Rob and Stephen take a look at ‘play’, ‘live’ and ‘mind’ and how they can be used in different ways.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Trying task 2, when "live" rhymes with give (verb) or five (adj)?

Is there any explanations about the sound of words in this site? same writing, different sound?


Hello Mayela,

The best resources for practicing your pronunciation on LearnEnglish are the dictionary entries, where you can hear words' general pronunciation, and the podcasts and videos such as Word on the Street, where you can hear them in context.

For example, if you look up 'live' in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box (on the right), just after the word live, you'll see small red and blue speaker icons, which you can click on to hear typical British and American English pronunciations of the word. Then you must scroll down the page quite a way to the second entry for live (adjective form), where you can see another pair of speaker icons to listen to, as the pronunciation is different.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello teachers,
I just want to know if i say "where did you learn playing the guitar like that. instead of where did you learn to play the guitar like that?" which one is correct.And also i want to know the meaning of mind in sentence no-5 and 6 of task 3.

Hello teachers!!!
I can't do sentence N°3 in task 1
I tryed all posible answers, but none is OK.
I supouse that it's correct " I love a play by Shakespeare, specially his tragedies", doesn't it?


Hello Daniel,

If you click the button marked 'Finish' you'll be able to see the correct answers. I think it might be helpful also for you to look up (using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool on the right of the page) the difference between 'specially' and 'especially'...

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter !!!

I so sorry, I reply your message by email. Marta told me you can't access that mailbox.
Thanks for your advice. I didn't know this trick.

I saw the cambridge dictionary and I couldn't see the diference between specially and especially. Both are adverbs and they have the same meaning (especialmente).
I can see that I made a mistake when I copied the word, but I can see the diference. Are there one?

These are the dictionary examples:
"These insects are quite common, especially in hot countries."
"I picked these flowers specially for you"

Best wishes,

Hi Daniel,

Both 'specially' and 'especially' mean 'especialmente' in Spanish; the problem is that Spanish has only one word where English has two. Therefore, thinking in terms of 'especialmente' is not going to help you.

'especially' is much more common than 'specially', so if you're in doubt, I'd recommend using 'especially'. One instance where only 'specially' is used is before a past participle with the meaning 'for this particular purpose', e.g. 'This desk is specially designed for left-handed writers'.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk!!

Thanks for your answer.
I didn't know this.

Best wishes,

Thank you British council these videos are great but too short I was wondering if you could make them a bit longer to help us more. Thanks again

Hello Peter and Kirk,

I want to say that the tasks in the 'Music' - Music Scene 1 no task doesn't work (cloudy pages), only 'Initializing...'.
Music Scene 1 - Language Focus : Task2- there isn’t any possibility to put in a word.
Task3 - everything is cloudy and only 'Initializing...'
Music Scene 2 - Language Focus: Tasks 2 and 3 don't work (cloudy) and only 'Initializing...'

Help, please
Thank you,
The best wishes