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IELTS Preparation Series 1, Episode 17: Water and ageing


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Hello and welcome to Study English. I'm Margot Politis.

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Today on Study English, we're going to look at some of the features of formal, written

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English.

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In our clip, we'll hear from a man who believes that drinking water is the key to being healthy

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and living a long time.

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He's going to talk about how he came to his conclusion, and how he tried to get some support

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for his project.

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How does nature do it? What keeps body cells going and how can we improve on that process

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so that we eliminate disease altogether and we live a long and healthy life? I don't think

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death and disease is inevitable.

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We stumbled on the fact that they weren't actually getting rid of carbon dioxide out

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of their bodies, they were neutralising the carbon dioxide in their bodies, and we found

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out it was from the water they were drinking.

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When we looked at these animals and saw what they were doing, it was exactly as we'd hypothesised

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and that was a great feeling, a real feeling of elation.

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I tried and I tried and I tried to be conventional in that sense. I went to one hundred people.

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I wrote one thousand letters. I spoke to the Australian Academy of Science. I spoke to

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the American Academy of Science. I spoke to hospitals. I spoke to professors of medicine,

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because I wanted to do work independently. I couldn't get anywhere, so I had to do it

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other ways.

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This is a food substance, this is something that's been drunk for thousands of years.

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This is probably where the mythology of the fountain of youth came from. There would have

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been natural springs somewhere bubbling out magnesium bicarbonate at an alkaline pH value.

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And people that drank these springs lived longer.

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But I want everybody to have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life, and that's

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been my life's work, and we're getting somewhere, we're getting somewhere.

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One of the most important areas for students to master is the difference between informal

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spoken language and formal written English, including academic language.

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There are many differences between formal and informal English.

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Firstly, in written language, all words must be spelt correctly. There should be no words

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in written English that you can't find in a dictionary.

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Another important difference is that contractions are not used in formal written English. We

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only use contractions in written English if we're trying to represent the way that people

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speak.

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The clip we've heard today is, of course, spoken English. Listen to part of it again

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and see if you can identify the features of informal English.

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But I want everybody to have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life, and that's

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been my life's work, and we're getting somewhere, we're getting somewhere.

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When Dr Beckett is speaking he uses a number of contractions.

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