Professionals Podcasts - Developing creativity

Listen to part of a radio programme. Peter Jones works for Art and Business, a company that develops creative partnerships between business and the arts.

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2



Thank you guys for these great podcasts! They offer variety of language that are needed in IELTS. I was practicing using of a few phrasal verbs said in podcasts, then I wondered whether they are safe for writing as well, particularly "cut across" in
“The [book reading] groups cut across the usual hierarchies and working relationships
have improved greatly.”

and "rub off" in
“You will feel happier and more positive and hopefully this will rub off on those
around you.” from Emotional Intelligence

They have rather close meanings. I checked a few dictionaries but there were limited examples, so it was a bit difficult to suppose any formal usage.

Thank you!

Hello Ashi Mashi,

Glad to hear you find the podcasts useful! Yes, you could use 'cut across' and 'rub off' in most writing. They might not be appropriate in extremely formal writing, or perhaps in formal scientific or academic writing, but otherwise, and even for the IELTS academic section, I'd say they be good. Neither are particularly common vocabulary items, so I think using them correctly would actually make a good impression.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Kirk!

I love reading books. though, sometimes I feel confused because of them

I think it depends on their interests. If he don't like to read or fiction, he may be bored and this method could be counter-effective. Instead of imposing, I think we could find their interests and then develop their creativity by encourage motivation. Let them think that they want to do and they could do that.
I don't really have a kind of favourite book. I love reading but not whatever themes. I like some kinds of thrillers, so I often read Dan Brown's novel. By the way, I think it's a good alternative to learn English although there are many difficulties when I meet some new words. Sometimes, I may meet a few complicated words that we don't usually speak everyday.

First, I thank the LearnEnglish Team.
Pls show me how download your Podcast audio. My phone's BlackBerry Passport with bb10 platform.
Best wishes!

Hello nothingwithoutmean,

I think you'll need to check with your device's instructions for this - we're not experts on this! I'm sure there's a way, however.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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All the best,
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Hallo , Yasir.

A common mistake in English is the correct use of the words everyday and every day. Don't worry, this is also a mistake commonly made by native speakers too.

The word everyday (one word) and phrase every day (two words) are not interchangeable.

The difference between everyday and every day.
Everyday is an adjective so it goes before the noun it describes.

Everyday = ordinary, regular, normal or commonplace. It can refer to something done or used daily or routinely.

You should wear an elegant dress for the wedding, not just an everyday one.
Even though he has won some money, it hasn't changed his everyday life.
Some everyday activities damage the environment.
Why do you always use those big words that are not common in everyday language?
Every day is a phrase that usually acts as an adverb.

Every day = all of the days or each day over a period of time. It can also mean very regularly.

You've been wearing that same shirt every day this week. You need to change it!
You should take a shower every day.
Low prices, every day! (A sign in a shop)
Woodward English publishes new material on Twitter every day.
How to know when to use every day or everyday.
To know which of the words to use in your sentence, replace the word(s) with each day.

If it sounds correct, then write every day (two words).
If it doesn't sound correct (usually because it is before a noun) then use everyday (one word).

For example:

I do exercises every day. (correct)
I do exercises each day - This sound correct so we use every day (two words)
It's not an every day event. (incorrect)
It's not an each day event. - This doesn't sound correct so we use everyday (one word)
Another way of doing this is by replacing the word(s) with ordinary.

If it sounds correct, then write everyday (one word).
If it doesn't sound correct then use every day (two words).

For example:

I do exercises everyday. (incorrect)
I do exercises ordinary - This does not sound correct so we use every day (two words)
It's not an everyday event. (correct)
It's not an ordinary event. - This sounds correct so we use everyday (one word)
Another tip is that the word everyday is followed by a noun and is not used by itself at the end of a sentence.