Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Show 739 Wednesday 21 May

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

I have some excellent news – there is now a new site for Vietnamese scripts of The Daily English Show. Someone kindly volunteered to make a site and translate some of the scripts into Vietnamese. So, thank you so much and hello to everyone who is watching in Vietnam.

Today’s mistake is this: my company.

You might not make this mistake yourself, but you might find it interesting anyway.

And it might not even be a mistake ... but it’s something which a lot of Japanese students say and which I find a bit strange.

In Japanese, when you talk about the company you work for, you can say: my company – so I think that’s why a lot of Japanese people say this in English.

But in English, if you say: my company, it usually means you are the owner of the company.
If you just work there, I would suggest saying: the company I work for, or: the place I work.
But, if you’ve already told the listener the name of the company you work for, or they already know, then you usually say the name of the company.

So if I’m an engineer and I work for Honda, and the person I’m talking to already knows that I work for Honda I wouldn’t keep saying: the company I work for, I would just say: Honda.
For example: one of the guys at Honda offered to help me move house.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today the Queen of England is investing in the largest wind turbine in the world.

A wind turbine is a rotating machine that converts the kinetic energy in wind into mechanical energy.
The Queen of England’s estate owns most of the seabed off Britain's shores and regularly leases out land to wind farm projects but this is the first time they’ve invested in wind turbines.
A spokesperson said: "This is not something we've ever done before and I think it will raise quite a few eyebrows."

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 21st of May.
Kia Ora.

Word Of The Day

Today’s word is rotate.

move or cause to move in a circle round an axis

conversations with

#451 Have you ever been to Vietnam?

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

Brian Have you ever been to Vietnam?

Sarah No, have you?

Brian No, I don’t really know much about the country apart from the fact that they had a long war.

Sarah Yeah. We studied the Vietnam War in my history class at high school actually.

Brian Did you write an essay about it?

Sarah No, our teacher got us to do an assignment where we had to choose a movie about the Vietnam War and then compare what happened in the movie to what actually happened according to the information we could find in books.

Brian That sounds interesting. Millions of people died in that war. It’s so sad.

Sarah Yeah, it is, I think it was about two million, more than two million Vietnamese people and people from lots of other countries.


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

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
track: groovetracks ending
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: Nokom electro
album: Nokom
track: Bonnobaize
from: grenoble/lyon, France
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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