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.

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

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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 User_User on Tue, 19/12/2017 - 11:00

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Good afternoon! I've got the following questions: Support pack: Tom the teacher - Exercise 1 The solution to the sentences 4 and 6 are: I'm planning to stay [in Newcastle] [for three years]. I don't intend to work [full-time] [in Newcastle]. My solution would be the other way round: I'm planning to stay [for three years [in Newcastle]]. I don't intend to work [in Newcastle][full-time]. Is my solution correct? If it isn't, which rules are here important? Thank you for your time!

Hello User2,

Your sentences are grammatically correct, but slightly unusual. Although I'm sure there are many exceptions to the rule, in general English sentences such as your first one put adverbials of location before adverbials of time, which is why the answer key has the order you're asking about. In Spanish and Catalan, the languages spoken where I teach, the opposite order is true and so most of my students say the same thing as you suggest. This doesn't make the sentence ungrammatical, but it does sound slightly strange to native-speaker ears.

(By the way, I always thought my students' preference for putting the time adverbial first was a question of them speaking a Romance language versus a Germanic language, but your instinct suggests to me that my idea may not be accurate. So thank you for asking -- it's helped me see something I was wrong about.)

In the second question 'work full-time' is a collocation (other similar ones are 'work part-time', 'work half-time'), so we tend to keep the words together. This is why putting the adverbial of location in the middle of the collocation makes it sound slightly unusual to a native speaker.

I hope that makes sense. Please let me know if you have any further questions about it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by altinkayaengin on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:36

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I would like to meet Christopher Nolan. He is a very good movie director. I most like his movie ''inception''. Other his movies are also very good but my favorite is ''Inception''.

Submitted by khuumichel on Mon, 11/12/2017 - 16:52

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I think this is a good idea if celebrities give some money to poor countries or areas where there as people in need in order to help them, in Africa for exemple. Like this they become more famous worldwide. In other words I want them to be volunteers and help people in poor countries all around the world by providing food or giving some money to build school or nursing care. WE WANT A BETTER WORLD NOT LIKE NOW

Submitted by deepest_breath on Sun, 10/12/2017 - 18:35

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It would be very nice to meet a study partner :)) If you want to do some practice, please add me. We can talk or chat.

Hello deepest_breath,

I'm afraid our House Rules don't allow our users to share personal contact information. This is why the information you included has been removed from your comment.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Marbh on Tue, 05/12/2017 - 18:24

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task 4: Lagoa da Pampulha is a lagoon located in the Pampulha region in the municipality of Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais. It is part of a complex with other tourist attractions and was designed by OScar Niemeyer during the administration of Juscelino Kubitschek ahead of the city hall of Belo Horizonte.

Submitted by Marbh on Tue, 05/12/2017 - 17:59

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task 2 : I would like to meet the Bono Vox U2 band. I love this guy. He sings weel, he's beautiful and good's people.

Submitted by Me from France on Tue, 05/12/2017 - 10:04

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I think it's pretty good that celebrities support charities because they do influence people over the world. What's more, they can give more money than us, so it's money well spent. It's true though, that some celebrities seem to do it only to enhance their image, but after all, as long as the charity gets the money, it's fine for me!

Submitted by Dayuwaisly on Sun, 26/11/2017 - 22:18

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Hi i'm Dayu from Indonesia, i would like to meet Niall horan because i like his song, moreover the guitar instrument it is good.

Submitted by kgorobinska on Wed, 22/11/2017 - 13:48

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Hello, I wanted to share my thought on whom I would like to meet in real life. My dream is to meet Victoria Beckham. She is an amazing woman, mom and designer. She used to sing in "Spice girls" band in 90's and most of the people know her as a pop singer, but I adore her for the things she made after that career. I think, she is a self-made woman and this is inspiring me every day and keep me going forward.

Submitted by arielpereirabr on Sun, 19/11/2017 - 01:58

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Task 5 - Yes, I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do charity work. It's easier to empathize with celebrities such as actors and actresses because we see them play different characters and express different emotions throughout the years, or if they start their careers at a very young age, we get to see them grow older and as human beings. Because of those experiences, when they do charity work, the people that like them may be more compelled to do charity work themselves.

Submitted by arielpereirabr on Sun, 19/11/2017 - 01:46

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I would like to meet James Hetfield. He is an American musician and songwriter. I chose him because since I'm a musician as well, I'd love to have the opportunity to have a conversation with him regarding our musical tastes, and I'd like to learn more about music from him.

Submitted by Zafhadi on Fri, 10/11/2017 - 07:53

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Task 5: Is it a good idea for celebrities to work for charities? I personally think it's a good idea. It doesn't really matter about their true intention, whether it really is a moral call or they just want to get more fans. The fact that they could get more media attention is already a good thing for the charity program and they could use their popularity to invite people to donate. Moreover, they've got money to help the program. by the way, it's my first comment in The LearningEnglish. Love this site!!

Submitted by Anggi Nugraha on Wed, 08/11/2017 - 23:43

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Hello, I'm Anggi Nugraha from Indonesia. I would like to meet Valentino Rossi. If I could, I want to ask him about the way he keep well the motivation in moto gp. And also, why he still single until now. he he. Thank's so much for this application. Very useful. Warm regard from Indonesia...

Submitted by israa yuines on Sat, 28/10/2017 - 11:23

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Hello, My name is israa, i am 23 years old and i am learning english by your app. And i loved it it is really amazing app, which i thank you for! To answer your question about " someone you would like to meet dead or alive!" I would like to meet Ahmed Zawil. He is a well knowen scientist. He won Nobil Prize, and he is a very successful person. He is Egyption just like me. He has followed his dreams, and worked really hard to reach that success and fame. He is areally great model for the youth. I would like to meet him because i would like him to give some advice to be successful and to reach my goals. And i would like to know the technique of this thinking, and how he manage the hard work. Because i would like to reach my goals too. I hope it was good. Angld i would like your feedback about it, and thank you very much. Tata for now.

Submitted by Peter M. on Sun, 29/10/2017 - 08:25

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Hi israa yuines,

Thank you for your interesting comment! I think his name is usually spelled Ahmed Zewail in English and he was a very interesting man. It was sad when he died a few years ago.

We don't correct comment on LearnEnglish as we receive so many every day, but we do read every one and it's nice to read interesting views such as yours.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

August 2, 2016 The death of Dr. Ahmed Zewail in the United States of America, after a conflict with the disease

Submitted by Yours Truly on Fri, 27/10/2017 - 13:39

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‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’ Task 5 Yes, I believe it is. When someone has a lot reaches out to those who needs help, what is wrong with that? Shouldn't we be happy that few people found their purpose and few people's needs are being compensated? When we think that celebrities are only after popularity or are only after the world's recognition of their kind-heartedness,isn't it the world's problem and not theirs? Why do we take offence at the goodness of people?

Submitted by fernanda sousa on Fri, 27/10/2017 - 10:13

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Task 5 - i like the idea help people low class, even in the face of marketing, the famous are helping the next, more than politicians. they get resources ith quite easily.

Submitted by Thalia Gomes on Thu, 26/10/2017 - 21:51

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I am from Minas Gerais Brazil, a very hot state in temperature, there is no sea, but there are waterfalls and swimming pools where we can refresh ourselves and relax.

Submitted by Thalia Gomes on Thu, 26/10/2017 - 21:24

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I would like to meet fifth harmony because I am a fan and I love their songs, today they are releasing a song with collaboration of the pitbull the song titled please.

Submitted by Last biker on Mon, 23/10/2017 - 17:00

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Hi, in the section 6 -Carolina : the Immigration Officer asks Carolina: "Is it a full-time course or part-time course?" But in the Practice materials - Exercise 1 the same question was written : "It is a full....." Why? Thank you

Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 24/10/2017 - 07:42

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Hi Last biker,

Thank you for pointing this out to us. We check all our exercises very carefully but occasionally mistakes creep through and then we rely on our observant users to spot them and let us know.

I have corrected the sentence in the exercise.

 

Thanks again,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by lucylu79 on Mon, 23/10/2017 - 13:18

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I would like to meet Jane Austen, she is my favorite writer at all. Her books are so pleasant to read, and if I could meet her I am sure we could have very interesting conversation .

Submitted by fernanda sousa on Mon, 23/10/2017 - 10:14

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I live in Brazil, in the state of Goiás. What attracts me the most are the waterfalls! A 150 km the capital, stay an little city pirenopolis, she is full the waterfalls, without doubts is a place of peace and tranquility.

Submitted by fernanda sousa on Sat, 21/10/2017 - 09:51

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I would like to meet stephen hawking to exchange ideas about artificial intelligence.

Submitted by Rodrigo de Sou… on Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:56

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I'm from Belo Horizonte, it's capital of Minas Gerais State in Brazil. It's a mountainous region and at the same time has a big traffic jam and it's a noisy city. There are a lot of parks, avenues, streets, all of them are always crowded. BH is a businesses city, the most people that go there is for business, mainly for services. BH is one of the biggest city in Brazil and was planned and constructed in the 19th century to be the capital of Minas Gerais State. I love there because it is a dynamic city, you always have something to do and the people from there is friendly and nicer.

Submitted by Mohammed215198 on Wed, 11/10/2017 - 21:19

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I think that is a good idea. They wii make the charity related to them

Submitted by Mohammed215198 on Wed, 11/10/2017 - 21:15

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Pyramids in Giza is a place which every foreign should visit. It's a fantastic and great place.

Submitted by Mohammed215198 on Wed, 11/10/2017 - 20:44

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I'd like to meet Robert Dawny Jr! He is a great actor. The best movie I watch it for him is called " Sherlok Holmes ", it's a fantastic movie!.

Submitted by Rodrigo de Sou… on Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:30

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I would like to meet Will Smith, he's an interesting actor and he made the movie called "The pursuit of happiness". It a great movie and maybe the best one that he has performed.

Submitted by astapik on Mon, 02/10/2017 - 09:01

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Hi there! My name is Dima, I'm from Belarus, Minsk. I wanted to improve my listening skills and was looking for English audio podcasts and I found this great site with tons of nice material! I'm really glad to join to your community! And as for this topic I've never been to Central Park in New York (I hope I'll be there one day ))) but in the city where I'm living a lot of parks and quiet places to have a rest after work and studies. Especially I'd high recommend to visit Victory park located on the bank of Svisloch river and drowning in green trees (in the summer time of course))

Submitted by ybcchina on Sun, 01/10/2017 - 05:23

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In my opinion,charity is a good idea to spread happiness to people especially for the poverty.I always regard charity as a kind of kindness.If we work for it ,it will show the great love we have.We should support the work and keep on doing it forever.

Submitted by lammattuxa on Wed, 27/09/2017 - 10:20

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If i have a chance i would like to meet Keanu Reeves. He is a Hollywood star, which is my favourite actor. His life is full of sadness when his best friend, child and wife die one by one. I still remember a touch saying of him after his last loved one pass away that "everyone needs happiness to live but not me". That's a very touch moment. Despite being suffered from continuous sadness in the life, he still work hard and has obtained success in career, however he always has a sadness deep inside the soul. He is also known as a men with a warm heart when he did many charity works with a lot of money being donated, but he always keeps secret about that. Lonely actor with a warm heart is the name i prefer to call him.

Submitted by alaa issa on Sun, 24/09/2017 - 09:02

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Cairo . What do you think of? noise. traffic jam. hot. population. people. but with this exciting, there is Salah Edin s castle. poor and rich visit it and enjoy by all tools. people visit it to see the wall of the castle and ancient masjed and how Egyptians use it to defend the city from Almgoles. The historical for this castle that is created over thousands year ago.I like it because it remembers us how our ancestors were great.

Submitted by alaa issa on Sun, 24/09/2017 - 06:41

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the celebrity I would meet him Mr Bill gats . he is from america . he established Microsoft company . i like him because he began his business from 0 now he rich man in the world. and he donate 95% from his wealth to help poverty .really i admire he and i want be same that .the question how do you can do all this activities

Submitted by BaruchCerezo on Sat, 23/09/2017 - 19:19

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I like this page, the topics they speak are interesting and clear, in addition you can understand what the characters say and give recommendations and clarifications very good to learn languages. The film star I want to meet is Jim Carrey, he is funny, natural and the most creative actor, I love each of his movies.

Submitted by alonejt007 on Fri, 22/09/2017 - 12:08

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Hi! I’m Mir Junaid Ali from Pakistan. I would like to meet Mr. Imran Khan. He is a very famous cricketer in Pakistan and all around the world; he is also very well-known politician in Pakistan representing a party namely called PAKISTAN TEHREEK-E-INSAAF (PTI). I really admire him. He did lots of things for his country; he established 2 cancer hospitals in which poor families can get treatment, also he was the winning captain of 1992 cricket world cup. Pakistan cricket team won world cup under his captaincy in 1992, that time he was leading a young team and Pakistan team considered as underdog team.

Submitted by PedroLiuEndong on Thu, 14/09/2017 - 16:20

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I think that it is good that celebrities are doing something for charity because these famous people are well known to many people so that their support to the charity can let common people to know there are still some people in the world that need help and call on people to devote money or things to people in need.

Submitted by PedroLiuEndong on Thu, 14/09/2017 - 16:13

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Arroud my universty, there are few places that are worth to visit, but in my hometown there are many parks. The landscape desgin is inherited from the old designers in China. In these gardens, you can feel calm and enjoy the beautiful sceney which are difficult to experience in the morden city.

Submitted by PedroLiuEndong on Thu, 14/09/2017 - 15:55

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Hello, everyone. My name is Pedro and now I am a sophomore in Chian. The person I would like to meet Jackie Chan. He is a famous actor and director. He played a role of a hardworking Chinese who can Chinese Kungfu in many films. Maybe I can get his signature in the future.

Submitted by Abby_Feng on Thu, 14/09/2017 - 14:16

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I’ve been to many places and climbed many mountains but the most beautiful place is Beacon hill in my hometown Jinzhou.Beacon hill in the southwest of Jinzhou city,it looks like a beacon.If you look at it in a long distance,the mountain is surrounded by a lot of clouds which make it vogue.You can only enter the mountain when tide water is down and then,the stony bridge will appear.It is a significant interest for me to climb the mountain.There many colorful flowers and trees.When you arrive the top of the mountain,you can have the greatest sight of the sea.

Submitted by Abby_Feng on Thu, 14/09/2017 - 14:15

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I’d like to meet Sabrina Carpenter.She is an American actress of Hollywood.In addition,she is a great singer.Sabrina has golden hair and beautiful blue eyes.Although she is short than 155 cm,her voice is so powerful that her video of singing has been watched over 1000000 in Youtube.Sabrina worked hard and expected to act in disney channel one day.Finally,she succeeded and she did a good job in the disney teleplay which called girl meets world.It’s she’s attitude told me that don’t stop chasing for the dream.

Submitted by XiongYipeng on Thu, 14/09/2017 - 14:15

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I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. Nowadays many people in the world are in the trouble and we can't do sth for them, but celebrities can do this for their fame and money, it's a good thing although they just want to make a nice fame.

Submitted by XiongYipeng on Thu, 14/09/2017 - 14:11

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My favourite place in my city is Maiji Mountain, it's a 5A spot and always be filled of so many people. I like it becasue it's history and culture, on the mountain there are some rock caves and mural 1000 years ago, it makes feel that the city I live in has age sense and makes me feel proud

Submitted by XiongYipeng on Thu, 14/09/2017 - 13:56

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The film star I really want to meet is Jackie Chan, as we all know he is a very famous action movie star and he is my idol, for that I love kongfu and his moives. He is a nice man, he had took part in many charity activities and be good to his families.And the most important point is that he is really a good actor.

Submitted by Gordon on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 16:44

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I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. Not only do they can increase their publicity, but also they can help many children or poor persons to have a good life.Besides, the celebrities can call upon their fan to devote themselves to the charity.So I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity.

Submitted by Xia Yuning on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 15:25

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I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. On the one hand, it is a good thing for charity to have celebrities do the charity thing. More people are attracted to pay more attention to do the charity. This will help more people get out of troubles. On the other hand, for the celebrities, doing the charity can help them to build a positive image and spread positive energy. This is a win-win situation.

Submitted by Xia Yuning on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 14:58

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I would like to talk about Tiananmen Square in my country. As we all know, it not only is a city square, but also it has great cultural significance. Especially in the morning, people from other places often see the flag raised in Tiananmen square. It is a special and sacred for Chinese. Tiananmen Square has been the site of a number of political events and student protests. Every year, military drills are conducted in Tiananmen square.