Wednesday, February 04, 2009

#958 Looky Book, Fatality Figures, Free Bus, Cro-Magnon

Show 958 Wednesday 4 February
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today’s mistake comes from the diary of a Japanese guy. He writes:
I have played kendo for more than ten years. However, I am fed up with practicing kendo ...

This is quite a common mistake in Japan – to use the word play with the wrong sports.

If that was another sport like baseball or tennis, then that sentence would be perfect. I have played basketball for more than ten years.

Some sports take the verb play and some don’t.

Here are some sports that you don’t play: swimming, diving, surfing, snowboarding, karate, boxing.

Martial arts don’t take play – practice is OK, but I usually use do.

I have done kendo for more than ten years.
And here I would write: But I’m sick of it.

However and but mean the same thing – but however is more formal – so I think it’s more natural to use but in a diary.

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The site I recommend today is called Looky Book. I think this site is brilliant if you’re interested in children’s books. Maybe you’re a parent or you teach kids.
On this site you can actually read whole books – and then you can easily buy them if you like them. So it saves you from having to traipse around a bookshop.
And you can even embed the books which I think is very cool.
I was looking at some of the books on there and I found one I liked called: Kitty’s Cuddles.
If you read this book you can learn some adjectives like: squidgy, snug, cosy, prickly and tickly.

This book was originally embedded on this blog - but the site closed in March 2009.


Kia Ora in Stick News today airlines in the United States have gone two years without a single passenger death.

According to CNN a single year without fatalities has occurred only four times since 1958. So they say the two-year streak in 2007 and 2008 is remarkable, especially considering that airlines carried more than a billion passengers during that time. A university professor said improvements in technology had helped bring down the fatality figures.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 4th of February.
Kia Ora.

TDES Niseko Snow Report
at MSK JR Apartment

Today I’m going to show you how to get to the bus stop.
Go out the gate.
Turn right.
Go straight.
Turn right again.
And then keep going straight ahead until you get to this intersection.
Then wait for the ambulance to go past.

Then turn left and go straight ahead.
Go past the Docomo shop.
And Boutique Madonna.
The bus stop is in front of Café Bon Bon.
This stop is called Keizai Centre Mae or Economic Center.
A free bus called the Kutchan Night Go Bus stops here and it goes to Hirafu about once an hour.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is Cro-Magnon.
You might already know what this is – but I’d never heard of it until last week. I went to see a band called Cro-Magnon and I thought they’d just made that name up. But no, it’s actually a word.

This is from the Wikipedia page:
Cro-Magnon is one of the main types of Homo sapiens of the European Upper Paleolithic, living approximately 40,000 to 10,000 years ago. It is named after the cave of Crô-Magnon in southwest France, where the first specimen was found.

conversations with sarah

#600 How was the event?

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

Tim How was the event?

Sarah It was great – apart from the smoke.

Tim Cigarette smoke?

Sarah Yeah, it was so smoky.

Tim Didn’t they have a smoking area?

Sarah They did actually – and lots of no smoking signs in the no smoking area … but … maybe people couldn’t read.

Tim I hate smoky bars too. It makes your clothes smell.

Sarah Yeah, it’s awful. And I had such a sore throat the next day too.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


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

click here start
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

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: Kevin MacLeod
track: Off to Osaka
artist site
YouTube channel

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