Monday, March 12, 2007

Show 313 Monday 12 March

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

Yesterday a couple from Niskeo came and visited me. They just turned up here and they said they’d watched the show. They’d only just found it on Saturday and they said they were really impressed and they watched them all and then they wanted to come and say hello.

So that was really cool to meet them ... and it was the first time that that’s ever happened as well. Usually the only reason people come here is to deliver mail or kerosene.

Also two different people have come asking for money as well. First it was a guy from the local shrine. But I asked him to explain why I was supposed to give him money ... and he gave up and left for some reason.
And another guy has come twice to try and sell me things. The first time it was a pen and the second time it was an umbrella.

Anyway ... this week I’m going to recommend some songs to study. There are a lot of people posting videos of their singing on YouTube. So I thought I’d pick out some of those videos to study.

Today a song by ysabellabrave. She is a very popular YouTuber. And I really like her voice.
And the song I recommend to study is: What a Wonderful World.

The structure: What a ... can be useful for expressing your opinion.

For example, if someone tells you about a plan or an idea you can say: What a great idea!

If someone tells you about a nice thing that someone did, you could say: Wow, what a nice thing to do.

Or if someone tells you about a stupid thing that someone did, you could say: What a loser.


Kia ora, this is Stick News. This Sunday, Americans will move their clocks forward one hour for daylight savings time three weeks earlier than usual.

Daylight saving time is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less.
Clocks are usually moved forward one hour in late winter or early spring and are moved backward in autumn.
According to Wikipedia governments often promote daylight savings as an
energy conservation measure because it substitutes summer afternoon sunlight for electrical lighting.
This year the United States will have four extra weeks of daylight savings.
The clocks will move forward three weeks earlier than usual and will stay forward for a week longer than usual.
This change is expected to reduce fuel consumption.
According to Reuters, environmentalists, softball teams and candy manufactorers are happy about the change. While farmers, Orthadox Jews and airliners are not so happy.

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

the snow report

Yesterday Jonny repaired the cave. And Maki-chan built another one.
The roof of Maki-chan’s cave got a bit damaged when were getting some kerosene – but it kept snowing so it was OK.
At night, I decided to climb inside the cave. It was quite warm inside.

conversations with sarah
#191 Does New Zealand have daylight saving time?

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

Momoko Does New Zealand have daylight saving time?

Sarah Yeah. The government is thinking about extending it too.

Momoko Do you think it will happen?

Sarah I don’t know. I just read about it today.

Momoko In Japan it’s called “summer time”.

Sarah That’s right. I think it’s called that in England too. Why doesn’t Japan have it?

Momoko I don’t know.

Sarah People have suggested it, haven’t they?

Momoko Yeah. I don’t know why it hasn’t happened.

What a wonderful world lyrics:

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Show 312 Sunday 11 March

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Sunday Kitchen #39 Muesli

Muesli is a kind of cereal made from oats.
It’s not very popular in Japan.

I’m not a huge fan of Muesli and I don’t eat cereal for breakfast anyway... but today I decided to buy some Muesli.

The stuff I bought was from Switzerland.
I read the ingredients and it said it had spelt flakes in it.
I’d never heard of spelt (flakes) before, so I looked it up.
It’s: an old kind of wheat with bearded ears and spikelets that each contain two narrow grains

Then I had to look up spikelet: The basic unit of a grass flower, consisting of two glumes or outer bracts at the base and one or more florets above.

There were too many words I didn’t understand in that definition so I gave up and decided to eat the muesli.