Thursday, March 05, 2009

#987 Homophones, Homographs, Homophobia, EAP In Canada, Wallet Steal Fail

Show 987 Thursday 5th March
Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

The video I recommend today is about homophones.

Do you know what a homophone is?
Probably not unless you’ve studied linguistics because it’s kind of a technical word.
But you might be able to guess what it means.

Homo means the same.
For example, in homosexual: a person who is sexually attracted to the same sex.

And phone is to do with sound or voice as in mobile phone (hello) or megaphone (hello).

So homophone same sound.

Homophone or homophone: a word that is pronounced like another word but has a different spelling or meaning.

This video is by Rachel’s English. She has some videos on YouTube teaching American English pronunciation … and I really like her style.
And she has transcripts available on her site too which is very useful.

Here are some of the homophones that she talks about:

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The Acadia Report

Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada

Today I wanted to tell you about a video that Acadia University has made which is introducing their EAP program.

EAP stands for English for Academic Purposes. So, if you’re not a native English speaker but you want to go and study at a university in Canada, for example, then you can go to the university and study EAP until your English is at a good enough level to go and do regular courses … and then you can go and do those regular courses and get a degree.
So if you’re thinking of studying at a University in Canada and you want to find out more about it – then follow the link in the description and go and check out this video.


Kia ora in Stick News today a man in New Zealand failed at his attempt to steal a wallet after he slipped and knocked himself out.

A 28-year-old man tried to steal a wallet from a person who was working out at a gym in an aquatic centre in New Zealand.
As he was making his escape, he slipped on some wet stairs and knocked himself out.
When he came round, police asked him some questions.
Police said he was given first aid by staff at the site but couldn't tell officers how the wallet came to be in his bag.

And that was Stick News for Thursday 5th of March.
Kia ora.

TDES Niseko Snow Report
at niseko yurt village

thanks to: Hannah Ross
Hannah was a guest on Show 984.

Why did you come to Niseko?

Um, I heard about the Japanese powder. I’m a really keen snowboarder and I worked in France last winter and I heard that the Japanese powder was amazing so I decided to come to Japan.

How does the snow here compare to the snow in Scotland?

There’s a lot more of it here, a lot more of it and it’s much lighter and consistent. We get snow in Scotland but snow will come one day and then the next day it’ll be rain and it disappears. So the snow here is great.

How about compared to France?

It’s much lighter here, the consistency of the snow. But, um, yeah, it’s quite different – there’s a lot more of it here. But, um, I find the temperature here changes here quite a lot compared to, to France. Whereas France it can snow and then it can not snow for a few weeks now snow for a couple of weeks, but there’s still a really good level of snow. But, yeah, it definitely snows less in France.

* This interview was filmed in Samurai Bar, Niseko Yurt Village on Sunday 1 March 2009.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is patience.

This is one of the words that Rachel talked about in the homophone video.
Patience and patients are homophones.

A patient is a person who goes and sees a doctor.
And patience is: the capacity to tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without becoming angry or upset.

The opposite of patient in this meaning is impatient.
If you get angry because the person working at the checkout is very slow then you are impatient.

conversations with sarah
#621 Have you heard of homophobia?

Step 1: Repeat Natalie's lines.
Step 2: Read Natalie's lines and talk to Sarah.

Natalie Are there many words that start with homo?

Sarah Yeah, there are a few. Have you heard of homophobia or homophobic?

Natalie No, what does that mean?

Sarah A phobia is a fear of something and homophobia is fear of homosexuals.

Natalie And homophobic is the adjective?

Sarah Yeah, that’s right. Another word is homograph or homograph.

Natalie What’s that?

Sarah It’s kind of the opposite of homophone. Homographs have the same spelling but a different meaning and maybe a different pronunciation.


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list of English homographs


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

The Acadia Report start
artist: DJ iPep's
album: Home Mix 2007
track: Concerto
from: EVREUX, France
album at Jamendo
artist 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

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

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