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Episode 03

Tess and Ravi discuss a topic that many British people like to talk about all the time - can you guess what it is? Adam reports on some of the different ways you said you greet each other.

Tess & Ravi

Task 1

Activity 1


Task 2

Activity 2


Task 3

Activity 3


Task 4

Activity 4


Task 5

Activity 5

Tell us about the climate in your country.

Is it always the same or does it change a lot? What are the best times of year and the worst? What temperature do you think is a hot day and what temperature do you think is a cold day?


Language level

Intermediate: B1


I live in KSA the weather in general is very hot in summer and in winter is very cold but some country the weather is temperate.

Hello, I am in Vietnam. The climate in my country is different in Britain. We have two seasons a year, a wet season and a dry one. Its rainy in the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th month of the year. The weather is hot around the year so I don't know what the best or the worst time is. I think in the 11th, 12th, 1st of month, the weather is better than the other months, the weather is not too hot.
Normally in my country, at noon, the weather is the hottest, it can be reach 38 degree centigrade. In the evening, when the sun goes down completely, the weather will be cool, but not cold.

The climate in our country is change a lot Very hot in summer and very cold in winter the best time is when winter start and the worst is the summer there are a lot of humidity,hot wind and dusts.

Can "raining" be used in the present perfect?
A well known text book says that "How long has it been raining?" is in the present perfect.

Do they mean present perfect continuous or is raining a gerund?

Hope you can enlighten!

Hello Russell_S

'it has been raining' is indeed a present perfect continuous form.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
Your reply makes sense to me and makes me wonder why the text book didn't specify present perfect continuous instead of just present perfect.
Just one remaining doubt. The book also asks the following question in the past simple "When did it start raining?" Is raining a gerund or is the tense wrong?

Hello Russell

I'm glad that helped.

'start' is one of a group of many verbs that are often followed by another verb -- you can see more of them on our Verbs followed by the '-ing' form page -- and these second verbs go into a specific form. In this case, it's the '-ing' form, though an infinitive is also possible after some verbs.

Actually, 'start' is one of a small group of verbs that can be followed by an '-ing' form or an infinitive. Sometimes there is a slight difference in meaning between one form or the other, but in the case of 'start' there normally isn't.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

the weather in my country it is changeable in the autumn,the best time for me in the winter i found fascinating.
the temperature in the hot day maybe arrive 45 degree,and in the cold day is 13 to 9 degree it is not very cold.

Hello , I am from Medellín , Colombia but I live in Lima . Here the weather is forever cloudy and gray. Only in the summer ( january , february and march ) is sunny. Some days are drizzle and floor is wet . The months colders are june and July. The weather is very humid. A curious data never rain in Lima only drizzle but not more. The sunset in summer is beautiful and amazing

Sorry, I fail one sentence : "...but the temperature is not changeable."