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 like both of them. I love listening songs in my language because singers, who sing it know what I live, my way of life and sing about it. But I like songs in English too. They help me learn English, improve my skils. And there is one more thing - many popular singers sing their songs in English (at least sometimes) and I have a very big choice of sort and stile of mucic, more bigger, than my own language. But I agree with one of the speaker - English songs often aren't interesting for me and I like it just for their sound.

I'd like to meet Michael Jackson. He is from the USA. He is not alive now, unfortunately. He died in 2009 and it was a big disaster to his fans from all over the world. He started his career in early ages in his family band called "Jacksons 5", where he was a lead singer. He wrote a lot of well-known songs. His album "Thriller" is the most sold album of all time. I love every song of him. Especially "Billie Jean", "Smooth Criminal", "Heal the World" etc... His popularity not only related to his music career but also his dancing skills. He was one of the first singers, who mixed dancing with singing. His moonwalk is hilarious and is the best dance move I have ever seen. I admire him because he reminds me that I am the master of my sea and I can be the person I want in any circumstances. If I had a chance, I would talk to him about dancing skills and definitely ask him to teach me some of them.

Hi, I am Omer from Sudan
am 27 years old and a freshly graduated engineer.
for task 2 I would like to meet Denzel Washington the Hollywood black movie star.he is one those little black people who had an Oscar.he is an American. and he encouraged a lot of people around the world by his speech in his movies. he also speaks a lot of languages like Spanish beside his mother tongue language. I would like to meet him to I benefit from his information about the politics nowadays. and what is the way of his success?

I would like to meet Daw Mar Mar Aye, a singer, and an announcer.She is Myanmar and she lives and about 70. Her parents are the musicians. She began singing at an early age. 80% of film soundtracks were sung by Mar Mar Aye.She sang Myanmar classic songs, love songs and romantic songs and religious songs for Buddha. Her voice is very pleasant so anyone heard can feel with pleasant. She struggled when she was young. She is not beautiful but she has bright eyes and sweetened smile. She has been politically active when the time of military government. she emigrated to the United State in 1998 to work as an announcer in VOA. But she didn't depress and she could stand strongly with her belief. In this time, she released a song entitled" Heartache Till the End of the World ".In 2012, she returned from exile to Myanmar, at the authorization of President U Thein Sein. I would like to ask her " how dis you stand and pass these harsh condition.

I would like to meet Dr. Kamal haasan, An actor, Director, Producer, Dancer, Lyricist, Playback singer and Social activist. He is an great actor in indian Cinema and has been a pioneer to newcomers who want to be best in the industry in any fields, his films' shots are always great with different meaning of conveying to people and apart from acting he does multiple talks as i mentioned above, what i love from him the most is directing films on his own with great levels of technics, realistic and story especially his making style of movies make him one of the most best director in indian cinema but i would say he is the best director in indian cinema because he has brought the indian cinema to the next level with his realistic storytelling talent. I admire him seeing how one man can do such multiple tasks and learn a lot and lot of things all the time because i love learning and i don't think i find it much easier to learn continuously and he can speak more than10 languages. He planned to make a movie Marudhanayagam on his own with the mega budget and queen Queen Elizabeth II was also on the set of the movie but unfortunately the movie shooting plan has been postponed due to financial issues, However, finally he has set to start it soon that's another thing. Every Director, critic and actor in india admire him as there is always something to learn in his movie. The famous hollywood director Steven spielberg met also him for a occasion to do a film together but the plan dropped i did not know much about it why. if i meet him in future the question that i would love to ask him is How can he manage to do all the things at the same time such as acting,directing, writing lyrics and making all the plans, and his continues learning on arts and his plan over next decade movie making plans.

Hi to everyone,
in this podcast questions on mobile phone ( google play store app ), the question 2 :
Why does Yasmin like Shakira?
When tick the answer, after automatically change, " Because she writes songs in English. ".
You see that on your mobile phones?

Hello armagandc,

Thanks for reporting this to us. I'll ask our apps team to revise this.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question about pronunciation, intonation.

Can you dance tango, Tess?

I heard that Ravi stressed the word 'you'. But my teacher of my course taught me that in question you must not stress the pronoun.

Hello Gustavo,

I'm not really sure why Ravi stressed the word 'you' here. It probably wasn't really necessary in this situation, since it's just him and Tess speaking at the time.

In any case, while it's true that we don't always put emphasis on a pronoun in a question, it certainly is possible. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Who's that who I like meet? I don't know... It's a difficult question. A lot of famous people are who I'd like meet, but they died alredy. I'd like meet Da Vinci, Napoleon, Galilei, Salvador Dalí, Buddha, Jesus etc... I think that's them who modified the world. Interest me that, what do they think, what do they feel, from what they were who there were. :)