Reacting to good news, Formula One, ball games, telling the truth, Carolina takes a jacket back to a shop, a joke, 'everybody' and 'nobody', 'actually'.

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

“Well that's good news!”

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at what you can say when somebody gives you some good news.

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

Match useful phrases to other useful phrases.

Exercise

Practice materials: follow-up

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.

You listened to Raffa talking about Formula One and here is some more information about Formula One.

Do you have a favourite sport that you would like to tell us about? If so, use the information in the Support Pack to help you make some notes.

Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about it 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 ball games.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match verbs to sports.

Exercise

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 5 people answer this question: ‘Is it always best to tell the truth?

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

So, 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 the shop assistant and manager and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Complete the sentences with the correct phrases.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the phrases that can correctly complete each sentence.

Exercise

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 song titles with 'Nobody' or 'Everybody'.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the words in the correct order to make sentences.

Exercise

Practice materials – Exercise 3

Decide if the word 'actually' is right or wrong in the sentences.

Exercise

Practice materials – Exercise 4

Decide if 'Good luck!' is a correct reply to the statements.

Exercise

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Hello The Learn English Team!

At I'd like to Talk About section Tess asked Rafael "Do you travel for Formula 1?", and then she said it was a bad question. So could you explain me the difference between "travel" and "go abroad" please?. I'm really confused.

Hello filipeanttonio,

The question Tess asks is not bad grammatically but was not clear to Rafael, which is why Tess apologised.

'Travel' is a general term but it can be used in this way. I can ask 'Do you have to travel for work?', which might mean 'Does you job involve travelling?' or 'Is your place of work far away?' Tess reformulates the question to make it clearer to Rafael, as 'go abroad' makes it clear that she means 'travel abroad'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello filipeanttonio,

The question Tess asks is not bad grammatically but was not clear to Rafael, which is why Tess apologised.

'Travel' is a general term but it can be used in this way. I can ask 'Do you have to travel for work?', which might mean 'Does you job involve travelling?' or 'Is your place of work far away?' Tess reformulates the question to make it clearer to Rafael, as 'go abroad' makes it clear that she means 'travel abroad'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Good explanation.
Thanks a lot.

Truth has no fall,we should always speak truth.by speaking truth we can win pride and success not only in this world and the eternal world as well.

Hello, i want to ask about 'formula one' i searched for the word in the dictionary, but i found another meaning for it, why they call the car race, formula one?

Hello Sherine hussein,

I believe that there are various categories all called 'formula'. There is a Formula Two and so on. However, this is a question for a motorsport expert to answer, not a language expert so more than that I cannot say!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks alot Peter.

Hello,
I think it's better always to tell the truth, especially with people who is colse to me, because telling the truth will build a strong and good relationship between us, but sometimes it is not bad to tell a small lie to protect one's feelings from bring hurt though.

Heello learn English team,
I have two questions about some of the language, i have heard, i don't understand the expression 'by any chance' i did not find it in the dictionry, and i dont know when to use it.
Another qoute from you Tom is 'so far, so good' when to use it too.
Thank you
My regards
Sherine

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