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A study trip to the UK

Listen to Ella talking about some of the most memorable moments from a study trip to the UK.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1



hi mai .

I have got a question What's the level of this recording? A2, B1? I'd really like to know!!
And I LOVE this site, you're awesome!! Thanks a lot :D

Hello Ma. Luisa,

Not all of the content on LearnEnglish is graded in this way, and that is the case for this text, I'm afraid.  If you wish to find material at a certain level then you can type (for example) 'B1' into the search window and you will see links to material at that level.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there!
I used the line "You're supposed to be retired." in dialogue that I'd written, but the editor changed it to "You're supposed to have retired." Am I right to think that both are correct? I also want to add that this is a really helpful site, especially for someone like me, who is presently writing a lot of fiction and can't quite trust some editors!

Hello Pierre Francis,

You are correct in that both of these forms are acceptable in British English.  The first is 'retired' used as an adjective ('be' + adjective); the second is 'retired' used as a verb (an intransitive verb in the present perfect).

 There may be different preferences and conventions in other varieties of English, however, so it is quite possible that your editor's opinion reflects these rather than British English.

Thank you for you warm comments.

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Hello Sir, I want to connect and talk with other people who's language is English, cause my English language is not very good, when someone talking with me in English, I'm just hanged up blushed , I know what they mean and what they saying but I don't answering to them, So I think I'm not practiced perfect in English, so therefore I'm very weak in speaking English Language, I'll be very happy if you give me any suggestion.
(Sorry if I made any mistake cause English is our not local language I'm very interested to speak in English with other peoples and also this is very important for me to learn English).

Hi Anaskhan,

As far as we know, there aren't many native speaker users on LearnEnglish, because of course they already know English very well. Those of us on the team are native speakers, but I'm afraid we are too few to be able to offer individualised help.

I'd suggest that you look for people who speak English well near you to practise with. Even if they are not native speakers, you can still learn a lot from them. You could also use the Elementary Podcasts to improve you fluency and confidence. Listen to an episode and then imitate the pronunciation of what you hear. Memorise and repeat some useful phrases until it feels easy for you to pronounce them (probably you will have to repeat these phrases dozens of times). It's important to actually speak out loud when you do this. At first, you will make slow progress, but over time, I think you'll find that your confidence improves by leaps and bounds!

Let us know how it goes.

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The LearnEnglish Team

It's one of the best websites to learn English on the internet effectively through the passages about daily life. As a new member here I really appreciate you for that.

I'd just like to pose a question about this text. When should I use the definite article before the name of the country " UK".

From the text: I wanna talk about my life in (NO ARTICLE) UK. I went to study in THE UK a few years ago.

Thanks in advance.

Hello delilah1,

Thanks for letting us know you like LearnEnglish.

The sentence you point out contains an error. Whenever the United Kingdom is used as a noun, the definite article (the) is used before it. The same is true for other nations which have a name in the plural or which have the words kingdom or republic in them - please see our definite article page for more on this.

The text and recording on this page were contributed by a student of English, and that is why there is this small error at the beginning. Thanks for pointing it out!

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The LearnEnglish Team