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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.

Elementary Podcasts

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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


Syllable exercise is quite difficult for me so again and again I am practicing with it, rest is ok.Thanks.

Hello i'm new user ! How can i beginning?

Hello hatemalduroobi,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! Our page is a collection of resources, much like a library, so you can start anywhere you like. If you work on a section that has different episodes, such as this Elementary Podcast series, I'd recommend you begin at episode 1, as they do refer back to each other, but otherwise, you can begin wherever you'd like to. I'd suggest you take some time to explore the site to see the different options you have.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi frinds i'm nilesh hiwale. I'm new user British English councils website. Please help me friends how to talk English. How to improveing me English. Please help me

Hi Nilesh Hiwale,

Welcome to LearnEnglish!  It's difficult for us to give you very specific advice without knowing more about your needs, your abilities and your interests.  However, there are some general suggestions which we give to people starting out here.

First of all, take some time to explore the site.  Use the links at the top of the page to go to different sections and see what kinds of materials are available.  Get a feel for the level of difficulty of different sections so you can see what will be most useful to you at the moment.

Second, start with something that is not too high a level.  I suggest you begin with the Elementary Podcasts Series Three, which is probably a good level for you.  Work through the episodes, and remember that you can use the transcript to help you, or to read and listen at the same time after you have done the exercises.

Third, keep a vocabulary notebook as you work.  Organise it by topic ('work', 'family', 'food' etc) and add words and phrases to it as you go through the material.  Test yourself regularly to see if you remember the words.

Finally, try to find time to practise English during your regular day.  Perhaps you have a friend who is also learning English, with whom you can practise speaking, or perhaps you can practise by yourself, just speaking English when you are alone at home or at work.  This kind of practice is great for developing fluency in speaking, so that when you need to use English in the 'real' world you are ready and confident.

I hope those suggestions are useful.

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I'm new here and English is my second language. Does anybody know the difference between using "which+past tense verb" vs. using an -ing verb"? For example, what is the difference between saying "The court issued an Order which directed Peter to produce the evidence." vs. "The court issued an Order directing Peter to produce the evidence." I will really appreciate being enlightened on this.

Hello znette2005,

Welcome to LearnEnglish!  These two structures - a relative clause and a participle clause - are very similar, and in the examples you provide there is no difference in meaning.  There are some limitations to when we can use (present) participle clauses: they must have an active meaning, not passive; the time reference is always the same as the main verb (whereas a relative clause can refer to a different time to the main clause); and they must have a continuous meaning.

For more information on participle clauses take a look at this page.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi peter. Im aaron again. If you say very very very bad day or very very very pretty it is not nice to hear, right? So what can you substitute for the word very? Thank you!!

Hello Peter. How can i use the word catch up? Please give me some examples! Thank you!!

Hello Aaron,

I'd suggest that you use a dictionary to look up "catch up". I've just searched for it using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box (on the right side of this page) and saw that there are several entries there. Not only do they provide definitions, but also examples.

Regarding your other question, you're right that it is a bit unusual to repeat the word "very", though occasionally people will do so for emphasis. I'd suggest that you look at our intensifiers page, where you'll find some other words with a similar meaning and use.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team