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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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Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

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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


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I used to use the BBC website for learning, it has good materials on it, but on T.v I really did not expect it to be available in my country, so when I found it I went crazy and added it directly to my favourite list, I am really interested in watching it. A big thank you British Council team, in each podcast you gave us a new way that so helpful to learn English.

I listen every day to BBC radio, especially to outlook programme, and BBC news. I also read the news from the BBC website, and thanks to this I really improved my English, I think that it is excellent way to learn English without being bored.

I listen elementary podcasts and read BBC news every evening. My listening and reading has great improvement than before. Thanks for learning English.

really i like learn english. but i don't know i should begin

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I'd like to ask where can i find the transcript of podcasts?


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bbc is very helpful for me to learn english. i read bbc news everyday and learn new words from it. i have learn more than 200 new words in two month. i have noted it on notepad and watch them twice a week. i first read bbc news on website an than turn bbc channel to hear news. it have increase my vocabulary as well as i can understand english better.

Hello olive_ashok,

Thanks very much for sharing this with everyone! It's really great that you've managed to learn so much and I hope others can take inspiration in your experience.

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