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'd like to meet Elon Musk, the man who tries to change all our world. In the soon future he is going to explore the Mars. It's supposed to be interesting.

In the podcast time code 13:56 - 13:58 Ravi said "She speaks very good English". This sentence is grammatically wrong, isn't it? How about this sentence "She speaks English very well" ?
Please explain it to me, Thanks

Hello XuMinHa,

I would encourage you to say 'She speaks English very well', but 'She speaks very good English' is not grammatically correct. In terms of the grammar, the difference is that 'well' is an adverb which modifies the verb 'speaks' and 'good' is an adjective that modifies 'English' -- in both cases, the grammar is correct.

Language is not just grammar, however -- there are ways of saying things that are more or less accepted. In this case, using the adverb 'well' to describe the verb 'speaks' is generally regarded as the best form to use. Although you may hear native speakers use 'good English', particularly in informal situations (like this one with Ravi), I would suggest you say 'speak English well'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team 

i am from colombia in my country you can find differents styles of music one of they is the vallenato is music very funny you can dance or simply listen am sure you enjoy this music the vallenato is patrimony of our country

hello everybodys
i like to meet to scarlett johansson she is a big actrees of cinema incredibly beautifull, she was born in the united states exactly in new york she is 33 yers old i would like to invite her to a meal ask him aboutthe beginning of his carrer, one of the movies that i admire the most is lucy

There is nothing to prefer in particular .Generally i start to hear the musk then if i love it i look for the words and the language .rally it makes you love the language what ever is it .I believe it is a good way to learn different language .but also the song in my one language not only good musk or lovely words it is express my one culture.

I would like to meet Mr Bill Gates the paioneer of microsoft windows system that we are all using every day at our computer system at home and at work . i just want to know how was
his life bing ? and when he was a kid he was dream to be the most rich man in the world . really i hope one day to be like this man of thinking and performance and also rich .

I just want to say for me i love vedio games mora than any thing when i was young about 10 yers old my dad brings me my first vedio game console it was with black and white screen show then after words it becomes upgraded to the color screen shown the technology of vedio games not stop at all every time its becomes more powerful than yesterday .

To be honest i do not like dancing at all although i know that it is very good activity for the body .so i remember that sing with crazy dancing named macrena. ti was for all people old and yang .I do not know the meaning of the words even the language but i did taken with the tiempo.

Rally i do not know if she is dead or sill alive. Olvya nuoten jon.she is amercan. she was a very peautiful
yang singer and denser i ever see in my live time . she make i remember one fantastic fantasy move withe the famous amercan actor john travolta .the name of the move was Zanadoo. it talks about anther planet whe people can live withe power of love that is it can you imagine .very romantic ideyas.