Script: Listening Exercise 152

Script: Listening Exercise 152

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John Millen used to teach English and French in a secondary school in the UK. He believes telling others about a good book is a brilliant thing to do.
LET’S DOODLE!

Voice 1: Do you ever doodle? Do you enjoy doodling when you do? ‘To doodle’ means to draw things with your pen or pencil on the piece of paper in front of you when you are a bit bored. Saying "doodle" is almost as far as the activity.

Voice 2: Imagine one of your teachers is telling you something boring in class. What would you do? Let your mind wander or aimlessly draw on the piece of paper in front of you? Whether it’s hearts and flowers, funny faces, a decorated version of the name of someone you really like or geometic patterns, your doodles say a lot about you.

Voice 1: But doodles are usually secret. If your teacher suddenly walked past you when you were doodling, you would certainly cover up your scribbles very quickly. Look at your exercise book. Are there doodles in the margin? What do these doodles say about you?

Voice 2: Our doodles are a form of body language that say more about us than we realise. Emotional people draw round shapes like circles, moons, lips and balloons. Calmer personalities draw squares, boxes, windows, doors and houses.

Voice 1: Confident people with a lot of energy scribble shapes like arrows, zigzags, church spires and stick figures.

Voice 2: People who are a bit shy and sensitive doodle with, quick, short lines. If your doodles are bold and heavy, you are a very confident and sure person.

Voice 1: Some people might say that doodling is a waste of time, but it isn’t. Doodling is good for you because it helps deal with boredom or frustration in a fun way. Doodling releases some of your inner thoughts onto paper, and that is good. It clears your mind.

Voice 2: Our style of doodling differs depending on our mood. If you are sad, you will doodle sad faces or twisted shapes. Doodling may even help you sort out a problem that's been bugging you.

Voice 1: If you look at doodles done by a cross-section of people, certain shapes are more popular than others. Many of us doodle suns, boxes, stars, flowers and hearts. If a person is in love, names, faces and hearts will feature strongly in his or her doodling.

Voice 2: If you doodle at the top of a page, this means that you are in a thoughtful mood. If your doodles are at the bottom of the paper, you are concerned with practical things. Doodling in the right margin means you are thinking about the future, and the left margin means you are thinking about that past.

Voice 1: March 2, 2012, was National Doodle Day in Britain. Celebrities like footballer Steven Gerrard and Prime Minister David Cameron auctioned some of their doodles online for charity.

Voice 2: So, doodling most certainly is not a waste of time. Release your inner artist when you're feeling a bit bored or stressed. It will do you good. Pass me a pencil, please!

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