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Episode 11

Tess and Ravi talk about pop music and Jo and Adam look at the difference between the verbs 'hear' and 'listen'.

Tess & Ravi

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8


Leave a comment below!

  • What about you – which British singers or bands are your favourites?
  • Do songs help you learn English?

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


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I don't have a favourite British band really, but I do listen a lot of music in English, Sting is one of the British artists I like to hear and other artists playing standards of jazz(mostly ballads). I don't really like pop music very much but some songs are nice.
It depends on the stile of the singer that I can understand the lyrics in a song or not, not every artist sing clearly and in an easy way to understand, lots of artists modify the correct pronunciation of the words to match the tones of the song, so I prefer to listen the ballads and quiet songs to try to understand the lyrics and use the songs to learn English.

Thanks for the episode.
Great site!!

I know Beatles but actually the group is not my generation. It's my parents' generation, I guess. But they say that listening to Beatles' songs is good to learn English because they use simple English. Some of my English teachers used English songs in class back in school. By learning English with English songs, we can learn grammar and pronunciation at the same time.

Hello, thanks you for teaching us English lenguage. In attention with the question, I can say that I like to lisenting to English music, there are a tons of good bands, but I think my favorite is Queen, Oasis, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, and more recently I like the music from James Blunt, his letters are easy to understand and it's a fun way to improve our english's skills.

I think that a lot of people have listened to at least some british songs but I'm not sure what bands are british or american. I love music, especially rock. For that reason I listen to a lot of songs in english I think it is a great way to entertain you while you improve your listening and speaking. Although to me it is sometimes difficult to understand, when I’m doing other stuff, I must pay a lot of attention to understand lyrics.

...and, in addition, in Task 8/eighth, couldn't we say ''I was listening to'', instead of '' I listened to'', because there is a ''while'' not ''when''?
Thanks again

Dear Team,
from point 11:00.....and forward there are missing word and whole phrase of Jo's speaking.
Best wishes

Hello Nikoslado,

Thanks for pointing that out; I've fixed it now.

Re: Task 8 number 8, 'was listening to' would not be something we'd normally say here. We usually do use a continuous form, but in the 'while' clause, not necessarily in the main one.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I have never heard British music before so I do not idea about it .for me i am not big fan to music so i find learn from songs more difficult than other way

I listen to music almost always but still couldn't understand the entire lyrics of songs, I think it is ok because sometimes I use the lyrics for songs in my native language too. In my opinion, songs help us to learn new words as we entertain ourselves. I believe that music is the most important part of the song and especially if you are listening to a new song or if you are doing another activity besides listening. so you will pay attention to the music and it will be the first thing to attract you. Then you will love the song even before knowing the meanings of its lyrics, just because you loved the tone. and the meanings will amaze you as much as the tone, I am sure about that because it always happens to me...

Hello everyone!
I love cold play and a lot of others bands from Britain!I think listening to English songs has been helping me quite a lot in English.