Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Show 654 Tuesday 26 February

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

The movie I recommend today is called Groundhog Day.
It’s a comedy, I’d probably call it a romantic comedy ... but in Wikipedia it says it’s a comedy. Anyway, whatever. It came out in 1993 and in the movie a guy repeats the same day over and over. And that day is Groundhog Day – which is an actual holiday. When I first saw that movie I thought that it was just made up for the movie. But no, it’s an actual holiday in the United States and Canada.

Apparently on this day a groundhog – which is a small animal that lives in the ground – comes out of the ground and if it doesn’t have a shadow because it’s cloudy, then winter will end soon. But if it does have a shadow, then winter will continue for six more weeks.

Anyway, I like the movie. And I recommend it for studying partly because there’s lots of useful dialogue and also partly because of all the repetition, which is perfect for studying English.

The guy in the movie, Phil, played by Bill Murray, has to repeat the same day over and over again, so he does different things – like kills himself or stealing money ... and one of the things he does is seduces women. And he does this by learning things that will impress the women and then saying them the next day.

For example, when he’s trying to seduce Rita at first he makes a toast to the groundhog and then she says: I always drink to world peace. And so he remembers that and then the next day he makes a toast to world peace and she’s very impressed.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, the Oscars were held on Sunday and the award for the best picture went to a film called No Country For Old Men.

The Academy Awards, or more commonly known as the Oscars, are an American Awards ceremony for the film industry.
Wikipedia says the ceremony is among the most prominent and most watched
film awards ceremonies in the world.
On Sunday, the 80th
Academy Awards were held. No Country for Old Men won the Best Picture award.
The movie “tells the story of a drug deal gone wrong, and the ensuing cat-and-mouse
drama, as three men crisscross each other's paths in the desert landscape of 1980 West Texas.”

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 26th of February.
Kia Ora

on Hanazono #3

with David

Where are you from?
From Adelaide in Australia.

How long are you in Niseko?
Eight days.

What do you think of the conditions?
Amazing. We couldn’t ask for better. It’s just amazing.

conversations with sarah
#399 Can I buy you a drink?

Step 1: Repeat Rita’s lines.
Step 2: Read Ritas’s lines and talk to Phil.

* Watch this dialogue here from 1:15

Phil Can I buy you a drink?

Rita OK.

Phil Ah, sweet vermouth, rocks with a twist, please.

Bartender For you, miss?

Rita The same. That's my favorite drink.

Phil Mine too. It always makes me think of Rome... the way the sun hits the buildings in the afternoon.

Rita What shall we drink to?

Phil I like to say a prayer and drink to world peace.

Rita To world peace.

Phil World peace. Amen.


today's STICK NEWS pictures

Groundhog Day - script
Groundhog Day at IMDB


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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