Listener Mail 136



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Liz Waid and Ryan Geertsma share listener mail and comments from the website.

Transcript


Voice 1 

Welcome to Spotlight’s Listener Mail program. I’m Liz Waid.

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And I’m Ryan Geertsma. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.

Voice 1 

In today’s listener mail program, we hear what you had to say. In today’s program, we look at three recent programs. First, we look at what it is like for two people who were terrible enemies to become friends who work together. Then, we look at a special food from Ecuador, and a food that may save the world.

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Our first comments come from the program “From Enemies to Peace Workers.” In that program we told about Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye. These men were both religious leaders. Ashafa is Muslim and Wuye is Christian. For many years these leaders fought each other in the name of religion. But then their ideas changed. They both began to work for peace. And then, they began to work together. Over a few years the men began to trust each other. Today, they work to rebuild buildings that have been destroyed by violence. They spread the message of peace and encourage people to stop fighting in the name of religion. Ha Le Khanh Vo offered this advice:

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“Life is very short so break your silly egos. Forgive quickly, believe slowly, love truly, laugh loudly. And never avoid anything that makes you smile.”

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Jimmy Mercado agreed. He wrote:

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“Violence brings insecurity, ill feeling, conflicts, death and destruction. We build and add value to this world just in times of peace. Fill your lives with positive things! Live each moment of your life intensely, with peace and love!”

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And Dela described the story of these two leaders.

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“This amazing story is about how two leaders of different religions forgave each other. They joined with the purpose of showing people the right way to peace in their country.”

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Thank you all for your comments. This is a truly inspiring story about how people can change through peace.

Voice 1 

Our next comments may make you hungry. In our program “Ecuadorian Fanesca Soup” we told about a special food in Ecuador. During the holiday of Easter, many families in Ecuador make this liquid soup. They use many different vegetables and grains. Making fanesca is an Ecuadorian tradition. In a comment on that program, Wilma wrote that she was proud to share this part of her country’s tradition. She wrote:

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“I am Ecuadorian and I feel very happy about this program because it can help people learn a little bit of the many beautiful traditions my country has.”

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And Jimmy Mercado told us about his experiences with fanesca.

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“It is great for us to learn about the customs and traditions of different countries, such as fanesca soup, one of our traditions. Everyone enjoys it. Though, no one knows exactly its origin. We do not make fanesca soup too often. We usually buy it. This is a very tasty food. Basically those are the ingredients, although in some places it has changed a little bit. In other places in our country, people eat it with “humitas”. That is a food made with corn.”

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James simply wrote:

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“This kind of Ecuadorian food is my favourite.”

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It is true that many people enjoy fanesca. Food from different countries and traditions can teach people more about a place or culture. Thanks for your comments!

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Our last comments were about a good tasting soup. But you may be less hungry when you hear about our next subject. In our program “Eat Insects: Save the World” we told about two big problems. First, some people do not have enough to eat. Second, other people eat too much, especially too much meat from animals like cows and pigs. This causes serious environmental problems. But there is a solution! Many experts suggest that people should start eating more insects! Already, people from many different countries eat insects. But insects need to become a part of everyone’s diet. We asked on our Facebook page if you have eaten insects. We asked what your favorites were. Grasshoppers were very common. Many people enjoyed eating insects! But Pham did not. He wrote:

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“I have eaten grasshoppers. I did it only one time, but it was weird. I will never eat insects again.”

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Dela could see how eating insects instead of meat could have a great effect on the earth. She wrote:

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“I think eating different insects is a really good idea. This unusual kind of food can probably replace common meals of meat, milk products, and root crops. This is especially true in poor communities. Insects as a food source may protect the world from starvation in the future. I have never eaten insects. However, I would like to try them someday.”

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There were also other people who would be willing to start eating insects. Jelena wrote:

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“In my country, people do not eat insects. I watched a romantic comedy film and in that film, they ate grasshoppers. I want to try them if people eat them. Maybe I will take a chance in the future...”

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But some people felt like Minh who said:

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“I saw many people eating ants. But I am afraid.”

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However, Ha Le Khan Vo wondered if eating insects was actually better.

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“According to my religion, every animal still has a soul - even a small insect. In the next life you will be reborn into a different body. So when you eat meat or insects in this life, you will have to pay for those sins. What would happen if people used all the insects for meals? What would life be one day if the last insect was extinct? Why don’t we think about artificial meat?”

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Thanks for your question Ha. Experts believe that raising large animals like cows and pigs is very bad for the earth. Raising insects is much better for the earth. But, other experts are also working on making artificial meat. By the year 2050, there will be many more people on earth. Solving these problems about food sources is very important. Thank you all for your comments!

Voice 1 

If you would like to share your comments and opinions with Spotlight, you can visit our website. Or, find us on Facebook. Just search for Spotlight Radio. There, every week we post facts about different countries.

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Or, watch our Word of the Day videos. Four times every week, we choose a word of the day. Practice your English by using the word of the day in a sentence. You can also see great sentences from other Spotlight listeners.

Voice 1

Thanks for joining us today! We hope to hear from you soon!

Voice 2 

The writer of this program was Liz Waid. The producer was Michio Ozaki. The voices you heard were from the United States and the United Kingdom. All quotes were adapted for this program and voiced by Spotlight. You can listen to this program again, and read it, on the internet at http://www.radioenglish.net. This program is called, ‘Listener Mail 136’.

We hope you can join us again for the next Spotlight program. Goodbye.

Comments


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Ecuadorian
said on June 04, 2014

Thanks Liz Waid, it was a very interesting program. I am from Ecuador, and I believe that Ecuador   deserves a special program about the nature in Ecuador, because in this country exists the Galapagos Islands, in those islands there are unique animals; and we have a unique national park, this is the park Yazuni; in this park a hectare has more species of plants than in all North America. Besides the third part of hummingbirds are in Ecuador. The president of my country says every day the pope is argentine, God is from Brazil, but the paradise is in Ecuador. There are two tribes without contact with voluntary isolation; they are the “TAGAERI AND TAROMENANI”. And Cotopaxi volcano is the highest active volcano of the world, that volcano of course is in Ecuador. I believe that my country deserves a special program; I am very proud because I am Ecuadorian.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCwLjXH0f-Y&hd=1

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VladaVuja
said on June 06, 2014

It sounds like a very delicious food :)
Nice video…I would like to visit Ecuador once