Talking about clothes, Jonathan Ive, 10 Seconds, the vuvuzela, women's football, travelling on the London Underground, jokes, etc.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

"Is that a new shirt?" – Making comments on a friend's clothes

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

Comments on a friend's clothes - gapfilling activity.


Extra practice materials

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 Martin from Glasgow talking about why he would like to meet Jonathan Ive.

Is there a famous designer that you’d like to meet? It might be a designer like Jonathan Ive or a fashion designer or even an architect.

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, Marina and Ricky tried to think of yellow things. An exercise like this is a good way to learn more vocabulary. Here, we’re going to think about things that are green, red, white, or blue. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match colours to the names of things.


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 Bob talking about the vuvuzela – a strange musical instrument that people play at football matches in South Africa.
Think about a sport or sports event in your country – any kind of sport. Is there anything that you think makes it different from sports or sports events in other countries?

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: ‘Why don’t more people watch women’s football?’
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? Write down your opinion – Why don’t more people watch women’s football? You can send us your text 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 in the airport and on the underground and then do 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

Choose all the phrases that are correct.


Practice materials - Exercise 4

Please download the support pack (above) 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 the sentences and put them in the right order.


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

Group words depending on whether they contain silent letters or not.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Type in the silent letters in different words.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Fill the gaps in sentences with ‘at’, 'for', 'after' or ‘forward to'.


Practice materials - Exercise 4

Type prepositions into the gaps in sentences.





Hi there. I've never watched woman's football and I don't like man's football. But I thought that sport like football is part of world culture and I should find out about it more. Thank you for this obvious idea! :)

Women's football have not been valorized yet. I could say that the people are not interested in women's football, but such as in the men's football, it's necessary advertising and media stimulus to becomes popular. So there are n factors that explain why most people don't watch women's football. Unfortunately, the gender inequality has already influenced our way of seeing the world.

The 'capoeira' is a sport practised in Brazil. It's like a dance, but actually is a kind of fight. It's very interesting because this fight is accompanied by the sound of the 'berimbau'. The 'capoeira' came from the Africans, but it was born here in Brazil, first to solve the conflicts between the slaves without the colonizer realize that they were fighting. Nowadays it's a educative fight, a very popular sport.

Personally, I don't watch either men's football.
I've been at the stadium twice, but the game haven't excited me.
I think that women have other interests apart from sport: family, children, career, spiritual expression, different hobbies, care for beauty, housework etc.
So there are not many women who want to devote themselves to professional football, especially because of football is the team game.
Anyway there are much more men who do.
That's why there isn't a professional women's league, and that's why there aren't many games on TV.

hello team, as far as I got from the comments of above users and ur replays , we shouldn't be very careful or concentrate on grammar in informal speaking . we should get the idea or purposes of the speakers generally . is it true? thanks a lot

Hello nicky62,

It is true that informal speech tends to be quite chaotic and can be contain grammatical mistakes. Certainly these are less important than in writing or formal language. So I would say that while it is helpful to be as accurate as possible and good grammar certainly helps to make us more easily understood, it is not as important when we are speaking informally. Fluency - so the listener does not get frustrated with the conversation - and clarity of pronunciation are very important.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much peter.

Hi. I have two doubts. I'd like to know the difference between "Luggage" and "Baggage". I looked for it and I've got that is the same. And the same doubt about "Through" and "Across". I think in both cases means the same but the difference is the context where are use. And if I'm asking wrong, tell me, please. Thanks.

Hello jessica,

There's a page on just this topic in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Briefly, though, in the context of travel, 'luggage' and 'baggage' mean the same thing, but the word 'baggage' has other meanings as well. In the case of 'across' and 'through', I'd refer you to this Cambridge Dictionary page – if you scroll to the bottom, you'll see a description of how to use these two words.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, it is pretty useful!