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

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 Xia Yuning on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 14:32

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I would like to meet Dita Von Teese, a famous stripper in the United States. Although she is a stripper, I was deeply attracted to her charm. I like her. It is not because of her performance, actually I never saw her performance before. I was interested in her personality. She is an elegant and classical woman. Every move that she makes is full of grace. Because of her charm, she not only take photos for magazines, but also get the Chanel’s runway show.

Submitted by guot3 on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 14:20

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I would like to talk about the zhongshan park in my city. It is near from my home and a beautiful park. It has a pool in the center. There are many trees around the pool and there is a mountain next to the pool. If you want to relax yourself you can not only walk around the pool and climb the small mountain but also can swim in it, the park has a swimming pool.

Submitted by Mikhail.S on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 13:57

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Yes, I think it's a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. They give an example for more other people who like them and it's helpful thing for all people - poor and rich. If celebrities only want publicity and they not interested poor people - it's their privat affair. But they do many good things, they do world better and other people must appreciate it.

Submitted by Mikhail.S on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 13:44

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In my town there is The Victory Square. There are any schools, two university, church, theatre, museum and many houses near here. Students, pupils, mothers with children, and other people go there for relaxating, walking, sitting on benches, meeting with friends. This square was build in 1945 to celebrate World War 2 victory. Every year on 9 May there is The Victory Parade. I like going on this square, to sit on the bench, see other people, and sometimes to meet friends. It's the best place in my town!

Submitted by Gordon on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 12:35

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My hometown has a very fantastic scenery which is called the hukou waterfalls.The hukou waterfall is located in Ji county. when you go there, you can see a magnificent scene. The reason why the waterfall can take shape is that it is formed in a special geographic position. because of the special geographic position, people can see the wonderful scene and the very turbulent flow from the top to the bottom. And the most amazing thing is that under the waterfall it has a tunnel connected the Shanxi province and the Sanxi province. If you go there, I believe you will never regret!

Submitted by Maek on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 12:15

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I think it is a good thing. No matter what they do or how they do it, as long as they do, it's better than those who simply say and don't do it. Celebrities can lead to greater social attention and let people know that someone is working hard and acting as a good example.

Submitted by Maek on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 12:09

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I would like to talk about The Great wall of my country. The Great Wall is in several provinces which are in the north part of China. Millions of tourists go there to visit the magical architecture and feel the breath of ancient times. It has two thounsands years of history. I like it because it witnesses the cruelty of war and tells me the value of peace.

Submitted by Maek on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 11:50

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I would like to meet Scarlett Johansson, an American actress. She has a lot of movies such as The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America and so on. My favorite film of her is Lucy. Besides movies,She actively participates in the U.S. election and also loves charity like the “Hero in Heels” project of Wish Upon A Hero Foundation. I admire her because she do the things that I can not do. I want to ask her what is the true amusement circle.

Submitted by kaito1417 on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 11:30

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As far as I am concerned, this is a good thing that celebrities use their power to help people and do some charity. Celebrities are likely to attract more and more people to do charity. Then more people who need help can be saved. However, we can not totally believe all celebrities. They may want to use the charity to make a profit.

Submitted by kaito1417 on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 11:16

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I will introduce the people’s park of the city which I live in. My city is in the south of China. Because of the tropical climate the trees are always green all the year so we can see green trees in every covers at the park. A great number of trees also bring us clear air and keep out the hot sun. Thanks to that, people like to take a walk or have a party with family and friends at the park after finishing their work. At night, there are so many people enjoy their free time such as doing some sports at the park to relax themselves.

Submitted by kaito1417 on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 11:03

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I'd like to meet Jackie Chan who is a famous Chinese actor. He learned martial arts from a young age so that he can do well in martial arts movies. He worked so hard and he never used substitutes in his movies. In 1995, his movie enter the Hollywood and help him to be on the cover of Time. Not only he do well in his works, but also make many contributions to charity. If I can meet him in the furture, I am looking forward to shaking hands with him.

Submitted by Gordon on Tue, 12/09/2017 - 14:18

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I`d like to meet Rowan Atkinson, a very famous actor in UK. He is famous as Mr. Bean. He played this role in a series of firm. He played Mr.Bean extremely wonderful. i was completely attracted to him. He has an unique sense of humor so that i was always attracted. In 2012, he had been invited to participate in Olympics opening ceremony. when i saw him on TV, i was very excited. so i really want to meet him in the future!

Submitted by miemiemie on Mon, 11/09/2017 - 12:56

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I think it's a good idea for celebrities to work for charity. First, celebrities have good economic strength and can help the poor more. Second, celebrities have greater influence and can call on more people to join charities.

Submitted by miemiemie on Mon, 11/09/2017 - 12:44

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Xiamen's Gulangyu Islet is a very beautiful place, there are many famous tourist attractions on the island, such as riguangyan, museum etc.. There are a lot of well decorated shops, very interesting. When I travelled in a postcard shop, I wrote a postcard to someone who is important to me .In a conclusion,I really like the romantic atmosphere there.

Submitted by miemiemie on Mon, 11/09/2017 - 12:25

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I would like to meet Louis Koo. He is a famous Chinese actor and singer. He starred in many classic movies, such as the Condor Heroes, the overheard 3, and so on. I love the most of the film is 2 SPL story, because it is very touching,it tells the story of a father's love for his daughter. I adire him because he donated money to many poor areas and helped a lot of people in need. If I can meet him, I'd like to ask him how he defines an actor's worth.

Submitted by HeZongxian on Mon, 11/09/2017 - 08:58

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I think it is a good thing. Celebrities can apply their influence to appeal people to engage in charity and help the poor or other poeple who are in plight. No matter what is the original purpose of the celebrities, they have contributions to the harmony of our society.

Submitted by HeZongxian on Mon, 11/09/2017 - 08:35

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I would like to talk about the beach of the city. The beach is in the south of the city. Tens of thousands of people go there to swim, play beach volleyball or just for sightseeing and relax. Perhaps nobody knows exactly when the beach comes into being, it began to be developed as a scenic spot since 2011. I really enjoy this beach because of its fresh air and beautiful and relaxing scenery.

Submitted by HeZongxian on Mon, 11/09/2017 - 08:18

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I would like to meet Hedy Lamarr, an American actress (1914-2000). She has many famous movies such as My Favorite Spy and Copper Canyon. She is not only famous for her movies, but also famous for her contributions in Frequency-Hopping Spectrum, which is widely used in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc. I really admire her because of her achievement in communication technology. I would like to talk to her about how she can balance invention and performance.

Submitted by serg160485 on Sun, 10/09/2017 - 14:09

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Very good and clear lesson! I hope next lessons will the same as well!

Submitted by Paaaaul on Sun, 10/09/2017 - 09:28

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I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. On one hand , charities can get money from celebrities , which is a good thing for poor. On the other hand , celebrities can get publicity from charities, which is a good thing for themselves. So a win-win result is good for both of them.

Submitted by Paaaaul on Sun, 10/09/2017 - 06:57

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Tsinghua University is almost the best University in China. Many people go there during summer vacation. Some of them are tourists , who want to see the old campus and sit under green trees for relax. Others are students, who want to go to the labs in this university. Tsinghua university was established in 1911. It witnesses the Word War II and the birth of People's Republic of China. I like this place for its peace environment.

Submitted by Paaaaul on Sun, 10/09/2017 - 06:31

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I`d like to meet YangMi , a famous actress in China. She played a major role in many famous movies, such as Ten great III of peach blossom, Tiny Times and RESET. What I like most is the movie RESET , because of the exciting story and the excellent act skills of her. She likes to help poor children and has donated so much to them. I admire her and if I can meet her , I want to talk to her about her life behind the screen. I want to ask her how many hours does she work a day.

Submitted by Alen98 on Sun, 10/09/2017 - 02:37

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I agree with working for charity. If we have some experience in helping people, we can promote others to do the same. Everyone helps ecah other, our world will be a better place. In addition, i encourage people do what they can, do not beyond your own ability. It will make benign cycle.

Submitted by Alen98 on Sun, 10/09/2017 - 02:24

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My city has a famous park called CaiShiji. It is the place where chinese most famous poet-Li Bai died. This park is the most beautiful park i have been before. It has various trees and flowers. Lake is clear as a mirror and you can see many small fish swim in it actively. This park also have important historical significant. When I was a child, i usually go to there with my father, and we have wonderful memories in there. So i like CaiShiji very much.

Submitted by Wang Haozhe on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 17:58

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From my point of view, whether working for charity is celebrities' their own things. We should not blame celebrities for not working for charity. If they work, no matter what they aims for, I think we should give them applause. We should know that working for charity is not their responsibility. So anyone working for charity should be respected and praised.

Submitted by Wang Haozhe on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 17:26

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My favourite park in my city is called 'People's Park'. It is a large park near the city's library. Many parents take their own children to have a picnic in the park at weekends. Elder people often go fishing by the artificial lake in the park. Another reason people want to go to the park is to breathe fresh air. Its history is not long, dating from 1990s. I often take a walk in the park.It makes me feel comfortable and quiet. Sometimes I play guitar with my friends on the grass. Meanwhile, we enjoy the beautiful scenery of park.

Submitted by Melanie-han on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 08:04

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In my opinion, everyone have the right to decide do or not do charity himself. Charity is not a social duty or responsibility. That means , if you want, you just go and do it. But, if you don't want do charity, others don't have the right to punish you, either. So, my view is : just decided by themselves.

Submitted by Melanie-han on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 07:56

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Harbin is a beautiful city in Heilongjiang province. Snow and ice is a symbol of this city, and fortunately, this wonderful city is my hometown. Harbin is a inclusive city , because the short distance between Russia and Harbin, there's lots of Russian buildings. Many different cultures have been brought here and combined together. I think it's an really excited thing.

Submitted by Melanie-han on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 07:37

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Hi, my name is Melanie, I'm a student from Beijing Jiaotong university in Chins. I really want to meet Kristen Stewart. I like her because although there is a lot of controversy and evaluation on her, she just be like what she meant to be. I really respect her.

Submitted by 燃燃 on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 06:33

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I come from Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei province in China.I would like to introduce the Ancient City of Zhengding. It is a city built according to Chinese traditional planning ideas and architectural styles, which embodies the historical and cultural features of China from around AD fifth Century to nineteenth Century. In history, with Baoding and Beijing are known as the ''northern Sanxiong town".

Submitted by 燃燃 on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 06:18

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In my opinion, the celebrities to do work for charity is better than average person to work for charity. Celebrities have celebrity effects. If everyone donated a little, it would be a big sum.

Submitted by 燃燃 on Sat, 09/09/2017 - 04:10

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Hi,everyone! My name is Luyi and I'm in BJTU university in China. The person who I would like to meet is Jong Hyun. He is a famous singer, one of the members from a singing group named SHINee. He released his first solo album ,BASE, in January 12,2015.

Submitted by Wang Haozhe on Fri, 08/09/2017 - 17:58

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Hello, guys. My name is Wang haozhe and i am a student from BJTU. I would like to meet Aurdey Hepburn(1929-1993). She was a Dutch, British actress and humanitarian. I first knew her after watching the famous film 'Roman Holiday'. One of Aurdey's most radiant roles was in the fine production of My Fairy Lady. I really admire her not only because the achievement she got in the film but also her contribution to the children care and surviving. I would like to talk to her about the public utility works she made and some of her famous films. I want to tell her she is the most beautiful actress in my heart forever.

Submitted by Alen98 on Fri, 08/09/2017 - 00:26

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Hey, guys! I am a student come from China. Well, i would like to meet Brouno Mars. His songs have won universal praise, and i like them very much. He is a talented songwriter and good singer. If i meet him, i will encourage him to continue, keep his heart.

Submitted by Zong11235 on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 15:08

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In my view, the celebrities to do work for charity is better then no one to work for charity. The charity need people to join. If everyone donation a little, the amount of goodwill will be huge. And celebrities is a role model for others .

Submitted by Zong11235 on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 15:02

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Now, I want to introduce the Gou Li in my hometown. It is a beautiful spot, in my city. The older can get flesh air and good health. People will have long life here. Tow hundred years ago, a famous people had a poem, It expressed concern about the country .And the name of the Gou Li is from the poem.

Submitted by Zong11235 on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 14:48

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Hi.my name is Zong, I want to meet Tang Guoqiang. He is a perfect actor for Lan Xiang. He become my favourite when I was young.

Submitted by MartaCardoso on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 14:07

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Hello, my name is Marta. I'm from Brazil and live in London at moment. I'd like so much Oprah, because she has a life's beautiful history. she's a strong womam, a example for me. She's a champion!

Submitted by zhaopeixiang on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 13:36

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My opinion is clear that it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. It will bring positive energy for society, give warm to poor people. Otherwise, may be have celebrity effect to get more people's support and more money. Although have some dark background, most money can still sent to person who need them. So, I agree celebrities to do work for charity. That's all, best wishes.

Submitted by Zehao Huang on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 13:18

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In my opinion, weather they do work for charity or not, there are no wrong with them. Because doing work for charity is not an obligation of them. But it is a good thing to do something for charity, and do some work is not only has benefit in charity, but also has benefit in the person who does the work. So I think if you have power and have nothing to fight for, you can take part in these jobs, and work for charity, and both yourself.

Submitted by Zehao Huang on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 12:48

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I come from Chongqing province in China, it is a great city set up on numbers of mountains. And I will introduce Ciqikou ---- an ancient town which became a famous view spot in Chongqing. There are many kinds of petty commodities sold in Ciqikou‘s small shops, but the most famous thing is the snack in it. There are more than 100 types snacks in Chongqing, I know you will like it.

Submitted by Zehao Huang on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 12:16

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Hello, my name is Zehao Huang, I'm in Beijing Jiaotong university in China. The person who I want to meet is Jason Statham. He is a famous movie star and he is a really amazing actor. Many brilliant films like 《The Expendables》are his opus.

Submitted by gladuz on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 08:46

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Hi, everyone! My name Jamshid and I am from Uzbekistan. I'd like to meet Linus Torvalds. He is a founder of most successful software in all-time "Linux". The reason why I want to meet him is his incredible intellect and world-changing ideas. I really admire him.

Submitted by Lewis Q on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 06:50

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Well, to my opinion, it depends on their attitude. I have seen many attitudes do work for charity to rise their popularity, which will help them to earn more money, and others said they would like to contribute money before camera and refuse to donate anything after the TV show. For those people, I don't think it is a good thing for them to work for charity. However, for those calibarities who do work for charity indeed, I respect them and absolutly support them.

Submitted by Lewis Q on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 04:54

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So now, I'd like to introduce the WenXin square at my hometown. It was almost there when I get memory. It is big enough for at least one thousand people. When there's no rain or snow, even every night there would be people dancing, play basketball, skating or running.

Submitted by Lewis Q on Thu, 07/09/2017 - 04:25

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Hello, I'm Lewis. I'd like to meet Jackie Chan, he is a great action movie actor, and he is warm-hearted, breave, and he is a really kong-fu master.

Submitted by FABIANOVIDALROCHA on Wed, 06/09/2017 - 18:32

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Michael Jackson was a people that help many people of the World, he made musics to charity of Africa.

Submitted by zhaopeixiang on Wed, 06/09/2017 - 16:45

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Good evening everybody, I am ZhaoPeixiang, here I come again. My hometown is a beautiful place, our person in TianZhong mountain square where a vest square. TianZhong mountain is the biggest man-made mountain in our country. Also, we have the biggest lake that is SuYa lake. Coming back TianZhong mountain square, it have many bright lights. Some lady like dancing at the center of square. All of children may be love children's playground where has many entertainments. This square is suitable for everybody, naturally, I am interesting it. It make everyone feel relaxed.

Submitted by FredGu on Wed, 06/09/2017 - 08:09

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I think that celebrities can do something for charity because they have fame that can call on more people to devote their powers to helping people who need help. Of course they should own their lives so they should not devete all.