Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about their families, and their guests talk about Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammed Yunus and life in Cairo. You can follow Carolina in Newcastle, but in this episode she’s not feeling very well. Will she have to go to see a doctor?

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

Exercise

Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

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

Use the information below to complete the Conversations in English activity.

            Dad ------------------------- Mum 
(died two years ago)   |   (lives in Swindon)
                                    |
                   Harry (28, builder)
                   Julia (26, works in an office)
                   Dave (24, works in a bank)
                   Dan (22, graphic designer)
                   Paula (20, student)

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].

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Discussion

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Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hi teacher! In section 6, Carolina said that : " my throat hurts". Why we don't use passive voice in this sentence. Can I say that :" My throat is hurt" ?

Hi VoHoangHuan,

The short answer is that we just say it this way. Your alternative sentence is grammatically correct, but just don't say that. When we are sick and want to describe symptoms or how something feels, we often use present simple or present continuous to do this, and that is the case here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks.It is just for test.

Hi teacher! In this sentence :" Your mum and dad live in Brighton now, don’t they?" Can I ask :" Do your mum and dad live in Brighton now?" Are sentences both the same meaning?

Hi VoHoangHuan,

Yes, they mean more or less the same thing. The original sentence has a question tag in it. Please follow the link to see an explanation of how they work and what they mean.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your supporting!!!

Hi teacher .your answers are excellent.

What’s the best way to travel for me? If to be honest, I didn’t try all of the ways. There are the ways like walking, riding bicycle, riding motorcycling, cars, trains, ships, planes and even air balls. For instance, I’ve never travelled by ship or plane, so I don’t know how it feels like. Anyway if you would ask me to describe my perfect holiday trip, I’ll say what. I depart to go to Canarian Islands in Spain to spend my week end. I’m gonna take a plane to get there. It would be the first plane in my life. The planes have always seemed to be scared to fly for me. But at any rate, they’re considered to be the fastest way to cross long distances for short time, aren’t they? Ok, I’m here in Island. Do you know why I chose Canarian Islands trip to talk about? There is a lot of sun shining most part of the day, marvelous beaches, interesting places to go and a possibility to see a real volcano and many other things to do as well. I’m going to rent a car that’s without a roof and go across the island. When you drive a car you can see all around plus it’s very relaxing. It’s a freedom, you know, you don’t need to worry looking for any other transport to go from one point to another. I know there’re mini electric cars with only three wheels and seat for one person there. That would be interesting to rent one of them to go. There are different routes for tourists on Canarian Islands. One of them offers you to drive by car until you get some caves (don’t remember how they’re called). Visiting these caves, you can watch many ages of historical development of the Earth’s soil, to someone like me this can be interesting. From this touristic point you have to go walking up the rocks. You haven’t to climb, here are some paths to walk crossing the rocks. If to say about walking, many people like to go camping. So do I. All you need are good boots, tents and some food stuff. That’s another way to spend your time well. When you walk long distance you’re out of big busy cities and their noise. You talk to your friends and make new ones. You can see the nature by your own eyes. Sitting tonight by a torch and looking at the stars in the sky is very romantic. That’s what I think about walking.
Anyway, after when you went out the touristic caves and crossed the rocks you are at the beach where you can come back by ship to where you started. Besides you can go sailing, ship can be interesting that you can dive from it, of course if that service is offered. I love diving very much. It’s possibility to see the new world. That’s especially interesting if you’re going to see beautiful coral reefs, and unusual fish and animals like the leafy sea dragon. A great deal of new feelings. Well I wrote so much that I didn’t notice. I hope, I didn’t make you bored by this. I just described all I’ve seen from a travel episode on TV. I’d like to ask you The Learn English Team about whether Canary Islands are really worth place to visit like TV says?
And are there any useful methods that can help me improve my writing?

Hi Sergey,

Thanks for your long contribution. It sounds as if you enjoy writing, which is going to make improving your (already good) writing much more enjoyable.

There are some general tips on improving your writing on our Frequently asked questions page and you'll also find links to other resources on our Facebook page. I suppose you've already considered getting a teacher to help you improve your writing, but if that's not possible, you can still improve on your own. Reading and writing a lot are essential practices for improving your writing. Many people neglect reading, but of course you can learn a lot from how other people write, so it's really important. As you read, make a note of phrases or sentences that strike you so that you can use them later in your own writing. You could also try summarising what others have written, and then compare your summary to their text. If you could find a pen friend or someone to correspond with via email, that would also surely help you learn to express yourself in writing more confidently. Whatever you do, don't give up and keep writing!

As for the Canary Islands, I'm afraid I've never been there so I can't really say. I'm from a cold and grey place, so when I have holidays I tend to go to colder places rather than look for the sun, which I have enough of here. But I hope you manage to get there one day!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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