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Listen to Simon talking about how he learned several languages in a variety of different ways.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Could you send email to me via ----------------- to make friend and practice English?

Hello lodbang2001,

I'm afraid that our House Rules don't allow you to share personal information such as your email address. If you'd like to make this kind of contact with other users, you might want to try our Facebook page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I'm very glad that we can be friend. I have been studying English for ages, but it seems not effective. I can not listen and speak in English well. I hope you can help me practice English in our free time.

Hi Rosie!
Your suggestion is great, and I really want to practise speaking English with you. Please, can you tell me how I can find you on Facebook?
Best wishes,

Hello m.k.

Please see my reply to c jayashantha below.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Rosie.I'd like to talk or text with you.This is my email address xxxxxxxxx if you like to join with me please contact.I'll send my more details for you.Thanks....

Hello c jayashantha,

It's great that you want to practise your English so much! That kind of motivation will really help you to improve. However, on LearnEnglish we have some House Rules which ask users not to share personal contact information. This is for data protection and privacy reasons and is part of the British Council's policy with regard to online safety.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I find easier to learn English forcing myself to read English newspapers, watching English TV or film.
I think that is very useful talk with somebody, watching film, reading newspapers and especially travel.

It's really effective to learn any language by watching films, tv programs, reading newspapers... but the best way is living in the country , talking to people in real communication situations, being curious. it would be very nice if I could do that because I think I would develop my english.
It's very nice to have the British Council to practice english. After I listen to the texts, I read and repeat the texts again and again, and this helps me to learn new sentences, new words and many expressions.
Get out of your "Confort Zone" is a good advice. Don't be afraid to comete mistakes because this is a part of the proccess...

The best method to learn other languages is to have friends from other countries that speak different languages you will learn faster than school in English lessons in my country we study by different ways like watching films and we must talk English in the class