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A digital detox podcast

Listen to the podcast about doing a digital detox to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hi, I have some questions, please help me, thank you!
Amanda: ......The book also made a really good point, that we should ask ourselves 'Why?' every time we take out our phone. <---What does the "that" mean?
Amanda: OK, yes, I'm the first to admit that it's great for helping time to go by.<--- "the first" means?
Presenter: ......Turning off notifications and becoming aware of when we use our devices. <--- becoming aware of what? and why does the presenter use Ving form (turning off and becoming)?

Hi Hung,

In your first example, 'that' introduces a noun clause with an appositive function. Appositive means restating an idea to make it clearer or more specific. Here, the 'a really good point' is restated in the that-clause to make it specific and clear.


In your second example, the phrase 'becoming aware of...' is followed by its object. The object could be a noun, a noun phrase or a clause. Here, it is a subordinate clause.

becoming aware of + object

becoming aware of when we use our devices

The -ing form is used after the verb mean when we want to express the result of an action:

I have to visit my mother tomorrow. That means leaving at 7.00 in the morning.



The LearnEnglish Team

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I think it's difficult for me to a digital detox (my phone basically) because I'm not just use it for fun , I'm like most of the people my phone work as a teacher , ads port , and keep my in touch with important people and more
But to be honest I feel a large relief and relaxation whend my phone broke down or hasn't been charged

yes,I think I am able to stay without my phone for a weekend,I think that digital detox is important and everyone should give it a try.

I totally agree with the fact that a digit detox is a wonderful idea and everybody should take this change into consideration. This fast pace of modern life has detrimental effects on people and all the gadgets are more harmful than useful. All of us have to use them when it is compulsory, for instance keeping in touch with some friends who are far away or for job purposes. Spending all your day in front of screens distracts your attention from this beautiful world and makes you be stuck in an unreal, imaginary universe.

My twitter says, " Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing—we're going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon."
Can't help but do a digital detox...

According to a research held by gadget-cover, despite many people state using their phones to communicate and keep connected, the entertainment is an underneath reason these statements, noticing we have social networks as Facebook in the podium of the rates about reasons why people use their phones.

Now, considering our susceptibility to social networks, a suitable an accurate approach to be able to achieve digital detox, is by scheduling every activy we do a day, because one of the reasons why people frequently check networks is due to that custom that is presented in the "free time" that "allow" them to do such activity, so, While doing this, you will state your priorities either personal and work by stablishing a period of time in which you will be focused on your task, also you can realize and then dismiss those activities that you don't get a benefit from as consumer.

I have completed the lesson for A Digital Detox. The level I chose was Upper Intermediate B2.

i should say that digital detox seems great.i believe that most of the people spend too much time on digital space.The ease of access to milions of digital contents just by a phone has caused us to waste our time,time that can be used to think and imagine more instead.