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Meet Olivia

Meet Olivia Barbieri - her surname is Italian but she was born in London.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Thanks. Now I know something about Olivia.
I listened all audios about the cast except this last about Olivia, because audio don't work, just I've can read the transcript. Please your help.

Hi Santiago,

This problem is now fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Santiago Perez,

There seems to be a problem with the audio on this page. I will ask our technical team to take a look at it.



The LeanEnglish Team

Hi Olivia,

Pleased to meet you too. I am Kaofeng from China.

I like your speaking style very very much. Thank you for your great input in this programme. I have listened to your self-introduction speech for many many times.

Best wishes,

Hello everyone, I'm typing here not because I have a problem with the site or something is misunderstood.
I would like to share my experience in studying English by this site, which is helping me alot. I have been studying English for about two years, all only in this site.
At the beginning, with Elementary podcast wich it take me around 1 year and a half, then I start with Big City Small World, and this time I have spent just a few months if you take in accounts this one it was a bit shorter.
I think that the most important thing is to keep going, even that is hard and sometimes it takes ages to pronounce a word in the right way.
So if you want to learn English you have to study.
Now I will carry on whit Word on the street.
It sees to be interesting as well.
After this period of studying, I'm able to read newspapers, even I understand just a 70 procent, it doesn't matter anyway I'm able to understand the main meaning, I can speak with nativ speakers of English althowgh it was really tough at the start and what else, I'm able to watch movies in English.
During the period of my courses, I have watched movies in English with subtitle in English and everyday I have followed one text in English, I mean I have listened during I follow the text, and some times I used to listen stories in English. I know is a lot to do but my tip is just tray to do watever you want as long as you go through a cours.
And I have to add that after 2 years studying English, I found A job where is required Intermediate English level. So I feel proud of my and I want to say thank you to the team of British Council, for all their job.

Hello Adriancatanescu,

Thank you very much for your lovely comment. It's great to hear that we are helping people and it's very good of you to detail your path so far - I'm sure this will help people who are wondering how to get started.

Good luck with the next steps on your journey!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


Hello, Peter!
I realized what the problem is. I've tried different browsers. Buttons aren't visible only in Mozilla, which I use.

Hello Krig,

Thanks for explaining this to us. I tried on Mozilla and couldn't see the buttons, either, so I've reported this to our tech team. Thanks for helping us find this bug! We'll fix it as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Its a awesome website for English Learner.