Tuesday, February 02, 2010

#1156 Goodbye Pork Pie, Grammy Awards - Single Ladies, Goon

Show 1156 Tuesday 2 February
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Hi I'm Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we’re studying a scene from a movie called Goodbye Pork Pie.
Goodbye Pork Pie is a famous New Zealand movie that came out in 1981. And I’ve never actually seen it … but I’m planning to go and see it next month.

Auckland City puts on some pretty cool free events over summer and one of them’s called Movies in Parks. And this year they’re showing 12 movies in 4 different parks around Auckland.

In the scene we’re studying today three people are in a car that they’ve stolen – which I know because I read some of the plot summary on Wikipedia – and the driver is worried because there’s a police car behind them and he’s worried that the police know that they’ve stolen the car.

He says: Get down. They’re on to us.

To be on to someone means to have found out about some secret bad thing that someone’s doing.

But the other guy says: Cut it out, Gerry, they’re not even looking at us.

Cut it out is something that you say to someone when you want them to stop doing or saying something annoying. It’s something that a parent might say to their kids when the kids are arguing. Cut it out!

Then later the guy in the passenger seat says: May as well pull over.

Pull over means to stop the car on the side of the road.

May as well or might as well is a common idiom. I use it a lot.

to do sth because it seems best in the situation that you are in, although you may not really want to do it

In this situation, the guy says may as well pull over because the police are behind them and he thinks that there’s no way they can escape.


Kia ora in Stick News today, the 52nd Grammy Awards were held on Sunday night in California.

The Grammys are an annual awards ceremony for the music industry.
This year Beyoncé won 6 awards, including the award for song of the year, for a song called Single Ladies.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 2nd of February.
Kia ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is goon.

Goon is an old-fashioned word for a fool.
In today’s conversation the guy says: You’ve crashed a red light, you goon.

And in my dictionary it says that there’s another meaning:

(chiefly N. Amer) a bully or thug, especially a member of an armed force.

I don’t remember ever hearing goon used that way before.
How about you? Do you use the word goon?

conversations with sarah
#732 They’re on to us.

Step 1: Read Gerry’s lines.
Step 2: Repeat Gerry’s lines and talk to John.

Gerry Here’s one now. Get down. They’re on to us.

John Cut it out Gerry they’re not even looking at us.

Gerry They are, they’re looking at us.

John They’re looking at us now, you’ve crashed a red light, you goon. Watch the road you crazy prick.

Gerry Shit, he’s turned his lights on.

John That’s cause they’ll have checked the plates by now. May as well pull over.



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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: The Jazz Woman
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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artist: ioeo
album: triptracks
track: triptrack2
from: Saint Raphael, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
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artist: Scoop
album: Dub Therapy
track: Our Prophecy
from: Orleans, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo

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