

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

Sarah It’s a public holiday today, isn’t it?

Toshi Yeah, it is.

Sarah Which holiday is it?

Toshi Um, I don’t know ...

Sarah Is it Constitution Day ?

Toshi No, that’s in May. Oh, that’s right, it’s kenkoku kinen no hi.

Sarah What does that mean?

Toshi It’s like ... Japan’s birthday.

Sarah Oh, OK. I wonder what it is in English.

Toshi What does it say?

Sarah National Foundation Day.