Carolina and Emily are in the library to study, but end up chatting. Jo and Adam chat about conditionals – sentences with 'if'. 

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  • What about you – how do you like to study? At home? In a café?
  • Do you prefer to study with or without music? At night or in the morning?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.




When I was a student at high school I was always studding in a café, it’s easier than at home, I can meet my classmates to studding in group but at university my studding was at home or in library.
I ‘have never studied with music, I find that’s not helpful and it can make me unfocused on my study, I prefer the silent area.

I like to study at home where i can concentrate and find the calm

I prefer studying at the library because it is quite for me to concentrate on my study. It is quite large and it also contains a lot of books.

Good afternoon everyone, I happy that I have to writing again here, something about me. Before I start to write just finished I talk with my wife in English about what I will write, sometimes I do this to improve my English.
So my best way to study for me is at home alone without noise and music, because it's easy for me to get distracted even when I'm alone if I study in front of the pc,
But when I learn from my notebook then is different, because I'm really focused at what I have to learn and I don't have any possibility ( to open a new web page in my notebook) .
For me it doesn't matter what time it is when I start to study, but of course I try to study during the day when I'm fresh and learning it could be easy than if you study at night.
Beside that I think when you have to do an important exam and you are a person who are get distracted easily, than the best place to work is in the library, quiet location with quiet people who are aim to do the same thing like you.

Which is correct, I saw a crescent moon as if it WAS talking to me or I saw a crescent moon as if it WERE talking to me? Thanks.

Hello lingskie,

Both are correct. People who adhere to traditional grammars prefer 'were' to 'was', so if you're writing or speaking to people like that, then I'd recommend 'were'. But many people just say 'was' in this case and nowadays it is considered correct by most.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much sir.

Hello everyone,
In my case I prefer to study in the library, Most of the times I have to study in my room with my laptop, but, when I am studying with my laptop, sometimes I begin opening other pages such as facebook, youtube and pages like that, so, I realized that I get distracted very easily. Nothing compares with the most suitable place for students, THE LIBRARY.
Regards to all.

Thank you very much for the Episode 14, it was amazing. I am going to have a test on Monday about conditionals, so, it was very helpful for me.

Hi all
I am from Nepal. I am not that much good at English. My grammar might be ok but I feel nervous when I speak or talk English with other. Every time when I speak English I always think whether I had make any mistakes. what can I do.. ? Please suggest me...

Arpan Shrestha.

Hello again Arpan,

It sounds as if Butwal is too far from our British Council centre in Kathmandu, but if you ever spent some time in the capital, I'm sure a class there could be really useful for you.

But there's still a lot you can do where you live. I'd recommend you continue using Elementary Podcasts. First, listen to the podcast a couple of times. Then you could listen to it again using the transcript to help you understand it. Do the exercises and then print out the transcript. Underline words and phrases that you think would be useful to learn and to use in your speaking. Then practise pronouncing them until it feels more natural and you can say them quickly. Then try using those words and phrases in your speaking. If you can't find anyone to speak to in English, you can still speak to yourself! It may seem strange, but it does work.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team