Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show. Long time no see! I hope you’ve been well. I’ve had a really nice break. I’ve been enjoying the beautiful spring weather here in Niseko.
Over our spring break I spent a bit of time working on our website: thedailyenglishshow.com It doesn’t look that much different but it has changed a bit. The main thing we’ve done is add some lists of the topics we’ve covered on past shows. You can see on the left there’s a list of the segments of the show like Click Here or The Acadia Report. And … for example, if you click on Movie, there’s a list of all the movies we’ve studied. And if you click on Friday Joke, there’s a list of all the jokes. So hopefully some people will find that useful.
There are also pages with other information that people may or may not be interested in, like a list of the equipment we use. I guess most people aren’t interested in that … but every now and then someone leaves a comment asking what kind of camera or whatever we use, so I thought I’d write it all down. Not that I necessarily recommend any of the stuff we use, but if you’re curious, go and check that out.
Today’s guest is Yohei. He’s originally from Sapporo and he’s now living in a place in Hokkaido called Hidaka where he works as a rafting guide during the summer and this winter he was living here in Niskeo. I met him in Hirafu at the end of March when there was still snow everywhere – and I asked him what he did during the winter.
Shovelling snow, playing guitar, at the pub, something like that. 雪かき、ギター、飲み屋で飲んだり、そんな感じです。
A three-year-old girl decided to play on the computer while the rest of her family were asleep. Her mother had already logged onto an auction site called Trade Me. The New Zealand Herald reported that with a few clicks of the mouse the girl won the most recent auction listed on the site’s homepage – a digger for 20,000 dollars. The mother said when she next used the computer she saw an email from Trade Me saying she had won an auction and another email from the seller saying something like 'I think you'll love this digger'.She said when she saw $20,000 she got the shock her life. The woman explained what had happened to Trade Me and to the seller and the digger was relisted on the site.
And that was Stick News for Monday the 25th of April. Kia ora.
Sarah How long have you been a rafting guide? ラフティングガイド歴は？
Yohei About eight years. ８年くらい。
Sarah What do you enjoy about your job? その仕事の楽しいポイントは？
Yohei Feel very relaxing in the river, sometime. Sometime very exciting. Sometime relaxing. 川にいるとリラックスできます。 時にはエキサイティング、時にはリラックス。
Sarah How did you learn English? 英語をどうやって学びましたか？
Yohei At school, at high school. And … travel overseas. 高校と海外旅行で。
Sarah Where have you travelled overseas? 海外はどこを旅行しましたか？
Yohei I’ve travelled to Canada and, and Australia. And some other South American countries. カナダとオーストラリア、南米諸国です。
Sarah How long did you spend in Canada? カナダでの滞在期間は？
Yohei Spent about, about two, two seasons which is one year in total. ２シーズン、トータルで１年間いました。
Sarah Whereabouts in Canada were you? カナダのどこ？
Yohei I don’t know if you know the town. It’s a very small town, it’s called Boston Bar. It’s in Fraser Valley. I was living in … by the river. Which is the river called Nahatlatch River. It’s a very beautiful place to be. ご存じかどうか知りませんが、ボストンバーといってフレイジャーバリーにある小さな町です。 Nahatlatch River の隣で生活していました。 とても美しいところでした。
Sarah What were you doing there? そこで何をしましたか？
Yohei Rafting. Working. Fixing, fixing fences and build house and peeling, peeling woods and cutting, cutting woods … something like that. ラフティングしたり働いたり。 フェンスを直したり家を建てたり木を削ったり切ったりなど。
Sarah Did it help your English? 英語の勉強に役立ちましたか？
Yohei Yes, yes, because there was no any Japanese. We had a very international faces, from Europe, from Mexico, myself, Japan. はい、僕が唯一の日本人でしたから。 ヨーロッパ、メキシコ、日本と、とても国際色豊かでした。
Sarah Where were you in Australia? オーストラリアはどこにいましたか？
Sarah Was that river different from the other rivers you’ve worked on? 今まで働いてきた川との違いはありましたか？
Yohei Quite different, but river is river. But very warm, very, very warm water. You want to be in the water because it’s very hot outside. And also river is very steep. It’s actually a very, very nice river … good river to raft. 川は川ですが、かなり違いました。 水がとても温かい。 外気温が高いので水に入りたくなります。 それに急な川でした。 ラフティングには最高の川でした。
Sarah Do you have any advice for people who are learning English? 英語を勉強する人たちにアドバイスをお願いします。
Yohei You have to force yourself to, to speak. Like you can, you can see many, you can see people from, from same country in overseas, anywhere, you know, but if you, if you gather, like, with the same nationalities, you won’t, you can’t, you can’t learn much … English. 自身を英会話する環境に持って行きましょう。 海外へ行くとあなたと同じ国の人たちと会いますが、その人たちとつるむと英会話は上達しないでしょう。
サラのメモ： Hello again ... we're back! Today's guest is Yohei. We did a bit of work on the site over the holiday: www.thedailyenglishshow.com