Rob and Ashlie discuss different uses of the word ‘have’ and loads of other things.

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


What does it mean "to get into someone flat"? Thanks!

Hello MayelaM!

I think you may have misheard 'to get into someone's flat'. Flat is British English for apartment, and is a place where someone lives. The phrase means enter or go into. For example:

'How did the thieves get into your flat when the door was locked?'

'They climbed through a window'

Hope that helps!

Jeremy Bee

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi The LearnEnglish Team, can we use 'kind of' as a reply when we agree with something like Rob says at time code (00:50) please?

Hello Aung Thet Naing,

We can use 'kind of' in this way. It means 'in a way' or 'to a degree', so it is a rather half-hearted, incomplete agreement, as though you are not quite sure or do not agree 100%. It is an informal phrase, so we would use it in informal contexts, such as when chatting with a friend.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hello everybody,
when we say ( i have got no idea ) here idea is not kind of possession , so how is that right ?

Hello Fouka,

We can use 'have' and 'have got' to talk about abstract concepts as well as possessions, and your sentence is an example of this. Other examples include 'I haven't got the time' (to do something), 'I haven't got a hope of success' and 'I have a dream' (from the famous speech by Martin Luther King Jr.).

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Rob, you are the best teacher I've ever seen.

Hi Kirk,

could you please advise me where to start from in learing English, any approch to be taken? I do not keep jumbing between section. if you can draw me a map that I can follow I would be gratfull. assuming my level is intermediate. thanks again for all the great efforts that you and the rest of your team are doing !

Moustafa Raad

Hi Moustafa,

I wish it were so easy!  If we could 'draw a map' for all our users then we certainly would, but learning is a very individual process which depends in great part on your strengths and weaknesses, your interests and your needs in English.  What is best for one learner is not best for another.  However, I can make some general suggestions:

One good approach is to start with skills work.  Use the listening and reading materials here on LearnEnglish (remember that the listening texts usually have transcripts to read as well) and supplement them with selected areas from the grammar sections (particularly here and here).  As you are intermediate level, I would not start with the Elementary Podcast section but rather try something more challenging, such as our Magazine (aimed at intermediate to advanced learners) or the Talk About series.  Try different sections to see which are most useful to you.

As you listen, do the exercises.  Then, listen again with the transcript (available for most of our recordings) and note any language features which are new, both lexis (vocabulary and phrases) and grammar.  Then use the language sections linked above to work on those areas.  That way you will work on language that you need, rather than just going through structures for the sake of it.  Make a vocabulary notebook, organised by topic (e.g. 'work', 'sport', 'food' etc.) in which you can keep a record of new words that you come across as you work.

Remember to practise your English.  This could be by speaking with a partner if you know someone with whom you can practise, or it could be by speaking aloud when you are alone at home - this is a very useful technique.  You can also post comments on LearnEnglish in the comments sections.  We can't correct what you write, but we do read everything before it is posted and other users will respond, so you can have a conversation that way.

Most of all, practise as often as possible.  It's better to practise an hour every day than seven hours once a week, so make your practice as frequent as possible.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

What about the interrogative forms of have as verb (ex. to have breakfast) and have as possession (ex. I have a dog)? Thanks