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Episode 12

Carolina goes to the river and goes on a rowing boat with Jamie. Adam and Jo talk about difficult aspects of English such as homographs and homophones.

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Task 8


Leave a comment below!

  • What about you – what's difficult for you in English?
  • Do you agree with Carolina that English spelling and pronunciation 'is impossible!'?
  • And what's easy for you? Do you agree with Jo's students when they say that verbs are easy but prepositions are horrible?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello again Quezia,

There is one small mistake in each sentence. In 1, the verb 'miss' should be in the past simple and in 2 'costed' is not the past simple form of 'cost'. Otherwise, they care correct – good work!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, please help!
Is there any tips about PRONUNCIATION OF -s ENDINGS (plural nouns, 3rd person singular form of verbs in the simple present)? Send me the link if there is a post talking about it.
Thanks in advanced.

Hello Quezia,

We don't have one as far as I know, but I'd recommend this BBC page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again Quezia,

If you follow the rules on the page I referred you to, that should tell you how to pronounce the 'es' ending. There might be a few exceptions out there – I can't think of any off the top of my head – but in general, it's pronounced as described on that page. The important thing is to notice what sound (not letters) a word ends with, e.g. although 'name' ends with the letter 'e', the last sound is /m/, and therefore 'names' is pronounced /neɪmz/ not /neɪmɪz/.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, I'm really confused about the passages, and I don't know how to give a suitable tittle to any passage?

May I know the easy way to suggest a suitable tittle to any passage?

Thank you so much.

Hello maqsoodahmedmagsi,

Often, but not always, titles tell the reader about the subject or main idea of a text. I'd say that's probably the easiest way to choose a title. I'd also recommend you read some texts and then think about why the writer gave them the title they have. Our Magazine would be a great resource for this, as there are articles on all kinds of topics and all of them have titles.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello.. I'd like to ask which sentences is true "The plane is prepared to take off" or "The plane is prepared for take off"?

The two sentences are correct, and they are not the same. Wrong use of preposition as well as other part of speech can destroy the intention of the speaker. If I no what you mean, then I will know the correct one.

Hello DeboraGultom,

The meaning of these is very similar, and both can be used in this context.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Oh ok thanks