This episode sees Gordon return from an adventurous break making a documentary about whales. In 'Your Turn' the question this week is about superheroes and superpowers. Catch up with Carolina as she heads home for the holidays and top it all off with some tips from Tom the teacher who's talking about strong adjectives.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

"It's great to see you again!" – meeting old friends

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at the language we use when we meet up with friends after a time apart.

Suggestion: One way to use this is to read the Transcript, and then do some exercises to help you to learn the common phrases. A good idea is to practise these with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: exercises 1 - 2

Fill in the gaps in the dialogue with the phrases from the box.


Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to talk about

Section 2 is based on someone talking about something that they’re interested in – it could be anything – a hobby, a person, a place, a thing – something that they know a bit about and would like to share. 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.

In this section, you heard Gordon talking about his experiences when he was making a TV programme, and how much he enjoyed seeing whales for the first time.

  • Can you remember when you saw a special animal for the first time?
  • Where was it and how did you feel?

Write a paragraph about what happened and about the animal.

There is some useful language to help you on page 4 of the Support Pack.

If you want, you can add your paragraph to the comments on the website.

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.

The quiz in this episode was about whales.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Can you match the questions Gordon asked with the correct answers?


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Here are some more questions that use the same question structure. Can you select the right answers?


Task 4

Section 4 - Your turn

Section 4 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

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.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: "Superman can fly. The Hulk is very strong. The Invisible Man is invisible. What superpower would you like to have?"

What about you? What superpower would you like to have? Do you agree with what any of the people said in the podcast?

Write down what you think, explain why, and post this as a comment at the bottom of the page. There is some useful language on page 6 of the Support Pack which you can download.

Task 5

Section 5 - Carolina

Section 5 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 as she makes her way to the station on her way home for the holidays and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Fill in the gaps in the dialogue with the phrases from the box.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Select all of the expressions that are possible in the situations.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 6

Section 6 - Joke

Section 6 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 on your computer/mp3 player.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines of the joke in order.
  • Then try telling the joke from the podcast.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling your joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the lines of the joke in the correct order.


Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 7

Section 7 - Tom the Teacher

Section 7 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.

This week, Tom talks about strong adjectives and the intensifiers you can use with them. He also talks about different ways of saying the number '0'.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Match the strong adjectives with the meanings.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Read the sentences and select the right intensifiers.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Read the sentences and choose the right way of saying the number '0'.


Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.




Hi Team!
Writing in english is very difficult. In other moment I wrote this. Anyway is very important believe in the men for me and while I believe in my efforts I think that i contribute for the world better. The animals really need of the humanity and the men need rescue your indentify. The animals represent our feeling. Is incredible that exist men cause dam in the animals.

Today i want to talk about eating
My teacher asked the whole class " what do you like?".Most of my friends like travelling all the world and so am i. But i prefer eating more than travelling.
Firstly, It is just my taste that make me feel excited in eating.In fact, I'm absolutely happy when i am full.Conversely,when i am hungry, i get annoy easily. To me, it is a best way to heal a broken heart and relieved after a stressed day.
Secondly, Vietnam where has a cuisine variety, you can not miss explore the food of Vietnam. More over, cuisine represents the culture.Each taste you get is a story behind that did me favor to find out my country and the world. I believed that it is a great method to travel the world. For instant, street foods in Vietnam or Thaland; Pizza and spagetty come from Italia.
The lastest, I really love the meals made by my mom. To me, my mother is a master chef. not because of luxury foods but because i can touch how much she love me in every food she made. I can feel hard cook of hers in the kitchen as well. so i am dying to eat is a meaning to me and i love my mom
Includun, eating is able to make my life better. To eat a lot, i need gym everyday. I know that eating to be happy but to do exercise to eat more.
thank you!!!!

Thank alot British council.I'm sure I have been improving my listening skill gradually.I listen at least once episode almost everyday.I would like to talk about a special animal when I saw my first time.It was penguins.I have never seen before because they can only survive in cold climate.I saw them in the Naypyitaw zoological garden.They are so cute.I love them.

Hello all,

In the 7:38 moment of the podcast Tess says: "Usually we ask the questions to someone else but this time ..."

I've been taught (rightly or wrongly) that we have these choices for occasions like above:
1- We ask someone the questions....
2- We ask the questions of someone ...

But Tess uses some other pattern.
Is "asking questions *to* someone" correct please?

Thanks beforehand.

And how can I see all Tess, Ravi, Jaime and Carolina? :-) I'm interested in it.

Hello Abbasi,

That's very observant of you! You're right, really 'to' is not used in this way. I think Tess must have just misspoken during the recording and then we missed it when checking it later. I'm sorry if this confused you.

I'm afraid we don't have any other photos of the gang than the ones that are currently on the site. Sorry to disappoint! The good news is that we are working on a fifth series. It's too early to say when it will be ready to release, but I wanted to mention it to you.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi , great audio , just perfect , if anyone can help to find a teacher to practise my english until ielts test exam? can you recommend anybody or online speaking websites ? my gmail adres is ------------------

Hello guneytasyurek,

Great, we're glad you enjoyed it. I'm afraid that our House Rules prohibit the sharing of the kind of personal information (such as email addresses, which is why yours was removed) that you would need to exchange to do this. I'd recommend you look through our Facebook page – you might find this kind of information there.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

It was really nice and helpful series, i enjoyed the lesson today, it was fantastic, very happy to listen to the complete series, heading to the next one.
Thanks alot
My regards

Thank you Peter M.

dear brithish council team.
into the support pack series 2, episode 10, section seven- excercise 4 here, I have to choose the right answer for each situation: a) zero; b) nil; c) LOVE; d) oh. Before Tom talked about different ways of saying the numeral "0", like nil, zero, hought or oh, but he do not speak about LOVE.
Would do you like explain to me please, uses LOVE?