Listener Mail 142


Children in Turkey celebrate Children's Day
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Colin Lowther and Katy Blake look at comments about recent Spotlight programs. They look at Children's Days, medicines, and the TOEFL test. What would you tell Spotlight?

Transcript


Voice 1 

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

Voice 2 

And I’m Katy Blake. 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 programme we hear your comments on Spotlight programs. What do you think about Children’s Days around the world, and in your country? Have you experienced the placebo effect? Have you take the Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL test? Keep listening!

Voice 2 

Our first comments today come from the programme ‘A Day for Children.’ In that programme we heard about children’s days in different countries. The United Nations has declared that all children should have certain rights. The United Nations encouraged governments around the world to remember and work for children. That is why people began celebrating Children’s Days.

Voice 1 

Improve English wrote a comment about children on our website. He recognised the importance of caring for children in order to build a strong community for the future. Improve English wrote:

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‘Children are a great resource for a country’s future. Building a peaceful environment and providing basic needs contribute to building a strong and helpful community in the future. Children need to be well educated and have health care. They need to live in a peaceful environment and in good conditions. And they should be permitted to take part in social life to develop and improve life skills. I am pleased to hear that Children’s Day is celebrated every year around the world to honour children. It always reminds us of our responsibility to our children.’

Voice 2 

In the programme we heard when and how different countries celebrate Children’s Day. We asked if there is a Children’s Day celebration in your country. Bich Tham wrote:

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‘I was born in a small village. My country also has a Children’s Day. The children in my village did not think it was a special day only for us. It was just a normal day like every day.’

Voice 1 

But yellowdarkblue from Turkey had a very different experience. Yellowdarkblue said that the day is an official holiday in Turkey.

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‘In Turkey we have celebrated a special day for children every year since 1927. It is held on the 23rd of April and is called ‘National Sovereignty and Child Feast.’ In 1979 UNESCO declared it to be an international event. Every year since 1979 children come from many countries into Turkey to celebrate this day with singing and dancing.’

Voice 2 

We hope that celebrating Children’s Day in different countries will help make life better for children everywhere. Thanks for your comments!

Voice 1 

Our next comments come from the programme The Placebo Effect. In that programme we told about placebo medicines. Placebo medicines do not contain any real medicines. Scientists and researchers use placebo medicines to test with real medicines. However, taking a placebo medicine can improve a person’s health, just like taking a real medicine. The mind works to heal the body. This is the placebo effect.

Voice 2 

Severino Ramos da Silva from Brazil thought that this was an important and interesting topic. He told about his experience of using placebo medicine in his work. He writes:

Voice 4 

‘I am a nurse and I work at a hospital. Sometimes we have to use a placebo medicine for many patients. This is because they think that the real medicine does not have any effect any more. And quickly his or her pain disappeared so his pain was not real. Also, medical drugs should not be given every time a patient wants. They have a correct time to take them.’

Voice 1 

Dela was interested in how the mind affects the body and the effect of good patient-doctor relationships. She wrote:

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‘It is clear that our positive and negative thinking can have a great influence on the working of all physical organs of our body. This means that humans’ spirituality is in close touch with their health condition. So doctors’ work should involve healing the whole patient. A good patient-doctor relationship is very important because it is healing the patient’s mind. This fact should never be forgotten.’

Voice 2 

In the Placebo Effect programme we heard that that the mind can also affect the body in bad ways. A nocebo effect is when a suggestion or idea that something is harmful makes it become harmful. For example some people feel nervous or fearful before a test. This stress or nervous feeling gives them pains in their stomach. Some people are nervous before the TOEFL test.

Voice 1 

Our next comments are about the programme ‘Taking the TOEFL’. In the programme we asked if you plan to take the TOEFL. Nguyenthengoc wrote:

Voice 4 

‘I have not taken any TOEFL test. Maybe I will try it in the future. I know that taking the TOEFL and IELTS test makes you feel stressed. But everyone has a clear target in taking the TOEFL test. There is no way to achieve good results without trying hard. Study, study more, study forever. I think you should work at your English skills everyday if you want to be a winner.’

Voice 2 

Fritzkobus wants to take the test too. He agrees that studying and practising is important:

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'I would like to take it to know if I really have a high level of English. I think it is stressful to take the TOEFL test inside a room. But it is necessary if I want to work or study in the USA. It is useful to listen to the advice given to other students who have taken the test. Practise and listening to Spotlight English listening programmes is my way to practice English daily.’

Voice 1 

Fritzkobus has shared some helpful advice. We agree with Fritzkobus that listening to Spotlight every day is a good way to practise and improve your English. Would you like to receive Spotlight programmes by email? You can sign up for the daily Spotlight email on our website. Then you will never miss a Spotlight programme. And you will be able to practise English every day.

Voice 2 

Thanks to all of you who have written comments on our website or on Facebook. If you want to share your comments with Spotlight, visit www.radioenglish.net!

Voice 1 

The writer of this programme was Katy Blake. The producer was Michio Ozaki. The voices you heard were from the United Kingdom and the United States. All comments were adapted for this programme and voiced by Spotlight. You can listen to this programme again, and read it, on the internet at www.radioenglish.net. This programme is called ‘Listener Mail 142.’

Voice 2 

Tell us what you think about today’s programme. 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 programme. Goodbye.

Question:

Have you taken the TOEFL? What advice would you give to a person who wanted to take the TOEFL?

Comments


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yellowdarkblue
said on February 29, 2016

It was a surprising for me that you have made a issue my comment about’’ Chıldren Feast’’ in Turkey , I hade remarked befor a long time.It proves how you do and pursue your work so carefully.I want to make you sure,your program is very useful for English learners.I download all audious each mondays.Thanks for all…

Severino Ramos da Silva's avatar
Severino Ramos da Silva
said on March 01, 2016

From: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ( Severino Ramos da Silva )
To: Spotlight
Subject: Answer for the question above
Date: Tuesday 01 March 2016
Brazil

Dear Katy Brake, Collin Lowther, and Michio Ozaki:

No, I have not. To study, to study, and to study everyday. Each student should develop his or her skill in writing, listening, comprehension, and grammar to be able to get the TOEFL test. Also, inside the room the person should be calm to do an excellent test. Therefore, I want to thank everybody from Spotlight to talk about me in this Spotlight Programme where I answered the question about Placebo medicine. I am very proud about it. Thank you very much.
Your regards,
Severino Ramos da Silva from Brazil