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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I really liked Michael Jackson.he was great famous singer.

I'd like to meet Henry Cavill, he is a british actor. The first time that I saw him in a movie was in The Count of Monte Cristo, since then I love to see that pretty and sexy smile. Except the cgi smile, it would be better to leave the Kingstache. hahaha

I'd like to meet Alicja Bachleda Curuś.
She is polish actress.
Alicja played in many polish films and serials for example: "Pan Tadeusz", "Pitbull", "Na dobre i złe" and in international productions, for example "Ondine" with Colin Farrell. After this film she was in relationship with him. Now they aren't together but she is mother of his son.
I like her because she is very bold and ambitious. She moved to USA for study and work when shw was 18. She born in rich family but she decided to lives alone in another country without money and fame her family.
She is really famous in Poland but she always is very modest. She really don't care about "red carpet". Alicja is also beautiful woman, natural and amazing woman. I'd like to ask her why she leaved Poland and from where she find energy for life?

I would like to meet Bill Gates. I admire him not only he is the founder of Microsoft, but also his charity. He does not donate his money to the poor person as same as the others. He's created his own Fund and he's made a strategy plans to improve the life quality to use his money more effectively. For example, his group is finding the way to recycle the wastewater into pure water for African. I think the way he is doing currently inspires a lot of people in the world

well,I'd like to meet michael mattewes, the most successful person I know in fitness industry. He first became famous among fitness folks when he published his comprehensible book: the bigger leaner stronger.

I would like to meet Milla Jovovich.She is an Ukrainian actress. She lived in Kiev. Shw was in "Resident Evil". "Resident Evil" is my favourite film. She is also a singer-songwriter.
She's a good actress and she's so cool that you just want to look at her all the time. She fought with many zombies and saved the world. I think she's one of the beautiful women in
the world. I love watching her. I love her figting scene. I'd like to talk about Hollywood and her family, and about what she have learning in the film. Personally, I 'd like to talk to her
about her daugther. I think they'are beautiful like their mother.

I think that some celebrities donate to charity because, they are really good, they just want to help others, but on the other side, I think that there are some celebrities that do the same because they just want to look good.

I really like going to "centro de Coyoacán" (Coyoacan centre). Many different people go to this place, you can find, children, teenagers, adults and even old people in there. I think people, go to Coyoacan centre, because the environment is so relaxing, moreover, usually there are a lot of cultural and artistic activities in there (like concerts for instance). I don't know how old is this place, but must have hundreads of years' history, when Mexico was a Spain colony. I like this place, because is so relaxing, there is a lot of food, (many restaurants around, and a lot of snacks vendors, I love a snack called "Churro", is delicious!! Even I like the people that is in there, I mean they are very nice, is kind of a familiar environment, even romantic for couples too.

If I could meet an actress, I would like to meet Helena Bonham Carter, I'm not sure if she's english or american. Talking about her most famous films, I think that the Harry Potter movies are her most famous films, because there are a lot of people all over the world that love these films. But, besides I like Harry Potter (no more than The Lord of the Rings by the way), my favourite films where she acts are "Fight Club", "Dark Shadows" and "Les Miserables". I don't really if she's famous for other things than acting. I like her because I think she's a very good actress, she can performance very opposite characters, I think she's a versatile actress, she's "chameleonic", and that's why I admire her, because of her talent. I would talk to her about her movies, I would ask her what has been her favourite character or the most difficult, and I would ask her which kind of characters does she like to play.

I had like to meet Ivan Urgant. This is Russion TV presenter. He live in Moscow. He plays KVN. He is funny. He likes to joke.

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