Wednesday, February 03, 2010

#1157 Aotearod? Creative Commons Textbook, Banker Busted Checking Racy Photos, Whodunit

Show 1157 Wednesday 3 February
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Hi I'm Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.

The other day I went shopping for some paper which was very exciting as you can imagine. And I was about to go into the shop that I was supposed to go into, when I got distracted by another shop which looked kind of interesting. So I went in to check it out and it turned out to be a shop full of really cheap clothes, which wasn’t that interesting after all … but I saw one thing which I found amusing.

There were some T-shirts which said “New Zealand - Aotearod”. Can you spot the mistake? It should be “Aotearoa” which is the Maori name of New Zealand.

I guess someone made a bit of a mistake when ordering or printing the T-shirts and then they just sold them cheaply to get rid of them.

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Today I’d like to talk about something on this site.
ABAX – I’m not sure if that’s how you say it - is a publisher of ELT materials.
And they’ve just released what they say is the: World's First Free-to-Share Commercial ELT Textbook.

So it’s a textbook that you can download for free, or you can pay what you want to pay for it. So, you can choose the price.

I printed out the first chapter of it and I had a bit of a look at it and it looks pretty good.
It’s a textbook to help improve your reading.
So they have a couple of fictional stories and then before each chapters they introduce vocabulary and have pre-reading questions – and then after each chapter they have more questions about vocabulary and comprehension.
So if you’re looking for something to help improve your reading then please follow the link and check this out.


On Tuesday an employee at a finance company in Australia was talking about interest rates live on television.
Most of the peoplein the background looked like they were working.
But one man was hard at work studying pictures of a scantily clad model.
His computer screen was clearly visible on TV and the clip of the live cross has quickly become an internet sensation.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 3rd of February.
Kia ora.

Word of the Day

Today’s word is whodunit.

This word can be spelt with one or two ns.

And it’s the name of the textbook I just told you about.

Whodunit is an informal noun.

a story or play about a murder in which the identity of the murderer is not revealed until the end

And, as you might be able to guess, it comes from the question: Who done it? which is a non-standard version of: Who did it?

conversations with sarah
#733 How racy were the photos?

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

Paul Do you think that guy should get fired?

Sarah Mmm, I don’t about losing his job. The embarrassment’s probably enough.

Paul How racy were the photos?

Sarah Oh, I think they were just, like, a model posing in a bikini or something. Not like hard-core pornography or anything.

Paul That’ s not that bad.

Sarah Yeah, it’s not that offensive, but the pictures are obviously not connected to his job, so he’s wasting time at work which is not very good for the company’s image.


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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
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artist: #NarNaoud#
album: Green Vision
track: Oriental Standing
from: Gironde, France
artist at Jamendo
album at Jamendo
artist site

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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: The Jazz Woman
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

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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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* Thank you to Francesco for pointing out the mistake in today's transcript! (T-shirt was spelt wrong - fixed 10 Feb 2010).

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