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A wild pig outside your window? Can you imagine that in the city centre? Listen to Jannie's strange encounter with the wild boar.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Reorder the events in the order that you hear them.




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


it is weird to see a  wild animal in urban area.yet  it was an interesting experience

unbelievable to see a pig outside british council because this is an urban area

Two years ago, I have made a strange encounter. I drove with my brand new car in a campaign. Suddenly, a very big pig crossed the street. I have tried to stop my car but I couldn't and I bumped into the pig. Fortunately, I drove slowly and the pid was safe, but my new car was broken. The pig was stronger than my car.  I like wild animals but I fear them.  This activity is very good, it allows me to listen, to write English. Thanks a lot.

I have no such strange encounter experience , but it's very interesting.  I love wild animals but only see them in the zoo and on tv , ha ! 

It was very interesting..
I have not seen wild pig in the city but I heard news that sometimes wild animals appeared in the city.. 

It is really weird to see a wild pig stampede outside the British Council Hongkong.
But a herd of cattle roaming freely on the street in India is a normal phenomenon.

Sometimes in our country we could see it in urban area....

May i know that whether this audio was recorded by British council itself or shared by members? When i listen to it, i can hear many "em". Should i add this 'em' in in my conversation as well? I am the beginner in learning fluent English :), so i hope i can get a professional audio. Thanks.

Hi Sharon

This was recorded by a teacher - it is an authentic recording and so there are lots of 'erm's. These little words that don't change the meaning are called fillers and they are used when people are thinking what to say next. There are lots of different types and some are more formal than others: like, you know, well, um, er...

I don't think that you should add them to your speech on purpose. If you need time to think, it's better to fill the gap with one of these words than say nothing as people might think you have finished speaking.



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear British Council,
We started to have the lesson as usual, singing, playing and asking them if they are well that day.
May I use the past tense of the verb to be (were) in that context instead of the present tense (are) in  the above sentence?
Please, be kind and tell me if there is a grammar rule to clarify my doubt.
Thanks a lot for your reply,