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'.





‘What do you prefer – songs in English or songs in your language?’

when I listen to a song, i care about what's meaning of the song. That makes me want to listen to it again and again. And that's why i love it. So songs in English or songs in your own language is not important to me, if the music is good and the words are something make me think a lot, I like it. Sorts of music i like are not noisy. I have no sorts of music i like, I do not usually listen to music, I just like some songs i have a feeling at them. Dance music is good too, it makes me fresh and glad.

I'd like to meet Asli Anver. She is an actress. She lives in Turkey. I love her because she is a very good actress and attractive and i think she has a very good treatment with people. I follow her in Instagram. She is my favorite people in world and she always plays roles that
evoke self-righteousness. I always try to behave like her. If one day i will see her i ask her about her good behave.

I like listening to songs in English as well as in my first language, however, I think I enjoy a lot more listening songs in my language because I understand the entire song,
but listening to a song in English, help me to improve my English skills. Moreover, I think I like more songs in english than in spanish, I like very much their rhythm and the lyrics of course.
In my opinion, there are less songs in my language that I like it, so in the end, I love both, listening to songs in english and in my language, but there are more songs in english that I like it than in my language.

I'm really bad at dancing, but I've always liked one dance, I love rock and roll dance! I think this dance is well known all over the world.
In my particular case, I can see this dance almost in any situation, I mean, where I live people dance rock and roll when chill out with friends or even in a wedding.
This dance was created many decades ago, I think rock and roll dance started in the 40's, but I'm not really sure.
I don't know how to dance, but I'd like to learn it. I'd love to dance like all people in the movie "Grease"!

I don't really have a favourite singer, but if I had to choose one, I think it would be Natalia Jiménez. She's a spanish singer.
Some of her most famous songs are "Algo más", "El sol no regresa", "Me muero", "Creo en mí".
My favourite songs are "Niña" and "Perdición".
I just know she's famous because she's a singer. I really love her voice, I think she has a beautiful voice! And I like her lyrics as well!
I admire her, because she's very talented. I f I could talk to her I'd tell her how much I love her work and maybe I'd ask her what are her favourite singers or bands, or what kind of music she likes.

In the transcript, there are some missing words here. Right?

You can reply “That’s everything” or, of course, you can ask for something else!
***Remember that you usually use any in question or negative sentences***That’s why the question is ‘Anything else?’ Try to use ‘Anything else?’ before the next podcast!

Hello mitykg,

I'm not sure which words you think are missing. The transcript is complete, as far as I can see.

You are correct about 'Anything else?' It is possible to say 'Something else?' or 'Is there something else?' when we are sure that the answer will be 'yes' (for example when someone is obviously waiting to ask for something) but this is much less common.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter. I'm sorry for my writting is not good so it made you not understand my question.

The transcript is not complete. At 23:34 minutes, there are some missing words. They are ***Remember that you usually use any in question or negative sentences***.

You can listen and look at the transcript to check that. I wrote the transcript for you:

You can reply “That’s everything” or, of course, you can ask for something else!
***Remember that you usually use any in question or negative sentences***That’s why the question is ‘Anything else?’ Try to use ‘Anything else?’ before the next podcast!

Hello again mitykg,

Thank you for clarifying. It's very helpful to provide the time reference in the recording. You are quite right that a sentence was missing and I have updated the transcript accordingly.

Thanks again! We check all our materials several times before publishing but mistakes will always occur and it's good that our users help us by pointing them out when they spot them.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Kirk, I have a question again.

in the transcript, "Tess: Oh, I listen to all kinds of music, but I love music I can dance to." is there a spelling error here? I wonder what is difference "I can dance to" and "I can dance"? "to" is preposition in the sentence ?