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Episode 16

Adam is impressed by how much you know about London. In Newcastle, Carolina meets a horrible customer in the shop and that's just the start of a very bad day.

Elementary Podcasts



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi everybody, i am Maruto new person join English British Council, i want to fluency in speaking. glad to make friend with somebody who want to like me. i be willing to learn so i hope receive advice from people to improve speaking, writing, listening .


Hi Maruto,

Great to see you have so much enthusiasm!  Perhaps I can give you a little advice as to how you might develop your fluency.

As far as fluency goes, it's hard for me to give you specific advice without knowing how you speak at the moment.  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 it 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 suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks so much for your advice, this is very useful with me. i will practise as often as possible. tryyyyyyyyyyyyy ^_____^

hi ...i m really interested in learning english.I always try to speak english as much as i can.i' m an intermediate level student.Anyway,i m not bad in english.But,i m bad in pronunciation.Sometimes, i mispronunce words in front of my friends.I want to correct my wrong spellings.I also try to learn phnoetics from english teacher,but still not improve enough.Can u give me some advice?i want to speak english like native speaker.How can I?Please tell me.i ll waiting your reply.Sorry for my grammer mistakes if have.

Hello Violet Aerial,

It's very difficult for me to give you advice without hearing you speak, of course, but I would say that the most important ingredients for you are listening to good models, practising producing the right sounds (including connected sounds and connected speech) and comparing your pronunciation with the models.

You can find many good models in our Listen & Watch section.  After listening to the recordings, use the transcript to practise the same speech.  You can use the recording too: pause it after each sentence so you can repeat the sentence, trying to copy the model.  After that you can try saying the whole text at the same time as the recording, so that you will have to speak at the same speed, with the same pauses and so on. This will help you to develop a lot of sentence-level features and to increase your confidence.

Please remember that improvements in pronunciation are almost always incremental. That means that they happen in many small steps rather than a few great leaps, and that sometimes it can be hard to recognise your progress.  Don't lose heart!  If you practise every day then you will make progress, even if that progress is hard to see.

Best wishes and good luck!



The LearnEnglish Team

Syllable exercise is quite difficult for me so again and again I am practicing with it, rest is ok.Thanks.

Hello i'm new user ! How can i beginning?

Hello hatemalduroobi,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! Our page is a collection of resources, much like a library, so you can start anywhere you like. If you work on a section that has different episodes, such as this Elementary Podcast series, I'd recommend you begin at episode 1, as they do refer back to each other, but otherwise, you can begin wherever you'd like to. I'd suggest you take some time to explore the site to see the different options you have.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi frinds i'm nilesh hiwale. I'm new user British English councils website. Please help me friends how to talk English. How to improveing me English. Please help me

Hi Nilesh Hiwale,

Welcome to LearnEnglish!  It's difficult for us to give you very specific advice without knowing more about your needs, your abilities and your interests.  However, there are some general suggestions which we give to people starting out here.

First of all, take some time to explore the site.  Use the links at the top of the page to go to different sections and see what kinds of materials are available.  Get a feel for the level of difficulty of different sections so you can see what will be most useful to you at the moment.

Second, start with something that is not too high a level.  I suggest you begin with the Elementary Podcasts Series Three, which is probably a good level for you.  Work through the episodes, and remember that you can use the transcript to help you, or to read and listen at the same time after you have done the exercises.

Third, keep a vocabulary notebook as you work.  Organise it by topic ('work', 'family', 'food' etc) and add words and phrases to it as you go through the material.  Test yourself regularly to see if you remember the words.

Finally, try to find time to practise English during your regular day.  Perhaps you have a friend who is also learning English, with whom you can practise speaking, or perhaps you can practise by yourself, just speaking English when you are alone at home or at work.  This kind of practice is great for developing fluency in speaking, so that when you need to use English in the 'real' world you are ready and confident.

I hope those suggestions are useful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team