6 Minute English - Loneliness

Neil and Rob talk about loneliness and how some people prefer their own company.

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Hello, this is 6 Minute English from BBC learning English on nail and eyebrow. It's great that you're here to keep me company to spend time with me. So I don't get lonely because of loneliness is the subject of this program. I think many of us have experience loneliness at some point. Maybe you felt lonely because all your friends are going out for dinner without you or maybe you felt lonely just because you don't fit in somewhere. Yes. That's when we sometimes use the Expression to feel lonely in a crowd. Well, we'll be exploring if this is a new idea or something humans have always experienced along the way will be teaching you some new vocabulary, but now I'm here to keep you company. How about a question for me? Of course? Well 1 mile road Morandi. He's left alone on the deli Island in Italy for many years. But how many years exactly? Is it a six years be 31 years or safe.

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34 years full T4 years will be tough at 1:31. So I'll get for 6 years. Okay rope will find out later. Right. Now, I'm sure we all want to be alone from time to time to escape the demands of our colleagues or the pressures of real life would we really want to be totally alert? Well, I certainly wouldn't and research has found that prolonged social isolation is bad for us particularly. Mentally. It's an interesting topic and one that the BBC Radio full programme thinking aloud has been exploring its guests. They bound Alberti reader in history at the University of York explain how loneliness is a relatively new emotional state a state is a condition of the particular time that say what she had to say about references to loneliness in literature.

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Look up the first Canadian biggest of the difference between novels in the 18th century. When he first came to being a novelty mean. I love you. Any people that reflect those kinds of social changes have this desperate design on the cost of the heroin to find love switch is bundled up to in this sense of the South has not been complete without to know that I love women in search of the significant other. I needing to find happiness and the absence of loneliness in the domestic.

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It's interesting that Faye mentions the story of Robinson Crusoe about a man living on a desert island does not mention the word loneliness, but because of a shift in how people behaved and thought in the 19th century cool social change loneliness became an emotion that was written about in stories, but loaded extended to be something affecting women. They were searching for happiness by finding a significant other a partner usually a man who they wanted to marry how things have changed about how some female authors like Virginia Woolf looked for Solitude that's being alone because that help them be creative even today being alone gives us head space and time to think as long as it doesn't last forever. Anyway, as we mentioned we've probably all been lonely at some point and Faye bound over she told the thinking aloud program that loneliness can take many forms.

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Absolutely. I think that loneliness is something that affects other people but at different times in our lives and I thought of it in terms of pinch points that are times when we change over to come we get married to become mothers we take to get to do with anything that changes on life might for Tarzan the time for learning. What is the problem is it when it becomes chronic, it seems we might feel lonely when we break up for the partner or have a baby and feel isolated. For example, these are the moments that they described as pinch points times in your life when there are difficulties and things slow down or change we could say loneliness at these times is understandable normal in temporary when it becomes a big issue. It's what faith is Grimes is chronic so long lasting and loneliness isn't always obvious to other people. So it's good to check in with friends and family to see how that feeling is asked if they're okay, of course, it would be difficult to check in.

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Now run Morandi, he's been living on to Jetty Island in Italy for many years. But how many years exactly? Well iPhone 6 years was I right? I'm afraid not sleeping 31 years. He told National Geographic magazine. I'm sort of in prison here, but it's a prison that I chose to myself. So I'm guessing he's got used to his own company. I certainly couldn't live alone for that long. I'd be too lonely. I need company rub me to Nails unloading. This is what we've been discussing. This program is a recap of some of the vocabulary. We've mentioned Presley to keep someone company is to spend time with someone so they don't get lonely social change the shift in how people behaving think that's significant other is an informal way of describing a partner.

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Color to describe being alone, when talking about life pinch points of times where there are difficulties and things slow down will change and chronic describes a health condition. That is long-lasting and that's all we have time for in this program. But remember you can find more useful vocabulary trending topics and help with your language learning hair at BBC learning English. We also have an app that you can download for free from the App Store and cause we are all over social media now from BBC learning English.
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