Wednesday, April 01, 2009

#1014 Botel, The Missing Pencil, Bar Stool Crash, Bother

Show 1014 Wednesday 1 April
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today’s mistake comes from a menu I saw the other day when I went out for a few drinks in Hirafu.

Obviously this is supposed to say bottle so it should be: b-o-t-t-l-e.
When I saw it I thought it was pretty funny because it looks like hotel with a b. Botel.
But then I looked it up and it is actually a word. Botel which is also spelt b-o-a-t-e-l means: a waterside hotel with facilities for mooring boats or a moored ship used as a hotel.
And it says the word originated in the US in the 1950s and, as you might expect, it’s a blend of boat and hotel.

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The site I’d like to tell you about today is called: The Little Animals Activity Centre.

It’s on the BBC’s site and it’s designed for 4-8 year old kids. But I think it could be good for kids and adults who are learning English.
In particular, one thing that I love is a book called: The Missing Pencil.
It’s like a normal book which is read to you, but it’s also an animation and you have to click on the pictures too. It’s so cool. The pictures are very cute and it’s a good story and there might be some words that you don’t know. Like these verbs: trot, whimper, snigger, scamper, sob, wail.


Kia ora in Stick News today a man in the United States has been convicted of drinking and driving after he crashed his barstool.

Last month a 28-year-old man in Ohio crashed while speeding down the street in front of his home. He was driving his homemade vehicle – a barstool attached to a lawnmower engine. Someone reported the crash and police arrived to find the man injured and highly intoxicated. He’s been charged with driving under the influence but has pleaded not guilty.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday 1st April.
Kia ora.

TDES Niseko Snow Report
at MSK JR Apartment

This is looking out my window into the car park of MSK JR Apartment on the 18th of March.
This machine is starting the big job of clearing this massive pile of snow. I thought it was so cute how it pulled itself up the snow mountain.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is bother.

Bother is an exclamation. It says in this dictionary: chiefly British, used to express mild irritation.
In the story The Missing Pencil, the main character can’t find his pencil and he says: Bother, I can't find my pencil. I won’t be able to do any drawing. Bother. Bother. Bother.

Bother is a very mild exclamation, which is why it’s OK to have it in a kids’ book.
A lot of adults prefer slightly stronger exclamations when they can’t find their pencil, but most of those aren’t appropriate for kids’ stories.

conversations with sarah
#639 What are some common exclamations?

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

Maki What are some common exclamations?

Sarah You mean for situations like losing your pencil?

Maki Yeah, when you’re annoyed or frustrated.

Sarah Well, fuck is pretty common, but some people find that offensive so you should be careful about using that.

Maki How about some less offensive ones?

Sarah Damn, damn it, shit, shoot, crap …

Maki How about if you’re teaching children or talking to children?

Sarah Oh, I usually say, oh no, or, oops. If I drop something, oops or, for something a bit more serious, oh no!


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

nsr bgm
artist: i am this
album: BLAPP.
track: magnolia
from: Phoenix, United States
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo

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: Hugo 'Droopy' Contini
album: Strikes Back !
track: On a Slow Boat To China
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo

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