Bài hát: Raise Your Glass; Cathy vs. Miffy; Cụm từ: Nitty-Gritty; Câu chuyện: You Must Be Kidding! (có script)

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Hi, I'm Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we're studying a song by P!nk called Raise Your Glass.


I really like this song and it has a very cool lyric video too. There seems to be a trend these days of artists releasing lyric videos which is excellent if you're studying English because they're really well made and they're fun to watch so you can listen and read along at the same time.

I think this song is speaking to people who are in a minority or who are discriminated against or have been bullied for some reason. It's encouraging people to be proud of their differences. Even though mainstream society might criticize you and call you a freak, don't worry about it, stand up and be proud and party.

She says if: you're treated like a fool
You can choose to let it go
We can always party on our own

To let something go is an idiom which means to give up an idea or an attitude. Here it means that if you are being treated badly, you can choose to not get upset by it, to not let it affect you ... and just party.

The chorus starts:
So raise your glass if you are wrong
In all the right ways

When she says: wrong in all the right ways, I think she means that some things that mainstream society calls "wrong" are not actually wrong at all.

This is clear when you watch the video, so please go and watch the actual video as well if you're interested in studying the song.



Kia ora in Stick News today a court has ruled that Hello Kitty's friend Cathy infringes the copyright of Miffy.

In 1945 a cat called Musti was born in Belguim.
In 1955 a rabbit called Miffy was born in the Netherlands.
Hello Kitty was born in Japan in 1974 and her friend Cathy appeared a few years later.
In 2004 a Japanese blogger suggested that Hello Kittty might have been a copy of Musti.
The artist who created Miffy thinks that Hello Kitty is a copy of his character.
A court in Amsterdam has now ruled that Cathy infringes the copyright for Miffy and has ordered Sanrio to stop making, selling and marketing Cathy goods in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Sanrio says they object to the ruling and do not believe any copyright infringement took place.

And that was Stick News for Friday the 5th of November.
Kia ora.


Where's Cathy?


She got deported.


They've messed with the wrong company!

You tell 'em boss!


Word of the Day


Today's word is nitty-gritty.

Part of the chorus of today's song goes like this:

All my underdogs
We will never be, never be
Anything but loud
And nitty-gritty dirty little freaks

I'm not exactly sure why she uses the expression nitty-gritty there ... but anyway, nitty-gritty means: the most important aspects or practical details of a matter.

For example, if you were discussing a contract for something, you might say something like:

OK, let's get down to the nitty-gritty – how long will it take and how much will it cost?



Friday joke

My father's name is Laughing and my mother's name is Smiling.
You must be kidding!

No, that's my brother. I'm Joking.


Conversations with sarah: Is that her real name?

Step 1: Repeat Nigel's lines.
Step 2: Read Nigel's lines and talk to Sarah.


Nigel: Where's Pink from?

Sarah: America.

Nigel: Is that her real name?

Sarah: No, it's her stage name. I can't remember what her real name is.

Nigel: Does she like the colour pink or something?

Sarah: Apparently the name is a reference to the character Mr. Pink from Reservoir Dogs.

And that was The Daily English Show and we are getting ready to take our summer break. So we have a few more shows to go and then I'll tell you a bit more about what we have planned for this summer in New Zealand. It's pretty exciting so I'm looking forward to telling you more about that soon.
See you tomorrow! Bye.

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