Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Show 801 Tuesday 22 July

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

Today we’re looking at a scene from a movie called Dirty Harry which came out in 1971.
Dirty harry is a crime film which stars Clint Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood plays a character called Harry Callahan, who is a police officer. And the “dirty” part comes from the fact that he doesn’t always play by the rules. For example, he sometimes kills criminals instead of arresting them.

From his debut in Dirty Harry, Callahan became the template for a new kind of movie cop: a borderline vigilante who doesn't hesitate when crossing professional and ethical boundaries in pursuit of his own vision of justice.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, a company in Japan has developed a new plasma display that can instantly identify people’s sex or age range (I said “age or sex range” by mistake LOL!) and target them with advertisements.

The new display is being demonstrated at an event in Tokyo.
The company says a camera on top of the display immediately recognizes the age and sex of viewers who are standing in front of it.
If the device finds viewers are predominantly female in their 20s, it will show cute miscellaneous items or a cell phone designed for the demographic.
A spokesperson said “changing advertising products in accordance with the viewer would bring advertising closer to the purchaser.”

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 22nd of July.
Kia Ora.

Word of the Day

Māori Language Week has been happening in New Zealand since 1975.
And this week, it’s Māori Language Week, so I thought we’d do some Māori words for word of the day. There are a lot of Māori words in New Zealand English – so you have to learn some if you go to New Zealand anyway.
And if you’re interested in learning more about New Zealand culture, then I think learning Māori language is a very good way to do that because the key to understanding culture is through language.
So, today’s word is reo.
Reo means language. And te reo Māori means Māori language.
And Māori language Week is: te wiki o te reo Māori. Literally: the week of the language Māori.
But, in New Zealand, people often use the word reo or te reo to mean: Māori language.
So, people might say in English: I’m learning te reo, which means: I’m learning Māori.
Or: they might say, How’s your reo?, which means: How much Māori language can you speak?, or: How fluent are you in Māori?

conversations with sarah
#494 How can I tell?

* Watch today’s conversation here.

Step 1: Repeat Mr Jaffe’s lines.
Step 2: Read Mr Jaffe’s lines and talk to Harry Callahan.

Harry Callahan Is that Tan Ford still parked across in front of the bank?

Mr Jaffe Tan Ford ... Yeah, Tan Ford

Harry Callahan Engine running?

Mr Jaffe I don't know. How can I tell?

Harry Callahan Exhaust fumes coming out of the tailpipe.

Mr Jaffe Oh, that’s awful. Look at that pollution!

Harry Callahan Yeah. Do me a favor, will you? Call this telephone number.

Mr Jaffe Police department?

Harry Callahan Yeah. Tell them Inspector Callahan thinks there's a 211 in progress at the bank. Be sure to tell them it’s in progress, right?

Mr Jaffe In progress. Yes sir.