Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
The video I recommend today is a guy talking about his opinion about the anti-China protests that have been going on around the world such as in London when people disrupted the Olympic Torch Relay. As I’m sure you know, people are protesting against China's human rights record, and in particular China’s relationship with Tibet.
For example - this is from CNN - the US House Speaker says President Bush should consider boycotting the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games in Beijing this summer to protest China's human rights record.
Anyway, I thought his video was good. It was really good to hear someone calmly express their opinion.
At one point he said, nothing’s really black and white, which I definitely agree with.
black and white adj. (of a situation or debate) involving clearly defined opposing principles or issues
So, the issue is complicated. It’s not like a Hollywood movie where there are good guys and bad guys and an obvious solution which will bring about a wonderful happy ending.
I think this is a good video to study today for practice listening to a normal person expressing their opinion about an issue – as opposed to a politician or a journalist talking about it.
Kia Ora, in Stick News today the UK Privy Council has approved changes to the governing body of an island which operates the last remaining feudal system in Europe.
Sark is a small island near England with a population of about 600.
Wikipedia says: Sark was the last European territory to abolish what some called classic feudalism.
In 2007, the feudal system began to be dismantled to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights.
Yesterday, the Privy Council approved the Sark law reforms, and the first elections under the new law will be held in December 2008.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 10th of April.
Word Of The Day
Today’s word is anti.
In today’s video, he talks about anti-Chinese activities.
Anti is a prefix in nouns and adjectives which has three meanings.
#1 opposed to or against, for example antisocial
#2 the opposite of, for example anticlimax
#3 preventing, for example antifreeze
Anti is pronounced different in American English, kind of like this: an-tai.
conversations with sarah
Yeah, that was great!
I don’t think people should disrupt the Olympics.
But human rights are more important than sport.
Yeah, they are, but there are people suffering all the time, somewhere in the world. And of course we should do what we can to try and stop that, but it doesn’t mean that we should also stop celebrating stuff.
うん、確かに。 でも世界中を見渡せば、苦しんでいる人はいつでもどこかで存在する。 もちろん、私たちに出来ることや止めさせることはすべきだと思うけど、お祝いや祭りも止めなくてはならない訳ではないと思う。
So you think politics and entertainment should be kept separate?
Well, not all the time, but sometimes I think that’s a good idea. It reminds me of when Michael Moore said something about George Bush during the Oscars.
Yeah, that was great.
Mmm, I don’t know.
But what he said was right!
Yeah, for sure, but he was kind of disrespecting the ceremony, I thought.
Who cares about the Oscars!
Well, maybe you don’t, but some people do.
What do you think about people disrupting the Olympic Torch Relay?
When I heard that people wanted Bush to boycott the opening ceremony to protest China's human rights record one of my thoughts was, "What? How can the US government criticize someone else's human rights record just after what they did to Iraq?"
I also think that, like fp00n says in the video, it's not black and white. And I definitely think it has something to do with racism -- for example in countries like NZ which has a history of sinophobia (and still has significant discrimination against people with Asian heritage).
Read more about sinophobia (anti-Chinese sentiment):
Read more about Tibet:
Show 698 Thursday 10 April
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