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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


Hello Nana! i'm Tuyen. i'm from Vietnam. have a nice day!


Hey my name is govind from india I am really impressed with the learning methodology being used here I am sure I can improve my English too well practicing here regularly.

I hope all are fine.
I think learning new language has many challenges. some parts have big challenges and the others have small ones. By practicing we can do our best to overcome these challenges.
I studied different methods and I found that the "prepositions" and "pronunciation" isn't easy.
and the best way to learn English is practicing everyday and try to create the learning environment that helps you to get more and more.
with best regards

Hello everybody, my name is Luiz Carlos from Brazil. I went to London for a month, on april 2013 and six months before I started to learn English by the podcasts from British Coucil. I'm 69 year old and had studied a lot of English by others methods before. I'm sure I've never improved my English like now, with the all series and all episodes without lost anyone.
I must to say - Thank you to Tess and Ravi and, of course, to all Teachers and others of the podcasts equipe. It is right way for all people in the world who want to learn English.

Wow. 69years old. Amazing. You are older than my grandma. That's what we called live and learn.

you're right

Yes, Chickenteriyaky, thanks for your coments.
I'm a grandfather in the last 16 years, despite of that, is very nice learn and live.
Luiz carlos

Hello Luiz Carlos,

Thanks very much for telling us this! It's always great to hear that people like our work and nothing could make us happier than to hear that Elementary Podcasts has been helped you learn so much.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Elementary Podcasts team
How are you?
I was a hidden listener to your podcasts since three months
I liked your podcasts or in another words I'm a big fan in your products [ is my use to "in" with "fan" is correct? ]
Through the last sentence you can guess what is the difficult for me in english!
I don't know what is the appropriate preposition some some words. In addition the phrasal verbs forms a phrasal verbs phobia for me!
I hope I can find a book or a website that helps me in these points!