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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

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8


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


Hello everyone!
BBC is one of the famous TV programme all over the world. And British people not for nothing proud for it. It is really cognitively and very interesting.
I have never listened BBC radio. But I watched BBC TV programmes when I was a child.
My favourite programmes were programmes about animals. I do not use BBC website.
Good bye!

I really like BBC too , I´ve been watching BBC documentary on tv since I was I child and a still watching it , in my country there is a public tv channel that broadcast BBC documentary , they are educative and entertainment the mainly subjects are about earth planet and animals life.
To improve my english I´ve been watching a japanese news podcast called NHK world , news from Japan and Asia broadcasting in english and of course videos from Brithsh council

I think there is a mistake in task 5 within the item "The best TV series are....".
It might be "The best TV series is...."
Is that right?

Hi ali_a55,

Thanks for telling us about this, but that answer is actually correct. This is because of the phrase 'American ones' in the second half of the sentence -- 'ones' shows that the sentence is referring to more than one TV series, and so 'are' is the correct verb. In other words, 'The best TV series' is actually referring to several different series, no the single best series.

If it were talking about the single best TV series, then the verb would need to be 'is', as you suggest.

Thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about this!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have tried to listen to BBC news on youtube for studying English. As the news was always boring for me, I stopped watching it. but I know they have huge variety of programs. Maybe I can find another programs. Dose anyone recommend some programs on BBC for studying? Now I only use British Council web site. Thanks.

I was started to listen the BBC radio, when i was study at school. The radio was very jammed. The first program I heard was "Rock sowing" or "Rock crops". Now I'm watching and listening to BBC news on the Internet

Pronunciations and spellings are mutually well related in English, too. For example, <-ind> is always pronounced as "aind" such as "find", "kind", and "bind". So not so comfusing at all. Prepositions might be little bit difficult to master for foreigners, but still English is the most simple language after all when I learned other languages including Chinese, Arabic, French, and Japanese (my mother tongue, but I used to be a Japanese teacher for foreigners and I find it Japanese is one of the most difficult languages in the world). A lot of verbs' conjugation is regular, nouns has no female/male form, plurals are simple just putting -s on the end of the word, characters are easily learned (think of Chinese or Japanese Kanji characters! There are thousands of them!). So it is no wonder English has become a common language around the globe.

Hi team
I want to practise saying English words.
Can you tell me where in this site I find vocabulary and I can pronuonce them?

Hello anaisavecas,

You can find vocabulary games here and an index of more advanced lexis, including academic lexis here.

Most of the vocabulary exercises on LearnEnglish are included as part of our audio and video materials, so looking at those (Word on the Street, Britain is Great etc) is a good place to start. Unfortunately we don't have many exercises directly focusing on pronunciation, but you can use the search facility to find some (see here).


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

My first English channel is the BBC, it’s helpful to improve my listening skills, but I only have the BBCW (of news) on my TV, I know that there are a lot of BBC channel, unfortunately I can’t get them
I prefer watch the news when there are several subjects (politics, economics, sport, culture…) that help me to progress more and get some new word and phrases.
Almost the time of English learning on internet I use the British council so I haven’t a time to visit the BBC website.