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A digital detox podcast

Listen to the podcast about doing a digital detox to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Certainly, I would like to try this one day with a friend. I think it would be a great change for my life since I am always using my phone and I really hate this habit of mine .

do you think putting a coma in the second sentence is necessary

Hi yoyoraw,

I don't think a comma is essential, but I think it would help to make the sentence easier to read and would improve the style. You could put a comma between life and since, or between phone and and.

Commas are often used in this way. They help to break up the sentence and guide the reader as to where the sense units are. In speech we do this with pauses and changes of tone. On the page we use punctuation to achieve it.



The LearnEnglish Team

alright, thank you

I really don't use social media a lot, such as Facebook, Whatsapp, so on. However, I get annoyed when people are chatting while I am saying something and I have to say the same again and again because their mobile phones distract them. I think that their mobile phones is controlling people.

Well, I think the Internet gives us several opportunities to learn all the time, but I also think that we have become superficial and instead of using all these amazing tools, we only spend hour after hour on social media. In this way, I would like to do a digital detox from social media, but not from other websites.

I am a 47-year-old language teacher who lives in Belgium and I have always been a great fan of the unlimited possibilities the internet offers. After two decades, however, I have found that way too much time is spent on getting where you actually want to be. To be more precise, finding an exercise like the detox listening skill offered here - which is a high-quality exercise indeed- is offset by so much time of ploughing through low-quality material and endless button-clicking. And because that is so tiresome the possibility of disconnecting once in a while seems a very luring one indeed.
Anyways, I am going to pass this exercise onto my pupils, because it will be a boost to their listening skills.

Hello TDP

We strive to produce the best quality content that we can, and so of course we are very pleased to know that you found this page useful and that you'll recommend it to your students.

I wanted to mention that LearnEnglish Teens and LearnEnglish Kids might also be of use to your students if they are not adults, or perhaps to their children if they have any at home these days.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

speaking personally, it would be a new experience when trying this method, as most people are nowadays addicted to the cellphone, turning it on even without any necessity, and consequently, this costs a lot of time, especially when they screw over Facebook in their spare time. It is totally a waste of time. A cellphone is needed or useful just when we are waiting for something or somebody.

Hello, The LearnEnglish Team,

Please help me with the "advice" noun. Is both singular and plural form of it 'advice'?

In the transcript, there are 2 sentences:
1) "and is here to give us some advice about it"
2) "That book gave me some really good advice".

I'm not sure but I have ever seen "advices". Isn't, right?

Hoping for your response. Thank you so much!

Hello Son Pham

'advice' is an uncount noun in these (and most) sentences. You're right that in most cases 'advice' is used this way; there are a few very specific specialised contexts where it can be plural, but in those cases it has a different meaning. You can see more about this in the dictionary entry I linked to.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team