Monday, July 14, 2008

Show 793 Monday 14 July

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

I have some news today. The Daily English Show is taking a summer holiday. In 2006 we took the month of August off and we’re going to do the same thing this year.
I’m looking forward to having a break. I love working, but I think it’s good to have a break sometimes from working and from studying too.

If you miss The Daily English Show, you can always go back and watch some of the old shows.

I’m actually going to be away from the internet for most of August – not because I’m going to a remote tropical island or anything exciting like that. But anyway, I’ll tell you about what I did in September.

And at the end of August, I’m going to catch up on some emails. Because I have had so many nice emails from people that I just haven’t had the chance to reply to, which is terrible, so I want to try and do that.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, new technology being introduced in New Zealand prisons is expected to reduce crime both inside and outside the prisons.

From February next year, new technology will be introduced to New Zealand prisons which will mean cellphones will not work in prisons.
The New Zealand Herald reported that at the moment, it is impossible to stop prisoners using cellphones, as inmates are skilled at hiding them.
A prison spokesperson says the new technology will prevent a lot of crime on the inside and on the outside, as prisoners will not be able to use their phones to organize drug drops or plan escapes.

And that was Stick News for Monday the 14th of July.
Kia Ora.

Word of the day

Today’s word is: abduct, which means to: take (someone) away illegally by force or deception.

Kidnap is similar – except it is usually to get money.
Kidnap: abduct and hold captive, typically to obtain a ransom.

conversations with sarah
#489 What are you reading?

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

John What are you reading?

Sarah Oh, it’s called Megumi. One of my students lent it to me, they were giving them away for free at the g8 summit.

John What’s it about?

Sarah It’s about a girl who was abducted by North Korean spies.

John Is it a true story?

Sarah Yeah. Quite a few people from Japan were abducted by North Korea.

John When?

Sarah Megumi was abducted in 1977. So, around that time I think.

John How do they know it was North Korea?

Sarah Ah, because they admitted it. And they let some of them come back.

John Did Megumi come back?

Sarah No. They said she’s dead.

John So she’s dead?

Sarah Maybe. But maybe not because they could be lying.

John How sad.

Sarah Yeah, it’s so sad. The parents didn’t know what happened to her. She just disappeared one day. And then twenty years later they found out that she’d been abducted by North Korea.

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