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Episode 05: Environmental issues

There is a heated discussion on environmental issues. How green are the gang?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello teacher,
He will take up function as a Finance Manager on 01 Oct 15
He will be taking up function as a Finance Manager on 01 Oct 15
Could you please advise what is the difference between two above sentences and in which circumstances we will use it?Thank you so much in advance.

Hello Myuyen,

I've never heard the phrase 'to take up a function' and I suspect it may be a direct translation from French which doesn't quite work. We would be more likely to talk about 'taking up a position'.

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The LearnEnglish Team

hello every one

i feel progress in my level few days a go

i enjoy learning english on this site, i hope i could improve my level <3

is there anything wrong.i could not find my comments here........


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Actually it is a good start for listening lessons , appreciate that good effort

hmm, not yet satisfy with my score

hi every one
i am new in here so am asking my self where do i start . may i start episodes , at this time am looking for the starting piont


Hi nasrudin,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! My first suggestion would be to explore the site.  Use the links at the top of the page to go to different sections and see what kinds of materials are available.  Get a feel for the level of difficulty of different sections so you can see what will be most useful to you at the moment.

Then start with something that is not too high a level. Many users find Elementary Podcasts Series Three a good place to start.  Work through the episodes, and remember that you can use the transcript to help you, or to read and listen to at the same time after you have done the exercises.

As you work, it's important to keep a vocabulary notebook. Organise it by topic ('work', 'family', 'food', etc.) and add words and phrases to it as you go through the material.  Test yourself regularly to see if you remember the words.

Finally, practise English every day, even if it's only for 10 minutes. You can study the vocabulary you've recorded, listen to an Elementary Podcasts episode again, or if you have a friend who is also learning English, practise speaking with them. You can also practise by yourself, just speaking English when you are alone at home or at work.  This kind of practice is great for developing fluency in speaking, so that when you need to use English in the 'real' world you are ready and confident.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

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