Episode 04

In the episode Tess and Ravi talk about how they’re feeling, and their guests talk about Bob Marley, an unusual festival and British money. You can follow Carolina’s journey by train from London to Newcastle. Will she catch her train?

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 – “How are you feeling?” – being sympathetic

Ravi: Hello again and welcome to LearnEnglish Elementary podcast number four. I’m Ravi – from Manchester

Tess: And I’m Tess – from London. Hi. Now, as usual we’ve got loads of great stuff for you to listen to but before we tell you about that - Ravi, I have to ask you, are you feeling better now?

Ravi: Oh, a lot better now thank you.

Tess: On Saturday morning Ravi called me and he sounded terrible. “Oh Tess, I feel really bad.”

Ravi: Yeah, OK. I did feel terrible. I had a really bad cold, a headache, ugh! I had a football match on Saturday afternoon too.

Tess: You didn’t play football, did you?

Ravi: No, I felt too bad. Do you know what I did?

Tess: What?

Ravi: A friend came over and we watched all of the Lord of the Rings films – all three of them. Ten hours of DVDs!

Tess: You’re joking. I can’t watch TV for that long. I get bored. Anyway, I didn’t really like Lord of the Rings. I liked the book. The film’s never as good as the book, I think.

Ravi: I haven’t read the book so I don’t know but, believe it or not, that’s exactly the question we asked people in ‘Your Turn’ this week – ‘Which do you prefer – the book or the film?’

Tess: Really? I bet everyone says that books are better.

Ravi: I’m not so sure. Anyway, that’s for later.

Section 2 – I’d like to meet

Ravi: Now it’s time for ‘I’d like to meet’. In this part of the podcast we ask people a simple question – which famous person, dead or alive would you like to meet? And we ask them to explain why. So let’s say hello to this week’s guest, Marcus, from London. Welcome to ‘I’d like to meet’ Marcus.

Marcus: Thank you Ravi.

Tess: Hello Marcus.

Marcus: Hi Tess.

Tess: And you’re from London Marcus. That’s where I’m from.

Marcus: That’s right. I was born here - and I’ve lived here all my life.

Tess: And what do you do?

Marcus: I work in a supermarket, but I want to be a professional musician – that’s my ambition for the future.

Tess: We all need ambitions Marcus – and that’s a good one. Now I’m going to ask the question. So Marcus, which famous person, dead or alive would you like to meet? I think I can guess – you’re going to talk about a musician aren’t you?

Marcus: You’re right Tess.

Ravi: Hmm. She’s always right!

Marcus: I’d like to meet Bob Marley.

Tess: Bob Marley! He’s one of my heroes. I’m sure all our listeners know Bob Marley, but could you explain who he is for us?

Marcus: Bob Marley was Jamaican – and he was the man who gave reggae music to the world – the world outside Jamaica of course. And the Rastafarian religion too – he was also famous for his religious beliefs. He was born in 1945 and died in 1981. So, he died very young – he was only in his thirties.

Tess: Hmm.

Ravi: How did he die?

Marcus: He had cancer.

Ravi: And why did you choose him to talk about today?

Marcus: Bob Marley never wrote a bad song. My father was a big Bob Marley fan so I grew up listening to his music at home when I was a kid – I used to listen to it when I was sad - it’s impossible to listen to Bob Marley and feel unhappy - that was his message to the world –“‘Don’t worry, be happy”. He wasn’t interested in negative things – his music was always positive. He’s a legend. He was the first ‘superstar’ from a poor country – and that’s why people from poor countries all over the world love him so much – his music speaks to them. Everywhere you go, everywhere in the world, people know and love Bob Marley – everywhere. He was poor, he grew up in an area called Trench Town - a very poor area in Jamaica, with gang problems and drug problems. He left school when he was fourteen and started work. His message is universal – it’s a protest really. It’s about how human beings are all the same, black or white, rich or poor, and his religion helped him to understand that. He once said “I don’t stand for the black man’s side, I don’t stand for the white man’s side – I stand for God’s side”. God was very important to him - he was a very spiritual man. I’m a musician and I want my music to have a message – I want to make people feel good. Like in the song “One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel all right” – that’s the message - it’s so simple.

Tess: And is there a special question that you’d like to ask him Marcus?

Marcus: Thousands! But no, not really, not one special question. I’d like to sit and talk to him for a long time – all night if I could - but no, not one special question.

Ravi: I enjoyed that Marcus. Thanks a lot.

Tess: Me too. Thank you.

Marcus: Thank you

Ravi: And remember listeners, that 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.

Tess: Oh, I feel like listening to some Bob Marley now.

Section 3 – Quiz

Ravi: No time for that Tess, it’s time for our quiz. Every week we have a little quiz to make you think. This week we’re going to play Hot Seat again. Here to play are Hannah and Max. Hi Hannah.

Hannah: Hello

Ravi: Hi Max

Max: Hello.

Ravi: You’re both from Sheffield, is that right?

Max: Yeah

Ravi: And how old are you?

Max: I’m seventeen

Hannah: And I’m sixteen. We go to the same school. St Joseph’s.

Ravi: Are you in the same class?

Hannah: We are, yeah.

Ravi: OK. And who’s doing what? Who’s going to explain the words and who’s going to be in the Hot Seat?

Hannah: I’ll explain and Max’ll guess.

Ravi: OK. OK, Max?

Max: OK.

Ravi: Right. Remember how to play? These cards have all got words on. Hannah has to explain the words and Max has to guess them. But remember Hannah, you can’t use the words on the card. Max, you have to guess as many words as you can in one minute. OK?

Hannah and Max: OK

Ravi: Then let’s go. You’ve got one minute starting now!

Hannah: Erm .. big thing. On the sea. You sail in it.

Max: Boat? Ship.

Hannah: Ship! An animal. Small. Big ears.

Max: Elephant.

Hannah: No. It’s small. Carrots! It eats carrots.

Max: Rabbit.

Hannah: Yes, yes! Erm .. you do it at the disco.

Max: Dance.

Hannah: Yes! It’s a fruit I think. It’s very hard. It’s got milk inside. You can eat part of it but not the outside.


Hannah: Yes! Erm, you go there when you’re sick.

Max: Hospital. Doctor’s.

Hannah: Hospital. It’s white. Comes from a cow. You drink it.

Max: Milk.

Hannah: It goes across the river. You cross it.

Max: A bridge

Hannah: You stand under it in the morning and you wash yourself.

Max: Shower!

Hannah: It’s a day. Erm …you’ll be eighteen

Max: Birthday.

Ravi: We’ll give you ‘birthday’. Fantastic. How many was that? I make it nine. Is that right? Yes, nine. Brilliant. Well done Hannah and Max!

Tess: Well done! 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. Phew! It makes me tired just listening to Hot Seat so now we’ll have something a bit more relaxed.

Section 4 – Our person in

It’s time for ‘Our Person In’. This is the part of the podcast where we listen to people in interesting places all over the world telling us something about life in the country they’re in. This week Robert Watson is Our Man in Hong Kong.

Robert: In the centre of Hong Kong everything is new, modern and busy. It’s difficult to think what the city was like a hundred years ago. But only forty-five minutes away from the centre, on the small island of Cheung Chau we can see another side of Hong Kong – a side that is not very different from how it was centuries ago.

Every year, in May, Cheung Chau celebrates its Bun Festival. The buns are small, white, bread rolls and huge towers made of bamboo are covered in the sweet buns in the festival, which lasts for a week. No-one knows exactly why the festival started but there is a procession to honour

Pak Tai – the sea god. In this procession, children in fantastic costumes are carried through the village. The costumes hide the seats that the children are sitting on and it looks like they are flying. For three days before the festival no-one on the island eats meat. The butcher’s shop is closed and restaurants serve only vegetarian dishes. Even the small McDonald’s on the island sells only vegetarian food for these three days. Perhaps, for three days, this quiet corner of one of the busiest places on earth is the only place where you can’t buy a Big Mac at McDonald’s!

Tess: No Big Macs. Sounds great.

Ravi: Oh come on Tess, everybody eats a Big Mac now and then.

Tess: I don’t. Ugh!

Ravi: You never eat fast food?

Tess: I try not to. Horrible stuff!

Ravi: Actually, fast food might be a good idea for Your Turn – but not this week. Your Turn, listeners, is when we go into the street

Tess: Oh, you forgot to give the address.

Ravi: Oh right. Yes. Sorry. 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

Ravi: OK. Now we can move on to Your Turn. We went out into the street to find out what people think about this question: “Which do you prefer – the book or the film?”

Tess: Book or film? For me, the book, but let’s hear what people said.

Voice 1: I definitely prefer the book. I love going to the cinema but if there’s a book and I’ve read it, then I never go to see the film. Reading books is all about imagination and the film spoils that. Like when you read a book and you can’t imagine the character because you keep thinking of, say, Brad Pitt’s face.

Voice 2: The film definitely. Look at Lord of the Rings. It’s a really long book. In fact it’s three long books – it takes months to read and with the film you get all the special effects and it looks fantastic – much more exciting than the books.

Voice 3: It depends. It depends on the book. If it’s a serious book by a good writer then the book is always better than the film but if it’s not a great book – a thriller or something like that – the film can be better than the book.

Voice 4: Uh, the book, for me. You have to work harder with a book – you have to make the pictures in your head but when it’s a good writer it’s like watching a film – you make the book into your own film, in your head, and everyone has a different film – that’s much better!

Voice 5: I think I prefer films. You get more from a film. In a book you only get the story and you have to imagine how things look. In a film you get the story and you get the actors and music and everything. For example, if a film is set in Japan you get to see Japan. I’ve never been to Japan – I can’t imagine it! A film shows you more.

Tess: Well, I disagree with him but there were some interesting opinions there.

Ravi: Remember that we’d love to know what you think. ‘Which do you prefer – the book or the film?’ 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 ask your question in another podcast.

Section 6 – Carolina

Tess: Now it’s time to meet Carolina again. As you probably remember, Carolina is a Venezuelan student and she’s visiting Britain for the first time. She’s going to Newcastle, in the north east of England. She’s going to live and study there, and of course, have a lot of fun – we hope! In the last podcast we listened to Carolina’s conversation at the underground station. She was going to King’s Cross station to get the train to Newcastle.

Ravi: That’s right. And she was worried that she didn’t have time to get to the station to catch her train.

Tess: But everything was all right. Carolina caught her train – with only a few minutes to spare. So let’s listen now to what happened on the train to Newcastle.

Carolina: Excuse me, is anyone sitting here?

Jamie: No, it’s free. Sorry, I’ll move my bag.

Voice over PA system: …situated towards the front of the train. We would like to remind passengers that coach F, at the rear of the train, is the Quiet Coach. If you are sitting in coach F, please use all electronic equipment quietly and switch mobile phones to silent mode. Please be considerate to other passengers. Thank you.

Carolina: Coach F?

Jamie: Yeah, this is a Quiet Coach. There’s a sign - look. No mobile phone conversations. No noise. It’s cool. I hate listening to other people’s conversations.

Carolina: Oh, OK. I didn’t know. It’s a good idea.

Jamie: Yeah. Where are you going?

Carolina: Newcastle.

Jamie: Me too. Do you live there?

Carolina: No, I’m going to study there – at the university. What about you? Do you live there?

Jamie: Yeah. I’m at the university too. It’s a great city. You aren’t English are you.

Carolina: No, I’m Venezuelan.

Jamie: Cool. You speak really good English.

Carolina: Thank you. My mother’s English, but I’ve never been to Britain before. It’s all a bit strange.

Man on train: Hello? Dan? Yes, hi, how’s it going? Yes, I’m on the train. Yeah? Yeah it finished at six o’clock more or less….

Woman on train: Excuse me! This is a quiet coach. Could you have your conversation in the corridor?

Man on train: What? Uh? Yeah, OK, sorry. Yeah, Dan, sorry, what did you say? I didn’t hear you, I’m in the quiet coach - some woman was complaining about …

Jamie: I’m going to get a coffee or something. D’you want anything?

Carolina: Erm, I don’t know, what have they got?

Jamie: Come with me then, you can have a look. They’ve got sandwiches and stuff too.

Carolina: OK.

Jamie: There you go – there’s the list on the wall. What d’you fancy?

Carolina: Fancy? What do you mean?

Jamie: Sorry. What would you like. What do you fancy means what would you like.

Carolina: Do you think I can pay with my visa card? I still haven’t got any English money – I lost my bag, and then I nearly missed the train …

Jamie: Don’t worry about it. This one’s on me. I’ll pay. Have a toasted sandwich – they’re good. Cheese and tomato?

Carolina: Cheese with tomato? In a toasted sandwich?

Jamie: Delicious!

Carolina: Oh no!

Jamie: What about cheese and ham then?

Carolina: Yes, cheese and ham please

Jamie: And to drink? Coke? Orange juice? A beer?

Carolina: Erm, orange juice please.

Assistant: Can I help you?

Jamie: Yes, erm two toasted sandwiches please - one cheese and tomato, one cheese and ham - an orange juice and a coke. How much is that?

Assistant: Two toasted sandwiches, three forty-five each, coke ninety p, orange juice one pound forty, that’s nine pounds twenty please.

Jamie: Here you are.

Assistant: And that’s eighty p change. Thank you.

Carolina:That’s very kind of you. It’s a lot of money. That’s nearly ten pounds.

Jamie: Don’t worry about it. I’m a real gentleman. Tell you what, you can take me out for lunch one day in Newcastle. You can pay for me. I’ll give you my phone number. Is that a deal?

Carolina: OK. It’s a deal.

Jamie: Good. Now let’s sit down and eat these.

Carolina: OK

Tess: Hmm. Jamie sounds nice.

Ravi: Uh, honestly, you women!

Tess: What?!

Ravi: Never mind.

Section 7 – The Joke

Ravi: Right, that’s almost the end but we can’t go before we hear from Gordon, our producer. Hey, Gordon, I’ve got a joke for you this week.

Gordon: Oh yes? Erm, come on then, let’s hear it.

Ravi: OK. What’s red and invisible?

Gordon: Erm, I don’t know. What’s red and invisible?

Ravi: No tomatoes!

Gordon: Ho, ho, ho! That’s worse than mine. Leave the jokes to me Ravi.

Ravi: Come on then, let’s hear it for this week.

Gordon: Right. I’ve got the perfect joke for this week’s podcast. Ready?

Ravi: OK.

Gordon: OK then. A man goes into a cinema to watch a film. He sits down and in front of him there’s a man and a dog.

Ravi: You can’t take dogs into a cinema, can you?

Gordon: You can in this cinema. Anyway, the film’s a romantic comedy. After a little while there’s a funny part in the film, and – amazing – the dog starts laughing at the film.

Ravi: Uh-huh.

Gordon: Yeah. A little while after that there’s a very sad scene. The dog starts crying its eyes out. This goes on for the whole film – the dog laughs at the funny parts and cries at the sad parts. Well, at the end of the film, the man waits outside the cinema until the man with the dog comes out. “Excuse me” he says, “I watched your dog crying and laughing all through the film. It’s absolutely amazing”. “I know” says the man with the dog. “It is amazing. He hated the book”. 

Tess: Are all your jokes about funny animals Gordon?

Gordon: Ah well, most of them, yes.

Ravi: OK. 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.


Bye! Don’t forget to send us your emails! Here’s that address one more time. It’s learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org.

Tom the teacher

Tom: Hi, my name’s Tom – you’ll hear from me at the end of every podcast. I’m going to talk about some of the language that you heard, and talk about ways to help you learn English. The first thing I want to talk about today is British money. British money is ‘pounds’ and ‘pence’. One pound is one hundred pence - there are a hundred pence in a pound. Listen to Carolina and Jamie buying food on the train. Listen to how much everything costs.

Assistant: Can I help you?

Jamie: Yes, erm two toasted sandwiches please - one cheese and tomato, one cheese and ham - an orange juice and a coke. How much is that?

Assistant: Two toasted sandwiches, three forty-five each, coke ninety p, orange juice one pound forty, that’s nine pounds twenty please.

Tom: Did you notice that she didn’t say ‘three pounds and forty-five pence’? She said ‘three forty-five’. British people often say prices like this. Sometimes they say ‘pounds’ and sometimes they don’t. The woman said ‘nine pounds twenty’ for the total. You will hear people say prices in both ways. But – it’s important to remember that if the price is only pounds – when there are no pence in the price, then we always say ‘pounds’. For example, we can say ‘three pounds forty-five’, or ‘three forty-five’ – but we must always say ‘three pounds’. Now let’s think about the pence. Listen again to the prices.

Assistant: Two toasted sandwiches, three forty-five each, coke ninety p, orange juice one pound forty, that’s nine pounds twenty please.

Tom: Did you notice that she didn’t say ‘pence’? British people don’t usually say ‘pence’. If the price has pounds first, then we understand that the second number is pence. We don’t need to say anything, just the number. But Jamie’s coke was ‘ninety p’. If the price is only pence, then we say p. It’s a short way of saying pence. ‘p’ means pence.

I’d like to say something else about Carolina and Jamie’s conversation. Jamie uses a lot of phrases that are probably new for you. They are phrases that you don’t often read in coursebooks or learn in classes. But they’re phrases that British people use a lot. Here’s an example.

Jamie: There you go – there’s the list on the wall. What d’you fancy?

Carolina: Fancy? What do you mean?

Jamie: Sorry. What would you like. What do you fancy means what would you like.

Tom: ‘What do you fancy?’ is very informal. Carolina doesn’t understand so she asks Jamie. She says “What do you mean?”. Then Jamie explains that ‘What do you fancy’ means ‘What would you like?’

Here’s another example, from Jamie again. Listen for a phrase that’s new for you.

Carolina: Do you think I can pay with my visa card? I still haven’t got any English money – I lost my bag, and then I nearly missed the train …

Jamie: Don’t worry about it. This one’s on me. I’ll pay. Have a toasted sandwich – they’re good. Cheese and tomato?

Carolina: Cheese with tomato? In a toasted sandwich?

Tom: Jamie says ‘This one’s on me’, which is an informal way of saying ‘It’s OK, I’m going to pay for this’. Try to remember phrases like this when you notice them. And do what Carolina did – ask ‘What do you mean?’ if you don’t understand.

Now, I’ve got an interesting word to talk about next. The word is ‘stuff’. Listen to Tess speaking and see if you can understand what ‘stuff’ means.

Tess: And I’m Tess – from London. Hi. Now, as usual we’ve got loads of great stuff for you to listen to but before we tell you about that; Ravi, I have to ask you, are you feeling better now? 

Tom: ‘Stuff’ just means ‘things’. British people use it a lot when they’re speaking. Here’s another example.

Jamie: I’m going to get a coffee or something. D’you want anything?

Carolina: Erm, I don’t know, what have they got?

Jamie: Come with me then, you can have a look. They’ve got sandwiches and stuff too.

Carolina: OK.

Tom: Jamie doesn’t want to tell Carolina all of the things that she can buy, so he just says ‘sandwiches and stuff’ – all the other things that they can buy to eat on the train. The next time you listen to a film or a TV programme in English, listen for people saying ‘stuff’. I’m sure you’ll notice it a lot now.

It’s nearly time for me to go, but first, I want to give you a phrase for you to try and use this week. Do you remember the question in today’s ‘Your Turn’? It was ‘Which do you prefer – the book or the film?’ Listen to one of the answers.

Voice 3: It depends. It depends on the book. If it’s a serious book by a good writer then the book is always better than the film but if it’s not a great book – a thriller or something like that – the film can be better than the book

Tom: He says ‘It depends’. We talked about ‘it depends’ in the first podcast. This time ‘it depends’ means ‘I’m not sure because sometimes I have one opinion and sometimes I have a different opinion.’ Let’s look at how to use it in a sentence. The man says ‘it depends on the book’.

Notice the preposition. We say ‘it depends on something’. So if someone asks you a question, like ‘Do you like dogs?’ you can say ‘Well, it depends on the dog – I like small dogs, but I don’t like big ones’. Try to use it this week.

OK. That’s all from me today. I’ll talk to you all again on the next podcast. 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. So bye for now! See you next time.

Check your understanding


Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:20].

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Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].

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Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].

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Both are fine. But for novels and literature, I prefer to read first and then watch. Because they will cut many great things.

for me , i definitely prefer book in my opinion the book development our imgain , and has a lot of stories more exciting in the book

it depends book , if i want to study about something very critical or required specific information's. But some time prefer film just to have fun and see the documentary film.

In my opinion , it depends on the movie or the book. I read a lot of books which became a movie later and every time my opinion changed depending on the movie or book so there was no fixed rule.

It depends on my mood. Sometimes I prefer to read a book in a quiet place, and sometimes I watch movies.

I think in nowdays is more easy and cheaper to watching movie than to buy a book, the books are so expensive. Although is really better to catch the book and tick, is good way to be concentrate when you read, even if you watching movie of other language you can don`t understand everything...
I definitely prefer the book. I really enjoy reading a good book, that kind of book that you can´t stop reading because you want to know what happens next, but at the same time you don´t want to finish it.
I prefer both of them, but firstable read the book after watch the film. In that way I train my mind and imagine the situation and scenaries then to relaxed my mind by watching the film and compare what i have imagine with what I'm watching to.
I prefer films to books because of the sounds and images are more striking for me.
Before my discussion, I want to introduce you an app: Wattpad. Wattpad is an app where you can read and write. You can read there all sort of writing like fiction, horror, drama, romance, and everything you want to read. And you can also write there. For me, I write and read fictions there. It is a great app. I like to read and write them, now I'm going to print and sell my fictions as a book. Let's talk about today discussion. I prefer books to films. When I read a book, I can feel and I laugh at funny parts, cry at sad parts. But I don't feel those when I watch films. I know I feel those feelings just once or twice when I watch films. Oh, I'm going to write my fiction now. Bye!
If I had to choose between a book or a film, I would definitely choose a book. I would only go with a film if I were too busy and didn't have enough time to read the book
I definetely prefer the book because sometimes the film has important differences about the plot or the characters.
I prefer books because they improve my knowledge, my english skills which are reading and writing, vocabularies, and imagination.
I usually prefer books to films, most times, films spoil the book and changes the real story depending on the director point of view.
I prefer films of course cause watching is more fun than books, and books are hard to imagine some times but films makes you see what happens in the story and it's obvious that seeing better than imagining
Actually I prefer the book. Always I prefer to read a book than to watches a film because when I read a good book I can imagine other places, and exercising my mind.
it depeds, if is a action story i prefer to see in a cinema becuse i like to enjoy the sound, scenes action but if a mistery drama i prefer read tehe book.
I think the film has many advantageous value over book that aids understanding and reality like the music, special effects, story, fantastic looks, actors and so on. I agree with the preference of 'the flim'. I prefer 'the film' to 'the book'.
The book definitely. Since I was a child and I learned how to read I enjoy a read books. Because I can known differents stories that happened on different places and join his with my own imagination. I think that the same story is better told in a book that the film, even for your mental health!.
Dear Team in reference of my previous notation about the ''mistake'' of Marcus. Yes,you are right, and I've also just been advised by an English- speaking friend that, in fact, Marcus says ''1981', not 1991'', and it's because of me, not being able to hear the right sounds in native and fast talking speakers.The usual problem of mine... In any case, thanks a lot for your kindness Nikoslado
Dear Team, doing a repetition and listening again- after one year-to this episode I noticed a mistake in Marcus talking about Bob Marley:He says that Marley died in 1991, though in the text it's written the correct year of Marley's death,1981.Could you do any correction or is it technically impossible? Ever thankful, Nikoslado

Hi Nikoslado,

I've listened to the recording and I hear 1981, not 1991. It's said quite quickly but I don't think there's a mistake.



The LearnEnglish Team

I prefer books any day because books are good for learning and are a good use of your time.
It depends.As for me, i like the movie 'The lord of the Rings' and the book, because the producer was rather careful with the book and tried to showed most things as they were in book. From the one hand, there are many films that shows just part that was written in book and they are not live up my expectations. But for the other hand, movie can show beautiful pictures, that i could not imagine in my head, also to watching film takes less time than reading books.
I prefer the book because I think that literature can always be better in any ways. You can imagine all the scenes and like a woman said in Your Turn it's almost like see a film in your own head. It's a beautiful feeling. Nevertheless, films can also be good. :)
I prefer the book, it's more detailed, but some films are better, especially when there's a lot of action.
Hi, For me, It's depend on title. for novel, I prefer the book. because it explained with details. and for action title, definitely cinema is better than the book.
I prefer reading books than watching films because the chance of wasting your time while watching films are more away than reading books.
I think It depends on books and films. But books are more useful for us than films. Books help to become smarter.
i prefer both a book and film, it's depend for the topic, but i usually read a book because i use more my mind and imagination.
I could say that normally books are more detailled than movies,but movies are great as well.I mean any one you choose it will be a good one.I like both!
I prefer reading books in many fields like science, poetry, ethics and health. And watching movies like action, animation, history, motivation story, infection diseases, industry and art.
I think it depends on the subjects for both films and books, and to be honest it doesn't make any sense that comparing without determination, so in terms of historical events and biography I surely prefer films owing to visual and sound effects and the ability to imagine, also I think it will be more exciting that you really shows what happens in that ages. In other hand I think the books will exceeds the films In small zone like in scientific books, stories for kids. at the end I really relished with the contents of the episode, my thanks and appreciation for you due to help students to learn the language without fees.
I personally prefer reading the book first and then watch the movie. I like how books describe every detail and the fact that you must let go of your imagination to understand the characters and how you can feel like you're one of the book's characters. Later when you watch the movie with the sounds and all the stuff you will feel how deep is the characters and the story.
Of course books better than adapted movies! You can use your imagination to imagine the characters and the events in the book. Also reading book improves your imagination and your vocabulary skills.
Of course, the books are better! You can use your imagination to represent the characters and events in the book. Also, reading a book enhances your imagination and vocabulary skills. Books it is always interesting and useful.
I prefer the book because the movies are too short for me. The movie only lasts 1.5 hours, and the book can be read for days.But, of course, when I'm with friends, movies are much preferable because, unlike books, they do not require concentration and allow you to just relax. Also, I'm used to listening to music when reading, so when I take a book and don't hear songs, I feel uncomfortable. In general, the book allows you to plunge into a different reality, which is different from my gray and boring life.There are words from one song(translation) that suit in here: My worlds are beautiful, I created them myself, you see, everything is in my hands. In your eyes I often notice sadness, but know this, I will not return to your reality, because I saved princesses, fought to the blood, died for the faith and was reborn again, I have lived a hundred lives and could fly, I was a real man who could not become here. And the years ... let them pass, I just smile, I'm staying here, I'm not coming back!
I prefer the book. It's more intresting, make me to reflect a lot, imagine new stuff... But really, it's hard to find many good stories. When I have free time, I try relax with my family. And usually we... watch films...)))
I can not have a definite answer. I can remember I spent all of my days on reading books, specially novels, when I was teenager. But now, I am really busy and I wish I can at least visit a short film as hobby. I think reading a book need serious attention and focus while watching a film can release your attention and focus. I will be so happy and merciful if somebody give me a feedback about my mistakes in this comment.