Animated Podcast Number 2: Calculate your Carbon Footprint (How green are you?)

Animated Podcast Number 2: Calculate your Carbon Footprint (How green are you?)

So what’s an animated podcast ?

Good question !

It’s a podcast with pictures, learning tips and clues. In short, it’s just a helping hand to help you understand the conversation and the context.

This is Animated Podcast number 2 in a series of 10, in which each one has a specific focus and gets progressively more challenging. 

The second one, Calculate your Carbon Footprint, is a conversation around the World Wildlife Quiz which asks lots of How questions; how many, how much, how far, how big etc.

Who is it designed for ?

It’s a perfect opportunity for new learners (pre-intermediate) to focus on adverbs of frequency to talk about everyday actions and activities, and also learn everyday vocabulary.

It’s a great way for Intermediate learners to consolidate knowledge.

Enjoy and Welcome to the English Podcasts Youtube Channel  !

Click here  to access the Youtube Channel


The symbols of Australia

The symbols of Australia

The symbols of Australia

The symbols of Australia include the flag, national colours, the coat of arms and the national anthem, but there are many other things that make up the symbols of Australia – listen to Sue interview an Australian about the symbols of Australia.

The Australian Flag

The stars of the Southern Cross represent Australia’s geographic position in the Southern Hemisphere. The large Commonwealth star symbolises the federation of the states and territories, and the Union Jack reflects Australia’s early ties to Great Britain.

The National Colours

Australia’s national colours are green and gold, the colours of its national floral emblem, the Golden Wattle.

The Coat of Arms

The Australian coat of arms consists of a shield containing the badges of the six Australian states symbolising federation, and the national symbols of the Golden Wattle, the kangaroo and the emu. By popular tradition, the kangaroo is accepted as the national animal emblem. The Golden Wattle was proclaimed the national floral emblem in August 1988.

National Anthem

Advance Australia Fair has been Australia’s official national anthem since 19 April 1984.

National Day

Australia Day is celebrated each year on 26 January. The date is the anniversary of the unfurling of the British flag at Sydney Cove in 1788.

National Holidays

Australia has 12 public holidays a year, including New Year’s Day, Australia Day and Anzac Day.

An Australian soldier carries a wounded comrade near North Beach, Gallipoli
An Australian soldier carries a wounded comrade near North Beach, Gallipoli (AWM H10363)


Anzac Day, 25 April, is a national day of commemoration for all Australians who have fought in wars. It is the day the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915 during World War I. To mark Anzac Day, Australians and New Zealanders attend ceremonies at home and around the world, including in Gallipoli. In 2015, Australia marked the centenary of the Anzac landing with a ceremony at Gallipoli.

Drawn from the collection of the National Museum of Australia, the Symbols of Australia exhibition explored some of the symbols Australians have chosen to represent themselves and their nation.

Australia — both ancient continent and recent nation — is represented by many symbols. National symbols are often used to represent a distinctive national identity. Some symbols endure, others fade away and new symbols develop as attitudes and values change. Often a source of unity and pride, symbols can also divide and exclude.

The Australian flag is legislated as an official symbol. Others, like the kangaroo and wattle, have changed from popular to official symbols over time. The boomerang was a symbol of the continent long before the nation came into being. In the 20th century, the Sydney Harbour Bridge came to symbolise Australia’s spectacular attractions, while the Holden car became an emblem of the everyday.

Text courtesy of Australian Government department of foreign affairs & Trade

How was the Covid jab for you ?

How was the Covid jab for you ?

The Covid vaccinations are being rolled out across the world and whether you agree with the vaccine or not,  the vocabulary is worth knowing.

Listen as Joyce in the UK talks about her experience. She gives a step by step account of what she had to do and how she feels about it.

Listen out for key vocabulary:

a jab

an appointment

a dummy run

to register

ushers + to be ushered


a needle

a sore arm

side effects

a sticker 

As Joyce lives in the UK the call was recorded by Zoom, so you may hear some slight changes in sound level from time to time.

Christmas traditions, where did they come from?

Christmas traditions, where did they come from?

Twas the night before Christmas….

Everyone’s getting in the mood for Christmas crackers, Christmas trees and a host of other traditions.

But do you know the origins of these traditions? Listen as 2 Christmas “know-alls”  🙂 talk about the history of our current Christmas activities. It’s all pretty interesting !

You might notice that we are working from home using Zoom, so apologies for the slightly lower sound quality.

Planning a holiday getaway

Planning a holiday getaway

Planning a holiday getaway

Planning a holiday getaway

Planning a holiday getaway – have you ever tried to book a holiday on line?

It’s pretty confusing, isn’t it?

Listen to Chris and Sue go through the different options, flights and prices, while they are planning a holiday getaway.

There’s a lot of detailed information in this podcast, so you may need to listen several times.

This podcast is a great way to practice number comprehension; listen out for the times of flights, the dates of the holiday, the holiday budget, and the times of the stopovers.

There’s plenty of work do with this one.

Planning a holiday getaway is a great way to boost your morale in these cold winter months.

Where would you prefer to go on holiday?

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Rugby, what’s it all about?

Rugby, what’s it all about?

Rugby, what's it all about?

Rugby, what’s it all about?

Rugby, what’s it all about? I mean, it can’t be that complicated can it? Or can it?

Ahead of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby Tournament, here are some questions, sent in by our listeners concerning rugby.

Have we got it right?

Are we on the ball with our predictions?

Can you predict the game scores or the overall winner of the tournament?

It all starts on Saturday 4 February with two cracking matches – it’s all getting exciting and we can’t wait!

Who do you think will win The RBS 6 Nations tournament 2017?

Have a go at predicting the winner.

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