London Tube or Paris Metro which is best?

London Tube or Paris Metro which is best?

London Tube or Paris Metro which is best?

In this podcast Chris and Sue compare their favourite underground systems; London and Paris. Sue loves the London underground whereas Chris is a fan of the Paris metro. Why, Why, Why ???

Listen as they attempt to prove which one is the best with the most interesting facts Google could provide ! Be ready for the challenge of numbers, numbers, numbers as Chris and Sue try to show off their knowledge of the underground systems and try to catch each other out with tricky questions!

Before listening take this opportunity to review how we compare facts.

LongLonger thanThe longest
EasyEasier thanThe easiest
ComfortableMore comfortable thanThe most comfortable

You will also hear the comparatives/superlatives of these adjectives: old – fast – expensive – deep – short – far – complicated

Also listen out for the adjectives and the nouns used in this conversation especially when Chris and Sue ask each other questions:

LongThe length
DeepThe depth
HighThe height
WideThe width

How long is the system? How many stations are there ? How deep is the deepest tunnel? How far is the station? How long does it take to travel through the entire system? How old is the metro?

What is the depth of the deepest station? What is the length of the distance between….

Here are some more facts on the London Tube and The Paris Métro


Which is best - The London Tube or The Paris Métro?

The Paris Métro
3 Vote
The London Tube
2 Vote


Susan in lockdown

Susan in lockdown

Susan in Lockdown

Susan talks about positive & negative experiences of the lockdown in France

France in lockdown

France put its 67 million people under lockdown on Tuesday 17 March 2020, in an unprecedented act during peacetime, and said it was ready to nationalise big companies suffering financial turmoil created by the deepening coronavirus crisis.

In the cities and towns police patrol quiet streets, stopping drivers and pedestrians and demanding that they present an interior ministry document justifying their movement. The form can be downloaded on the ministry website and citizens can present an electronic version on their smartphones.

Susan talks about the effects of the lockdown and how it has affected her daily life and habits.

Covid-19 series part 2: Australia and France, different lockdown situations

Covid-19 series part 2: Australia and France, different lockdown situations

The virus COVID-19  is a pandemic which means that it is affecting countries all across the globe, but are they all responding in the same way ?

To find out we connected via Zoom with Laura who lives in Australia and Pierre who lives in France.

Listen to how Laura, who is living in Sydney, describes her “semi-lockdown” as compared to that in France.

Listen to Pierre, who describes his company’s policy to home working and working on site.

They both agree that the rules in both countries all seem a bit unclear.

As a learner you might find the clip a bit long, but remember that you can break it down into manageable sections (working from home, lockdown in Australia, what do you miss? What are the positives ?)

During the video you will see some questions which pop up regarding vocabulary and comprehension, you’ll find the answers  (and more questions) in this quiz.

COVID-19 lockdown in Australia and France.

10 Killer questions Emmanuel

10 Killer questions Emmanuel

10 Killer questions Emmanuel

The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.

At the end of the nineteenth century, when Proust was still in his teens, he answered a questionnaire in an English-language confession album belonging to his friend Antoinette, daughter of future French President Félix Faure, titled “An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, etc.” At that time, it was popular among English families to answer such a list of questions that revealed the tastes and aspirations of the taker.

Proust answered always with enthusiasm. The original manuscript of his answers of 1890, at the time of his volunteer internship or some little time afterwards, titled “by Marcel Proust himself,” was found in 1924. It was auctioned on May 27, 2003 for the sum of €102,000.

The French television host Bernard Pivot, seeing an opportunity for a writer to reveal at the same time aspects of his work and his personality, traditionally subjected his guests to the Proust questionnaire at the end of the French broadcast Apostrophes.

Inspired by Bernard Pivot, James Lipton, the host of the TV program Inside the Actors Studio, gives an adapted version of the Proust Questionnaire to his guests. Lipton has often incorrectly characterized the questionnaire itself as an invention of Pivot.

A similar questionnaire is regularly seen on the back page of Vanity Fair magazine, answered by various celebrities. In October 2009, Vanity Fair launched an interactive version of the questionnaire, that compares individual answers to those of various luminaries.

Another version of the questionnaire, as answered by various Canadian authors, is a regular feature on the radio program The Next Chapter.

For the benefits of this quick-fire question podcast, we have simplified it even further and we make no claims that it reveals the true personality of the person – especially as the questions are asked in English to a non-native person.

What it is, is a lot of fun.

Bucket Lists

Bucket Lists

Bucket Lists

Sue and Chris talk about a Bucket lists.

Before listening, do you know what bucket lists are?

While listening.

1. Does Sue want to swim with dolphins?

2. Where does Chris want to go for his bucket list?

3. Where does Sue say she thinks the Northern Lights are?

Listen to the podcast and try the following :

  1. First relax, sit down, close your eyes then listen to the podcast all the way through.
  2. Note down some ideas of what you expect the Podcast will be about. If needed have a look on the Internet for the keyword, ‘Bucket Lists’ to prepare yourself for the listening. Here is a link HERE and HERE to start you off.
  3. Listen to JUST Sue, ignoring Chris and try to work out globally what her questions and comments are. (you won’t understand everything, so there is no point trying at this point.)
  4. Listen to just Chris as above.
  5. Now go back and listen to Sue – take a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle, on the left of the paper, write any ideas that you have of what Sue was talking about.
  6. Now do the same for Chris.
  7. Now listen to the podcast all the way through THEN write down any more ideas that you have about the podcast.
  8. Leave the podcast for a day or two, then come back and listen.
  9. Do you understand any more than from the first session of listening you did?
  10. How do you rate the difficulty level for you? (Too difficult at the moment / A challenge / I understand enough).
  11. When will you return to this podcast to check your listening progress?

Remember :

  1. You won’t understand everything you hear.
  2. There is a lot of regular work to do to tune your ear into Real English – you need to work on listening regularly.
  3. NEVER write notes at the same time that you are listening.
  4. ALWAYS – try to set yourself realistic objectives.
  5. REMEMBER – this is just a part of your learning and you need to be able to connect this work with your other work.
  6. This is REAL English – we don’t believe that slow, over-articulated speech prepares learners for the real world – you may be able to understand an audio extract that is spoken slowly, but what good is that if you don’t understand real people in real situations.
  7. At we want to help you to be ready for the real world – it will be difficult at first, but later you will feel the benefit – it is just pure, common sense.


My bucket list Emmanuel

My bucket list Emmanuel

Emmanuel shares his bucket list with us.

To be fair, he was asked with little or no time to think about it, so maybe, if we did it again, as we most probably will do, the bucket list would probably be very different than this one.

It is quite an interesting exercise to redo a bucket list, as in fact, it almost forces people to really think about what they would lreally like to do – hence a bucket list is created almost by accident.

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