Listener Mail 140


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Liz Waid and Colin Lowther look at comments from people all around the world and tell about the new features of Spotlight’s website.

Transcript


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

Voice 2

And I’m Colin Lowther. 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 your comments on recent Spotlight programs. We also tell about some new things happening with our website. We love to hear comments and suggestions from Spotlight listeners. So if you have a comment or question as you are listening, you can write to us. You can email us at radio @ radioenglish.net. And you can visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/SpotlightRadio. Or, you can also leave a comment on the script page of any program. We will also say these addresses again at the end of our program. But now, it is time to hear what you had to say!

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Our first comments come from a series of programs we released about the Ebola epidemic. In this series, we told about the Ebola disease, and some of the methods and people fighting against it. One of these programs was called “Heroes of Ebola”. In that program we told of the people who used their skills and knowledge to care for people with Ebola. Some were medical experts. Some were common people. These people risked their own lives to take care of other people. Many of you recognized this sacrifice. Isabel wrote:

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“I think it is very hard to be in that situation - to take care of sick people. But when we love to do it, it is the most important.”

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Thinking about what these heroes did can make all of us ask the question: “What would I have done?” It is good to know that there are people like these who will help. And it is important to remember them. Dela wrote:

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“I was moved deeply listening to this story on real heroes in the fight against Ebola. They sacrifice their own lives to people suffering from Ebola even through the loss of home and family. This is true, only people like these, with a lot of courage and a loving soul can help end Ebola’s outbreak. Only they can reduce its bad effects too. Doctors, nurses, and volunteers dying while treating patients in West Africa will never be forgotten!”

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Ebola is a terrible and frightening disease. Many people have suffered because of it. The heroes who fight against it deserve to be recognized.

Voice 1

One way to fight Ebola is through technology. Recently, we released a program called “Google Science Fair”. In this program we told about young men and women who compete in Google’s Science Fair. These teenagers share their ideas on the internet. They test their ideas and then write a report about what happened during the test. Many of the teenagers use their inventions to solve a problem in their community. They show how technology and science can solve problems like these. Jimmy believes that it is good for young people to be involved in science. They may even be able to stop diseases like Ebola in the future. He writes:

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“Technology is increasingly developed with knowledge of science. This fact has helped people work and make their lives more comfortable because of these inventions. Over time, and through advances in science, people have found many solutions for many impossible situations like diseases and criminal mysteries. So, I think that involving young people in all fields of science is very important to better living and facing the future. This competition is an excellent method for doing that!”

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And Nguyenthuy was inspired hearing about other young people in the science fair. He wrote:

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“I love science. I think science has changed the world quickly. Science has explained most of what I wonder about in life. Someday I hope I may enter the Google Science Fair!

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These young people are doing important work. They have already done amazing things. And hopefully they will continue to do amazing things to help people all around the world!

Voice 2

We wanted to tell you about a recent change at Spotlight. Over the past year, we have asked people who visit our website to give us feedback. We asked them what they wanted Spotlight’s website to provide. We have been working hard this past year to build the website you want! And in the last few months, the Spotlight website has been live! It looks completely different. But it also can do some new, exciting things.

Voice 1

First, the website is now easier to use on mobile telephones. In the past, it was difficult to use our website on a smartphone or tablet. However, now, you can visit the Spotlight website on any device.

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Another exciting thing you can do is to sign up to join a Spotlight English Club, or SEC. In an SEC, people listen to a Spotlight program. Then, they practice their English by talking about the program together. An experienced English speaker leads the group. Many SECs meet on the internet, using the program Skype. If you would like to join an SEC, visit the Spotlight website at http://www.radioenglish.net.

Voice 1

Our new website also now provides two new ways to use Spotlight. Each program now includes a small list of vocabulary words. You have asked for this ability for a long time! And now it is here! At the beginning of a program, the script lists a few new words to watch for and listen for. Click on each word to find its definition in our word list. As always, we also have a Word of the Day. But now, the program page includes a link to the Word of the Day video, so that you can also hear the word.

Voice 2

The second new thing our website includes is a way to organize programs. We have programs about many different subjects. But in the past, it could be difficult to find particular programs. If you are looking for a particular subject, you can click on the Listen and Read link. Then choose the subject you want to hear about. You will find a list of programs about that subject.

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Tell us what you think about our new website, and any Spotlight program! Maybe we will hear your comments in Spotlight’s next Listener Mail program!

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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 140’.

Voice 1  

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.

Question:

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Comments


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Learning Everything
said on February 12, 2015

I registered into the English club already, but I still not know how to meet another people? Can you guide me via my email?

I think that, a of of students or someone who wants to improve about their grammar skills but our website have not got it. It looks like you help us to correct a sentence in a comment or short essay.

Thanks. My email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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PakaAnka
said on February 12, 2015

Hello friends. I like all programs that yours share each day. The SEC is an excellent idea, I register one of them but there is not Sce club on my region Ecuador. I suggestion create one Sce club for latinoamerica.
Thank for all