Episode 01

Welcome to LearnEnglish podcasts! In this episode the presenters, Tess and Ravi, introduce themselves, and their guests talk about Angelina Jolie, New York City and celebrities who work for charity. You can also meet Carolina, a Venezuelan student who’s coming to live in the UK.

Listen to the podcast then do the first exercise to check your understanding. If you have more time choose some of the language practice exercises.

Transcript

Section 1 - “Susan, this is Paul” – introducing your friends

Ravi: Hello, and welcome to LearnEnglish elementary podcast number one. My name’s Ravi…

Tess: … and I’m Tess. We’re your presenters and we’ve got lots of things for you to listen to today, but before we start, I think we should introduce ourselves. Ravi?

Ravi: OK … erm … I’m Ravi.

Tess: Or, I tell you what, I’ll introduce you and you can introduce me. How about that?

Ravi: Well, OK then. Erm, this is Tess. She’s from London. She’s … how old are you?

Tess: None of your business, Ravi!

Ravi: And she loves dancing and riding her mountain bike. OK?

Tess: OK. And this is Ravi. He comes from Manchester. He’s 23. Oh … aren’t you?

Ravi: Oh yes.

Tess: He likes football, and … he’s a great cook.

Ravi: Thanks! And there’s one more person for you to meet. I’d like to introduce our producer, Gordon. Say hello to everyone Gordon!

Gordon: Hello! Pleased to meet you!

Ravi and Tess: Hi Gordon

Tess: And how are you today?

Gordon: Very well thank you Tess.

Section 2: I’d like to meet

Tess: Good! We’ll speak to Gordon again later in the show but now it’s time to get on with our programme. We’ve got an excellent show for you today, and let’s start with our first section, called ‘I’d like to meet’. We ask people a simple question – which famous person, dead or alive would you like to meet? And of course, we ask them to explain why. Our guest today on ‘I’d like to meet’ is Zara Heller from Bristol. Hello Zara and welcome to the show.

Zara: Hello.

Ravi: Hi Zara.

Tess: And what do you do Zara?

Zara: I’m a student, I’m in my last year at school, I’m 16.

Tess: Right. Now let’s ask the question. So Zara, which famous person, dead or alive would you like to meet?

Zara: I’d like to meet Angelina Jolie.

Ravi: Angelina Jolie. Great - good choice! Tell us a bit about her.

Zara: She’s an American film actress, she was in ‘Tomb Raider’, and she’s an ambassador for the United Nations too.

Tess: And why did you choose her to talk about today?

Zara: Well, because I really admire her. She’s a famous film star with a lot of money and a famous celebrity film star husband, but she really cares about helping people and she uses her money and her fame to help children and people who are very poor or have a difficult life. I saw a film about her on MTV the music channel – it was a video diary of her visiting Africa and talking about how to stop poverty, and they were really simple things, and I thought it was really cool because MTV doesn’t usually show programmes like that, it’s usually just music videos and things, but because she’s famous and beautiful then people want to see her so she can get a lot of attention for the things that she wants to change.

Tess: Do you like her films? Do you think she’s a good actress?

Zara: Yes I do. I don’t think she’s a great actress, but she’s a good actress, and she’s so beautiful that you just want to look at her all the time.

Ravi: Yeah.

Zara: I think she’s one of the most beautiful women in the world. I love watching her, I love all her films.

Ravi: And what would you like to talk to her about Zara?

Zara: I’d like to talk about her trips to different places all around the world, and about Hollywood, and her family and about what people like me can do to help poor children.

Tess: Well thank you very much Zara. That was really interesting. Personally, I’d like to talk to her about her husband, Brad Pitt. I think he’s gorgeous.

Ravi: OK Tess, calm down. Erm, for all of you listening, we’d like to hear from you. Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like to meet? And why? Email us at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org, that’s learnenglishpodcast - all one word – AT - britishcouncil – all one word DOT org, that’s o-r-g. Let us know which famous person you would like to meet and why. 

Section 3: Quiz

Tess: OK. Now it’s quiz time. Every week we’ll have a little quiz to get you thinking. This week it’s the ten second quiz. It’s very easy. We give you a topic and you give as many answers as you can - in 10 seconds. Our two players today are Daniel – Daniel’s 16 and comes from London. Hello Daniel.

Daniel: Hi

Tess: And Alice – Alice is also 16 and she comes from Liverpool. Hi Alice.

Alice: Hello

Tess: Do you both know what to do? OK. We give you a topic, and you have to write down all the words you can think of. For example, we say ‘bathroom’, and you write a list, bath, soap, shampoo, and so on. As quick as you can. Got the idea?

Alice: Yeah

Tess: Good. Okay. Let’s play. You’ve got ten seconds to write down … things you can find in a kitchen. OK? So, for example you could say ‘microwave oven’. OK? Things you can find in a kitchen. Go! (sound of clock ticking) OK, Daniel. How many?

Daniel: Erm, five, Tess.

Tess: How about you, Alice?

Alice: Erm, seven, I think.

Tess: OK, let’s hear your seven words, Alice. Things you find in a kitchen.

Alice: Erm, fridge. Cooker. Pans. Plates. Knife, fork, spoon.

Tess: That’s seven. Well done, Alice. How many did you get, Ravi?

Ravi: Oh, the clock makes me nervous – I can’t think when the clock’s ticking like that. Maybe the question next week will be about football.

Tess: Thanks Daniel, thanks Alice. And if any of you listening have a good game we can play in quiz time, write to us and let us know. The address is learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org. We’d love to hear your ideas for games we can play. What’s next, Ravi?

Section 4: Our person in...

Ravi: The next part of the show is called ‘Our person in’. We’ll listen to people in interesting places all over the world telling us something about life in the country they’re in. Today, we’ll hear from Mike Southern. Mike is … Our man in New York.

Mike: New York. What do you think of? Skyscrapers. Taxis. Noise. People. John Lennon said that New York is the capital city of the world – and it certainly feels that way.

But in the centre of this exciting, noisy, polluted city there is a place to find peace and quiet. A short walk from busy Fifth Avenue in Manhattan you’ll find Central Park. Central Park is the green heart of New York City and over 25 million people come here each year to escape the city. People run, swim, climb or simply sit and read a book in the huge park’s different scenery. And it’s not just for people. Lots of rare birds have made their home in the park and there are legends of big cats hiding in the dark trees.

Although it looks completely natural, the park is man made, created over 150 years ago. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed the park at a time when the city was a very crowded, dirty and unhealthy place to live. They wanted to make a place where rich and poor people could find fresh air in the dirty city.

It does the same job today. As a friend of mine always tells me, “Life in New York would be impossible without Central Park”

Tess: Wow! Really interesting. We’ll hear from another one of our people next time. Or if you’d like to write in and tell us something interesting about your city or town, we’d love to hear from you. You can send it to us at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org

Section 5: Your turn

Tess: Now we’re going out into the street to listen to ‘Your Turn’

Ravi: In this part of the show, we go out into the street to find out what people think about our question of the day. And today we’re going to ask a question about celebrities - like film stars, actors, singers – who promote charities and ask people to give them money or aid. At the beginning of the show, we listened to Zara from Bristol talking about Angelina Jolie. Zara talked about Angelina Jolie’s work for charity. And nowadays, lots of famous people – celebrities - do the same. But is it a good idea? So today’s question is … ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’

Tess: Hmm. ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’ Interesting question. Let’s listen to the answers.

Voice 1: I think it’s a good thing. People don’t want to listen to boring politicians but everyone likes celebrities so they listen to what they have to say. When Bob Geldof and Bono organised Live8 a few years ago, everybody was talking about how to end poverty in Africa. My little brother was only twelve years old, but he was talking about it. That can’t be bad.

Voice 2: I hate it. The celebrities only want publicity, and they want us to think that they’re really nice people, you know, they care about the world, they care about poverty, so they can sell more records. But it’s a big lie. They’re not interested in poor people or the charities at all.

Voice 3: Why is it a problem? The charities need money, and if celebrities can help them to get more, then what’s wrong with that? I think that some celebrities only want publicity, but, well, who cares! The charities get some money, that’s the really important thing.

Voice 4: If you think for example, Angelina Jolie or George Clooney is really cool, then you want to do the same things that they do. So you might give to charity too because you want to copy your favourite star. I think it’s a good thing. Helping people is cool nowadays.

Voice 5: I think the celebrities do it because they copy other celebrities. Everyone’s doing it nowadays – it’s the fashion to do work for charity. I hate it. These film stars make millions of dollars for a film and live in houses that cost millions of dollars, and travel in private planes and stay in expensive hotels. And then they go and visit some ‘poor people’. It’s ridiculous.

Ravi: OK, some interesting answers there.

Tess: Hmm. Do you have an opinion about this question? We’d love to know what you think. ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’ Or do you have an idea for a question that we could ask on Your Turn? Send us an email at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org - and we can take your question into the street.

Section 6: Carolina

Ravi: OK. Now – it’s time to meet Carolina. Carolina is from Venezuela and she’s visiting Britain for the first time. It’s a big adventure for her – she’s going to live, study and she hopes, have a good time here in the UK – and we’re going with her!

Tess: Carolina’s going to study in Newcastle in the north-east of England. She speaks very good English but this is her first visit to Britain, so some things are very strange for her. We’re going to follow Carolina in our podcasts and listen to some of the conversations that she has in lots of different situations. Today we’re going to hear what happened when she first arrived in Britain from Venezuela. Here’s Carolina at Heathrow airport in London. Let’s listen to her conversation at Immigration Control.

Carolina: Excuse me. Am I in the right line for immigration?

Woman: Erm, I don’t know dear. It depends. What nationality are you?

Carolina: Venezuelan.

Woman: No, no, this queue’s for British and European Union members. You need to go … over there – where it says ‘Other passport holders’. Can you see?

Carolina: Oh, yes, OK, thank you.

Immigration Officer: Good evening.

Carolina: Good evening.

Immigration Officer: Where have you travelled from today?

Carolina: From Venezuela, from Caracas.

Immigration Officer: Can I see your passport please? … Thank you. Is this your first visit to the UK?

Carolina: Yes it is.

Immigration Officer: And what are you going to do here?

Carolina: I’m a student. I’m going to study at the University of Newcastle.

Immigration Officer: Is it a full-time course or a part-time course?

Carolina: Erm, full-time, it’s a full-time course.

Immigration Officer: Hmm.

Carolina: I’ve got my letter from the university here. Do you want to see it?

Immigration Officer: Yes please.

Carolina: Here you are.

Immigration Officer: Thank you. And how long is the course? How long do you intend to stay in the country?

Carolina: Three years.

Immigration Officer: Three years. Hmm.

Carolina: Yes, that’s right.

Immigration Officer: Do you intend to work in this country?

Carolina: Oh, no, no, I’m not going to work, well maybe in the university holidays, but the British Embassy in Caracas said that was OK.

Immigration Officer: Yes, that’s correct. Students can work in the holidays.

Carolina: Is everything OK?

Immigration Officer: Yes, everything seems to be in order. I just need to stamp your passport with today’s date. Here you are. Passport and letter.

Carolina: Thank you.

Immigration Officer: I hope you enjoy your stay. Newcastle’s a very nice place. Go down the stairs and turn left to collect your baggage.

Carolina: Thank you very much.

Immigration Officer: Good evening sir. And where have you travelled …….

Tess: Hmm. Carolina did really well there. Airports can be so difficult.

Ravi: I think she did really well, too. I hope she can come and join us in the studio soon. I’d like to meet her.

Section 7 - The joke

Ravi: Well, that’s almost the end …

Tess: Wait a minute Ravi. Don’t forget Gordon.

Ravi: Gordon? What do you mean?

Tess: He wants to tell a joke.

Ravi: Oh no

Tess: Don’t be horrible. Gordon! Joke time! Come on Gordon! Are you ready?

Gordon: Yes, I’m here.

Ravi: I hope this is good Gordon.

Gordon: How long have I got?

Ravi: One minute – at the most.

Gordon: OK then. Erm, right. A chicken walks into a library…

Ravi: A chicken?

Gordon: Yeah. A chicken walks into a library, walks up to the counter and says to the librarian “Book, book”. The librarian gives the chicken two books – she puts the books on the chicken’s head – and the chicken walks out of the library.

One hour later, the chicken walks back into the library. It walks up to the counter and says to the librarian “Book, book”. The librarian gives the chicken two books and the chicken walks out of the library.

An hour later, this happens again. “Book, book”, and the chicken walks out of the library with two books on its head. But this time the librarian thinks, “Hmm, this is strange” so she decides to follow the chicken. She goes out of the library and follows the chicken. The chicken crosses the road, walks along the street, turns the corner, until it comes to the lake. Sitting by the lake is a big, fat frog. The chicken gives the books to the frog and the frog looks at them and says “Read it, Read it”.

Tess: Oh Gordon, that’s terrible.

Ravi: And that’s the end of this part of the show. We have to go now but don’t go away. After this little break you’re going to hear Tom, our English teacher. After every show, Tom talks about the language you heard and gives you ideas to help you learn. So, don’t go away, but we’ll say goodbye now. See you next time.

Tess: Bye! Don’t forget to send us your emails! Here’s that address one more time. It’s learnenglishpodcast2britishcouncil.org.

Tom the teacher

Tom: Hi, I’m Tom. At the end of every podcast you’ll hear from me. I’m going to talk about some of the language you heard in the programmes and talk about ways to help you learn English. Remember Carolina in the airport? Listen to part of her conversation again.

Immigration Officer: Is this your first visit to the UK?

Carolina: Yes it is.

Immigration Officer: And what are you going to do here?

Carolina: I’m a student. I’m going to study at the University of Newcastle.

Tom: Carolina and the Immigration Officer are talking about the future – Carolina’s time in Britain. To talk about the future they both use ‘going to’. The Immigration Officer says “And what are you going to do here?” and Carolina says “I’m going to study at the University of Newcastle”. They both used ‘going to’ to talk about the future because they are talking about plans. When the Immigration Officer says “What are you going to do here?” he’s asking Carolina what her plan is. And she says “I’m going to study” because that’s her plan – she decided it before she left Venezuela.

So, we use ‘going to’ to talk about future plans. But listen to another part of Carolina’s conversation.

Immigration Officer: Thank you. And how long is the course? How long do you intend to stay in the country?

Carolina: Three years.

Immigration Officer: Three years. Hmm.

Carolina: Yes, that’s right.

Immigration Officer: Do you intend to work in this country?

Carolina: Oh no, no, I’m not going to work, well maybe in the university holidays, but the British Embassy in Caracas said that was OK. 

Tom: The Immigration Officer said “How long do you intend to stay in the country?” and “Do you intend to work in this country?” Again he was asking about Carolina’s future plans – but he said “Do you intend”. “Intend” is a formal way to talk or ask about plans. You might hear this verb, “intend”, at an airport immigration desk or on an immigration form. It’s another way to ask about your plans. One more thing. Did you notice that when Carolina arrived at the desk the Immigration Officer said “Good evening”? He didn’t say “Goodnight”. Do you know why not? We only say “goodnight” when we say goodbye or when we go to bed. When we meet someone after around 5 o’clock in the afternoon we say “Good evening” and we only say “goodnight” to people before we go home or before we go to bed.

OK. In another part of the show we heard Daniel and Alice playing a game. Listen to part of it again.

Tess: You’ve got ten seconds to write down things you can find in a kitchen. … OK, Daniel how many?

Daniel: Erm, five, Tess.

Tess: How about you, Alice?

Alice: Erm, seven, I think.

Tess: OK, let’s hear your seven words, Alice. Things you find in a kitchen.

Alice: Erm fridge. Cooker. Pans. Plates. Knife, fork, spoon.

Tom: I hope all of you have a notebook where you keep new words – a vocabulary notebook. Think about how you put new words into your notebook. Do you put them in alphabetically? All the words beginning with ‘A’, then all the words beginning with ‘B’? Or do you organise your new words another way? Some people put words into their notebooks in word families. They put words together that are connected in some way. For example, you could have a page in your vocabulary notebook called ‘kitchen’ and you could keep all the words from the game – fridge, cooker, pan – all of those words – on the ‘kitchen’ page of your notebook. You could have pages for, say, sports –‘football’, ‘tennis’ ‘bowling’ and so on. And you can write more than just the words – you can write the verbs that go with the words – ‘play’ football but ‘go’ bowling or ‘go’ skiing. There’s no right way or wrong way to keep your new vocabulary. You have to find the way that helps you remember the new words.

OK. Oh, erm, by the way, if there are any words from the game that you don’t know remember that you can find them on the website. You can read all of the podcast and if you click on a word it’ll take you to a dictionary that tells you what the word means. We’ll give you that address again at the end – so go and find a pen to write it down!

Right, finally, after every podcast I’ll try to show you something that you can try to use in your own English. This week I heard this interesting expression:

Carolina: Excuse me. Am I in the right line for immigration?

Woman: Erm, I don’t know dear. It depends. What nationality are you?

Tom: Now. There are two things there I want to talk about. Firstly, the old lady called Carolina “dear” – she said “I don’t know dear”. Sometimes, older people might call you “dear”. It’s a friendly, affectionate thing to do. But be careful! It might sound a bit strange if you try to use it yourself.

The other thing I noticed was that the old lady said “It depends”. She didn’t know the answer because she needed more information. Can you translate “it depends” into your language? Try to use it in English this week.

OK. I’m going to stop there. I’ll talk to you all again next time. Remember you can send your questions to me at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org. I’ll be happy to answer your questions! In a moment you’ll hear the address for the website where you can read everything you’ve heard in this podcast.

Right. That’s all for this time. Bye for now! See you next time.

Check your understanding

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Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:23].

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Carolina 

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].

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Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Submitted by luoS wolloH on Mon, 17/02/2020 - 21:57

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I think it's very hypocritical. Celebrities want only hype, and they want to show themselves as wonderful people who care about the poor, hungry, homeless, etc., but rich celebrities don't give a f**k about these people's lives. For "benefactors" it's a scheme - came, paid, raised his popularity, left, and earned on the hype even more. Bill Gates bought an ecological yacht for 645 million dollars - for this money could have fed and provided education to a lot of people in need, but no! It's better to have a pool, a massage parlor, a yoga studio. Let the children die of hunger, but we have an eco yacht... So, there are many real people who want to help others, and not make a show of it.

Submitted by Barabolya on Sun, 16/02/2020 - 08:49

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I believe that the celebrity charity is a great opportunity to show people around the world in what conditions people have to live and what a global problem it is. People create idols for themselves: popular film actors, athletes and other celebrities. And seeing their dedication, fans want to imitate them in this too, and they begin to help needy people around the world. I sincerely hope that they do this not for the sake of glory, but only in order to open our eyes and help to see that we should help to the children of Asia and Africa in this difficult time...

Submitted by Hamza USLU on Sat, 15/02/2020 - 14:04

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Charities needs more money everytime because they don't have another income so Celebrities provide an advertising for them also they encourage all people to help poor people and charities.

Submitted by Israa Moha on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 06:55

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I believe that charity is really a great thing to do every time and every where. It is not monopolies to money but actions also. Celebrations to support a charity is great idea but if there is more side effects I think not. The smile of your friend or of every one you know him or not. We must stack our world with love and fulfillment.

Submitted by Israa Moha on Wed, 12/02/2020 - 06:28

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Really, I would like to meet Thomas Edison ,The famous American inventor. I want to set with him and drink a tea, then I will ask him about photovoltaic cells, How we can solve this issue?!, I think he will solve huge amounts of questions, anyways I think this will help us to change the way of think in this branch. It just a dream!

Submitted by Aljona on Tue, 11/02/2020 - 17:06

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I rather everybody should do work for charity. It's kind and wise. They care about themselves helping the world.

Submitted by Najarra on Sat, 08/02/2020 - 23:02

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I guess it's a great action regardless who is doing such thing. We don't need to be a celebrity to help our neighbour and, unlike concordance some people, we don't even need to recognised by the world!! Sorry, but this is my real opinion!!

Submitted by namrata jaiswal on Fri, 07/02/2020 - 06:03

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In my opinion, it is good idea for celebrities to do some work for charity but nowdays they have made it the the medium of becoming more popular. They should help the destitue without showing off. They have a huge amount of money. instead of investing only for themselves ,should build someone's life.

Submitted by noenatal on Thu, 06/02/2020 - 19:56

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I think it's good, but like all the things, need some caution and try to know the money's destination and if it's arriving on the place he needs.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Mon, 27/01/2020 - 06:11

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In my opinion, it is very valuable for everybody to aid poor people, but I think most of the famous celebrities do work charity for commercial and business purposes and I don't agree with this.

Submitted by zahraaaa on Fri, 24/01/2020 - 16:40

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it's a constructive idea to building a place for people who need fresh air or spend their spare time there. another thing that i'd like to point is it is a good way that celebrities assist with charities.

Submitted by Tun Yee on Thu, 23/01/2020 - 16:40

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For me, it's great for celebrities to do work for charity because people pay more attention and love to celebrities then to politicians. Audience love chances to participate with their favorite celebrities in helping needy persons.

Submitted by Suhas P S on Sat, 18/01/2020 - 02:31

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Its all about doing something for needy..If it is a celebrity then I could say it is an initiation that he/she has done.By doing so , the other people, may be a fan can get inspired and could start charity.Most of us doing things based on inspirations..Suffice it to say It is irrefutable aspect that "The charity by celebrities is a great thing "

Submitted by duducolares on Fri, 03/01/2020 - 15:31

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i think is a good thing people helping people, independent if a celebrity or now, but can not be only a marketing action, but a true and significant action, for inspired another people to do the same.

Submitted by ZinaArab on Tue, 31/12/2019 - 15:01

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Hi, i'm so happy to write to you in the last day of 2019, so happy new year for you all. For me i want to meet Bill Gates , he is a famous celebrite in business , he is very smart and intelligent. I am with celebrities whom doing charity, it is the strategy win-win

Submitted by Keziia7 on Sun, 29/12/2019 - 21:08

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In my point of view, yes. I agree with celebrities doing work for charity. The charity area needs all the support and attention possibles. If a celebrity could improve this area, more people will be interesting in be supportive and pay more attention on this scenario. All the promotion and support is welcome for the charity area.

Submitted by Mohammed nassee on Thu, 14/11/2019 - 13:29

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According to me i think it's good when celebrities make jobs can benefit the poor people and it's like advertisment to charity jobs for example their audience are going to do the same thing. in all situations they are all beneficiaries regardless they are looking for publicity or not in the end they do a good job .

Submitted by Rex_2019 on Fri, 18/10/2019 - 01:37

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I think is great idea to famous people practice charity because, shared your time, money and influence to promove humanitarian cause and spread this behavior to all world.
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Submitted by ismail juma on Sun, 13/10/2019 - 13:30

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It's my pleasure to share my view in 2019, more then ten years since this podcast been made. in my view doing work for charities isn't bad idea simpley we have two parts winning.

Submitted by ludmilla on Sat, 05/10/2019 - 17:25

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Helping the needy we make the world a better place!!! Thanks to charity , someone will have a chance for life, someone will have a chance for a better life!!!!

Submitted by Fillipos on Thu, 03/10/2019 - 01:47

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I think it´s always a good idea for every person in the world do charitys work, even they are celebrities. Charity is the least we all ought to do in favour to the poorest people around the world. As we say, the exemple drags in. So, when we see a famous person doing something nice, even if for selfishness or showing yourself as a good person, it will encourage many people to do the same.

Submitted by Estas on Sat, 21/09/2019 - 15:51

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I consider that charity is a valuable activity regardless your occupation. If you can provide assisstance to people by virtue of your popularity, why would you not do it ? However, it looks strange when a pop-star takes part in charity evening several times a year and allow himself/ herself to buy expensive goods or even squander it on something dangerous for the nature. For instance it can be a hanting. Therefore, stars should have in mind that they are estimated not only on the basis of their fame, goods deeds, but also on the grounds how they waste money
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Submitted by HebaAwad on Fri, 20/09/2019 - 22:39

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I Would like to meet Meghan markel She's member of the British royal family I am admir her because she very beautiful and Cuteness , and I love the change's that happend in her life , her true love change her life.

Submitted by Farman ullah on Thu, 12/09/2019 - 21:03

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I want to share something about famous celebrities .mostly celebrities are doing job for publicity .it would be even better if those people are thought of the poor people..

Submitted by Pratiksha Srivastava on Wed, 28/08/2019 - 07:13

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Yes,according to me it's a great idea fpr celebrities to do charity work. I don't think they do it for publicity or grabbing attention from everyone. They do it because they want to help needy people.

Submitted by Muheeb H.K.J on Mon, 26/08/2019 - 17:30

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Why did you use Which in ( which famous person... ),didn't use who for sane ?

Hello Muheeb H.K.J,

We use 'which' when we want people to choose one or more things (one famous person) from a larger group (all famous people). You could ask the question with 'who', but it would be a general question, not a question about famous people:

Which famous person, dead or alive would you like to meet? [a question about famous people]

Who would you like to meet? [a question about any person]

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by mhawa91 on Thu, 22/08/2019 - 06:44

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it's a great idea to celebrate, and if famous people attend and share with charity it will be very important for the other if they have seen their artist sharing with charities and they donate with trust to this charity.

Submitted by Tun Myint Htay on Thu, 15/08/2019 - 08:30

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i could not download the audio file but i got the transcript. please explain me.

Hello Tun Myint Htay

You can download the audio using a computer: just right-click on the audio player and then choose 'Save Audio As' and the file will download.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Jaelmy on Sun, 11/08/2019 - 21:04

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Yes, I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity because these people have a lot of money and fans, they can be a very good influence for other people.

Submitted by mosidzeanna on Mon, 05/08/2019 - 10:41

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I would like to meet Audrey Hepburn, because she was sincere, modest and kind, diespite being very popular. she was beautiful, famous and talanted actress.my favourite film with her is "Roman Holidays". Also she was the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She traveled in Turkey, Africa, South America , to the most poor areas, with the delivery of products and medicines.i'd like to talk with her about her life and of course about her charity work.

Submitted by mosidzeanna on Mon, 05/08/2019 - 09:58

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I think that celebrities should do charity works. They have a lot of money so it will be right if they help the poor people.Some celebrities do this only for publicity. But their fans want to be like their idols, so they follow their example and do charity work. I see nothing wrong with that.

Submitted by QQ on Sat, 03/08/2019 - 21:38

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Hi teacher! Hi everyone! could anyone tell me how to download the .mp3/4 documents, e.g. Series 01 episode 01 for offline learning, please? Many thanks for your kind help! Best,

Hello QQ

If you right-click or hold and press on the audio player, you should see an option to 'Save Audio As' or something similar. On phones and tablets it can be a little tricky, so I would suggest using a computer if possible; otherwise, some users have told me that Firefox is the easiest browser to download files in.

Hope this helps!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Abdirahman on Tue, 30/07/2019 - 21:57

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It's a good thing to make celebrities, and it's interesting topic.

Submitted by popo1011 on Tue, 16/07/2019 - 09:49

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Hi I listened to this podcast, it is very good and useful for me, I learned several different phrases and vocabularies. I like that especially session 7. The joke is very funny.

Submitted by Nazarova Feruza on Fri, 12/07/2019 - 11:22

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Hello. These postcards very beneficial for learning English.

Submitted by z.ansarian on Fri, 12/07/2019 - 09:41

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I want to meet Jennifer Lawrence because she is so pretty and her eyes ara very attractive .she plays her roles very natural and I think she loves her job. In my opinion most of the Hollywood actor and actress are well off to help poor people and it is so good for them to do work for charity,if I have a good income I will help too.

Submitted by btawaeel on Wed, 03/07/2019 - 21:45

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It's nice and understood

Submitted by Glelcia on Tue, 07/05/2019 - 20:20

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It's niceand easy material.

Submitted by Alaa Bolbol on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 13:18

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In my opinion the celebrities are looking for publicity by giving money to charities,so the both sides benefit,then why not?

Submitted by kasimir on Mon, 08/04/2019 - 13:33

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Hello. Your podcast lessons are very useful. Its help me to improve my English.

Submitted by Renilyn Omipon on Mon, 04/03/2019 - 07:29

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Hello everyone! Could you help me about the expression " it doesn't make sense at all" Thanks

Hello Renilyn Omipon

If you say that something doesn't make sense, it means you don't understand it. 'at all' means that you really cannot understand it, not even a little bit.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by jmajo on Thu, 28/02/2019 - 14:33

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I think is it a good idea in general, but it should be a general work for celebrities, not just a temporal work. I think they should help develop programms that allow poor people help themselves with the right tools and knowledge to do it. Thanks!.

Submitted by Hellengoll on Wed, 27/02/2019 - 08:07

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I think charity is a useful thing. If a famous and rich person is doing it, that is very good. And if a person doesn't want to do it we shouldn't judge him. That is not our business.

Submitted by Khine Wint Wah on Wed, 20/02/2019 - 17:20

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Yes, I think so. People listen to the ones they care or interested and celebrities are inspiration for some people. When they work for good deeds like charity, it will increase awareness to people. Some say they do work for charity to gain popularity but I think, it's a win-win situation.