Episode 05

In this episode Tess shares some good news with Ravi, and their guests talk about Formula 1 and telling the truth. You can also follow Carolina as she takes something back to a shop. Will she get her money back?



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Section 1: "Well, that's good news"

Ravi: Hello and welcome back to the second series of the Learn English Elementary podcast. This is podcast number five, and I'm Ravi.
Tess: And I'm Tess. Hi.
Ravi: Well, Tess, is he back?

Tess: Hm?
Ravi: Oscar. Did he come back?
Tess: Ohh, Oscar! Yes! Sorry, I'd forgotten about that.
Ravi: The last time we were here, listeners, Tess was upset because Oscar was missing. Sorry – Oscar is Tess's cat. He was missing. Three days wasn't it Tess? When did he come back?
Tess: Well, it was quite strange. After the last podcast, I went home and he was there, waiting for me. It was like he'd never been away.
Ravi: Well, that's good news! Where'd he been?
Tess: I really don't know. He just came back and acted like everything was completely normal.
Ravi: I told you he'd come back. How long was he gone for?
Tess: Well, four days, really. I looked at some internet sites and there are lots of stories about cats disappearing for a few days or even a few weeks and then coming home.
Ravi: Why do they do it?
Tess: Because they can. I don't know. Nobody really knows.
Ravi: Well, I'm glad he's come back. I bet you were really happy to see him. Is he OK and everything?
Tess: He seems fine. I took him to the vet for a check up but he seems absolutely fine.
Ravi: You see, that's the thing about cats. You never know what they're thinking. Dogs are much easier to understand. Dogs don't disappear for a few days then come back.
Tess: That's because dogs aren't as clever as cats. Anyway, I went to see that film you recommended.
Ravi: The James Bond film?

Tess: Yeah.
Ravi: And?
Tess: It was OK. I quite enjoyed it but it was a bit too violent for me.
Ravi: It's not really violent.
Tess: I know, I know but I'm … I don't know. I can't watch anything with guns and explosions and everything.
Ravi: Oh, Tess.
Tess: I know, I know. Right. Are we ready to have a look at what we've got on the podcast today. We've got Carolina – she met Jamie's parents last time, we've got Alison doing our quiz, we've got Your Turn about telling the truth. Have we got a joke from you, Ravi?
Ravi: We have.

Section 2: I’d like to talk about…

Tess: And to start with, as usual, we've got I'd Like to Talk About. This is the part of the podcast when we ask someone to come in and talk about something that's important for them – a person, a place, a thing, a hobby – anything.
Ravi: And today we've got Rafael with us in the studio. Hi Rafael.
Rafael: Hi Ravi. Hi Tess. And, um call me Raffa – that's what my friends call me.
Tess: OK. So, where are you from Raffa?

Rafael: Well, actually I was born in Spain, in Madrid. We lived there till I was ten, then we came to London. My dad's Spanish and my mum's English.
Ravi: Cool. So you're bilingual then Raffa?
Rafael: Yeah, I guess so. My English is probably better then my Spanish though, now anyway.
Tess: And what do you do?
Rafael: I work for my dad. He's got a small business, selling books, mostly on the Internet. So I work with him and I'm learning the business.
Tess: So don't tell me - you're going to talk about your favourite book.
Rafael: Well no actually. I'm going to talk about Formula 1.
Ravi: Formula 1? Great stuff.

Rafael: When I was a kid, my dad used to take me to see Formula 1 and I really, really loved it. The noise, the smells, the people. It was so exciting. Then when I got a bit older, I wasn't so interested. In those years, Michael Schumacher was always the World Champion, and I got bored with seeing Ferrari win all the time. Then Fernando Alonso won in 2005, and suddenly, hey, it was interesting again.
Ravi: And is that because Fernando Alonso is Spanish … by any chance?
Rafael: Well yeah, of course. But the races are a lot more fun to watch as well. It's funny, my favourite drivers are Alonso and Lewis Hamilton – one's Spanish and the other's British, so that's pretty good for me – I don't mind who wins.
Ravi: I bet they do. Alonso and Hamilton don't like each other very much do they?
Rafael: Well, no, that's true.
Tess: Do you travel for Formula 1?

Rafael: Travel?
Tess: Sorry, bad question. I mean, do you go abroad to watch the big races?
Rafael: No, unfortunately. I usually watch them on the telly with my dad. Now if I was rich……..my dream is to go and see the Monaco Grand Prix.
Tess: Ah yes, that's a famous one. I don't know much about Formula 1, but I've heard of Monaco.
Rafael: Yeah. It's a really cool race around the city, round the streets, with loads of corners and turns – it's totally different from racing around a track. If you're really rich you can sit on your hotel balcony and watch the race. I forget who it was, but somebody, one of the drivers, once said that racing in Monaco is just like riding a bicycle around your living room. And there's a Spanish one now - in Valencia – a street race I mean. I'm hoping my dad will go next year.
Tess: And take you with him. Rafael: That's the plan.
Tess: But seriously, is it safe? I don't like watching it in case someone has a crash and gets killed.
Rafael: Well, it's as safe as it can be I guess. It's a big question at the moment, what the rules should be and so on. Obviously, nobody wants to see drivers getting killed, but at the same time, everybody wants the races to be exciting – that's why people watch it – and it isn't exciting if it isn't dangerous – it can't be completely safe.
Tess: And what about the environment? It isn't a very green sport is it?
Rafael: That's another good question. Some people think that that will be the future of Formula 1, that they'll start making the cars more friendly to the environment, - remember these people spend millions and millions of pounds on designing new cars, so they might find some technology that can then be used in normal cars, so that would be good.
Ravi: Well thanks Rafael. And I hope you get to Monaco one day.
Rafael: Thanks Ravi. Ok bye, everybody.

Tess and Ravi: Bye
Tess: And thanks again.
Ravi: Hey Tess, what does a cat say?

Tess: A cat says miaow, Ravi.
Ravi: And what does a Formula 1 cat say?
Tess: I don't know Ravi. What does a Formula 1 cat say?
Ravi: Meeeeeeeeeowwwwwwwwwmmmmmm.

Tess: Very funny. Was that your joke for today?

Ravi: Oh no. The best is yet to come.
Tess: Hmm. OK. Remember, listeners, that if there's something you'd like to tell us about you can send it to us at learn English podcast at British Council dot org, that's learnenglishpodcast - all one word – at - britishcouncil – all one word DOT org, that's o-r- g. If we like it, we'll put it on the site.
Ravi: You can write something or record yourself, if you want.

Section 3 – Quiz

Tess: OK. Time now for our quiz. We've got Alison waiting to talk to us. Alison?

Alison: Hi Tess.

Tess: Hi Alison.
Ravi: Hi Alison. Where are you from?

Alison: From Aberystwyth.
Ravi: In Wales?
Alison: That's right, but I live in Norwich now.

Tess: Ah, East Anglia. Beautiful part of the country. That's where I went to university. I love Norwich. What do you do Alison?
Alison: I work in a bank but I want to go to university next year.
Tess: In Norwich?
Alison: Erm... I don't know yet. Probably not in Norwich though.
Ravi: You want to get away from home?

Alison: No, it's not that. I mean, … it's nice to see new places isn't it?
Tess: What do you want to study?

Alison: Probably Film Studies.
Tess: Great. OK. Are you ready for the quiz?

Alison: I hope so.
Tess: Well, we're going to do 'ten things' again. I'll give you the topic and you've got one minute to name ten things on that topic. So, for example, if I say 'ten musical instruments' you can say 'piano, guitar, saxophone ..'. You get the idea?
Alison: Yes, OK.
Tess: Right. The topic this time is ….ten ball games. Ten games you play with a ball. You've got one minute starting from now.
Alison: Football. Basketball. Golf. Tennis. Erm … cricket. … Ice hockey.
Ravi: That isn't a ball.
Alison: No, of course not. Oh, um. Squash. … Rugby.
Tess: That's seven. Three more.
Alison: … Handball. … Have I said basketball?

Tess: Yes
Alison: Baseball! 

Tess: One more.
Alison: Argh! Erm, hockey!

Tess: Yes! Well done Alison.
Alison: That was more difficult than I thought.
Tess: I know – you think it's going to be really easy. Let's go over them again – football, basketball, golf, tennis, cricket, squash, rugby, handball, baseball and hockey. That's ten.
Ravi: Well done Alison. We'll find something to send to you. And good luck with university.
Alison: Thanks Ravi.

Tess: Bye, Alison.
Tess: Bye Tess, bye Ravi.
Ravi: Bye. … Right, Your Turn and Carolina coming up next after this

Section 4: Your turn

Ravi: Hello again. Now it's time for 'Your Turn'. This is the part of the podcast when we go out to ask some different people a question and find out what they think. And this time the question is 'Is it always best to tell the truth?' In other words, is honesty always the best policy?
Tess: Good question. Is it better to tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a lie? Let's see what people have to say about it.
Voice 1: I think it’s probably best to tell the truth most of the time. Um ... I think if you ... if you ... if you’re dishonest or if you tell a lie there’s often a very good chance that ... um ... you’ll be found out or it will come back ... um ... to hurt you, so I think on the whole I think it’s better to tell the truth although I have to say that sometimes ... um ... just so as not to hurt other people’s feelings or for other particular reasons it’s probably ok to tell a small lie or to be a little bit dishonest.

Voice 2: Um, no. I don’t think it’s always best to tell the truth ... I think it’s sometimes a good idea to tell the truth, for example, if you have done something wrong … if you just tell the truth then usually your problem is easy to solve but if you lie about it, it can become more difficult to solve your problem … but I think if you are thinking about somebody’s feelings, for example, if someone has their hair cut and it looks terrible and they ask you about it, it might be best to tell a small lie and tell them that it looks ok so that you don’t hurt their feelings.
Voice 3: Yes, it is always best to tell the truth because if you don’t tell the truth your conscience is going to haunt you forever.
Voice 4: It depends, I think that ... err ... if you ... um ... want to have a good relationship with someone who you ... err ... think is a ... could be a good partner you have to be honest … ah ... but in general with friends or a person that you don’t know very much it’s not that good to be honest.
Voice 5: Yes ...err ... it’s hard thing ... it’s a hard thing to do but ... definitely because in the end if you start lying you have to make lies to cover
the lies and in the end it’s just easier for everyone if you just says what’s on your mind.
Tess: That was interesting. You know, I think it's usually best to tell the truth. Lies always cause more problems in the end. What do you think Ravi?
Ravi: Oh, I don't know Tess. That's a bit too simple. I bet if you think about the last week, you've told loads of lies. We do it all the time – we just don't notice it.
Tess: Hmm. Does it count as a lie when I laugh at one of your jokes?

Ravi: Well – yes. That's exactly what I mean about lies. … Are you saying my jokes aren't funny?

Tess: Nooo. I always tell the truth. 

Ravi: I'm getting confused now.
Tess: Never mind Ravi. And listeners, please send us your opinions about telling the truth – we'd love to know what you think. You can write to us or send us a recording.

Section 5: Carolina

Tess: But now it's time to find out how Carolina's getting on. Carolina, you'll remember, is from Venezuela but she's studying at Newcastle University – and finding out about life in Britain. Last time we heard from her she was visiting Jamie's parents…
Ravi: Jamie's her boyfriend
Tess: … so let's see where she is today.

Emily: Are you ready Carolina?
Carolina: Sorry, Emily. I wanted to wear that new jacket I bought, you know, the green one. But…
Emily: What's wrong with it? It's really nice.
Carolina: Well, I wore it yesterday, and now look. The zip's broken. Look, it won't move up or down. I don't know what happened to it. I didn't notice it last night.
Emily: Let me have a look. … Yep, that's broken alright – it won't move at all.
Carolina: Oh dear. It was quite expensive. Do you think I should take it back to the shop?
Emily: Well yes, I do. The zip shouldn't break on a new jacket. It obviously isn't very well made. Have you still got the receipt?
Carolina: The receipt? The piece of paper they gave me when I bought it? Oh dear, I'll have to look for it. It must be in my bag somewhere. Oh, will you come with me Emily? To the shop?
Emily: What for? You can speak English.
Carolina: But it's really difficult in another language. To complain. I don't like doing it in Spanish but in English….!
Emily: OK, I'll come with you. But you have to do the talking. I'll tell you what to say – you can practice before we go.
Carolina: OK. Thanks Emily.

[In the shop]

Carolina: {practising } I bought this jacket here last week and now the zip is broken.
Emily: Don't worry. You'll be fine.
Shop Assistant: Good morning. Can I help you?

Carolina: Um, yes, I bought this jacket here last week and now the zip is broken. Here's the receipt.
Shop Assistant: Hmmm. Have you worn this jacket?
Carolina: Once. I was wearing it when the zip broke.
Shop Assistant: If you'd like to leave the jacket with us, we can put in a new zip. It will be ready in a week.
Carolina: No thank you, I don't want a new zip. I don't want to wait for a week. I'd like my money back please.
Shop Assistant: I'm afraid I can't give you your money back. The company doesn't give refunds for clothes that have been worn.
Carolina: I only weared… Emily: wore…
Carolina: …wore the jacket once, and the zip broke. That shouldn't happen.
Shop Assistant: Just wait for one moment and I'll check if we have another jacket of the same size in stock.
Carolina: I'm sorry. I don't want another jacket - the same thing might happen again. I've already explained that I want my money back.
Shop Assistant: Well …

Emily: {whispers} Manager.
Carolina: Yes, um, could I speak to the manager please?

Shop Assistant: Certainly. I'll call him. Mr Parker? Could you come over here please?
Emily: You're doing really well.
Shop Assistant: …but the lady doesn't want another jacket. She says that she wants her money back.
Mr. Parker: Good morning madam.

Carolina: Good morning.
Mr. Parker: Is this the jacket?

Carolina: Yes
Mr. Parker: And you bought this last week?
Carolina: Yes, that's right. And I'd like to say that I'm very disappointed with your shop.
Mr. Parker: I think in the circumstances we can give you a refund. The zip is obviously faulty. Mrs Johnson, the receipt is for twenty-nine ninety-nine I believe. Could you give her the money please?
Shop Assistant: Certainly Mr Parker.

Carolina: Thank you very much.

Emily: Phew. Well done.

Tess: Well done Carolina. The shop assistant wasn't very helpful, was she?
Ravi: No, I know. It depends on the shop though. They all have different policies.
Tess: The voice of experience?
Ravi: Well yes, you know I do a lot of shopping. And let me tell you, it's always a good idea to speak to the manager.

Tess: Yes, I think Carolina did really well. …

Section 6: The Joke

Tess: That's almost the end of this podcast. Ravi?

Ravi: Yes! This is a good one. A man goes into a library. Lots of people are sitting at tables, reading and studying. He walks up to the desk and says to the woman {in a loud voice} "I'd like a train ticket to Manchester please". The woman behind the desk looks shocked and says "I'm sorry sir. This is a library!" The man looks a bit confused for a few seconds and then says "Oh, I'm terribly sorry. … {whispering} "I'd like a train ticket to Manchester please".
Tess: Very good. OK – that really is the end for this podcast. Remember, the address for anything that you want to send us is learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org. Don't go away because Tom the teacher will be here in a moment to talk about some of the language that you heard in the podcast. But now it's goodbye from Ravi and me. See you next time! Bye!
Ravi: Bye!

Tom the teacher

Tom: Hi, I’m Tom. I’m here at the end of every podcast to talk about some of the language you heard in the programme, and to talk about ways to help you learn English. Today I want to talk about the words ‘everybody’ and ‘nobody’. I’m sure you know what they mean. Listen to Rafael saying goodbye at the end of ‘I’d like to talk about.

Ravi: Well thanks Rafael. And I hope you get to Monaco one day.

Rafael: Thanks Ravi. Ok bye, everybody.

Tom: He says “Bye everybody”. He’s saying goodbye to all the people that can hear him – not just Tess and Ravi. He could also say “Bye everyone”. ‘Everybody’ and ‘everyone’ mean exactly the same in English. There’s no difference. Now listen to ‘nobody’. Tess and Ravi are talking about cats that disappear for a few days and then come home again. 

Tess: I looked at some internet sites and there are lots of stories about cats disappearing for a few days or even a few weeks and then coming home.

Ravi: Why do they do it?

Tess: Because they can. I don’t know. Nobody really knows.

Tom: Tess says “Nobody really knows”. There isn’t a person who knows the answer. She could also say “No-one really knows”. ‘Nobody’ and ‘no-one’ are the same. There’s no difference between them. So far, so good. But what about the verb? Is ‘nobody’ singular or plural? Do we use a singular verb or a plural verb? Listen again. Listen for ‘nobody’ and the form of the verb. 

Tess: I looked at some internet sites and there are lots of stories about cats disappearing for a few days or even a few weeks and then coming home.

Ravi: Why do they do it?

Tess: Because they can. I don’t know. Nobody really knows.

Tom: That’s right. “Nobody knows.” Tess uses the third person singular form of the verb – the form that has an ‘s’ in the present simple, the form that we use with ‘he’, ‘she’ or ‘it’. Here’s another example. Raffa is talking about Formula One. Listen for ‘nobody’ and the verb.

Rafael: Well, it’s as safe as it can be I guess. It’s a big question at the moment, what the rules should be and so on. Obviously, nobody wants to see drivers getting killed. 

Tom: Yes, he says ‘nobody wants’. So try to remember to use the third person singular verb form with ‘nobody’ or ‘no-one’. Now listen to Raffa again, but this time, listen for ‘everybody’. What form of the verb does he use?

Rafael: Well, it’s as safe as it can be I guess. It’s a big question at the moment, what the rules should be and so on. Obviously, nobody wants to see drivers getting killed, but at the same time, everybody wants the races to be exciting – that’s why people watch it.

Tom: Yes, he says ‘everybody wants’. He uses the third person singular form of the verb – with an ‘s’. This probably seems strange to you. ‘Everybody’ means ‘all of the people’ but we use the singular verb form. Well yes, it is strange. But the word ‘everybody’ is singular grammatically, so we use the singular verb form. Try to remember – with ‘everybody’ and ‘everyone’ we use the singular verb form. Now for something different. If you visit Britain, or another English-speaking country, you might have to speak English in difficult situations – like Carolina when she had to take her jacket back to the shop and complain about the broken zip. Listen to Carolina and Emily. What does Emily tell Carolina to do?

Carolina: Oh, will you come with me Emily? To the shop?

Emily: What for? You can speak English.

Carolina: But it’s really difficult in another language. To complain. I don’t like doing it in Spanish but in English….!

Emily: OK, I’ll come with you. But you have to do the talking. I’ll tell you what to say – you can practice before we go.
Tom: Yes. She says “You can practice before we go”. That really is very good advice. If you know that you have to speak English in a difficult situation, then take some time and plan what you are going to say. Then you can use a dictionary to find the words that you need to use. Write it down on a piece of paper if you want - and learn it. Or practice the dialogue with a friend. You’ll feel much more confident about what you’re going to say. Just like Carolina. She did really well in the shop – the manager gave her her money back! Now I want to look at another word – the word ‘actually’. Listen to Tess and Raffa. What does Raffa mean when he uses ‘actually’?

Rafael: I work for my dad. He’s got a small business, selling books, mostly on the Internet. So I work with him and I’m learning the business.

Tess: So don’t tell me - you’re going to talk about your favourite book.

Rafael: Well no actually. I’m going to talk about Formula 1.

Tom: Did you hear it? Raffa sells books so Tess thinks he’s going to talk about a book – and Raffa says “Well no actually. I’m going to talk about Formula One.” He says ‘actually’ because he’s saying something different from what Tess expected. Listen to another example – from Tess and Raffa again.

Tess: OK. So, where are you from Raffa?

Rafael: Well, actually I was born in Spain, in Madrid. We lived there till I was ten, then we came to London.

Tom: Raffa says “Well, actually I was born in Spain. He says that because he knows that Tess thinks he’s probably British – that he comes from somewhere in Britain. He knows that she’ll be surprised that he was born in Spain. In some languages - Portuguese, Spanish and French for example, ‘actually’ is a false friend. That means that the word in English has a different meaning to the word in Portuguese. ‘Actually’ in English means ‘in reality’ – it means that you’re giving the true information about something. It doesn’t mean ‘at the moment’ or ‘nowadays’. I talked about false friends in series one, in podcast number seven – and there’s an exercise in the support materials too. If someone says “You’re Spanish aren’t you?”, you can say “Well actually, I’m Mexican”. Try to notice ‘actually’ in the English that you read and hear this week. Now for a phrase that you can use this week in English. Listen to Ravi talking to Alison at the end of the quiz.

Ravi: Well done Alison. We’ll find something to send to you. And good luck with university.

Alison: Thanks Ravi.

Tom: Ravi says “Good luck with university”. He hopes that everything goes well for Alison when she goes to university. So if someone has an exam the next day, or is going to start a new job, you can say “Good luck with the exam”, or “Good luck with the new job”. Say “Good luck” to someone this week. OK. I’m going to stop there. I’ll talk to you all again next time. Remember you can write to me about any language that you noticed in this podcast. I’ll be happy to answer your questions! The address is learnenglishpodcastATbritishcouncilDOT org. In a moment you’ll hear the address for the website where you can read everything you’ve heard in this podcast. You
can also find some practice exercises to do online and a support pack that you can print. Right. That’s all for this time. Bye for now! See you next time.

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Tess and Ravi

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Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Submitted by Letis on Wed, 12/01/2022 - 13:58


I think that tell the truth is always the best option. Tell the truth is the shorter way to solve problems. Perhaps if you tell a lie you can get some time, but the problem cames back. If you tell the truth you face the problem and I am sure then you will feel better.

Submitted by Aljumhy2020 on Thu, 02/12/2021 - 16:26


I think tell the truth is the best except, your wife you have to tell her a bit lie sometimes that you love her.

Submitted by amola on Mon, 07/06/2021 - 15:44

In my opinion, I think telling truth is the best thing to do but, not in every situation like people's feelings or sad thing.It cab be bad tellling small lies but, that's not horrible at all. good luck to everyone.

Submitted by May Thida Su on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 15:09

I don't know the songs name given in Task 4. But I got 100% mark. Ha Ha!!!! That's amazing.!!!!

Submitted by May Thida Su on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 14:40

I think it's not always best to tell the truth. You can lie but just a small lie be not a big lie. In our life, we cannot live without lie because the life won't be good whenever always tell the truth. To be smooth life, we must use some small lies.

Submitted by AndrEg on Mon, 01/02/2021 - 11:40

Many people want to hear what they like and if you are telling the truth you can upset them. Be honest and polite when necessary.

Submitted by lanabanana2796 on Sun, 20/12/2020 - 18:20

Can somebody explain why the sentence "Nobody doesn't has blue eyes in his family " is wrong?

Hello lanabanana2796,

Since the word 'nobody' already expresses a negative idea, the verb after it is not negative. This is not true in all languages -- for example, in Spanish, the verb is used in the negative -- but it is true in English.

The correct form of this sentence is 'Nobody has blue eyes in his family.'

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team


Submitted by Nathana Costa on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 18:55

I think is always better to say the truth, because is better to be honest with the people and because the truth always shows up.

Submitted by jmajo on Wed, 02/09/2020 - 14:48

Well, I think it depends on the situation, I mean, If we are talking about feelings and the truth will cause more damage than good consequences, then I think is better not to tell all the truth if it's not neccesary, but I don't think in the same way if we are talking about work, In that matter I think is always best to tell the truth for everybody. Thanks for the Episode! Great site!

Submitted by Mohammedalbassami on Sun, 30/08/2020 - 15:45

I think it's better to tell a truth because with time everything will be appear and cause that trouble

Submitted by rouaa59 on Thu, 27/08/2020 - 21:27

i believe if you tell the truth got rid of problems, and i hate all people are tell a lie.

Submitted by Pilar_Alejandra on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 02:11

Hi everyone! I think that always is better say the truth. But we are humans and we make mistakes, so in differents situation we say lies. I am trying to be a better person, so I try to say the truth at other people, but is very difficult when it matter about feelings to another person.

Submitted by Zamira on Tue, 14/07/2020 - 18:54

I think people should always tell the truth. Because it is important if a speaking person doesn’t want to lose one's honour. But how to say the truth correctly? It’s the second question.
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:14

Truth should be a basis for everyone as everybody desires it in life. Telling the truth suppose to be parts of life, but some take advantage of it to affect others negatively, as telling truth now depends on happenings and who is who. I strongly agree, because that's what is generally obtainable in some sense.

Submitted by Shatha_alharbi on Thu, 02/07/2020 - 01:40

Hi everone im new studen Im from saudi arabia I ilve in Riyadh the capital City and I'm really Enjoy in The podcast

Submitted by shatha on Thu, 18/06/2020 - 22:36

We should tell the truth;however,in some situation and to prevent broken someone's heart we have to lie.

Submitted by Harsh on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 10:31

Facts are truths that keep society's inhabitants honest, and nations at peace.

Submitted by Tarfaii on Sun, 07/06/2020 - 01:19

hello , i think it is good to tell the truth most of the time .. but in some situations just as not to hurt other people is feelings, it might be best to tell a small lie

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Sun, 12/04/2020 - 20:31

Yes.It's always better to tell the truth.It avoids a lot of problems in the future,and it's good to be an honest person!

Submitted by maritoncanela on Wed, 01/04/2020 - 08:03

Yes, it's better to tell the truth, but sometime you have to say a small lie

Submitted by Naing Lin Wai on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 07:42

I think,it depands on the situations.Sometime we need to talk

Submitted by Tagreeaad on Sat, 18/01/2020 - 20:12

Hello every one Will , my opinion try yo say the truth as possible as . select the good time and use a cleve method to say it .

Submitted by Lucy Heartfilia on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 07:42

Well, it depends on situation . I personally think it's always right to tell the truth..but I think the timing of telling the truth should differ. Truth is always better than lies and there is no doubt about it. But if the bitter truth brings harm immediately to our loved ones then we should wait for the appropriate time to tell them about it. Otherwise, always speak the truth.

Submitted by chunya on Thu, 14/03/2019 - 08:48

Hi everyone! I don't think it's a good idea to tell truth always. I had a cases in my life when telling truth could worsen the situation or ruin a relationship. I usually prefer to be silent (if possible) or - yes, to tell a lie.

Submitted by gullıstan on Wed, 13/03/2019 - 20:22

I do not believe it is always necessary to tell the truth. Sometimes the facts can be painful. as a matter of principle, I think that sometimes it will not be harmed by small lies. every right is not said anywhere.

Submitted by Dmevko on Mon, 04/03/2019 - 18:39

Hello! In the section 5 of the podcast Carolina says 'Look, it won't move up or down.' Why does she use simple future tense here? Why not say 'Look, it doesn't move up or down? In the same section Mr. Parker says 'And you bought this last week?'. I thought he had to say 'And did you buy this last week?'. Or there may be other rules of making questions that I don't know. Thanks!
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Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 05/03/2019 - 06:25

In reply to by Dmevko


Hello Dmevko,

The verb form here is will, which is a modal verb not a future tense. English does not have a future tense, but rather a range of different ways to talk about the future, including some modal verbs. The reason I highlight this is that thinking of will as a future tense leads to confusion in the many examples when it does not have a future meaning.

Here, will describes willingness. Carolina is saying that the zip is refusing to move up or down. We often use this kind of anthropomorphism to inanimate objects when they are not working properly. For example:

Stupid computer! It just won't do what I want it to do!

I tried for ages but the car just won't start when it's below zero.

It's no good. The key just won't turn.


There are many ways of asking questions. When we just want information then the normal question form is common:

And did you buy this last week?


However, when we already know the answer a question tag is normal:

And you bought this last week, did you?


In this case, we can also miss out the tag and simply use intonation to signal a question:

And you bought this last week?


I hope that clarifies it for you.



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Submitted by Ethel on Tue, 19/02/2019 - 13:49

Hello! I am a bit confused with Task 1. I understand that for each question, I must write numbers in the gap, but I do not understand why I should replace "the word" (which word in the phrase?) "There are 5" (5 words) ? - 5 phrases?) If I see the hidden answers, in the first case they are shown as correct "I bet you were really happy to see it" and "I can not imagine how you felt" are two sentences that mean the opposite, at least in my language. Very grateful for your time, I hope mine is not a silly question.

Hello Ethel

I'm sorry for the confusion. The way our exercises are displayed changed some time ago and this one now doesn't look very good. I've made a note about this so that we fix it, but for now I think I can help you understand the intent of the task, at least.

The idea is that all of the sentences before the gap (for example, the first one is 'I can't imagine how you were feeling' and the second one is 'Thank goodness for that') express essentially the same idea as one of the four sentences listed in the instructions.

For example, for the first one, the answer is 4 because 'I can't imagine how you were feeling' expresses the same idea as 'I bet you were really happy to see him' in this situation. Similarly, for the second one, the answer is 2 because 'Thank goodness for that' expresses more or less the same idea as 'That's good news'.

I hope that helps you make sense of the task. It's useful in that it shows you different ways of saying much the same thing in conversation. Please note that if you prefer to see all the answers, first answer one question, then press 'Finish' and then press 'See Answers'. That way you can review them and still get something out of the task without any frustration!

But in any case, sorry for the confusion and thanks for asking us about this so that we know to revise it at some point.

All the best


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Submitted by Sergey Sh on Sat, 05/01/2019 - 11:04

Hello everybody. I don’t think that saying the truth is always best. Most of the time yes but not always. It depends on what situation you are in or what’s the circumstances and what is going to be after your answer. There is two kind of true. The first one isn’t used for good things. Everybody knows what do I mean now, but the second one, called white lie we use for not to hurt someone. It’s been said someday that a word can hurt stronger than weapon. If I feel a bit bad I’ll answer I’m fine, don’t worry so that not to make someone too worry of me or if something’s wrong but is under control I’ll say that’s fine cause I’m sure that the problem is going to be solved in time.

Submitted by eldi on Tue, 13/11/2018 - 14:27

hi .everyone... this phrase (I've heard of Monaco.) we can also say (I've heard about Monaco.) i get a bit confused about when do i use "of"..? and "with has a different situations is it .. ? and what is it please

Hi eldi,

We say I've heard of... when we want to say that we know the thing in general terms.

We say I've heard about... when we want to say that we have learned something about it.


For example, I've heard of Monaco means that I know there is a place called Monaco and a little bit about it. The person I'm talking to does not need to tell me that it is a city in Europe and so on.

On the other hand, I've heard about Monaco means that I have heard some news about Monaco. Something is happening or has happened there and I am telling the other person that I know this news.



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Submitted by Last biker on Sat, 27/10/2018 - 16:09

Hello again, in this Support Pack - While you listen - ''Section 2 Raphael talking about F1 '' in b) , I think there is a mistake : should be ''He likes Fernando Alonso'' instead ''He like F.A.'' Best wishes

Hi again Last biker,

Yes, you are right. Thanks very much for taking the time to point this error out to us. I've put it on our to-do list and we'll get to fixing it as soon as we can.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Last biker on Sat, 27/10/2018 - 15:47

Hi everyone, I can't understand something: in Task 7 : Tom the teacher 4 - why you use '' have got'' in this sentence : ''I have got an exam tomorrow ''- for something that will happen in future ? As I know it is a past form , isn't it ? And a second question : in the same exercise there is the sentence : '' We have got a new dog'' - that means : we'll have a new dog in future ? I'm sure that I missed something in my knowledges about tenses in English and I need your help. Thank you so much for your time

Hi Last biker,

'have got' and 'have' mean the same thing in the two sentences you ask about. Even though it looks like a present perfect form, it is a present simple form. In first sentence you ask about, it does indeed refer to the future -- the present simple can refer to future events that are fixed in some way (see the Present simple and future time on the page I linked to before). In the second sentence, it simply refers to the general present time (see the Present simple and present time section).

You can also read a bit more about 'have got' on this page if you'd like to know more.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by NahB on Sat, 28/07/2018 - 23:50

In this sentese "Is it best to tell the truth" Can I use both best and also better?

Hello NahB,

I would say that in most contexts you can use the two words interchangeably with no change in meaning.



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Submitted by krig on Fri, 22/06/2018 - 05:17

I don't think that always to tell the truth is a good idea. Moreover, there are definite circumstances in which people must tell the lie. For example, doctor to patient (sometimes), spies, undercover agent, soldiers in captivity, and sometimes we mustn't tell the truth so that don't hurt feelings of the people that we love. Not in vain extreme degree of the truth is called cynicism.
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Submitted by krig on Thu, 21/06/2018 - 05:07

In task 5 exercise 2 for second question one of the option is " It... cost quite a lot". Is it grammatically correct? Isn't should write "It ...costs quite a lot"?

Hello krig,

The verb cost is an irregular verb and its past and present forms are the same. In the task the form cost is a past simple form and so there is no third-person ending.



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Submitted by User_User on Mon, 21/05/2018 - 16:10

Hello task 4 – Is it always better to tell the truth? In think that in general it is better to tell the truth. If you lie about something you must remember more e.g. what you have said. You have to think more which is more difficult than telling the truth. If you made a mistake and admit it people usually forgive you fast but if you lie about it for a longer period of time people might be upset if you confess something very late that you have done something wrong. Sometimes I make a small lie, so that I don't hurt someone's feelings. A college has had his hair cut and it looked terrible. I asked him whether he has cut his hair by himself, and he denied it. He asked me what it looks like, and I said it looks o.k. Then I added that if I had cut my hair that short it wouldn't look good. So it was obvious that it didn't look good. I was a bad liar. I work in a German warehouse and people drive their car in the street on the right side of the road. As I was in an aisle in the warehouse a colleague said that I'm walking on the left side of the aisle. She meant that I should go on the same side as when I would drive a car (the right side). I didn't think that she meant that seriously. It's unimportant on which side of an aisle I'm walking, and I told her that. I laughed about her. Since then she doesn't greet me anymore. And she is very sensitive about my slightest mistakes. Bye

Submitted by User_User on Sat, 19/05/2018 - 16:34

Hello task 2 My favorite sport - chess At first I played chess against early computers in the 80's as a teenager but not against humans. I played the trombone at the centre of my village in 1989, when I was eighteen years old. When we had a short break I came to a stall from the chess club of that village. I played some games against a local player. Meanwhile the break of the music club was over, and I came too late to play because I played chess too long. I quitted at the music club and joint the chess club. Many years it was great fun to play. As I got much older I lost the interest in chess and quitted but I often look at a internet site of a newspaper where there are three chess problems a day. I often solve the two easier ones. Bye

Submitted by Timmosky on Tue, 16/01/2018 - 12:26

In sentences like " I bought you that car, so you won't walk to work" and " I left her at home because I don't love her anymore." Are these correct? The first half of the sentence is past tense but the latter is present tense. Doesnt this break the verb tense/ consistency rule? And Are we using the present tense because the other half of the sentence stays true?

Hello Tim,

In the first example you have a future form (the modal 'will'), not a present form. Both sentences are perfectly fine.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'tense consistency rule'. In each sentence one action is a finished action in the past and the other is either a future action (won't have to walk) or a present truth (don't love her).


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Timmosky on Mon, 15/01/2018 - 14:02

Are the verb tense usages in these sentences correct, " I came before they did, yet you are attending to them first. " I don't know what he means, but I know he slapped her yesterday."

Submitted by Zeeshan Siddiqii on Thu, 11/01/2018 - 05:30

Hi, which one we should say: a. They turned their faces to me. b. They turned their face to me. i.e. Does nous coming after determiner have to agree with subject in terms with singular plural case?