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Education Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Ashlie discuss how to use ‘going to’ and ‘will’ to talk about plans and make predictions.

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


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Thank you very much sir. ..I consider your advice sir..

hi..i am a fresher to this site..i want to know where i should start my learning from?..i have enough knowledge in grammar..i can able to follow when people who are talking in English.but i cannot able to reply suddenly..and i cant get that flow of speaking English.and sometimes i really feel bad about this.but my friends used to say that i am better than them.
please give me a proper schedule for learning English
how long should i need to spend my time a day for learning?
from which topic should i begin with either grammar?or podcast?or else i want to learn mixture of all topics in one day?

Hi thulja,

It's difficult to give too much concrete advice as everyone's needs and abilities are different. However, we can make some general suggestions.

LearnEnglish is not a course. Apart from the episodes in particular series, such as Big City Small World or You're hired, the material on LearnEnglish has no particular order, in part because that makes it easier for users with different levels and aims to use it. Think about your own needs and what you are stronger and weaker at, and think also about what you need English for. Then, as we said above, take some time to look through the different parts of the site using the navigation menu at the top (Home, Listen & Watch, etc.) so you can find materials which suit those needs. Get a feel for the level of difficulty of different sections so you can see what will be most useful to you at the moment.

Second, start with something that is not too high a level. Many users find Elementary Podcasts Series Three a good place to begin, though this obviously depends upon your level and needs. Work through the episodes, and remember that you can use the transcript to help you, or to read and listen at the same time after you have done the exercises.

Third, keep a vocabulary notebook as you work. Organise it by topic ('work', 'family', 'food' etc) and add words and phrases to it as you go through the material. Test yourself regularly to see if you remember the words.

Finally, try to find time to practise English during your regular day. Perhaps you have a friend who is also learning English, with whom you can practise speaking, or perhaps you can practise by yourself, just speaking English when you are alone at home or at work. This kind of practice is great for developing fluency in speaking, so that when you need to use English in the 'real' world you are ready and confident.

I can't say how long you should spend studying, of course: there is no correct answer to this! It depends upon how much time you have available. In general, the more time you can spend learning, the more you will learn but it's important to maintain enthusiasm and motivation - too much can reduce this and make what should be enjoyable into a chore.

I hope those suggestions are useful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Well, I needed to ask this question:
Can we use 'since' with simple present tense except in the construction: "It is/It was"

Eg- Is this correct: He is residing here since 1950.
Or, Is it necessary to write it as: He HAS BEEN residing here since 1950.

P.S Pardon me for asking this really relevant and baffling question here for I didn't find the place where I should have.

Hello kapsam,

The correct form is 'has been' - we use the present perfect to describe a state which began in the past and continues to the present.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, we do. But do we not make an exception in the case: It is a long time since we met/It has been a long time since we met. Here, both are correct.
X: Since when is he residing here?
Y: He is residing here since 1950.

Y's response didn't sound aberrant to me, and because I knew about the exception in the case: It is/ it was,.. is why I thought we could apply the same here.

Hello kapsam,

I'm not aware of the exception you speak about. Many of my students here in Spain also use this kind of structure, as it is the structure used in Spanish or Catalan, but in standard English, as Peter explained, the present perfect is the correct form.

In standard English, a perfect tense, not a present one, is used to speak about how long something has been happening.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question-

"The paper attempts to reveal that possibility of multiple perspectives problematizes access to absolute truth."

Is it a correct sentence? Does it require 'the' before 'possibility' and 'access'?

Hello raj.kumar123,

'The' is needed before 'possibility' but not necessarily before 'access' - whether or not the second definite article is needed is context-dependent.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your response. Could you please tell me why 'the' is needed before 'possibility' if the sentence is used in general sense?