Thursday, January 08, 2009

#930 Half-naked Dangling Skier, Colds, Resolutions

Show 930 Wednesday 7 January
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

How are you today? I hope you’re feeling good and not too tired or stressed or sick.
Today I read a blog entry of someone who isn’t feeling so good because they have a cold.

And today I’d like to talk about a mistake from this blog entry.
They wrote: I'm caught cold.

This should be: I have a cold. Or: I’ve got a cold. Or if you want to use the verb catch, you can say: I caught a cold. Or: I’ve caught a cold.

So, which is better: I have a cold, or: I’ve caught a cold.

Usually, either’s fine. I use them both, depending on the focus of what I’m saying.

I’ll give you some examples:
How’s your year been so far? Ugh, terrible. First I lost my new camera, then the washing machine died. Yesterday I crashed the car and now I’ve gone and caught a cold.

Are you OK? You don’t look very well. Yeah, I’m alright. I’ve just got a bit of a cold. That’s all.

If you want the focus to be more on the getting the cold, use catch. I’ve caught a cold. And if you want it to be more on having the cold, use have. I have a cold. I’ve got a cold.

And remember, I am cold means something different. Brr … I’m cold.

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I was having a look at the Ask Oxford page (I meant to say site) and I found a page which I thought would be fun for you to check out. On this page you can answer a question and you could win a book. Actually, it’s not really a question, you just have two write your language-related new year’s resolution.
So even if you’re not interested in winning this prize, this is definitely something that I recommend you do. Make a language-related new year’s resolution and write it down.

For example: I will study one page of this textbook every day. I will learn 5 new words a day. I will write a blog entry that is at least ten sentences long at least once a week.

Whatever it is … it doesn’t really matter, I just think it’s really useful to have a goal. And even if you don’t achieve it or stick to your plan, it’s still really useful to have it.

So, this is my resolution. I’m going to start studying Japanese again this year. And in 2009, I am going to pass level 8 of the Kanji Kentei – which is a kind of Japanese test. Level 8 is the level little kids usually take, but it’s about the right level for me. I tried it a couple of years ago and I failed … but this time I’m going to pass.


Kia Ora in Stick News today a half-naked man spent about seven minutes dangling from a chairlift in the United States.

Just after 10am on New Year’s Day, a man tried to get on a chairlift at a ski resort in Colorado.
But he somehow got caught in the lift and ended up suspended from the lift by one foot, hanging upside down, with his pants around his ankles.
A 24-year-old man nearby whipped out his camera and now, thanks to the internet, people all over the world can enjoy the photos.
The ski resort hasn’t released the name of the naked dangling skier. They said the man wasn’t injured and he was rescued within seven minutes.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 7th of January.
Kia Ora.

TDES Niseko Snow Report
at MSK JR Apartment

It wasn’t snowing this morning when I took the rubbish out just before 8 o’clock, so I took some photos.
This is the building I live in.
This is the view from the balcony.
I love these little coloured houses in my neighbourhood.
It was minus two point five degrees when I was walking back from the gym.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is dangle.

hang or cause to hang so as to swing freely

Long earrings can be called dangly earrings … because they swing freely.

conversations with sarah
#580 Don’t you take cold medicine?

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

Bob What do you usually do if you catch a cold?

Sarah I usually drink ginger tea.

Bob Is that all?

Sarah Yeah. And I eat cough lollies and I try to rest.

Bob Don’t you take cold medicine?

Sarah No, I don’t think I’ve ever taken cold medicine.


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today's STICK NEWS pictures


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

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artist: #NarNaoud#
album: Green Vision
track: Oriental Standing
from: Gironde, France
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo
artist site

nsr start
artist: Zeropage
album: Ambient Pills Update
track: Is It Real?
from: Switzerland
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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artist: DJ iPep's
album: Home Mix 2007
track: Game Toy
from: EVREUX, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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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: Kevin MacLeod
track: Style Funk
artist site
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