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

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:23].

Task 1



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].

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3


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Submitted by Avilan on Mon, 20/03/2017 - 02:51

Hello Everyone, I am from Venezuela and I live in Australia, I enjoy learn English because it is my second language and I found very important to communicate clearly with friends and people at work. I would like to meet Roger Federer because I think he is a great role model to our society. He has showed to be a extraordinary person in and outside the tennis court. For me would be awesome to meet him. Thank you!

Submitted by Regissant on Sat, 18/03/2017 - 20:51

Hi, everybody! My name is Regina and I'm from Brazil. Well, I like very much to watch good films, but I don't have only one actor or actress that I love. But one special actor is Daniel Craig. This is not because his a handsome, but he surpassed our expectations when his accepted the important role as agent 007. In my opinion, he has been the best 007 until now. Mr. Craig gave a new face and a new form to the most famous secret agent in the world!

Submitted by Yulia Silubun on Wed, 15/03/2017 - 23:52

Hello, I'm Yulia from Indonesia. I just start using this speaking english in LearnEnglish Podcasts few days ago. Famous person I would like to meet is Edward Snowden. I watch SNOWDEN, a movie about him few months ago. He is a genius computer hacker worked for CIA, and he revealed how his goverment 'spies' on the cotizens private life and use 'national security' as the main reason. I admire his courage to tell the truth in spite of the risk that he will get by doing that. He thinks everyone has the rights to have private life and not even government for whatever reason can take that rights from the people.

Submitted by tenpartirichili on Wed, 15/03/2017 - 03:27

hello everyone i'm Norio i'm from japan and I would like to meet Stevie Wonder. Because he is one of the greatest singer and composer in all over the world. I enjoy listening to his music every day, and his songs makes me feel better and let me hum along with song unconsciously. I love his music so much. I would like to go to concert while he is still alive!

Submitted by amnabutte on Tue, 14/03/2017 - 09:12

hello everyone i just need to know so basically u need to hear these audio and improve yyr speaking power but has anyone tried any other program besides this ?how do we get in to conversations as far as i know you need to get in to conversations that improves yyr speaking skills please waiting for answers

Hello amnabutte,

There are suggestions on how you can use Elementary Podcasts to improve your speaking on our Frequently asked questions page. Adriancatanescu also explains his method, which is similar, in this comment.

It is indeed a good idea to speak with others to improve your speaking, but I'm afraid that we don't provide the service of speaking to our users, nor is it possible for you to exchange personal contact information with other users to speak with them.

On the other hand, many users (e.g. Roberto81) have told us how they improved significantly by diligently using our audio and video materials. I hope that you're able to get something useful out of our site.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Phạm Nguyên Ph… on Thu, 09/03/2017 - 14:46

hello, i'm come from vietnam and started learning english again a few hours ago. so my grammar and vocabulary might not right =.=" i would like to meet hugh jackman- a famous australian actor. i was falling in love with him when i saw his first role in the series x-men. hugh jackman is a talent actor and good man. he always helps people and also participates in volunteer projects.

Submitted by sogoni on Tue, 07/03/2017 - 17:31

I'd like to meet Michel Obama....I well Know that, she is not a film actress, but she is a model for me. She is smart, kind and a beautiful woman...I really love her and everyone single thinks in her life. I love the way that has built her family and professional live:degree from Harvard, a US former president as Husband, and two wonderful girls! She is especial!

Submitted by Marcelo José Alves on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 15:23

Hi everyone, I'd like to say thank you British Council for your time to teach english for us. I live in Brazil (Brasil) and this website is the best proposal that I found. That's it. Marcelo

Submitted by sogoni on Thu, 02/03/2017 - 06:07

Hello, This is a good opportunity to improve my English skills . I am from Guinea and work for an International NGO .In my daily work, I have to talk/writ with people around the word. This the mainly reason of interest for English.

Submitted by maja83 on Mon, 27/02/2017 - 15:19

I would like to meet Novak Djokovic.He's world famous tennis player.He's born in Serbia and that's my country to.I think Novak is a great person he helps children in my country,uses his money to builds schools and kindergartens.All people in Serbia love Novak because he is the best sportsman and good man.This site is great.Thanks a lot.Sorry for my English I still learning.

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Submitted by raul capistrano on Mon, 13/02/2017 - 19:52

Celebrities are opinion-doer and unfortunately or fortunately people listen to what they have to say. I really believe that the most part of celebrities only want publicity and then use the poor to take it. But I agree when the guy in the interview says: Who cares? Whether one take the fame and whether one take the money! Whatever, who won who lose there’s not difference when people have opportunity to change their lives.

Submitted by RShakib48 on Sun, 12/02/2017 - 18:31

Hello my dear friends I’m Reza from Iran. I’m 48 and I have MA in accounting so I studying PHD now. I intend to learn English for three reason: - First: I love learning a new language because I believed “ability of speak each new language, make a new personality for I “ - Second: for introduce my country, my kind and hospitable people to others foreign people, because the mostly opinion of other people about my compatriot is “Iranian people are angry, poor, without logic, … and suggest travel to my country and enjoy from visit the historically, perfect place (that I introduce in the future). - Finally and third sake is : intend to increase my proficiency in my field because I’m going to get ACCA)an important document in international accounting) . Best regard to my friends

Submitted by GuptaVaibhav54 on Sun, 12/02/2017 - 11:25

Yes, i do think it's good for celebrities to do work for charity as they are financially potential people for this purpose and according to me it does not matter whether they do it for self satisfaction or just for publicity; The main objective is to help poor people with financial aids and if their money is helping them, then it is a great thing.

Submitted by sameersameer on Sat, 11/02/2017 - 14:29

First of all many many thanks British council for this help in order to lean English. according to topic i would like to meet new elected president of United states Mr. Donald Trump. he is great leader and fully confident on his decisions. International media including world famous new channels, analysts, anchor persons all around the world, day and night has published negative propaganda against him but at the end he failed them and proved no one can change the reality. secondly his views regarding international peace and security are very very clear so these qualities attract me meet him

Submitted by vfxmanjeet on Thu, 09/02/2017 - 15:39

hi, ravi i would like to meet alan mackey. i know very few persons knows about him because he is a fx artist. fx is a short form of visual effects we usually see visuals in many hollywood movie, games of throne as well. he is my legend he works a lot to be an legendary in visual effects he worked in lots of movies like transformer,avengers and many more. every fx artist wanted to meet alan macky and me to.

Submitted by raul capistrano on Wed, 08/02/2017 - 19:50

A mix of flavors, smells, colours and objects the Central market of sure is the main attractive to a lot of tourist every year. It was built in 1929 and occupies an entire block at de Belo Horizonte city. BH, as people call the city, is the capital of Minas Gerais that is one of biggest States of Brazil. Everyday a crowd walking and they get lost along its labyrinth to buy fruits, meats, wheels of cheese, herbs, and to eat lunch or drink a cup of coffee. Domestic animals could be found there but some people are trying to stop it. There are a lot of bars where friends meet and drinking beers.

Submitted by raul capistrano on Wed, 08/02/2017 - 16:38

I would like to meet Rafael Nadal. he is a spanish tennis player. The people often call him Rafa. He’s a great winner and he already won many championships among them nine in France open which also he won his last grand slam. Rafa’s famous to promote beneficent games to help children with cancer and for created a children’s tennis school in his country. I’m a big fan of him! I appreciate his work as a tennis player. Since he was a child he’s been a dedicated e polity person. he’s been a great winner inside and outside of squares. he was never a racquet breaker and never used excuses to abandon a match. If I could meet Rafa sure that I would ask him ‘how do you do to keep your shape on?” and “what’s your big dream?” and “do you think that technology could be a danger for our future?”

Submitted by Trang Bi on Sun, 05/02/2017 - 14:21

I am always dreaming of meeting The last president of America, Barack Obama. Personal, i think he is the best person i know in the world beside our best country's president- Ho Chi Minh. He is absolutely so brilliant that he has many wonderful policies and great things for his country's development, regulary. Also, he brings a lot of opportunities for not only American citizen but also for other's countries citizen like Vietnamese people. Moreover, he is the perfect husband of his wife Michele Obama All in all, in my opinion, he really is the person that i have to learn and try my best to get a bright future at least like a part of his life. Thank British Council for this listenning tapescript. It's definitely helpful for me.

Submitted by Gosopilo on Tue, 31/01/2017 - 20:45

Hello I am Manuel, I live in Madrid, the capital of Spain. I am 52 years old and I return to study English after several years. I have to say that I have used English when it has been done, I have good reading and conversation skills (B1/B2 level), but I can not speak, you know, shame So now that I have time, I intend to follow these podcasts, and catch up. A greeting to all and happy learning

Submitted by OleksiyVykhor on Tue, 31/01/2017 - 06:47

I live in Kiev, Ukraine. It is old town, more than one thousand years old. There are many famous places. Now l think it is Maidan of Independence (Independence Square). This place now is important not its buildings or statue or monuments etc., but it is important according to last events that were here. During eleven years here were two revolutions. First of them was 2004, named Orange Revolution. Second one was Revolution of Dignity. Orange Revolution was peaceful, without fire. Revolution of Dignity also started in november of 2013 peaceful, but finish was with fires and victims. So, most important in Maidan of Independence now is not statue etc., but spirit od freedom. IMHO

Submitted by GuptaVaibhav54 on Sun, 29/01/2017 - 07:01

The person i would like to meet is Ranveer Singh. He is a famous Bollywood actor who started his career as an assistant director and now played the lead in one of the biggest blockbuster "Bajirao Mastani" alongside Deepika Padukone. The reason i like him the most is his attitude towards his fans. Even after being such a big star he meet his fans or other common people like a close friend or a family member and make them feel really special.

Submitted by sinaparastook on Sun, 22/01/2017 - 19:55

Hi I listen several to Episode1. and write all of the tex in transcript. it help me to learn vocabulary and writing. of course my English is not good, but I try to improve it. thanks to B.C

Submitted by Marie17 on Sun, 22/01/2017 - 18:10

HI. I'm Marie and i'm French.I live in france near the city of Dijon in Burgundy, famous for wine .I know very well this city because I have lived in Dijon for thirty years.Now I live in a neighbouring department . In Dijon which is an artistic and historic city, I specially like a small and quiet square. It's located in the old heart of the city, near the market , the church ST Jean and the palate of the Dukes of Burgundy.(IV et XV century) Everybody comes here: pupils, mothers with childen, lovers,old people and people who come back from market.It's a calm,quiet square with big and old trees ,bed of flowers and a small pound. There is also the great statue of the duke:philippe le Bon. .Many centuries, It was the garden of Marguerite de Flandres, wife of the Duke Philippe le Hardi. I like this place because in the shade of the palate, I can see go the ghosts of the dukes and remember me the magnificent life style . Thanks

Submitted by Basiunia on Sat, 21/01/2017 - 22:42

Hi Tom, hi everyone. I'm Basiunia. I come from Poland. I'm in England from seven years. I came here to make the money. I never learn English. My English skills are wery bad.. I can understand and speak but I can't writing or read. Could you tell me the best way to improve my skills, please. Am I on good place ?? Thank you.

Hello Basiunia,

Welcome! LearnEnglish can certainly help you improve your writing and reading skills. I'd suggest you read our Frequently asked questions page for some general advice on this, and then our Magazine might be a good place for you to start - though these Elementary Podcasts could also be useful. Try them both and use the one you prefer.

Finally, our Facebook page also has useful information about different resources on our site and on the internet for this sort of thing.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by stellitape on Sat, 21/01/2017 - 15:22

I like this poscast. I would like to practice speaking using this page. What can I do?. thank you

Hello stellita,

Great! We've had lots of users tell us that they improved their English significantly using Elementary Podcasts and I'm sure you can too. I'd suggest you read Adriancatanescu's comment and also our Frequently asked questions page, where there's a question about how to use LearnEnglish to improve your speaking. It's important to make a note of words and phrases (maybe even especially phrases) that you'd like to learn and then to practise pronouncing them. Repeat them again and again until it's easy for you to say them. This will help you become more fluent, which will make it easier for you to use them when you speak, and you'll also remember them much better! As Adriancatanescu says, it's a bit slow at first, but it gets faster and you will probably notice your improvement.

One other good resource for ideas on how to improve your speaking in general is our Facebook page - be sure to check it out. Finally, it's best to use a good dictionary - I'd recommend the Cambridge Dictionary in particular.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nawzat Shafeeq on Mon, 16/01/2017 - 19:06

I Have just gotten it-you tought me. Thank you very much Peter.

Submitted by Nawzat Shafeeq on Sat, 14/01/2017 - 17:26

Hi Tom I have a question for you Could you reply, please! I use Podcast app to learn english In series 1. Episode 1. At period 17:45 in the podcast, you say " Carolina's time in Britain". So, what does that mean. I didn't understand that say. Can you what is it. Or what is it about. And whay did you say that. Explain please Thanks Tom Thank you B.C.

Submitted by Peter M. on Sun, 15/01/2017 - 08:26

In reply to by Nawzat Shafeeq


Hi Nawat Shafeeq,

What Tom says in context is:

Carolina and the Immigration Officer are talking about the future – Carolina’s time in Britain.

Carolina will be spending time in Britain and so 'Carolina's time in Britain' is an explanation of what Tom means by 'the future'. It's quite common to explain something general in this way. For example, I might say:

Last night I had a lovely dinner - a pizza with anchovies.

The phrase 'a pizza with anchovies' describes what I meant by 'dinner'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I Have just gotten it-you tought me. Thank you very much Peter.

Submitted by Viktoriya-Karpick on Sat, 14/01/2017 - 11:54

Hi, everyone! I'm Viktoriya from Kazakhstan, today I live in Russia. I'm looking for new friends to communicate and English training. I will be glad meet new people and interesting conversations.

Submitted by douglas8488 on Tue, 10/01/2017 - 22:25

Hi everyone! I'm from Brazil. First of all, my english isn't very well, but I'd like to say thank you for the opportunity to share knowledge with other people! It's amazing! My favorite artist is Meryl Streep. One of the best Hollywood's actress, she has a great career in a lot of movies, she's a person very polite, an incredible human that can be followed for other people.

Submitted by Marcelus Santos on Mon, 09/01/2017 - 18:40

I don't have a favorite artist. In thruth I like a lot of people who can do incredible things. I admire people who can play music beautifully or sing. People who can make art using ordinary things that I'd never imagine can be used to. I like people who share the bread but don't think about the pay back or if the religion is the same of theirs. I applaud people who say "hi", "sorry" and "excuse me". So I like the goodness.

Submitted by franco.santiago on Mon, 09/01/2017 - 01:35

my favorite artist is jacqueline dupre because she was a great cellist and her life was very interesting. she played the cello until age 28 because she had a horrible disease called multiple sclerosis. she fall in love with the famous pianist Daniel Barenboim and in a little while they married. Both became in big artists and were known at all of the world but their story it ends when she sadly died at age 42.

Submitted by Saakshee on Sun, 08/01/2017 - 16:05

wow, this podcasts are really helpful. Thank you.

Submitted by KostiantynMakhno on Wed, 04/01/2017 - 18:02

hi everyone, I'm Kostia from Ukraine. I'm looking for a new friends for meet and speak. You're welcome)