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.


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.

Hello Zeeshan Siddiqii,

You're welcome to ask us here in the comments section of any page, though we ask that you try to find a relevant page to ask your question on. For example, if it's a question about using 'going to' + infinitive, our talking about the future page would be a relevant page to ask it on. If you're not sure where to find a relevant page, you might be able to find one using our search facility -- just click or press on the small magnifying glass in the top right area of each page.

Please note that we generally only answer specific questions that are related to the content on our site in some way. We're not able to provide the service of providing long explanations of very fine or very general points, nor are we generally able to answer questions about content not on our or closely related to our site.

We look forward to your question.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk
If I can ask which of the following is correct:
a. It's been reported that he would work hard. He would earn a lot of money and then he would enjoy this with his family on weekends.
b. It's been reported that he would work hard. He earned a lot of money and then he enjoyed this with his family on weekends.
Best regards