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Episode 13

Tess and Ravi discuss the news and the BBC, while Adam and Jo talk about unusual words such as 'series' and 'news'.

Tess & Ravi

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Leave a comment below!

  • What do you think about the BBC?
  • Can you watch BBC programmes where you live? Or get BBC radio?
  • What are your favourite programmes?
  • Do you use the BBC website?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


phonetics pronunciation

I used to watch different BBC documentaries while my childhood and I still like BBC a lot. Historical, travel, scientific themes are amazing, seriously. I remember stories about ancient Rome and Persia on TV, I couldn’t get rid of watching. I was hooked on Ban Cruickshank’s travel documentary called Around the world in 80 treasures. Nowadays apart from watching BBC on TV we can do it online by internet that by the way I prefer more. Radio is another good way to be up to. As for BBC web site, I also visit it but not as often as I should.
In conclusion BBC is definitely proper British thing I appreciate. Indeed, that’s one of the first which comes to my mind when I think about Britain.


I can watch the BBC online in good quality if I'll pay for it and I could download programmes on iTunes.

But there are so many other free programmes available that I don't need the BBC.

After I have watched elementary podcast I'll watch Big City Small World and then Word on the Street. After that I will probably watch a TV series on DVD about an American lawyer (Ally McBeal) because I am going to need the American pronunciation.

In my country in Germany we have something called public television which is paid by the households. There are some programmes made for educational purpose. If you weren't able to visit/finish school you can study at home and get a certificate (if you are successful). There are also courses available to learn different languages. I'm working me through an English course and I'm also repeating some subjects so that I won't forget everything what I have once learned.

There are also different courses (sport, programming, languages, ...) at school available for people who have already finished school (even in small towns) if you pay a small fee. For languages you can get a certificate.

In Germany there is also and independent site (which is a charity) where they test different products. I've bought the best rated English course with speech recognition and I'm quite happy with it.


In my country any foreign TV channels are not available legally, by the way people watch them by installing satellite dishes on thier roof. I usually don't watch TV. I'd rather watch my favorite movies on my laptop, and read news on websites and social Media, but yes I know BBC channel .

Sometimes I watch BBC channel, but I'd rather to watch BBC persian channel, because I don't use BBC channel to improve my English I use it to listen to the news. BBC persian has a program to teach English too, but I'm not a fan of it, cause I rarely watch TV. Anyway I follow BBC persian on Instagram and read the news there.

finally I heard Tess said BBC channel is independent but I think it is not true . It definitely dependent to the govenment of UK. I used to trust to the channel 100% but now I doubt it. I should confess people in my country don't trust to anything anymore.

Dear team,
if it's possible, could you correct the last sentence, in the last paragraph of the Adam's monologue, because his recording is different from the text we are reading.
Ever thankful,


I use the BBC website only and I think in some news

Hi Everybody,

I have no idea. I already have donwloaded BBC news app on the internet. Actually I don't watch on TV without evening news. I prefer To watch surf on the web and watch to documantery. I don't have favourite programme. I can benefit from it. I want to use BBC website or about the beeb. Thanks for everything.Take care of yourself

In my country, the BBC broadcasts its programmes in the Persian language. I watch it if I have free time. I think I have to watch the BBC in English to improve my English. I like the BBC news, documentaries etc. The planet earth 2 series are the best documentaries in the world. The wildlife is shown with unbelievable and exciting scenes. Sir David Attenborough with his magical voice invites people all over the world to be careful about our first home the earth planet.

Hi teacher,
I want to edit my post.What should i do?It's seem impossible to do it.Am i right?

Hi teacher,
Tess says that "The BBC website is one of the biggest site in the world".I'm confused.Is there any scale to size a website.What exactly she means by this word?Please explain.