Do you need to improve your general English skills or help with your English for social occasions? In this section you'll find extended listening and reading practice which will help you improve your level of English and give you language to use in everyday situations.

Watch YouTube videos and improve your English at the same time. There are exercises and transcripts to help you understand.

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Elephants learn to work together

Can elephants learn to work together to complete a task that they cannot achieve on their own?...


The FIFA World Cup is here again! What's the most important thing to do when you're watching...

Intermediate: B1

Play games, have fun and improve your English vocabulary at the same time.

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Magic gopher game

Think of a number with two digits. For example 43. Follow the Magic Gopher's instructions and he...


Spelling is terrifying! Can you spell quickly or will your fear be too much?

Laugh and learn with our jokes.

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I've dedicated my life to studying sponges.

Really. Why?


Why were you late for work?

Watch these videos to learn how to say the right thing at the right time.

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How to greet someone you haven't seen for ages

It's always good to keep in touch with old friends.

Intermediate: B1
How to turn down an invitation

Have you ever been invited to a party that you didn't want to go to? Find out how to turn down...

Intermediate: B1

Listen to people talking about things that interest them.

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Talk about: Learning languages

Simon talks about how he managed to learn five to six different languages in a fun and easy way...

Upper intermediate: B2
Talk about: My two cats

Do you know that cats' characters can change? Find out more from Dave about his two cuddly cats...

Upper intermediate: B2

Learn about British culture and food in these fun videos.

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A bowl of trifle

A trifle is a dessert dish made from thick (or often solidified) custard, fruit, sponge cake,...

Elementary: A2
A fried breakfast, coffee and orange juice

The US election was held on November 4th 2008 with voters choosing between Democrat candidate...

Upper intermediate: B2

Why are Shakespeare's plays so popular 400 years after his death? Find out in these videos and improve your English with the exercises.

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Shakespeare: Hamlet

Hamlet returns home to find his father has died. Zimbabwean actor Tonderai Munyevu explains how...

Upper intermediate: B2
Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet

Juliet is just like teenage girls today! Jade Anouka explains the insights she gained from...

Upper intermediate: B2

Learn about UK culture by watching videos and listening to audio about a variety of topics.

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UK Culture: What's a University Education Worth?

Every year, it costs British students more and more to attend university. Students are...

Upper intermediate: B2
UK Culture: Banking

If you want to live in the UK, you will need a bank account. Watch the video to find out more...

Intermediate: B1, Upper intermediate: B2

The Premier League is the world's most-watched football league. Watch players discuss their experiences in the UK.

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Premier Skills: English

In this video, four Premier League players talk about how they use English and why it is...

Intermediate: B1
Premier Skills: Plans in Five Years

In this video, the players talk about their hopes and future plans.

Upper intermediate: B2
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