Friday, February 15, 2008

Show 643 Friday 15 February

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

Today’s song is called Rehab. It’s by Amy Winehouse.
She is from England and she’s a soul, jazz, and R&B singer-songwriter.
Her debut album, called Frank, was released in 2003. And her second album, Back to Black was released in 2006. The song Rehab is off that album. And it has just won three Grammys.

So what can you learn from this song?
Well, firstly, rehab is short for rehabilitation.

The song was written about Winehouse's refusal to attend an alcohol rehabilitation centre after her management team encouraged her to go.

This is the chorus of the song.

They tried to make me go to rehab
I said no, no, no.

Make in this line means force.
That’s a useful word to know. For example: My boss made me do it. Or: My parents made me do it.

They is referring to Amy’s management team. The song is about the fact that they wanted her to go to rehab because they thought her drinking was a problem. But she didn’t think it was a problem.

This is a quote from her:

"I asked my dad if he thought I needed to go. He said no, but I should give it a try. So I did, for just 15 minutes. I went in said 'hello' and explained that I drink because I am in love and have fucked up the relationship. Then I walked out."

She sings:

I ain’t got the time

Which means: I haven’t got the time. Or: I don’t have the time.

Ain’t is an informal contraction which means: am not, are not, is not, has not and have not.

It says this in my dictionary:
In modern English the use of ain’t is non-standard, despite being widespread in many dialects and in informal speech.

So, as it says, it’s widespread, and it depends on the person if they’d use it or not. I never say ain’t – probably because it’s not very common in New Zealand. But I use plenty of other non-standard words.

Finally, in one verse she sings this:

I’d rather be at home with Ray
I ain’t got 70 days
Cos there’s nothing, nothing you can teach me
That I can't learn from Mr. Hathaway

Apparently, the people she is referring to there are Ray Charles and Donny Hathaway who were both musicians.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today Japan is considering lowering the age of adulthood to 18.

In Japan you are considered an adult when you turn 20.
The year you turn 20 are invited to a coming-of-age ceremony.
When you’re 20 you can legally drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, and vote.
The government is now considering changing the age to 18.
The justice minister said that changing the adulthood age would have huge repercussions on society, so he will urge the legislative council to fully deliberate the matter from scratch without any basic directions being set in advance.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 15th of February.
Kia Ora

at Loaf Lounge

I discovered this funny thing at Loaf the other day. This grumpy old man gets really angry and throws the table over and all the food and beer goes flying off. We decided to see if he could do it with a tank. Yip. How about a crocodile? No worries.

friday joke

I found this joke here.

A strong young man at a construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength.
“I am the strongest, most powerful man here,” he boasted.
He made a special case of making fun of John, one of the older workmen.
After a while, John had had enough.
“Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is?” he said.
“I bet you a week’s wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that building that you won’t be able to wheel back.”
“You’re on old man,” the young man replied.
John reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles.
Then, nodding to the young man, he said, “All right. Get in.”

conversations with sarah
#393 Have you heard of Amy Winehouse?

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

Sarah Have you heard of Amy Winehouse?

Junko Is she the one with the big hair?

Sarah Yeah, she usually has a beehive.

Junko A beehive? What’s that?

Sarah That’s the name of that hairstyle.

Junko Is it popular in England?

Sarah No, I don’t think so. It was in the 60s. But not these days.

Junko How do you make a beehive?

Sarah I think you just backcomb some hair so it gets all matted and then you comb some other normal hair over the top.

Have you ever tried it?

Sarah Yeah, when I was a teenager.


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

friday joke start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: Sumbala
from: Annecy, France
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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