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Are One Direction just another formulaic boy band or do they have something special? Tell us what you think!

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ArmyJD 12 March, 2018 - 00:18

Well, I'm not a fan of One Direction but I like it. Their songs are good and it's pretty cool to practice my English as well. I totally agree with the podcast because social media has made lots of bands successful. I think that's a good strategy to start becoming famous. You know, most of the teenagers are always with the mobile phone and they know what happen in the world before that appears on TV. Nowadays, most of the bands have done that and they've succeed so well.

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lowlaw 6 January, 2018 - 16:04

ok.. do u have facebook acc sothat i can send u a pic of what appears to me when i try to play any track

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JoEditor 8 January, 2018 - 08:16

Hi lowlaw,
We do have a LearnEnglish Teens Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LearnEnglishTeens.BritishCouncil/ but the best way to contact us is to use the Contact us button at the bottom of the website. Here's the link: https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/contact 
Please do send a screenshot and we'll try to help you with the problem. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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lowlaw 28 December, 2017 - 17:15

Is there a problem with the site administration in palying these listenning tracts ?! as they aren't neither working nor available to be downloaded !!
but this problem has appeared to me recently not for long

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Jo - Coordinator 28 December, 2017 - 20:28

Hi lowlaw, sorry to hear you're having problems. I've just tried it and it's working fine for me. What happens when you try to play the audio? Have you changed anything since it was working? For example, have you installed anti-virus software that blocks downloads? Which browser are you using? And is the audio working on other pages? If you can tell us me about the problem, we will try to help you. Thanks a lot, Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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lowlaw 29 December, 2017 - 13:47

i usually use Google chrome as a browser but i tried the fire fox and opera browser and still the problem exists

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lowlaw 29 December, 2017 - 13:43

Hi Joanna , thank u 4 ur interest about my problem
well i donnow what causes the problem ^^ but it happens when i use either the lap top or the cell phone .. the audio tracts rather than this section work properly even ur page for adults all the tract there work well but here in this section when i press on the play button there is no response at all and when i try to download it , a new page appears saying the the connection to ur inter net is lost ! but it is not lost at all

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Tina - Coordinator 30 December, 2017 - 10:04

Hi lowlaw,
I'm sorry that you are still having problems. :( I've also tried them and it seems to be working for me. Did you try all the things that Joanna previously suggested?
Tina (LearnEnglishTeens Team)

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cella19 27 November, 2017 - 11:53

Nowadays, I think every thing about music is commercial and obvious. The artists, not all of them, but most of them do music only to make money. They create a different character from who they really are to sell themselves and their music to teenagers who are easy to influence. In this way everything is calculated and so the management are sure to earn easy money from these bands.

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manu_genoa 27 November, 2017 - 11:53

I think One Direction have a lot of talent and the most part of the girls love them like some of my classmates and now a lot of singers become famous after winning a reality show like X Factor

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gigly 27 November, 2017 - 11:45

I was a huge fan of one direction when I was younger but I don't think boybands last for a long time, it happened with every boyband during the 90's and also with One Direction in 2015 so I think it's normal. I loved their music and I think they used social media in a smart way but they are better as solo artists and make more mature music now that can reach an older group of people

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jadestump 27 November, 2017 - 11:42

i used to be a directioner when i was a little girl, now they broke up and i don't really care about that, just because i've changed my tastes in music, i started listening to fall out boy, manowar (well i've been a fan since i was 4 because my mom loves them) queen(same thing but that happened because of my dad), david bowie, megadeth, metallica and a lot of good artists. Not gonna lie, i felt so bad when Zayn left the band. i was 11 years old!

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aleclightwood 24 November, 2017 - 07:55

i’m laughing because now, one direction, have their body full of tattoos, anyway i miss them and i can’t wait to see them again on a stage

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juanp_portero9 19 July, 2017 - 00:08

In my opinion, it's true that nowadays boybands as One Direction are so popular on teenagers but they're not really that good for winning a lot of awards. We can listen them saying that the lyrics are calculated for convince girls of how good they are, maybe this is good for cleaning boybands image but for me it's the definitive proof that his music is not good enough. I don't want to look like a hater, so I will say that for me boybands of this century are better than the past century ones.

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Mcweingo 19 July, 2017 - 00:07

Nowadays, a lot boybands have become so famous around the world, something that didn't happen in the past and I think 21th century is better for them than 20th.
They win almost the same money than a footballer and this is amazing, but I don't like so much this music, except gemeliers, who are a fantastic boyband from Spain and if you listen then for once, you will be addicted to their music at the moment.

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duzhixian8886 18 July, 2017 - 15:56

In this interview they talk about boy bands, they are very successful. In my opinion, attractive clothes and shoes can be interested in a large number of girls who are fashionable. But for me, neither the clothes or shoes can persuade me to cheer for them. Good voice is the most important of all. The band which I think is really worth me to admire is THE BEATLES. They are very fantastic that they had written a lot of famous song like <<Yesterday>> and <<Hey, Jude>>. All at all, the singers are all talented that they have abilities to make them famous.
Choose what you LOVE and LOVE what you choose!

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Lola12g 11 July, 2017 - 21:26

In this interview they talk about boybands, that are very succesful nowadays.
They talk about the esthetic of the boybands that are appealing for teenage girls.
They also talk about One Direction. Every One Direction member has a different style, but all of them are designed to look attractive to girls.
The lirics attrack teenage girls that feel insecure about themselfs.
One direction makes a lot of money due to all the merchandaise they sell, such as dolls, posters etc
Boybands are going to be succesful for a long time.

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lowlaw 24 June, 2017 - 15:11

well.. i dont think they have something special rather than the circumistancs they were through supported them as well as they have the factors for a successful boy band

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flaxa02 15 May, 2017 - 11:22

I think that they have great voices and a big talent and this is why so many people worldwide love their songs.

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goatpeanutlovergirl 12 October, 2016 - 14:02

I love One Direction.
They`re a really Special Boyband-not just a Group of some awsome Boys with a nice voice, they are a Group of some social and nice Boys with the best voice of all after me said.
My mom likes them too and we often listen together to some Songs made by them.
I know every song of them and also sing some of them...my father isn`t so happy about that.
The old Songs are the best ones i think.
The four Boys have a great voice, but with Zayn the Songs were completed.
Now the Songs of One Direction are a Little bit strange from the Songs with Zayn-but I like them too.
My biggest dream is a Meeting with Niall Horan.
I like him the most because he`s awsome and his voice is so Special.
But Harry`s voice is very nice too!-and the other voices too, I just like everyone in the band!
And I like every Directioner!!!
I hope you liked this ;D

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linolo09 23 September, 2016 - 08:40

I personally am not a big fan of One Direction but I do think they have something special about them. Their image is of course partially feigned but there's still something real about them. Maybe it's just the way they act outside of their music but there's something.

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TrangCoraline 9 June, 2016 - 04:53

Of course One Direction is special

if you ask a fan of One Direction what makes them so special, u will hear everything from their music, their charitable spirit, and the way they make every fan in an arena or stadium feel like the most special person there - it's incredible.

They gave us songs and feelings, made stadiums and arenas all over the world hold pieces of our hearts forever, they wrote songs and performed them so beautifully that we find our own story within them, they taught us to follow our dream ever when the world gave us every reason not to. They stand up against the rumors and saying that this journey with us is worth the struggle.

forever be the biggest boy band ever <3

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Ken 21 January, 2016 - 03:41

Well, first of all, I've got a question about this blog
Are they boys in the pucture??
How old do you call 'boys' ?
What age of groups will come next to 'boy band'??
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thudo19121990 2 August, 2016 - 16:10

Hi Ken! Nice to meet you! I am Thu and I come from Viet Nam. I love English so much and I want to speak English fluently. But now, my English skills very bad. I hope that I can make a friend with you that I can talk in English every day to improve my English Skill!
Thanks so much and hope to hearing from you!:)

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