Friday, February 08, 2008

Show 635 Thursday 7 February

Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

Today I recommend a video by this YouTuber. It’s an educational video about this word Faen! Which he says is the most used curse word in the Norwegian language.

I think it’s a pretty funny video. And it’s really well made. And it’s interesting how there are similar words in Swedish and Danish.

This is because those languages are related.

They are all part of the group of languages called North Germanic languages or Scandinavian languages.

This is from Wikipedia:

The North Germanic languages or Scandinavian languages make up one of the three branches of the
Germanic languages, a sub-family of the Indo-European languages, along with the West Germanic languages and the East Germanic languages.

And what about English?
English is a West Germanic language.

If you look up Germanic Language in Wikipedia, there’s an interesting table comparing words in different Germanic languages.
For example, all these words mean apple.

I’ll put a link to that page in the script so go and so check it out.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today a Canadian government department has asked their employees to implement a Blackberry blackout between 7pm and 7am and on weekends and holidays.

A blackberry is a small soft black fruit that grows on a prickly bush.
A BlackBerry with a capital B in the middle is a
wireless handheld device introduced in 1999 which supports push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services.
These blackberries are healthy. These are so addictive that some people call them crackberries.
BlackBerries were developed by a
Canadian company called Research In Motion.
Now Reuters reports a Canadian government ministry, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is encouraging employees to use BlackBerries less in order to re-establish a proper balance between work and life.
The department's deputy minister sent out a memo about the BlackBerry "blackout".
The memo said:
"When we can balance our work and personal responsibilities, we, as a team, stand to not only serve and perform more effectively, but also to attract and keep employees to help us build a stronger Canada."

And that was Stick News for Thursday the 7th of February.
Kia Ora

in Annupuri

There are a few different ski fields in the Niseko area. This one is called Annupuri. You can go riding here at night until 9pm.

conversations with sarah
#387 What’s a Germanic language?

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

Bob What’s a Germanic language?

Sarah It’s a language that is part of the language family of Germanic languages.

Bob What does that mean?

Sarah It means they all have a common ancestor.

Bob What’s that?

Sarah Proto-Germanic.

Bob Who speaks that?

Sarah No one, it’s a hypothetical language.

Bob A what?

Sarah A hypothetical language.

Bob What does that mean?

Sarah It’s kind of hard to explain ... but languages that are similar are grouped together and then linguists kind of try and guess where they probably came from ... anyway ... I don’t really know what I’m talking about so you should just go and look it up.

today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: BrunoXe
album: aprendiendo desde 2004
track: Mandrake
from: Jerez, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

the snow report start
artist: Olga Scotland
album: Scotland Yard
track: Absolute
from: Moscow, Russia
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: ioeo
album: Groovetracks
tracks: groovetracks ending
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: NarNaoud
album: Green Vision
track: Dubbing Rules
from: Gironde, France
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo
artist site

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