Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show. The video I recommend today is a poem by a guy called Tim who is an Australian musician, actor, comedian and writer.
It’s pretty clever I think. It has a lot of difficult words so it might be hard to understand. But you could just watch it and try and understand the general point, or you could study some of the words in it and add some interesting new words to your vocabulary like: irrefutablematrimonialempiricalcondescendingvacuous
The poet is telling a story. He has gone to dinner at a friend’s house and there’s him and his wife and a couple who are friends of theirs and a girl he has never met before, called Storm.
And they’re all talking and drinking and eating. And after a while Storm starts to annoy him because … basically their way of thinking is different. He values science and she is not so interested in science. She’s more interested in things like horoscopes and natural remedies.
But the human body is a mystery!Science just falls in a holeWhen it tries to explain the nature of the soul
I think this is funny because it’s a fairly common situation – a group of people having drinks together … and someone who is prone to ranting gets all worked up about someone else because they have different opinions from them. And everyone else in the room is just wishing they’d shut up.
These two personalities in the poem clash really badly because they have different ways of thinking about the world and science.
His name is Ray Ivany and he’s originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia and he is Acadia’s 15th President.
This is what he’s been quoted as saying: “I am deeply honoured to have been chosen as Acadia’s 15th President,” said Ivany. “My visits to campus during the selection process confirmed my long-held belief that Acadia is more than simply the sum of its parts. Its combination of rich history and tradition, outstanding faculty and staff, spirited and inspired students, and dedicated and loyal alumni make it a truly unique institution that offers students an exceptional university experience.
How does Whistler compare to Niseko? ニセコと比べてウィスラーはどうですか？
Whistler … the snow’s not as good on a regular basis. But we do get a couple of really nice snow days in Whistler every season. And the mountain is, there’s two mountains, they’re a lot bigger and there’s a lot more, more terrain options than there is here. But, as far as snow goes, Niseko’s got it beat. ウィスラーの雪は通常ニセコより良くありませんが、何日かはとても良い日が毎シーズンあります。 二つの山がありますがニセコより遙かに大きくて遙かに多い様々な地形があります。 雪質だけを見たらニセコにはとてもかないません。
Are you planning to come back? ニセコへ戻ってくる予定は？
Yeah, I was asked to come back next season, so I’ll be back. 来シーズンも来られるようボスに訊いたところですので必ず戻ってきます。
Word of the Day
Today’s word is matrimonial.
adj. (formal or technical) connected with marriage or with being married
This is how the word is used in the poem. I like this part.
And across the room, my wifeWidens her eyesSilently begs me, “Be nice”A matrimonial warningNot worth ignoring
conversations with sarah
What does condescending mean?
Kanao What does condescending mean? condescendingの意味は？
Sarah Ah, condescension is a nasty thing. If someone is being condescending, then they are acting like they think they’re better or more important or intelligent than other people. condescensionは見下すという意味で最悪です。 もし誰かが他より優れている、またはより重要人物だ、またはより頭が良いと振る舞うなら、その人は人を見下していると言える。
Kanao Like arrogance? 威張るみたいな感じ？
Sarah Yeah, like arrogance. And you can use those words together too, like, “Ugh, he’s such an arrogant, condescending prick”. そう、威張るみたいな。 組み合わせて使うことも可能です。 「彼は威張り散らして人を見下す最低野郎です。」
サラのメモ： Acadias new president is originally from Sydney, Canada. Did you know there is also a city in Canada called Sydney? Apparently it was named three years earlier than the Australian city and is named after the same person. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_T...,_1st_Viscount_Sydney There are also places called Sydney in the US, South Africa and Vanuatu.