This section will help you improve your ability to understand spoken English in common situations. You can practise listening to very simple texts as well as more difficult ones. You can practise understanding individual words when someone is speaking quickly and learn some new vocabulary.
Do you know who lives in your neighbourhood? Getting to know the people who live near you is an important part of everyday life. Watch and listen to the video, which focuses on people living in a typical neighbourhood in the UK. Practise your listening skills as you complete the activities.
Sara is a 14 year old refugee from Kosovo. She came to the UK with her mother, because she belongs to a group of people called Ashkali. The Ashkali are persecuted in Kosovo (people sometimes attack them and try to kill them). In this film Sara talks about her life in London and her hopes for the future.
This film is one of a series of BBC films about the British class system. Mistajam is an English DJ and radio presenter for BBC Radio 1. In this film he talks about himself and his family and their social class.
What do you usually do on Sundays? Listen to this speaker talk about her favourite day, and develop your listening skills. You will be listening for: negatives and positives; weak sounds for vowels (banana).
Can you imagine life without writing - not just with a pen but on a computer, a laptop or sending text messages on your phone? Watch this video to learn about the history of writing, then try the activities.
Cooks often use a wok to cook Chinese food, especially stir-fry. TV chef Ken Hom shows us a tasty way to make dish of Chinese vegetables in a wok. Watch and listen to the video and practise your vocabulary, grammar and listening skills.
In Britain, as in many other countries, it's traditional to put up a Christmas tree at Christmas. Some people put up real trees but others prefer artificial ones. Watch the video and learn how artificial trees are made.