Episode 07

In this episode Ravi is having a bad day and he tells Tess all about it. Their guests talk about the English city of Bath and global problems facing humanity. You can also follow Carolina as she goes away for the weekend with the Conservation Society. Will they have a good trip?

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.

Transcript

Section 1: "I've had a really awful day "

Ravi: Hello again listeners and welcome back to the Learn English Elementary podcast. This is number seven in series two. My name's Ravi …
Tess: And my name's Tess. We're your presenters with lots of interesting things for you to listen to today. But first of all, listeners, I have to tell you, Ravi is sitting here with a very long face – you look really upset, Ravi. Do you want to tell the listeners what's up?
Ravi: Tess is just teasing me because I don't like the weather today.
Tess: Ravi has been complaining since he arrived at the studio.
Ravi: Well, I know, but really Tess I've had an awful journey here. It's OK for you because you come in the car but I come on the underground and it is just awful when it's raining. I got wet walking to the station and then everybody was on the train with their wet coats and wet umbrellas…I hate it.
Tess: Oh come on, you can't complain about a little bit of rain. Honestly, you complain when it's too hot, you complain when it's too cold…
Ravi: I don't complain that much. … Well, I do a bit, but, honestly, my trousers are wet and I've got to wear them all day and my feet are wet, so now they're freezing cold. I only bought these shoes last week and now look at them - ruined. I look ridiculous.
Tess: You're such a fashion victim, Ravi. It's a podcast. No-one can see your shoes. Anyway, at least it isn't cold. I'd rather have rain than be freezing cold.
Ravi: I wouldn't. And I'm cold now! I'd rather be cold and dry then cold and wet.
Tess: Well it's bad news for you then. The weather forecast says it's going to be like this for the next week.
Ravi: Really? Nightmare. You know, I don't mind rain when I'm at home. I quite like seeing it out of the window. But when I have to go to
work … no. Anyway, that journey was really stressful – but I feel better now. Seeing you always cheers me up Tess.
Tess: Awww.
Ravi: Shall we get on with it? What have we got today?
Tess: Well, there's Rita, talking about Bath
Ravi: The bath? Tess: Bath – the city Ravi: Ah. OK.
Tess: And there's Darryl for the quiz. The 'Your Turn' today is a big one – 'What's the biggest problem facing humanity today - and why?' - and there's Carolina, too.

Ravi: Don't forget my joke.

Tess: I wish I could.

Ravi: I know you enjoy them really.

Tess: Mmm.
Ravi: Hey Tess. A horse goes into a bar and says "An orange juice please" And the barman says "Certainly sir. But why the long face". Ha! Geddit? Long face! He's a horse!
Tess: Is that it? Is that the joke?
Ravi: Oh no, you just wait for the big one!

Section 2: I'd like to talk about…

Tess: Shall we move on to 'I'd like to talk about'?
Ravi: OK.
Tess: I'd like to Talk About, listeners, is the part of the podcast when someone tells us about something – something that they're interested in or something that's important to them – a person, a place, a hobby - anything really.
Ravi: Yes, absolutely anything. And today we've got Rita with us in the studio. Rita's twenty-one years old - that's right isn't it Rita?
Rita: Yep, that's right.
Ravi: And what do you do?
Rita: I've got a shop – a small shop. I sell second hand clothes. You know, old clothes – mostly from the 1940s and 50s.
Tess: Great. I love the dress you're wearing. Is that from your shop?
Rita: Yeah. This is a dress from the 50s – 1956 to be exact. I love it.
Tess: It's beautiful. I love the colour. Ravi: Yeah, it's lovely
Rita: Thank you
Ravi: And you're going to talk to us about Bath, right?
Rita: That's right. It's my home town. Tess: Cool. It's a great place.
Rita: Yeah, um, I was born in Bath, and, … I don't know, I've never wanted to live anywhere else.
Ravi: Remember we've got listeners from all over the world – perhaps it's a good idea to explain where Bath is.
Rita: Yes, of course. Bath is in the south west of England, about a hundred miles from London I guess – a couple of hours on the train. It's near Bristol – that's the biggest city in the south west. Bath is a city, but it's quite small. I think the population's about, oh I don't know – about ninety thousand people probably.
Ravi: OK. Good. And I guess you think it's a great place to live….?
Rita: It's a fantastic place to live. Great restaurants, theatres, shops, lovely old pubs, beautiful buildings, music festivals. And a fantastic nightlife – but it's quite quiet at the same time, if you know what I mean. It's a safe city. And the countryside around is beautiful – lots of great places to go at the weekend.
Tess: Tell us a bit about the history.
Rita: Well I don't know a lot... but it was a Roman city, um about two thousand years ago. The Romans liked it because of the hot springs – hot water that comes up from the ground. It's the only place in Britain with hot springs. The city is actually built on top of an old volcano – not active of course. So they built baths there, you know, public baths, using the hot water. That's where the name 'Bath' comes from of course. The Roman baths are still there – you can visit them. You can't swim, but you can drink the water.
Ravi: {a little appalled} Drink it?
Rita: Yes. Drink it. It's good for you – it's got loads of minerals and stuff in it.
Ravi: What does it taste like?
Rita: Absolutely disgusting. Anyway, then in the eighteenth century Bath became really popular. People went there for holidays. And then later Jane Austen wrote about it – she lived there for a while - if you've ever read any Jane Austen?

Tess: Oh yes. 'Pride and Prejudice' is one of my favourite books.

Rita: It's interesting - as I said, the Romans built Bath, so there's loads of Roman houses and stuff, all under the city. But the archaeologists can't really explore it because they don't want to destroy the beautiful eighteenth century buildings on the top. It's a World Heritage site – and I think it's the most beautiful city in Britain. I love it. I even love the tourists – we get loads of tourists, and you know, it makes me feel proud. I live in a city that people come miles and miles to see.
Ravi: Well - is there anything you don't like about Bath?
Rita: No. … Well, I suppose the only thing is that it's really, really difficult to park in the centre and the traffic can be terrible. But that really isn't the end of the world, is it?
Tess: Certainly not. Thanks Rita. You've made me want to go to Bath again. I haven't been there for years.
Ravi: Yeah, me too. Thanks Rita
Rita: Thank you. I enjoyed talking about it.

Ravi: What about it then Tess? A weekend away together in Bath?
Tess: Hmm. Let me think about it. … That was a really good idea for I'd Like to Talk About, wasn't it? It would be really interesting to hear about other people's home towns. If you're listening and you want to write – or record – on audio or video - something about your home town you can send it to us at British Council dot org, that's learnenglishpodcast - all one word – at - britishcouncil – all one word DOT org, that's o-r-g. If we like it, we'll put it up on the site.
Ravi: Can we put some pictures of Bath up too?

Tess: Definitely.
Ravi: Will you do that?
Tess: OK. I'm going to have to teach you how to do it, Ravi.
Ravi: I know.

Section 3 – Quiz

Ravi: Right – speaking of computers – it's time for the quiz. We've got Darryl waiting to play. Hello Darryl.
Darryl: Hello Ravi
Ravi: Where are you today, Darryl?

Darryl: I'm in Skipton. In North Yorkshire.
Ravi: I know it. I've got an uncle who lives in Skipton. Is it raining there as much as it is here today?
Darryl: It is pretty wet, yeah. But I don't mind the rain. I'm going to go for a walk later with my dogs.
Ravi: Lucky you. Are you not working today?

Darryl: Not today, no.
Ravi: What do you do?
Darryl: I work at a golf course. I'm a groundsman.
Ravi: OK. So what does a groundsman do?
Darryl: We look after the golf course – make sure the grass is OK and all of that. It's like being a gardener.
Ravi: I see. Do you know anything about computers?
Darryl: Erm …
Tess: Ravi! You're not supposed to tell people what the quiz is about before we start. That's the second time you've said it.
Ravi: Oops. Well, let's get on with it. We're going to play Hot Seat, Darryl. I've got these cards with some words on them and I'm going to give them to Tess and she has to explain the words to you and you have to guess what the words are. OK?
Darryl: OK.
Ravi: And all the words are on the same topic.

Tess: And I think we all know what that is, Ravi.
Ravi: And the topic today is ….. computers and computing. … Computers and computing. You've got one minute starting from …. now 

Tess: OK. This one is the thing you hold to move around the screen. Small thing. It's an animal as well.
Darryl: Mouse.
Tess: Yes. Next one. The thing you type on.

Darryl: Keyboard.
Tess: Yes. Well done. Oh gosh. The thing with the picture on it. Erm – the screen!
Darryl: Monitor?
Tess: Yes. Erm. This is something on the computer that does something. … Sorry – that's a terrible clue. Erm you have these on your computer and they make it do things. You might have one for editing photos one for sending email erm ..
Darryl: I don't know
Tess: You have them on TV too.

Darryl: Oh. Programme!
Tess: OK. Right. OK, the computer and the monitor and everything are all … Programs and things are software but the other things are …

Darryl: Hardware.
Tess: That's right. Ah. OK. The little thing you move around the screen.
Darryl: Mouse?
Tess: No, you use the mouse to move it – the little arrow or whatever, you know?
Darryl: Oh, the … erm … I know it ……what do you call it … cursor!
Tess: Right. This one's a bad thing. You don't want your computer to get one of these, it makes everything go …
Darryl: A Trojan? A virus!

Tess: Virus, yes. Erm ..

{buzzer sounds}

Ravi: Time's up. Well done you two. How many was that? Hang on. Mouse, keyboard, monitor, programme, hardware, cursor, virus. One two three four five six seven.
Tess: Well done Darryl – sorry – I wasn't very good at that.
Darryl: That's OK Tess, thank you.
Ravi: OK Darryl, thanks for playing. We'll send you some bits and pieces. Enjoy your walk!
Darryl: Thanks Ravi. Bye.

Tess & Ravi: Bye.
Tess: OK. Still to come we've got Your Turn and we've got Carolina.
Ravi: And the joke.
Tess: And the joke – after this...

Section 4: Your turn

Ravi: Your Turn is the part of the podcast when we ask people what they think about a topic – sometimes serious, sometimes not so serious. It's quite a serious one today because we asked people, 'What's the biggest problem facing humanity today - and why?' So let's hear what they said.
Voice 1: I think the biggest problem facing humanity today is ... um ... selfishness. Um, everybody sits around and talks about environmental issues and problems but very few people as individuals are actually prepared to give up ... ah ... their cars or their way of life to do anything about it.
Voice 2: I think the biggest problem is th... the divide between the western world ... those of us that have money, have wealth, have resources, and the poor people that don't have enough to live and are starving and they have ... drink dirty water and things like that. I think we should spread the wealth more.
Voice 3: I think the biggest problem facing humanity today is that people don't listen to each other and they don't get to know each other and to understand each other's opinions. All the people that I have met from all the different countries I've been to all want more or less the same things – they want to be happy and healthy and to be able to look after their families and get a good education for their children and I think that war and political problems and disagreements are all because we don't listen to each other and we don't try and understand each other.
Voice 4: The biggest problem facing humanity today is climate change. It's a massive problem because I don't think people understand the effects completely and therefore will not act.
Voice 5: That's such a big question … um ... probably the biggest thing for our future's I think is the environment and protecting what we
have ... um ... I think that everybody needs to look around them and see what they can do on a very small scale to stop wasting things and to try and protect the nature we have around us … before it's too late.
Tess: Interesting answers. I agree with the people who talked about climate change. I think that's the biggest problem today.
Ravi: What about you, listeners? Write in and tell us what you think.

Section 5: Carolina

Ravi: But now it's time to find out what's happening to Carolina. Carolina is from Venezuela and she's studying at Newcastle University in Britain.
Tess: Yes. If you listened to the first series, you'll remember that Carolina and her boyfriend Jamie are members of a society at the university – the Conservation Society.
Ravi: Jamie's the society president isn't he?

Tess: Yeah, that's right. He's really into saving the environment – we should have asked him what he thought in Your Turn.
Ravi: Last time, when Carolina was at the hairdresser's, remember? – she said she was a bit worried about Jamie. Things weren't going very well between them. What do you think's happening?
Tess: I don't know. Let's see what happens this time. Carolina and Jamie are going on a Conservation Society weekend away together.
Ravi: I can't imagine what they do on Conservation Society trips.
Tess: Well let's listen and find out Ravi.

Ravi: OK.

Carolina: Good morning Henry! What a nice car! Henry: Hi Carolina. Thanks. Right - in you get. Carolina: Hello.
Jamie: Hi. Move over Layla, make room for Carolina. I'll stay in the middle.

Jamie: Carolina, this is Layla.

Layla: Hi 

Carolina: Hello
Jamie: And that's lucky old Ivan in the front – he's got long legs.

Ivan: Hello

Carolina: Hi Ivan.
Henry: Right. Let's get going. Have you got the map Ivan?
Ivan: Yep.
Henry: Right. Here we go. Put some music on Ivan. There are some CDs in the …

Jamie: I can't wait to see the black grouse.

Carolina: The black grouse? The whiskey? With a bird on the front?
Layla: {laughs} No, that's called Famous Grouse – The black grouse is a bird, but it's black.
Jamie: Yeah. The black grouse is disappearing in England. There aren't very many of them left. That's what they're trying to do at the nature reserve – save the black grouse.
Carolina: But what exactly are we going to do?

Layla: Plant hedges
Carolina: Hedges?
Jamie: Hedges are the lines of plants and trees that divide the fields. You know, you can have wooden or metal fences – or you can have hedges. And the black grouse prefers hedges. So we're going to take away some of the old fences and plant new hedges.
Layla: Yeah, it's really cool. We went there last year didn't we Jamie? Had a great time.
Carolina: Oh.

Henry: Ivan, there's a sign saying Brampton two miles. Don't we need to turn left before Brampton?
Ivan: Um, yeah, um, Just a minute. Um, I'm not quite sure where we are. Have we passed Denton?
Layla: Ages ago. …. Ivan - you've got the map upside down.
Ivan: It isn't upside down, I've just turned it round a bit – I can't follow a map if I don't turn it round.
Carolina: Why don't we stop and ask someone?

Jamie: Look, there's a petrol station. Pull over.

Jamie: You ask Carolina. You're next to the window. Ask for Hallbankgate.
Carolina: Oh. Um, excuse me. Can you tell us the way to Hallbankgate please?
Man: Hallbankgate. You're miles away.

Carolina: Yes, but are we on the right road?

Man: No, it's not this road.
Ivan: So which road should we take?
Man: Go back the way you came, about five miles, then take a right. Follow the signs to Milton.
Carolina: Thank you very much.

Layla: I'm hungry.

Carolina: Me too
Jamie: Me too. Where did you put the sandwiches Henry?
Henry: They're in the plastic bag – in the back somewhere.
Jamie: Henry, this is a bag of rubbish. Henry: What?
Jamie: This bag is full of rubbish. … Don't tell me. You put the bag of sandwiches in the rubbish and put the bag of rubbish in the car.
Carolina and Layla: Oh no.
Henry: Well I'm sorry. It's an easy mistake to make.
Carolina: Are we nearly there Henry? Henry: Ivan?
Ivan: Well, - I'm not quite sure where we are to be honest. If we're on this road here, look, this yellow one, well, - we should be there by now.

{chorus of complaint}

Layla: Stop and ask someone Henry.

Henry: Excuse me.
Woman: Yes?
Henry: We're trying to get to Hallbankgate. Is this the right way?
Woman: Hallbankgate? No dear, this is the road to Farlam. Hallbankgate's in the other direction.
Henry: Oh no. How far is it?
Woman: Not far. Go back the way you came, for about two miles, then turn right – there's a pub on the corner called the Old Duke. Then go straight on till you come to the main road, then turn right again. You'll see the sign to Hallbankgate – you can't miss it.
Henry: Thank you very much. … Won't be long now.
Jamie: Hmmm. I just hope the black grouse appreciates what we're doing for it. That's all I can say.

Tess: Oh dear. Not a very good start to the Conservation Society weekend away. I hope they find it.
Ravi: Hmm. What a nightmare. It's funny though – imagine throwing away the sandwiches and bringing a bag of rubbish instead. … I hate asking for directions though.
Tess: Men always hate asking for directions. Anyway, we'll have to wait for next time to find out how the rest of the weekend goes. Hope things get better.

Section 6: The Joke

Ravi: Yeah. OK. I'm going to tell my joke, then, I think, that's it for today.
Tess: Come on then, let's hear it.
Ravi: Right. There's this baby polar bear, sitting on an iceberg with his mum.
Tess: Ah. I love polar bears.
Ravi: Anyway, the baby polar bear says to his mum, "Mum, are you sure I'm a polar bear?" So his mum says, "Yes, darling, of course you are". And then "Mum, are you sure I'm not a brown bear?" "No dear, you're not a brown bear". "Well, what about a black bear then? Maybe I'm a black bear." "No dear. You're not a black bear either. Look at your fur – it's white." "Well, what about a grizzly bear, Mum? Perhaps I'm a grizzly bear, then?" "No, dear, you're not a grizzly bear. Look - your dad's a polar bear, I'm a polar bear, your sister's a polar bear. Of course you're a polar bear." "Mum, but am I a real polar bear?" "Look. I keep telling you, you're a polar bear. We're all polar bears. We all live here together in the snow. Why do you keep on asking these stupid questions? "Mum - I'm freezing"

Tess: Polar bears are so cute. Did you see that programme about them?
Ravi: Yeah, they are cool, aren't they? Right everyone. That's all we've got time for but Tom the Teacher will be here in a moment so don't go away. Remember that you can write to us at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org. We'll see you next time. Bye!
Tess: Bye!

Tom the teacher

Tom: Hi, I'm Tom. I'm here at the end of every podcast to talk about some of the language you heard in the programme, and to talk about ways to help you learn English. Today I want to talk about the phrase 'I'd rather'. At the beginning of the podcast Ravi is unhappy because it's raining and his shoes are wet. Listen to what Tess says to him. Listen for 'I'd rather'. What does it mean?

Tess: You're such a fashion victim, Ravi. It's a podcast. No-one can see your shoes. Anyway, at least it isn't cold. I'd rather have rain than be freezing cold.

Tom: 'I'd rather' means the same as 'I prefer'. Tess is saying that rain is better than cold – she prefers rainy weather to cold weather. She says "I'd rather have rain than be freezing cold". … 'I'd rather' – can you hear the 'd'? 'I'd rather'. The 'd' is a contraction of 'would'. Instead of 'I would' we say 'I'd'. Listen again to Tess and Ravi. Listen for 'I'd' and then listen for 'would'.

Tess: You're such a fashion victim, Ravi. It's a podcast. No-one can see your shoes. Anyway, at least it isn't cold. I'd rather have rain than be freezing cold.

Ravi: I wouldn't. And I'm cold now! I'd rather be cold and dry than cold and wet.

Tom: Did you hear it? Tess said "I'd rather have rain than be freezing cold" and Ravi disagreed with her and said "I wouldn't". Now, I want you to listen to Tess and Ravi one more time. But this time I want you to notice the form of the verb that comes after 'I'd rather'. Is it the infinitive or the 'ing' form? Listen.

Tess: Anyway, at least it isn't cold. I'd rather have rain than be freezing cold.

Ravi: I wouldn't. And I'm cold now! I'd rather be cold and dry than cold and wet.
Tom: Yes, 'I'd rather' is always followed by a verb, and it's always the infinitive form of the verb, but without 'to' - 'I'd rather have rain' and 'I'd rather be cold'. 'I'd rather' is a more complicated phrase than 'I prefer' isn't it? But you know, as a learner, it isn't always a good idea to worry about all of the separate words in a phrase – 'what does 'rather' mean? Why is it the verb without 'to'? Why is it 'would'? Well, sometimes it's better to learn things as a phrase and not worry about all of the questions. Make a note of the phrase, and a note of what it means and how to use it in a sentence. So for 'I'd rather' you could write:

• 'I'd rather' means the same as 'I prefer', but it is used differently.

• It always has a verb after it,

• and the verb is the infinitive without 'to'.

Then you can write some examples, maybe –

• 'I'd rather have rain than cold'

• 'I'd rather stay up late than go to bed early'

• 'I'd rather eat fish than meat'.

And add more examples every time you see or hear the new phrase. Now that you know the phrase, you'll hear it a lot in the English that you read and listen to this week. Make a list if all of the examples that you find. Now for something different. At the beginning of the quiz, Tess was a bit angry with Ravi because he told Darryl what the quiz was going to be about – computers. Listen to what Ravi says after Tess is angry with him.

Ravi: I see. Do you know anything about computers?

Darryl: Erm …

Tess: Ravi! You're not supposed to tell people what the quiz is about before we start. That's the second time you've said it.

Ravi: Oops. Well, let's get on with it.

Tom: Did you hear it? 'Oops'. Ravi didn't intend to say the word 'computers', he didn't want to say it – he made a mistake. So he said 'oops'. This word is very, very common in English. It means 'Oh dear, what a silly thing to do!'. 'Oops' is informal – we only use it with people that we know well. We use 'oops' when we make a mistake, or when we have a small accident – when we drop something for example. We can use 'oops' when we're sorry we did something, or when we're not sorry at all – like Ravi.
We also use it in informal emails. If you send someone an email, but you forget to attach the document that you wanted them to see (that's something that I do all the time!) you can send another email just saying 'Oops', with the document that you wanted to send. Everyone will understand what 'Oops' means – 'Silly me – I forgot to attach the document the first time!'. Now let's look at another very common word in English – 'about'. 'You will hear the word 'about' all the time because we use it in lots of different ways. Listen to Tess asking Rita about her home city, Bath.

Tess: Tell us a bit about the history.

Tom: Yes, Tess uses 'about' as a preposition. We tell people 'about' something, or we talk 'about' something. Now listen to Rita's answer. She uses 'about' – but not in the same way. Listen.

Tess: Tell us a bit about the history.

Rita: Well I don't know a lot .. but it was a Roman city, um about two thousand years ago.

Tom: Rita doesn't know exactly when Bath was a Roman city, but she has an idea – she knows it was more or less two thousand years ago. So she says "about two thousand years ago'". In this situation 'about' means 'more or less' or 'approximately'. Listen to another example, Rita isn't sure exactly how far Bath is from London and she isn't sure what the population is either. Can you guess what she says? Listen.

Rita: Bath is in the south west of England, about a hundred miles from London I guess – a couple of hours on the train. It's near Bristol – that's the biggest city in the south west. Bath is a city, but it's quite small. I think the population's about, oh I don't know – about ninety thousand people probably. 

Tom: Did you hear the 'abouts'? She says Bath is "about a hundred miles from London" and she says the population is "about ninety thousand people probably'. Because she isn't sure. 'About' is a very useful word! People use it a lot when they're giving directions. Remember Carolina and her friends on the way to the
nature reserve? They got lost and had to ask for directions. Listen.

Ivan: So which road should we take?

Man: Go back the way you came, about five miles, then take a right. Follow the signs to Milton.

Tom: The man says "Go back the way you came, about five miles, then take a right".

Why don't you try and use 'about' to mean 'more or less' this week? OK. I think that's enough for this week, so I'll stop now. I'll talk to you all again next time. Remember you can write to me about any language that you noticed in this podcast. The address is learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org. In a moment you'll hear the address for the website where you can read everything you've heard in this podcast. You can also find some practice exercises to do online and a Support Pack that you can print. Right. That's all for this time. Bye for now! See you next time.

Check your understanding

Exercise

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:24].

Task 1

ReorderingVertical_MzAxNA==.xml

Task 2

GapFillDragAndDrop_MzAxNw==.xml

Carolina

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:08].

Task 1

GapFillDragAndDrop_MzAyMA==.xml

Task 2

MultipleSelection_MzAyMQ==.xml

Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

Task 1

TrueOrFalse_MzAyMw==.xml

Task 2

GapFillDragAndDrop_MzAyNA==.xml

Task 3

TrueOrFalse_MzAyNQ==.xml

Task 4

MultipleChoice_MTk3NzU=.xml

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Submitted by amola on Thu, 17/06/2021 - 16:01

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In my point of view , I think the biggest problem facing the world are environmental issues and climate change. Also wars that destroyed all things and make people sufering and pain of poverty.

Submitted by May Thida Su on Wed, 10/02/2021 - 15:38

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I think the biggest problem for humanity today is that many people don't green. They waste natural resources such as a lot of water, etc. And a lot use of plastic that can't be recycle. And a lot of waste that produce from many factories. These things destroy over world. The gas produce from electronics, cars, factories and many many other things tear the layer of Ozone. The climate change is happened because our world is becoming unhealthy. And the unhealthy world is caused by human. So, we need to green. BYE !!!!!

Submitted by jmajo on Tue, 20/10/2020 - 15:13

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I think one of the biggest problems facing humanity nowadays is overpopulation in the cities, maybe if the goberments encourage people to live in the contry-side rather than live in the cities wouldn't be so much people in the cities. If more people would live in the country-side it would be much easier to produce more food all over the world and produce less waste and garbage. At least this is a real problem in South-America. Thanks for the episode, this is a great site to learn English.

Submitted by rouaa59 on Thu, 08/10/2020 - 23:33

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I think the biggest problem facing humanity today is a lot of children uneducated, and a lot of poor people, and Natural disasters.

Submitted by Mohammedalbassami on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 19:28

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Good evening everyone The big problem facing humanity is fighting for energy resources in middle east actually in arabic region and that's cause wars .

Submitted by Vaselena on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 17:41

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Hello guys! Nice to read your opinions about this very important topic. And I suggest that we all have more then one biggest problem facing humanity today. I see how changed our nature, our world and our climite. And it is scared me, because our planete there are a lot of cataclysms, floods, forest fires and diseases. Besides people else changed, many people around the world think only about wealth, expencive cars and houses and other things, only about yourself and never think about other people, nature and enviromental. Maybe God gives cataclysms to us so we changed and will be more kind and careful to each other and enviromental?
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Sun, 19/07/2020 - 01:36

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The biggest problem facing humanity today is the wide spread global pandemic known as 'Covid-19' that has affects many countries. The biggest problem for world today is 'Covid-19'. It's the global pandemic called 'Corona Virus'.

Submitted by Harsh on Mon, 22/06/2020 - 13:01

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Crucial environmental issues concern ozone depletion, global warming, species extinction, marine habitat destruction and deforestation to name just a few.

Submitted by Tarfaii on Sun, 21/06/2020 - 04:35

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I agree the biggest problem facing humanity today is selfishness, poverty and those whose don't feeling of responsibility

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 17:55

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I think the biggest problem humanity facing is the inequality.The differences between rich people and poor people are big.Unfortunately,it has been growing.

Submitted by _maryam_ on Mon, 19/08/2019 - 07:18

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I think The world has made great progress financially in all decades And this progress can be seen everywhere. But what threatens humanity is the moral and cultural decline. We couldn't build a world without war, we couldn't do justice and ... .

Submitted by Andrew Utkin on Wed, 14/08/2019 - 13:53

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In my opinion, the biggest problem for people is global warming. If the temperature increases, we'll have a problem.

Submitted by Andrew Utkin on Wed, 14/08/2019 - 13:48

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I love my home so much. It's rather big about 22 thousands of people and really calm. This is an ideal place for the life I suppose. It calls Chernogolovka, you're welcome!

Submitted by z.ansarian on Fri, 26/07/2019 - 17:23

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I think the biggest problem in this days is around the social relationship.In my opinion we are too busy in social media and we believing all of the events with out a source but in fact we don't know they are right or wrong.we can speak with our family and friends and it's so good because I think we can't understand our problems , so we are always upset and bored all days.

Submitted by Pouria1994 on Sat, 25/05/2019 - 12:53

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Hi.I'm from Iran I learn English by self study books. I've never been in an English class. this podcasts really helpful to improve English thank you so much

Submitted by chunya on Thu, 28/03/2019 - 12:25

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I agree that the biggest problem facing humanity today is selfishness. Hunger, wars, dangerous diseases spread and climate change are provoked by our selfishness. Most of people just can't stop and think about others even if they have enough for comfortable life. They want more and more and ready to step over other. And the richer and powerful are people the more harm does their selfishness and insatiability.
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Submitted by Ethel on Thu, 21/02/2019 - 14:46

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I think all the opinions that are heard on the podcast are true, and are related to each other. Selfishness, ambition and injustice have caused and continue to cause lack of empathy, accumulation of wealth, destruction of large wooded areas and as a consequence, climate change. Hopefully we can do something to reverse the situation.
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Submitted by Sergey Sh on Sun, 27/01/2019 - 02:13

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I definitely agree with people from Your Turn telling about climate change, environmental protection, humanity relations and do on. I can add my own mention in question. There is economic inequality in the world. Some countries like USA, European Union and similar have a stable economy and strong currency. That’s all mean there are high living standards in those countries. What about countries where there is weaker currency? People do the same work but have big difference in salary and living standard. Africa, some Asian countries like Bangladesh or Philippines are in question. I don’t know exactly what’s the real reason of it but I can guess it depends from government. Look at South Korea or Japan and even Vietnam. These countries haven’t lots of value resources like oil or metals but government have real strategy of how to high and maintain economy. There are more and more different works, factories and companies appeared letting people have work and earn. For example South Korea having special oil refinery works can propose to the world very high-quality service plus there is a huge Samsung works producing 80 percent of Supertanker’s fleet in the world. People have job and good salary disregarding the fact they are not in Europe. They don’t need to emigrate in search of better life. And look at Russia which has huge amount of resources. It doesn’t make the country to have stable economy. The most part of big companies specialised in export oil, natural gas, value metals, wood and many many other things abroan located in Moscow so all moneys go there only. The rest part of the country, Middle and Eastern Russia having low living standards also suffers from unemployment or too little paid jobs. Government doesn’t have any plans how to liven up economy. No any development and producing apart from just transporting resources abroad and that’s all. That’s the biggest problem of Russia.

Submitted by fidaasiddig on Sat, 26/01/2019 - 22:12

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Hello,I wanted to ask about part4 when the woman in voice 2 said (those of us) i didn't understand what's those refers to and why it (us) not (ours)

Hello fidasiddig,

We use the phrase 'those of us/you/them' to refer to a part of a group.

 

For example, if you speak to a group of people and want to refer only to people who are married then you might say:

Those of you who are married...

 

If you are married and so are also part of that group then you can say:

Those of us who are married...

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by corflz on Mon, 10/12/2018 - 07:17

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Hello, I have a question, please. Henry said to Carolina (in you get), what does this expression mean? Does it mean, come in and get in the car? Another thing, off you go, means you can leave, right? Is it okay to say it in our ordinary daily speaking, and are there different meanings or usages for that expression. Thanks a lot in advance.
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Submitted by Kirk on Mon, 10/12/2018 - 17:03

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Hi corflz,

Yes, here 'in you get' means 'you can get in' and 'off you go' means 'you can go off'. Changing the normal order of some phrasal verbs by switching the order of the verb and adverb particles in this way can make them have a friendly imperative meaning or be used to place emphasis on the action, often in a description.

As far as I know, this tends to be done with phrasal verbs of movement -- other examples are 'Away he ran' or 'Down they fell'. I wouldn't recommend using this form with just any phrasal verb of movement, but if you keep your eyes open as you read, you may come across other similar forms from time to time.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Last biker on Fri, 07/12/2018 - 09:58

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Hi again, in Task 4 I found these two senteces : a) Man: Go back the way you came ABOUT five miles and then... b) Woman: Go back the way you came FOR ABOUT two miles and then.... My question is why is there this difference in the same meaning of both sentences ? Thank you so much for you time and patience
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Submitted by Peter M. on Sat, 08/12/2018 - 07:47

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Hello Last biker,

Both of these are correct. Languages often have phrases where a word can be omitted without changing the meaning. This is an example of that.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by krig on Tue, 03/07/2018 - 05:09

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I think people from wealthy countries consider climate change the biggest problem of humanity while people in poor countries would wish equitable distribution of wealth.

Submitted by User_User on Tue, 12/06/2018 - 10:35

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Hello series 2 number 7 task 4 What's the biggest problem facing humanity today? I think that since the second world war the western world has only minor problems. We have got enough to eat, we have no wars, our education is good and the diseases which killed many people in the past are no big problem today. There are several countries (mainly in the southern hemisphere) where people suffer. It's not our fault though. They have to go the same way as the western world did. We are not responsible for other countries. They must take their fate into their own hands. When I was a child I collected money for the poor people in Africa. Today many decades later they still suffer. They must solve their own problems. When the growth rate of their population is higher that their economical growth things won't get better for them. Some people see the human nature as a problem but this is something which we can't change. It's the same as complaining about the weather. It's senseless. Many people say that climate change is our main problem. The weather has also changed in the past. Africa was in the past green. You can find pictures on rocks or caves which show a rich wildlife. When the weather changes some will lose and some will win. If some plants won't grow at their old places you can plant them somewhere else where the conditions are improving. Bye

Submitted by _maryam_ on Mon, 19/08/2019 - 07:26

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Hi pls read this book: Factfulness by Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling, and Ola Rosling.

Submitted by ugandanknuckles on Sat, 10/02/2018 - 17:05

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ivan didnt know da way xd
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Submitted by alberto bastos on Thu, 18/01/2018 - 17:14

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Hello everbody, The humanity has great problem. The men is a great difficult for the more best world. The humanity so are thinking them. Hating is the origin between all the nations for example today, the conflict between Usa and North Korea. The men really need comprehension all over the world. Alberto Bastos.