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Episode 04

Daniel's interview doesn't go too well. What mistakes does he make?

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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

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Hello Vinicius Librandi,

It can be difficult to cope with fast speech, especially when there are people of different nationalities with different accents speaking together. The first thing I would suggest is that you develop one or two very polite ways to ask the other speaker to repeat what they said if you did not understand it. For example, you might say:

Could you say that once again, please, a little more slowly. The connection is not the best and I didn't quite understand.

Do you mind saying that again please? I didn't quite follow.

 

Another technique is to check that you understood what the person said or wants. For example, you could say:

So if I understand correctly you need to... / your problem is... / what you are saying is that...

 

As far as developing listening skills goes, the key is practice. Using the transcripts which we provide with our listening texts is a good idea so that you can read and listen at the same time. This will help you to get used to the rhythms of natural speech and to see how words change and are linked when they are spoken in fluent connected speech. Try also reading the transcript along with the recording after you have listened and done the various comprehension tasks. This will help both your speaking and your listening.

 

The more you practise, the more you will improve. Remember that we don't always see or feel progress. It is incremental and so hard to see, but if you practise you will get better.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Please can someone help me with an answers for episode 4? Please

Hello To Ja 1987,

We're happy to help you with any specific questions you have. Please tell us which question number and ask us a specific question about it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello To Ja 1987,

I'm afraid we don't offer this kind of service. In any case, I'm not sure exactly what your teacher is asking you to do. Have you seen the Transcript (under the Tasks)? There you can at least get the words that the actors use in this video.

I hope this helps you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter M,
What's the meaning of "steping stone " please ,
Thank you
Diona

Hello Diona,

A stepping stone is a stone in the river which we can stand on when we want to get across. We use the phrase also in a metaphorical sense to describe something which is a step alone the way to our goal. For example, if my ambition is to become a political journalist then starting a political blog might be a stepping stone on the way to fulfilling that ambition.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I think Daniel is quite conceited! He wrote he spoke Mandarin in his CV but it isn't true. I'd never give him that job.
Bye

what is the meaning of "out-right lying never pays"?

Hello Anwr,

When we say something doesn't pay we mean that there is no benefit or profit from it, or that it is not good for the person doing it.

The adjective outright means obvious or undisguised (you can see a definition here).

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

This video content is instructive for me , may be ))

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