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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Task 1

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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Celebrities are opinion-doer and unfortunately or fortunately people listen to what they have to say. I really believe that the most part of celebrities only want publicity and then use the poor to take it. But I agree when the guy in the interview says: Who cares? Whether one take the fame and whether one take the money! Whatever, who won who lose there’s not difference when people have opportunity to change their lives.

Hello my dear friends
I’m Reza from Iran. I’m 48 and I have MA in accounting so I studying PHD now.
I intend to learn English for three reason:
- First: I love learning a new language because I believed “ability of speak each new language, make a new personality for I “
- Second: for introduce my country, my kind and hospitable people to others foreign people, because the mostly opinion of other people about my compatriot is “Iranian people are angry, poor, without logic, … and suggest travel to my country and enjoy from visit the historically, perfect place (that I introduce in the future).
- Finally and third sake is : intend to increase my proficiency in my field because I’m going to get ACCA)an important document in international accounting) .
Best regard to my friends

Yes, i do think it's good for celebrities to do work for charity as they are financially potential people for this purpose and according to me it does not matter whether they do it for self satisfaction or just for publicity; The main objective is to help poor people with financial aids and if their money is helping them, then it is a great thing.

First of all many many thanks British council for this help in order to lean English. according to topic i would like to meet new elected president of United states Mr. Donald Trump. he is great leader and fully confident on his decisions. International media including world famous new channels, analysts, anchor persons all around the world, day and night has published negative propaganda against him but at the end he failed them and proved no one can change the reality. secondly his views regarding international peace and security are very very clear so these qualities attract me meet him

hi, ravi i would like to meet alan mackey. i know very few persons knows about him because he is a fx artist. fx is a short form of visual effects we usually see visuals in many hollywood movie, games of throne as well. he is my legend he works a lot to be an legendary in visual effects he worked in lots of movies like transformer,avengers and many more. every fx artist wanted to meet alan macky and me to.

A mix of flavors, smells, colours and objects the Central market of sure is the main attractive to a lot of tourist every year. It was built in 1929 and occupies an entire block at de Belo Horizonte city.
BH, as people call the city, is the capital of Minas Gerais that is one of biggest States of Brazil. Everyday a crowd walking and they get lost along its labyrinth to buy fruits, meats, wheels of cheese, herbs, and to eat lunch or drink a cup of coffee. Domestic animals could be found there but some people are trying to stop it. There are a lot of bars where friends meet and drinking beers.

I would like to meet Rafael Nadal. he is a spanish tennis player. The people often call him Rafa. He’s a great winner and he already won many championships among them nine in France open which also he won his last grand slam. Rafa’s famous to promote beneficent games to help children with cancer and for created a children’s tennis school in his country. I’m a big fan of him! I appreciate his work as a tennis player. Since he was a child he’s been a dedicated e polity person. he’s been a great winner inside and outside of squares. he was never a racquet breaker and never used excuses to abandon a match. If I could meet Rafa sure that I would ask him ‘how do you do to keep your shape on?” and “what’s your big dream?” and “do you think that technology could be a danger for our future?”

I am always dreaming of meeting The last president of America, Barack Obama. Personal, i think he is the best person i know in the world beside our best country's president- Ho Chi Minh. He is absolutely so brilliant that he has many wonderful policies and great things for his country's development, regulary. Also, he brings a lot of opportunities for not only American citizen but also for other's countries citizen like Vietnamese people. Moreover, he is the perfect husband of his wife Michele Obama All in all, in my opinion, he really is the person that i have to learn and try my best to get a bright future at least like a part of his life.
Thank British Council for this listenning tapescript. It's definitely helpful for me.

Hello
I am Manuel, I live in Madrid, the capital of Spain.
I am 52 years old and I return to study English after several years.

I have to say that I have used English when it has been done, I have good reading and conversation skills (B1/B2 level), but I can not speak, you know, shame

So now that I have time, I intend to follow these podcasts, and catch up.

A greeting to all and happy learning

I live in Kiev, Ukraine. It is old town, more than one thousand years old. There are many famous places. Now l think it is Maidan of Independence (Independence Square). This place now is important not its buildings or statue or monuments etc., but it is important according to last events that were here. During eleven years here were two revolutions. First of them was 2004, named Orange Revolution. Second one was Revolution of Dignity. Orange Revolution was peaceful, without fire. Revolution of Dignity also started in november of 2013 peaceful, but finish was with fires and victims. So, most important in Maidan of Independence now is not statue etc., but spirit od freedom. IMHO

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