Tuesday, December 01, 2009

#1112 Back Again, Extraordinary Measures, Toddler Locks Mum In Cupboard, Jeopardize

Show 1112 Tuesday 1 December
Watch today’s show at YouTube or BlipTV.

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

So we’re back, again, after another break.

What happened was … I couldn’t do any editing because my computer kept crashing and showing me the blue screen of death … which means there is a serious problem. So I ended up rebuilding my computer. And … so far so good. And hopefully, things will continue to go well and we won’t need to take any more breaks until Christmas. So that was a bit of a disaster, but, oh well, that’s life … and on the good side, every time something like that happens, I learn something new, which is always interesting.

Anyway, enough about that, let’s get into the English study.

Today we’re studying a scene from the trailer for a movie called Extraordinary Measures.
This movie hasn’t been released yet. I think it’s scheduled for released in January next year, in the US anyway.

The movie is about a guy whose kids have a disease and he tries to raise money to help a scientist find a cure for the disease.

And he says to the scientist: All the researchers out there say that you’re a genius on the verge of a scientific breakthrough.

A verge is an edge. And to be on the verge of something is an idiom which means: very near to the moment when sb does sth or sth happens.
For example: He was on the verge of tears.


Last Friday morning a 32-year-old woman called Karen was sorting through clothes on a shelf in her son Harry's closet, when Harry pushed the door closed.
Karen's husband was at work and wasn't expected home until midnight.
She said she spent about three hours trying to open the door. She also tried screaming for help – but that only upset Harry who began sobbing.
Luckily, her husband decided to come home early that day. He got home at 4:30pm to find a thirsty toddler and his wife still locked in the cupboard.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 1st of December.
Kia ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is jeopardize.

jeopardize v. to risk harming or destroying sth/sb

For example: He would never do anything to jeopardize his career.

In the trailer we’re studying today, the guy whose kids have the disease must have done something which might have been a mistake, because someone says to him: You’ve jeopardized your chances of ever getting your kids treated.

So, this guy is saying that, before he had a chance of getting his kids treated, but, now, because of his actions, his chance might have been destroyed.

* From 1:07

conversations with sarah
#705 Do you have a wife?

Step 1: Repeat Robert’s lines.
Step 2: Read Robert’s lines and talk to the girl.

girl Do you have a wife?
Robert Ah, ex-wives, two of ‘em.
girl Yeah? How come?
Robert Cause I’m so easy to get along with.


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: Ensono
album: Night Culture
track: Walking Dream
from: Vigo, Spain
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo

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