Today is mistake day and I thought I’d talk about something which I thought was a mistake but it turns out that it’s actually not.
This came off the top of a jar of tomato sauce – and I thought they were trying to write tomato ketchup, but wrote catch up by mistake. But I looked ketchup up in the dictionary and I found out that it can also be spelled like this: catchup. And like this: catsup.
So there you go, you learn something every day.
And I also learnt that the word ketchup comes from a Chinese word: 茄汁
By the way, in New Zealand people don’t usually use the word ketchup, we just say tomato sauce.
Today we’re starting a new part of The Daily English Show. It’s called click here – and it’s going to be once a week and I’m going to introduce a site that I think is interesting or useful for studying English. I’ve introduced sites before, sporadically, but now it’s going to be more of a regular thing. A few people have suggested doing this by the way too, so thank you for your great suggestions.
Today’s site is called Free Rice. Thanks to Thomas for emailing and telling me about this site. On this site you can increase your vocabulary and you can help hungry people too – because the money they make from sponsorship on the site, they use to buy food for people who don’t have enough. I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners, because the words aren’t that easy. It’s really aimed at native English speakers, but I think it’s also useful for intermediate and advanced English learners.
Kia Ora, in Stick News today New Zealand has suspended exports of tomatoes and capsicums.
The New Zealand Herald has reported a debilitating bacterium was found in three hothouses in the North Island of New Zealand. MAF Biosecurity New Zealand is now investigating to find out how the bacterium entered New Zealand, and about its transmission and distribution. A spokesperson said initial findings suggest that the bacterium may be transmitted by a small insect called a jumping plant louse. Exports of tomatoes and capsicums have been suspended until further notice.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 4th of June. Kia Ora.
Today’s word is cretin. I found this word while playing on the free rice site. Cretin is another word for imbecile or very stupid person.
conversations with sarah
Is rice difficult to grow?
Tim Do you think that site will actually work? あのサイト、実際にうまく行くと思う？
Sarah Free Rice?
Sarah Yeah, I, I think it will help. I mean, one website won’t solve the whole problem, but I’m sure it will help. うん、助けになると思うよ。 たった一つのサイトが全ての問題をクリアするとは思わないけど、必ず何かしらの助けにはなっているはず。
Tim Why can’t they grow their own rice anyway? なぜ自分たちで米を生産できないの？
Sarah Mmm, I think a lot of the people that are hungry are refugees. So, it’s not like they can suddenly make a rice field in a refugee camp. 飢えている人たちの多くは難民だと思う。 難民キャンプにいきなり水田を作って稲作することは無理だよね。
Tim Is rice difficult to grow? 米って作るの大変なの？ Sarah I’m not really sure, I’ve never tried to grow it. But yeah, I think you need the right amount of water and stuff ... and it takes time. You just can’t grow it in a couple of weeks. よく分からない。 一度もやったことないから。 でも適量の水など米を作る環境にするのには時間がかかると思う。 数週間で生産できる代物じゃないよ。
サラのメモ： How do you spell it? Capsicum is another name for green/red/yellow pepper.