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Episode 17

Tess and Ravi talk about a very famous British family and Adam passes on your kind words to Carolina.

Tess & Ravi

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Do you live in a country which has a king or queen? Did you have to learn the names of kings and queens in history at school? Are the names for family members more specific in your language than in English? And do tell us about your family!


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Why dont you bring Tess and Ravi back as main presenters?

Hello MJ Walker,

We're grateful for your feedback. There have been changes in the format due to various factors including the changing availability of the different participants, recording studio availability, and the demographics and feedback from our users. In Series 5 there will be some rather important changes which are also the result of similar factors. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello teacher,
In the sentence "But everyone knows he used to be married to Princess Diana", I don't understand why we use "used to + infinitive verb", because I was taught that this structure is used to describes a habit in the past.
Could you explain it clearly, please?
Thank you very much!

Hello Rosie Phan,

We can use 'used to' to describe a habit or a state in the past which is no longer true. Here it refers to a state.


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The LearnEnglish Team

I don't like the royal family British. I seem that they live in a parallel world and they don't understand the people problems.

Hello everyone!
We don't have a royal family in Brazil nowadays, but we had a long time. After being a Portugal colony, the Kingdom of Brazil was created and it lasted a considerable time. The names for family members were as specific as for British royal family. They used to put a roman numerals after the name to number the hierarchical family structure. We had to memorize those names in History classes. Although we live in presidential system today, the living members of imperial family have made efforts to re-establish the Brazilian Monarchy. But, in my opinion, I guess it won't succeed, even though we have been facing a political crisis recently.

Hi admin,
it seems the transcript doesn't match with the audio, the audio is the Episode 17 of Series 3 but the transcript probably is Episode 16 of Series 4, and i found out the same issue for Episode 14,15,16 of Series 3 doesn't either.

Hello minhka,

Thank you for pointing this out for us! We will look at this and correct it as soon as possible.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Sorry, but this transcript isn't keeping with audio (series 3, episode 17)...

Hello Marichy,

I'm sorry about this. Could you please let us know where the audio doesn't match the transcript? If you could give us the time code (e.g. 3:57-4:15), we'd be very grateful.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team