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Episode 06

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about travel problems, and their guests talk about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and life in Kazakhstan. You can also follow Carolina as she settles in to student life and finds out all about student clubs and societies. Will she join a student club?

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I would like to meet Kateryna Saevska - an Ukrainian artist. She is not a professional artist althought she like to draw all her life. And maybe her paintings are not so amazing, but that is not the question. She sell her paintings and gives half of the amount to charity many years. After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 there are many people with cancer. Treatment is very expensive but our country not very rich and people often have not money for it. It's especially terrible when kids get sick (((( And it give hope when such people as Kateryna - not politicians, not celebrities - try to help someone.
I think Kateryna is very bright and inspiring person so I would be very pleased to talk with her.

Hi. Comment about "Our person in"
My country is Argentina in South America, limited with Chile on the west, with Atlantic Ocean on the east and in the north bordered with Paraguay, Brasil and Uruguay. Have more of 3.700.000 Km2 with more of 40.000.000 inhabitant.
The capital city is Bs. As. with about 307.000 Km 2 with more 40% of all population.
Into Bs. As. is Buenos Aires Autonomous city, very modern, with high purchasing power. The rest of province is agricultural and industrial.
The capital city have several important cultural center and the famous University of Bs. As.
But the rest of the country is Little developed and poor.
My country is really a monster with a huge head: Buenos Aires.

Hi. comment about "I'd like to meet"
I'd hav e liked to meet with Rene Favaloro. He was a famous surgeons Argentino. He worked as surgeon in an small village colled Jacinto Araos, La Pampa Bs. As. about ten years.
In sports he played tennis wen he was a Young; but he was distinguished in their profession.
He passed several years in the Cleveland Clinic of U.S. and created the by pass Aorto coronarie, a surgery that changed the survive of coronarie diseases on over the world.
Then he became to Argentina and created a greate foundation with your name, and exist today.
Finally he decided commit suicide with a shot to the heart.

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tell me if i'm in wrong way
I have printed the Transcript and download the podcast and now exercise on listning and reading and also answer exercises with the book Is this useful or follow the method of more effective

Hello ahmed el sayed,

Yes, that sounds like a good method. There is some general advice on how to get the most out of our site on our Frequently asked questions page. I would recommend that you seek a balance in your work on each episode. In other words, study it more than just listening to it once and doing the exercises, but don't spend so much time on it that you get bored. To spend more time on an episode, you could, for example, choose a number (8 - 12) of sentences or phrases from the transcript that you think it would be useful for you to learn. Listen to them carefully, practise pronouncing them until they are easy for you to say, and write them down in a vocabulary notebook.

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Hi Tom,

Would you please explain me, the difference between word *Being* and *Been* with the example, this would be very helpful for me

Hi Learn English team,
I'm wondering about a matter of pronunciation that I have distinguished several times throughout these podcasts. That is about a short "r". For example when Tess says "... it’s time to join Carolina again in Newcastle ..." in fact she says "... Carolinar again...." Is that a matter of accent or something else?
I look forward to hearing from you.


Hello RezAref,

This is an example of an intrusive sound, which is a sound that comes between words to make them easier to say. It is a feature of connected speech and such sounds occur in all dialects of English. There are three such sounds in English:

/r/ as in red. For example: Carolina [r]always works hard.


/j/ as in yes. For example: Three [j]apples are on the table. [note this is the sound /j/, not the letter J]


/w/ as in wind. For example: I'll do [w]it for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team