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#1431 Robbie Sherrard - Reading To Children, Chris Pratt Not Impotent, A Tough Call
 
 
Hi, I'm Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
 
Today we're studying a video by Robbie ... I'm not sure if his last name is pronounced Sherrard or Sherrard or something else, so let's just call him Robbie. He's a stand up comedian and he does videos on YouTube. I think he's hilarious.
 
This video's called: What It's Like Reading to Children.
 
Robbie's sitting in a car telling us that he's about to volunteer his time to go and read books to some children at a kindergarten. And he starts off really positive and enthusiastic. And then in the second part of the video he's back in the car explaining that it didn't go very well.
 
Part of the character that Robbie plays is that he's a bit simple and he doesn't understand social codes of behaviour or other people's perspectives.
 
In this video he doesn't understand how the children couldn't understand the maths that's in one of the books that he read to them.
 
He says: "I mean, I don't understand their education level apparently. They can listen to me and they can understand me but they can't do math yet?"
 
Robbie says math because he's American. In NZ we say maths, which is the same as British English.
 
Robbie tried to read the children a children's book called: Duck For President. I looked up that book and it's about a duck who runs for president, obviously. And the duck starts out his political career by organizing an election to decide who should be in charge of running the farm because he's not happy with how the farmer is running the farm.
 
And in the election Farmer John gets 6 votes and the duck gets 20 votes. And Robbie says that the children didn't understand that this means that the duck wins.
 
Robbie says that that part, "totally threw them off".
 
To throw someone off is an idiom which means to confuse someone.
 
 
 
SN
 
Kia ora in Stick News today an American actor told a magazine he was impotent, but it turns out he didn't actually know what the word meant.
 
Impotence is sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual activity.
Chris Pratt is a 35-year-old actor.
He was recently interviewed by a magazine called Men's Health UK. Chris used to be overweight and he told the magazine that the extra weight made him impotent.
After the story was published he admitted he misused the word. He said he didn't know what impotent meant and what he meant to say was that he had a lower sex drive.
 
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 18th of June.
Kia ora.
 
A doctor reassuring a patient.
Don't worry, it's very common and there are many treatments available.
 
A man sitting on an orange bean bag playing the guitar.
All the bears are dying ...
 
A man writing an article on his laptop with another man looking over his shoulder.
Wow, he actually said that?
Yeah, great quote, right?
TAP TAP TAP
 
A man looking at another man with a mixture of sympathy and pity.
Couldn't get it up huh, bro?
Um ... wat.
 
A woman giving a man a present. He is not impressed.
Honey, I bought you a present.
A dictionary. Very funny.
 
 
 
 

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Today's word is call.
 
Call has many meanings. For example, you can call someone on the phone.
Hi, this is Sarah.
 
You can call someone to summon them or attract their attention.
Hello?
 
In today's video, Robbie uses call two different ways.
 
When he's talking about the boy at the kindergarten who was complaining that the girl next to him was sitting too close, he says: "At the same time, he called the tile so why is she trying ... why is she on his tile anyway?"
 
He called the tile. What does that mean?
 
In this sentence call means to claim ownership of something, at least temporarily.
 
In my childhood growing up in New Zealand, we used the term bags in this situation. Bags is childhood slang. For example, imagine you're a child and you're going to stay somewhere on holiday with your brothers and sisters and when you arrive you see that there are bunks, and so you say: bags the top bunk! as fast as you can, because, according to childhood rules, if you say it first then you are claiming the right to sleep in the top bunk.
 
Robbie also says: "It's a tough call, obviously."
 
A tough call is an idiom which means: a choice or judgment which is difficult to make.
 
For example if someone asked you: Do I look better in the white dress or the black dress?
And you're not really sure how to answer, you could say: Hmmm, it's a tough call.
 
 
on call
last call
call it a day
 
Can you think of any more?
 
 

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Robbie: If Farmer John has six votes, and Duck has twenty votes, who has more votes?
 
Sarah: (shrug)
 
Robbie: OK, so which is the bigger number, twenty or six?
 
Sarah: Twenty.
 
Robbie: OK, then who won?
 
Sarah: Cow!
 
Robbie: Where did cow come from?!
 
 

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ESL Video Quiz: #1431 Call
 
 
ENDING
And that was The Daily English Show.
Tomorrow we're trying something a bit different on The Daily English Show. We're filming outside. We're planning to film the show outside every Friday, hopefully in a different location each week. It does depend on the weather a bit, because it can rain for months on end in Auckland ... so we'll see. But that's the plan anyway.
 
We thought it might be fun to have a bit of variety, so you can see something other than this black background and yellow couch. For tomorrow's show I'll be in a park near here called Cornwall Park.
 
See you then. Bye!
 
 
 
 
Hey internet, ah, it's Robbie, I just thought I'd do a quick vlog to, ah, tell you what I'm about to to. I'm, I'm about to go read to some kindergartners.
Ah, I signed up for this thing where you just read to kids. And it's, ah, it's supposed to be good for the kids or something. But I'm mostly just doing it to kind of feel good about myself. Ah, and to be able to tell people that that's, you know, that's what I do. I volunteer my time. And then make them hopefully feel a little bit worse than me at least.
And I'm really excited about. It's really going to be fun I think.
It's a pretty exciting gig. I'm hoping to get a lot of laughs. I got some books here. First we've got, let's see, Duck For President. It's a little bit political humour, but, ah, it's it's kinda understated, I really, I read through it a little bit and it seems good.
We got Never Take a Shark to the Dentist, Never Take a Shark to the Dentist ... which is just good advice, And Other Things Not To do. So it seems like that's probably going to be really really funny.
And then I've also got The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog. And the pigeon is kinda this guy who is just this asshole pigeon. And he's really, really a dick. I think that children are really going respond to that one pretty well.
I'm very excited. I think it's going to be a lot of fun. We're going to have a good time with the kids. Ah, wish me luck.
All right, let's do this.
 
15 minutes later
 
I don't know what happened. I don't know, I just froze I guess. I just sat down in front of the group and I just got really nervous and I couldn't, couldn't do it.
Somewhere in here, the word piece, I got stuck on the word piece, p-i-e-c-e. Couldn't pronounce it. Kept saying pice, pice, I was like that's not right. I've read this word a million times, I couldn't ... Teacher had to come over and pronounce it for ...
I couldn't keep control of the room. Ah, the one kid just kept complaining that the girl next to him was sitting too close. And ... on the other side of him there's another girl and there's plenty of room he could have moved over. I don't understand why he had to be ... there specifically, it didn't ...
At the same time he called the tile so why is she trying, why is she on his tile anyway?
I mean he called it. It's a tough call, obviously, but I don't understand why they had ...
I'm trying to read to them and they're worried about their property.
I mean I don't understand their education level apparently. They can do, they can listen to me and they can understand me but they can't do math yet?
This, this part just totally threw them off, if farmer John has 6 votes and duck has 20 votes. Who has more votes? No one has a clue. I asked them, OK, so which is the bigger number 20 or 6? Well 20. OK, then who won? Cow! Where did cow come from?
The lighting was too bright in there. I ... they were ... It was hot, it was hot in the room. I'm sweating so much. Look, look at this. I mean, I'm holding up a book. Who could pay attention?
I mean, I feel terrible, really, for the kids. Wish I could have given them a better performance.
I just feel like a piece of shit.
Piece. I can say it now.
 
 
NOTES
 
Books Robbie mentioned:
 
 
 
Wat is slang for what.
 
The second picture in today's Stick News refers to this scene in season 4 episode 4 of The O.C. when Che Cook (played by Chris Pratt) sang a song to Seth.
 
 
When I said "childhood slang" I meant to say "children's slang", but "childhood slang" also works.
 
ENDING FOOTAGE
Today's ending shot was filmed on the top of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill looking towards the Rangitoto, on Saturday 30th May 2015.
 
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Stick News intro
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sound: static  by: Joel Gerlach  licence: CC0 1.0
video: static  by: REC Room  licence: CC BY 3.0
sound: bell  by: kaonaya  licence: CC0 1.0
 
Word Of The Day intro
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track: Prá Hermeto  by: Ruben Ferrero  licence: CC BY-SA 3.0

Conversations With Sarah intro
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Question Answer intro
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Question Answer + Ending
 
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Published: Thursday 18 June 2015