Episode 01

Welcome to LearnEnglish podcasts! In this episode the presenters, Tess and Ravi, introduce themselves, and their guests talk about Angelina Jolie, New York City and celebrities who work for charity. You can also meet Carolina, a Venezuelan student who’s coming to live in the UK. Will she arrive safely?

Listen to the podcast then do the first exercise to check your understanding. If you have more time choose some of the language practice exercises.


Section 1 - “Susan, this is Paul” – introducing your friends

Ravi: Hello, and welcome to LearnEnglish elementary podcast number one. My name’s Ravi…

Tess: … and I’m Tess. We’re your presenters and we’ve got lots of things for you to listen to today, but before we start, I think we should introduce ourselves. Ravi?

Ravi: OK … erm … I’m Ravi.

Tess: Or, I tell you what, I’ll introduce you and you can introduce me. How about that?

Ravi: Well, OK then. Erm, this is Tess. She’s from London. She’s … how old are you?

Tess: None of your business, Ravi!

Ravi: And she loves dancing and riding her mountain bike. OK?

Tess: OK. And this is Ravi. He comes from Manchester. He’s 23. Oh … aren’t you?

Ravi: Oh yes.

Tess: He likes football, and … he’s a great cook.

Ravi: Thanks! And there’s one more person for you to meet. I’d like to introduce our producer, Gordon. Say hello to everyone Gordon!

Gordon: Hello! Pleased to meet you!

Ravi and Tess: Hi Gordon

Tess: And how are you today?

Gordon: Very well thank you Tess.

Section 2: I’d like to meet

Tess: Good! We’ll speak to Gordon again later in the show but now it’s time to get on with our programme. We’ve got an excellent show for you today, and let’s start with our first section, called ‘I’d like to meet’. We ask people a simple question – which famous person, dead or alive would you like to meet? And of course, we ask them to explain why. Our guest today on ‘I’d like to meet’ is Zara Heller from Bristol. Hello Zara and welcome to the show.

Zara: Hello.

Ravi: Hi Zara.

Tess: And what do you do Zara?

Zara: I’m a student, I’m in my last year at school, I’m 16.

Tess: Right. Now let’s ask the question. So Zara, which famous person, dead or alive would you like to meet?

Zara: I’d like to meet Angelina Jolie.

Ravi: Angelina Jolie. Great - good choice! Tell us a bit about her.

Zara: She’s an American film actress, she was in ‘Tomb Raider’, and she’s an ambassador for the United Nations too.

Tess: And why did you choose her to talk about today?

Zara: Well, because I really admire her. She’s a famous film star with a lot of money and a famous celebrity film star husband, but she really cares about helping people and she uses her money and her fame to help children and people who are very poor or have a difficult life. I saw a film about her on MTV the music channel – it was a video diary of her visiting Africa and talking about how to stop poverty, and they were really simple things, and I thought it was really cool because MTV doesn’t usually show programmes like that, it’s usually just music videos and things, but because she’s famous and beautiful then people want to see her so she can get a lot of attention for the things that she wants to change.

Tess: Do you like her films? Do you think she’s a good actress?

Zara: Yes I do. I don’t think she’s a great actress, but she’s a good actress, and she’s so beautiful that you just want to look at her all the time.

Ravi: Yeah.

Zara: I think she’s one of the most beautiful women in the world. I love watching her, I love all her films.

Ravi: And what would you like to talk to her about Zara?

Zara: I’d like to talk about her trips to different places all around the world, and about Hollywood, and her family and about what people like me can do to help poor children.

Tess: Well thank you very much Zara. That was really interesting. Personally, I’d like to talk to her about her husband, Brad Pitt. I think he’s gorgeous.

Ravi: OK Tess, calm down. Erm, for all of you listening, we’d like to hear from you. Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like to meet? And why? Email us at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org, that’s learnenglishpodcast - all one word – AT - britishcouncil – all one word DOT org, that’s o-r-g. Let us know which famous person you would like to meet and why. 

Section 3: Quiz

Tess: OK. Now it’s quiz time. Every week we’ll have a little quiz to get you thinking. This week it’s the ten second quiz. It’s very easy. We give you a topic and you give as many answers as you can - in 10 seconds. Our two players today are Daniel – Daniel’s 16 and comes from London. Hello Daniel.

Daniel: Hi

Tess: And Alice – Alice is also 16 and she comes from Liverpool. Hi Alice.

Alice: Hello

Tess: Do you both know what to do? OK. We give you a topic, and you have to write down all the words you can think of. For example, we say ‘bathroom’, and you write a list, bath, soap, shampoo, and so on. As quick as you can. Got the idea?

Alice: Yeah

Tess: Good. Okay. Let’s play. You’ve got ten seconds to write down … things you can find in a kitchen. OK? So, for example you could say ‘microwave oven’. OK? Things you can find in a kitchen. Go! (sound of clock ticking) OK, Daniel. How many?

Daniel: Erm, five, Tess.

Tess: How about you, Alice?

Alice: Erm, seven, I think.

Tess: OK, let’s hear your seven words, Alice. Things you find in a kitchen.

Alice: Erm, fridge. Cooker. Pans. Plates. Knife, fork, spoon.

Tess: That’s seven. Well done, Alice. How many did you get, Ravi?

Ravi: Oh, the clock makes me nervous – I can’t think when the clock’s ticking like that. Maybe the question next week will be about football.

Tess: Thanks Daniel, thanks Alice. And if any of you listening have a good game we can play in quiz time, write to us and let us know. The address is learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org. We’d love to hear your ideas for games we can play. What’s next, Ravi?

Section 4: Our person in...

Ravi: The next part of the show is called ‘Our person in’. We’ll listen to people in interesting places all over the world telling us something about life in the country they’re in. Today, we’ll hear from Mike Southern. Mike is … Our man in New York.

Mike: New York. What do you think of? Skyscrapers. Taxis. Noise. People. John Lennon said that New York is the capital city of the world – and it certainly feels that way.

But in the centre of this exciting, noisy, polluted city there is a place to find peace and quiet. A short walk from busy Fifth Avenue in Manhattan you’ll find Central Park. Central Park is the green heart of New York City and over 25 million people come here each year to escape the city. People run, swim, climb or simply sit and read a book in the huge park’s different scenery. And it’s not just for people. Lots of rare birds have made their home in the park and there are legends of big cats hiding in the dark trees.

Although it looks completely natural, the park is man made, created over 150 years ago. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed the park at a time when the city was a very crowded, dirty and unhealthy place to live. They wanted to make a place where rich and poor people could find fresh air in the dirty city.

It does the same job today. As a friend of mine always tells me, “Life in New York would be impossible without Central Park”

Tess: Wow! Really interesting. We’ll hear from another one of our people next time. Or if you’d like to write in and tell us something interesting about your city or town, we’d love to hear from you. You can send it to us at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org

Section 5: Your turn

Tess: Now we’re going out into the street to listen to ‘Your Turn’

Ravi: In this part of the show, we go out into the street to find out what people think about our question of the day. And today we’re going to ask a question about celebrities - like film stars, actors, singers – who promote charities and ask people to give them money or aid. At the beginning of the show, we listened to Zara from Bristol talking about Angelina Jolie. Zara talked about Angelina Jolie’s work for charity. And nowadays, lots of famous people – celebrities - do the same. But is it a good idea? So today’s question is … ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’

Tess: Hmm. ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’ Interesting question. Let’s listen to the answers.

Voice 1: I think it’s a good thing. People don’t want to listen to boring politicians but everyone likes celebrities so they listen to what they have to say. When Bob Geldof and Bono organised Live8 a few years ago, everybody was talking about how to end poverty in Africa. My little brother was only twelve years old, but he was talking about it. That can’t be bad.

Voice 2: I hate it. The celebrities only want publicity, and they want us to think that they’re really nice people, you know, they care about the world, they care about poverty, so they can sell more records. But it’s a big lie. They’re not interested in poor people or the charities at all.

Voice 3: Why is it a problem? The charities need money, and if celebrities can help them to get more, then what’s wrong with that? I think that some celebrities only want publicity, but, well, who cares! The charities get some money, that’s the really important thing.

Voice 4: If you think for example, Angelina Jolie or George Clooney is really cool, then you want to do the same things that they do. So you might give to charity too because you want to copy your favourite star. I think it’s a good thing. Helping people is cool nowadays.

Voice 5: I think the celebrities do it because they copy other celebrities. Everyone’s doing it nowadays – it’s the fashion to do work for charity. I hate it. These film stars make millions of dollars for a film and live in houses that cost millions of dollars, and travel in private planes and stay in expensive hotels. And then they go and visit some ‘poor people’. It’s ridiculous.

Ravi: OK, some interesting answers there.

Tess: Hmm. Do you have an opinion about this question? We’d love to know what you think. ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’ Or do you have an idea for a question that we could ask on Your Turn? Send us an email at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org - and we can take your question into the street.

Section 6: Carolina

Ravi: OK. Now – it’s time to meet Carolina. Carolina is from Venezuela and she’s visiting Britain for the first time. It’s a big adventure for her – she’s going to live, study and she hopes, have a good time here in the UK – and we’re going with her!

Tess: Carolina’s going to study in Newcastle in the north-east of England. She speaks very good English but this is her first visit to Britain, so some things are very strange for her. We’re going to follow Carolina in our podcasts and listen to some of the conversations that she has in lots of different situations. Today we’re going to hear what happened when she first arrived in Britain from Venezuela. Here’s Carolina at Heathrow airport in London. Let’s listen to her conversation at Immigration Control.

Carolina: Excuse me. Am I in the right line for immigration?

Woman: Erm, I don’t know dear. It depends. What nationality are you?

Carolina: Venezuelan.

Woman: No, no, this queue’s for British and European Union members. You need to go … over there – where it says ‘Other passport holders’. Can you see?

Carolina: Oh, yes, OK, thank you.

Immigration Officer: Good evening.

Carolina: Good evening.

Immigration Officer: Where have you travelled from today?

Carolina: From Venezuela, from Caracas.

Immigration Officer: Can I see your passport please? … Thank you. Is this your first visit to the UK?

Carolina: Yes it is.

Immigration Officer: And what are you going to do here?

Carolina: I’m a student. I’m going to study at the University of Newcastle.

Immigration Officer: Is it a full-time course or a part-time course?

Carolina: Erm, full-time, it’s a full-time course.

Immigration Officer: Hmm.

Carolina: I’ve got my letter from the university here. Do you want to see it?

Immigration Officer: Yes please.

Carolina: Here you are.

Immigration Officer: Thank you. And how long is the course? How long do you intend to stay in the country?

Carolina: Three years.

Immigration Officer: Three years. Hmm.

Carolina: Yes, that’s right.

Immigration Officer: Do you intend to work in this country?

Carolina: Oh, no, no, I’m not going to work, well maybe in the university holidays, but the British Embassy in Caracas said that was OK.

Immigration Officer: Yes, that’s correct. Students can work in the holidays.

Carolina: Is everything OK?

Immigration Officer: Yes, everything seems to be in order. I just need to stamp your passport with today’s date. Here you are. Passport and letter.

Carolina: Thank you.

Immigration Officer: I hope you enjoy your stay. Newcastle’s a very nice place. Go down the stairs and turn left to collect your baggage.

Carolina: Thank you very much.

Immigration Officer: Good evening sir. And where have you travelled …….

Tess: Hmm. Carolina did really well there. Airports can be so difficult.

Ravi: I think she did really well, too. I hope she can come and join us in the studio soon. I’d like to meet her.

Section 7 - The joke

Ravi: Well, that’s almost the end …

Tess: Wait a minute Ravi. Don’t forget Gordon.

Ravi: Gordon? What do you mean?

Tess: He wants to tell a joke.

Ravi: Oh no

Tess: Don’t be horrible. Gordon! Joke time! Come on Gordon! Are you ready?

Gordon: Yes, I’m here.

Ravi: I hope this is good Gordon.

Gordon: How long have I got?

Ravi: One minute – at the most.

Gordon: OK then. Erm, right. A chicken walks into a library…

Ravi: A chicken?

Gordon: Yeah. A chicken walks into a library, walks up to the counter and says to the librarian “Book, book”. The librarian gives the chicken two books – she puts the books on the chicken’s head – and the chicken walks out of the library.

One hour later, the chicken walks back into the library. It walks up to the counter and says to the librarian “Book, book”. The librarian gives the chicken two books and the chicken walks out of the library.

An hour later, this happens again. “Book, book”, and the chicken walks out of the library with two books on its head. But this time the librarian thinks, “Hmm, this is strange” so she decides to follow the chicken. She goes out of the library and follows the chicken. The chicken crosses the road, walks along the street, turns the corner, until it comes to the lake. Sitting by the lake is a big, fat frog. The chicken gives the books to the frog and the frog looks at them and says “Read it, Read it”.

Tess: Oh Gordon, that’s terrible.

Ravi: And that’s the end of this part of the show. We have to go now but don’t go away. After this little break you’re going to hear Tom, our English teacher. After every show, Tom talks about the language you heard and gives you ideas to help you learn. So, don’t go away, but we’ll say goodbye now. See you next time.

Tess: Bye! Don’t forget to send us your emails! Here’s that address one more time. It’s learnenglishpodcast2britishcouncil.org.

Tom the teacher

Tom: Hi, I’m Tom. At the end of every podcast you’ll hear from me. I’m going to talk about some of the language you heard in the programmes and talk about ways to help you learn English. Remember Carolina in the airport? Listen to part of her conversation again.

Immigration Officer: Is this your first visit to the UK?

Carolina: Yes it is.

Immigration Officer: And what are you going to do here?

Carolina: I’m a student. I’m going to study at the University of Newcastle.

Tom: Carolina and the Immigration Officer are talking about the future – Carolina’s time in Britain. To talk about the future they both use ‘going to’. The Immigration Officer says “And what are you going to do here?” and Carolina says “I’m going to study at the University of Newcastle”. They both used ‘going to’ to talk about the future because they are talking about plans. When the Immigration Officer says “What are you going to do here?” he’s asking Carolina what her plan is. And she says “I’m going to study” because that’s her plan – she decided it before she left Venezuela.

So, we use ‘going to’ to talk about future plans. But listen to another part of Carolina’s conversation.

Immigration Officer: Thank you. And how long is the course? How long do you intend to stay in the country?

Carolina: Three years.

Immigration Officer: Three years. Hmm.

Carolina: Yes, that’s right.

Immigration Officer: Do you intend to work in this country?

Carolina: Oh no, no, I’m not going to work, well maybe in the university holidays, but the British Embassy in Caracas said that was OK. 

Tom: The Immigration Officer said “How long do you intend to stay in the country?” and “Do you intend to work in this country?” Again he was asking about Carolina’s future plans – but he said “Do you intend”. “Intend” is a formal way to talk or ask about plans. You might hear this verb, “intend”, at an airport immigration desk or on an immigration form. It’s another way to ask about your plans. One more thing. Did you notice that when Carolina arrived at the desk the Immigration Officer said “Good evening”? He didn’t say “Goodnight”. Do you know why not? We only say “goodnight” when we say goodbye or when we go to bed. When we meet someone after around 5 o’clock in the afternoon we say “Good evening” and we only say “goodnight” to people before we go home or before we go to bed.

OK. In another part of the show we heard Daniel and Alice playing a game. Listen to part of it again.

Tess: You’ve got ten seconds to write down things you can find in a kitchen. … OK, Daniel how many?

Daniel: Erm, five, Tess.

Tess: How about you, Alice?

Alice: Erm, seven, I think.

Tess: OK, let’s hear your seven words, Alice. Things you find in a kitchen.

Alice: Erm fridge. Cooker. Pans. Plates. Knife, fork, spoon.

Tom: I hope all of you have a notebook where you keep new words – a vocabulary notebook. Think about how you put new words into your notebook. Do you put them in alphabetically? All the words beginning with ‘A’, then all the words beginning with ‘B’? Or do you organise your new words another way? Some people put words into their notebooks in word families. They put words together that are connected in some way. For example, you could have a page in your vocabulary notebook called ‘kitchen’ and you could keep all the words from the game – fridge, cooker, pan – all of those words – on the ‘kitchen’ page of your notebook. You could have pages for, say, sports –‘football’, ‘tennis’ ‘bowling’ and so on. And you can write more than just the words – you can write the verbs that go with the words – ‘play’ football but ‘go’ bowling or ‘go’ skiing. There’s no right way or wrong way to keep your new vocabulary. You have to find the way that helps you remember the new words.

OK. Oh, erm, by the way, if there are any words from the game that you don’t know remember that you can find them on the website. You can read all of the podcast and if you click on a word it’ll take you to a dictionary that tells you what the word means. We’ll give you that address again at the end – so go and find a pen to write it down!

Right, finally, after every podcast I’ll try to show you something that you can try to use in your own English. This week I heard this interesting expression:

Carolina: Excuse me. Am I in the right line for immigration?

Woman: Erm, I don’t know dear. It depends. What nationality are you?

Tom: Now. There are two things there I want to talk about. Firstly, the old lady called Carolina “dear” – she said “I don’t know dear”. Sometimes, older people might call you “dear”. It’s a friendly, affectionate thing to do. But be careful! It might sound a bit strange if you try to use it yourself.

The other thing I noticed was that the old lady said “It depends”. She didn’t know the answer because she needed more information. Can you translate “it depends” into your language? Try to use it in English this week.

OK. I’m going to stop there. I’ll talk to you all again next time. Remember you can send your questions to me at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org. I’ll be happy to answer your questions! In a moment you’ll hear the address for the website where you can read everything you’ve heard in this podcast.

Right. That’s all for this time. Bye for now! See you next time.

Check your understanding


Tess and Ravi

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Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Task 3


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Good evening! My name is Olga. I am from Russia. I live in Moscow. So, a famous person that I would like to meet is Kira Naightly. She is an excellent actress, very nice women with subtle facial features. She played in my favorite movies, in particular, Pirates of the Caribbean Sea.

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Hello, My name is Charles, I would like to meet Morgan Freeman. I think he is a fantastic actor and he has a special talent.

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I'd like to know Frank Miler or Stan Lee to talk with them about my prefered characters, Batman and Magneto, show my drafts and maybe get a job.

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good morning everyone. My name is Thuyet, i'm from Viet Nam. Now i'm living HCM city. At the weekend, we going out and go to some place such as Duc Ba church, 23/9 park, Library center... . My country has many beautiful scenery during the north to south. Welcome to Viet Nam.

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Submitted by Willian Reimann on Thu, 10/08/2017 - 19:03

Hello, may name is Willian and I'm from Curitiba. My town is the capital most cold of the Brazil, in the weekends o lot of people going to de Barigui park. Is a place where the people can walk, play e rest. When they not to be at park, at in the mall.

Submitted by Emmaquezada1a on Thu, 10/08/2017 - 12:58

hello, good morning I'm emmanuel my last name iis Quezada I'm from santo domingo which famous person die or alive would i like to meet ? I'd like to meet silvester stallone who is a excellent actor and excellent person i really love his movie rocky balboa it's a excellent movie about Personal growth i think he is a excellent for his humble and honestly

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There are none famous person that I would like to meet. For me famous people are like us. I can't identify a good reason to meet anyone! People usually think this kind of people are God, even thought this kind of people doesn't exist. Famous people at least in my opinio are so imperfect and there are the some bad or good behaviors, then I don't mind if you are famous person or not, I just care how human who you are.

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I would like to meet prophet mohamed (peace be upon him).He is by far the best person to have ever walked on earth.earth . he is the best of character.character . that is why every word he said,or actions he did have been recorded for 14 centuries and currently more than 2 billion people follow him.

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Submitted by Thiri Yadana on Thu, 20/07/2017 - 04:41

Hi Everyone.. I'm Thiri Yadana from Myanmar. And It's for Section 1. Which famous person, dead or alive would you like to meet? Well, I would to meet Nay Chi Oo who is a famous beauty blogger and also Aung Ye' Lin's gf who is a famous Myanmar Actor. She is a famous beauty blogger in Myanmar. She is 25 and daughter of Sein Lei Tin Resort's owner. She is very good in public relation and get all attention among the girls & ladies who love beauty. She get nickname "Chi Chi" from her fans and she has fan group named "Chillies". Her fans love her so much and so does she. Why i choose her is I am also one of her fans and i love her so much. If I met her, I'll tell her how much I love her and i'll take many photos with her. I'll ask her to add me on facebook. That's all about the person i would like to meet. It's my first time exercise and I really appreciate if someone correct my mistakes in my exercise. Thank guys!!! Have a nice day...

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I need to know, in this curse, first - if we have someone certification about course for each level, or not second - Whenever I return to the site I see that the answers have not been fixed That is, I can not prove my learning

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Submitted by OmerBabiker on Tue, 18/07/2017 - 09:24

Hello I am Omer From Sudan this post for the section 5 I am a big supporter to any image of charity what ever it's produced from a celebrity or from the normal people .although the celebrity charity encourages normal people to be interesting to the charity and how it's important to develop our countries and society. the important things are who will take the charity will be happy, other than that my it be selfishness.Another thing that we can see what inside the celebrity mind, therefore, it's not important as long as those poor people are happy.

Submitted by OmerBabiker on Tue, 18/07/2017 - 09:03

Hello, I Am Omer from Sudan section 4 there is a place where I leave in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia called The valley of Nemar. its a valley between some of the mountain and between this mountain there is a river and there are some ducks and fishes inside it. the weather there is little awesome compared to the city weather which is very hot. people came to the valley escaping from the city to walk or even running and grill with the family to have fun and enjoy the weather and the view .

Submitted by OmerBabiker on Tue, 18/07/2017 - 08:51

Hello, I Am omer fro sudan section 4 there is a place where I leave in Riyadh in saudia arabia called

Submitted by OmerBabiker on Tue, 18/07/2017 - 08:30

Hello, I am Omer from Sudan in my mind a lot of people I would like to meet. Some of them are scientists like Steven Hawkins or even a sporters as Marcelo the football player at Real Madrid club.Am a big fan of Marcelo because he is funny and also a talented player. I would like to visit Madrid and get a tour in Santiago Bernabeu to support the best football club in the world. Also am interested in meeting Will Smith or even Denzel Washinton not because they only star but also because they are charismatic people and they are so cultured. thank you.

Submitted by Yainner on Sat, 15/07/2017 - 18:30

I’d like to meet Hello elementary podcasts greeting from Colombia. The person I’d like to meet is a soccer player / footballer, I am going to start by saying who he is. His real name is Ronaldo nazario de lima better known as Ronald el fenomeno, he’s from brazil and used to play as a forwarder. He started playing in the Brazilian local tournaments, then he arrived to Europe where he took off on football, he’s the only soccer player (I think) who has played two of the most important debiers in the world I am talking about Real Madrid vs Barcelona and Inter de Milan vs Milan, he’s not just play but scored for them wearing both jerseys, that’s incredible, isn’t? Plus he had also given a hand to his country selection, he won two world cups 1994 and 2002, though he was select for being part of 2012 Brazilian team the coach didn’t take him in count due to he was younger than Pele on his age at that time, I meant he would have become the youngest footballer in play in the worlds cups, he just was part of the team but not play any single minute. In 2002 he won his second world cup, the golden boot and the best soccer player awards. He was goal scored in many leagues and tournament, there was not word to describe his talent He had a wonderful stamina, he could get over a hard injury he hurt in the field during a match playing for inter de Milan, he passed almost a year out of the pitches. He is really a model play for those teenager who long to become a soccer star, don’t give up about what you want to get. why I choose him is because I have always admire him, since I start watching soccer, I so badly wanted to be like him, the way he played was amazing, when he was in a good moon no-one could stop him on his way to score. If I met him, I would asked him, if it was he was near to play for Junior de Barranquilla, at the beginning of his carrier but he was rejected then. That’s all.

Submitted by elisluong on Sat, 15/07/2017 - 03:55

could you please explain to me what difference between famous and celebrity?

Hello elisluong,

Have you tried an online dictionary? You'll find defintions, examples and other information which should answer your question. Mirriam Webster and Cambridge dictionaries are good choices and are free to use online.

'Famous' is an adjective and describes something that is well known in a given society.

'Celebrity' is a noun and usually describes a person who is well known and often appears in popular media such as tabloid newspapers and gossip magazines.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,elisluong! I'll try to explain to you the difference between these two words. Famous is an adjective and it means 'known about by many people'. Celebrity is a noun and it means 'a famous person'. So celebrity is a famous person.) I hope my comment will help you.

Submitted by Mydubee on Wed, 14/06/2017 - 14:49

Dear all, Could you please explain for me the different between "Perhaps" and "Maybe" when we using it in conversation. I notice that in Podcasts, people using "Perhaps" quite a lot. Thank you so much!

Hello Mydubee,

'perhaps' and 'maybe' mean exactly the same thing. 'maybe' is slightly more informal than 'perhaps', but both of them are used in formal and informal situations. You can read more about them in this Cambridge Dictionary blog post.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Capixaba on Mon, 12/06/2017 - 22:28

Is there a famous film actress that you’d like to meet? Hello Everyone, it's nice to talk with you all! The actress I'd like to meet is called Fernanda Montenegro. She is a famous brazilian actress of TV and films, considered one of the best actresses from Brazil. She've made films as 'Central Station' and 'A dog's will'. These are including her best films to me. I admire her because she is a great artist, an actress that walk well between comedy and drama and a knower of the our country's problems. All her talent was reward and she was the first south american and brazilian woman to win the Emmy for best actress and the first nominated for the Oscar. Fernanda Montenegro makes us brazilians too prounded and because this she is today the First Lady of Brazilian Theater and Television, although she shines also in films. I hope you meet her work, it's amazing! Bye! We talk next time!

Submitted by Smoon on Mon, 12/06/2017 - 10:38

hi guys! I'm tran. I am a new member. now, i 'll do section 2 "I'd like to meet..." well, I'd like to meet Johnny Depp! why? coz, he always makes me laugh on his film! especially the caribean! yeah, have u guys seen that film before? He's funny actor. I hope he will be more successfull in future! thanks for watching

Submitted by dugery on Fri, 09/06/2017 - 08:21

hello everyone. i like popcast very much. i'm very happy for that i join this group

Submitted by Mamur93 on Thu, 08/06/2017 - 20:33

Hello, I am Mamur from Ukraine, Sumy. There are many actors, sportsmen, politicians and many others. They are very famous and reach and make others to admire them. But there are many other just ordinary personalities too. One of them is Nastya Key. She is my favorite blogger. She is full of light energy and has a positive attitude to life. She knows seven languages and travels a lot. She is a person who never stops to develop herself. Why she inspires me? Once I had very bad time in my life and I didn't know how to act in that situation and youtubing I suddenly find her channel and started to watch her. I got a lot of practical suggestions from her and started to use them. Thanks to her I changed a way of thinking and understand that everything is possible. Thanks.

Submitted by khinpapa naing on Fri, 02/06/2017 - 10:43

I like to meet Mery Streep. She is an American actress.I think she is 67snd she wins many awards for best actress and Golder Globe award for best actress. My favorite films are most especially The Iron Lady. She is particularly known for her versatility in her role, transformation into the characters she plays and her accent adaptation. I'd like to talk about her beliefs to maintain strongly in the place of Hollywood, the political place and human attempt. I'd like to ask her about her religious beliefs.

Submitted by rockyahsan on Mon, 29/05/2017 - 13:20

I would like to meet lots of people, because i perceive that it will be a great opportunity to learn exclusive things from those people in short time. First of all i would like to mention Arundhati ray the great Indian writer. Few years ago, I started to enjoy her first novel " The god of small think". unfortunately i did not finish. Although i was use to with reading novel, i lost my concentration. But when i read her speech which is given in the Sydney peace pries ceremony, i had shocked. It was amazing. since this time i realize her language. then i read her several interview, article and a book named "Walking with three comrades" i wish i meet with him.

Submitted by AndyNguyen979 on Sat, 27/05/2017 - 08:51

Dear All, Can you please explain for me the meaning or definition of the sentence " Now we’re going out into the street to listen to ‘Your Turn’ and " and "We can take your question into the street" those which in the episode 1, Series 1, Elementary Podcasts Best Regards, Andy Nguyen 979

Submitted by Peter M. on Sat, 27/05/2017 - 09:00

In reply to by AndyNguyen979


Hello Andy Nguyen 979,

The phrase 'into the street' here has an idiomatic meaning. The speaker is telling us that they are going to ask some members of the public for their comments. Often this is done literally on the street - by a reporter stopping people as they walk by.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Htoo Htoo on Tue, 23/05/2017 - 00:18

I'm Htoo Htoo.I from Myanmar.I'm 25.I just trying to speak like other.I think I'm right writing.May be.not sure. :(

Submitted by Akmal Rofiqi on Sat, 20/05/2017 - 12:50

Hi, I'm Fiqi from Indonesia. I'm rarely to hear british languages but these programs are useful for me. I'll habitual with british languages. Thanks in advance.

Submitted by Ko on Tue, 16/05/2017 - 13:50

Hi, I have got a park near my house it's a few minutes walk from, where i go often when i feel lonely, upset or feeling bad. i feel like i am relaxed when i sit by the beautiful plants and have some fresh air, actually it's peaceful and relaxed. The park is not only a good place for me by also most of the residents around it,. it's such a wonderful scenary i would say seeing all those kids playing as well. Thanks,

Submitted by Arkar Kaung on Fri, 12/05/2017 - 04:33

i like it very much.

Submitted by matteo on Thu, 04/05/2017 - 19:31

Hello everybody, I'd like to meet a famous and Interesting historical character, the prince of Salina: Don Fabrizio protagonist of the book Il Gattopardo.

Submitted by lera_samovarova on Fri, 07/04/2017 - 08:01

Hello, my name is Lera, i'm from Russia. I would like to meet Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. They are my favourite actors. The most popular film in which they played is "Harry Potter". I grew up on this movie admiring the play of these actors. One day I would like to go to London to get to the meeting with these guys)

Submitted by Nastya0090 on Thu, 06/04/2017 - 18:20

Hello! My name is Nastya and i'm from Russia. I would like to meet lots of famous people, but the best of them is Sia. She sings songs like "Chandelier", "Cheap thrills". There are my favourite songs. She is very good singer. Maybe she isn't very beautiful, but se has got very nice voice. If she arrived to my city, i would go to her concert)))

Submitted by Watsonik on Thu, 06/04/2017 - 08:19

Hello. Would you be so kind as to explain the rule usage in this question - "It is a full-time course or part-time course?" - Why we use "It is...." instead of "Is it...."? Thanks in advance.

Submitted by Kirk on Thu, 06/04/2017 - 13:18

In reply to by Watsonik


Hello Watsonik,

What I see in the transcript is 'Is it a full-time course ...?', not 'It is ...?'. In any case, sometimes affirmative word order is maintained in questions, particularly when we're checking to see that we've understood something correctly. That doesn't appear to be the case here, but if you'd like to know more about this, I'd recommend this BBC page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Wolf on Tue, 28/03/2017 - 09:39

Summer garden is a famous place for a relax in Saint Petersburg. There are many tries and flowers, sculptures, monuments and secluded places in this garden. The ensemble of park was created in 1704 by order of first imperor of Russia Peter I. I like this place because I may learn history of my Great Country and at the same time I relax.