Thursday, March 20, 2008

Show 676 Wednesday 19 March

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

Today I’d like to talk about two words: heater and stove.

In English, I would call this a heater and I would call this a stove.
But in Japanese, they call this a stove (ストーブ) and this a gas range (ガスレンジ), which is kind of confusing. When a Japanese person talks about a stove, I’m usually not sure if they’re talking about a heater or a stove. They’re usually talking about a heater.

At first, I just thought this was a case of loan words coming from English and randomly jumping to different objects.
But I looked up heater and stove in my dictionary and apparently stove is also called range in American English. And another meaning for stove is a piece of equipment that can burn various fuels and is used for heating rooms.

So, it seems like the loan words haven’t really jumped to different objects after all.

So now I’m curious. What do you call these in your dialect of English?

Let’s call this item A and this item B. Please leave a comment. Thank you.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case about inadvertent indecent language.

The Federal Communications Commission wants the high court to restore its power to penalize networks which air indecent or vulgar language.
They said: "Given the core meaning of the 'F-Word,' any use of that word or a variation, in any context, inherently has a sexual connotation. The 'F-Word' is one of the most vulgar, graphic and explicit descriptions of sexual activity in the English language. Its use invariably invokes a coarse sexual image."
According to CNN, television networks say their scripted shows no longer have expletives but they are worried about the unplanned use of an indecent word at live events, such as awards shows and sporting events. They say some indecent words can slip through and they want to be protected from heavy government fines.
One example cited is U2 singer Bono's 2003 Golden Globes acceptance speech in which he uttered the phrase, "Really, really, f---ing brilliant."

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 19th of March.
Kia Ora

in Hirafu

This is Josh and Jimbo from New Zealand playing on a rail outside their house last week.

conversations with sarah
#415 What kind of heater is that?

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

Paula What kind of heater is that?

Sarah It uses kerosene.

Paula Is it cheaper than an electric heater?

Sarah Yeah, I think so. It still uses electricity though.

Paula Oh really? What for?

Sarah For the fan.

Paula So it uses electricity and kerosene.

Sarah Yeah. We pay so much to heat this place because it’s about 30 years old and the walls are so thin. There’s like no insulation.

Paula And the price of kerosene keeps going up, doesn’t it?

Sarah Yeah, it sucks. I want to live in a house with thick walls.


today's news
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/sr bgm
artist: Antony Raijekov
album: Jazz U
track: Deep blue 2005
from: Sofia, Bulgaria
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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