Talking about how people are feeling, Bob Marley, Hot Seat, Bun Festival in Cheung Chau, books vs films, British money, joke, etc.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

How are you feeling?” – being sympathetic

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

Talking about how someone is feeling - a gap filling activity.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

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 Marcus talking about why he would like to meet Bob Marley.

Is there a famous male musician – 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, Max and Hannah play Hot Seat. 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 Hannah 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 that describe things to those things.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Choose phrases to explain what things are.


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 Robert talking about the Bun Festival in Cheung Chau.
Can you think of a local festival that you can tell people about? It could be a festival in the place where you live. Or it could be a festival that you’ve seen in another place, maybe when you were on holiday.

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 – the book or the film?’
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 – the book or the film? 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 conversations on the train and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

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

Choose the correct way to talk about British money.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Replace other words and phrases with the word 'stuff'.





I'd like to meet Svyatoslav Vakarchuk. He's not only very talented Ukrainian musician but also (it's very important for me) a honest man. In difference of some other stars he doesn't lead a double life. He is a patriot as well and expresses very true views about what is happening in our country and what Ukraine should be like. Who knows may be someday he will become our president.

I have two questions in Task 7 ( Series 1 Episode 4)
1. when Ravi told his joke to Gordon "What’s red and invisible" and the answer is "no tomatoes" - "no tomatoes" what does it mean ?
2. The joke of Gordon - when he said "“It is amazing. He hated the book” - I can't get it too
Thank you for your help on this.

Hi HanhTran,

The idea behind the first joke is that something red is a tomato, but since the joke asks what is red and invisible, non-existent tomatoes ('no tomatoes') is the answer. As Gordon says, it's a pretty bad joke, so I wouldn't worry if you don't think it's funny or that it qualifies as a joke.

The idea behind Gordon's joke is that we expect the dog owner to think that it's amazing his dog understands human language (just like the man who observes the dog during the film). But instead of saying this, the dog owner takes for granted that his dog can understand language -- when he says that the dog didn't like the book that the film was based on, this implies that the dog can not only understand spoken English, but can also read it!

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Yes thank you, I got it.

I have a question about the information of Bob Marley in section 2
I heard the guest of "I'd like to meet section" talked that Bob Marley died in 1991
but in the transcript is 1981
Is he wrong ?
Thanks !

Hi HanhTran,

In section 2, Marcus says that Bob Marley died in 1981. There is only one small sound difference between '81' and '91', so it could be that you misheard it. In any case, according to the Wikipedia, Marley died in 1981.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to meet
I would like to meet the great Egyptian musician Omar Khayrat.
And i have already met him several times but, I would like to meet him again because , he is so nice person in real .
Omar Khayrat he is an aristocratic person belongs to the family held high positions in the Egyptian government government .
This environment was influenced on his music directly .
Because, of this reason his music characterized by quality and classical .
I admire him because, it has presented a wonderful model of musician to the world and reached the universal level too .
When i met him before , I have already asked him about , how he embodies the pictures in the music of films ???????
and he answered , i just imagine the the situation !!!

I have a questions. Is the phrase "This one’s on me" used only when somebody want to pay? Or it have different meanings?

Hello chunya,

It's definitely most common in the context of paying for something, especially a drink or meal. It might be appropriate in other circumstances as well, though I can't think of one off the top of my head.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi my friends,
There is a nice rock festival ( I know that is strange to put togheter both words * nice * and *rock* - but it's true ) in my town Suceava in Romania. The festival's name is Bucovina Rock Castle and the stage is in the castle's retrenchment. Lots of rock bands around Europe are invited to play there and people feels great. They're all wearing black T-shirts with band's names on them and blue jeans , drink beer ( the strong drinks are not allowed ) and eat traditional food ( that means a lot of meat ) and the atmosphere is great. People talking in pauses because they know each other and if they don't know he talk to you as they know you. Come to see and listen to great romanian rock bands as Trooper. and more. Thanks for read me.