Today I’d like to recommend a video for kids. Well it’s supposed to be for kids but I think adults might enjoy it too. I sometimes use a bit of kids material in adults classes – just to have a bit of fun and to have a break from the more serious material. And also because you find vocabulary that you don’t necessarily find in the adult material. So they can learn words that can be useful when talking to kids in English.
For example, this video is about playing at the park – which is something that children love doing … so if you meet a child that speaks English, this could be a good conversation topic. But if you’re too busy studying business English you might not know important words like see-saw or jungle gym or tag.
Here’s what they do at the park in this story:
slide on the slide swing on the swings ride on the see-saw climb on the jungle gym play tag jump rope play in the sandbox make friends
By the way, if you’re talking to a New Zealand child, you should say skip instead of jump rope and sandpit instead of sandbox.
So Acadia offers a course and you can do an intensive four-week course or a longer part-time one. I think a lot of schools and universities offer both styles like that. The one I did was part-time – it took about half a year and there was a two-hour class twice a week. And quite a few assignments during that time, as well as teaching experience.
In 1982 a father picked up his three-year-old son from his ex-wife’s house in England. He was supposed to bring the boy back at the end of the weekend – but he never came back. Instead the man took the boy to Hungary. The mother said that over the years she tried everything, but couldn’t find out what had happened to her son. According to the Daily Mail the woman, who is now 62, had almost given up hope of ever seeing her son again. Then her younger sister tried searching his name online and lo and behold the son’s Facebook profile popped up. Mother and son then exchanged emails and last week they were reunited.
And that was Stick News for Thursday 4th June. Kia ora.
And see-saw is also a verb … for when things go like this.
to keep changing from one situation, opinion, emotion, etc. to another and back again
For example: Share prices see-sawed all day.
conversations with sarah
Do you use Facebook?
Jane Do you use Facebook? フェイスブックやってる？
Sarah Ah, yeah, I have an account. But I’ve only logged in about once in the past year. 一応アカウントは持っているけど、年に１回くらいしかログインしない。
Jane You don’t like it? あまり好きじゃない？
Sarah I just think that … I can’t keep up with email so I think if I start using Facebook as well that will be another thing for me to fail at. メールも満足に返信できていないのに、フェイスブックにまで手がまわらないです。
Jane But Facebook’s awesome. Everyone’s on it. でもフェイスブックはスゴイよ。 みんなやってるよ。
Sarah Yeah. Maybe I should use it. Actually I’m planning to start using it again, sometime soon. 知ってる。 私もやった方が良いかもね。 実は近々再開しようと考えていました。
Jane Well, I sent you a request, so add me as a friend if you ever log in. 友だちリクエスト送るから、次ログインしたとき追加してね。
Sarah OK I will. オーケー、いいよ?
filming notes The ending photos were taken on Thursday 4th June 2009 in Kutchan between 6 and 7am ... on my morning walk :)
サラのメモ： By the way ... this is one of the T-shirts I was talking about on show 1041:
It's kind of disappointing because you can only see the "hey" part ... (which I should have realized if I had thought about it properly). The whole thing says: "Hey, is that a Chevy 69", which is a line from a famous NZ song called How Bizarre. This is the shirt: http://bit.ly/13K3qe