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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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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


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Hi everyone,
can anyone tell me what are the differences between 'horror' and 'terror', 'horrible' and 'terrible' and the difference between 'give up' and 'give in' with examples, please?
I am thankful to all your team.

Hello Zara Zieno,

You can find the definitions for these items in our dictionary. Just type each into the search window and click 'Look it up!'

As far as differences go, it's often a question of collocation (which words are often used together) and context. I'm afraid it's not possible for us to provide long explanations and multiple examples of each item's use, however. If you have a particular sentence you would like to ask about then we'll be happy to try to explain, of course.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I think that pronunciation is the hardest thing to learn when you study English.
I can understand very well written English, I can traslate a piece , but the pronunciation is very difficult to learn above all if you don't have the opportunity of speaking with anyone of native English.
In a month a american student's group is going to visit me and I'm worried because I don't speak English very well. My pronunciation is horrible.
Can Kirk give me any advice to resolve this problem in a professional public context ?

Hello elena68,

I'd suggest that you use Elementary Podcasts or Big City Small World episodes as models for pronunciation. First, listen to the podcast once or twice. Then listen again while reading the transcript. As you read and listen, mark words or phrases whose pronunciation that you think will be difficult for you to pronounce. Don't listen just for the pronunciation of words, but also the intonation of phrases, i.e. the 'music' of the speaking.

Then practice your pronunciation by reading the parts of the transcript that you marked out loud yourself. Listen to the recording and imitate the pronunciation as best you can. You can even record yourself to compare your pronunciation if you want! Remember to imitate not only words, but entire phrases or sentences. Repeat the difficult words and phrases until it feels easier to pronounce them.

Your mouth will probably tire quickly, and in the beginning your progress will probably be very slow, but don't be discouraged! The more you practise – in general, it's better to do regular or even frequent short (e.g. 15 minute) practice sessions than to do few, longer sessions, the easier it will get.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team


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Hello Madina,

Welcome! I'd suggest you read through our Help page, where you can find advice on how to use our site to improve different aspects of your English. Then it'd be a good idea to explore the site a bit to find a section you'd like to work on. If you don't know where to start, I'd encourage you to continue with this series of Elementary Podcasts.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello sandsagr,

It's great that you want to practise your English with others via a language exchange, but I'm afraid our House Rules, which are designed to protect users, prohibit the sharing of personal information such as Skype or email addresses. You might find others on our Facebook page, or if you do an internet search for 'language exchange' or 'tandem language partner' I expect you can find someone.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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