Monday, November 03, 2008

#875 Wakana From Hokusei Gakuen Daigaku, Culture Day, Smelly Passengers

Show 875 Monday 3 November
Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

First … about October’s tdes member giveaways.
Congratulations to Hideto in California and Joon in Seoul.
I’m going to be sending a Scott Adventure Sports T-shirt to Hideto and some Miyamoto Ken postcards to Joon.
Thank you for becoming members and supporting The Daily English Show and I’ll be sending them tomorrow, because the post office is closed today, because it’s a public holiday, it’s 文化の日 (Bunka no Hi), which means: Culture Day.
But strangely enough it’s raining right now and there was even a thunderstorm earlier today too … which I think is unusual, I was just reading the Culture Day page in Wikipedia and it says: Culture Day statistically one of the clearest days of the year. But I don’t know if that’s true. Maybe it’s wrong … and maybe someone will get angry with me for even mentioning Wikipedia. There have been quite a few comments about that … some people get rather upset with me mentioning Wikipedia, which I think is kind of funny.

Anyway, we have an awesome guest on today’s show. I met her at the JALT conference last month.

Her name is Wakana and she’s a first-year student studying English at 北星学園大学 (Hokusei Gakuen Daigaku) – which is a university in Sapporo.

I asked her why she come to the conference.

My teacher, Eguchi, Mr Eguchi says, um, we are, we, we need help to volunteer work and I think it is good chance to communicate with foreign people and to study English so I was here, I’m here.


Kia Ora in Stick News today British Airways is investigating a Facebook page where staff have criticised passengers as smelly and annoying.

British Airways is the national airline of the United Kingdom.
Recently some British Airways staff complained about passengers on Facebook. The page says it was created by staff at London’s Gatwick Airport.
Apparently their biggest hate was: travelers who put boarding passes in their mouths before handing them over at the departure gate.
They also complained about American accents, smelly passengers and snotty celebrities.
A spokesperson said: We will be talking to the individuals concerned about their disappointing and unwise comments, which are totally unrepresentative of the vast number of hard working ground staff we employ at Gatwick."

And that was Stick News for Monday the 3rd of November.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#543 What’s your favourite musical?

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

Sarah  Why do you enjoy studying English?

Wakana First when I was study, ah, when I start to English, ah, to study English, I like the foreign music and I want to know the meaning of English lyrics, so I start to study English. And now I, I have a goal that was, that is, ah, I like musical and some, some day I, I will go to New York, in America, Broadway, and I want to watch the musical in English, in Broadway.

Sarah  What’s your favourite musical?

Wakana I like Cats and, yeah, Lion King, yeah.

Sarah  Would you like to travel overseas in the future?

Wakana Yeah, I want to go abroad to American, yeah, Hawaii, I mean, university.

Sarah  What activities do you most enjoy in your English classes?

Wakana The best is oral communication class, because oral communication class is speaking class and speaking in English is the, the … very fun, yeah, more than writing or reading.

Sarah  Do you have any advice for people who are studying English?

Wakana I think, ah, don’t afraid to speak in English. Because, my English is not so good, broken English, but, but if I, if I want to speak and try hard, it’s maybe someone wants to understand me so don’t afraid of your English and try to speak in English. Never give up.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


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

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

qa bgm
artist: Zeropage
album: Ambient Pills Update
track: Ambient Dance
from: Switzerland
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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