Monday, January 18, 2010

#1141 New Year's Resolutions/Goals For Language Study, Prince William Visits NZ

Show 1141 Monday 18 January
Watch today's show at YouTube or BlipTV.

Hi I'm Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.

It’s the start of a new year so I think it’s a good idea to make some new year’s resolutions for your language study.

Of course, every learner is different and we all have different things that motivate us.
But for me, and for a lot of people I think, making plans and goals is a really effective way to keep on track with your study and achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve.

What works for me is to decide what I’m going to do, write it down and then be really strict about sticking to it.

So I thought I’d share my resolutions, or plans, with you and hopefully inspire you to make some of your own, and feel free to share them in the comments if you like.

So, now that I’m in New Zealand, my Japanese language skills are at risk of becoming worse – or staying the same - but they are unlikely to improve unless I put a big effort in. Well, I mean I had to make a big effort if I wanted to improve my Japanese while I was living in Japan … but now I have to make a bigger effort if I want to maintain my language skills … and I do because I want to be able to go back to Japan and communicate.

I know a lot of you are in the same boat too - you’ve lived in an English-speaking country and now you’re back home but you’re keen to keep up your English skills.

So, what am I going to do?

Well … I’m not going to go up to random Japanese people and start speaking Japanese, that’s for sure. Because that would be pretty selfish, considering they may well be here to learn English.

Here are a few things I’m going to do.

In February, I’m going to write a diary entry every day on lang-8, in Japanese.

And in March, I’m going to make some more videos to upload to this channel on
YouTube, tdesdj … the last time I did a project with that channel, it was a video blog every day for a month.

But this time I’m going to do something slightly different. It’s going to be a video every day for a month, but it’s not going to be a vlog. And I’ll tell you more about it closer to the time.

I’ve also been learning a little bit of Spanish recently and I mean just a little bit, like a few words and I’m planning to make a few videos to help my Spanish learning. And I’ll tell you more about that later too.


Kia ora in Stick News today, Prince William is visiting New Zealand.

Prince William of Wales is a 27-year-old English man who is second in the line of succession to 16 independent states.
Yesterday, the prince arrived in New Zealand for a three-day official visit.
His itinerary today included a visit to a rugby stadium and sailing on the Auckland harbour.

And that was Stick News for Monday the 18th of January.
Kia ora.

conversations with sarah
#721 Did you see the prince?

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

Brett Did you see the prince?

Sarah Yeah, I went down to the waterfront to watch the boat.

Brett Did you see him getting on the boat?

Sarah No, but I saw him getting off and then he walked inside a bar.

Brett Which bar?

Sarah It’s called Waterfront actually.

Brett What was he doing in the bar?

Sarah Just talking to people. There was a part of the bar that was roped off and there was a kind of function inside that part for … I don’t know who they were … some kind of special people.

Brett Were you inside the bar?

Sarah Yeah, anyone could just walk in. I was quite surprised … I thought they’d make it a private function, or something.


today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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: Jazzpospolita
album: Live Studio Recording
track: Tribute Aerobit
from: Warsaw, Poland

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