Tess and Ravi finish up Series 4 talking about myths about British people, while Jo and Adam speak about false friends and how to use the word 'actually' to give true information about something.

Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8


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  • Which were your favourite topics in this series?
  • What topics would you like Tess and Ravi to talk about in the next series?

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For example, in Ukrainian, word "Mad" means "honey" as food, nature's product, but not "crazy" as in english))
"Peach" means "oven" (or "furnace"), but not "fruit" as in english)) and last, our word like "creep" - means "dill" (food), not "to crawl" in english.
Having fun and good luck for all))

Could you explain me the quastion "who he was flying with" from this episode? Why does it mean "which airline"?

Hello Qwesta,

This is simply a question of convention: it is the way the question is understood. In a similar way, the statement 'It's cold in here' might be understood to mean 'Please close the window'.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, Peter!
Thank you. As I understood it's a usual or traditional question which foreign people should know.

Hello everyone!Sorry,in task 3 there is this sentence:"the person you work for is called..."and the possible answers are "chief" or "boss".I checked both of them on my dictionary which says what I already knew,that is that they've almost the same meaning,but boss is a little more informal,so I chose the word "chief" but it's not correct.
So I was wondering if someone could explain to me the real difference between the two words,please..thank you all so much!

Hello Laura1240,

Both 'chief' and 'boss' have similar meanings ('the person in charge'), but they are used in different contexts. 'Boss' is appropriate in a work context, which is why it is the correct answer here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I love British Council

I cann't lissen podcasts. Can you say me why????

Hello shekikhanli,

I've checked the audio and it appears to be working correctly, so I can only assume that your problem is a local one. I suggest trying a different device and/or browser to see if this solves the problem - sometimes there is a problem wiht compatibility.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

As for me all episodes with Tess and Ravi are interesting. I understand almost all without reading transcript. My listening skill have improved thanks to LearnEnglish. In the future episodes I'd like to hear about famous subtle English humor.
And here some examples of "false friends". In English word "look" sounds like "onion" in Russian, "clean" like "wedge", "talk" like "current". There are English words which sounds in Russian quite indecently. For example pronunciation word "three" very similar to Russian verb that in English mean "do a crap".