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Episode 01

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

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

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


Task 2

Carolina 1

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


Task 3

Carolina 2

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


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

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Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


Celebrities doing charity work to be more fame, get financial support to travel around the world and living well. But there effects on fans makes them support charity works which keep up many authorities still working in Africa and many other countries.

Yes, definitely. Celebrities have a more chance to focus on big problems as a poverty, environment pollution and etc.

Since I don't have any knowledge whether celebrities to do this holly work for getting attention, I believe that the end result is more important. Charity is raised to help poor's who are going through miseries and pains. Everyone has some profession and celebrities too. I think celebrities or spoke person have a great influence over different sections of societies. People use to follow their hero's/heroins. If celebrities do promote charity it will just not help the poor's but also sends a kin message to the society that as a human our first responsibility is to serve humankind.

I just like listening to music, and I listen to songs in different languages ​​of the world, but most of my playlist are songs in English, because there are mostly cool tracks in that language. I translate all the songs into my native Ukrainian, to get even more into the meaning of the song.

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

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

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

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

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

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