Asking for and giving advice, meditation, things and places in airports, space exploration, Carolina meets Jamie's parents, a joke, 'too' and 'very'.

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Section 1 - Conversations in English

What do you think I should do?” – asking for and giving advice

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to ask people for advice, and how to give advice when people ask you.

Suggestion: One way to use this is to read the Transcript, and then do some exercises to help you to learn the common phrases. A good idea is to practise these with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: exercises 1 - 3

Rearrange sentences to make a conversation (1)

Exercise

Rearrange sentences to make a conversation (2)

Exercise

Rearrange sentences to make a conversation (3)

Exercise

Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to talk about

Section 2 is based on someone talking about something that they’re interested in – it could be anything – a hobby, a person, a place, a thing – something that they know a bit about and would like to share. 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.

Practice materials: exercise 1 - Stressed syllables

Practice stressed syllables.

Exercise

When you have chosen the correct options, practise saying each sentence making the stressed syllables louder than the others to make ‘the music’.

Now listen to the rest of the section where Sameena is talking about meditation and find some more information about meditation.

Do you do an activity that you would like to tell us about? Do you meditate or do something else that helps you to relax when you’re stressed? If so, use the information in the Support Pack to help you make some notes.

Now put your notes together to write a paragraph and add it as a comment at the bottom of this page.

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.

The quiz in this episode was about things and places that you can find in an airport.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match words and phrases to their definitions.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

Complete sentences with 'airport and flying' words and phrases.

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Practice materials: Exercise 3

Group 'airport and flying' words and phrases into different categories.

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Task 4

Section 4 - Your turn

Section 4 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

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.

In Your Turn you heard 6 people answer this question: ‘Do you think that space exploration is a waste of time and money?’

What about you? What do you think about space exploration? Do you agree with what any of the people said in the podcast?

Write down what you think, explain why, and send this as a comment at the bottom of the page.

Task 5

Section 5 - Carolina

Section 5 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 with Jamie and his parents and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Complete the sentences with the correct phrases.

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Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the phrases that can correctly complete each sentence.

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Practice materials - Exercise 3

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 6

Section 6 - Joke

Section 6 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 on your computer/mp3 player.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines of the joke in 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

Put the lines of the joke in the correct order.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

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

Task 7

Section 7 - Tom the Teacher

Section 7 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

Complete the sentences using 'too' or 'very'.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Complete the sentences using 'too', 'too much' or 'too many'.

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hi teacher,
can you explain the difference between 'too' and 'so'?
thanks a lot

Hello khai,

'Too' has a meaning similar to 'in addition' or 'as well'. 'So' is used in many ways but the use similar to 'too' is this:

Bob lives in London. Sue lives in London.

We can say this with 'too' or with 'so':

Bob lives in London. Sue lives in London too.

Bob lives in London. So does Sue.

'So' here lets us avoid repeating the information in the first sentence. It is similar to 'neither' (for negative meaning):

Bob doesn't live in London. Sue doesn't live in London.

We can say this with 'either' or 'neither':

Bob doesn't live in London. Sue doesn't live in London either.

Bob doesn't live in London. Neither does Sue.

Note that 'neither' has a negative meaning and so does not need a negative verb after it.

I hope that helps to clarify it.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,
I think it is not clear enough. I mean 'so' and 'too' in these cases: "It is so exciting!" and "It's too loud!". I don't know when and where to use them.
I'm looking forward to your help
Best regards

Hello khai,

In these kinds of sentences, 'so' indicates degree and means something like 'very', and 'too' indicates there is more than the speakers wants or thinks is good. There's a useful BBC page that explains these two adverbs, and another good resource for you is the dictionary. Look at these entries for 'so' and 'too' (follow the links) and you will see definitions and example sentences of both.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Now I understood. Thank you very much!

I don't think the space exploration is waste the money and time because it's important to discover the universe and that help us if the earth expose to any dangerous from the universe actually it's help us in scientific research.

I think the space exploration is a good way for know the origin of life and his evolution.
Other important think is the impact the technology developed to support space exploration and reused on the life the people.

hi
i can't get the meaning of " put some stuff up about meditation"
thank' s a lot for help

Hi sanaziyoo,

In this context 'put up some stuff' means to put some material on a website.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

In my opinion space exploration isn`t a waste of money. It helps to study climate changes, improve navigation, communications and many other useful things.

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