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Episode 07

Tess and Ravi are back to talk about shopping in London, and Jo and Adam look at how to use the word 'too' in different ways.

Tess & Ravi

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Leave a comment below!

  • What are your favourite places to go shopping where you live?
  • Do you like shopping centres? Markets?
  • Have you been to any of the places in London that Tess and Ravi talked about? Or would you like to?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello Sherin,

I'm not sure if it's possible for you, but if it is, you'd probably find a class at a British Council teaching centre in Egypt to be really helpful for improving your speaking. Most people find speaking to other people in person more motivating, and it's also really helpful to get feedback from a teacher.

But if that's not possible, let me try to encourage you here. You can still do a lot on your own, and Elementary Podcasts is a good resource for you. After you listen to an episode, print out the transcript and underline words and expressions that you think would be useful for your speaking. Practise pronouncing them and saying them quickly, as well of course as remembering what they mean. Then try to use these expressions in your daily life. It might feel strange, but even speaking to yourself can be really effective for learning them.

Finally, you might also want to check out our Facebook page, where you can also interact with other learners from around the world.

I hope you continue! Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello I like cooking and prefer to eat fresh food at home.I love salads very much,all day I can eat only salads .what about shopping? I love shopping very much,if I had a lot of many I could be a shopaholic ,when I am angry with or jealous, shopping is my therapy for relax and forget favorite shopping places are Tbilisi Mall in Georgia , Forum Trabzon in Turkey it is one big shopping center .In 2009 I was in German Munchen here is one of the biggest place for shopping the street name is Marien Platz it was great in German.I would like to go to London, maybe one day I will. thanks all of you LearnEnglish British Council it is best way to study English this sate is great thanks a lot.

My the most favourite place is a supermarket, I like to go to the supermarket with my wife during my free time. But I don't like shopping a market of Mongolia. Because, it has too many people, dirty and too busy. I never been in England. But the sounds so nice the place of Tess and Ravi talked. I must go there in next few years.

of corse as every one i like shoping.since i think 40 years our society has became more and more materialistic so most of people who belong to this society follow .
sometimes we don`t need at all to buy anything but our behaviour has so changed that whenever we have free time we go straight wiste time and money.
i know a lot oxford street ,i think it is one of the best shooping street in the world,i walked all the street many times.
i know also many other places as stratford which is very big at the same time you can visit olympic stadium.

I love to go shopping in shopping centers together with my mom. When we finish shopping, we have some food in fast food restaurants or sometimes in good restaurants. Though there are lots of shopping centers in Yangon, the commercial city of Myanmar, Myanmar people love to go to traditional markets to buy food. There are all sorts of food we want near our houses. Even clothes and devices! Going shopping in shopping centers is a kind of recreation.And there are also second hand books market downtown. So cheap....There are also night markets in Yangon where you can have fun.

Hello to evеryone! I am Stelka from Bulgaria , thank you for this site. I want to learn english!

hi every body
i'm living in a small city near Montpellier in south of France. I like so much shopping in city centre of montpellier named polugone. there are many shops and markets. I would like to visit London and make shopping in Oxford Street and Covent Garden. I hope it will happen this year, so perhaps Hi London!!

Dear Dr Kirk,

I come across the following sentences and perhaps doubt whether they are correct. Thank for taking your time to correct them!

It was not only just fun but also like a bit of useful therapy.

It was just fun but also a bit useful therapy.

He did not only tell me where he worked but also his column and the picture- seeing from his complimentary copy.

It was true that Edengu had lost two women and two children in the past, but his son’s arrival and survival was not only a temporary reprieved to him; but also his people stopped mocking at him.

It was true that Edengu had lost two women and two children in the past, but his son’s arrival and survival was a temporary reprieved to him, but his people stopped mocking at him.

Hello trade,

I'm afraid this isn't the kind of service we provide. If you want to ask us about one of these sentences, telling us where you think the error is and why it's incorrect, we can help you with that, but our primary purpose is to help users with questions that are related to our website in some way.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Dr Kirk,

I'm confused about my use of verbs in this piece of writing. Please correct me, if the writing itself doesn't look grammatically OK thanks.

"Just doing what everyone does, never really makes a difference; but doing what no one has ever thought of (if morally acceptable and outstanding), I think that's what makes a huge difference. Because it will leave a trail for others to follow."