Tuesday, March 03, 2009

#985 Goth, Punk, Hippy, Preppy? Pink Dolphin

Show 985 Tuesday 3 March
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we’re studying another scene from The Wrestler.
In this scene a man and a woman are going shopping for something for his daughter who he doesn’t know very well.

At the start of the scene the woman asks him: What is she - goth, punk, hippy, preppy?

These are some typical stereotypes for teenagers in the United States. You can often see these stereotypes in Hollywood movies, especially teenage movies or romantic comedies.

In New Zealand we don’t usually use the word preppy so I looked it up.

Prep is short for preparatory or preparatory school or prep school.

In North America this is: a private secondary school, typically charging high fees, designed to prepare students aged 14-18 for higher education at a university or college.

As for preppy fashion – I found a page on Wiki How called: How to Look Preppy.

And from what I read, this is what I would call rugby head fashion in New Zealand. Or just conservative and very boring, in my opinion, but, you know, each to their own … some other people would probably call it classy and stylish.

One interesting thing to study about this conversation is how the woman reacts when the guy suggests buying an item of clothing that she doesn’t really like. Instead of directly saying she doesn’t like it, she suggests something else.

This is what she says: Well, I mean, it’s winter so maybe you want something warmer, like a pea coat.

I’d never heard of a pea coat before, by the way. Apparently it’s a style of coat that was originally worn by sailors of European navies.


Kia ora in Stick News today a pink dolphin has been discovered swimming in a lake in the United States.

Dolphins are marine mammals which come in various sizes and colours – but not usually pink.
A bright pink dolphin is now living in a lake in Louisiana
According to news reports the dolphin is an albino and is the world’s only pink Bottlenose dolphin.
The man who originally saw the dolphin said it appeared to be healthy and normal other than its coloration, which he said was quite beautiful and stunningly pink.
A senior biologist said: "I have never seen a dolphin coloured in this way in all my career.”
People have been warned to respect the dolphin and not to chase it or harass it.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 3rd of March.
Kia ora.

TDES Niseko Snow Report
with SAS Scott Adventure Sports

special thanks to: David New

Are there many differences between students from different countries?

A lot of the Australians that I’ve been teaching do a lot of sports back home. So we tend to find that people who do other sports can usually pick up, pick it up a little bit quicker. Um and they tend to, Australians tend to pick it up a bit quicker, dare I say it, than, ah, than the English do.
And, um, but ah, also then we’ve got, sort of, people from Hong Kong, Singapore. Ah, a lot of the people, just from my personal experience, all of the people I’ve taught don’t necessarily play too many sports. Um, I know that I was talking to a parent of a child that I was teaching. She tells me that a lot of children over in Hong Kong particularly tend to sit at home and play video games. There’s not as many of them, sort of, going out and playing a lot of sport. Um, so, just in that way it’s sort of, it’s sort of, different. It’s sort of things that we can assume. Like one of the … we talk about, ah … one of the techniques we talk about is peddling, as if you’re riding a bike. And one of the mistakes, that I just assumed, was that all children rode a bike. And there was … I had two … ah, two students I was teaching who’d never, who’d never ridden a bike. You know, just from Hong Kong, they just don’t, just didn’t ride one, you know.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is clue.
n. a fact or piece of evidence serving to reveal a hidden truth or solve a problem

Not have a clue is an idiom which means: (to) know nothing about sth or about how to do sth.

In today’s scene the guy says: I ain’t got a clue.

Which means: I don’t know. Or: I have no idea.

conversations with sarah
#618 You got a point there

* Watch today's scene here.

Step 1: Repeat Cassidy’s lines.
Step 2: Read Cassidy’s lines and talk to Randy.

Cassidy What is she - goth, punk, hippy, preppy?

Randy Oh, man, I ain’t got a clue. Hey, Pam?

Cassidy Yeah?

Randy Thank you. I really appreciate this.

Cassidy You’re welcome.

Randy Ah, listen, I think Stephanie is, ah, a lesbian.

Cassidy Uh-huh.

Randy Does that make a difference what you … ?

Cassidy No, it’s cool.

Randy Maybe it’s all in my head. I don’t know. Oh, wow, what about this? Look at this, got an S on it. Perfect, huh?

Cassidy Well, I mean, it’s winter so maybe you want something warmer, like a pea coat.

Randy You got a point there. Yeah that’s pretty cool. I don’t know, man, I think that’s pretty rock and roll. What do you think?

Cassidy I … go with your gut man.

Randy Yeah?

Cassidy Yeah.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


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

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

artist: Reno Project
album: 1.0
track: Urban
from: Paris, France
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo
YouTube channel

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