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First day of school (The daily English show) (New Zealand)
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Another episode of The Daily English Show with six sections:

1- First day of school tips
2- Stick News: Doctors find a bullet in man's head
3- Word of the day: In lieu of
4- Question Time: When was the last time that you did something for the first time?
5- Conversations with Sarah:
6- Listening: Questions and answers

If you want to read the transcript to this video you can go to Sarah's page or read it here.

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

Today we’re studying a video called "First Day Of School Tips!". It’s by a guy called Michael Buckley. We studied one of his videos back on show #768.

In this video he has some good advice for your first day at school or university or a new job.

The first piece of advice is: Walk in there with a smile on your face. And he talks about how you usually get back the attitude that you give off. So if you’re thinking negative thoughts, then you’ll seem negative to other people and that’s the attitude that you’ll get back. But if you smile at other people, then you’re more likely to get smiles back.

As he says: Nobody wants to talk to someone who puts off uggggh.

By puts off he means to project a certain vibe.

He also has some good advice for making conversation in general. He says: People love talking about themselves.

So you can ask people general questions like: How was your summer? Did you and your family take any vacations?

And people love compliments, so giving people compliments like: I love your sneakers, is a good way to engage people in conversation.

And finally he says that you shouldn’t try to avoid being picked on by picking on other people.

Do you know what pick on means?
To treat sb unfairly, by blaming, criticizing or punishing them


Kia ora in Stick News today a man in Germany has just found out he was shot in head about 5 years ago.

A 35-year-old man went to the doctor because he had a recurring pain in his head and thought it might be a cyst. Doctors found a bullet in his head.

According to news reports the man recalled he had received a blow to the head at a New Year's party "in 2004 or 5," but had forgotten about it because he had been "very drunk”. The man said he remembered having a sore head, but that he wasn't really one for going to the doctor.

And that was Stick News for Thursday 26th August.
Kia ora.


Today’s word is lieu.

Lieu has the same pronunciation as loo, but l-o-o means toilet and lieu means something completely different.

"In lieu of" is a formal way of saying "instead of".

Michael Buckley usually does videos on this channel called “Dear Buck”, where he answers viewers’ questions, and gives advice. But in the video we’re studying today he’s doing a slightly different style, so at the start of the video he says: In lieu of Dear Buck today I’m going to do a general back to school advice episode.


For question time today we went to a farmers’ market called Clevedon Village Farmers Market, which happens in Clevedon every Sunday. I’d never been there before and it’s a really cute little market, so I definitely recommend it for a day trip if you’re in Auckland, New Zealand.

We asked people a question suggested by skippyXG on YouTube – thank you very much for the suggestion. The question was: When was the last time that you did something for the first time in your life, and what was it?

Four weeks ago, um, I saw my daughter. Oh, not for the first time but, um … for a long time. Ah, the first time I saw her was when she was 5 months old. And, ah, I saw her again for the first time after not seeing her for three years. And um, yeah, we, I don’t know, we seem to have lost a lot of the connection we had, but, ah, but it’s been regained a bit, so that’s good.

In January we went on camp for a month for school. And, yeah, so, the only way we could like talk to people was through letters and stuff. And our parents didn’t come until the last day which was really creepy. And it was seven hours away from here.

I started taking photos in, like … three weeks, it’s been three weeks.

The thing we remember the most I think, well I remember, is going to Weta studios in Wellington, that was really cool. And that was at Easter time this year. There’s probably lots of other little things, but that’s a major.

I came in New Zealand for the first time one month ago.

This morning at 8 o’clock, when I came here to run this stall, so this is the first time for me.

I think it was about two weeks ago I played Monopoly for the first time in my life.
Did you enjoy it?
Yeah, it was pretty good. But we only played like two of us, which is more interesting if you have more players, obviously.
But other than that, yes, I did enjoy it.

[Step 1: Repeat #1 lines.
Step 2: Read #1 lines and talk to Sarah (lines #2).]

1- When was the last time you did something for the first time?
1- Can you give me an example?
1- Are you doing anything for the first time this weekend?
1- On the motorway?!
1- Oh, so there won’t be any cars …

1- When was the last time you did something for the first time?

2- Um, I quite often try new food and go to new places …

1- Can you give me an example?

2- Um … oh yeah, on Friday night I went to the Māori TV studios and watched Homai Te Pakipaki for the first time.

1- Are you doing anything for the first time this weekend?

2- Yes, I’m thinking of going for a walk on the motorway.

1- On the motorway?!

2- Yeah, it’s a new part of the motorway … and they’re opening it up for people to walk on just for a few hours.

1- Oh, so there won’t be any cars …

2- Yeah. So I thought that might be interesting … I’ve never walked on a motorway before.

[comprehension questions about the previous conversations]

Which is correct?
A- The man saw his daughter for the first time
B- The man saw his daughter for the first time in a long time

A- The girl went on camp for a month
B- The girl went on camp a month ago

A- The girl started taking photos three days ago
B- The girl started taking photos three weeks ago

A- The woman started working at Weta studios
B- The woman visited Weta studios.

A- The boy has been in New Zealand for a month
B- The boy left New Zealand for the first time, a month ago

And that was The Daily English Show. Thanks again to skippyXG for suggesting today's question for Question Time. If you have a suggestion, please, leave a comment or send us an e-mail:

See you tomorrow. Bye

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