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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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Hello kakalun,

If you click on Instructions & downloads, you'll see several pdfs that you can download. The transcript is, of course, the transcript, and the support pack has the exercises in a printable format.

Best regards,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I lived away from home foralmost a year and I found that trying to kow new places, talking with people, going to theatre and so, can help to avoid home sick.

Thanks.

Hello Kirk,
Thank you for this programme.After I follow British Council I advance reading and writing in English.But I am not good at speaking and listening.I would like to go forward on listening and speaking.What can I do for it.Thanks your advice.

Hello saglik,

I'd recommend the same method I've recommended to many other students. You could use this method with any of our Listen & Watch series with transcripts (the Elementary Podcasts, Big City Small World, Word on the Street). If you've already worked through the Elementary Podcasts, then you might want to start a new series.

First, listen to an episode a few times, and then read the transcript as you listen. You should then work through the exercises that correspond to the sections you've listened to. Identify some phrases that you think could be useful - they can be phrases you already know but don't use, or they can be new ones - and that you want to learn.

To learn them, and simultaneously work on improving your pronunciation and fluency, imitate the pronunciation of those phrases by repeating them many times. Repeat whole phrases, not just words, because the pronunciation of words in English varies according to context. Repeat these phrases until they're relatively easy to say.

This is slow work, but you'll be building up a repertoire of phrases that you'll be able to use fluently in your speaking!

Good luck!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there...
What's the meaning of (it doesn't make any sense)???
Thanks alot

Hi Nada,

topierre is right (thanks topierre!) 'to make sense' means something like 'to be comprehensible'.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Nada,

It means that it doesn't have a clear meaning.
Example : What he said, does not make sense to me. It means, The idea is not clear at all or has no meaning.

Thanks for your explanation topierre, I really appreciate it

Hello Dear krik again
I have also lots of mistakes with stress. I have never been good at It. Could you please help me how to learn it.
thank you very much

Hello farah,

Both syllables and word stress are indicated in a good dictionary. The Cambridge Dictionaries Online (see the search box on the right) indicates pronunciation by means of both phonetic symbols as well as sound files. For example, if you look up the word "phonetic" in the dictionary and click on the first entry, you'll see a red symbol followed by UK (also blue for US) which you can click on to hear how the word is pronounced, including proper word stress.

Sentence stress is more difficult. To work on this, I'd suggest listening to English as much as you can (these episodes are good for that, and there are also lots of audio files with our Magazine articles) and imitating the pronunciation of sentences that you like. Slowly, your ear should develop and your confidence increase.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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