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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. Will she arrive safely?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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Tess and Ravi

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Pre-intermediate: A2


Good afternoon, I don't know if celebrities support the charity just because of their "image" or because they really want to help people who have a tough life. However, I think people who need help are receiving help from famous artists and at least for me that is amazing, no matter what are behind the fact.

Yeah ..that will be nice ..when the celebrities help poor ..because celebrities are influential in society and will make a mark for them .

I think it is great to help others, and all charity is welcome, but it is the government's responsibility to end poverty.

I think celebrities must pay for charities to help poor people and to defeat poverty which millions of people suffer from.

I'm from Germany, and I think the celebrities in Germany work for charity only to pay less tax. Because when celebrities pay many for poor children, they get this many from the governement back.

My opinion is: if the celebrities make charity. It is a good thing, and if they does not?
Many celebritie worked hard to there. And the charity is share,
Because have a lot people selfishly do not the same.

i think this a good idea to raise the money from rich poeple , i watched some celebrate in my city and in the beginning they said you are tody to helpe a poor poeple or more than ,charity is good i love its and i will joint to make happeness for helping people

In my opinion, all celebrities must do good things for charity, but not show them in public I prefer they keep them as private. Ultimately many people see the public actions as bad, because of the social media they have got ofended why rich people show those actions on social media.

I think it depends on what celebrity really wants to do when each one does work for charity. May be it's some kind of advertising and this deal only about money. But if i someone who needs help, it doesn't matter for me.

In fact, I think charity is a wonderful thing. I guess it doesn't matter why celebrities donate money. What matters is that they help people, even if that makes them popular. Everyone benefits from this, everyone is happy, then why not? Perhaps a private donation is better, but whatever it is, it is at least some kind of help to poor people.