Tuesday, May 26, 2009

#1041 T-shirt Shopping Spree, His Girl Friday, I Can Handle It, Susan Boyle To Finals

Show 1041 Tuesday 26 May
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today is the debut of my new T-shirt which arrived in the post yesterday! The Japanese government gave me some money. Well, not just me … they gave everyone some money to try and stimulate the economy. So I went on a bit of an online shopping spree and I ended up buying three T-shirts. This one is from New Zealand as you might be able to guess – Aotearoa is another name for New Zealand. And I got one from America which I’ll show you another day. And another one from New Zealand which hasn’t arrived yet. And this T-shirt company were kind enough to send me this matching thing which is actually a luggage tag, but I’m not planning on travelling any time soon … so I put this in it.

Anyway, today we’re studying a scene from a movie called His Girl Friday.

Watch the whole movie here.

His Girl Friday came out in 1940 and it’s a screwball comedy which is a subgenre of the comedy film genre. Of course, you can read go and read the Wikipedia page to find out more about what screwball comedy is. It says one of the characteristics of screwball comedy is the fast-paced dialogue. So if you try to watch this movie and you find that you can’t keep up with what they’re saying, don’t worry because they are actually speaking pretty fast. But I’m sure you can handle studying a short scene from the movie.

At the start of this movie a woman walks in to a really busy office to go and visit a man who is her former partner. And she arrives with her current partner. And they have a brief conversation before she goes into the office to visit her former partner. And her partner seems to be a bit worried because this guy who she’s going to see isn’t very nice, apparently.

And he says: Are you sure you don’t want me to go in with you?
But she says: Oh no, I can handle it.

Handle is a useful word. It means: to deal with or control a situation, a person, an area of work or a strong emotion.
And an example in here is: I’ve got to go. I can’t handle it any more.


Kia ora in Stick News today Susan Boyle has got through to the finals of the TV show Britain’s Got Talent.

Susan Boyle is singer from a small town in Scotland.
She is now world famous after a clip of her singing on Britain’s Got Talent was posted on YouTube.
Wikipedia says: within nine days of her televised debut, videos of her audition, subsequent interviews of her, and her 1999 rendition of Cry Me a River had been viewed a combined total of over 100 million times on the internet.
Susan sang in the first round of the semi-finals which were broadcast on the 24th of May.
She won the public vote and is now through to the finals which will be broadcast in the UK on the 30th of May.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 26th of April.
Kia ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is spoil.

The past tense is either spoiled or spoilt. I think in New Zealand it’s usually spoilt.

The woman in today’s scene says: I can stand being spoiled a little. The gentleman I'm going in to see did very little spoiling.

She means that she likes being treated very well and her ex wasn’t very nice to her.

spoil v. treat with great or excessive kindness or generosity

And the man says: I'd like to spoil him just once.

He’s using the word in a different way, to mean something negative.

Spoil also means: to diminish or destroy the value or quality of.

And it has an archaic meaning: rob or force by violence.

conversations with sarah
#657 I can handle it

* Watch this scene here from 1:40

Step 1: Repeat Bruce’s lines.
Step 2: Read Bruce’s lines and talk to Hildy.

Hildy He’s in Bruce. You’d better wait here. I'll be back in ten minutes.

Bruce Even ten minutes is a long time to be away from you.

Hildy What did you say?

Bruce Huh?

Hildy Go on.

Bruce Ah …

Hildy Well, go ahead.

Bruce I just said even ten minutes is a long time to be away from you.

Hildy I heard you the first time. I like it. That's why I asked you to say it again. I can stand being spoiled a little. The gentleman I'm going in to see did very little spoiling.

Bruce I'd like to spoil him just once. Are you sure you don’t want me to go in with you?

Hildy Oh no, I can handle it.

Bruce If things get rough, remember I'm here.

Hildy I'll come running, partner.


His Girl Friday script
today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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: Kevin MacLeod
track: The Jazz Woman
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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: Cliffhanger
album: Comb your hair
track: Up against some hard fellows
from: Sweden
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo

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