Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Show 293 Tuesday 20 February

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

The video I recommend watching today is called Before and After and it’s by swisho.
I recommend it because it’s good natural conversation involving two people.

The first half is a boyfriend and girlfriend looking into the camera talking about where they’re planning to go that night.
And the second half is recorded after they come back – and they’re mostly talking about a TV program.

I have a couple of words to introduce.

Urine. That’s one of those words that is pronounced in different ways in different countries.

In the video he says urin and I say urine. Check it out and see if you can notice the difference.

Urine means: a pale yellowish fluid stored in the bladder and discharged through the urethra, consisting of excess water and substances removed from the blood by the kidneys.

Mmm I hope you’re not eating lunch or something right now.

Another thing to study is the way she uses like.
She says: Yeah, pretty much everybody in there has been drunk for like 60 years straight.

In this sentence like means about.

She also says: If we don’t end up there we’re probably going to go to like the Lava Lounge.

In this case I think like means the same as somewhere like.

End up is a very common and useful phrasal verb. In this sentence it means: go.


Kia ora this is Stick News. A German paragliding champion survived after being pulled into a storm that took her almost 10 thousand meters above sea level.

Paragliding is a sport in which a person glides through the air with a kind of parachute.
The official world record for height is 4526 m. It was set by an English man in 1993.
Last week two paragliders were pulled into a storm when paragliding in Australia.
A 42-year-old Chinese man died but a 35-year-old German woman survived.
She was pulled 9,940m above sea level.
She passed out and flew while unconscious for more than half an hour.
She then regained consciousness and landed 60km from where she took off.
She suffered frostbite and blistering on her face and ears.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 20th of February.
Kia Ora.

the snow report

This is Jonny snowboarding. Jonny is a snowboarder from New Zealand.

conversations with sarah
#178 Where are we going?

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

Krissy Um, where are we going?

Colin We’re going to The Paradise Lounge.

Krissy The Paradise Lounge, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Colin The best martinis this side of the Mississippi.

Krissy No. It smells like static electricity in there.

Colin And stale urine.

Krissy Yeah, pretty much everybody in there has, ah, been drunk for like 60 years straight.

Colin Pretty much.

Krissy And, ah, drinks are really cheap.

Colin Yep.

Krissy If we don’t end up there we’re probably going to go to like the Lava Lounge.

Colin I don’t really like that place that much.

Krissy It’s alright.