Listener Mail 139

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Luke Haley and Liz Waid share listener mail and comments from our website, including many of your favorite English words.


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Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Luke Haley.

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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 hear what you had to say about recent Spotlight programs. What do you think about women in football? What is the future for social media websites like Facebook? And what is your favorite English word? Keep listening!

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Our first comments today come from the program “Women in Football”. In that program we told about Helena Costa. She was the first female coach of a professional all men’s football club in France. A coach leads a sports team. It is not common for a woman to coach a men’s team. Some people said Costa could not do the job. They said it would be too difficult for her for many reasons. But other people said it makes no difference if she is a man or a woman. Many of our listeners agreed. Commenter Dunguyenduy wrote:

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“I love football. I think it is not important if the coach is a man or woman. The value that she (or he) brings to a club is what is important.”

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Kenhieuloilam agreed. He wrote:

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“We love sport. We love football. Men can play football. Women can play football. Men and women can both manage a football team successfully.”

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Natasoul asked an interesting question in her comment. She wrote:

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“I think Helena Costa is a strong and wonderful woman. And really, why can women be heads of government or chief surgeons, but football is something impossible for us? It seems to me that if we have more women coaches in football, people might like this sport even more.”

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So what happened to Helena Costa? At the end of June, 2014, Costa decided to resign as coach. She released a statement explaining her decision. She accused the men she worked with of making decisions without her. They employed new players and organized games without her knowledge. She believed she was only employed to be the face of the club, but not to have any real responsibilities. Many people had hoped that Costa’s job as a men’s team coach would be a good step for women in sports. But it looks like the world will have to wait a little bit longer. Thanks for all your comments on this subject!

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We move now to another situation that did not turn out how people expected. In our program “Orkut: From Success to Failure” we told about the social media website Orkut. Several years ago, Orkut was the most popular social media website in Brazil and India. But today it is closed. Now, Facebook is the biggest social media website in the world. In that program we wondered if Facebook would ever fail. Commenter Mss Flamboyant wrote about how technology changes:

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“Today, everything can change so quickly. So we cannot predict anything. Yahoo was so popular in my country for three years, but now it is difficult to find people who use Yahoo. Social media brings us many benefits such as sharing photographs, connecting people, and even using it for work. I hope we can develop and improve it, but not remove or delete it. I am quite a big fan of social media like Facebook, Sky, and Zalo.”

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And Vien does not believe that Facebook will fail. He wrote:

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“Facebook is too big to fail. Many companies use it to introduce their product and share many ideas. People use it to connect to each other all around the world. They use it to read news from their country or the world. For me, I often go to Facebook to learn English, play games, or talk with the people I know. It is hard to stop using Facebook. In the future, I think Facebook will continue to grow because it is really important for people.”

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Facebook is a great place for people all over the world to connect with each other. But, as Dogiangnam explains, it can also have a bad side:

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Facebook is a very popular social media website in the world. But I do not like it because I spend a lot of my time on it. When I use Facebook, I have to spend two hours a day to use it!”

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Like any technology, Facebook can be good or bad. It depends on how you use it!

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But here are some good things that come from our Facebook page at On our Facebook page, we often post videos. In some of our videos, the people who work on Spotlight share our favorite English words. But recently, we asked you what your favorite words are. Many people commented and told us their favorite English words. Some even used their favorite word in a sentence. Here are some of your favorite English words!

Family. [Thuong Bui]

Mother. [Lucky Bach]

Nice. In the morning when I wake up, I always say: ‘Have a nice day’. [Nguyễn Việt Anh]

Handkerchiefs! [Aśka Joanna Maria]

Impermanent. [Kritsada Prueprung]

Xenophobia. [Iva Richard]

Coincidentally and patient, because I like how they sound. [MI ED Bravo]

Yah. I like the way it sounds. [Walsimbi Paul]


Family. [Văn]


Paradise, because it is the next place I will be in [Eddie Gold]

Under. It’s very cute and I like it. [Adrian Candelero]

Try, because it makes me love life and know anything. [Nguyễn Trọng Ngọc]

Salvation, because it is the greatest gift humankind has got. [Juan Pablo Ordòñez Salazar]

Love, because we cannot live without it. [Florence Heather Clemens]

Awesome, because it is a great word to say that is something great! [Ruth Robalino]

Love, because it drives us all. [Di Kiss]

Emanate. [Exrah Keiser]

Love, it is so sweet. [Chí Công]

Cool; because it represents what English means for me. The English language is cool. [Rolando Intriago Macias]

Probably; because I hate commitments. [Ssenoga Sissy Isma]

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It is clear to see that there were many different reasons for favorite words. Some were favorite words because of their meanings - like family and love. But some were favorite words just because of how they sounded - like handkerchief and patient. Thank you for sharing your favorite English words with us!

Voice 1 

If you would like to tell us your favorite English word, you can write it on the script page of this program. In fact, we love to hear your comments. If you have a comment for Spotlight you can write it on any script page.

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And do not forget that we have an official Spotlight App. You can find it in Apple’s App Store, or in the Google Play Store. Just search for Spotlight Radio. On our app you can get the newest Spotlight programs downloaded directly to your smartphone. Thank you for joining us for today’s listener mail program!

Voice 1 

The writer and producer of this program was Liz Waid. 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 This program is called, ‘Listener Mail 139’.

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


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said on November 06, 2014

I like Spotlight program. And i like to hear Liz Waid’ voice. Liz Waid is very beautiful too…