Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Show 774 Wednesday 25 June

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

I’ve quite often see people mix these two words up: hard and hardly.

Hard is an adjective.
For example: The test was hard.
This mattress is hard.

It’s also an adverb.
For example: I worked hard today.
I thought long and hard before I made my decision.

Hardly is also an adverb, but it has a different meaning than hard.
Hardly means scarcely, barely, almost not, almost none etc.

Here are some examples of how to use hardly:

There’s hardly any coffee left.
I hardly ever go out these days.
I’m so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open.

So you can’t say: I thought long and hardly before I made my decision.

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I want to talk about a site called Alexa today.
This doesn’t really have anything to do with studying English – but I just think it’s an interesting site to check out.
On Alexa you can see rankings for the most popular sites in the world, and the most popular sites in different countries.

So, what are the most popular sites in the world?

1. Yahoo
2. Google
3. YouTube
4. Windows Live
5. MSN
6. MySpace
7. Wikipedia
8. Facebook
9. Blogger
10. Yahoo Japan


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, an American street performer called The Naked Cowboy is suing the maker of M&Ms.

The Naked Cowboy is a man who plays the guitar in Times Square, New York, wearing a white cowboy hat, white cowboy boots and white underpants.
In February, the company that makes M&Ms released a video billboard showing a blue M&M version of the naked cowboy.
The Naked Cowboy then decided to sue the sweet company for “using his likeness, persona, and image for commercial purposes without his written permission and by falsely suggesting that he endorses M&M candy."
A judge has now ruled that the lawsuit can proceed.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 25th of June.
Kia Ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is endorse.
v. declare one’s public approval of

conversations with sarah
#476 What’s the top site in New Zealand?

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

Joe What’s the top site in New Zealand?

Sarah Google.

Joe Oh, OK.

Sarah And Yahoo is number two and then TradeMe is number 3, which is a site like eBay.

Joe Don’t people use eBay in New Zealand?

Sarah No, I don’t think so. Well, not much anyway, cause TradeMe is so popular.

Joe What are some other popular sites?

Sarah Bebo is popular in New Zealand. That’s the most popular social networking site in New Zealand.

Joe Are you a member of Bebo?

Sarah Yeah, I think so. But I probably haven’t logged in for a couple of years. I’m not a very good social networker.


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today's STICK NEWS pictures


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artist: BrunoXe
album: aprendiendo desde 2004
track: Mandrake
from: Jerez, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
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artist: #NarNaoud#
album: Green Vision
track: Oriental Standing
from: Gironde, France
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo
artist site

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artist: DJ iPep's
album: Home Mix 2007
track: Game Toy
from: EVREUX, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

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

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