Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Show 753 Wednesday 4 June

Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

Today is mistake day and I thought I’d talk about something which I thought was a mistake but it turns out that it’s actually not.

This came off the top of a jar of tomato sauce – and I thought they were trying to write tomato ketchup, but wrote catch up by mistake. But I looked ketchup up in the dictionary and I found out that it can also be spelled like this: catchup. And like this: catsup.

So there you go, you learn something every day.

And I also learnt that the word ketchup comes from a Chinese word: 茄汁

By the way, in New Zealand people don’t usually use the word ketchup, we just say tomato sauce.

Today we’re starting a new part of The Daily English Show. It’s called click here – and it’s going to be once a week and I’m going to introduce a site that I think is interesting or useful for studying English.
I’ve introduced sites before, sporadically, but now it’s going to be more of a regular thing.
A few people have suggested doing this by the way too, so thank you for your great suggestions.

click here

Today’s site is called Free Rice. Thanks to Thomas for emailing and telling me about this site.
On this site you can increase your vocabulary and you can help hungry people too – because the money they make from sponsorship on the site, they use to buy food for people who don’t have enough.
I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners, because the words aren’t that easy. It’s really aimed at native English speakers, but I think it’s also useful for intermediate and advanced English learners.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today New Zealand has suspended exports of tomatoes and capsicums.

The New Zealand Herald has reported a debilitating bacterium was found in three hothouses in the North Island of New Zealand.
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand is now investigating to find out how the bacterium entered New Zealand, and about its transmission and distribution.
A spokesperson said initial findings suggest that the bacterium may be transmitted by a small insect called a jumping plant louse.
Exports of tomatoes and capsicums have been suspended until further notice.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 4th of June.
Kia Ora.

Word Of The Day

Today’s word is cretin. I found this word while playing on the free rice site.
Cretin is another word for imbecile or very stupid person.

conversations with sarah
#461 Is rice difficult to grow?

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

Tim Do you think that site will actually work?

Sarah Free Rice?

Tim Yeah.

Sarah Yeah, I, I think it will help. I mean, one website won’t solve the whole problem, but I’m sure it will help.

Tim Why can’t they grow their own rice anyway?

Sarah Mmm, I think a lot of the people that are hungry are refugees. So, it’s not like they can suddenly make a rice field in a refugee camp.

Tim Is rice difficult to grow?

I’m not really sure, I’ve never tried to grow it. But yeah, I think you need the right amount of water and stuff ... and it takes time. You just can’t grow it in a couple of weeks.



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artist: BrunoXe
album: aprendiendo desde 2004
track: Mandrake
from: Jerez, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

click here start
artist: #NarNaoud#
album: Green Vision
track: Oriental Standing
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artist at Jamendo
album 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
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cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
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artist: ioeo
album: triptracks
track: triptrack4
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
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artist: ioeo
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track: triptrack2
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
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