Thursday, April 10, 2008

Show 697 Wednesday 9 April

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

Today’s mistake is this: should of, could of, would of. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
I should of gone to the party. Wrong. This should be: I should have gone to the party, or: I shouldve gone to the party.

Why would someone write or say: should of? Well, because when you contract should have – it becomes should’ve, which sounds like should of – but it’s not the same.
So it doesn’t matter so much when you’re speaking, but be careful when you’re writing.

I’m so annoyed I didn’t go to the party. I should’ve gone. I could’ve gone. I would’ve been able to go if I’d’ve finished writing that report on time, but I didn’t, so ...


Kia Ora, this is Stick News. Yesterday a 29-year-old woman became the first Korean to fly into space.

According to Wikipedia the Korean government paid the Russian government 25 million US dollars in agreement to support the first Korean astronaut in space.
Yi So-yeon left earth yesterday in a rocket with three boys – two Russian crew members and an American space tourist.
She took some kimchi and 1000 fruit flies with her.
During her mission, she will carry out 18 science experiments, including monitoring fruit flies and dust storms and taking photos of her face.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday 9th of April.
Kia Ora.

Word Of The Day

Today I’d like to talk about the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink is the thing that you wash the dishes in and it’s also part of a couple of expressions: everything but the kitchen sink and everything including the kitchen sink.

Someone asked me recently about Hillary Clinton’s kitchen sink strategy. They were asking what does the kitchen sink have to do with politics?

Well, let’s have a look at those expressions.

I found a good explanation at
Everything but the kitchen sink is what you brought with you when you included almost everything you could think to bring. For example: "Wow, your suitcase is huge. What do you have in there? Everything but the kitchen sink?"

So basically, everything but the kitchen sink means almost everything – and everything including the kitchen sink means absolutely everything.

Now about Hillary Clinton, this is from back in March:
Last week, with commendable honesty, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that in a frantic push to save their candidate from defeat at the hands of Barack Obama, they were going to throw everything including the kitchen sink at him.

So they were going to try absolutely everything they could to win ... and that became known as her kitchen sink strategy.

If you ever see someone struggling with a lot of stuff, try saying to them: “Wow, where’s the kitchen sink?”

conversations with sarah
#426 Do you want to go to space?

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

Tom Have any New Zealander’s gone to space yet?

Sarah No, I don’t think so. I just checked the list and I don’t think New Zealand was on there.

Tom What was the first country? Russia?

Sarah Yeah, well the Soviet Union.

Tom Do you want to go to space?

Sarah No.

Tom No? Why not?

Sarah Well, I don’t want to study all that stuff that you’d have to study for a start. And the whole process seems like it would be a bit of a pain in the arse.

Tom But it would be so exciting to be in space!

Sarah Mmm maybe. But Earth’s exciting enough for me.


brought - I accidentally said "bought" when reading this. Did you notice? Apparently, this is a pretty common mistake.


Here are some explanations about could of etc:


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

WOD start
artist: DJ iPep's
album: Home Mix 2007
track: Game Toy
from: EVREUX, France
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: JCL
album: Journeys Thru Samsara
track: A Slow Walk
from: Watford, United Kingdom
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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EDIT: Thanks for pointing out the mistake James!


James said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm glad it was helpful. Looks like 'The Daily English' is a great show...
Incidently I think I did notice a transcript error...
You said "I just check the list"
Shouldn't that be
"I just checked the list"



tdes said...

Yes, thanks James!

θλίψη said...