Tuesday, October 28, 2008

#869 The Wizard Of Oz - I Haven't Got A Brain, Wedding Fire, Tedious

Show 869 Tuesday 28 October
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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we’re going to study a scene from a movie called The Wizard of Oz.
This film is an American musical-fantasy film, it came out in 1939 and it was based on a book.
It’s pretty famous, so you’ve probably heard of it.

Wikipedia says: The Wizard of Oz is believed to be the most-watched film in history.
And it says: traditionally, the film is aired on Thanksgiving Day in the US.

In case you’ve forgotten the plot, or you’re not familiar with the story ... it’s about a girl called Dorothy who lives in Kansas in the US. And her house gets caught up in a twister and gets taken to a place called Oz – which is a pretty cool place – but Dorothy misses her family so she wants to go back to Kansas. So she goes to visit a wizard who supposedly can help her get home and on her way to see the wizard she makes three friends, a scarecrow, a tin man and a lion. And they all have problems too that the wizard might be able to help them with, so they all decide to join Dorothy on her mission.

The first person Dorothy meets is the scarecrow. And his problem is, he doesn’t have a brain.

Dorothy is walking down the yellow brick road to go and see the Wizard of Oz and she comes to a fork in the road and she’s not sure which way to go.

And then a scarecrow starts talking and pointing down the different roads. He says: That way is a very nice way. And: It's pleasant down that way, too.

And then when she asks him if he said something, he shakes his head, no and then nods his head, yes.

And she says: Are you doing that on purpose? Or can't you make up your mind?

On purpose is an idiom – and it’s a very useful one too. So if you’ve never heard it before, go and write it down. It means not by accident or deliberately.

Make up your mind is also a common idiom. It means: to decide something.


Kia Ora in Stick News today a Japanese man set fire to a hotel to avoid getting married.

A 39-year-old man and his fiancé were planning to get married at a hotel in Yamanashi in front of 80 guests. According to news reports, the man was already married to another woman, but he planned to marry his fiancé on Sunday. Then, for some reason, he changed his mind, so in the early hours of Sunday morning he set fire to the hotel. The man was arrested after suddenly cancelling the event and behaving suspiciously. The hotel guests were evacuated and no one was injured.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 28th of October.
Kia Ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is: tedious.

Tedious means boring.

adj. too long, slow, or dull.

The scarecrow says to Dorothy: It’s very tedious being stuck up here all day long with a pole up your back.

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#539 I haven't got a brain

Step 1: Repeat the scarecrow’s lines.
Step 2: Read the scarecrow’s lines and talk to Dorothy.

On the DVD I have this scene is: chapter 2 (0:34:19)

Dorothy Are you doing that on purpose? Or can't you make up your mind?

Scarecrow That's the trouble - I can't make up my mind. I haven't got a brain, only straw.

Dorothy How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?

Scarecrow I don't know, but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?

Dorothy Yes, I guess you're right. Well, we haven't really met properly, have we?

Scarecrow Why, no.

Dorothy How do you do?

Scarecrow How do you do?

Dorothy Very well, thank you.

Scarecrow Oh, I'm not feeling at all well. You see it's very tedious being stuck up here all day long with a pole up your back.

Dorothy Oh dear, that must be terribly uncomfortable. Can't you get down?

Scarecrow Down? No, you see, I'm, well I'm ...

Dorothy Oh, well, here, let me help you.

Scarecrow Oh, that's very kind of you. Very kind.


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show start
artist: Boom Tschak
album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: More Chocolate, Please
from: Former Yugoslavia

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: Wolfgang S.
album: Indietronic CCBit.
track: Dynamite
from: Belgrade, Serbia, Former Yugoslavia
artist site

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

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artist: Zeropage
album: Ambient Pills Update
track: Is It Real
from: Switzerland
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
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