Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show. Today is mistake day, so I thought I’d give you a bit of an update on my mistake experiment. Today is day number ten and it’s been going really well so far thanks to all the comments that people have left.
One thing that I’ve noticed so far is that my confidence in speaking Japanese has improved. I was pretty nervous on day 1 but I’m getting more and more relaxed on camera. And off camera too – which is good because obviously that’s the point.
I think it’s partly because I’m doing it in public. So now when I talk to someone in Japanese I kind of think, well if they wanted to the whole world could go and watch those videos and see me making mistakes, and laughing nervously, and just generally not sounding very good … so why should I even care if I make a mistake in front of this one person.
So that’s one thing I’ve noticed. And another thing I’ve learnt is how great the annotation system is on YouTube. I’ve never really used it before – but it’s perfect for this exercise. So what I do is, I read people’s comments and then I add the corrections into the video with annotations and I think that’s the thing that really helps me learn from the mistakes. If I just read the comments and didn’t do anything with them, I don’t think I would really learn anything from them.
I think it’s a very cool site for learning vocabulary. You can put in lists of words and definitions and then you can do a whole lot of things with them – like flashcards, quizzes and games. And with the quizzes, you can do them online and you can also easily print them out so teachers can print them out and use them in class. It’s very, very cool. You should go and check it out if you haven’t already.
Anthony bought a diamond ring to propose to his girlfriend. But things didn’t go as planned. According to news reports, because he’d bought the ring in Hong Kong, he wasn’t able to return it, so he decided to hold the treasure hunt in the hope of finding a worthy recipient. The treasure hunt started at 8am on Saturday morning in Wellington, New Zealand. Anthony posted 14 clues via Twitter and the ring was found by a guy called Ryan.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 10th of June. Kia ora.