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در زیر کلمات کلیدی که باید با آن‌ها آشنا شوید برایتان توضیح داده شده‌اند:

jolly : happy; smiley

jolly : شوخی

spirit : something’s real meaning

spirit : روح

candidate : a person competing for a job

candidate : کاندیدا، نامزد

reinforce : make something stronger

reinforce : تقویت

pressure : the feeling of worry when a person gets when expected to deal with a difficult situation

pressure : فشار

portraying : playing the part of someone

portraying : به تصویر کشیدن

Transcript of the podcast

 پادکست BBC شماره 170 - The perfect Santa

پادکست BBC 6 minute English – The perfect Santa

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 jolly – meaning 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 fun – Christmas 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 topic… What makes the perfect Santa? We’ll have 6 items of vocabulary for you and, of course, our quiz question. Ready?

Dan
Hit me.

Neil
How many Santas are there in the world?

a) 1,500

b) 15,000

c) 15 million

Dan
I know there are a lot but 15 million must be wrong; 1,500 seems too few, so I’ll go for 15,000.

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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 Santa – or Father Christmas as we also call him in the UK?

Dan
You’ve already mentioned being jolly…

Neil
I have. 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
I could be the ideal career move for you, Dan. But I bet it’s not all fun.

Dan
Hmm, maybe. 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.

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Dan
So it seems I was right: portraying Father Christmas is not an easy job. Portraying meaning playing the part of – like 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 moment – and 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 far – despite 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 were… wrong! I’m afraid it was a trick question – there is, of course, only one Santa!

Dan
Ahhh that’s not fair!

Neil
Sorry! Shall we have a recap of the vocabulary?

Dan
Yes please – that 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. Spirt here has the sense of something’s real meaning. The spirit of 6 Minute English is friendly educational fun – not 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 right – and it puts you under less pressure when you’re speaking English if you have a good range of vocabulary.

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Dan
Pressure is the feeling of worry you can get when you are expected to deal with a difficult situation – like pretending to be Santa! Yes there’s a lot of pressure involved in portraying someone else.

Neil
Portraying, meaning playing the part of someone – like 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. Goodbye!

Dan
Goodbye!

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