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Episode 03

Tess and Ravi talk about one of the most emblematic forms of transport in London. You guessed it! The big, red double-decker buses! Jo and Adam join them in speaking about transport.

Tess & Ravi

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Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

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Hello english learning team,
I have a question which is outside the topic of the episode, its pronunciation problem, when I say for example, push the door or wash the car, or close the door, I find it hard to pronuonce word ends with sh or se (z sound) followed by (the) , I want to know how native speaker say it auomatically without confusion.
Thanks

Hello Sherin Hussein,

English pronunciation can be tricky, can't it? The word 'the' (unstressed) is particularly tricky as it contains two sounds which are challenging for many learners: /ð/ and /ǝ/. To hear how it is pronounced I suggest you use this and other recordings and look for where this word is preceded by the sounds you mention. For example, near the beginning of this recording you can find 'use the' which fits your criteria; you can find other examples here and elsewhere, I am sure. Listen and repeat and you will find it gets easier with time and practice.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks alot Peter.

My favorite transport is my legs. Usually, I walk to my job and back to home. Sometimes, I get bus and taxi when I go to different directions. A bus like the Routemaster isn't have in my country. I never been in London, but I have seen this kind of bus like the Routemaster in Singapore. It's used in city tour.

I like travelling by car, as long as I am not the driver. Probably I like travelling by bus, but the condition in my country makes me unable to reach my destinations only by bus. Beside cars, I usually get to university by a unique public transport in Indonesia, called Angkot. It actually look like a car which has been modified so it can only be entered from the left side. There are two long benches inside, on the right and the left. Most Indonesian people travel by Angkot but sometimes this public transport becomes the cause of traffic jam because it doesn't have angkot stop like bus stop so it can stop anywhere randomly, which will annoy other street users.

Hi, Kirk, could you explain me the use of verb to get?
Thanks,
MariaElena

Hello MariaElena,

There are really quite a lot of uses of 'get'! I'd suggest you look it up in the dictionary – see the handy Search box on the lower right side of this page. Be sure to look at all of the entries (OBTAIN, REACH, etc.), as those are where the different meanings and uses are explained. 

Good luck!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

My favourite means of transport is the car. The car is expensive, but it is undobtedly the most practical means of transport. It allows to reach a place avoiding costly delays.
In Italy when I take the train, I have to wait for hours; the rains often have delays and there are few departure above all on Saturday and on Sunday.
The disadvantage of using the car is increasing environmental pollution that could instead decrease using public means of transport.
Bye, maria elena

sales is not a fair bussness. sometime the products are not of good quality.

Hi, I am also new here.

I want to the difference between emphatic and reflexive pronoun?

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