Elementary Podcasts

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about weekends away, and their guests talk about Shakira and dancing tango in Argentina. You can also follow Carolina’s journey in the UK. Will she find her way out of the airport?

Listen to the podcast then do the first exercise to check your understanding. If you have more time choose some of the language practice exercises.

Check your understanding

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:20] .

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:20] .

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Task 3

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Task 4

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Task 5

Carolina 3

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [18:10].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [18:10].

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Task 8

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [18:10].

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Discussion

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Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

Comments

personnally i prefer songs in english because it is more internationnal i mean it's more common between the people all arounds the world, so the english song might connect people from different countries and be shared easily.

Hey. I like listening songs in English and Russian and Ukrainian songs. But recently i was started learn English language and i prefer listen songs in English and try to understanding what mean this or that word and phrases. I think listening songs in English will be help to improve my English skills. In future i dream to travel in USA and live in this wonderful country. Thanks.

The singer I 'd like to meet is Ngoc Lan. She is Vietnamese singer and she is from Nha Trang province. I love her because I fell in love with her voice the first time I heard her sing. It is so different. " Lapaloma" is one of her most famous songs. She is very beautiful and attractive.

I prefer listening songs in Russian (my native language) becouse I can understand all the words :) But there are so many beautiful songs in English! It's a pity I don't understand more than 50% of the words in the songs... That is one of the reasons why I desided to learn English.

It depends. On the one hand, I prefer songs in my own language. I am from Spain so I prefer songs in Spanish because I can understand all words and the meaning of the song. I can sing them too. Furthermore, in other languages there are expressions that don´t exist in Spanish. On the other hand, I use songs in English to learn English. So I hear songs in both languages Spanish and English.

I prefer songs in English and they help me to learn English. Recently, I started to listen to songs in Italian because with my friends we love to sing karaoke at the parties. learning songs in English is for me more difficult than in Italian since I come from Italy.

I prefer to listen songs in English and in Spanish. When I was listening english songs i learned a lot of words and aswell i like spanish songs because I adore dancing this type of music.

Usually i am listening classical or instrumental music and I think music is a intercultural art, so generally there is no need to understand lyrics. You can learn a lot of things about different culture by listening their music, plus you can feel their emotions without speak.

Hi, have question for the sentence: "Now, last week I told you that Tess loved riding her mountain bike and you’ve been away riding your bike this week, haven’t you."

Why we use present perfect continuous? This tense we use when the activity still is, but in this situation isn't.

Sorry for mistakes.

Hi Edisun,

We use the present perfect continuous in several ways. It can suggest that an activity is unfinished, as you say, but it can also be used to show that an activity was repeated over a period of time. However, in this example there is no present perfect continuous, though it looks like there is. The phrase here is actually something different:

be away + verb-ing

 

We use this when someone is absent because they are busy elsewhere. For example:

I'm away travelling this week

I'll be away meeting clients all morning.

She's gone away sailing. Lucky her!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Tea

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