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Episode 13

Tess and Ravi discuss the news and the BBC, while Adam and Jo talk about unusual words such as 'series' and 'news'.

Tess & Ravi



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I think the BBC it's a well known worldwide news site recognized by it's serious journalism and impartial point of view in the different matters that they talk about.
Although I don't listen or use to see the programmes of the BBC very often nowadays, when I was younger used to see a lot of documentaries from the BBC channel and they liked me very much, specially those based on nature and history.
My favourite programmes are the nature ones because they always tell something interesting about the life of animals and plants and the environment where they live.
I don't use the BBC website very often but it looks very interesting and complete.

Thanks for the episode.
Great site!!

I didn't know that the BBC had not only news but also comedies and kids programmes. I have never watched the BBC news or comedies so I will watch it to learn English. Like Ravi, I don't watch news so often, so maybe comedies are my things.

I have listened to the BBC before. Its news is famous here. I also listen to radio one and watch its lives on Youtube. I think that radio one from BBC is one of the best radios to listen to good music and discover new artists. To practice english radio one is good at my point if you can understand fast english because those broadcasters or reportes speak so fast so in that way I could train my ear. It is interesting too how this broadcasting is independent from the government and private companies. In my country there is no really independent news source for that reason it's hard to believe all news.

I don't know a lot about the BBC but I am going to listen to it as soon as finish British council podcasts.

BBC News is very popular all over the world and it is produced in several languages so that people worldwide could follow them. and I always find out some new useful news there and share them with my friends on Facebook. Actually, I am new to BBC radio listeners and I don't listen to specific programmes but I am glad to hear from all of you about many good programmes I will find them and enjoy listening to some of them. because I always pick a random programme to listen and sometimes it could be boring because it is not my area of interest.

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I used to watch different BBC documentaries while my childhood and I still like BBC a lot. Historical, travel, scientific themes are amazing, seriously. I remember stories about ancient Rome and Persia on TV, I couldn’t get rid of watching. I was hooked on Ban Cruickshank’s travel documentary called Around the world in 80 treasures. Nowadays apart from watching BBC on TV we can do it online by internet that by the way I prefer more. Radio is another good way to be up to. As for BBC web site, I also visit it but not as often as I should.
In conclusion BBC is definitely proper British thing I appreciate. Indeed, that’s one of the first which comes to my mind when I think about Britain.


I can watch the BBC online in good quality if I'll pay for it and I could download programmes on iTunes.

But there are so many other free programmes available that I don't need the BBC.

After I have watched elementary podcast I'll watch Big City Small World and then Word on the Street. After that I will probably watch a TV series on DVD about an American lawyer (Ally McBeal) because I am going to need the American pronunciation.

In my country in Germany we have something called public television which is paid by the households. There are some programmes made for educational purpose. If you weren't able to visit/finish school you can study at home and get a certificate (if you are successful). There are also courses available to learn different languages. I'm working me through an English course and I'm also repeating some subjects so that I won't forget everything what I have once learned.

There are also different courses (sport, programming, languages, ...) at school available for people who have already finished school (even in small towns) if you pay a small fee. For languages you can get a certificate.

In Germany there is also and independent site (which is a charity) where they test different products. I've bought the best rated English course with speech recognition and I'm quite happy with it.


Hello User_User

It sounds like you already have a very good plan, but I thought I would point out that we have a lot of new pages in our Reading, Writing and Listening skills sections that you might find useful. They are organised by level; I'm guessing you'd find the C1 level the most appropriate.

Good luck with all your learning!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

In my country any foreign TV channels are not available legally, by the way people watch them by installing satellite dishes on thier roof. I usually don't watch TV. I'd rather watch my favorite movies on my laptop, and read news on websites and social Media, but yes I know BBC channel .

Sometimes I watch BBC channel, but I'd rather to watch BBC persian channel, because I don't use BBC channel to improve my English I use it to listen to the news. BBC persian has a program to teach English too, but I'm not a fan of it, cause I rarely watch TV. Anyway I follow BBC persian on Instagram and read the news there.

finally I heard Tess said BBC channel is independent but I think it is not true . It definitely dependent to the govenment of UK. I used to trust to the channel 100% but now I doubt it. I should confess people in my country don't trust to anything anymore.