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Episode 07: Cheer up!

Magda will finish her degree soon and wants to work in London as an architect.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello Nawelo,

In English, the qualification that you get when you complete university, usually after three or four years, is called 'a degree'. You can go on to study for 'a master's degree' and 'a doctorate'. 'A licence' in English is usually something which is given to you by an authority such as a government and which allows you to do something, such as drive a car, practise medicine or own a dog.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

thank uu so much Mr Peter M

Hi Nawelo,

This is simply the most common way of speaking about a course of study at university. I'd suggest you look up 'degree' (be sure to scroll down the page, as this meaning is not the first or even second one there) and also 'licence' to see how these two words are used. You'll see that 'licence' is not correct here.

It is possible to say 'studies' (which you can also find in the dictionary) here to refer to what university students do while working towards their degree.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

when I check the dictionary, I see the mean of "pop in" and "drop by" sometimes are same. It means visit someone?
I'm confused, someone can help me?

Hi vuong01c1,

That's correct - 'pop in' and 'drop by' can mean the same thing, though, as you observe, this depends on the context. Another potential difference is that 'pop in' is less common in American English, but means the same thing.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

that's perfect subject ever for now !!!

I want to know when we use might.and please clear it with some example..

Hi archijais,

You can find out more about 'might' on our certain, probable or possible page.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi the learnEnglish Team

I confuse about the meaning of desperate (needing or wanting something very much) in preparation because I look in transcript "I really need somewhere to live. I’m getting desperate", I don't think it means like that. Could you clarify that for me?

I enjoy learning English with you. Your website is very useful.

Thank you very much.

Hi Happy Go Lucky,

'Desperate' can be used in a number of contexts. The use in the transcript means 'I can't wait any longer' or 'I really don't know what to do'. It's quite a common use.

You can use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online link to look up words like this. For example, for 'desperate' one of the entries is:

[usually after verb] needing or wanting something very much:
They are desperate for help.
humorous I'm desperate for a drink!
[+ to infinitive] He was desperate to tell someone his good news.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team