There are nearly eight billion people on our planet – yet many of us feel alone and isolated. Neil and Sam from BBC Learning English discuss the results of a survey about loneliness involving 55,000 people from all over the world – and teach you new English vocabulary.

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Vocabulary

isolated
far away from other places and people

stereotype
the noun for a simplistic view of person or group based on certain characteristics such as their nationality, age, profession and the like

intensely
strongly

plagued by something
it causes you problems and difficulties

figure something out
trying to understand something

to regulate
to control

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42 Comments

BBC Learning English

April 18, 2020

Hello! We hope you enjoyed that. If you did, you'll LOVE this programme about the teenage brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHtcINPkjM&list=PLcetZ6gSk96-FECmH9l7Vlx5VDigvgZpt&index=44&t=2s

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byuty enoch

April 18, 2020

Thank you the simple English.

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riya meera

April 18, 2020

I'm lonely and bad at english at the same time 😂🤘

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Gấu Bông

April 18, 2020

I don't know why I'm here but hello lonely people !!! ( like me )👋

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Pham Anh Quoc

April 18, 2020

Thank u for these useful information

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Анжелика Лепкина

April 18, 2020

It’s important that people who are plagued by loneliness, don’t isolate yourself because it can turn into depression

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Nguyên Cao

April 18, 2020

Who can help me to understand the meaning of stereotype? I don’t really get the meaning with the expression of the speaker! Thanks a lot

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Adamson

April 18, 2020

lmao

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turtlerabbit

April 18, 2020

i feel little bit lonely these days and i’m searching for english podcast then this showed up.

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Aeve Gomes

April 18, 2020

So useful… i love this program.

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Sharmin Sultana

April 18, 2020

🖤 Loneliness killed me by inside 🖤

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Afzaal Ahmad

April 18, 2020

I think people aged from 16 to 20 feel more loneliness because usually don't have much to do

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A.rtemV

April 18, 2020

Omg. Maybe I'm witless, but what the answer to why teens feel lonely?

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HI FIVE

April 18, 2020

I have been listening BBC learning English for two days… Specially 6 minutes English.. i am going to improve my listening skill very soon..
(Thanks BBC learning English)❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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poorya akbari

April 18, 2020

I think the best way to avoid these issues is being active . you always should learn something new. maybe it helps you

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Rahmatullah Soltani

April 18, 2020

Sam has got such a nice voice. i wonder how pretty she might be👌

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Pham Thi Hoai Thuong

April 18, 2020

I watched all promotion for my supporting into BBC

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Nguyen Quoc Cuong

April 18, 2020

I feel out of place!

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Queennie Nguyễn

April 18, 2020

hmmmm, what happen with the website?

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Clinita Joy

April 18, 2020

I have lot of friends but they used to tease Mee alwaysss

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Ashna Hidayat

April 18, 2020

l dont know 😕 why l dont understant
😭

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Lhingneimoi Gangte

April 18, 2020

Absolutely… Thanks for sharing👍

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ศิริจรรญา เนียมนาค

April 18, 2020

Why l just found out one of the best channel to learn and develop english. It is not too late? By the way l am an introvert as well. Somebody told me that odd.
Do not know why. Sorry for bad grammar.

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Nabila Saeed

April 18, 2020

I have alot of friends but I feel I'm really alone

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Tria Mellinia

April 18, 2020

Lonely is like some kind of phase in our life that will come and go as they wish. So privileged.

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Summer Ali

April 18, 2020

This actually a good topic to talk about that effects a lot of people but I think one is solution is to open a leisure clubs so people can come together and practice some activities and at the same time meet new people

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Nishant Saxena

April 18, 2020

As we can see in the present time how social media isolated people from the real world so we can see the effect on the people how lonely they start to feel themselves. We need to figure out the balance between social media and friends and try to establish an intense relation with friends and family. We also try to regulate ourselves by noticing the harm of excessive use of social media. We need to break the stereotype of being cool on social media is a big thing. Otherwise, We'll be plagued by some kind of mental problem. Hopefully, I made the correct use of grammar.

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Lê Ngọc Yên Linh

April 18, 2020

good

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Mônica Rios

April 18, 2020

I loved to hear this audio. I m a great fan of your BBC Learning English.

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Ulker Abdullayeva

April 18, 2020

I want to practice my english!Is there anyone?

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arif rahman istigfar

April 18, 2020

1 year comment, 1 month reply

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Данил Нам

April 18, 2020

Most of young people feel lonely because they have no friends. It is important to learn how to talk with other, learn to make conversations and finally make friends. Its a main reason, in my opinion

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Alina Zhuk

April 18, 2020

That's interesting information to think about. Frankly speaking, it seems to me that most of lonely people don't even want to change smth in their lives.

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MD Raju

April 18, 2020

Love love love

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Linh Tuấn Trần

April 18, 2020

That why I feel lonely every night

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Lambertus Hurek

April 18, 2020

I'm lonely so I come here to learn english.

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Sanuka Kerung

April 18, 2020

Same here, I m 19 years old and I m also lonely person since my childhood.

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no country for old men

April 18, 2020

I like being lonely

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Fatima Angel

April 18, 2020

Where is the community

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Abdelrahman sherif hassan

April 18, 2020

Hello #lonelysquad

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Ярослава Павловская

April 18, 2020

I totally agree, that the teenegers feell lonely more often. That's so true.

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Htet Htet Lin

April 18, 2020

We feel lonely even though people we know or our friends are around us because we believe that they care only about their happiness, not ours; they care only about their problems, not ours; they only want to tell about themselves, not interested in ours; even if they listen to our emotions or feelings, we believe that they won’t understand much or care…

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