Introducing your friends, Angelina Jolie, things you can find in a kitchen, Central Park in New York, celebrities working for charity, etc.

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Section 1 - Conversations in English

Susan, this is Paul” – introducing your friends

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at things we often say and do in friendly conversations.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is: 

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript.
  • Read the Transcript.
  • Look at the Support Pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Introducing people.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

There are more practice materials in the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. It helps you to practise speaking for a little bit longer – for example, when you're explaining something, or telling people something about yourself.

Suggestion: The best way to practise is with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English. However, if you can't find someone, you can send us a paragraph in English.

You listened to Zara from Bristol talking about why she would like to meet Angelina Jolie.

Is there a famous film actress that you’d like to meet?

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the Support Pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.

 

 

Task 3

Section 3 - Quiz

Section 3 is based on the Quiz. This helps you to learn the meaning of new words and how to remember them.

Suggestion: You can write your answers in our Support Pack.

You might want to use a notebook or part of your folder to make your own word lists and maps.

In the quiz, Daniel and Alice tried to think of things you can find in a kitchen. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Drag the words into the right column. Would you find them in a bedroom or in a kitchen?

Exercise

Task 4

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Mike talking about Central Park in New York.
Think about a place in your city that you want to tell people about. It might be a park or a famous square – somewhere you like or somewhere people go to relax.

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

 

 

Task 5

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’
What do you think?

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and look at the phrases that the people use. Sometimes they don't use complete sentences. Write down notes and then say what you think.

Which ones do you agree with? Write down your opinion – Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity? You can send us your text if you want. Do this in the comments section below.

 

 

Task 6

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 follows Carolina – a girl who has come to the United Kingdom (UK) to live, study, and to have fun exploring a different country and culture. Listening to this can help you if you find yourself in a similar situation. You will see that there is often more than one way of saying the same thing in English.

Suggestion: listen to Carolina's conversations in the airport and do the first exercise as you listen. Then try the other exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose different phrases that you could use in the same situations.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the Support Pack for more practice materials.

Task 7

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 is a joke. A joke is normally a funny story you hear and tell someone else. But you can also describe funny things that happen to you. The most important thing is to watch your friends to see if they are enjoying the story or not – then you can make it longer or shorter.

Suggestion: We suggest you do this:

  • Listen to the joke.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines in the right order.
  • Do Exercise 2, in which you tell the joke.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling the joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the joke.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the Support Pack. Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

 

Task 8

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 is Tom the Teacher. These are more traditional exercises. They look at being accurate in English, and often use the type of exercises you may find in English tests and exams.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the words in sentences in the correct order.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Rewrite sentences using different words.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choose if you should say ‘Goodnight’ or ‘Good evening’

Exercise

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This is really a good way for lean English. I’m enjoying it.
I have a doubt. Sometimes I just don’t know when to use a word “for” instead of “to” because it has the same meaning in my language (I am Mozambican, I talk Portuguese).
For example in the sentence below:
“He travelled to/for many countries around the world to/for visit other people.”
Would You help me with that?
Thank You.

Hello. I'm from Brazil and i speak Portuguese also.

Hello filipeanttonio,

English prepositions take a lot of practice! There are some general rules, but lots of exceptions, which is why they can be difficult. It might be helpful to think about what the preposition means, in other words how it is being used.

For example, when we're talking about a destination (place that we are going), we use the preposition 'to' (in Portuguese, perhaps this is 'a'?). So anytime you want to talk about going in a direction towards a place, you can use 'to'. 'for' is not used this way.

Similarly, in 'he travelled to visit other people', 'to' before a verb communicates the reason or purpose he travelled. So you can use 'to' in this way to talk about purpose or reason. You can see these uses (and many others) explained on this Cambridge Dictionary page.

'for' can also be used to talk about purpose, but it's usually used before a noun, not a verb. You can see this use and more on the Cambridge Dictionary page for 'for'.

Good luck and be patient with yourself. It will get easier!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

With regard to celebrities doing work for charity, I’m sure it does more good than harm and who cares why they do it! The main thing is that they make a difference to lives of ones in need. The hypocrisy is a well-know feature of most humans and it rarely does people around you any good except probably this very case of self-advertising.

I don’t live in New York and haven’t ever been there but I’ve seen a lot of pictures of it and, of course, watched many films featuring this busy city. I think such place as Central Park is an essential part of every highly polluted concrete jungle. I would not call my little city ‘a concrete jungle’ but we have our own ‘Central Parks’ here too. Well, of course, those areas in Khmelnitsky aren’t that big but they’re still enough for the amount of citizens living here. The difference is that these few parks aren’t artificial as opposed to the one in New York. We even have a small forest in the suburbs. It’s definitely a great place to run, ride a bicycle or just go for a walk. I wish there were mountains not far from my place.

I would like to meet Charlize Theron. She was born in South Africa and became a famous American actress. Fortunately, she is alive and still acting. She’s only 41 now. Her most famous films are probably ‘Monster’, ‘Sweet November’, ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ and ‘Mad Max: ‘Fury Road’’. All these films are my favourite ones. She is not only an actress but a beautiful model and a producer too. She’s definitely one of the coolest blondes in the Hollywood industry. I don’t idolize her but I’m sure that many people do. If I had a chance to meet her I would like to have a conversation about an acting technique. I would ask her whether she regrets the way of life she’s chosen or not. I would like her to tell me when she realized she wanted to become an actress for the first time and why. And, if I had enough courage, I would definitely ask her what she thinks about me :)

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I need to improve my English.

I´m from Cabo Verde (Africa) and I´m new here.
I´d like to meet Steve Wonder. I don´t know much about him, but I Know he is a great singer, he has a beautiful voice and I think he´s a positive man. And he inspires a lot of people around the world. And, I´d like to talk about his determination.

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