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Which of the heroes described in the listening were you most interested in? Why? Do you have a hero of your own? Tell us about them!


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catastrophe 6 June, 2017 - 11:01

Oh... In case of heroes, well, there are loads of them! I liked Mary Anning, because she was quite young yet she discovered so many things!!! And my own heroes are... Well, there are loads of them, so I'd like to list them down:
1. Mahatma Gandhi (freedom fighter)
2. Mother Teresa (gosh, she was so kind!)
3. My parents (you don't know how much they suffer for you)
4. Neil Armstrong (he was quite brave!)
5. JK Rowling (you might not know her life story!)
The list gets crazy from here on...
6. Harry Potter (trust me, he was inspirational)
7. Ash Ketchum (from Pokemon, 'cause I loved the way he takes care of Pikachu and others)
8. Tyson Granger (from Beyblade, because he might be stupid, but he still has a reason behind his stupidity)
9. Charlie Bone (he's a book character, and it great how he fights over evil)
10. Septimus Heap (I loved the way he takes care of his family even though he only knew that few months ago, and he's a book character)
11. Mortimer Folchart (from book Inkheart, the way he risks his life for his family..)
And the last but not least,
12. Me!!!! I never give up. That's perhaps why I admire myself. Well, not like those above, just a teeny weeny bit!

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YinYang 7 May, 2017 - 10:45

Do you know Edward Jenner?
Most people don't. That is not a problem. This British doctor did good work not for the sake of fame but in an attempt to help humanity.
He would not sound familiar yet to you. He was the man who invented the vaccine. He eradicated smallpox from his village using it, and soon smallpox was gone from the UK and 31 years after he died smallpox was totally eradicated from the world.

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rayito65 10 November, 2016 - 18:02

My hero is goku because he are very strong and is a super sayayin level 5. and in the chapter 5 second season he saves the wold from mayimbu.

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farzam 23 October, 2016 - 20:42

I admire or describe each of these heroes works and specially if i spelled write his name Jon Limon because his works was valuable . In this since each person are eager of peace and universal peace.

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gianggiang 24 October, 2015 - 00:22

I would like to ask you a question : Do you know Archibald Campbell?
After receiving my question, the majority of people said that they didn'. There are no problems if you know nothing about him because he was only a teacher teaching at a school in America. He always encouraged his students to chase their dreams and spent time listening his student's ideas although sometimes the dreams seemed to be illogical.
After reading my introduction about him, I am sure that you still don't know who Campbell was, and you needn't know about him. Maybe 30 years or 100 years after, no one can remember his name, but 100 years or even 1000 years after, no one can forget his three students : George Washington, James Madison and James Monroe. ( The first,the fourth and the fifth American president .)
In my opinion, the word " famous" is only used for a few people. The famous people seem to be the heroes of the world, but the word " hero" is not only used for famous people but also for people who is working hard for a better society. Invisible works and no one cares about them, but they are changing our world.

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Elsa007 24 October, 2015 - 11:31

Sound spot-on to me, Ginag!
It might be possible that you are a hero 100 years after! :))
What would you do to change our world?

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gianggiang 24 October, 2015 - 13:28

I would draw a new world map. :D
By the way, there is a saying that: Behind a successful man, there is a woman.
I also have another saying : Behind an unsuccessful man. there is a woman,too.

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Ken 26 October, 2015 - 09:58

Interesting saying!
I think I've heard the similar words in an old film…Have you heard?
'Ageman'=Lady Luck, who brings luck to a man and 'Sageman'=who brings bad luck to a man.
And I believe my girlfriend is, of course, Lady Luck to me!!

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Elsa007 24 October, 2015 - 23:24

Aha ha ha!
You're bright and really insightful, despite being young! :D
Well, My mum, who is a real lady, often tells me behind my dad: "I'm a FEMALE. FE=iron, MALE=man. Therefore I'm Iron man!"
What about this one? :)
Super!! I look forward to the day when you put your discovery on the world map!
Hand in hand… let's go shares with me!! :)))))

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catastrophe 11 June, 2017 - 11:16

Whoa, you're mum sure is cool! She sounds so determined!! And you, being her daughter, can definitely do more! Hear out, everyone! Iron lady of the world is arriving in the red carpet!!! :)))

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gianggiang 25 October, 2015 - 09:40

Your mum is very great. ( She may be good at Chemistry when she was a student :D)
Sometimes when I am tired of studying all day,my brain can't control my speech. I answer someone's questions immediately without thinking so the answers seem to be illogical. I am happy about your appreciation although I know that it is not the answer you expect. Once, my teacher asked me " In your opinion, what is the easiest way to chase dreams ?" I replied him: " The simplest way is........" ( I read a funny story and I imitated its answer) You can't imagine how his face was after listening my answer. ( Till now, I can't forget it)
I have so many foolish answers for insightful questions. Are you curious ?
Do you have to go to your school on Sunday? Sunday seems to be the busiest day in my schedule.

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Elsa007 26 October, 2015 - 03:23

Aha ha, hi gianggiang!
You're so diverting and I'm very much curious about your lots of creative (imitative) answers for insightful questions! Tell me, tell me, tell me some of them, please!
By the way, giang, my question about the dream is originally illogical, you know, so no dream is logical!

How come is Sunday the busiest day for you?
---Ha-ha… your homework day!? ;-)

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gianggiang 26 October, 2015 - 12:21

Hi, I replied him: " The simplest way to chase our dreams is turning off the alarm clocks and continuing sleeping."
( Because we often dream when we are sleeping. :D)
Once, our teacher reminded us : " You know, on the road to success, there are no lazy people's footprints ." I immediately whispered : " Of course, because lazy people often use bikes/ motorbikes/cars/ planes to the destinations of success, they never walk on foot. ..... So foolish !
You know, the majority of schools in Vietnam require students to go to school on Sunday. Our teachers explain that we should study as soon as possible, so we have to study 4 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the evening and 2 hours after finishing studying at shool, we have to do lots of homework and prepare for the next lessons. I exhaust ! However, it isn't as terrible as it one year ago, I had to spend 10 hours per day to study only Math because I had to attend a competition....

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Elsa007 11 October, 2015 - 14:18

In the listening, I'm interested in heroes who achieved something good for the world. They were no doubt an esteemed person, but I think no hero makes it alone. I tend to pay my attention to the people who support a 'hero'. Although I'm not really sure if John Lenon is a hero, I think he was a good musician and played a role as a peace ambassador according to his wife's suggestion………..
Anyway, a hero is in each of our heart!!

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sanpai28 10 October, 2015 - 16:22

I am most interested in all of them because they all do the right thing, good thing, and outstanding thing for the humans and goals that they want to see the humans and the world the best situation than ever and they can do anything that helps the world better and more peaceful and they have amazing courage to face difficulties, problems and even to sacrifice their lives on their way to do that !
I admire and respect all heroes who do the good things for the world and humanity not looking for themselves with much or less popularity, with any age. They all show that we all can pass over any problem and difficulty by trying hard. So I love all heroes.
Of course! I surely have a hero of my own. She is " Daw Aung San Su Kyi ". I hope most people will know her. She is a Nobel Prize Winner for PEACE. I am very glad that our country, Myanmar(the old name was Burma) has her. She is the political leader of NLD (National League for Democracy). She is the mother for us, the all citizens except for selfish those with much greed looking for themselves and their family. His father, Bogyoke Aung San is still also a great hero for us and he still remains in our hearts although he was killed a long time ago.
Daw Aung San Su Kyi has spent her time to make the citizens escape from the poverty and difficulties and problems, get their rights and oppotunities that they're not getting now and be the ones with better life although she could even spend her time happily and comfortably with her family at abroad. She even almost got killed by others who don't like her but she don't care about her life and still walks forward and fights for the rights of citizens without fear. She sacrificed to her happy family relationship and happy family life with her own sons to improve our country and citizens. She is the idol of us. She proved that we all can achieve our goals and aims, and pass over the problems even if they are extremely hard to pass over when we have good and clean attitude and a strong will and we try hard again and again not being upset the failure and learning from that. From looking her, we also know that you'll get rewards, clean fame, admiration and respect from others if you do nothing but do good things for the others with clean soul, good morality, pure mind and holy behaviour without looking yourself, your needs, your tiredness but looking for those of others, and brave courage to risk your life and even sacrifice it when it needs, for the advantages of other people. If you do this, the rewards that you deserve will come to you even if you don't expect or want them. So, I wish her to be healthy and active always to fight for our rights with full energy and successful of her aims and goals.
I think my comment is too long as my mind is on my hand and I can't stop this. :))))

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Tony2003 10 October, 2015 - 05:51

My hero is Steve Jobs.he the creator of Apple,the people that everybody think is the brilliant person.He had change what everybody was think about technology

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itskaterinaa 24 April, 2015 - 13:36

My hero is Marry Teresse,a nun from Italy.She helped a lot of people with charity's and I admire her,because she dedicated her life to Jesus and to helping people.I think she is one of the best people in the world!!

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Raquelarrmar 23 January, 2015 - 12:14

My hero is Audrey Hepburn , she was a pretty woman and se had a big heart. In her last days she colaborated with UNICEF helping many children whose were died by starving.

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Synteck 29 August, 2014 - 05:34

Possibly in the campaign against the children slavery. When I hear children slavery I don't feel comfortable that a complete industry is using children for get a cheap handwork. Well my hero could be one guitarist. His name is Carlos Santana a mexican guitarist, a Mundial symbol who has composed hundreds of themes for guitar.

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littlerunmac974 12 August, 2014 - 14:45

My favorite hero from the text is Kailash Satyarthi who has saved many young children lives from slavery

But my hero is Themistocle, a Roman general who vanquished Xeroes a persian emperor who was treated like god on earth

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kasandra 25 July, 2014 - 10:55

Well I have many heroes.:)They all have made a change to the world so i cant separate them.

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Niluh 28 April, 2014 - 04:25

I am interested in Kailash Satyarthi's story, he is really brave to fight against children slavery even though he often risks his life.

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MALINE 26 April, 2014 - 21:25

My favorute is Mary Anning,she opened the doors to Paleontology even when she wasn´t able to get a good education she did whatever she could to be a scientist.

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Ahtram 26 April, 2014 - 18:38

My hero is Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the historical city Troy on the basis of Homer's books... I read a book about him a couple of weeks ago, and it was VERY interesting ( polish title: Sen o Troi )

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Nurlan A 25 April, 2014 - 11:43

I have a hero.His name is MUBARIZ IBRAHIMOV.He is martyr.He became martyr in June 18,2010.He is a national hero of Azerbaijani people.He will always live in the hearts of Azerbaijani people.

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