Tuesday, November 11, 2008

#883 Would You Mind ... ? Bloody Hell, You’re A Spy, Poor Phoenix :(

Show 883 Tuesday 11 November
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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we’re studying a scene from a movie called Mission: Impossible 2.

In this scene a guy is chasing a girl in a car and he calls her and he says: Would you mind slowing down?

That’s a structure you can use to request something.

Would you mind lending me this book?
Would you mind opening the window?
Would you mind closing the door, please? Thank you.

Remember that would you mind is followed by –ing.
But would love like hate prefer is usually followed by to + infinitive.

Would you like to come over for dinner tonight?
Would you prefer to have the meeting now or after lunch?


Kia Ora in Stick News today NASA says they haven’t heard from their spaceship on Mars since the second of November and they now presume it’s dead.

Phoenix was a robotic spacecraft on a mission to search for environments suitable for life on Mars.
Back in May NASA celebrated when Phoenix found some ice.
Yesterday, they announced Phoenix was missing, presumed dead.
They said their last communication with the spacecraft was eight days earlier.
Phoenix was a solar powered spacecraft.
CNN reported the Phoenix team knew the spacecraft wouldn’t survive the winter – but sent it anyway.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 11th of November.
Kia Ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is: bloody.

adj. adv. a swear word that many people find offensive that is used to emphasize a comment or an angry statement

For example: Don’t be such a bloody fool.

I think it’s widely used in the UK and not so common in the US. It’s common in New Zealand too … and it’s a pretty mild swear word… not as offensive as “the f word” say.

Bloody hell! Is a common exclamation to express emotions like surprise, anger, shock.

In today’s conversation, the girl says: Oh, bloody hell, you're a spy.

conversations with sarah
#549 Would you mind slowing down?

* On the DVD I have, this scene is at the start of chapter 4.

Step 1: Repeat Nyah’s lines.
Step 2: Read Nyah’s lines and talk to Ethan.

Nyah Hello.

Ethan Hi. Would you mind slowing down?

Nyah Where did you get this number? I don't even have it.

Ethan Would you like it? Pull over and listen to me will you? Just listen.

Nyah Listen to what?

Ethan I need your help. And I think you could use mine.

Nyah Your help? What are you talking about?

Ethan I'm talking about Scotland Yard, Interpol, every Dutch authority. I can make them all go away.

Nyah Oh, bloody hell, you're a spy. Well if you want me, you've got to catch me.


today's news
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Mission: Impossible 2 - script


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

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

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