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Episode 14

Carolina and Emily are in the library to study, but end up chatting. Jo and Adam chat about conditionals – sentences with 'if'. 

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  • What about you – how do you like to study? At home? In a café?
  • Do you prefer to study with or without music? At night or in the morning?

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


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Oh, you talked about Sherlock Holmes, I read almost all of his series, of course in Japanese since I was so young and had not studied English yet. Now that I'm so fluent in English, I might as well read again in English this time. Perhaps after reading Jo Nesbo, which is the material of my translation work...

I like study in a quiet place like my room or in the living room when i am alone. Usually i prefer study in the morning because my mind is empty. Sometimes i listen soft music, it helps me out to be more concentrated .

When I wast at university I used to study at night-early morning in my home, when there was no noise or anything that could distract me because I always get distracted in a second. I didn't use to listen to music or watch the tv for the same reason. I didn't like to study at school (I mean the library) because my classmates (and friends) always led me to the dark side, they said,.. let's go for a beer, we can study later.. haha.. a bad decision. XD

When I was a student at high school I was always studding in a café, it’s easier than at home, I can meet my classmates to studding in group but at university my studding was at home or in library.
I ‘have never studied with music, I find that’s not helpful and it can make me unfocused on my study, I prefer the silent area.

I like to study at home where i can concentrate and find the calm

I prefer studying at the library because it is quite for me to concentrate on my study. It is quite large and it also contains a lot of books.

Good afternoon everyone, I happy that I have to writing again here, something about me. Before I start to write just finished I talk with my wife in English about what I will write, sometimes I do this to improve my English.
So my best way to study for me is at home alone without noise and music, because it's easy for me to get distracted even when I'm alone if I study in front of the pc,
But when I learn from my notebook then is different, because I'm really focused at what I have to learn and I don't have any possibility ( to open a new web page in my notebook) .
For me it doesn't matter what time it is when I start to study, but of course I try to study during the day when I'm fresh and learning it could be easy than if you study at night.
Beside that I think when you have to do an important exam and you are a person who are get distracted easily, than the best place to work is in the library, quiet location with quiet people who are aim to do the same thing like you.

Which is correct, I saw a crescent moon as if it WAS talking to me or I saw a crescent moon as if it WERE talking to me? Thanks.

Hello lingskie,

Both are correct. People who adhere to traditional grammars prefer 'were' to 'was', so if you're writing or speaking to people like that, then I'd recommend 'were'. But many people just say 'was' in this case and nowadays it is considered correct by most.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone,
In my case I prefer to study in the library, Most of the times I have to study in my room with my laptop, but, when I am studying with my laptop, sometimes I begin opening other pages such as facebook, youtube and pages like that, so, I realized that I get distracted very easily. Nothing compares with the most suitable place for students, THE LIBRARY.
Regards to all.

Thank you very much for the Episode 14, it was amazing. I am going to have a test on Monday about conditionals, so, it was very helpful for me.