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 would like to meet Will Smith, he's an interesting actor and he
made the movie called "The pursuit of happiness". It a great movie
and maybe the best one that he has performed.

Hi there! My name is Dima, I'm from Belarus, Minsk. I wanted to improve my listening skills and was looking for English audio podcasts and I found this great site with tons of nice material! I'm really glad to join to your community! And as for this topic I've never been to Central Park in New York (I hope I'll be there one day ))) but in the city where I'm living a lot of parks and quiet places to have a rest after work and studies. Especially I'd high recommend to visit Victory park located on the bank of Svisloch river and drowning in green trees (in the summer time of course))

In my opinion,charity is a good idea to spread happiness to people especially for the poverty.I always regard charity as a kind of kindness.If we work for it ,it will show the great love we have.We should support the work and keep on doing it forever.

If i have a chance i would like to meet Keanu Reeves. He is a Hollywood star, which is my favourite actor. His life is full of sadness when his best friend, child and wife die one by one. I still remember a touch saying of him after his last loved one pass away that "everyone needs happiness to live but not me". That's a very touch moment. Despite being suffered from continuous sadness in the life, he still work hard and has obtained success in career, however he always has a sadness deep inside the soul. He is also known as a men with a warm heart when he did many charity works with a lot of money being donated, but he always keeps secret about that. Lonely actor with a warm heart is the name i prefer to call him.

Cairo . What do you think of? noise. traffic jam. hot. population. people. but with this exciting, there is Salah Edin s castle. poor and rich visit it and enjoy by all tools. people visit it to see the wall of the castle and ancient masjed and how Egyptians use it to defend the city from Almgoles. The historical for this castle that is created over thousands year ago.I like it because it remembers us how our ancestors were great.

the celebrity I would meet him Mr Bill gats . he is from america . he established Microsoft company . i like him because he began his business from 0 now he rich man in the world. and he donate 95% from his wealth to help poverty .really i admire he and i want be same that .the question how do you can do all this activities

I like this page, the topics they speak are interesting and clear, in addition you can understand what the characters say and give recommendations and clarifications very good to learn languages. The film star I want to meet is Jim Carrey, he is funny, natural and the most creative actor, I love each of his movies.

Hi! I’m Mir Junaid Ali from Pakistan.
I would like to meet Mr. Imran Khan. He is a very famous cricketer in Pakistan and all around the world; he is also very well-known politician in Pakistan representing a party namely called PAKISTAN TEHREEK-E-INSAAF (PTI).
I really admire him. He did lots of things for his country; he established 2 cancer hospitals in which poor families can get treatment, also he was the winning captain of 1992 cricket world cup. Pakistan cricket team won world cup under his captaincy in 1992, that time he was leading a young team and Pakistan team considered as underdog team.

I think that it is good that celebrities are doing something for charity because these famous people are well known to many people so that their support to the charity can let common people to know there are still some people in the world that need help and call on people to devote money or things to people in need.

Arroud my universty, there are few places that are worth to visit, but in my hometown there are many parks. The landscape desgin is inherited from the old designers in China. In these gardens, you can feel calm and enjoy the beautiful sceney which are difficult to experience in the morden city.

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