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An interview about two books

Listen to an interview about two books to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Advanced: C1


As far as I understood 'dark' book means sad story books?! I have never read two books, which were mentioned in this poadcast. However after listening about the plot of the stories I really want to read them! I am not a huge fan of such genre of books, but I read one of them called 'The catcher in the Rye' by J. D. Salinger. I really like the character of this book and I was fascinated by his way of thinking, even though he was just a teenager.

Yes, I like to read dark books all those freaky stories get my attention. The last dark book that I read was veronica decide morir. I am looking for an English book to put on practice my reading skills, I was reading Alice in Wonderland. I have just read the first two pages and it is a lot different to read for example comments or this text like how there is here in this page in comparison with a book.

Hello everybody!
Who can help me with the sentence:
"Now there's a family who have a problem!" - why there is "have" form of verb? As I think the presenter is saying about 1 family, isn't it?

Hello Vadim_SPb,

When the subject of a verb refers to a group of people, in British English it is very common to use a plural verb form, even though the subject is singular in form. There is nothing wrong with saying 'has' here, and in fact that is the only correct form in American English.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk,
Thanks a lot for your help.
Best Wishes,

Not really.

Unfortunately, I am not a very good reader. When I choose to read, though, I like fiction novels, or novels based on historic facts. I also like a bit of a mystery, which can have dark undertones, but generaly speaking, dark books won't be my first choice for a book to read.

I was unable to drag and drop all the sentences in the appropriate group in task 1. Am I missing something?

Hi Tamaira Lamk,

When you want to move a sentence into a group, you have to click on it first, and then click on the grey box that you want to move it to (not drag and drop).

Be careful to click on the grey box, and not on any answers that are already in the box. If you do that, it will replace the answer instead of adding it to the box.

I hope that helps. 

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I read dark books more often than the lighter ones. That's because, I think books with a good ending make me more think more romantically about the life and the way things will go. When it comes to light books, you know things will change in a good way after some point. But in the life that's not the case.