Carolina goes to the river and goes on a rowing boat with Jamie. Adam and Jo talk about difficult aspects of English such as homographs and homophones.

Elementary Podcasts
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Leave a comment below!

  • What about you – what's difficult for you in English?
  • Do you agree with Carolina that English spelling and pronunciation 'is impossible!'?
  • And what's easy for you? Do you agree with Jo's students when they say that verbs are easy but prepositions are horrible?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.




I agree with Carolina, spelling and pronunciation in English is so difficult for me, for example, I always get confused when I hear words that I already know but the context doesn't make sense for me because I don't know the other meaning of that word, then I fgo crazy hehe.

Hello everybody! Like Adriancatanescu, I am very grateful to this site. I usually study 1-2 hours a day, I know it is difficult to learn a new language after 44 years, but not impossible. I really want to get to know England and hope that this year we can visit this wonderful country rich in culture. Thank you very much, you are contributing a lot to my learning.

Good afternoon everyone.
I will start with my opinion about this website.
I enjoyed this site from the beginning it has a lot of useful advices and a lot of lessons to learn English.
I started to learn English with the help of this site and it was really helpful. I started about 1 year ago with first lesson serie 1.
And I spend one hour every day to learn English, sometimes even more then 2-3 hours per day. It wasn't easy because sometimes it took me ten minutes to reapet one word until I had a good pronunciation or I had to listen one lesson six times to understand the meaning and sometimes I spend one week to do one lesson .
But never I give up, even if it was hard.
I found a lot of difficulties during the time which I learned English, but I noticed that all kind of problem could be solved by repeated or by made the exercises, sometimes it take a lot of time.
In this days I have to spend only two days to do one lesson. And for me one lesson to learn means--to listen a few times, then to do de exercises, to find the new words, to read in a loud voice a few times and then to writing some part of exercises.
Now I'm on lesson 12 from 4 , and I'm really proud of me because I still learn and I will continue till I will know English at C1 or C2 level who knows.
Thank you the team .

Hello Adriancatanescu,

Thank you for your comment and your warm words. We like to hear success stories from our users and it is clear that you are very dedicated and a good example for others. Congratulations on your progress and good luck in the future!


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The LearnEnglish Team

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Hi Viengpapa,

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We try to answer as many comments as we can, but please remember that we are a small team and so cannot provide long lessons in the comments sections. We can answer short concrete questions about the material on our pages, however.


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Hi, could you guys help me with these sentences:
1. Did you watch the match last weekend? Unfortunately i miss it
2. Our holiday costed a lot of money because we stayed in an expensive hotel.
Are they grammatically correct?

Hello again Quezia,

There is one small mistake in each sentence. In 1, the verb 'miss' should be in the past simple and in 2 'costed' is not the past simple form of 'cost'. Otherwise, they care correct – good work!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, please help!
Is there any tips about PRONUNCIATION OF -s ENDINGS (plural nouns, 3rd person singular form of verbs in the simple present)? Send me the link if there is a post talking about it.
Thanks in advanced.

Hello Quezia,

We don't have one as far as I know, but I'd recommend this BBC page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team