A weekend away, Shakira, Hot Seat, tango in Buenos Aires, songs in English or in other languages, airport situations, a joke, etc.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

Where did you go?” – a weekend away

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at things we often say and do in friendly conversations.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript.
  • Read the Transcript.
  • Look at the Support Pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

A weekend away.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Matching specific questions to general questions.


Practice materials: Exercise 3

There are more practice materials in the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. It helps you to practise speaking for a little bit longer – for example, when you're explaining something, or telling people something about yourself.

Suggestion: The best way to practise is with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English. However, if you can't find someone, you can send us a paragraph in English.

You listened to Yasmin talking about why she would like to meet Shakira.

Is there a famous female singer – alive or dead – that you’d like to meet?

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the support pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.

Task 3

Section 3 - Quiz

Section 3 is based on the Quiz. This helps you to learn the meaning of new words and how to remember them.

Suggestion: You can write your answers in our Support Pack.

You might want to use a notebook or part of your folder to make your own word lists and maps.

In the quiz, Ben and Poppy play Hot Seat, where one person explains words and the other person tries to guess what they are. When you play this game, sometimes it can be easy to guess the words. But you need a lot of vocabulary to be able to explain them. Now you can practise explaining the words that Ben explained in this Hot Seat quiz. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match words and phrases to make clues.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Match clues to answers.


Task 4

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Rachel talking about the tango in Argentina.
Can you think of a special dance that you can tell people about? It could be a dance that’s traditional in your country, or maybe in your city or town. Or it might be a dance that you’ve seen in another place.

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

Task 5

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘Which do you prefer – songs in English or songs in your language?’
What do you think?

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and look at the phrases that the people use. Sometimes they don't use complete sentences. Write down notes and then say what you think.

Which ones do you agree with? Which do you prefer – songs in English or songs in your language? You can send us your opinions if you want. Do this in the comments section below.

Task 6

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 follows Carolina – a girl who has come to the United Kingdom (UK) to live, study, and to have fun exploring a different country and culture. Listening to this can help you if you find yourself in a similar situation. You will see that there is often more than one way of saying the same thing in English.

Suggestion: listen to Carolina's conversation in the airport and do the first exercise as you listen. Then try the rest of the exercises

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the sentences in the correct order to make the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choosing phrases that are correct.


Practice materials - Exercise 4

Please download the Support Pack for more practice materials.

Task 7

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 is a joke. A joke is normally a funny story you hear and tell someone else. But you can also describe funny things that happen to you. The most important thing is to watch your friends to see if they are enjoying the story or not – then you can make it longer or shorter.

Suggestion: We suggest you do this:

  • Listen to the joke.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines in the right order.
  • Do Exercise 2, in which you tell the joke.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling the joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the joke.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the Support Pack. Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Task 8

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 is Tom the Teacher. These are more traditional exercises. They look at being accurate in English, and often use the type of exercises you may find in English tests and exams.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the words in sentences in the correct order.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Rewrite direct questions as indirect questions.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choose if you should say ‘anywhere’, 'anyone' or ‘anything'.





I love Brazilians singers and special I love the great female singer that Brazil had! Elis Regina isn't alive now. She was a singer that was born in 1945 and dead in 1981. She recorded a lot of famous song such Upa Neguinho, O bêbado e o Equilibrista, Fascinação among others. I'm suspicious because I recognized that the most part of fans like B side music, I mean that I like not popular music so I love Elis Reginas' songs like Cais, Ponta de areia. She was famous for moving her arms frenetically when she was singing on stage so everybody called her ' the pepper' also she was extremely nervous and impatient person beyond her strong personality and short stature. I really like her by her beautiful and powerful voice. She could singer a lot of kind music's styles like Samba, Bossa Nova and Brazilian popular music. She wasn't a writer just a singer, but she was so incredible singer that all the most famous writers wanted that she to sing their musics. Great personalities like Tom Jobim and Chico Buarque wanted their songs in the by Elis Regina's voice. Also she started when she was only 13 years old. Elis come from Porto Alegre to Rio de Janeiro when she was a child and she became the most singer the Brazil never seem before. If I had an opportunity to ask some questions to her I'd like to know Why she was so sad and depressive before she dead?

I love music very much! I listen to songs in Russian, Ukrainian, English, Spanish and French. Recently I've heard a song in Romanian and I love it very much too. Especially I like melodiousness of Ukrainian and Spanish. Also I am fond of French pronunciation. But I don't know French and Spanish at all, and I know English so-so.
So I can only understand a full meaning of songs in Russian and Ukrainian, because these languages are my native ones. Some songs in these languages make my heart compress and my soul turn over. But as I've started to improve my English, I've started to try understand all words and all sense of English songs. And recently I've heard a song in English that was understood whole without translating by me, because it was slow one. That song is "Autumn Leaves" was sung by Eva Cassidy. She was singing so soulfully and emotionally so by the first time while I was listening to English song, I felt the same feelings that I feel when I listen to Russian songs. It was a real breakthrough for me. Since that time I've got much more motivation to learn English well.

Hi everyone, the person i would i like to meet is Dwayne The Rock Johnson.He is from The United States of America, he is a professional wrestler and now the highest paid actor of 2016 in the world according to Forbes magazine. The reason i like him to this extent is his passion and determination towards his work,i mean he lives such a busy life and still he is able to manage everything in the best possible way.Also i am huge fan of WWE and he is one of my favourite wrestlers. If one day i get i chance to meet him i would really like to talk about the things that are must in his daily routine and ask him about his diet, i think he can really help me towards my fitness goals.So i am waiting for that day and it would really mean a lot to me.

Hi there
At tim 14:00
Ravi says :" so some thing are very strange for her. "
Exactly at " for her ".
I heard Ravi prounouncing the "r" in "for" followed by a schwa sound. I think he doesn't have to prounce it, because the r is not followed by a vowel. It was followed by "h".
Am I right?

Hi Nawzat Shafeeq,

Ravi has (like me) an accent from the north of England and in this accent it is common to not pronounce the /h/ sound at the start of an unstressed pronoun like 'her'. The word becomes simply /ə/. This is a vowel sound, and the previous word is linked by articulating the /r/ sound. The whole phrase is pronounced like this:

for her /fɔ:rə/

You have a good ear for pronunciation, I see. Well done for spotting this!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I got it.
Thanks Peter!
Here is an example:
I waited for the bus "for half" an hour.
(fɔ:ra:f). Because h is not stressed in "half"

At time 6:25
Ravi Says"One of you has to explain the words and the other one has to guess them."
I learnt that we use "have to" with I,we,you & they. And we use " has to " with he, she & it.
So,whay did Ravi use "has to" with "you"?
they are in front of him, so he is talking to them. So they are "you". I think he has to use "have to".
I'm confused!
Am I right?

Hello Nawzat Shafeeq,

First of all, I just wanted to say that you are very observant! Noticing this kind of thing will really help you learn.

You're right that Ravi is speaking to people in front of him, i.e. it is a second person ('you') situation, but grammatically 'one of you' is essentially 'one', which is third person singular (like 'he', 'she' or 'it'). This is why the verb is used in the third person form ('has to'). If you're interested, you can see more examples of similar uses of 'one' in this way in this Cambridge Dictionary entry.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I'll keep it in mind.
That is; One = he, she or it
Thank you Kirk

What about the music? I agree with a Japanese student about an importance of the words in songs. I also like an interesting stuff in song because firstly it helps to increase vocabulary and secondary it inspire me. I believe that a word can influence on a person very much.