Tess and Ravi discuss the news and the BBC, while Adam and Jo talk about unusual words such as 'series' and 'news'.

Tess & Ravi
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  • What do you think about the BBC?
  • Can you watch BBC programmes where you live? Or get BBC radio?
  • What are your favourite programmes?
  • Do you use the BBC website?

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I was started to listen the BBC radio, when i was study at school. The radio was very jammed. The first program I heard was "Rock sowing" or "Rock crops". Now I'm watching and listening to BBC news on the Internet

Pronunciations and spellings are mutually well related in English, too. For example, <-ind> is always pronounced as "aind" such as "find", "kind", and "bind". So not so comfusing at all. Prepositions might be little bit difficult to master for foreigners, but still English is the most simple language after all when I learned other languages including Chinese, Arabic, French, and Japanese (my mother tongue, but I used to be a Japanese teacher for foreigners and I find it Japanese is one of the most difficult languages in the world). A lot of verbs' conjugation is regular, nouns has no female/male form, plurals are simple just putting -s on the end of the word, characters are easily learned (think of Chinese or Japanese Kanji characters! There are thousands of them!). So it is no wonder English has become a common language around the globe.

Hi team
I want to practise saying English words.
Can you tell me where in this site I find vocabulary and I can pronuonce them?

Hello anaisavecas,

You can find vocabulary games here and an index of more advanced lexis, including academic lexis here.

Most of the vocabulary exercises on LearnEnglish are included as part of our audio and video materials, so looking at those (Word on the Street, Britain is Great etc) is a good place to start. Unfortunately we don't have many exercises directly focusing on pronunciation, but you can use the search facility to find some (see here).


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

My first English channel is the BBC, it’s helpful to improve my listening skills, but I only have the BBCW (of news) on my TV, I know that there are a lot of BBC channel, unfortunately I can’t get them
I prefer watch the news when there are several subjects (politics, economics, sport, culture…) that help me to progress more and get some new word and phrases.
Almost the time of English learning on internet I use the British council so I haven’t a time to visit the BBC website.

BBC is very famous for its quality because there more and more people like using it and trust it. And I am not the exception, I downloaded BBC app and listen to it everyday if I have time. There is a variety of news about different fields such as sports, entertainment, science, etc. The voices of BBC are clearly so I can understand what they we're saying and it's also a good place for us to read the news from all around the world.


Good morning.
Yes I think the BBC is one of the best place where we can get news, I know BBC since I was a child even though I used to listen hardly ever. But people around me used to watch BBC and speak about it as a very good thing. Then when I grew up I start to watch BBC to check that the news are true or not , and al the nwes it was real and without fiction like the news in my country.
Unfortunately now I don't have access to BBC here where I live, if I had it was really useful for me to get information from all over the world and to improve my English of course. But I'm pleased with all this national TV stations, because it helps me to learn the language of this country.
And I'm still lucky because I can get the BBC radio,and I listen every night for half an hour to improve my English, even sometimes I don't understand all the meaning.
I can say that this is my favorite broadcasting, and about the tv I don't watch to much just sometimes, or when my wife wants to see something on TV and I'm around the room of course I'm join her and we watching together.
Most of the time I'm watching online movies, and I try to find english movie with subtitle in English

can I know what is the different between (true) and (truth) .

Hello BaSabeena,

These are different parts of speech. 'True' is an adjective and 'truth' is a noun.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team