Richard's musical journey continues with the opening night of Aida at the Royal Albert Hall. Then it's off to Southampton to find out how great British music is entertaining and helping people from all walks of life.  

Task 1

In what order does Richard do these things?


Task 2

Put the places with their description.


Task 3

Put the two parts of the sentence together.


Task 4

Fill the space with the right preposition.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


Oh, how can I make this sentence right?
? Only if you count listening to music a talent have I got some.
? Only if you count listening to music a talent, otherwise my talent is quite close to ~~~~~ zero.
Only if has already got the meaning of otherwise, hasn't it? so maybe it is not good to repeat the same meaning twice in a sentence.

Anyway, moving on. I learned to play a Pipa when I was a kid, just to find out that my fingers are clumsy. Many years later when I tried Flappy Bird, I rediscovered it! However, determined not to let this getting in my way, I really tried to learn piano later in my life. Guess what the result is. Now we've got a very expensive deserted piano sitting in the living room. But who knows, I might become a guitarist someday.

Hello NewAgeEnglish,

In this example, 'only if' means that the statement is true or correct under a certain condition:

Only if you count listening to music as a talent = Provided that you count listening to music as a talent


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

It is really, really awesome to be musically gifted. Some people are just born with it, and some like me (forever wishes) to have this talent. I remember when I was young, I was singing a lot. At school, at neighborhood parties, and I was joining singing competitions in the community too! (Perhaps, they were only tolerating me because I was only a kid who's singing her heart out). I also played piano when I was young. My uncle has a grand piano at their house, where I learned how to play simple melodies and I can still play (up to this date) those songs like: Mary had a little Lamb, Doe a deer, Twinkle, twinkle little star, and of course Happy Birthday. Unfortunately, I never really had formal piano or singing lessons, maybe because it was really not my interest at that age. Still, even if I'm not musically gifted, my love for music will forever be part of me.

Unfortunately I am not a musically gifted person, or my talent has not been discovered yet.
As a teen I had tried many times to take up playing the guitar, but at that point of my life I didn`t have time management skills and I was a study nerd so I didn`t have time for training enough then I failed it.

I was very fond of rock music years ago. I used to listen rock and indie bands (Nirvana, Bush, Placebo...) when I was a teenager. I started to play guitar quite late, I was maybe 17, but I improved quickly. Some friends asked me to join their garage band as a bass player and.....that day I felt like a big rockstar. Anyway, after three years of unpaid exhibition, the bend split up and each member went along his own university carreer. But the love for music never ends

Me and Richard could form a band because we have quite a similar level of skills in music. I don’t play any musical instruments and sing only in a shower or when I’m really excited and there’re not many people around. I just don’t want to hurt ones’ ears.
When I was a child I even recorded me singing a song. Unfortunately, the cassette was lost long time ago and I won’t ever have a chance to laugh at myself again. It sounded really depressing, actually, but in a good, funny way. I tried to play the guitar but it never went further than just an awkward strum. I might learn how to do it sometime because I really like music and think that playing it yourself would be awesome.

That's the things make Britain great

Hello everyone..
☆ Richard show off his musical skills at the end of the video.... What are yours?
☆ Do you play a musical instrument or sing?
☆ Did you do it as a child?
Unfortunately, no one of the instruments that Richard played in the video is really my thing. I've never seriously played an instrument. I once tried learning to play the guitar when I was 12 years old but it didn't work out for me. However, I'd like to learn it again if I ever get the chance.

20 years ago, in the youth club, one of the elder members would always practice playing guitar with a friend of mine.

What is the difference with saying "would always practice to play guitar" in this case?

Hello Joris George,

I'm afraid 'would practice to play' is not correct. If a verb (like 'play') goes after 'practice', it should go in the -ing form, as in the first sentence.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team