Elementary Podcasts

Carolina and Emily are in the library to study, but end up chatting. Jo and Adam chat about conditionals – sentences with 'if'. 

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8


Leave a comment below!

  • What about you – how do you like to study? At home? In a café?
  • Do you prefer to study with or without music? At night or in the morning?

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


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi Peter,
You're right! better than Sherlock Holmes! thank you very much. I understand quickly but I always need a lot of instructutions :)

I like to study at night it's the best time for me to be in mode.

Although I'm living in a dormitory and sharing a room with some other girls, I prefer studing at home for the reason that has been already mentioned, I have everything I need by my side. However, it tends to be difficult as there is so much to talk about.
And music is, in my opinion, a great distraction.

For me, it depends. But study at night work best for me. And it has to be with music. I can't study in a quiet place, but i also didn't like it being too noisy. Music always be my companion. I usuaĺly study at my room because i feel the most comfortable there.

I prefer reading at home , but here is the thing , when I learning English or reading a book such as novel or nonscience article , I would like to read it at home with some light music. Especially Mozart or Chopin. Music can help me imagine the content of the book. But when it comes to math or science subject , I would like to study in the library, because it need more concentration and inspiration. And I can seek help from these schoolmates around me.

hello my friend,
at night is my favourite time to study , i prefer to stay alone and do my all homework in full silence , i need concentration for that.

Hi everybody,
In task three has got a mistake, exercise 8 If I a)_____ for my next exams, I b)_____ very well.
Answer for "a)" is a same. Please do correct.

Thank you.

Hi zafarbek,

Thank you for pointing this out! Sometimes typos get by our proofreaders but I have now corrected this.

Thanks again.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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Hi everybody! Home, in days and without music definitely. Home because I've got all of my books by my side and I can use them whenever I want. If fact my books are very precious to me and I don't want them to be damaged while I'm carrying them everyday to library. I guess there is a BUZZ like sound caused by fluorescent lights or cooler and stuff like these in every single library in the world which drives me nuts :). So I can't concentrate in a library.
In days because my mind turns off at 10:00 at nights and without a music since I do love music very much and I can't resist the urge to listen to it,
Thank you very much