Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show. I’m now just over half way through the Japanese vlog experiment … and it’s going very well. I’ve been writing down some notes about how it’s going, as well as writing down the words that I look up. That’s on this blog.
Some of the mistakes I’ve been making are because I don’t know the right word, or I use the wrong word. For example, I called a bus stop a “stop” which is wrong.
Other mistakes I make are things that I actually know are wrong but they’re bad habits or they just slip out.
But making the videos has been really good for me to see where my weak points are, where I’m struggling. One thing I need to work on is getting the right level of formality. In Japanese this is partly done by the verb endings. And I’ve been getting them all mixed up and so it sounds odd.
And one more thing I’ve been having trouble with is transitioning from one point to the next when I’m telling a story or just talking about something. Maybe you have this trouble too in English. But the feedback has helped me there too. I was using the same word a lot and someone suggested, "Why don’t you try this word?" And so I’ve been trying their suggestion.
On this site you can listen to children’s books being read and you can also read along. So it’s a good site for children of course ... and adults who enjoy children’s books. And people who are studying English.
One interesting thing is, they get a lot of different people to read the books for example The Emperor’s New Clothes is read by a guy called Harry Shearer who does a lot of the voices on The Simpsons, including: Mr Burns, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner.
In a small town in Western Germany a fox was stealing shoes at night time outside locals’ front doors. A forest worker stumbled upon some shoes near the fox’s den and then looked down the hole and found more than a hundred shoes. A local policeman is quoted as saying it appears a fox stole the shoes for her cubs to play with. He said police weren’t planning to press charges.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 17th of June. Kia ora.