In this first episode our friends meet up in a café.

BCSW - Meeting friends


Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

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Put the events in the correct order.  


Task 2

Decide if these statements are true or false.


Task 3

Complete the sentences by typing 'someone' or 'anyone' into the gaps.


Task 4

Choose the correct verb form to complete the sentences.




I am so glad I can find my account to learning English align.
Nice to meet you ,too.
Thank you very much.

is this sentence correct " i started only recently" please tell me

Hello Afia shakir khan,

Yes, that is a possible sentence. Whether or not it is correct depends on the context, of course.


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The LearnEnglish Team

hi, I'm teaching English to intermediate adults- I want to include a listening every week - do you have advice with which listening I start?

Hello belinda,

Big City Small World is a soap opera about a group of young adults' lives, which may or may not be interesting for your class. Although they have different accents, in general they all speak British English. Elementary Podcasts is another option and, like Big City Small World, features mostly British accents. Series 1 and 2 are actually a bit harder than Series 3 and 4, and although they do go in order, it's not a problem if you don't start at the beginning.

I'd encourage you to have a listen to a few minutes of an episode of each to see what you think. You might also want to compare the support packs for each, which you could use with your students. Generally, the support packs for Elementary Podcasts are a bit more extensive – which may or may not suit your needs, of course.

One last point to consider is that Elementary Podcasts is still in development, i.e. there will be a Series 5 in the future. It will be quite some time – I'd say probably not until 2017, though we really don't know yet – but if your class is a long term one, your learners could write in after each new episode and maybe see their comments mentioned in the next podcast. Many of our users really enjoy that aspect of Elementary Podcasts.

I hope this helps orient you a bit. Oh, and one more 'final' point: as a teacher, you might want to check out TeachingEnglish as well, where you'll find lots of free resources.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello ! I'm interested why Olivia uses 'in' when she says 'they dont have waiters in here'?

Hello Narminora,

seham fadL had this same question awhile ago – please see my response to her for an explanation of this.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

It's nice audio. I will continue to listen this episodes.

What does it mean "Let's make this easier" in the conversation?

Hello again kyamyothet,

Olivia is just taking the initiative and introducing herself rather than waiting for someone else to do it. Since there are many people meeting each other and it could take some time for everyone to be introduced, she introduces herself.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team