Today I thought I’d talk about a song that came out 30 years ago in 1978. I really like the disco music from that era. The song we’re studying today is called Le Freak. It’s a pretty simple song, about dancing and having a good time.
Have you heard about the new dance craze? Listen to us, I'm sure you'll be amazed Big fun to be had by everyone It's up to you, it surely can be done
Be up to somebody is a common idiom. To be sb’s duty or responsibility; to be for sb to decide
For example if you’re eating out and your friend asks you: Do you feel like Italian or Sushi? You can say:I don’t really mind. It’s up to you.
There’s another idiom later on in the song:
Young and old are doing it, I'm told Just one try, and you too will be sold
be sold on sth (informal) to be very enthusiastic about sth
For example: we were really sold on the idea.
So if you try this dance just once, you’ll love it.
Kia Ora in Stick News today according to a new study by IBM the number of people who watch online video has risen 27% from last year.
They surveyed 2,800 people in six countries. Last year 49% of the people surveyed said they had watched video on their computers. This year 76% answered yes. IBM also reported that cannibalization of overall television consumption is becoming more apparent. More than half of online video watchers say they watch less television as a result.
And that was Stick News for Friday the 21st of November. Kia Ora.
A widespread but short-lived enthusiasm for something.
This is from the song: Have you heard about the new dance craze?
Fad means pretty much the same thing. And speaking of fads and crazes. I’m very happy that the 朝バナナダイエット (asa banana diet) – one of the recent diet fads in Japan, seems to be over. So now I can buy bananas again.
Patient Doctor! I have a serious problem. I can never remember what I just said. 先生、大変です！ 直前に言ったことをすぐ忘れてしまうんです。
Doctor When did you first notice this problem? その症状はいつからですか？
Patient What problem? 何の症状？
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What’s the story?
Sarah The story behind that song is interesting too. あの曲の背景も面白い。
Pat What’s the story? どんな背景？
Sarah In 1977 on New Year’s Eve, they went to go into Studio 54 but they couldn’t get in. 1977年の大みそか、彼らは有名なディスコ『Studio 54』に行ったんだけど入れなかった。
Pat Why not? 何で入れなかったの？
Sarah Their names weren’t on the door or something. リストに名前が載っていなかったとかの理由で。
Sarah And then they went back to someone’s apartment and they came up with the song. その後、彼らはアパートに戻ってこの曲を作った。