Listener Mail 137


Colin Lowther and Liz Waid share listener mail and comments from our website. They also look at a Spotlight listener who is using Spotlight in an unusual way!

Transcript


Voice 1 

Welcome to Spotlight’s Listener Mail program. I’m Colin Lowther.

Voice 2 

And I’m Liz Waid. 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 

Today’s Spotlight is on you! In today’s program we look at what you had to say about our recent programs. We also look at one Spotlight listener who is using Spotlight in a very interesting way. And we share some very exciting news for smartphone users. Keep listening!

Voice 2 

Our first comments today come from the program Caffeine: The World’s Favorite Drug. In that program we told about the main chemical, caffeine, in drinks like coffee. Some governments and health organizations are concerned that companies are putting caffeine into foods where it does not naturally exist. Humble71 told us about his experiences with caffeine and his opinion on this question.

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“I drink four or five cups of coffee a day. After reading this program I think I have to reduce the amount of coffee in my daily life. Coffee attracts me with its smell and I think I am nervous because of it. I am always desperate and in a traffic jam I cannot be calm or quiet.

I also think companies need rules for using caffeine in drinks for children and young adults. It is possible the population is getting stressed quickly and is more violent because of this too. I would like to know the right amount of caffeine for my body. After this program, I will try to drink herbal tea with hot water. But for the beginning of the day, it is always good to start with a cup of coffee to be awake the first hours.”

Voice 2 

Hellokitty thought putting caffeine in other foods was a good idea. She said:

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“Correct amounts of caffeine can be helpful for a healthy body. So I think putting correct amounts of caffeine in foods is a good idea.”

Voice 1 

It is clear that caffeine is the world’s favorite drug. It seemed like every person had an opinion about it! Jellynhi wrote about advice she received from her mother. She wrote:

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“I love coffee, but my mother does not let me drink it. Now I understand why.”

Voice 2 

And finally, Alammar asked a question. Coffee comes from the seeds, or beans, of a coffee plant. People harvest these seeds, dry them, and then roast them in heat. Alammar asked:

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“I drink Arabic coffee that is a medium roasted bean. Do you think the amount of caffeine in coffee depends on the roast level?”

Voice 1 

Thanks for this question! However, there is not a very clear answer. Each kind of coffee plant can provide a different level of caffeine in its beans. And the roasting process does sometimes affect the caffeine level in a small way. But there is not a big difference in the caffeine level of different coffee roasts. Thank you for all your comments.

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Now we want to turn the Spotlight on one of our listeners from Japan. His name is Junichi Osada. He told Spotlight that he has been listening to the Spotlight program for five years.

Voice 1 

Osada plays the guitar. He has played this instrument since he was in high school. Today, he uses his guitar to write music. Osada says that he particularly likes writing songs that deal with difficult issues. He writes songs that have a message for the people who listen to them. For example, he wrote song against war called “Can You Forget the Atomic Bomb of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?”

Voice 2 

Junichi Osada also uses his guitar in his English practice group. He organized the group for people in his community. They meet together to sing songs in English. Osada plays the guitar as they sing. He described to Spotlight how his group works.

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“I studied English with Spotlight. After a while, I organized a circle of popular music. We all enjoy singing a song together. We translate English words of songs. We understand the meaning of songs. Singing is very pleasant. Most of the circle participants are aged. The oldest participant is eighty nine years old.”

Voice 1 

Osada says that he also tells all of his group members to listen to Spotlight! And there is another way Osada uses his guitar too! Osada makes songs using Spotlight programs. He takes some words and sentences from a program. Then he adds his own music and makes a song from these sentences. He describes how he makes these songs. He told Spotlight:

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“I want to make a song from all of the Spotlight programs. But even I do not know which program or when the idea for the music will come to me. I make a song with the music that comes to me.”

Voice 1 

Here is one example of Osada’s songs. This song is based on the Spotlight program called Facebook for Peace:

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Osada says he especially likes Spotlight programs that show how people help each other even when it puts them in danger. Some of his favorite programs were about Nicholas Winton and Caspar Ten Boom. If you would like to hear more of Junichi Osada’s songs you can follow the link to his YouTube videos on our website.

Voice 1 

You can also tell us how you use Spotlight programs. Write a comment on the script page of this program. Tell us on Facebook at facebook.com/SpotlightRadio. Or email us at radio@radioenglish.net.

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Finally today we have some exciting news at Spotlight! You can now receive Spotlight programs directly to your smartphone! Smartphones can connect to the internet. We have two new official apps - one for Android smartphones and one for Apple smartphones.

Voice 1 

You can download our Android app from the Google Play Store. You can also find the Spotlight app in Apple’s app store. Or you can follow the link to download both apps on the script page of this program.

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Every week the app will download Spotlight programs. In the app you can listen to programs and read along with the script. You can make a list of your favorite programs.  And you can share programs with your friends. If you try the app, write a review telling other people about it. Let us know what you think!

Voice 1 

The writer and producer of this program was Liz Waid. The voices you heard were from the United Kingdom and the United States. 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 137’.

Voice 2 

Tell us what you think about today’s program. You can leave a comment on our website. Or email us at radio@radioenglish.net. And find us on Facebook - just search for Spotlight Radio. We hope you can join us again for the next Spotlight program. Goodbye.

Comments


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Kiky ramadhan
said on July 28, 2014

Actually, I don’t like to drink coffee. But sometimes when I see my friends drink it I always interest with it.
Thanks spotlight for your information about coffe, in another time I will always drink pure water more than coffe.
Coz water is good, isn’t it?

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Katia
said on August 15, 2014

I like your program very much….thank you for the very interesting topics.every time I read it
I get pleasure…thank you for good job!

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natasoul
said on September 04, 2014

hi dear spotlght))) it is very interesting story about how your work encourages other people. I do not like coffe too. I like to drink herbal tea because it is most useful for our health,

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PTC
said on November 16, 2015

Good morning dear spotlight, I like to drink one cup of coffe every morning when I am in my job, I think that it is good for me. Thak you for you very good program, every day listen it since one year.