Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Show 626 Tuesday 29 January

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

Today I’m going to talk about a movie called Pulp Fiction.

It came out in 1994 and was directed by Quentin Tarantino.

I really like Pulp Fiction. But it’s not for everyone. It’s quite violent and contains swearing – so I wouldn’t recommend it to people who find that offensive. And, if you’re a teacher, don’t go showing it to your junior high school class.

I’d definitely recommend watching it in your native language first. Because the plot is non-linear so it’s kind of tricky to follow. And then, if you want to study it, pick out a few scenes that you like and study the language.

The script for this movie is great. As it says in Wikipedia: the film is known for its rich, eclectic dialogue. So you can have a lot of fun studying it I think.

I’m going to talk about a couple of scenes today. Firstly, a scene near the start of the movie when two guys are visiting these other guys to punish them for doing something wrong. A guy called Jules is talking to a guy called Brett. And he’s just shot Brett’s friend, so Brett’s really shocked and he keeps saying what. And this is the dialogue, it’s pretty funny.

Jules: What does Marsellus Wallace look like?
Brett: What?
Jules: What country are you from?
Brett: What?
Jules: What ain't no country I ever heard of. They speak English in What?
Brett: What?
Jules: English, motherfucker, do you speak it?
Brett: Yes.
Jules: Then you know what I'm saying.
Brett: Yes.
Jules: Describe what Marsellus Wallace looks like!
Brett: What?
Jules: Say what again. Say what again, (I dare you, I double dare you) motherfucker, say what one more goddamn time!

The conversation we’re going to practice today is from the part when a guy called Vincent takes his bosses wife out. And she starred in a pilot once. If you don’t know what a pilot is, here’s the explanation from one of the characters.

Jules: Well, the way they pick the shows on TV is they make one show, and that show's called a pilot. And they show that one show to the people who pick the shows, and on the strength of that one show, they decide if they want to make more shows. Some get accepted and become TV programs, and some don't, and become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, the son of the governor of Kansas in the United States of America is selling a board game with a prison theme called 'Don't Drop the Soap'.

This boy is the son of the governor of Kansas.
He’s created a board game with a prison theme.
The game is available online for $34.99.
"Fight your way through six different exciting locations in hopes of being granted parole," his site says.
The game’s tokens include a bag of cocaine and a handgun.
John says the game is intended for mature audiences - not children - and is simply intended for entertainment.
The governor says she and her husband are very proud of their son’s creativity and talent.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 29th of January.
Kia Ora.

in the Hirafu gondola

with Mark from Sydney

Where are you from?
I’m from Sydney, Australia.

How long have you been in Niskeo?
Um, I’ve been in Niseko for three days now and I think I have, I have five more left.

Which mountain do you usually go to in Australia?
Um, I usually ski at, ah, Perisher Blue or, ah, sometimes Mount Hotham.

Are you a skier or a snowboarder?
No, definitely skier.

What do you do in Australia?
Um, I work for a shipping company. So we do, ah, transport.

Is this your first time in Niseko?
No, this is my third time here in Niseko.

How would you describe the snow in Niseko?
Niseko snow is awesome. It’s bloody fantastic. I mean it’s, ah, it never stops snowing here. And it’s so nice and light, it’s the best snow I’ve skied anywhere.

conversations with sarah
#379 Do you remember any of the jokes?

Step 1: Repeat Vincent’s lines.
Step 2: Read Vincent’s lines and talk to Mia.

Vincent Do you remember any of the jokes?

Mia Well I only got the chance to say one, 'cause we only did one show.

Vincent Tell me.

Mia No. It's really corny.

Vincent C'mon, don't be that way.

Mia No. You won't like it and I'll be embarrassed.

Vincent You told it in front of fifty million people and you can't tell it to me? I promise I won't laugh.

Mia That's what I'm afraid of.

Vincent That's not what I meant and you know it.


Pulp Fiction: what? scene (from 4:41)
Pulp Fiction: what? scene - with words
Pulp Fiction: explanation of pilot


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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