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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

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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



hi people...

can you advise me a web site to comunicate with native speakers in order to improve my speech??
I believe, without communicating with native speakers , speech in english cannot be improved. If I am wrong , please show me the right way to succeed to speak like native speakers. by the way, I look forward to watching new episode.

best regards...

Hello eminemlik,

Speaking with native speakers is certainly one good way to improve your listening and speaking, but you can learn so much from other learners that it's also definitely worth doing. I'm afraid, however, that we don't offer this kind of service – our House Rules, which are designed to protect our users, do not permit users to share their contact information and so this is not something you can arrange here.

Our Help page has some advice on how to improve your speaking using the site and Elementary Podcasts is a great resource for that. Please take a look at the advice there, and if you have any further questions about it, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello emin,

That's fine, don't worry. I'd recommend you visit TakeIELTS, where you can find lots of useful information about the test, advice on how to prepare for it, as well as some free practice materials. But I'd also suggest you continue with other resources such as Elementary Podcasts, as you'll be exposed to a range of vocabulary and structures here as well.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. My name is Richard Kirui. I wish to speech English well.

Hello Richard,

Welcome to LearnEnglish – we're glad you found us. I'd recommend you read first our Help page, where there is advice on how to get the most out of our site. Then I would suggest you continue with the Elementary Podcasts – you can use this page first, and then tomorrow episode 13 will be available. After that, you can start with episode 1 in series 4.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everybody!
Nice to meet you all!
I am a new member from Myanmar. I want to speak English well.
Thank you.

Hi , am new and I want learn English

Hello nafiz,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! You've chosen a good place to start, as Elementary Podcasts has a great combination of audio and exercises and, as you'll see if you listen, you can participate in each episode. Episode 13 will be published on Tuesday and we'll be looking forward to users' comments on it.

As a new user, I'd also recommend you read our Help page, where you can find advice on how to get the most out of our site.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Vero7481,

We have been working on tagging all of our pages with a level indicator. At this point, many, though not all of our pages are tagged with a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level indicator. Essentially, elementary-level pages are tagged with 'A1' or 'A2', intermediate-level pages with 'B1' or 'B2' and advanced-level pages with 'C1' or 'C2'. If you'd like advanced-level pages, for example, you could enter 'C1' in the Search box (on the top right side of this page) to find pages at that level.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team