Friday, March 02, 2007

Show 303 Friday 2 March

Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

Today I’m going to try a Welsh accent.
Wales is a country which is part of the UK and they have a flag with a red dragon on it which is pretty cool.
The adjective is Welsh. Welsh food, Welsh people.
There’s also a language called Welsh that everyone spoke in Wales before the English arrived in Wales.
Now almost all Welsh people can speak English and 21.7 percent of the population can also speak Welsh.

Anyway, there’s a Welsh woman on YouTube called els666 and she’s a professional singer – so most of her videos are of her singing – she has a great voice too.

She has a couple of videos of her talking.

One of them is called: my shout out to you all. And it’s her answering some questions and saying thank you.
One interesting language point is that she says:
Thank you ever so much. Which means the same as thank you very much.

I think thank you very much is the most common in New Zealand – but I often hear American broadcasters say thank you so much. And I think thank you ever so much is common in the UK.

I try to copy the accent from this video.

Thank you so much. You have all been so kind. I’ve had very few negative comments. Um, most of the negative comments I’ve still been putting up. Because I think it’s, it’s not right just to have positive comments up. So I’ve had people saying “bad”, “not good”, “you suck”. I’ve put them up, because you can’t please everybody. If I please 60 percent, my job is done. So um yeah, thank you ever so much to all of you and um ... keep your eyes open for me because I will be putting some more videos up for you. And so take care, and um don’t forget, I’m still here.


Kia ora, in Stick News today an Australian state has banned students from accessing YouTube while at school after students uploaded a violent video.

Last year a group of male students attacked a 17-year-old girl in Melbourne.
They videoed the attack then uploaded it to YouTube.
The state of Victoria has 1600 government schools.
The schools and their Internet service providers filter the Web sites that are available to students.
YouTube has now been added to a list of blocked sites.

And that was Stick News for Friday 2nd March.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#185 I’m not sure what it will achieve.

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

Lucy What do you think about YouTube being banned in schools in Victoria?

Sarah I’m not really sure what it will achieve.

Lucy They’re trying to stop violence and bullying.

Yeah, but they can just upload the videos at home, can’t they?

Lucy I guess so. Did the schools you taught at have blocked websites?

Sarah I don’t know. I don’t think so.

Lucy Did your students use the internet in class?

Sarah Yeah, I took them to the computer room quite often.

Lucy Did you check what websites they were looking at?

Sarah Yeah, I just stood at the back of the class and looked at all the computer screens, it’s pretty easy to see if anyone is not on task.