Listener Mail 146


Liz Waid and Colin Lowther look at comments from our listeners. Have you ever heard a Spotlight program that affected you?

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

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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.

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Today’s Spotlight is on you! In today’s programme we listen to what you had to say about our recent programmes. Let’s get started!

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Our first comments today come from the programme ‘The ABCs of Managing Stress’. In that programme we looked at how the demands of life can cause feelings of mental, emotional and even physical pressure - stress. But we also heard about ways that people manage these feelings of stress. We asked if you feel stress and how you deal with it.

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Many of you told us that you do experience stress, and for many reasons. Thabet Viras from Mauritania says his work makes him feel stress. And Pham Cong Dung from Vietnam feels stress when he thinks of his career. Leo Jimmy from Japan wrote,

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‘I am experiencing pressure in studying English. I only have two weeks to prepare for taking my IELTS tests. English is my second language. I am not good at this subject. As a result I am nervous.’

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Dela does not think that stress can be avoided but it can be overcome or defeated. She said,

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‘If we are to fight stress successfully we need courage, patience and a strong belief in being able to change. We may be able to overcome stress more easily if we can depend on the support of good friends or family.’

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Dela said that it was good to have the support of other people. Some of you agree that being with other people helps you manage your stress. Nguyen Duc Tuan from Vietnam thinks that team sports like football and volleyball help ease stress. Huong Lethanh from Vietnam goes out to a dance club. She writes:

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‘I like to talk when I feel stress. Sometimes I go to a dance club. I see people, dance, and listen to loud music. This makes me feel better.’

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Other people who are stressed do not want to be with other people. They want to be alone. Giac Mo Mau Tim from Vietnam is one such person. She explained,

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‘I go for a walk or sit down anywhere as long as there is no-one there. I just think about everything. I calm down and find the best way to solve my problem.’

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Other things also help you to deal with stress. Some people felt that singing helped. And Ervin Sylvester from Malaysia turns to eating when he cannot find other help. He writes:

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‘I stress about everything. I tried to ask my best friend for help, but it was no good. So I will just eat to deal with my stress.’

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If you suffer from stress you may find that one of the ideas we have heard today will help you. Paulo Robson has one final suggestion. He says,

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‘I have a suggestion. Take a deep breath and count from one to ten. It helps to control your stressful situation.’

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Before we move to our next comments, here is Adam Navis to tell you about an exciting new way to communicate with us - Spotlight Live!

Adam    

Hi, I’m Adam. If you are our Facebook fan, you can now watch Liz and I LIVE. Once a month, we take time to gather with you. We tell about interesting programs and new projects we are working on. We tell about our lives and culture. And we also answer your questions - all LIVE! You can find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/SpotlightRadio. When you like us, make sure to choose to see our posts first, so you will not miss anything! We hope to see you there!

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Thanks Adam! Our next comments come from a programme about ‘Being Perfect’. In the programme, we heard about perfectionists - people who want to do everything perfectly. It can be important to do things to a high standard. But people can find it stressful to try to be perfect. We asked if you try to do things perfectly and if this is a good thing. One young lady from Taiwan was clear that sometimes a person should aim for perfection and sometimes not. She said,

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‘For those important things such as tests you must do your best and even do it perfectly. But it is different for your house cleaning - especially if you have children. You clean your house and your children make it look as if it has been bombed. You must say ‘Whatever! Let it go.’’

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Tal Gilboa from Israel does not believe that it is possible to be perfect,

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‘I think that it is important to try to do things perfectly. But I still do not know how much time and energy we need to spend to do that. If we try to make something perfect it could take our time and effort away from something else. I do not believe people who say that they do everything perfectly. I do not think that most of them really do everything perfectly.’

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Our final comments come from the programme ‘Age is Just a Number’. In this programme we heard about very old people doing very amazing things. It gives young people hope to see older people have success in later life. Mokhtar Mohamed from Sudan was excited by the example of one old man,

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‘The amazing thing is that he still has a lot of things to do. He still has dreams and goals to achieve. That really interests me. I keep thinking about how this man has been living all these years and turned 80 and did not think it is enough. Someone else would say, ‘It is enough. I have done a lot’. And someone else might say, ‘It is too late. There is nothing I can do now.’ But he never said that. I hope I am going to be as strong and wise as him if I reach that age.’

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We also asked what you imagine you will be like when you are old. You had different ideas. Some of you want to do exciting things and have adventures when you are old. Pablo Roberto from Italy wants to do this. But Raymond Pryce Kayizuka from Uganda wants to enjoy staying at home.

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We hope that whatever you do when you are old, that you enjoy yourself! Thank you to all of you who have written comments about our programmes on our website, Facebook or YouTube. We love to hear from you! What do you want to tell Spotlight? You can email us at radio@radioenglish.net. Or find us on Facebook or YouTube – just search for Spotlight Radio.

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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 quotes 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 146’.

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

Question:

Have you ever heard a Spotlight program that influenced you in some way? What was it?

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Mumi84
said on February 22, 2018

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said on February 22, 2018

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