Tess and Ravi discuss the news and the BBC, while Adam and Jo talk about unusual words such as 'series' and 'news'.

Tess & Ravi

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Leave a comment below!

  • What do you think about the BBC?
  • Can you watch BBC programmes where you live? Or get BBC radio?
  • What are your favourite programmes?
  • Do you use the BBC website?

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


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Yes, I know the BBC. I think the BBC is one of the most favorite and biggest means of communication in the world. I was listening BBC radio sometimes, when I was study at university. Nowadays, I watch BBC programmes very rarely times. Also I use the BBC website sometime. I decide that I'm going to watch one the full dramas of the BBC for improve my listening of English.

its good to know this site, thanks

Can you tell me the difference between 'owing to' and on account of'? Thanks!

Hello greenstar,

In general, there is no real difference. If you have a specific context in mind then there may be a distinction, but in general I would say that they are interchangeable.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I think that listen bbc radio is a great method for improve my listen skill although I don't understand most of the thinks that says in the news hahaha . But I think that's don't care , some day I will understand all the thinks that says in the bbc news.

I often listen to Persian BBC news. I enjoy that and some times I watch documentary films, they are excellent. Recently I joined to BBC telegram channel and every day I got some news by this channel.

Hello i agred that the BBC is one the most powerful stadion in the world.it isn't a propagander Chanel. It's independent and gives real news.I use to listen each News and learn English whith the BBC learn English App befor. But since i discover the elementary pod cast app i forgot about the BBC.

I actually don't watch news regularly. But I know about BBC, like Tess and Ravi said,it is relatively fair and independent. By that BBC got its reputation throughout the world. Then again BBC isn't perfect as Adam commented. For instance , from the stories I know , early in 2008, BBC cited a report about Tibetan issues which really offend lots of patriot in Chinese communities either domestic or abroad. But for the most of the time, Chinese people love it, because most of our newspaper and media resources are paid by government , We don't even have speech freedom here. So we can only get the access of high quality news from BBC in HongKong station sometimes. And you know , we can't talk political opinions here in our wonderful website. So I'm going to stop here. But it really is a tremendous work to have a great broadcast corporation running nowadays.


Where can I answer the questions in the podcasts? I look at the comments but nobody writes about the questions .... or there is another section to leave the answers for each podcast??..

Best wishes.

Hello Crystian,

People also ask other questions here, but here in the Comments is also the place for you to post your answers to the questions at the end of each episode.

We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team