Tuesday, September 23, 2008

#834 Braveheart: Aye, That’s A Yes, Turkish Philandering

Show 834 Tuesday 23 September
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today were going to study a scene from the movie Braveheart.

This movie came out in 1995, but I only just saw it recently. I wasn’t interested in watching it because I’m not really a fan of Mel Gibson or of period dramas and swords … but anyway, I finally ended up watching it and I actually quite enjoyed it.

Today’s scene is very romantic. It’s when William proposes to Murron, I think her name is.

He starts out by saying: running a farm’s a lot of work.

Run is a verb which means: be in charge of or manage or organize.

You can run a farm. You can also run a business, a company, an organization.

William doesn’t propose in the usual way, which is something like getting down on one knee and saying: Will you marry me? And so his girlfriend says: Is that what you call a proposal?

Is that what you call a, means, that’s not adequate or that’s not good enough.

She’s not angry though, she’s kind of joking.

But you could use that structure in another situation where something doesn’t seem adequate.

For example, if someone says they’re going to make you dinner and then all they make you is one piece of toast. You could say: Is this what you call dinner?


Kia Ora, in Stick News today, a hotel in Turkey has fired all its male employees for philandering with the guests.

Image hotel is a small hotel in Turkey with 27 rooms. Most of the guests are British and Russian tourists. The hotel used to hire male and female staff. But the male staff repeatedly had affairs with the foreign female guests. The manager said they had been facing the problem for several years, but after the last incident they decided to only hire female staff. "The last straw was when I saw our bartender, who was a very decent man, walk out of the bathroom with a British tourist," she said.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday 23rd of September.
Kia Ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is aye.

Murron says: Aye, that’s a yes.

Aye means yes in Scottish, (Note: I think I should have said Scots or Scottish Gaelic) I think. And in Scottish English. And other parts of the world, especially Northern England.

Aye is also used when voting.

All those in favour say aye. Aye.

And aye aye is used on boats when you’re accepting an order.

Aye aye captain.

conversations with sarah
#514 I want to marry you

Step 1: Repeat William’s lines.
Step 2: Read William’s lines and talk to Murron.

William Of course, running a farm's a lot of work, but that will all change when my sons arrive.

Murron So you've got children?

William Well, not yet. But I was hoping that you could help me with that.

Murron So you want me to marry you, then?

William It's a bit sudden, but all right.

Murron Is that what you call a proposal?

William I love you. Always have. I want to marry you. Is that a yes?

Murron Aye, that's a yes.


today's news


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album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: More Chocolate, Please
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album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: Dynamite
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track: Anyway
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