Get to know a little about the Big City Small World audio soap by reading the questions and answers below.

What is Big City Small World?

Big City Small World is an audio soap opera. Soap opera is a term used to describe a fictional radio or television programme that often follows the lives of a group of people. The storyline for the soap often spans several episodes and each show ends with a promise that the storyline will be continued in the next episode.

Are the characters based on real people?

No, they are not – they are purely fictional. 

Are there any learning activities with the audio?

Yes, for each episode there will be some comprehension questions, vocabulary and grammar exercises, and of course a complete transcript of the episode.

What should I do if I don't understand something?

Leave a comment asking a question about the part you don't understand and one of the LearnEnglish Team will try to help you.


Hi. Every one my level ie B1 and really I have proplem in dealig with language using and raising my vocabulary... Please help

Hi Esra mustafa,

The best way to improve your vocabulary, in my experience, is to read as much as possible. You can find plenty of texts on this site but there are also many other sources for texts at an appropriate level, online and offline.

You can find advice on improving vocabulary on our FAQ page:

Just click on the section headed 'How can I improve my vocabulary?'



The LearnEnglish Team

Today, I start with "Big City Small Word" and I feel that It'll be very interesting for me.

I can't find the audio! of the episode meeting the cast.

Hi Elainesg,

As far as I know, there is no audio for this page. There are audio files you can listen to on each of the character's pages. For example, on Harry's page, you can listen to or download the audio between the Preparation task and the Transcript.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear mentors,
On the esteemed website on 'wish' page I read this "When we talk about present regrets, both wish and if only are followed by the past simple tense.". Rather, in a book I read this "Past tenses are used with a present or future meaning." If you can guide me please whether past tense in 'wish' clause refers to present regret only or it may refer to future meaning as well?
Secondly what is the difference between the two:
a) I wish I had a car.
b) I wish I could have a car.

Hello Zeeshan Siddiqii,

We'll be happy to answer your question but please post it on the page about 'wish'. That way other people who are learning about the topic can see your question (and they may have the same question) and also see our answer.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again Zeeshan,

You're right. I just answered your comment on the wishes and hypotheses page -- was that the question you wanted to ask, or do you have another one? If so, please post it there also.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello mentors,
I'm new here; I wanted to know how I can ask an expert a question regarding English lexis, grammar, etc?
Look forward to your reply.