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Episode 16

Adam is impressed by how much you know about London. In Newcastle, Carolina meets a horrible customer in the shop and that's just the start of a very bad day.

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If you don’t live at home or you lived away from home in the past, do you (or did you) ever feel homesick? If so, what do you do to make yourself feel better? Even if you’ve never felt homesick, what advice would you give to Carolina to make herself feel better?


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Intermediate: B1


Hello nikoslado

Thanks for taking the time to point this out to us and I'm sorry for the confusion. I'm moved 'theatre' into the Ooo group (it was incorrectly in oOo) and removed the word 'employee' from the exercise. This is because although the most common pronunciation of 'employee' is oOo, some people pronounce it ooO. It wasn't wrong, but since we can't have it be correct in both categories for technical reasons, I've just removed it from the exercise to avoid any further confusion.

It's great that you listen to the pronunciations in dictionaries, as this is really the best way to become familiar with and to practise prounciation of words in isolation. The transcription in the Cambridge Dictionary also shows where word stress is. For example, as you can see in the entry for 'employee', you can see the two pronunciations: /ɪm'plɔɪ.iː/ or /em.plɔɪ'iː/. The ' mark is put before the stressed syllable, so the stress pattern in the first pronunciation is oOo and ooO in the second pronunciation.

My apologies if you were already familiar with this, but it's something many of my students don't know so I thought it'd be worth explaining just in case.

Thanks again for pointing out this to us!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team


Hello everyone, I had lived away from my home for 4 years for my study. The first time, I missed my mom so much. I felt homesick and it was terrible. I called my mom every night. After that, I knew some new friends who talked and shared to me and I had to spend a lot of time studying, that made me calm and better. I said to myself that I must be strong and try to take a good study result, complete my course as soon as possible in order to come back home soon. We should appreciate our family because it's an essential part of our life. Carolina should be stronger and have a call with her mom.

My topic today:
If you are weak in one area what should you do to improve?
Everybody knows that some people are taller than the average and some are below the average.
Let's imagine the same is true for emotions. Some people have stronger emotions than the average and some people have less emotions than the average.
Around ten per cent of the people have so little emotions that they have problems with other people.
They many know many words or are good with grammar but they have problems to send a lot of emotions through their voice. They may be intelligent but what would you recommend they should do to improve their pronunciation/intonation?
Even if it would work: Would they benefit if their level rises from below average to average, or should they concentrate on the areas where they are strong? What would you study/spend time on: areas where you are weak or areas where you are strong?
If you study at university you always choose the subjects/areas/fields on which you are strong.
In that sense when you make a few mistakes it's worth to concentrate on them, but if you have a general problem with your intonation than it's probably a waste of time. Of course you can mimic others voices but you may feel nothing.

I had never feel acute homesick.
My advice to Caroline is to be more patient and learning for improve her English, sooner or later she will get used.

Hi there..i felt homesick many times .. and when i get homesick ..i try make everything around resurrects and feels me like i am in home ...

I think nowadays much more easily to overcome homesick because modern technology enable to talk with and to see people you love at any time you need their support.

I´ve never ever lived away from my country , so I don´t know if I were feel missable or homesick

I went to Spain twice for long periods a friend has a place out, there in 2004 spent 3 months, and 2005 was 6 months I loved it we went to Benidorm for two weeks first.

Once, I had been away from my country for a year. I haven't felt missable or homesick at that time. but I really missed my country's food. so I would say it's probably good idea to have your country food when you feel homesick.

I had lived in a city of countryside for 2 years. I recognize in which moment of my life is very hard. The remember of my family and tears in my eyes had the same effect of knife cut my heart. It was difficult taken accept any gesture of concilliation im my heart and today i understand the don't change the feeling of love in our heart.