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Advice on writing CVs

Listen to an interview with a recruitment expert, who talks about his experience of reading CVs and offers some good advice on writing them.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Weak forms are syllable sounds that become unstressed in connected speech and are often then pronounced as a schwa.

In the sentence below the first 'do' is a weak form and the second is stressed.

What do you want to do this evening?

Weak forms are very common in English. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with the missing words typed out in full.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hello tareksaleh,

I'm afraid that providing individualised attention or courses is beyond the scope of what we do at LearnEnglish - we are simply too small a team to offer that level of service.

I expect that there are teachers out there who could help you with this. If you did an internet search for "business English tutor" or something similar, perhaps you could find someone.

Good luck!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I'm a new member. I'm so confuse and I want to learn business English it's very very immportant to me Thank you so much.

Hello tareksaleh,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! I see you've found our section on Business & Work, which is where most our materials related to business are found. You might also find other materials spread around the site that have something to do with business.

What are you confused about? We'd be happy to help you, but please ask us a specific question.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

This page is really good and I always save all every page...


I'm a TESOL-teacher that use this site all the time. I would like to save my "favourite" assignments somewhere so I don't have to search as much every time.

How do I save different activities? Can I create a profile where I save assignments that I like? or tag them somehow?


Hi Hanna,

That sort of feature isn't currently available on LearnEnglish. I'm not sure if it's appropriate for you, but you might want to create a bookmarks or favourites folder on your web browser where you can keep your favourite pages. That might make things a bit easier for you. Or you could create a document that has links to the pages - that way you'd just have to click on the link to access them.

When you ask about saving "activities", do you mean the exercises such as Preparation, Task, Task 2 and Task 3? If so, these are sometimes available for download in pdf documents. For example, on this page, just beneath the Tasks area, there is a Download box with a link to such a downloadable pdf. Not all of our pages have such downloads, though many do, especially the Elementary Podcasts and Big City Small World.

Finally, since you're a teacher, I wanted to point out that there are lots of great resources on TeachingEnglish as well.

I hope this helps you.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I'm a new member. I'm so confuse because I don't know what is the way to learn English on British website. Please give me some advance. Thank you so much.

Hello Phan Tu Anh,

First of all, welcome to LearnEnglish!  I'm sure you'll have a great time here and improve your English at the same time.

LearnEnglish provides you with a huge number of materials to help you and the first thing for you to do is to explore the site.  Use the links at the top of each page to look around, explore the audio and video sections, take a look at the grammar reference section and the grammar exercises and try to find the materials best suited to your level, your needs and your interests.

Remember that there is no one way to use the site. There are many different ways of learning and different people find different ways of learning better or worse for them. For example, some people find studying alone the most productive approach, while others prefer to learn socially with other people. Some people find memorising rules or lists of words helpful, while others prefer to try to communicate with whatever language they have. Only you can say what is most effective for you. However, I can offer some general suggestions.

First of all, I would say that it is important to be in contact with the language as often and as regularly as possible. If you can, get into the habit of reading or listening to something in English every day. Set aside some time for reading, whether it is novels, short stories, articles or something else. This will help you to develop your vocabulary, to familiarise yourself with structures and to recycle what you learn rather than forgetting it.

Secondly, be clear about why you want to learn English and look for examples and models that are relevant to you. For example, if you want to learn academic English then look for examples of essays, reports and similar texts, and work through the activities here on LearnEnglish which look at that kind of English, such as the Writing for a Purpose material.

Third, try to find a partner with whom you can regularly practise speaking. This might be a friend who is also learning English, or it might be a colleague or even a family member. The more you practise, the better you will get and this is true even if you cannot find a partner and can only speak to yourself at home!

I hope those suggestions are helpful. Remember that learning is a process and sometimes we do not feel that are making as much progress as we would like. This is normal - sometimes things go better and sometimes worse - but it is important to stay motivated and to not give up. If you can do that, then you will make progress.

Best wishes and good luck,



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter,
It is great to read your remarks regarding learning English which are very useful. Being an English learner, I'm aware that learning English is important, and correct learning approach/method is equally important. I find it useful to see your suggestions. Thanks a lot.
Best wishes.
Tian Sujin

This is really helpful to me. I was just recommended  by my teacher for this website and I hope my English can be improved through daily learning from this website. Thanks a lot !