Listener Mail 32 - Special English Audiobook

     Listener Mail 32

Listener Mail 32

  Thank you for joining us for Spotlight’s Listener Mail program.
   Thank you for joining us for Spotlight’s Listener Mail program.
  I’m Sara DeKoster.
   I’m Sara DeKoster.
  And I’m Rebekah Schipper.
   And I’m Rebekah Schipper.
  Spotlight receives many letters
   Spotlight receives many letters
  from people all over the world.
   from people all over the world.
  Some people simply write to say “hello.”
   Some people simply write to say “hello.”
  Others write to share information about themselves.
   Others write to share information about themselves.
  They share interesting facts about their country and customs.
   They share interesting facts about their country and customs.
  Some people even give us ideas for future programs.
   Some people even give us ideas for future programs.
  We have learned many things from listeners, just like you.
   We have learned many things from listeners, just like you.
  Listener mail is one of the best parts about Spotlight!
   Listener mail is one of the best parts about Spotlight!
  We look forward to each and every piece of mail.
   We look forward to each and every piece of mail.
  And, we look forward to hearing from you!
   And, we look forward to hearing from you!
  Spotlight’s Listener Mail program includes more than just mail.
   Spotlight’s Listener Mail program includes more than just mail.
  Later in this program, listen for Spotlight’s Language Hodgepodge!
   Later in this program, listen for Spotlight’s Language Hodgepodge!
  We will have a little fun with the English language!
   We will have a little fun with the English language!
  But first, here’s a letter from Ricardo.
   But first, here’s a letter from Ricardo.
  Ricardo lives in Panama.
   Ricardo lives in Panama.
  He listens to Spotlight on Saturdays.
   He listens to Spotlight on Saturdays.
  He says that Spotlight helps him learn new words.
   He says that Spotlight helps him learn new words.
  He also enjoys the stories about other people.
   He also enjoys the stories about other people.
  Ricardo says he is learning English through Spotlight.
   Ricardo says he is learning English through Spotlight.
  He also says that he likes Marina Santee’s voice very much.
   He also says that he likes Marina Santee’s voice very much.
  He says that she is easy to understand.
   He says that she is easy to understand.
  Here’s Marina to thank Ricardo.
   Here’s Marina to thank Ricardo.
  Hello Ricardo!
   Hello Ricardo!
  We are happy that you enjoy Spotlight so much.
   We are happy that you enjoy Spotlight so much.
  And thank you for your kind words.
   And thank you for your kind words.
  At Spotlight, we all work hard to make interesting programs.
   At Spotlight, we all work hard to make interesting programs.
  We hope that they are easy to listen to.
   We hope that they are easy to listen to.
  It makes me happy that you are able to understand my voice.
   It makes me happy that you are able to understand my voice.
  But I have a question for you.
   But I have a question for you.
  Is it my voice that is easy to understand?
   Is it my voice that is easy to understand?
  Or, is it just that you know English so well?
   Or, is it just that you know English so well?
  Our next piece of mail came from Arjun Limbu.
   Our next piece of mail came from Arjun Limbu.
  This is the first time that Arjun has written to us.
   This is the first time that Arjun has written to us.
  Arjun lives in Nepal.
   Arjun lives in Nepal.
  He writes that he learned about Spotlight from his friend, DJ Safal.
   He writes that he learned about Spotlight from his friend, DJ Safal.
  Together they have formed a special club.
   Together they have formed a special club.
  They meet to listen to Spotlight programs.
   They meet to listen to Spotlight programs.
  The name of their club is the “Crazy Club!”
   The name of their club is the “Crazy Club!”
  Arjun, we think it is wonderful that you
   Arjun, we think it is wonderful that you
  and your friend have started your own club.
   and your friend have started your own club.
  Did you know that there are also listener clubs in Ecuador and in China?
   Did you know that there are also listener clubs in Ecuador and in China?
  We hope that more listeners will start listener clubs.
   We hope that more listeners will start listener clubs.
  Maybe one day there will be clubs all over the world!
   Maybe one day there will be clubs all over the world!
  Arjun also sent us a poem along with his email.
   Arjun also sent us a poem along with his email.
  He wrote,
   He wrote,
  “I listen to your program and want to send my poem.”
   “I listen to your program and want to send my poem.”
  Poetry is a very special gift.
   Poetry is a very special gift.
  It is an art.
   It is an art.
  We are thankful that Arjun shared his poem with us.
   We are thankful that Arjun shared his poem with us.
  So, we want to share it with all of you!
   So, we want to share it with all of you!
  Each poem can mean something different to people who listen to it.
   Each poem can mean something different to people who listen to it.
  A poem could have a special meaning for me.
   A poem could have a special meaning for me.
  But, the same poem may have a different meaning for you.
   But, the same poem may have a different meaning for you.
  Joshua Leo will read Arjun’s poem.
   Joshua Leo will read Arjun’s poem.
  It is called “There is no Heaven in the Sky.”
   It is called “There is no Heaven in the Sky.”
  Listen to it and decide what the poem means to you.
   Listen to it and decide what the poem means to you.
  Do you know why the rain is raining in the sky?
   Do you know why the rain is raining in the sky?
  It is saying something to you,
   It is saying something to you,
  pouring its tears unable to stop.
   pouring its tears unable to stop.
  Do you know why the clouds cover the sky?
   Do you know why the clouds cover the sky?
  They are conspiring others,
   They are conspiring others,
  not us, that there is heaven in the sky.
   not us, that there is heaven in the sky.
  Do you know why there are devastating Thunderstorms?
   Do you know why there are devastating Thunderstorms?
  They are saying that heaven has fallen down somewhere on the earth.
   They are saying that heaven has fallen down somewhere on the earth.
  They are afraid,
   They are afraid,
  where the heaven is.
   where the heaven is.
  Do you know why
   Do you know why
  there is flickering lightning in the sky?
   there is flickering lightning in the sky?
  They are looking for heaven
   They are looking for heaven
  somewhere down on earth.
   somewhere down on earth.
  Do you know why
   Do you know why
  the harsh wind started to blow softly?
   the harsh wind started to blow softly?
  They are requesting something of you.
   They are requesting something of you.
  For the heaven that I have brought for you
   For the heaven that I have brought for you
  from heaven, especially for you ... so,
   from heaven, especially for you ... so,
  There is no heaven in the sky.
   There is no heaven in the sky.
  Thank you, Arjun, for your poem.
   Thank you, Arjun, for your poem.
  You know what that sound means!
   You know what that sound means!
  It is time for Spotlight’s Language Hodgepodge.
   It is time for Spotlight’s Language Hodgepodge.
  Today we will talk about oxymorons.
   Today we will talk about oxymorons.
  It sounds like a complex word, but it is not.
   It sounds like a complex word, but it is not.
  In fact, thinking of oxymorons can be very fun.
   In fact, thinking of oxymorons can be very fun.
  An oxymoron is two words put together to make one new idea.
   An oxymoron is two words put together to make one new idea.
  But, the two words are usually opposites.
   But, the two words are usually opposites.
  They have opposite meanings.
   They have opposite meanings.
  But, when they are put together the two opposite words
   But, when they are put together the two opposite words
  make one complete idea.
   make one complete idea.
  Here are a few examples.
   Here are a few examples.
  “Soft rock” is a kind of music
   “Soft rock” is a kind of music
  that many people like to listen to.
   that many people like to listen to.
  But have you ever felt a soft rock?
   But have you ever felt a soft rock?
  Some people like to say they are taking a “working holiday.”
   Some people like to say they are taking a “working holiday.”
  They take time off from work.
   They take time off from work.
  But, they may still have meetings to attend or jobs to do.
   But, they may still have meetings to attend or jobs to do.
  Wouldn’t you agree
   Wouldn’t you agree
  that a holiday is not a time for working?
   that a holiday is not a time for working?
  I have heard people describe something as being “pure evil.”
   I have heard people describe something as being “pure evil.”
  But, how can you be pure and evil?
   But, how can you be pure and evil?
  Once I watched a film called “Night of the Living Dead.”
   Once I watched a film called “Night of the Living Dead.”
  Can a person really be living and dead?
   Can a person really be living and dead?
  Maybe only if you are a zombie creature in a frightening film!
   Maybe only if you are a zombie creature in a frightening film!
  I once heard a song called the “Sound of Silence.”
   I once heard a song called the “Sound of Silence.”
  If there is a sound, how can there be silence?
   If there is a sound, how can there be silence?
  Well, that is all for today’s Hodgepodge.
   Well, that is all for today’s Hodgepodge.
  I found it to be terribly enjoyable.
   I found it to be terribly enjoyable.
  Terribly enjoyable? That’s an oxymoron!
   Terribly enjoyable? That’s an oxymoron!
  Our final piece of mail is from Priscilla.
   Our final piece of mail is from Priscilla.
  She comes from a small state in India.
   She comes from a small state in India.
  Priscilla says that she is a regular listener of Spotlight.
   Priscilla says that she is a regular listener of Spotlight.
  She says she learns a lot about many interesting issues.
   She says she learns a lot about many interesting issues.
  Priscilla would like to know more about Spotlight.
   Priscilla would like to know more about Spotlight.
  She asks, “What is the meaning of Spotlight?”
   She asks, “What is the meaning of Spotlight?”
  That is a good question Priscilla.
   That is a good question Priscilla.
  Spotlight wants to make
   Spotlight wants to make
  interesting programs about many different things.
   interesting programs about many different things.
  Spotlight also wants to help people develop their English skills.
   Spotlight also wants to help people develop their English skills.
  But, Spotlight has another purpose, a very important purpose.
   But, Spotlight has another purpose, a very important purpose.
  And that is to share Christian values about the world.
   And that is to share Christian values about the world.
  That’s right!
   That’s right!
  The creators of Spotlight are all Christian.
   The creators of Spotlight are all Christian.
  You may have heard programs that speak about what Christians believe.
   You may have heard programs that speak about what Christians believe.
  You may have even heard a program about the love of God
   You may have even heard a program about the love of God
  or the peace of Jesus.
   or the peace of Jesus.
  Not every Spotlight program speaks of Christianity.
   Not every Spotlight program speaks of Christianity.
  But, please understand that Spotlight
   But, please understand that Spotlight
  makes each and every program with Christian values in mind.
   makes each and every program with Christian values in mind.
  We hope that people listening to the programs will know
   We hope that people listening to the programs will know
  what the Spotlight team values.
   what the Spotlight team values.
  We value love, peace, and justice.
   We value love, peace, and justice.
  We care for all people of all places and religions.
   We care for all people of all places and religions.
  And we care for the earth.
   And we care for the earth.
  We hope to honor God with every Spotlight program.
   We hope to honor God with every Spotlight program.
  And we want to spread the love of Jesus.
   And we want to spread the love of Jesus.
  Thank your for asking such an important question Priscilla.
   Thank your for asking such an important question Priscilla.
  God bless you.
   God bless you.
  And thank you to Ricardo and Arjun too.
   And thank you to Ricardo and Arjun too.
  If you would like to send mail to Spotlight you can email us.
   If you would like to send mail to Spotlight you can email us.
  Our email address is radio at English dot net.
   Our email address is radio at English dot net.
  Or, you can send us a letter.
   Or, you can send us a letter.
  Mail your letter to Spotlight at Box 57000 Cyprus.
   Mail your letter to Spotlight at Box 57000 Cyprus.
  To listen to more Spotlight programs
   To listen to more Spotlight programs
  please go to our website at www.radio.english.net.
   please go to our website at www.radio.english.net.
  This program is called “Listener Mail 32.”
   This program is called “Listener Mail 32.”
  The writer of today’s program was Rebekah Schipper.
   The writer of today’s program was Rebekah Schipper.

 

 

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