Wednesday, July 07, 2010

#1235 Donut/Doughnut, Lazydork Radio Hour, Ritz For Sale, Sarcasm, Munter!

Show 1235 Wednesday 7 July
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Do you know how to spell doughnut/donut?

According to my trusty dictionary, there are two ways of spelling it: d-o-u-g-h-n-u-t and d-o-n-u-t. Which way do you usually spell it?

I’d never really thought deeply about the spelling of doughnut before, but last Saturday I went shopping with my grandmother in a little town south of here called Pukekohe and I saw this sign:

It says:


I think they might be missing an h.

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The site I recommend today is:

The site is for a podcast which you can download for free and subscribe to in iTunes. They’ve done 40 episodes so far and they’re all about an hour long each. I’m a big fan, so I’ve listened to all of them.

The hosts are a couple called Ricky and Lauren and they just talk about random stuff that’s going on in their lives. They tell stories and they argue about things like whether or not Lauren’s mouth is close enough to the microphone.

And I think it’s very entertaining, it’s very funny. I usually listen to it when I’m cooking or doing the dishes, folding washing, going for a walk …

And for English study, I think it’s good listening practice for natural American English, especially if you usually listen to more formal interviews or discussions. I think it’s good to have a balance and to listen to some informal stuff as well.


The Ritz is an expensive hotel in London owned by twin brothers David and Frederick Barclay.
In 2006 a 49-year-old man called anthony claimed he was a close friend of the Barclays and convinced a potential buyer to hand over 1 million pounds for the hotel.
But the sale never happened and the money was never returned.
Apparently as soon as he got the cash Anthony went on a spending spree.
He’s now been convicted and will be sentenced on the 27th of July.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 7th of July.
Kia ora.

Let's stay at the Ritz!
Um... how about we get some crackers instead?

You own the Ritz?! wow!
Oh Ritz schmitz... you should see my island and my castle.

I'll throw in the Hilton and Four Seasons for another mil!
What a bargain!

I own this hotel!
Security please.

And then I said, "I'll just need your PIN number to secure the deal..."
More champagne, Sir?


Word of the Day

Today’s word is sarcasm.

I saw a billboard in Auckland a couple of months ago which I thought was quite clever. It was advertising a mobile phone company.

It said: Sarcasm comes across really well in email.

Sarcasm is when you use words that are the opposite of what you mean in order to mock or convey contempt.

In this billboard they’re being sarcastic and they mean the opposite of what they say, that sarcasm doesn’t come across well in email. And their point is that you should call people instead of emailing them.

conversations with sarah
#787 Who’s Munter?

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

Sarah I saw Munter the other day!

Amber Who’s Munter?

Sarah He’s from Outrageous Fortune.

Amber Ah, Outragous Fortune. Is that his actual name?

Sarah No. That’s his character’s name.

Amber What’s his name?

Sarah I … can’t remember.

Amber Where did you see him?

Amber Was he in a play?

Sarah No, he was in the audience.

Amber Did you talk to him?

Sarah Yeah, I got his autograph.

Amber Really?

Sarah No, I didn’t talk him. I was just inwardly excited. And then I went home and emailed my sister because she loves Munter too.



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artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Future Cha Cha
from: Brooklyn, NY, United States
artist site

click here start
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
artist site

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artist: Hugo 'Droopy' Contini
album: Strikes Back !
track: On a Slow Boat To China

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