Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Show 287 Wednesday 14 February

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today is Valentine’s day. Happy Valentine’s Day.

I have a poem for you:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you

This is a very famous romantic poem that most English speakers know.
It’s not famous for being a great poem.
I don’t know why it’s famous ... but it’s very cheesy.
And people often write humorous variations.

For example you can add another verse which is:

The roses are wilting,
The violets are dead,
The sugar bowls empty,
And so is your head.

Today I thought I’d tell you how to write a roses are red poem yourself.
The easiest way is just to change just the third line.
For example: chocolate is tasty or this song is awful.

I found a website which teaches you how to write roses are red poems.
It says first you should make a list of colours. Like this.
Then find words that rhyme with the colours. Like this.
Then try and think of a line that ends with one of these words.
These are the extremely lame poems I came up with.

Roses are red
Chocolate is brown
Let’s go out
For a night on the town

Violets are blue
Roses are pink
I think you’re hot
Can I buy you a drink?

Roses are red
Concrete is grey
Thanks for the flowers
But I’m gay

Please try and write your own roses are red poem. I’m sure you can do better than that.


Kia ora this is Stick News. At the Grammy Awards on Sunday an American pop singer spoke one sentence of Japanese. And the Earth is still spinning on its axis. However the incident caused a bit of a fuss on the internet.

The Grammys are an American Music awards ceremony.
At the awards women usually wear pretty dresses and men wear penguin suits. They walk along a red carpet while people take photos and ask them questions.
On Sunday one TV presenter asked a musician about his new girlfriend.
John Mayer decided to answer in Japanese.
Hundreds of people then debated the incident on the internet.
Some cringed at his pronunciation while others argued over the correct English translation and struggled to decide who they liked less: John, Ryan or Jessica.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 14th of February.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

It was really windy today.

conversations with sarah
#174 What do men give women?

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

Thomas Do people celebrate Valentine’s Day in Japan?

Sarah Yeah, but it’s different than in New Zealand.

Thomas How so?

Sarah In Japan women give men chocolate.

Thomas Only chocolate?

Sarah Yeah, pretty much. And they give chocolate to their co-workers too – that’s called giri choco.

Thomas Is that like a brand of chocolate?

Sarah No, giri means obligation.

Thomas What do men give women?

Sarah Nothing. But on White Day they’re supposed to give something back to the women that gave them something.

Thomas When’s that?

Sarah On the 14th of March.