Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Show 301 Wednesday 28 February

Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

Today I am going to try an American accent. I chose a video by a girl from Texas.

She mostly sings on YouTube – but this video is an introduction video about herself.
I think it’s a good one to study to practice introducing yourself.

A couple of interesting language points from the video ... she says anyways with an s – but in New Zealand English there’s no s ... it’s just anyway.
She also says “years old” quite often– I have a feeling that might be an American thing – but I’m not exactly sure. But anyway, I don’t usually say the “years old” ... I would just say I’m 28.

So now I’m going to try a Texan, American accent. Wish me luck.

I try copying the accent from this video.

From 101:
So, um, anyways, I am 19 years old. I’m a music major. Um. I live in Saxy, Texas, a small town, ah, I love to sing. I love music. I love to write. I love to act like I can play the piano. I wanna learn how to play the guitar. Um. I have tons of brothers and sisters. Um. I am ... taken at the moment. Um. I don’t know, ah, I have new hair, it’s red and I know it’s different, but that’s just me. Um, I don’t know what else? I mean, I , I like to have fun, ah, I like to laugh, um, I don’t know, if you want to know anything else you can just ask, cause I really don’t know what else to say, I think I said everything. My birthday is January 6th 2007. And I’m very excited because I’ll be turning 20 years old and that is one year away from 21. So, I’m, I am excited. I work at Sonic. I been there for 7 months. And um, it’s OK, I just want a better job that pays more.


Kia ora, this is Stick News. Today a man met his biological father for the first time since he was separated from his parents 25 years ago.

25 years ago in South Korea a three-year-old boy was walking with his mother in a market.
For some reason the boy disappeared.
For the next few days the parents looked for their son in many local orphanages – but they couldn’t find him.
He ended up being adopted by an American couple who were ski instructors from Colorado.
They called him Toby.
At the Olympics last year, Toby won a medal for skiing.
Following the media attention, many parents in South Korea came forward to claim Toby was their child.
Tests were needed to confirm who were the real biological parents.
Today Toby met his South Korean father for the first time in 25 years.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday 28th of February.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#183 No paparazzi?

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

Kim Has your life changed after being featured on YouTube?

Sarah Um, no.

Kim No paparazzi?

Sarah No. Very sad.

Kim No death threats in the comments?

Sarah No. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be actually.

Kim Were most of the comments positive?

Sarah Yeah, they were actually. There were some negative comments ... but not as many as I thought there would be.

Kim What did the negative comments say?

Sarah Mostly just that it was boring. Which is kind of true ... I don’t think it was the most interesting video I ever made, that’s for sure.