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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.

Elementary Podcasts

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

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


I agree with both of them. English spelling and pronunciation are difficult sometimes. Actually, Prepositions are so horrible for me. But I hope that this web site will help me. What 's next level of Elementary podcasts? Is it Intermediate podcasts?

Hello Peter,

Thank you very much for your advice.

Warmest wishes,



After each elementary podcast are several tasks to solve. Unfortunately I have a problem with checking out of my answers of exercises. This problem occured from time of changing of face of webside - I don't have any bottoms for check of correct answers. Could you help me how can I find those bottoms. How I can check my answers? Thank you for help.

Ps. I think the idea of elemntary podcast is very helpfull for foreiners whowant to learn english language. Good job!

Hello Kobi,

We're sorry about this and our working to fix it. In the meantime, if you change web browsers (try Chrome or Internet Explorer), you should be able to see the Submit and Check Answer buttons.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

am new at this website for english learning so which door can knock first for my learning

Hello omardad,

Welcome! Elementary Podcasts is a great place to start, though I'd also recommend you read our Help page, where you can find advice on how to get the most out of our pages.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

i think that the subject is very useful, i only didn't understand task 8. thanks for British council.

Hello hanykamal66,

Task 8 is about pronunciation, which is discussed in the Jo and Adam part of the podcast, i.e. the last part. You have to understand the word 'rhyme' to be able to do the task – if you don't know that word, be sure to look it up in the dictionary. You can also press Submit to see the answer for 1, and then try the rest yourself.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everybody, for my the most difficult think for learn English is speak , it's so difficult for me the pronunciation and when I have to speak I forget some words it's so embarrassing , I'm into scary. But read it and write it is more easy , I know that I don't writte perfectly but I do it better than speak. I know that if I work really hard in my English I will speak and writte it very good.
Well..I expect that