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Episode 11

Tess and Ravi talk about pop music and Jo and Adam look at the difference between the verbs 'hear' and 'listen'.

Tess & Ravi

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8


Leave a comment below!

  • What about you – which British singers or bands are your favourites?
  • Do songs help you learn English?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I love British and American music. I'd rather listen to the English music than music of my country. I like rock and pop music. My favorite British band is Muse though I like many other bands and singers too, I like Cold Play, Pink Floyd, Radio Head, Elton John, etc... , but in spite of Ravi's opinion I don't like Beatles. I have not listen to Beatle's songs , maybe I've heard them and I don't remember now.The only song I remember is Yesterday that was a good song but it' s not my favorite.
I never listen to a song in purpose of learning English. I listen to music because it inspire me and it connect with my soul. I even can write a scenario for the music I listen to ,in my mind. Actually I do it , I mean whenever I listen to a music that I like I make a movie for it while I 'm listening to the music.


My knowledge about music is limited.
I didn't know all the music genres.
I don't know songs from the Beatles. When I hear radio the oldest songs which they play are songs from the 80s.

In task 7 is the first solution is:
My sisters always 'listens to' music when she's studying.
If you are studying then you are paying attention to your lets say book and not to the music. You are playing music so that you don't hear other noises. That doesn't mean that you are paying attention to it. If you are learning vocabulary and you hear music then you should play music without understandable spoken words because that would confuse you.
To make it short I believe that 'hear' is also possible here.

Hello User_User,
The difference between 'hear' and 'listen' is not one of attention or concentration, but one of choice or control. We might use 'hear' if the music comes from somewhere else (another room, for example), or to describe a sound we have no control over (birdsong, traffic, someone shouting etc). 'Hear' is a passive action, not one we control.
In your situation, the music is something that your sister is in control of and has chosen to put on. It doesn't matter whether or not she is concentrating on it; she has chosen to have the music and so we say 'listen'.
The LearnEnglish Team

The LearnEnglish Team

The songs don.t help me to learn english . read and listen and movies

Hi Everybody,
İndeed I don't like very much listen to music. Even so I seldom listen to some songs. so I haven't got any favourite singers and brands. Especially I prefer listen to instrumental music. My favourite name is Lindsey Striling. I actually like to listen to violin and piano. Englısh songs avail for improve my Englısh language. I just listen to Englısh songs beacause of this.
Have a nice day everyone. take care of yourself.

I don't know any English music band but I know some singers such as Shakira, Enriko, Adel etc. I really like their voice and type of music. I used to listen to English music to learn English but now I seldom listen to English music, because it took me many times to learn new English words and many of those new words were informal and the speed of songs was very high and I couldn't understand the meaning of songs. I decided to listen to learn English podcasts to practice the listening skill.

The Queen's songs were a great help to learn and use the english language, when I was very young. Now, my best help are Depeche Mode's songs and David Bowie's texts; plus, for my pronunciation and sense of understanding.

I do believe listening music is pleasure way to learn a new language , when I was a child I used to listen english music like Beatles and Elvis Presley and so on , I really liked but didn´t understand at all ,twenty years later my english is much better rather before and I still listening Beatles and Elvis , but this time I can understand the lyrics and it makes the song much pleasure and enjoyable to listening , by the way nowadays there aren´t good music and good singer like formerly

I like the Beatles but my favourite band is Oasis I've seen them twice both at Wembley stadium old and new, I also like the stereophonics I've seen them at Wembley Arena I also like Coldplay avril lavigne I've seen, her twice the 02 Arena and the oppollo in London

I discover the Beatles songs when I was eleven. And more than 30 years after, I still listen to their songs. I really love them. They also opened my mind to know other British and American bands. I like Queen, The Police, Duran Duran, Oasis, Nirvana and many others bands that I can't remember now... Listening to these songs has helped me to improve my English.
Best regards