Talking about how people are feeling, Bob Marley, Hot Seat, Bun Festival in Cheung Chau, books vs films, British money, joke, etc.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

How are you feeling?” – being sympathetic

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

Talking about how someone is feeling - a gap filling activity.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

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 Marcus talking about why he would like to meet Bob Marley.

Is there a famous male musician – 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, Max and Hannah play Hot Seat. 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 Hannah 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 that describe things to those things.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Choose phrases to explain what things are.


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 Robert talking about the Bun Festival in Cheung Chau.
Can you think of a local festival that you can tell people about? It could be a festival in the place where you live. Or it could be a festival that you’ve seen in another place, maybe when you were on holiday.

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 – the book or the film?’
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 – the book or the film? 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 conversations on the train and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

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

Choose the correct way to talk about British money.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Replace other words and phrases with the word 'stuff'.





I'd like to tell you aboute the Day of the Tiger in Vladivostok, Russia. This day is celebrated at 4th sunday of september. The first time it was in 2000 year. Tiger is the emblem of the town. At this day many people wear costumes and pictured a tiger's snoot on their faces. Children specially like to imaginete theiselves a tigers.At this time on the streets of the city many little tiger cubs. It's funy and very nicely.

When I wrote new words from this podcast into my vocabulary, I've come across a word "honour".
Generally when I find new words, I also look for appropriate pictures to remember better the words.
And the first thing I've thought about was "The Three Musketeers".
When I was a kid, and then a teenager, I've reread that novel for about four times!
I was excited by that adventure story, that spread on a background of the historical events and the historical persons. (Should I use "persons" in this context, or "people" is better?)
And there is also a film "D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers", that was produced in the Soviet Union in 1978.
It's a classic.
I may rewatch it million times and I never get tired of it.
There are gorgeous clothes and actor's acting, that doesn't let go my attention.
And a separate place is taken by the legendary songs.
So I can't say what is better: a book or a film.
How said the man in the show: "It depends".
In my opinion, we shouldn't compare them, because they are different directions of art.
And both of them may leave an indelible mark in everyone's heart.

Hello! What do I prefer, book or film? Actually I like both ones. I like the most watching a film after reading a book. When I read some book I image all actions as well as surroundings. Plus author can relate his whole story and tiny details in a book that impossible to express in a film. But film is an opportunity to see things you aren’t able to image. I mean if you hadn’t been in China you wouldn’t have understood what was described in a book. Moreover in a film there are interesting music and actor’s play.

Task4 Exercise2 "conversations between Stela and Helen" is same with series 01 Episode 03

Hello ulasalpyildirim,

Could you please explain this a bit more? I've looked through both episode 3 and episode 4 and don't see any repeated tasks. Perhaps I've missed something - could you please tell me which Task and exercise again? I don't see any exercise under Task 4 on this page (or episode 3) and in the support packs, there are conversations in Section 1 exercise 1, but they are different: episode 3 has Stella and Helen and episode 4 has Paul and Dave.

We really appreciate you pointing out any errors - I just can't find what you mention.

Thanks in advance.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


I prefer book. There are many film basic on the book when i watching it i didn't felling as interesting as when i read it. But sometimes i prefer film. It depents film

I prefer the film becouse you get to see other people's imagination. In a book you have to imagine it and it takes days to finish. But if I could choose between anything in the world, then I will choose the videogames.

I would say that I probably like to read more than to watch. But again it depends on some factors. I think that the book is obviously better when it’s well-written. The film can be definitely more impressive. But in my opinion, you won’t ever become a part of a story as much as when you immerse in a really good book. I’m reading “1984” by George Orwell now. It’s a really haunting one.

Unfortunately, I’m not a passionate festivalgoer and haven’t attended many of them. But I heard about a festival that could be interesting for tourists from abroad. It’s the festival of national Ukrainian cuisine which takes place every year in the city of Lutsk. It started as a festival in honour of a particular type of food called “varenyk” and afterwards became more diverse. Varenyks are some sort of stuffed dumplings and the stuffing you can put in them before boiling varies greatly. The most common are mashed potatoes, sauerkraut or cottage cheese. The stuffing can be sweet too. It tastes really good with sour cream.

I would like to meet Enya, well her real name is Eithne Ní Bhraonáin but she adopted this name when she started compose and sing. The sound she makes is fantastic because it comes from the soul and i never listen nothing like that. She is a irish singer and she lives in a castle with her cats and employees, alone, distant of the "modern civilization" because, like her think about the music industry, it defiles the real meaning of making music.