Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Show 661 Tuesday 4 March

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

You’ve probably all seen E.T. It’s a very famous movie. It’s a science fiction movie. It came out in 1982, when I was 4. I remember being quite scared the first time I saw it – when all those scientists came in, in their white suits.

One of the interesting parts of the movie, from a language perspective, is how E.T. learns English.

He learns English by watching Sesame Street which is an American educational children's television series and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment.

You’ve probably heard of Sesame Street too because apparently it’s been on TV in more than 120 countries, and more than 30 international versions have been produced, not including dubbed versions.

E.T. is a good student. He watches the programs closely and he repeats the words and he makes good progress – from the start when he knows nothing at all and he just repeats what the girl says: B. B good. Then he progresses to sentences which aren’t grammatically correct but convey meaning, like: E.T. phone home. And then at the end, he says, in perfect English: I’ll be right here.

So why don’t you try watching E.T. again, and take note of how he learns English and see if there’s anything you can learn from him.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, John McCain will be the Republican nominee in this year’s elections in United States of America.

John McCain was born in 1936. John’s father and his grandfather were in the navy. John also joined the navy.
During the Vietnam war John McCain dropped bombs in North Vietnam.
On his twenty-third bombing mission he was shot down and badly injured.
He then spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war.
McCain got into politics in the 80s. He tried to become president in the year 2000 but lost the Republican nomination to George W. Bush.
On the 28th of February 2007 he announced he was going to have another crack at becoming the president.
Now McCain has gained enough delegates to become the Republican nominee.
His next fight will be against either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday 4th March.
Kia Ora

conversations with sarah

#404 Mummy! He can talk!

Step 1: Repeat Gertie’s lines.
Step 2: Read Gertie’s lines and talk to E.T. and Mum.

Gertie B. B. Biscuits.

E.T. Beeeee. Beeeee.

Gertie You said B!

E.T. Beeeee.

Gertie You said B. Good!

E.T. Beeeee. Goooood.

Mum OK. I’ll be right down. Thank you. Gertie, I have to go pick up Elliot. Will you be a good girl and stay ...

Gertie Mummy! He can talk!


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