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

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I have joined recently. I want to speak English without any break.But how is it possible. Please suggest some tips to do that.

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

This is Ms.Mary
I'm new here and i don't have any idea of how to download the audio of the listening with mp3 format?

Hello Ms.Mary,

If you right-click on the text to the right of the audio player ('professionals-podcasts-bio-technology.mp3') and then select 'Save As' from the options, you can download the podcast.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Can anyone tell me how i use this podcast to improve myself in English as i want to sit for IELTS .
Thanks in advance

Hello Yeahia,

You can find advice on how to use LearnEnglish for various purposes on our Help page, and I'd also recommend you take a look at TakeIELTS, which should tell you most anything you need to know about the IELTS.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Loved this listening! Perfect!

which is the best way to get fluency?

Hello butter scotch,

You can find tips and suggestions on this, as well as many other aspects of learning English, on our Help page.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello I'm a new subscriber.. I'm really thankful for these audios .they are very helpful , but it would be great if you attach the script with it.