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  • Neil: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English.

  • I'm Neil and joining me today is Dan who is

  • looking very jolly.

  • Dan: Of course I'm looking jollymeaning

  • happy and smiley; it's my favourite time of

  • the year.

  • Neil: Ah yes, all that food, all those presents,

  • all that fun.

  • Dan: Forget the food and funChristmas

  • is all about the presents!

  • Neil: I'm not sure that's quite the spirit

  • the real meaning of something.

  • Dan: Well, Neil, I was actually talking about

  • giving presents, not getting them.

  • Neil: Ah sorry, Dan, I misjudged you. As you

  • enjoy giving presents so much, I'm very pleased

  • to have you with me in this 6 Minute English

  • Our topicWhat makes the perfect Santa?

  • We'll have 6 items of vocabulary for you and,

  • of course, our quiz question. Ready?

  • Dan: Hit me.

  • Neil: OK, here we go. How many Santas

  • are there in the world?

  • a) 1,500, b) 15,000

  • c) 15 million

  • Dan: Well, I know there are a lot but 15 million

  • must be wrong; 1,500 seems too few, so I'll

  • go for 15,000.

  • Neil: We'll see if you're right at the end

  • of the programme. Dan, you seem like a strong

  • candidate for a job as Santa.

  • Ever considered it?

  • Dan: I'd love to! A candidate is a person competing

  • for a job.

  • Neil: And what do you think is a key part

  • of being Santaor Father Christmas as

  • we also call him in the UK?

  • Dan: As you said: being jolly

  • Neil: That's right. Let's listen to James Lovell,

  • who runs a Santa school at his company Ministry

  • of Fun in London. What does he say

  • is the key?

  • James Lovell : A perfect 'ho ho ho!'

  • is a key part of being a Father Christmas.

  • It's a ho ho ho! And it needs to just reinforce

  • the fact that you are the jolliest person

  • on the planet. So I like to reach down into

  • my tummy, tap it and with a big smile on my

  • face go ho ho hoooo!

  • Neil: The perfect ho ho ho! You need that

  • to reinforce the fact you are the jolliest

  • person in the world.

  • Dan: To reinforce means to make something

  • stronger. Ho ho ho!

  • Neil: Wow, Dan! You're very convincing. Are

  • you sure you've never done this before?

  • Dan: I haven't but I want to. It feels good!

  • Ho ho ho!

  • Neil: It could be the ideal career move for

  • you, Dan. But I bet it's not all fun.

  • Dan: Hmm, maybe not. I think there would be a

  • lot of pressure to perform. Pressure is the

  • feeling of worry you can get when you are

  • expected to deal with a difficult situation.

  • Neil: Yes, think of all the children you have

  • to impress. Pressure indeed. Let's hear from

  • James Lovell again, who runs a Santa school

  • in London.

  • James Lovell : Portraying Father Christmas

  • is not an easy job because when you're dressed

  • as Father Christmas, you have a huge responsibility

  • to recreate the magic of the real Santa in

  • every way. You need to look good, you need

  • to have lots to say and you need to be incredibly

  • jolly and you need to have magical eyes.

  • Dan: So it seems I was right: portraying Father

  • Christmas is not an easy job. Portraying meaning

  • playing the part oflike an actor does.

  • Neil: He says there's a huge responsibility

  • to recreate the magic of the real Santa. To

  • recreate means to make something exist again.

  • Dan: All those kids expecting that magical

  • momentand it's all down to you as Santa!

  • Hmm I'm beginning to have second thoughts

  • about this career change

  • Neil: Could you handle the pressure?

  • Dan: I'm not sure I could! Portraying Father

  • Christmas might be a challenge too fardespite

  • my ho ho ho!

  • Neil: Now it's time to find out the answer

  • to our quiz question. I asked how many Santas

  • there are in the world?

  • a) 1,500, b) 15,000

  • c) 15 million

  • Dan: I said b) 15,000

  • Neil: And you werewrong! I'm afraid it

  • was a trick questionthere is, of course,

  • only one Santa!

  • Dan: Ahhh that's not fair!

  • Neil: Sorry! Shall we have a recap of the

  • vocabulary?

  • Dan: Yes pleasethat would make me

  • jolly again.

  • Neil: Jolly, meaning happy and smiley. What

  • makes you jolly, Dan?

  • Dan: Christmas of course! Now Neil, I have

  • to say, cheating me out of that quiz question

  • was really not in the spirit of 6 Minute English.

  • We are always nice to each other.

  • Neil: Ah yes, you're probably right. Spirit

  • here has the sense of something's real meaning.

  • The spirit of 6 Minute English is friendly

  • educational funnot cheating your colleagues!

  • Dan: Glad we've got that straight. Our next

  • word is candidate. Until you made me think

  • about how hard it is to be a good Santa, I

  • thought I'd be a strong candidate for the

  • job.

  • Neil: A candidate is a person competing for

  • a job. Next we had reinforce.

  • Dan: Reinforce means to make something stronger.

  • Repeating the vocabulary in 6 Minute English

  • reinforces your ability to remember it!

  • Neil: That's rightand it puts you under

  • less pressure when you're speaking English

  • if you have a good range of vocabulary.

  • Dan: Pressure is the feeling of worry you

  • can get when you are expected to deal with

  • a difficult situationlike pretending

  • to be Santa! Yes there's a lot of pressure

  • involved in portraying someone else.

  • Neil: Portraying, meaning playing the part

  • of someonelike an actor does. It can

  • be very difficult to get it right.

  • Dan: Yep, it's a real skill to be able to

  • recreate the look and character of another

  • person. Recreate meaning to make something

  • exist again.

  • Neil: Well we'll try our best to recreate

  • a positive learning experience for you all

  • next time on 6 Minute English. Until then

  • don't forget to check out our YouTube, Facebook,

  • Twitter and Instagram pages. And a happy New Year to

  • all of our listeners. Goodbye!

  • Dan: Goodbye! Ho ho ho!

Neil: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English.

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Learn to talk about the perfect Santa in 6 minutes

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    Samuel posted on 2017/12/22
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