Gemma is sick of being ignored while Sam is on his phone. In this video they discuss the pros and cons of being constantly connected. What will they decide to do? 

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Hello there,
I don’t think I would say I’m a phone-addict, indeed I don’t overuse it; I strongly value real life, so I try to live every second of it to the fullest.
I believe using your phone while you’re with your friends is okay if you really need to at that moment, but, generally, it’s very rude towards the person who is with you, because it might seem as though you don’t really want to be with her, unless she’s on her phone too.
Of course, mobile phones have their pros: they enable you to keep in contact with long distance friends or relatives, but also to communicate quickly with whoever you want; they do, in the blink of an eye, what letters and other forms of communication did in the past, but a lot more efficiently. They are one of the best inventions of the 19th century, considering their technological evolution until today.
At the same time they potentially have cons, in fact, if we’re too addicted to them, they could divert us from real life.
In conclusion, I suppose that it’s important to use your phone with moderation, prioritising reality.

How could I improve English speaking by myself? It's difficult to find native English speakers -or speaking partner- in my country.

God bless you Mr.Kirk and Mr.Peter you've helped us so much.

Hello Marwa.Mohamed,

Obviously, it's helpful to have someone to practise speaking with, but you can improve by yourself. You can find our advice on improving speaking on our Frequently Asked Questions page, which also has other advice you might find helpful.



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Hello everyone,does anyone know why I can't paly the video?thanks

Hello Mandy,

I've checked the page and the video is working correctly. Your issue could be caused by your equipment or by your location.

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Hello Peter, Thanks for your quick reply.I tried all the ways you said,and the videos stll cannot be played.I think my location is the key problem,Still a big thinks.

Hi Mandy,

Have you tried viewing the video from our Chinese-language site? Our content on that site is optimised for users in China, so I think that should work for you. If not, please do let us know and I'll look into it further.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk, Thank you so much for your reply.I haven't tried the Chines-language site yet,because I don't know the site address.Could you please show me the link address?I'm looking forword to learn English from the site.Thanks a million.

Hi Kirk,
I'm in China too. I've tried the Chinese-language site then and still can't view the videos. Not only the videos in this part, but also all other videos can't be played. I think it will be better for us in China to have a audio version to learn. Anyway it's already lucky enough to have scripts.
Many thanks to British Council and all the staffs working for BC.