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Episode 08

Marcia writes to the unsuccessful candidate to give them the bad news.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Maestre,

It is indeed frustrating when people speak very fast -- it happens to me quite often here in Spain! -- but I'd recommend looking at this as a learning opportunity. Read the transcript as you listen to Marcia and try to match what you hear with what the transcript says. Noticing how her pronunciation is streamlined -- for example, she often doesn't pronounce 'to' as /tu/ but rather /tə/ -- can be really useful. There are plenty of other native speakers who speak just as fast, so it will be good practice.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

All these courses are so constructive. The way to adress a problem even it's one bad. I learn the positive way to do with less stress.
As a french speaker, there is a lot of difficult words to understand.
It'll be appreciate if at end of the course we may find a smal lexical for the technical words.
Thank you

Hello Rebecca,

Thank you for your suggestion. One thing I would suggest is to read through the transcript first. When you find words or phrases you don't understand, look them up in the Cambridge Dictionary. This should help you with most, but if there are any you still don't understand, please feel free to ask us here.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter,
Thanks you a lot for your precisions; It's more clear for me now.


Godd morning.
I'm a new member; I have just registered to make a comment about this episode.
Fisrstly, I'd like to thank the team of britishcouncil to offer us those free exercices.
Secondly; about my comment, I am sure to make a mistake; nevertheless; I wish to have a feedback concerning the comprehension task :
On point 5; I replied "Yes" whereas to "No" like in the feedback correction;
When Marcia Boardman proposed to write " “In future, you may wish to moderate your personal style, and carefully fact check your CV...” I understand that it's song like a blame of what he did during the interview.
About the third point; I replied "No" because she not really refused; she made a comment as she does not like to write negative's letters.
Thanks in abvance for your feedback

Hello Fabrice,

In the fifth question the answer is false because it is Philip who suggests including some feedback (constructive criticism); Marcia responds to his suggestion with an example, but the suggestion to do this comes from Philip.

The third question does not ask if she refused to write, but whether or not she wanted to write. Often we do something even though we do not want to - we do it because we must, and I think that is the case here. The question really asks if she is happy to do it, and so the answer is 'true'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

only two answers are wrong

This is the first time i come here...Hope have everymembers help me. Because my English very bad.Thanks You so much.

Hello vuongnguyen,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! I would recommend that you read the advice on our Help page, which will help you get the most out of our site. I'd also recommend you try Elementary Podcasts Series 4, where you can interact with other users and Adam, Carolina and everyone on the team producing them.

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The LearnEnglish Team

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