Listener Mail 144



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Liz Waid and Adam Navis look at YOUR opinions! We hear what you had to say about recent Spotlight programs.

Transcript


Voice 1  

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

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And I’m Adam Navis. 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 what you think about two different ways to communicate. You tell us about having good talks or conversations with other people. And we also hear what you think about using symbols called emoji. We also tell you about more ways to hear and see Spotlight. But first we hear how city squares are used where you live.

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Our first comments today come from the programme ‘City Squares’. In that programme we told about how city squares have been used in the past and how they are used today. We asked you to tell us about a city square where you live. People from all over the world told us about their very different experiences in city squares. Torun Citizen from Poland told us about a square in Torun.

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‘Old Market Square is used for many purposes. It has the shape of a square and is surrounded by large old buildings on all sides. This is the main meeting point for people. We meet friends there, and have private or business meetings. Political meetings or outdoor music concerts are held there. Why? It is a symbol of the city. When you are there you feel 800 years of history of the city.’

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Severino from Brazil remembered a beautiful square in the city where he was born.

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‘In English it is called the Square of Our Lady of Rosario. In this city square there was a television set for people to watch the news every night. There were also people selling sweets and local foods, people showing local art, and other good things to enjoy. It was wonderful.’

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But not everyone who visits a city square has a good time. Kaleb shared his experience of city squares in two countries,

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‘In my country of Yemen and in Ethiopia where I live as a refugee, the squares of cities are places for the unemployed and beggars who ask for food or money.’

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And some city squares are not even places for people. Commenter Giant told us,

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‘Damascus is an ancient city, and the capital of Syria. It has large squares used only for traffic, and not for people to visit or experience culture.’

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Thank you all for your descriptions of city squares!

Voice 1  

Before we move on to our next comments we have a question for you. Do you know that Spotlight has a YouTube channel? You can watch lots of Spotlight videos there. In our newest videos you can listen to a Spotlight programme and follow along with the text. Try to read the script out loud with us.

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And if you want more practice do not forget to visit our Facebook page - just search for Spotlight Radio. Every Saturday and Sunday you will find special posts. Our ‘Country of the Week’ posts have information about countries around the world. Our ‘Global Life’ programmes explore issues of faith and culture. And you can even try answering our short English quiz. Now let’s get back to your comments!

Voice 1  

Our next comments come from the programme ‘Having Good Conversations’. In that programme we said that a great conversation is more than just two people talking together. It is about exchanging ideas. It is also about creating new ideas together. We asked if you think good conversations are important. And we also asked what you enjoy talking about. All of our commenters believe that conversations are important. And many of them believe you can learn through conversation. Giant wrote,

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‘Conversation is wonderful. Through conversation we can learn from the experience of others, especially highly-experienced people.’

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Talahata agrees. She learned to solve problems in conversations with her friends.

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‘I think a conversation is important. I am so interested in a good conversation. I usually talk with my friends to relax and understand more about them. Sometimes, in a conversation between me and my friend, we share our problems in life. And then, we can help each other solve our issues.’

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And Kaleb likes talking about important issues.

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‘I think that conversation face to face is important. But technology is being used more. I enjoy talking to serious intelligent people. I enjoy talking about issues of religion and politics.’

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Kaleb talked about using technology to communicate. And our next programme was about one particular way people use technology to communicate.

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In the programme ‘Technology Changing Modern Communication’ we talked about how people use symbols or emojis to communicate. People often use these small pictures to communicate on a mobile phone. We asked if you use emoji. Hung Bac does. He told us,

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‘I use emoji every day on my phone and on Skype. It is very useful to use emoji to answer questions quickly. However we should not use emoji too much. Many old people do not understand what these emoji mean.’

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Giant likes to use a lot of emojis.

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‘Yes I use a lot of them. It is easier than writing words. Sometimes they express my emotions more than sentences. Sometimes it is very funny when people do not understand them. Then these people make me write what the emoji means.’

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bobjob thinks emoji help you show emotion when you use technology to send messages to your friends,

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‘I think that emoji are helping us to communicate better through messages. You cannot see or know about how your friend is feeling when they chat or SMS with you. Also you cannot show your emotion to your friend. So emojis are useful. But they cannot replace speaking between two people.’

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But not everyone uses emoji. Mohamed Abdellatif admitted that he did not,

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‘I do not use emoji because I do not understand them.’

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Severino does not use emoji either. He also has some concerns about using emoji,

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‘I do not use emoji because I do not understand the meaning of the small pictures that are exchanged for a word or phrase. Also, I think emoji are very funny pictures. But it is not a good way to write. If a young person starts to write in this way, he or she may forget the correct form to write in his or her language.’

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Thank you for all your comments on our programmes. If you would like to tell Spotlight what you think, you can share your comment on our website. You could even send us an emoji! Or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/spotlightradio. We hope to hear from you soon!

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 144.’

Voice 2  

You can also get our programmes delivered directly to your Android or Apple device through our free official Spotlight English app. We hope you can join us again for the next Spotlight programme.

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Comments


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Truongbinh1996
said on November 21, 2016

With me, I think that the emojis are used in conversations as a great way to express emotions.

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Felipe Alexandre
said on November 21, 2016

The Spotligth’s program was wonderful!!! I will like you speak about Brazil, my country. Things how the people, party and culture. Thanks

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Nosnart
said on November 21, 2016

Thank you Spotlight

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zanaku
said on November 23, 2016

When I tweet to a friend at Twitter, I use the Japanese emoji ( ^-^ )

Severino Ramos da Silva's avatar
Severino Ramos da Silva
said on December 03, 2016

From: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Severino Ramos)
To: spotlight programme
Subject: answer to the questions above
Date: Saturday 03, December 2016
São Paulo SP Brazil

Dear Liz Waid, Katy Blake, Adam Navis, and Michio Ozaki:

At first, I want to thank you for bringing us readers and learners of English more one great article, thanks!
Second, I want to thank you for mentioning me twice in this article about city squares and emoji’s comments that I did at previous articles. I really appreciate it and thank you very much for your consideration. I am very happy about it. Thanks!

The best regards,
Severino Ramos