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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'. 

Elementary Podcasts

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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


Hello again Arpan,

It sounds as if Butwal is too far from our British Council centre in Kathmandu, but if you ever spent some time in the capital, I'm sure a class there could be really useful for you.

But there's still a lot you can do where you live. I'd recommend you continue using Elementary Podcasts. First, listen to the podcast a couple of times. Then you could listen to it again using the transcript to help you understand it. Do the exercises and then print out the transcript. Underline words and phrases that you think would be useful to learn and to use in your speaking. Then practise pronouncing them until it feels more natural and you can say them quickly. Then try using those words and phrases in your speaking. If you can't find anyone to speak to in English, you can still speak to yourself! It may seem strange, but it does work.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I like study at home now. Because, I work at a company and improve my English. If I study at university, I might be prefer study at library. I usually study in the morning without any music. It depends of subject. Now, my subject is English listening, so music disturbing for me maybe .

Hello, This is my first time in the comments. I from Brazil and I live in Natal city, Rio Grande do Norte State, there I'm doctoral student in Systematic and Evolution. I burned in Santa Rita do Sapucai city, Minas Gerais State.
Well, I prefer to study at home alone! Depends on the subject I study with music or not.
Thanks all you from British Council, helped me very much to improve my English!

Hello admin i am a new leaner please guide me how to start to improving my English.
Thank for your guidelines.

Hello Mehdi,

We're glad you found us – welcome! I'd suggest you read our House Rules and our Help page to get started. It's also a good idea to browse the site a bit using the menu at the top. Whenever you find something interesting start working on it! If you still don't know where to begin after looking around, I'd suggest Elementary Podcasts Series 4.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I prefere to study in the library, when I am home I always find something to do just to not study.
But even in the library I always listen to music while studying and prefere to study in the morning instead of night

I like to study in a calm place, without music, please. In the morning I get to learn with more facility. But not always I get to study in this conditions that I like.

Dear creator

I'm learning English from the British Council and I have become better. I meant it's really useful, so I'll gonna show it to my friends. Maybe they will play with it.

hello everyone, I am Dilshad from Syria living in Kurdistan of Iraq I am very interested in listening to this great Elementary Podcasts it is really amazing way to learn English, about me i like to study at night more than any time and used to study at night during my all life I know that is studying at morning is very useful but I can't wake up and study so my favorite time is at night.

thank you so much

Hi , My name is Alexandra , im from Colombia and I prefer study in early morning when everybody are still sleeping, i like study on a coffe Or in a park too, right now im study english and stuff of my career but when im reading a litterature book i prefer go to the beach , a park o something like that, a place with nature and light. I dont like study with music , i dont know but i cant , later i Will start singing the music on my head.
Im new in this page and i love it , i dream with finish my english and speak and write it perfect.