Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Podcast Episode 1 – Segment 1 – Interesting News

This Podcast is broken into 3 segments. The first segment will be news. I’ll give you a headline or an interesting story, something that’s not too serious, and you’re going to learn some vocabulary, some pronunciation. And hopefully, it improves your listening skills. The next section will be Q & A – questions and answers. In this section, I’ll take your questions and I’ve already have a lot of them. And I do my best to answer them. And the final section will be English tips, advice on how you can study English, according to the title of the Podcast; I’ll guess that your goal is to master English.
At the end of every segment, you’ll learn all the section in Urdu. And at end of this episode, you’ll listen the audio of all the segments.
Let’s go for it.

 Segment No. 1:  Interesting News

A South African chef is being booted out of New Zealand because he’s too fat. The 130 Kilograms corpulent cook has been told his health is at the risk and can therefore no longer be allowed a work visa. With nearly 30% of the Kiwis overweight, the last thing Christchurch wants to deal with is overly fleshy foreigners.
There are some words that we need to discuss. So let’s go back to the first sentence – “A South African chef”. Okay, so we know the country - South Africa and from that country there is a chef. C-H-E-F, a chef is a cook, C-O-O-K. 
Now, My Mom is cook. Maybe you, you’re cook, but are we chefs? So we have to distinguish when we talk about the profession. Chefs are professional cooks. Now sometimes, we called a person at the restaurant who cooks meals a cook, and not a chef. So when we say chef was actually referring to somebody with very specific training. They went to school to learn culinary arts. That is the arts of cooking. So if you go to your high school cafeteria or to Macdonald’s, we don’t call those people chefs, we call them cooks. My mother, she’s a great cook, sometimes she cooks like a chef, but I don’t think she’s had a special training. So this person is chef that means he is professional.
“A South African chef is being booted out of New Zealand because he’s too fat.” So booted out of New Zealand, New Zealand, once again, is a country.
“Boot out”, this is a phrasal verb – “to boot out”. It’s the same as “to kick out”. Now thinking about “boot, B-O-O-T”, it’s a type of footwear, like a cowboy boot or an army boot or a work boot. So boots are big and heavy. 
“Booted out, kicked out” all makes perfectly sense. So this is a new phrasal verb for many of you – “to boot somebody out”. Have you even been booted out of some place? One time in high school, I was booted out of History class. Why? Because I caused the problems. Can you think of an example? When you were booted out? So once again, this is terrible because “A South African chef is being booted out of New Zealand because he’s too fat.”
 “The 130 kilograms corpulent cook”. Okay, 130 kilograms, yes, that’s very big.
 “Corpulent” – C-O-R-P-U-L-E-N-T. One more time, C-O-R-P-U-L-E-N-T. Corpulent means fat. It’s synonym for the word fat. It means very big, very large, roly-poly, and tubby.
 “The 130 kilograms corpulent cook”, so here, we have an interesting speech patent, we have kilograms corpulent cook. We have “k k k” this called alliteration. And in many news’ stories, the writers like to create alliteration. Because it sounds interesting and it’s actually easier to remember and to understand.
 “The 130 kilograms corpulent cook has been told his health is at the risk”. Oh, yes, if you’re overweight, if you’re obese. Then yes, your health is at risk. You might get a disease, like diabetes, you might have heart problems. So this is very serious of being overweight. 
 So “The 130 kilograms corpulent cook has been told his health is at the risk and can therefore no longer be allowed a work visa.” Okay, so for several years, he has a work visa and he has been a chef in New Zealand, but this year when he went to renew his visa, they said ” No. We’re sorry you are too fat”. Now actually, they didn’t tell him he was too fat, the word “fat” is a rude word. I’m sure they said you’re overweight or perhaps they said you’re obese. So is that the good reason to not give somebody a work visa? Well. It might be, because if he’s working in the country and he develops a disease like diabetes, then he needs help and he needs insurance, and I believe in New Zealand, the government helps pay the medical bills, so that means the government must be paid a foreigner’s medical bills. The government in New Zealand does not want to do that.
 So let’s look at the next sentence. “With nearly 30% of the Kiwis overweight”. So nearly 30% of the Kiwis are overweight. But I didn’t say are overweight, I started it with, “With nearly 30% of the Kiwis overweight”. What is Kiwis? K-i-w-i-s, plural, capital K is a big letter K. Kiwis is a nickname for New Zealanders. People from New Zealand are sometimes called Kiwis.  
“With nearly 30% of the Kiwis are overweight”. Oh, my goodness, this is a very bad situation for the country. “With nearly 30% of the Kiwis overweight, the last thing Christchurch wants to deal with is overly fleshy foreigners”. Christchurch, what is that? That’s the capital of New Zealand, so when we say Christchurch, we were referring to the capital, the government. If we talk about the United States, we could say Washington or Washington D.C; If we talk about Russia, we could say Moscow. So when we say Moscow doesn’t want to talk to Washington that refers to the government. 
 And In this case, “With nearly 30% of the Kiwis overweight, the last thing Christchurch wants to deal with”. The last thing, the New Zealand government wants to handle, wants to take care of is overly fleshy foreigners. Once again, we have alliteration - overly fleshy foreigners. Overly, O-V-E-R-L-Y; fleshy, F-L-E-S-H-Y; foreigners. So we have V.F.F So overly fleshy foreigners is no problem. People are from the other countries. 
 “Overly fleshy” means too much. Flesh, flesh is another word for skin. Too much flesh, too much skin means too fat, overweight, obese, roly-poly, pudgy, and corpulent. It’s the same idea as fat - Fat foreigners. Do you understand this situation? So once again, this is actually serious news’ story.
This man and his wife have been lived in New Zealand for several years, and what is really interesting when he first came to New Zealand, he weighed 160 kilograms.  
So he’s actually lost the weight, and now the government is telling him you cannot stay. What do you think? Is that fair or unfair? I don’t know. It is unhealthy. However, he has been losing weight, In fact, he weighs now less than when he first came to the country. So shouldn’t the country take that into consideration? Hum, well, the wife and the husband are, of course, arguing this to the New Zealand government. So I don’t know what will happen, but I do hope they get the chance to stay. There are must be a reason of his wife and he left South Africa to move to New Zealand, there are must be a very good reason.

:chef ایک ایسا بارورچی جس نے باقاعدہ کسی ادارے سے  اس  کی تعلیم  حاصل کی ہو، پیشہ وار باورچی

:booted out  نکال دینا

 : corpulent and overweightموٹاپا

:kisvis نیوزی لینڈ کے رہنے والوں کو بعض دفعہ کیویز کہتے ہیں

:overly fleshy بہت زیادہ موٹا تازہ، فربہ

ترجمعہ: جنوبی افریقہ کے رہنے والے باورچی کو نیوزی لینڈ سے نکالا جا رہا ہے کیونکہ وہ بہت موٹا ہے۔ ایک سو تیس کلو گرام موٹے باورچی کو بتایا جا چکا ہے کہ اسکی صحت خطرے میں ہے۔ اس لئے اس کو مزید کام کرنے کی اجازت نہیں دی جاتی۔تیس فیصد کے قریب کیویز موٹے ہیں اور آخری بات یہ کہ حکومت باہر سے آنے والوں  موٹے  لوگوں کا خیال کرنے کا سوچ رہی ہے۔

اوکے، یہ باورچی یا کک کئی سال سے نیوزی لینڈ میں کام کر رہا تھا۔ لیکن اس سال جب وہ اپنا ورک ویزا renew  کروانے گیا تو انہوں نے انکار کردیا ۔"سوری، تم بہت موٹے ہو اس لئے ہم تم کو کام کرنے کی اجازت نہیں دے سکتے۔"

آپ کے خیال میں کیا یہ وجہ درست ہے کہ کسی کو صرف اس وجہ سے ویزا نہ دیا جائے کہ وہ موٹا ہے؟ دراصل موٹاپا چونکہ کئی بیماریوں کی جڑ ہوتا ہے اور کوئی سی بھی بیماری وہ پھیلا سکتا تھا اس وجہ سے انہوں نے ایسا کیا لیکن حکومت کو اس کو میڈیکل الاونس دینا چاہئے تھا لیکن انہوں نے ایسا نہ کیا۔

دلچسپ بات یہ ہے کہ یہ شخص اپنی بیوی کے ساتھ کچھ سال پہلے جب نیوزی لینڈ آیا تھا تو اسکا وزن 160 کلو گرام تھا اور اب اسکا وزن 135 کلو گرام ہے ۔ یعنی اس نے کافی اپنا وزن گھٹا لیا ہے اور اب حکومت اس کو کہ رہی ہے کہ تم مزید یہاں نہیں ٹھہر سکتے۔ آپ کا کیا خیال ہے کہ یہ بات درست ہے؟ تو کیا حکومت کو اس بات پر غور نہیں کرنا چاہیے۔ مجھے امید ہے کہ  اس کو یہاں ٹھرنے کا موقع مل جائے گا۔

Podcast Episode # 1

  1. Segment 1 -- interesting news
  2. Segment 2 -- questions and answers
  3. Segment 3 -- Fact, English tips and audio program for your listening skills  

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