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

Tess & Ravi

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8


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


can I download the video?

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The LearnEnglish Team

I am a lover of the BBC , I live in Colombia and since My biology teacher told me about BBC i have tried to use it as much as I can, I love the documentaries, there is nothing better than lay in the bed with popcorns and watch some BBC movie or documentary, I love for the science and the incredible thing you can learn from that, not only English but science and natural things. I love it. I also have almost all the app from the BBC in my iPad, and the first thing that I make when I wake up is to play my radio in the BBC WORLD SERVICE, even if I don't understand a lot. BBC have been a really useful tool to learn English and improve my knowledge.

Hi sir, can I be clarified on why past tense are used in some sentences?

Hello aaronnahum81,

We'd be happy to help you, but could you please be more specific? In other words, please give us a couple of examples of the kinds of sentences you mean. By the way, it would be helpful to put the example sentences inside inverted commas (' ').

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Ihave problems in listening Icant understand all the english words

Hi guys....

Hi guys....
I'm from Ecuador the country called the middle of the earth. In my country sometimes the TV news programs show us news from BBC, only if the news is very important for all the world like the global crude oil prices constantly going down, new technologies appeared or whether a dramatic accident occurred.
But now, I am going to listen and watch BBC news on the website to improve the English language.
British council Thanks for this page, It is very useful to improve English.

hi guys good afternoon I am a new student here i would like to learn english language please do help me if you can and have time too

Hi Jo and Adam,
I like watching BBC channel and listening to news especially after the war in my country, but I watch BBC channel in Arabic.
I once watched BBC videos which shows the sounds of English language and I really benefit from them a lot.

I think think there is not any channel on radio or on TV that tell wohle truth about news way be about other thing although I prefer BBC for most things that they do I think BBC is more independent than evey channel or website that u know