Episode 5


Sarah goes for an interview with Marcia and Philip.


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Hi ,

I am new user . I am getting difficulty to find the way for staring the converstation . Please suggest me from where exactly , i have to start to ask my query related to any part English.


Hello sarita.104828,

Starting a conversation is as much a cultural question as it is a linguistic one. When two British people meet there are certain topics and certain signals which are used but this may be different when two, for example, Japanese people meet. In general, British people will greet each other either informally - 'Hi (there) / Hello (there) - or more formally - 'Good morning' / 'How do you do?' They may shake hands, though this is more common in more formal situations. Usually the next thing we say is a question - How are you? / How are things? / What's up? (the last is informal).

After that it's a question of finding a topic to discuss. Neutral topics are normal if we don't know the other person, so the weather is a good choice ('It's nice today, isn't it?') or some comment about the immediate surroundings ('This is a beautiful room, isn't it?') or situation ('It's a long queue, isn't it?'). After that, the conversation can go in many directions, depending on the speakers.

I hope those suggestions are helpful,


Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Learn English Team,
I am very curious about the terminology that is more common in Britain. In this case it is "children with difficulties". Don't you use more "children with disabilities" term rather than "children with difficulties"? I am asking because I know that term "disability" is generally accepted term.
Thank you in advance,Dacja

Hello Dacja,

There are a number of terms you can use. Generally, the terms 'with (physical/mental) disabilities' or '(physically/mentally) impaired' have replaced the term 'handicapped'. You can also see terms such as 'special needs' or 'visually/aurally challenged' used, depending on the context and the particular disability.

This page about disability etiquette gives further information on the topic, and you can find information specifically about terminology here.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

The video was awsome. Talk become kind of grows on me. As for Sarah, she is flexible and deals well with difficult managee. So I think she will get the job as Manager.

i like this video , because helpfull me to improve my conversation. but sometime i need partner to speak , could you help me

Hello agus koima,

I'm afraid we can't help you to find a speaking partner, but I can make a suggestion about how you can work on your speaking even without a partner.  You can use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish: after doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency.  You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team