Happy Halloween if it’s still Halloween where you are by the time this video is uploaded.
Last week when I was looking up stuff about South Pacific I came across a video of one of the songs in that musical which I think is a good one to study. It’s called: A Wonderful Guy.
This song is easy to understand – it’s just about a girl who is in love. And there is a lot of interesting language in it to study.
The song starts like this:
I expect every one of my crowd to make fun Of my proud protestations of faith in romance
My crowd means: my friends or acquaintances. Protestation is a formal word:a strong statement that sth is true, especially when other people do not believe you.
So she’s saying she knows everyone will make fun of her for going on about how much in love she is.
And they'll say I'm naïve as a babe to believe Any fable I hear from a person in pants
I love that line. A fable is a story and a person in pants is a man – I guess women didn’t usually wear pants in 1949. So she’s saying her friends will say she’s very naïve to believe anything that men say.
Later she sings:
I'm as corny as Kansas in August
Corny means: not original; used too often to be interesting or to sound sincere.
And the examples here are:
a corny joke or song I know it sounds corny, but it really was love at first sight.
So her song is very corny – and she’s comparing it to Kansas, which is corny in a different way - because they grow a lots corn.
Kia Ora in Stick News today hundreds of people have flocked to see art exhibition in a public toilet in Germany.
According to Reuters, the toilet house was built in 1894 but was closed in 1992 because it was rarely used. So, someone decided to transform the toilets into an art museum. The organizer said that a toilet was a great place for artistic expression because art is a form of relief in the same way that going to the toilet is. Four artists contributed their work to the exhibition and the art exhibited is mainly graffiti.
And that was Stick News for Friday 31st of October. Kia Ora.
Why do witches use brooms to fly on? Because vacuum cleaners are too heavy.
conversations with sarah
People don’t dress up?
Brian Do people celebrate Halloween in New Zealand? ニュージーランドでハロウィーンはお祝いするの？
Sarah Not really. I think some people do, but I never did when I was a kid … partly because I grew up in the wops so trick or treating would’ve taken hours of walking just to get to a few houses. あまりしない。 やる人もいると思うけど私が小さいときはやらなかった。 私が育ったところはスゴイ田舎だったから、トリック・オア・トリートやろうとしても隣の家まで何時間もかかっちゃうからだというのも理由の一つだと思う。
Brian How about in Japan? 日本では？
Sarah No, not really. Although shops try and get people to celebrate it because they want to sell stuff. あまりやらない。 お店とかは販売目的でやっているけどね。
Brian People don’t dress up? 変装したりしないんだ？
Sarah Mmm, most people don’t. Some people do though. Kids who go to an English school usually have a Halloween class – so they dress up. I used to help teach a great kids class in Tokyo – and the other teacher who was organizing the class, she organized some fantastic Halloween parties. ほとんど誰もしないね。 やる人もいるけど。 英会話教室の子供はハロウィン・クラスがあるから変装する。 東京で以前、他の先生が企画する素晴らしいキッズ・クラスのパーティーを手伝ったことがあるよ。