Monday, June 23, 2008

Show 772 Monday 23 June

Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

In case you haven’t noticed, the number of translation sites has increased again – we now have Bulgarian and Spanish.

So that is awesome. Thank you so much.

If you go to you can see a list of all the translation sites.

We now have:


Some more exciting news: The Daily English Show is going to a summit.

What is a summit? A summit is the highest point of a hill or a mountain.
And: a meeting between heads of government.

In Wikipedia it says a summit is: a meeting of heads of state or government, usually with considerable media exposure, tight security and a prearranged agenda.

I think summit is also used to mean a meeting or conference.

And the summit we’re going to is called iSummit.

So what is iSummit? This is from the site:

The fourth global iSummit will be held in Sapporo, Japan from 29 July to 1 August, 2008. iCommons in association with Digital Garage, Creative Commons Japan and the City of Sapporo will bring together pioneers of the free Internet from over 60 countries around the world.

So we’re going to be going to be doing some reports about the event – to share with everyone what it was all about, what happened, what we learnt. And we’re also going to be interviewing a lot of interesting people too.

We’re really excited to be involved because as you know, The Daily English Show is part of the free online culture. All of the videos are free to watch and use in classrooms and so are all the scripts too.
And we use music that is licensed with Creative Commons licenses.
That’s why at the end of the show you can see a long credit roll, because part of the conditions of using that music is that you credit the artists.

If you don’t know what Creative Commons is, check out this site:

And iCommons was incubated by Creative Commons. And is an organisation with a broad vision to develop a united global commons front by collaborating with open education, access to knowledge, free software, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world.

So, if you’re going to the iSummit, I’ll see you there! And I’m looking forward to meeting you.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, for the first time ever, scientists have confirmed the presence of ice on Mars.

Last month a rocket called Phoenix went to Mars dug a trench and found a white substance which turned out to be ice.
A spokesperson said:
It is with great pride and a lot of joy that I announce today that we have found proof that this hard bright material is really water ice and not some other substance."

And that was Stick News for Monday the 23rd of June.
Kia Ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is considerable.

Considerable is a formal word for a lot.
So: considerable media exposure means a lot of media exposure.

conversations with sarah
#474 Where is Bulgaria?

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

Dave Where is Bulgaria?

Sarah It’s in Europe.

Dave What language do they speak?

Sarah Bulgarian.

Dave What’s that like?

Sarah It’s a Slavic language, so I guess it’s similar to Russian.

Dave What alphabet do they use?

Sarah They use the Cyrillic alphabet.

Dave Is that different from the English alphabet?

Sarah Yeah, English uses the Latin alphabet. But some of the letters are the same. Cyrillic has some really cool letters, like one that looks like a backwards n and another one that looks like an o with a line down the middle.


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: triptracks
track: triptrack2
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa start
artist: ioeo
album: triptracks
track: triptrack5
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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