Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
And since then, countries and organizations and people have been doing what they can to help.
This video was made five hours after the earthquake and it’s an update about what they know and the steps that have already taken and the steps that they’re likely to take.
What we’ve heard so far is damage to major infrastructure.
Infrastructure is: The basic physical and organizational structures (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.
And as she does on to say, that’s an important point because the more damage there is to roads and airports, the more difficult it is to get people and supplies in there to help those affected.
The language and presentation style for this kind of video is interesting. Because she’s talking about such a serious topic – a really tragic event, her tone needs to reflect that – and I think her delivery was really good.
And the language is very plain, very serious. You won’t find many of the things which make language more colourful or interesting, like metaphors, idioms, phrasal verbs, slang.
Right now we’re getting conflicting reports on the use of the airport.
It’s very likely though, because of the location, that it has been damaged.
And she uses the euphemism loss of life
when talking about death.
There’s going to be significant loss of life.
That’s a less direct way of saying: a lot of people have probably already died and will die.STICK NEWS
Dan Woolley is from Colorado in the United States.
He was making a movie about the impact of poverty on the people of Haiti
and had just returned to his hotel from a day of filming when the earthquake struck.
According to news reports, thanks to the iPhone first-aid app he’d downloaded, Dan knew how to treat his broken leg and head wound.
The app also warned him not to fall asleep if he was going into shock, so he set his phone’s alarm clock to go off every 20 minutes.
Dan was rescued 65 hours after the earthquake.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 21st of January.
Kia ora.Buried in Haiti rubble, U.S. dad wrote goodbyestoday's STICK NEWS picturesWord of the Day
Today's word is hinder.
In today’s video the woman says that because the roads are damaged it will: hinder the movement of supplies.
hinder verb to make it difficult for sb to do sth or sth to happen
And ne of the examples in here is: Some teachers felt hindered by a lack of resources. conversations with sarah
It’s a really poor country
Have you ever been to Haiti
No. How about you?
No, I’d never even heard of it.
It’s a really poor country, isn’t it?
Wow. And now their lives will be even more difficult.
Yeah, it’s really sad.
Show 1144 Thursday 21 January
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