Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
As you can see, I’m wearing sunglasses. Not because it’s sunny inside, obviously, although it is a beautiful sunny day outside.
A guy on YouTube tagged me to do a vlog wearing sunglasses.
Sometimes people on YouTube play a kind of a game, where they make a video with a theme, say 5 facts about yourself, and then they tag 5 other people to do the same thing. But this is the first time anyone’s ever tagged me, so I feel quite special. Thank you.
This is not actually a vlog though but I am wearing sunglasses. And now I’m going to take them off because I’m going to talk about something else.
Today it is a public holiday in Japan. The reason I know this is because I live opposite a post office and the post office is closed.
Today is 敬老の日 (keirō no hi) which is usually translated as “respect-for-the-aged day” - so it’s a day for the elderly.
I’m not sure what the cut off age is for who we’re supposed to be respecting today, but in any case, it’s a lot of people. Japan has one of the fastest aging populations in the world.
And I’m not quite sure how we’re supposed to show our respect for the elderly today … I think most people just have a day off and leave it at that.
Anyway, I would like to propose a toast - with tea, because it’s too early to drink wine - to all the elderly people of the world. Thank you very much for all your hard work during your life – so much of what we enjoy in our lives is thanks to you guys. If you’re retired, I hope you’re kicking back and enjoy your retirement. And if you’re thinking of starting a new hobby, like learning a language – I totally recommend it at any age, 80’s, 90’s, 100’s, no worries.
As I’m sure you know, keeping your brain stimulated is very important if you want to enjoy, no matter how old you are. And as for studying English, I’ve taught people in their 60’s and 70’s and it’s great. Sometimes their hearing isn’t so good … but that’s fine, I just speak a bit louder. So you’re never too old to study English. Cheers.
Kia Ora, in Stick News today a 48-year-old government official in Japan has admitted bugging his office because he says he was curious about what his colleagues were saying.
Where did you get them?
Mmm yeah, I guess so. I don’t know. I liked my last ones better.
What happened to them?
Someone stood on them.
You stood on them?
No, someone else.
What were they doing on the floor?
Look, can we change the subject? I’m getting quite upset thinking about my dead sunglasses OK.
Show 826 Monday 15 September
The Daily English Show