Listener Mail 149


Liz Waid and Colin Lowther read listener comments from recent programs. Did we read a comment from you?

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Voice 1  

Welcome to Spotlight’s Listener Mail program. I’m Liz Waid.

Voice 2  

And I’m Colin Lowther. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.

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From Brazil to Turkey. From Spain to Russia. And from Vietnam to Ecuador. People all over the world are just like you. They are listening to Spotlight! Just like you, they are interested in the world. They are working to learn English! In today’s program, we hear from people just like you! We hear comments and questions about our recent programs. Today, we will hear comments about extreme ways to change people’s thinking. We will also hear about what clothes people like to wear, and how they practice English. Let’s get started!

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Do you think it is ever good to do something extreme to get someone to change their mind about something? This is the question we asked in the program The Extreme Methods of Benjamin Lay. This program told the story of a man from almost 300 years ago. He wanted to stop slavery. So, he tried to change people’s minds about it. But he used very extreme methods. His purpose was good. But were his methods good too?

Honneur answered this question strongly. Honneur wrote:

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“I think no! Sometimes extreme methods can do a lot. But in some ways, they can be a terrible mistake. Only when they work can they be good.”

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Ku Bo saw this program on YouTube. He agreed with Honneur. But he thought extreme methods do have a purpose. He wrote:

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“Extreme methods are not always good methods. But they are a strong way to let people know your idea.”

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It sounds like it is most important to know that there is a good reason to use these kinds of methods. In our program, Benjamin Lay had a good idea - to stop slavery. But some people still agree that his methods were not a good idea. Are there ideas you would use extreme methods to fight for?

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Where are you listening to Spotlight? On a train? In a bus or on a bike? Are you on listening on the radio? Or on our website or Facebook or YouTube? Be sure to find us in all these places so that you do not miss any Spotlight content!

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On Facebook, we post special content every weekend. And we share a word of the day every day during the week. Today, we would like to share a sentence Altaveb wrote. He wrote it for the Word of the Day. The word was “formal”. Listen as we read his sentence. Can you hear the word “formal”?

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“‘There is a place and time for everything, but I do not think this formal party is the place and time to eat with your fingers. Do not embarrass us, son.’ the woman said.”

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Thank you for this great sentence Altaveb! Keep writing! And if you would like to practice your English every day, follow us on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter!

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Our next comments come from a program about something everyone uses – clothes! In the program The Power of Clothes, we talked about how clothes can influence our feelings. We asked what you feel comfortable wearing. On YouTube, Sunder said:

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“I feel comfortable when I wear bright colors.”

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Bright colors can make a person feel happy and positive! We hope that is how you feel, Sunder! Adam shared how he wears special religious clothes. He told how they make him feel:

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“As a Muslim, I wear white clothes to pray on Friday in the mosque. I feel comfortable and peaceful.”

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And Honneur told about the clothes he wears every day. He wears them because of the weather.

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“My favorite clothes are Bermuda shorts, a button down shirt, and sandals. My country is a tropical one, so the climate is hot, and sometimes very dry. Most of the year, I wear these clothes. I only wear three different color shirts: white, blue, and black. My feelings are the same with all of them.”

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Carl also likes simple clothes. He wrote:

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“I like to wear jeans and t-shirts. It is very comfortable and simple.”

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Thanks for all your comments! What do you wear every day Liz?

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Well, I usually wear a t-shirt and jeans. It is comfortable. And you Colin?

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I usually wear a nice shirt and a tie to work. I need to dress well.

Voice 1  

Nice! Our next comments come from the program Crazy English. This program told about a teacher in China. His name is Li Yang. Li encourages people to shout the words they are practicing. He says that people should not be afraid to say things very loudly. And people should not be afraid to make mistakes. We asked you how you practice English. We had so many wonderful responses! Many of you agreed with Li’s method. VanBinh wrote:

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“I think Li Yang’s method is a good way to learn English or any other language. I think if we do not shout words when we learn, then we will always feel shy. We will not be able to communicate with other people. I am studying English. And I am using Li Yang’s method. I always read and listen to every Spotlight program to improve my knowledge.”

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That is great! Many people find that Spotlight is a great way to practice English. People can listen to the program and even read along with the voices. In fact, this was very common! On YouTube, Hope wrote:

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“I practice English by listening to your videos.”

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And Nelson said that he was thinking the same thing! We make a video Word of the Day that is easy to follow. And it only takes about one minute. Everyone has time to practice for one minute! We also make a video of our program every day. You can hear the program and follow along with the words.

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But Dinh-Lam does even more than that! Lam is a PhD student from Vietnam. Almost every day, he records himself reading along with a Spotlight program. Then he puts the video on YouTube. He has done over 250 videos already. He says:

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“I strongly believe that whenever I reach 1000 Spotlight programs, I will speak like a native speaker.”

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Thank you for that really fun idea! And thank you all for writing about your ideas for practicing English. Other ideas included having conversations, and texting friends. But whatever you do, you can remember this common English saying: PRACTICE makes PERFECT!

Voice 2

 Would you like to hear your words and ideas on a Listener Mail program? You can leave a comment on our website. You can also comment on Facebook at Facebook.com/spotlightradio.

Voice 1  

The writer of this program was Liz Waid. The producer was Michio Ozaki. The voices you heard were from the United States and United Kingdom. All quotes were adapted for this program and voiced by Spotlight. You can listen to this program again, and read it, on the internet at www.radioenglish.net. This program is called, ‘Listener Mail 149’.

Voice 2  

Visit our website to download our free listening app for Android or Apple devices. We hope you can join us again for the next Spotlight program. Goodbye.

Question:

Have you ever written to Spotlight? What would you like to say?

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Honneur
said on October 06, 2018

Yes, I have wrote at the end of every programme I participated. It is good for training my writing in English.
Today’s programme were very nice. We read and heard that Spotlight give us a serious treatment. It is good to our self esteem. Thank you so much…