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Episode 18

Adam reads your comments about families and we find out if Carolina is feeling any better.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi everybody,
I'm a bit confused. In Series 3 episode 18 (and also in Task 2 from this podcast) Carolina says : "I'm feeling so unhappy". But, also on your site in Grammar/English grammar reference/Verbs/Present Tense/Present Continuous/Stative Verbs you say that:" We do not normally use the continuous with stative verbs. Stative verbs include:....verbs of the senses:...feel."
So, will you be so kind to make me understanding this lack of comprehension from my side?
Thank you so much

Hi Last biker,

Normally we do not use continuous forms with state verbs. Thus, we say 'I think...', 'I like...', 'I hear...', 'I feel...' most of the time.

However, in some contexts we can use continuous forms. When we want to emphasise that something is a temporary state and not something that is normal, for example, we may use continuous forms:

I feel cold. [describing the sensation]

I'm not feeling well. [I'm sick - this is a temporary state which is not normal]

I think the film is terrible. [my opinion]

I'm thinking of moving house. [I'm considering this at the moment]



The LearnEnglish Team

Really, I don't have any day-to-day contact with nature except my little garden in home!
The sea is easily accessible but I don't go very much. Whenever I feel sad, I try to stay at home and be alone. Maybe sleeping, maybe watching movie, maybe reading the book or maybe thinking.

unfortunatley I live in a city, a big city, they destroy all the green environment , the gardens and they cut trees and build tall buildings whithout any plan, or using expertise to do that .
Now we can see green area in parks or some small gardens on the city and we can go to the mountains in north of city to see lake and trees.

when I feel sad nothing makes me feel good, but usually talking with a friend or doing a hobby like playing mobile games or playing sports make me feel better and forget my sadness for a while . but it is not last for a long time and as soon as I go home, specially at night when I go to sleep I remember my sadness and I start crying.
sometimes I forget the problem after a day but sometimes the grief is terrible and it takes much time to forget that , anyway time is a healer it help us to forget all the happy and sad memories. nothing lasts forever. all the bad and good days past.

Hello parisaach
I just wanted to send you good wishes.
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team


I live in a village and the main town in the district where I live is surrounded with a lot of nature. It exists a farm in the same county where children can learn where milk, eggs, cheese, meat etc. come from. The farm produces only food without or very little fertilizer and chemistry. This is called 'biological food' in my country. I think that visiting such a farm is only suitable for children because it's boring for adults as they probably know where their food comes from.

If I feel bad I go to bed and afterwards I feel much better. Sometimes I practice on a cross trainer but I never feel better afterwards.


Hello everyone,
When I feel so sad, I usually hang out with my friends and eat or drink something. It makes me feel better and comfortable. My family lives in the countryside. I work in the city and every time I am stressed, I go home, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the cool wind blow over my hair. The living is so noisy and rushed. Nature helps me love my life more. I have a cactus on the pot in my working desk as a contacting with nature. It's pretty.
Thank you.


How nice Emily is. She must be the best friend of Carolina. well, when I'm feeling bad or when something made me depress, I go to the gym and do some exercise. It makes me feel better. it is always good for your mind and health. If I want to go to a place where I can take a breath of fresh air, there is a botanic garden on a top of the mountain near my city. People can get on a cable car to get to the botanic garden. Although I haven't been there, It seems pretty fun. and People can see a nice view of the city from the top of the mountain.

When I feel sad or bad I try to fill my time with running in park and listening some music or talk to someone make me feel better , and always when you are a foreign you will find someone who doesn´t like foreign , nowadays the world have been facing a rise of xenophobia because the increase number of immigrant , unfortunatety . I think we should have open our mind and see the world as only one for everybody