Business-minded Johnny is busy as always, while Harry has an important question in mind. What is it? Written by Chris Rose.

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

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Task 2

We use tag questions to confirm our understanding of something. Look at these sentences.

So everyone knows now, do they?
He isn’t going to ask her now, is he?
She will say yes, won’t she?

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my English is very bad,and this is i can't listen ,what can i do???

Hi English-leaner,

I don't understand why you can't listen to this podcast. Is it because you don't know how to play it? Is it because there is a technical problem? Is it because you don't understand it when you listen? Please tell us more so that we can help you.

You might want to try Series 3 or 4 of the Elementary Podcasts instead of Big City Small World - I think you will find it a little bit easier to understand.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

i can't listen English. It is very bad. Who can help me??

Hi anhtuan92,

I'd suggest that you listen to the recording several times. First, take a deep breath and let it relax you. Then listen to the recording one time without stopping it and without worrying if you don't understand parts or even all of it. Listen to it again one, two, or even three times - again, don't worry if you don't understand yet.

Then read the Transcript (without listening). Some of it will probably look familiar to you, as you've just listened to it several times. Read through it a couple of times or more, and then listen to the recording again (without the transcript). See if you understand it better. Then, listen while reading the transcript.

Finally, practising pronunciation will also help your listening. Choose some phrases from the episode that you think are useful or that you like, and practise pronouncing them. Repeat them until you feel your pronunciation is fairly close to the pronunciation on the recording, though don't get stressed if you can't do it at first. Pay attention not only to how individual words are pronounced, but to the tonal contour (the "music") of the phrase and imitate that as well.

As you practise, if you feel tension, take a deep breath and let it relax you. It's better to practise frequently for short sessions than infrequently for a long sessions (i.e. every day for 15 minutes is more effective than once a week for several hours).

Good luck!

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

pls help me, i dont understand what's my problem. I can understand & and also write, but even i can't talk fluently with anyone, so i felt in many problem like fail in interview, not getting a good job. I hope you will be helpfull to me . I am a mid class , jobless & rural habitant from india (native language - bengali).

Hello ziaur rahaman,

The most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible.  To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you.  It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English.  However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because it is possible to practise alone.  Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating. This is the method I use when I learn a foreign language - I speak the language all around the house, holding conversations with myself, describing what I am doing, commenting in the foreign language on things that I have read or heard.  It's a great way to develop your speaking in terms of fluency and ease of use.

You can also use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve your fluency. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency.  You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

I hope those suggestions are useful.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I've never seen a site like that to get and practice everything to improve your English before. Congratulations! British Council. I don't know what to say to express my gratitude for your great job. May God Bless all of you.

Hello Rosinaldo,

Thank you very much for such a nice comment!  It's great to know that we're helping people and that we're appreciated.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

P.S.  As someone originally from Manchester, I also compliment you on the fine shirt in your avatar.

hello learnenglish team our religion islam says every one taught me one charecter i will be his slave so what can i say for you, i d'ont know how to thank you ?

Hello lamri zeggar ali,

This idea is very respectful of teachers! We're quite happy enough just hearing from you that you appreciate our work!

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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