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  • Rob Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. I'm Rob... and... is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Super-Finn

  • Not Super Finn. Hi Rob. It's just Finn, actually. And I'm no superhero!

  • Rob That's a shame. So you don't have any special superpowers - amazing skills and abilities that can be used for saving people and fighting against evil?

  • Finn Well, lots of powers, but no superpowers. I'm afraid not. Superheroes, of course, tend to be fictional charactersthey're made-up characters, who appear in comics and books and movies

  • Rob You mean characters like Batman, Spiderman and Wonder Woman. Do you have a favourite?

  • Finn I do actually. Spiderman was my favourite when I was growing up. And he can climb up walls and I really wanted to do the same

  • I tried to climb up the walls in my house and sadly I failed because superheroes are fictional - they aren't real!

  • Rob Well some real-life superheroes do exist and that's what we'll be talking about today and we'll be explaining some words related to superheroes. But first a question...

  • Finn Can I use my superpowers to answer this one?

  • Rob You can try. What year did Superman first appear published in a comic book?

  • a) 1930 b) 1934 c) 1938

  • Finn My spidey sense tells me it's 1934

  • Rob I'll tell you if you're right or wrong at the end of the programme. Now let's find out more about some real-life superheroes

  • These are people who don't really have superpowers but they are doing something extraordinary.

  • Finn So they are doing something special - but most importantly, they are doing something good.

  • Rob People often describe someone who has done something brave, such as saving someone's life, as a hero

  • Firefighters are sometimes described as heroes because they often risk their lives to save others.

  • Finn But heroes don't have to be life-savers. We sometimes describe a person with great intelligence or amazing abilities as 'our hero'

  • a musician maybe or an athlete. It's someone we admire and look up to.

  • Rob Well there's a man in Japan who's recently been described as a 'superhero'. To be honest, I don't think his powers are superhuman

  • that means a power that ordinary humans don't have - but what he does is rather unusual and he gives up his free time doing it.

  • Finn Tell me more Rob.

  • Rob This is Chibatman - named after the city of Chiba where he comes from. His mission - his purpose - is to make the people of the city happy.

  • Finn That's a worthwhile mission

  • Rob It is. Chibatman has been spotted 'flying' through the streets of Chiba dressed a bit like Batman and riding his custom-built three-wheeled Chibatpod

  • But why? Is he just a bit crazy or does he have honourable intentions?

  • Finn You mean does he genuinely want to do good things and make things better?

  • Rob Well, listen to what he says, speaking through a translator, and see if you can hear what his reasons are

  • I started doing this around three years ago. As for my reasons: during the great earthquake people forgot how to smile. I wanted to help bring the smile back and that's why I started.

  • Finn OK, so because of the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, he felt people had forgotten how to smile.

  • So his mission was to get people smiling again. That's something we could describe as being 'honourable'.

  • Rob What is interesting about him and other superheroes is they keep their identity closely-guarded - nobody knows who the real man in the costume is

  • Finn That's also true for another Japanese man who's been called a superhero. Mr Full Moon wears a costume to hide his identity when he goes around cleaning the streets of Tokyo.

  • Rob Yes, he actually talks to people through a voice on his smartphone. He hasn't been employed by anyone to do this

  • he just claims he wants to keep the city's streets cleaner. We could call him a grime fighter armed with a dustpan and brush!

  • Finn Very good - a 'grime fighter' - someone fighting dirt and dust!

  • Rob Anyway, time now to see if your superpowers helped you answer today's question correctly.

  • Finn Yes Rob, you asked me what year Superman first appeared in a comic book.

  • Rob And you said 1934 and you were wrong. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June 1938.

  • The character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and originally he wasn't a hero but a villain

  • the bad guy - but he was changed into a hero before he was published in the comic.

  • Now before you change into your costume, could you save the day by reminding us of some of the words we have heard today?

  • Finn Yes, today we heard:

  • superhero superpowers fictional extraordinary

  • life-savers admire mission honourable closely-guarded

  • Rob Well, that brings us to the end of today's 6 Minute English. We hope you've enjoyed today’s programme. Please join us again soon. Bye.

Rob Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. I'm Rob... and... is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Super-Finn


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