Listener Mail 152


Has any Spotlight programme made you think differently about something? Liz Waid and Colin Lowther share thoughts about recent programmes from listeners around the world.

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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 programme is on you! In this programme, we hear your comments about what to say in difficult times. And we hear what you have to say about good fathers. We also share exciting news about some special Spotlight clothes. Let’s get started!

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In the programme ‘Four Things to Say When Someone is Dying’ we shared some simple things people can say. But they are important too. The four things to say were: Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you. These words help when someone is dying.

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It is difficult to speak to someone you love when that person is dying. Luna understood what this feels like.

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‘It is so hard and sad saying goodbye to someone you love when you know that you will never ever see each other again.’

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Yes you are right Luna. It is very difficult and sad to say a final goodbye. La Mai shared a sad experience like this. She was unable to say some important last words to her father.

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‘I could not tell my father that I loved him’

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Sometimes a person we love dies when we do not expect it to happen. We do not get the time to say those last words of love and support. Ingilis made a good suggestion on YouTube,

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‘In my opinion we must say these words before someone is about to die.’

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Maiduan clearly agreed with the idea. We should say words of love, forgiveness and thanks before someone is dying,

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‘I am happy that I still have many times to say ‘I love you’ to my father. Next weekend, I will go home to him.’

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Good for you Maiduan! I am sure that your father was pleased to hear you say, ‘I love you’. Galina also agreed that those special words should be said. She had a special hope.

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‘No words can express the importance of what you say. It may be that after this programme someone will say: “Forgive me. I forgive you. I love you” for the first time in his life.’

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That would be wonderful Galina. We hope that everyone gets the chance to say these words to the people they love.

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Before we move to our next comments, we have exciting news about some special Spotlight clothes. Did you see our recent ‘Spotlight Live’ programme on Facebook and Youtube? If you did, you saw Adam Navis and Liz Waid wearing some new Spotlight shirts. Adam wore a Spotlight Brazil shirt. And Liz wore a Spotlight Vietnam shirt. Spotlight has more shirts and other items too. If you would like to have a special Spotlight shirt you can buy one. Visit our Facebook page to find a link to our store. It is at Facebook.com/spotlightradio. Buying a shirt is one way to support Spotlight programmes.

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Our final comments come from the programme ‘How To Be A Good Father’. Gin Ba from Vietnam is a young father and he found the programme very helpful. And other listeners learned more about the responsibility of a man in married life. In that program, we asked what you think makes a good father.

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Honneur told us that while he did not have a good father he has tried to be a good father. Honneur shared what he thinks it means to be a good father.

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‘A good father teaches his sons and daughters how to live with other people with respect. He must teach them how to respect and be respected. A good father also teaches his children sports, how to survive and how to behave when faced with violence. A good father shares in his children’s school life. He tries to be their best friend.’

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Nissy also shared how he defined being a good father. His definition showed that he put the needs of his family before his own desires:

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‘This is the definition of a good father for me: First, my wife can use her free time to build her own life. Second, work together with my wife to create a better future for our children.’

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Ivan also considered the team work of husband and wife important. He wrote,

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‘In Russia it is all very simple. If a wife loves her husband, she does house work. If a husband loves his wife, he does house work.’

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Many of you also shared your own experiences of having a father. Victoire shared happy memories of his father.

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‘I had a good father but he is now dead. He helped my mother to take care of us. And he often cooked. He would drop us off at school. We lived in a very happy house with our parents. We were unhappy when he died.’

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But not everyone had happy memories of a good father. Wallace did not even grow up with a father.

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‘I grew up without a father. But I do not worry about that. My mother was always good at being both mother and father.’

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And Hayalperest44 loves her father but he has problems.

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‘My father is an alcoholic. But I still love my father because he is my father. I support him in trying to stop drinking alcohol. But I do not think that he wants to stop. I do not know what to do. But he is a good father and I love him.’

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Calipso wrote to Spotlight for the first time. The programme felt special to him and made him think about his father.

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‘My father was amazing, loving, big-hearted, honest, hard-working and peaceful. He trusted in God. His every act and word showed what he believed. When I was young I did not understand him. I did not understand how he did not want material things. I did not understand his caring attitude for all people. Later I did some wrong things in my life. I remembered him saying, ‘God is your best friend. Trust him.’ I finally understood my father’s way of life. I decided to be like him - a human being with strong moral values and a kind and loving heart for all. Now I am older I am thankful to God for my father. He was one of my greatest gifts. To be a good father means to raise children with love. This is the way to change the world into a better world.’

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Thank you for all your comments. Would you like to hear your words and ideas on a Listener Mail programme? You can leave a comment on our website. Or email us at radio@radioenglish.net. You can also comment on Facebook at Facebook.com/spotlightradio.

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The writer of this programme was Katy Blake. The producer was Michio Ozaki. 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 152.’

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Visit our website to download our free listening app for Android or Apple devices. We hope you can join us again for the next Spotlight programme. Goodbye.

Question:

Has any Spotlight programme made you think differently about something?

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Honneur
said on June 04, 2019

I believe that everyday is a day for learning something new, so all Spotlight programmes certainly made me think on his message and, possibly, I improved my knowledge about life.