Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
Today I recommend another instructional video. Last week’s video was how to open a bottle with one hand and this week’s video is how to spin a pencil – not like that, obviously.
This is a good video for studying the names of fingers. The fingers he mentions are thumb, index finger, middle finger and ring finger.
By the way these are fingers, but the things on the end of your feet are not fingers, they’re toes. In Japanese the word for fingers and toes is pretty much the same, so I’ve heard a lot of Japanese students get mixed up with that and call toes fingers. And these are thumbs, but your biggest toes are not thumbs, they are big toes.
This is your little finger or pinky. I usually call it little finger. Pinky sounds kind of childish, not that I don’t use other words that sound childish, but anyway ...
And index finger is also called forefinger. And also first finger according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary – which I just looked up - but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone call it that.
So check out this video and you can also learn some useful structures for giving instructions such as:
We’re going to start with ...
As you can see ...
What I’m going to do is ...
And you’ll see that ...
Note that I’m using the same basic techniques here ...
The reason for doing that is ...
Kia Ora, in Stick News today, fans of the 1965 movie The Sound of Music will soon be able to stay at the original von Trapp family villa. It opens as a hotel in July.
The Sound of Music is a film which was based on a musical which was based on a book which was based on a true story.
The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1965 and Wikipedia says it’s one of the most popular musicals ever produced.
The story is about a family who lived a big house in Austria. Now, that house is opening as a hotel.
Reuters reports the Villa Trapp hotel will give visitors a chance to sleep in the family's former bedrooms or get married in their chapel.
A spokesperson said: "The hotel really is a milestone for the commercialization of The Sound Of Music for Salzburg."
And that was Stick News for Thursday 15th of May.
Word Of The Day
Today’s word is considerably.
Here’s a line from the video I introduced: This technique and the next one will take considerably more time to learn than just the once-around.
Considerably is a formal adverb which means a lot.
So considerably more means a lot more.
conversations with sarah
No, I was not in debate
What’s that thing he says at the end of the video?
He says: No, I was not in debate.
What does that mean?
I wasn’t sure either, so I looked in the comments and actually a lot of people asked the same question and he answered one person.
What did he say?
He said that debate means the debating club or group at his - university I think it was - and most of the people that he knew that can do that trick were in that club.
彼の言うdebateの意味は、彼の通う大学にdebating club 【討論クラブ】か討論グループがあって、彼の知る所属員のほとんどがこのペン回しが出来る、との事。
It’s quite funny that he says: I know you’re going to ask, and then a lot of people commented: What do you mean? What’s debate?
Learn To Spin A Pencil
So I decided to put together a video that, instead of just showing you how to spin a pencil, it actually teaches you how to spin a pencil. So, let’s get started with, ah, the basics. We’re going to start with, ah, just going once around. As you can see, I’m only using three fingers: The index finger, the middle finger and the thumb. And the pencil is off center, in that most of the weight is off to the left side of the screen here.
And what I’m, what I’m going to do is I’m going to push the pencil around my thumb and then catch it between my index finger and thumb. And you’ll see that the weight shift goes from on the left side to in the middle when I catch it and then when I do it again, I have to kind of shift the weight back to the left.
Not only is this technique essential for the more advanced stuff I’m about to show you, but you can also use it to spin anything that’s even similarly shaped to a pen or a pencil that’s laying around your house, such as a screwdriver, or even something as crazy as a banana.
Note that I’m using the same basic techniques here, it’s all in the weight shift around the thumb.
With the over-and-back, you’re going to want to start with the pencil braced between your thumb, your middle finger and your ring finger. The reason for doing that is because the index finger is going to be used to push the pencil back around the thumb. And then you catch it with your thumb, middle finger, and ring finger. This technique and the next one will take considerably more time to learn than just the once-around.
So, the last and coolest-looking technique I’ll be showing you here, is the continuous, which is really just an extension of the over-and-back. Because what you’re doing is, when the pencil comes back around the thumb, instead of just catching it, you’re just going to push it back over with the middle finger.
So what you’ve got is an original pushing of the pencil around the thumb with the middle finger then back with the index finger and then back with middle finger and then back with the index finger. And you can just do that just as many times as ... until you make a mistake.
So remember people while you’re learning, it’s all in the weight balance. And lastly, cause I know you’re going to ask, no, I was not in debate.
Show 733 Thursday 15 May
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