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?

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.


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


Tess and Ravi

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

Task 1



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

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

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

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3


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Submitted by Linaga on Sun, 15/11/2020 - 06:19

I think it’s right to let anybody do what he wants whether he is a celebrity or not. And both his intention and purposes are his own business. It’s obvious that any person, not only a celebrity, doing something in public promotes himself even if he hasn’t kept it in mind. But working for charity a man spends his precious time helping, raising money, inspiring other people! And as a result the charities get some money, that’s the really important thing. So, I’m sure, we should thank anybody who does work for charity

Submitted by kourosh66 on Fri, 16/10/2020 - 18:40

I think it is a win-win situation. From a famous person's perspective, it helps him or her to be more popular and gives him or her a sense of popularity and generosity among people by donating a sizeable amount of money to charities. From others' perspective, it helps deprived people to make a living and live life to the full.

Submitted by Sheikh MD Sazi… on Sun, 11/10/2020 - 14:07

I think it's good

Submitted by Khin Thet Kyaw on Thu, 08/10/2020 - 07:48

I'm Khin Thet Kyaw and a university teaching staff. I work at Lashio University, Northern part of Myanmar. I agree that celebrities can help many peoples but some celebrities assume that it is fashion to do for charity. In our country, famous actors and actress donate money to help for treatment of corona virus patients, such as for construction of Covid-19 treatment centre collaborating with businessman and our government but others do as for show only.

Submitted by OSMAR C ANDRADE on Sat, 26/09/2020 - 02:54

Few people really care about world poverty. Many celebrities and large corporations do something for the poor because there is always a profit behind it. But in the end, the final goal being achieved, everyone ends up winning. So, in the end it turns out to be a good thing.

Submitted by Wagner Santos … on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 23:02

Poor people needs help. I think it's a great job from celebritys.

Submitted by Olatoye on Sat, 12/09/2020 - 08:46

It is a good thing for celebrities to work for charity because it makes them more popular and the act gives hope to the hopeless. The celebrities involved in Charity work helps solve some of the global problems like poverty

Submitted by Rosemeire Oliveira on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 21:55

I think it's the fashion to do work for charity. Rich famous people win millions and millions, they show off what could afford even an exception of them work for charity but don't show off, some of them are very discreet and still help poor people and get involved in program to poverty. Anyway does not matter if they are looking to be more famoso or get audience, the most important in this case is that are people need money and if they want to help them why not?

Submitted by omidhussein on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 13:35

thank your very much for this test it’s learn english truly.

Submitted by aboodhasson on Sun, 30/08/2020 - 13:52

I think it is a good idea for celebrities to take money from people to give them for charities. because it is a good chance for poor people. may be some celebrities try to make much fame for themself. but it does not matter. the most important thing here is giving poor people the money and end this poverty.

Submitted by maede99 on Sat, 29/08/2020 - 22:54

in my opinion it is necessary to help human being in any situation. even if they just do it with the intention of showing themselves!! but they shouldn't do anything that embarrass the poor people! and also their faces should not be displayed.

Submitted by rana nagy on Fri, 21/08/2020 - 21:02

hi there, I think that depends on the kind of celebrities . as there are some celebrities that may hurt poor's feelings . so some rules and conditions should be enact to make it as perfect as we can .

Submitted by davicovalencia79 on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 03:18

I think celebrities earn a lot of money and it's good if they can help people all over the world, people who have difficult situations, poor people, people who have nothing to eat during the day, and I think we can all help, you don't need to be a celebrity to help other people.

Submitted by Brenda Vitor on Wed, 19/08/2020 - 22:29

I think that celebrities, can help so much peoples, but, unfortunately, I think the celebrities do it because they copy other celebrities. nowadays it’s the fashion to do work for charity. I hate it.

Submitted by Silvya Castro on Sat, 08/08/2020 - 16:38

Well, I think every effort to bring attention to a good cause is valid. Even if celebrities only do it for good publicity, It ends up helping people who need the most.

Submitted by Liriane on Sun, 02/08/2020 - 18:46

I prefer to think about the result and not the intention of those who do it. Something needs to be done, good to do it.

Submitted by Gulnaziya on Sat, 25/07/2020 - 15:23

Hi there! I think that it's good sign that celebrities do work for charity even though it doesn't solve the problem of the poverty globally. Secondly, it makes some people happy and successful. For instance, when the famous person gives his or her hand by helping financially it might change people's lives. They might get the opportunity to study and to become someone important and he will know that this would is not so cruel, that there is somebody who is compassionate and I can learn from him!

Submitted by Albashiry on Sun, 19/07/2020 - 14:15

Why not? I think even if they want to do charity for show-off we can not despite that their deeds can affect on a bunch of people to copy them in this. We can not judge celebrities as long as we do not have the ability to know their intentions.

Submitted by Samaa Faiz on Wed, 15/07/2020 - 11:04

Hi.why this episodes stopped I cant open any podcast ,is there any problem ,I want to listen and learn

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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Tue, 14/07/2020 - 14:13

I think celebrities are made by the need of the society. Eventually, working for charity is one of their virtues. :)

Submitted by 7Elhoussaine A. on Fri, 10/07/2020 - 08:17

I think Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity and show that to the people, as we all know celebrities have a lot of followers and admires so that can affect that community of people.

Submitted by Jessica Carvalho on Fri, 10/07/2020 - 05:50

I think it's very useful when the celebrity is really engaged in the cause, and not only for self-promotion. When we think about that, the celebrity can bring donations and media attention for the issue, fomenting debates and purposing solutions with civil society and governments. Charity does not solve the problems, but it is important in emergency situations.

Submitted by Nigora66 on Sun, 05/07/2020 - 15:34

In my opinion, it is a good idea ) Because celebrities have more opportunities than other people. More celebrities have a lot of money. And more children when seeing celebrities they feel yourself happy.

Submitted by Roger2020 on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 21:39

It would be a great idea and every celebrity would work with charity too. So it would be a fair way for everyone to live well and with human equality! Although this is a job far beyond and the government must be ahead to do decent work with people who need help!

Submitted by EslamNasser on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 19:17

I think , it's ok to use celebrities to bring mony to charity , even if they not feel the poor people situation exactly . We should look to the final result .

Submitted by Abdulrahman_Kamr on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 14:28

in my opinion, in each celebrity, if we take a part of the whole money and turns it to charities we can decrease the poverty.

Submitted by The_awyusuf. on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 11:06

i would like to speak charity, fame and celebrity raising fund issue. i don't care celebrities want to gain more fame and publicity, but i focus that could a teeny tiny money help poor and change their life style. i don't think so. furthermore, when we addressing the problem of social economic stratification we see in a simple and ridiculous way. charity and fund raising would not lessen poverty, so instead celebrity focusing the poor people, it has to focus what have been caused poverty.

Submitted by zhaow on Sun, 28/06/2020 - 16:40

I would say it is a good thing for the celebrities to do work for charity. Because the people in need will benefit from the stars' behavior, they could get money or some aids from the charities. However, in the long term this would not help to reduce poverty. Relieving poverty is a systematic project which need more support from the government rather than individuals and/or organizations. To address the root cause of poverty and reduce the gap between rich and poor is much more essential.

Submitted by Khaled v on Sat, 27/06/2020 - 10:05

I would like to speak about celebrities and charity (it is not easy to solve the peoples problems and to put an end for the poverty it requires out reach in their needs and the best way to do this is to support the governments and stakeholders to help them and I can ask ..why the poorness and displacement are increasing day by day?

Submitted by marinicolau on Sun, 21/06/2020 - 02:58

I believe that charity is a problem because it loses the perspective of social justice and equality. Our societies are built-in inequality that characterizes capitalism and it makes that poverty remains existing while 1% of people detain more than 90% of the world´s wealth. So, we need to overcome the idea that charity is enough, everybody needs to raise their voices for a better world. So, just donate some money and use it as a marketing strategy is the white savior syndrome.

Submitted by lujain023 on Sat, 20/06/2020 - 10:22

A good and useful episode My opinion about celebrities doing charity work : this is a good deed regardless of their intentions . they help the poor

Submitted by OlaIELTS on Fri, 19/06/2020 - 19:35

Yes. It's a good idea. My opinion on this, is that since it's possible for anyone to do work for charities which is a matter of choice, then while not celebrities too. They can likewise supports charities at wish.

Submitted by MahaSaleh on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 14:33

I think it's a good thing from celebrities to share what they do for charity because they remind people to donate for helping poor people. and their intention behind it doesn't matter!

Submitted by Fatima.As'ad on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 15:08

It's a great idea to helping poor people even though celebrities do it to stay under public eyes, but the matter is help.

Submitted by r31s on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 04:40

I agree when someone says that some celebrities do that just to get noticed. That helps anyway, though. It is what matters.

Submitted by Nany on Sun, 14/06/2020 - 17:11

I think a good idea use your image and your money to help poor people.

Submitted by Pilar_Alejandra on Sun, 14/06/2020 - 05:24

I think that is good for poor people be helped for other people, becouse that gives them dignity. So famous and rich people must do work of charity at any person who need them, not only when camera is film them, also on day to day. By the way when you help to another person you feel good, pleased and greatful with life

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Submitted by alla80 on Sun, 07/06/2020 - 21:10

I think it doesn't matter if who is doing charity is celebrity as long as the goal is the benevolent and helping needed people.

Submitted by Mohammed Ramadan on Sun, 07/06/2020 - 13:26

its good for celebrates to do some charity work because its good for both side to work together .

Submitted by imdoppio on Sat, 06/06/2020 - 11:40

i think it's good if they do charity work no matter what their real intention is. they may be doing it just for publicity. but at least they're doing it and getting publicity for a good cause. and might get some of their fans to do the same which is good.

Submitted by Harsh on Wed, 27/05/2020 - 10:13

The fabled benefits of celebrity support have rarely lived up to the hype, because to achieve that dividend requires the sort of additional organisational muscle that is beyond the stretched resources of most small- and medium-sized charities.

Submitted by nvshaik on Sat, 23/05/2020 - 03:32

I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity and it helps lot of people in pain. Since they are celebrities, the good things they do reaches many people and it inspires others also to give their hand.

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