RUTH: Hello and welcome to another programme in the series 'Say It Again'. My
name is Ruth. With me this week I have Aries. Aries has just recently returned
from Singapore, where she was visiting her family. Her mother, father and two
sisters are living there. Aries, why are you now back in England?
ARIES: I'm living in England because I'm studying at Leed's University. I'm
studying to be an accountant. It is a three year course. I went back to my home
country Singapore because it was my summer vacation and I really enjoyed seeing
all my family again."
RUTH: I wonder if Aries has missed hearing about Grace and Jim, our brother and
sister? They always seem to argue or get irritated with each other. In today's
drama, it's slightly different. Jim has just brought a new motorbike. He is trying
very hard to explain all the different parts of his bike to Grace. She, though, is
feeling very protective of him, wanting to make sure that if she rides with him, they
will both be safe. Listen to their tale.
RUTH: Aries, we've just heard Grace and Jim talking about Jim's new motorbike.
Can you remember anything about it?
ARIES: Yes, it was blue and red with shiny silver parts on it.
GRACE: Good! Did you hear that new adjective?
ARIES: Um.... Was it 'streamlined'? Streamlined means it's made so that the
wind flows over it. It has a smooth line.
RUTH: Jim also said his bike was big, but it wasn't heavy.
ARIES: Oh yes! Jim said it was lightweight. The chassis or framework was
made of lightweight metal. I can't remember what it was called.
RUTH: Let's listen again to that part of the drama and see if you can notice the
name of the lightweight metal.
RUTH: So Aries, did you notice what metal the bike was made of?
ARIES: Yes Ruth. It was aluminum.
RUTH: Aluminum is a very lightweight metal, but it is very strong! Did Jim go
on to say anything else about his bike?
ARIES: Yes! He said it was comfortable. The seats were comfortable to sit on
for long rides.
RUTH: That means it would not only be comfortable for long rides but comfortable
for bumpy rides too! Modern motorbikes are specially made to be comfortable.
I wonder if Grace enjoyed her ride as a passenger.
RUTH: At the end of the programme, Aries and I will use some of the descriptive
phrases we've said and make it into a game so that you can build up a better picture
of Jim's motorbike.
RUTH: Each week on 'Say It Again', as well as learning more about the English
language, there is the opportunity to listen to the true stories of many different
people from all around the world. Today's story is from Brazil. It's the story of
Baltazar. He was a professional footballer from Brazil who played for some of his
career in Spain. But his talent for football didn't bring him pleasure. His story is
being read by Toby White.
"Baltazar has scored the most goals in the history of Spanish football," they said.
"Nobody has scored more than Baltazar."
I began to play football at the age of twelve. I have a gift for playing the game, and I
now believe that God gave me that gift. As a boy, I decided that I was not interested
in religion. I tried to find happiness in pleasure. But at this time, I felt there was no
joy in my life. I knew that I had got myself into bad habits. I could not break free
from these and I wasn't happy. However, one day I said to myself, "I have tried
every other way I can think of to find happiness. I will see if what those Christians
say is true." I knew that to obtain true happiness, I had to ask the Living God to
forgive my sins. So I told God, "I am sorry for all my sins. I believe that God's
only son, Jesus Christ, allowed men to kill him as punishment for my sins."
By talking with God in this way, I came to know real happiness and joy. I still have
these feelings today. People say about me, "There is something different about
Baltazar's life. I tell them, "The difference you see is the Living God working in me.
I know that my sins are forgiven." I now give the Christian Holy Book - the Bible to
other football players. I tell them, "This book will help you to understand the
problems in your life. It will help you, as it helped me, to find the meaning of true
happiness". I know that the most important thing in my life was to receive from God
the gift of the Holy Spirit. Just as it happened to me, so it can happen to you too.
RUTH: Have you ever read the Bible? I do regularly. I thought that I could
read you part of my favorite passage from the Bible. It's found in the Old
Testament in the book of Psalms and its some verses from number 18.
RUTH: I'll repeat where you can find these verses at the end of the programme, so
then if you want to find this passage and read it for yourself, you can do so.
RUTH: As I said earlier in the programme, Aries and I will play a word game that
we hope will give you a very clear picture in your mind of Jim's motorbike. We'll
use the questions we've used in previous programmes. Aries will ask me the
questions and I will answer her describing Jim's bike. Say the questions with
Aries. Are you ready Aries?
ARIES: Yes Ruth I am. I will start with the question, 'What size is it?'
RUTH: It is as long as my arms when they are wide open, from the tip of my left
hand to the tip of my right. It's as high as my waist.
ARIES: What shape is it?
RUTH: It's streamlined and it's also not very wide. I would say it was narrow.
ARIES: What color is it?
RUTH: Grace and Jim both spoke about the bike's colors. They said it was blue
and red. It was also very shiny.
ARIES: What is it used for?
RUTH: It is used for traveling. Many people use a motorbike for going fast. I
hope Aries and I have given you a clearer picture of Jim's bike. In our next 'Say It
Again' programme, we'll continue learning more about descriptions. But that is all
we have time for today. Before I say good-bye, let me remind you of where in the
Bible you can find those verses I read. They're in the book of Psalms and its Psalm
18. Thank you for listening to 'Say It Again' today. Goodbye from Aries and me.