Elementary Podcasts

Carolina goes to the river and goes on a rowing boat with Jamie. Adam and Jo talk about difficult aspects of English such as homographs and homophones.

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Leave a comment below!

  • What about you – what's difficult for you in English?
  • Do you agree with Carolina that English spelling and pronunciation 'is impossible!'?
  • And what's easy for you? Do you agree with Jo's students when they say that verbs are easy but prepositions are horrible?

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


Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


I think that English is easy if we learned from our mistakes and in the same English difficult and need Living

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I agree Jo's students. I always get confused about prepositions. but there are pictures which explains prepositions on the internet. and you can look and understand easily how prepositions work. and you can get used to it.

I have a very problem to understand English listening to the podcast, videos or films, because there are a lot of words what I don't know or the spelling is the same of other word what don't mean the same. Also with some verb tense, like were and wear, etc.
But I think this website it's useful for improve our English level. It costs me blood, sweat and tears.

I think that English is easy if we learned from our mistakes
One time our English friend prepared a nice food for us and I said ..oh really you are a good cooker (I supposed it is like drive ...driver, swim...swimmer..etc)
but he laughed and said no I am a nice cook .

Rowing boat takes me back to my younger days. When I was young, I used to take a boat with one of my girl friends and I took the oars to row. I was a little bit nervous and at the same time happy facing her all by ourselves in a boat. But recently in Japan, rowing boats cannot be seen any of the ponds or lakes! It's a pity and I don't know why. What about your countries, everybody?

I like learning languages. At the moment i study english ...again,after 15 years....
i want to speak english but i cant think in english very fast,thats my problem...
So, i find this site and i think its very helpfull!
I think spelling and pronunciation 'is possible when you are studying english, watching tv or listening songs ...
prepositions are difficult but if you are listening a lot english, prepositions can be easy to remember...

I agree with Carolina, spelling and pronunciation in English is so difficult for me, for example, I always get confused when I hear words that I already know but the context doesn't make sense for me because I don't know the other meaning of that word, then I fgo crazy hehe.