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#1425 Avalanche City - You And I, FIFA U20 World Cup, The Last Thing Grandpa Said To Me
 
 
Hi, I'm Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
 
Today we're studying a song called You and I by Avalanche City.
 
I saw Avalanche City play in 2011. It was at an event for the final of the Rugby World Cup on Queens Wharf here in Auckland and I thought they were great. When I say "they", Avalanche City is actually just one person - Dave Baxter - but he has a band with him when he plays live.
 
You and I is a great song for studying the conditional tense. It's a love song, very sweet and romantic, he's telling a girl all the things he would do for her.

And the structure's usually: If + past tense ... I would ...
 
For example:
 
If you found your toothpaste empty
I would squeeze out just a little more
And if you had the sweetest victory
I'd high five you 'til our hands were sore
 
Til is short for until. It can be spelt like this, or this, or this.
 
It's very common to say 'til instead of until.
 
For example: I had to work 'til nine last night.
 
But you don't tend to shorten until if you're using it at the start of a sentence.
 
For example: Until last year I'd never lived alone.
 

 
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Kia ora in Stick News today the FIFA Under 20 World Cup is being held in New Zealand for the first time.
 
FIFA is an international body responsible for organizing football's major international tournaments including the World Cup.
In March 2011, FIFA announced the Under 20 World Cup would be held in New Zealand.
The games are being played in seven cities in New Zealand from the 30th of May to the 20th of June.
The final will be held at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.
 
And that was Stick News for Friday the 29th of May.
Kia ora.
 
A FIFA official smiling and counting piles of money.
90,000, 100,000 ...
The game's starting. Are you coming?
Hang on, I'm busy.
 
John Key and a FIFA official shaking hands.
How about we throw in a beachfront property and a massive farm?
Kia ora, John.
 
Two men talking.
Who do you think will win?
The lawyers, I guess.
 
Two men talking.
Oh, you meant that other FIFA thing?
 
 
 
 

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Today's word is fine.
 
Fine can mean many different things.
 
If the weather is bright and clear, you can say: "It's a fine day."
 
If someone asks you if you're still feeling sick and you've recovered, you could say: "I feel fine now."
 
If someone refuses to do something and you're annoyed, you could say: "Fine. I'll do it myself then."
 
Fine can also mean of very high quality. For example, fine dining restaurants have better quality food than regular restaurants or fast food restaurants.
 
This is from today's song:
 
If we climbed the highest treetop
And you said you couldn't climb back down
Well I would build the finest tree house
For our new life above the ground
 
So romantic.
 
When he says "the finest tree house", he's talking about quality, so he means he'll build a very high quality tree house.
 
 

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A girl and a boy talking.
I remember the last thing my grandpa said to me before he kicked the bucket.
What did he say?
 
A boy is smiling and a girl is rolling her eyes.
He said: "Hey, how far do you think I can kick this bucket?"
 
A boy saying: I don't get it. 
 
 
 

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Lavon: Was that the first time you'd heard of Avalanche City?
 
Sarah: At the World Cup event?
 
Lavon: Yeah.
 
Sarah: No, I'm pretty sure I'd heard of them before that. Yeah I remember hearing an interview with Dave Baxter talking about how he'd recorded his album in a hall.
 
Lavon: Which hall was it?
 
Sarah: It was in Warkworth I think.
 
Lavon: Where's that?
 
Sarah: It's a small town about an hour north of Auckland.
 
Lavon: Why did he record in a hall?
 
Sarah: It might have been something to do with the sound. I can't quite remember.
 
 

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ESL Video Quiz: #1425 Avalanche City
 
 
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See you tomorrow. Bye!
 
 
 
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Filmed on Sunday 23rd October 2011 at Queen's Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand, before the final of the Rugby World Cup.
 
 
Show intro
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Stick News intro
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Published: Friday 29 May 2015