Listen to two friends talking about genetically modified food. Frank is for GM food, but Ann is against it.

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Runa laila,

This is a question which we are often asked and there is no single answer in all cases, as it depends on the individual learner to a large degree. However, I can give you some general advice. The most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible. To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you. It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English.  However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because it is possible to practise alone. Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating.

You can also use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve your fluency. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency. You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

Finally, try not to worry too much about making mistakes in English when you speak. It's normal for our spoken language to be less accurate than our written language, even when we are speaking our native language. When we are speaking we often change our minds in mid-sentence, or choose to phrase something differently, or do not finish a particular sentence. It is perfectly normal for our speech to be chaotic and less accurate, so don't worry too much about mistakes, practise speaking as often as you can and you will improve.

I hope those suggestions are helpful,


Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

good topic

i can not understand the meaning of this statement( The possibilities for GM food are endless) can someone help me please?

Hello rolameny!

Try looking up endless in our online dictionary to help you understand. The dictionary's on the right of all our pages, at the bottom.


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you

I am Sanjeeb,
i have a quite knowledge in english and try to speak always with my only friend but he is also like me at level . i need to speak moe and more in englsih to expolre more oppourtuinty so that i will be able to eloquent. please advice me how can i be a native speaker.

Hello nilesh,

Ideally, you should speak with other people to improve your fluency. It's great that you speak with your friend - you should continue with this - but perhaps you can find a conversation group or speak with a colleague or different friend who is also learning English. If that is not possible, you can still learn a lot on your own using Big City Small World. First, listen to the series 1 episode 1 a few times, and then listen again as you read the Transcript . Then work through the exercises that correspond to the sections you've listened to.

To work on improving your pronunciation and fluency, choose some useful phrases from what you've listened to and imitate their pronunciation - repeat those words and phrases many times. Pronounce whole phrases, not just words, because the pronunciation of words in English varies according to context. Repeat these phrases until they're relatively easy to say, and write them down in a notebook so you can refer to them later. Then try to use them in your speaking so that you can practice them and memorise them.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I'm new here and I don't have an idea about how to go about here. I'm ok with english and I can understand pretty well. My problem is that I have "mother tongue influence" when speaking. How do I get rid of it?

Hello Binsi,

Welcome to the site! There is no set order to the pages, so please use the site as you best see fit. I'd encourage you to explore it a bit so that you can get an idea of what's available.

To reduce the influence of your mother tongue is a challenging task. You can work on this on your own by paying close attention to how sentences are composed in English and comparing them to how you might say them yourself. For example, you could read an article in the Magazine - choose one that interests you - several times and then, without looking at it, explain it in writing in your own words. Once you've finished, compare the sentences you've used with those in the original text. I expect that you will find some differences, and that some of them might come from the influence of your mother tongue. Make a note of these different phrasings and review them from time to time.

You should also expose yourself to as much English as possible by reading and listening to a wide variety of texts - take note of expressions that surprise you. Finally, a teacher who knows both your mother tongue and English could be a real help as well - unfortunately, we aren't able to help you with that ourselves.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am still in disagreement about GM Food, because, I know that you can find vaccine or vitamins into banana or strawberry or melon and you could avoid the injections, but at the same time we are destroying the ecosystem , I think there´s no balance yet between our habitat and science