In this final episode of our first series you can listen to highlights from the first nine podcasts. Please note that there is no support pack for this episode, and no Tom the Teacher section, either.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

“Susan, this is Paul” – introducing your friends

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 and read the Transcript 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

Introducing people - a gap filling activity.

Exercise

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 Muhammed talking about Dr. Muhammed Yunus, the Nobel Prize winner.

Can you think of a Nobel Prize winner that you’d like to meet? Or you could tell us about a famous person from your home town or city.

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.

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

Can you match the descriptions with the things they describe?

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

Choose phrases to explain what things are.

Exercise

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 Bridget talking about the film industry in India.
Can you write something about films and cinema in your country?

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack for Series 01 Episode 09 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: ‘How green are you?’
What about you?  What do you do to help the environment?  Do you do a lot? Or do you think that you should do more?  Or maybe you think that being green is a waste of time.

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack for Series 01 Episode 06 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.

Write a list of all the things that you do (or don’t do) to help the environment - and why. Then make your list into a paragraph and send it to us. 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 at the chemist and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.

Exercise

Task 7

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 in this episode has two jokes. 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 jokes.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines of the first joke in the right order.
  • Do Exercise 2, in which you put the lines of the second joke in the right order.
  • Try telling the jokes without looking at the exercises.
  • 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 first joke.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the second joke.

Exercise

 

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FYI this Section 6 is the same as Episode 7's. I think you guys made a mistake.

Hi ClanPsi,

This repetition is on purpose, as it highlights part of the podcasts in this series. But thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about what looked like a mistake. We do make them sometimes and are always grateful when our users point them out to us.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

These podcasts are helping me a lot. Thanks so much!

Hello!
Can someone tell me where I find PDF with the exercises?
Thank you

Hello naisamelo,

I'm afraid we don't have the PDF with the exercises at the moment. I really don't know what happened, but will look into it and then add it to the page once I find it. I'm very sorry for the inconvenience!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello.
ı would like to do things for beein green. some vegetables and planets and flowers are growen in my home, it's very important to see green things because when you see them you believe in necessarity for covering everywhere with plants. ı try to recycle everthing like as papers, plastic water bottle, cans. when ı see a person littering, ı awake him. and ı joın the greenpeace organization

Hello, this is exercises help me a lot

I'm learnig a lot of new words

I'm a listener of this podcast.In the first lesson ,you said making word groups will help you to remeber new words easily.Could you please recommend such word groups?

Hello Parvathy Das,

The idea here is to learn words with other words that they commonly go with. For example, let's say you're learning the word 'friend'. There are many different words that are often used with the word 'friend', e.g. adjectives such as 'close', 'best', 'old' or verbs such as 'make' or 'lose'. It's generally a good idea to learn these words together, as our memory works well with such associations and also because some of the words that are common in English might seem strange in your native language(s) because they are different - learning these 'strange' uses will make your English much more natural-sounding and also help you understand what you read and hear better.

I'd recommend you keep a vocabulary notebook in which you record all of your work like this. It takes time and effort, but the vast majority of people who keep vocabulary notebooks and who study them learn much more effectively.

Good luck!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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