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

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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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Hello ivanpowertrickz,

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Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello
I am Omer From Sudan
this post for the section 5
I am a big supporter to any image of charity what ever it's produced from a celebrity or from the normal people .although the celebrity charity encourages normal people to be interesting to the charity and how it's important to develop our countries and society.
the important things are who will take the charity will be happy, other than that my it be selfishness.Another thing that we can see what inside the celebrity mind, therefore, it's not important as long as those poor people are happy.

Hello,
I Am Omer from Sudan
section 4
there is a place where I leave in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia called The valley of Nemar. its a valley between some of the mountain and between this mountain there is a river and there are some ducks and fishes inside it. the weather there is little awesome compared to the city weather which is very hot. people came to the valley escaping from the city to walk or even running and grill with the family to have fun and enjoy the weather and the view .

Hello,
I Am omer fro sudan
section 4
there is a place where I leave in Riyadh in saudia arabia called

Hello,
I am Omer from Sudan
in my mind a lot of people I would like to meet. Some of them are scientists like Steven Hawkins or even a sporters as Marcelo the football player at Real Madrid club.Am a big fan of Marcelo because he is funny and also a talented player. I would like to visit Madrid and get a tour in Santiago Bernabeu to support the best football club in the world.
Also am interested in meeting Will Smith or even Denzel Washinton not because they only star but also because they are charismatic people and they are so cultured.
thank you.

I’d like to meet
Hello elementary podcasts greeting from Colombia.
The person I’d like to meet is a soccer player / footballer, I am going to start by saying who he is.
His real name is Ronaldo nazario de lima better known as Ronald el fenomeno, he’s from brazil and used to play as a forwarder.
He started playing in the Brazilian local tournaments, then he arrived to Europe where he took off on football, he’s the only soccer player (I think) who has played two of the most important debiers in the world I am talking about Real Madrid vs Barcelona and Inter de Milan vs Milan, he’s not just play but scored for them wearing both jerseys, that’s incredible, isn’t?
Plus he had also given a hand to his country selection, he won two world cups 1994 and 2002, though he was select for being part of 2012 Brazilian team the coach didn’t take him in count due to he was younger than Pele on his age at that time, I meant he would have become the youngest footballer in play in the worlds cups, he just was part of the team but not play any single minute. In 2002 he won his second world cup, the golden boot and the best soccer player awards.
He was goal scored in many leagues and tournament, there was not word to describe his talent
He had a wonderful stamina, he could get over a hard injury he hurt in the field during a match playing for inter de Milan, he passed almost a year out of the pitches.
He is really a model play for those teenager who long to become a soccer star, don’t give up about what you want to get.
why I choose him is because I have always admire him, since I start watching soccer, I so badly wanted to be like him, the way he played was amazing, when he was in a good moon no-one could stop him on his way to score.
If I met him, I would asked him, if it was he was near to play for Junior de Barranquilla, at the beginning of his carrier but he was rejected then.
That’s all.

could you please explain to me what difference between famous and celebrity?

Hello,elisluong! I'll try to explain to you the difference between these two words. Famous is an adjective and it means 'known about by many people'. Celebrity is a noun and it means 'a famous person'. So celebrity is a famous person.) I hope my comment will help you.

Hello elisluong,

Have you tried an online dictionary? You'll find defintions, examples and other information which should answer your question. Mirriam Webster and Cambridge dictionaries are good choices and are free to use online.

'Famous' is an adjective and describes something that is well known in a given society.

'Celebrity' is a noun and usually describes a person who is well known and often appears in popular media such as tabloid newspapers and gossip magazines.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear all,
Could you please explain for me the different between "Perhaps" and "Maybe" when we using it in conversation. I notice that in Podcasts, people using "Perhaps" quite a lot.
Thank you so much!

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