Listen to someone getting advice from a friend to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Yes, I often feel anxious; like, for example, when I listen to an audio and a task like these that are still out of my comprehension. I especially talk about the second task. Thank you. See you next.

Hi teacher!
Can you explain for me why the answer of question ''What does Ben do at the beginning of the conversation?' is ''he makes the problem sound less than it is'' .I thought that the answer in this question is ''He makes the problem sound more than it is'' .
Thank you for your support!

Hello lyly32

The first thing that Ben says is that he is fine ('Good, thanks'). He then admits that he's struggling 'a bit', but then it later becomes clear that he is actually having a very difficult time. So really he minimises the problem at first and gradually reveals how serious it is.

Does that make sense?

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I have completed the lesson 'Getting Advice'. The level I chose was Upper Intermediate B2.

i get anxious most of the times when i see people or animal rights are being really hurts me ,specially when i feel not brave enough to stop it.

My fears come up when I'm aware of what kind of situations are the most prone to make me dread, indeed it's something that I have been developing consciously according to each situation, something as If I were creating a character and giving ways of behavior , as for instance, certain fear of being with mates as a excuse of a way to spend more time with myself and It may sound weird but when I realize that it's not my "real fear", and it is my "I" just acting regarding to what I think is the proper behaviour to manage finding a way of being with myself, I just act the opposite, and I don't even care what I'm doing.

I feel anxious when I'm surrounded by people I don't know yet, because it is difficult for me to start a conversation.

Dear Team,
I think, in Task2, p.6, it could be correct the first choice, because in the dialogue Clara says, ''they're going to sound weird, so hear me out'',and '' this may sound strange''.What do you think?
Many thanks to all of you.

Hello nikoslado

The phrases you mention are talking about the advice she is about to give. Since they aren't explicitly about doing something to keep your mind busy, I think the order given is correct.


All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Whatever the anxiety is doesn't matter, as long as I have a good sleep. A good sleep helps my head be clear, then I can concentrate to do things and not be easy to be distracted by unrelated things. In additions, my health is also good if I slept well last night before: proper heart beating, stamina muscles and deep breath. In contrast, if I sleep badly last night, today my behavior will not be together and tie to many health issues. I will dread learning English when my head is spinning around so hard that I unlikely to remember anything. Moreover, lacking sleep, I feel easily to be frustrated to other people and be scared when having a interpersonal connection with them. So, setting a consistent bedtime to have a good sleep is what makes me anxious more than anything else.