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Series 03 Episode 01

Elementary Podcasts is back! Some things are the same (Tess, Ravi and Carolina) and some things are new, for example the presenters. So whether you're new to Elementary Podcasts or have been listening since Series 1, give it a try!

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I like fried eggs. I don't use oil but I fry them in butter. Recipe for one person: you choose two fresh eggs, open and put them into a pan with hot (melted) butter into it. Then cover the pan and keep cooking with low temperature. Wait 2 minutes or until eggs get the texture you prefer (from sof-juicy to well done) and serve them inmediately.
I prefer the fry eggs, soft and juicy, and I usually eat them with bread and coffe-with-milk.

Hello Everyone!
Myself Devesh Verma, I'm from India. I'm here just because of learning English (British English).
Can anyone tell me that from where I start.

Hello Devesh,

I'd recommend you first take some time to explore the site. Use the links at the top of the page to go to different sections and see what kinds of materials are available. 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.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a million Mr. Kirk
Actually, most of the things in English I understand but my writing & speaking is not good.

Hello Devesh,

You can use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve your speaking. After listening to the recordings and doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency. You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

Some of these phrases could also be useful in your writing. We also have a section on academic writing and our sister site the ESOL Nexus has a Writing section that could also be useful for you. Finally, to improve your writing, it's important to read. Find texts that are similar to the ones you want to write and read as many of them as you can, observing the way they are structured, the vocabulary they use, etc. I've never met a good writer who also didn't read extensively!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Mr. Kirk,

First of all, Thank you so much for your reply. One more thing I want to share with you that I can speak fluently if I've sentences to express my feelings in words but the thing is that most of the time I didn't get right sentences. That's why I watch English movies and serials to get the sentences.
I'm poor in memory also :(

Hi Everyone!
Im not good in the kitchen but I recomended an Ajiaco it is made with a lot potatoes, wáter and some spices, for me it is delicious!!

Tell about the method of the transcript of this podcasts

Hello mohsinbadwani,

You can find the transcript in pdf format by clicking on Instructions & downloads, between the audio player and the Tasks.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team

hi mrs.kirk.i am new on this website and i dont know how to study.i think my english level is intermediate.could you suggest anything for me.i want to improve my english very well.please respond me.