Series 01 Episode 01


Introducing your friends, Angelina Jolie, things you can find in a kitchen, Central Park in New York, celebrities working for charity, etc.

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hi teacher

I am week at english speaking, how i improve english.

please assist me


Hello abdulkhalique,

The best way to improve speaking is to speak. It's like a sport - you can only improve your cricket by playing cricket. There are certainly exercises you can do, you can watch experts play, and getting help from a teacher is important, but most importantly, you must spend time playing cricket.

Ideally, you should speak with other people. Perhaps you can find a conversation group or speak with a colleague or friend who is also learning English. If that is not possible, you can still learn a lot on your own. This page - series 1 episode 1 of the Elementary Podcasts - is a great place to start. First, listen to the one or two sections of the podcast, and then read the transcript (under Instructions & downloads) as you listen. Then work through the exercises that correspond to the sections you've listened to.

To work on improving your pronunciation and fluency, choose some useful phrases from what you've listened to and imitate their pronunciation - repeat those words and phrases many times. Pronounce whole phrases, not just words, because the pronunciation of words in English varies according to context. Repeat these phrases until they're relatively easy to say.

This is slow work, but you'll be building up a repertoire of phrases that you'll be able to use fluently in your speaking!

Good luck!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

hello teachers!I've got a question and don't know where to comment it then I'm going to write here.which one is the correct answer?
He orders me _____ as if I were his wife.
actually I think "a,b" are the both correct,but I want to be sure.Thank ur team :)

Hello basira,

You are correct: both (a) and (b) are possible here.  The former is more common in modern English; the latter perhaps sounds slightly old-fashioned.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I listened to your elementary podcast. It is very good. I have some questions about the grammar.
1. In this sentence "write down things you can find in a kitchen. For example, you could say microwave oven." both can and could is used. What is their difference? Is could the past tense of can?

2. What is the difference of these two sentences?
"I'd like to meet her." and "I like to meet her."
When we use would in such sentences?

Thank you

Hi Maryam Javadi,

In many contexts both 'can' and 'could' are possible, but the meaning is not always quite the same.  For example, in your first example we can ue both modals:

Write down things you can find in a kitchen. [a general statement about what is possible]

Write down things you could find in a kitchen. [this is describing a hypothetical situation - imagine it ending with 'if you looked in one']

For example, you could say microwave oven. [this is describing an option which you have; providing an example]

For example, you can say microwave oven. [this is describing what is possible - for example according to the rules]

Your second question is about the different between a hypothetical and a real situation:

I'd like to meet her. [I haven't met her yet, but maybe one day...]

I like to meet her. [I meet her from time to time and I enjoy it]

You can find more information about can and could on this page and this page.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Everyone !
I'm From From India . My English is Not So Good .so,i hope this website will help me to improve my English skills.

i believe that i will pass the exam with your help..thank you so much.. more power!