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Episode 13

Tess and Ravi talk about politeness and Adam reads your comments about going to the cinema.

Tess & Ravi

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Leave a comment below!

Do you think British people are polite or not? Tell us about your experiences – good or bad! And how about in your country? Do you think people in your country are polite or not?


Language level

Intermediate: B1


unfortunately, I think people in my country aren't polite.
and of course I won't tell you where I'm from.

I think is possible that Brazilian will be polite one day, because in our country they are not habitually use the words like please or thank you, But is not a truly a problem because i think it is important our act in front of a determined situation.

I study the conversation between Ravi and Tess, and I observe the people in England is very polite. It is not because the words "Thank you" or "please", but when i watch champion of the England i see the players shake hand the others in the moment in the fault. In my country will be polite in the moment of the disaster or difficult, because it is not common behave. For illustration, when a queue is very common the people jump it.


I listened so many podcasts there and noticed at the form "I do like". Is it stronger than "I like"?

Hello blueroses,

Yes, we can use 'do' in the present simple to insist or emphasise the verb. I don't see 'I do like' in this episode, but imagine for example that Tess has said that Ravi doesn't like football. Since Ravi likes football rather a lot, he could insist that she is wrong by saying 'I do like football!' (and in speaking there would be a lot of emphasis on the word 'do').

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I 've listened to the podcast. I found something not clear.
1)What difference between cartoon and animation?
2) What meaning of "I'll be flown in my dreams"

Hello blueroses,

An animation in cinema is any kind of film (or part of a film) which is created by other means than acting with real actors. This could be using drawings, puppets, models and so on. A cartoon in cinema is only a film or part of a film which is drawn. Cartoons in cinema are one kind of animation. Thus, the recent film 'Paddington' is an animation but most of it is not a cartoon. 'Shrek' is a cartoon (and also an animation).

We can also use the word cartoon to describe stories drawn in pictures such as in comics or satirical newspaper illustrations.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank you for your help. I've got it. But this is one part of my questions. What means by "I 'll be flown in my dreams"? It is one of the comments in the last podcast about films.

Hello again blueroses,

I imagine that TKazerooni meant that he feels like films make him fly, or that he is flying in a cinema because of the film. I'd have to read his comment to be sure, but I'm afraid I couldn't find it. I'm sure it's in the comments for episode 12 (notice there are many pages of comments there). If you can find it, please let me know where -- or even better, you can reply to it and ask TKazerooni yourself!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I don't believe that 'politeness' is just about throwing words in the air. such a politeness should be called 'politics'. We have an old proverb in Farsi which says: 'hundreds of words could not take the place of a single act.' Thus I think it could be far better if we try to act politely rather than say some senseless expressions.