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Episode 14

Rob and Adam see what you have to say about politeness, and Emily and Carolina discuss a certain boy...

Elementary Podcasts

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(Note that this exercise is designed to work with most English accents – some words may sound different in other accents.)


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Do you have lots of online friends? And do you know all of those friends in real life? Is online friendship different from real life?


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi Swaps,

Yes, "he would have if he could have" is grammatically correct. Good work!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

thanks Peter, i totally agree with you.  one more thing, is it  possible that we make a group where people could talk to each other, or At least share their Skype id so that they could talk afterwards.btw my skype id is "xxxxxxxxx".
thanks again for the help 

HI, everyone. i want to improve my English speaking skills. I would appreciate if some one is ready to help me.

Hi giki.haroon,

It's hard for me to give you very specific advice without knowing you a lot better and knowing how you like to learn, what interests you have, what strengths and weaknesses in English and so on.  However, there are some general suggestions that I can make which will help you to improve over time.  The most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible.  To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you.  It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English.  However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because tt is possible to practise alone.  Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating.

You can also use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve your fluency. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency.  You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

I hope those ideas are useful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! My name is Anne. I come from France. I want to improve my English.

hello everyone i have joined this site to improve my writing skills for ielts academic exam anyone else preparing for it?

Hello Asma Anwar,

I'm sure you'll find a whole lot of useful materials here on LearnEnglish, starting with our IELTS section.  I think you'll also find the British Council's Take IELTS site very helpful - if you go into the 'Prepare' section, you'll find practice exams, including practice writing papers with sample answers to look at.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

How.we can improve the english

Hi Kamal jeet singh,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! There are lots of resources here, and I'd encourage you to look through the different sections to get an idea of the possibilities.

This page and the Elementary Podcasts in general are a great place to start. There are transcripts and exercises to help you improve your listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar, and you can use the audio as a model that you can imitate to learn new expressions and improve your pronunciation.

Whatever you do, it's best to try to have contact with English every day, even if it's only for a short time. Little by little, you should see that you improve!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone,
  I don't  have many friends on face book and  all of my friends  are friends in real life or  relatives . I think social networking is good  to keep in touch with our friends and relatives.  I am not sure if  it will be safe to  accept all  friendship  requests since there are different kind of people .In addition to that sometimes I write about my life ,my family and  attach some pictures of me and my family , I do not like anyone to see that .The last thing I would like to say that face book gives me the chance to know many positive and negative things about my friend and I realize that sometimes our friends on face book are different from those in real life..