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Episode 05: Good journalism?

Bindyu has done something to save the café, but is it the right thing to do?


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.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

How well do you know how to use articles in English? 



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


It`s wonderful! The videos are brilliant!

Dear LearnEnglish Team
Can you explain the sentence "The building company already know" mean?. I see you explained " the sentence is an active sentence which tells us that the company has some information" But I can't understand. Can you explain more clearly? Thanks!

Hello quynhanhNT,

Don't forget the third-person 's' on the end of 'know':

The building company already knows.

In English we sometimes anthropomorphise objects, which means to give human characteristics to inanimate objects. Obviously, a company does not have a brain - it is a legal status, not a person. However, we can anthropomorphise it, to say that 'the company likes this product', or 'the company is in pain at the moment' - or that 'the company already knows'. It is treating 'the company' as if it were a person, with a brain and a capacity for knowledge.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I think you forgot "s" in this sentence in the transcript

Hello estu,

Actually, 'know' is correct, so I must apologise for my earlier correction of you! 'Company' is one of those verbs, like 'police' and 'Manchester United' which can be both singular and plural. We use the singular form when we are thinking about the institution, and the plural form when we are thinking of the group of people who form it. Usually, 'company' is singular but it can be plural, as it is here.

Thank you for your question!

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir,
I forgot to say that I am studing American Headway course in Aryanpour's institute in Iran. Meanwhile I think "English Vocabulary in use and Big city small world " are good for self-study method as complementary sources according to my current conditions (The main source in the institute is American Headway).
Again it will be highly appreciated if you give me some advice.
Best regards.

Hello Amir,

As I mentioned in my other comment, this sounds like a good combination to me. I'd only add that you might find some useful suggestions on how to use Big City Small World on our Help page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear sir,

Please be informed that i have already started learning english from three different sources:American Headway (PI4 level), English vocabulary in use (PI and I) and your website. Considering this fact that the acsents used in audio file of listening sessions are british and acsents of i.e. American Headway's audio files are american, furthermore is it caused a confilict in learining procedure? eventually please give me some advice or any useful recommendation in this regard.
I look forward hearing from you soon.
Best regards.
Amir Mostafavi

Hello Amir,

There's no problem with this. In fact, in terms of developing your listening skills, it's better to listen to a variety of accents, as there are many different ones that you could encounter. In terms of your own pronunciation, I'd recommend you focus on making yours intelligible rather than seeking to acquire a perfect British or American accent.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

i am learning english in Iran, but i cant improve,because of i forget the words as soon as possible.
can you help me?