In this episode Ravi asks Tess a favour, and their guests talk about British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough and Christmas in Prague. You can follow Carolina as she visits a pub with some friends. What will she think about British pubs?

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 [00:19].

Exercise

Task 2

Carolina 1

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

Exercise

Task 3

Carolina 2

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

Exercise

Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

Exercise

Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

Exercise

Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

Exercise

Discussion

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Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello Mr.Kirk ..
I've noticed that voice 3 is not recorded .

Hello m7am_medo,

Thank you for pointing this out. You are quite right and I'm not sure how this happened. It must have been a mistake at the production stage, but I think it may be too late to change it now, unfortunately.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

In Urdu "Mosque is the house of Allah" is used frequently but it sounds awkward that why does creator need a house. I have not found it in Quran's English and Urdu translations. Actually it means that mosque is a place where worshipper feels close to God. Saying "Mosque is the house of God" is correct or not? Even if we talk about Jesus so he doesnt have any house either.

Hello Muhammad Erad,

It's not unusual to describe a place of worship as 'the house of God'. It has a metaphorical sense in which 'house' really means 'home' or 'place', so it's a perfectly fine expression. We would use articles, however:  the mosque is the house of God (the mosque here has a general meaning: all mosques or any mosque).

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir.

Hello again,
In task 6 - Carolina , Practice materials - exercise 2 , there is a sentence :
Barman: That's eleven pounds fifty please. Jake: ....................
We need to choose all the phrases that are possible and you say '' look again at some parts of Carolina's conversations '' and you have given that a correct answer : Here's twelve pounds.
From my point of wiew , this answer has no connection with the original text ,because Jake gave the barman twenty pounds and the barman gave him back eight and fifty.
I don't know , ... is something wrong or I didn't understand very well the meaning of the exercise ?

Thank you for your answer

Hi Last biker,

'Here's twelve pounds' is correct in that situation, but I agree with you that the sentence in the task would be better if it were more closely related to what happens in the podcast. I will change this, though please be aware that it might take a few hours for the exercise to update online.

Thanks for your comment.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello
What means 'over' in this phrase and how to use it?
'I found a new place over on Carswell Road – near the swimming pool'

Can I say " I found a new place on Carswell Road"?

Hi NahB,

Yes, you can say the same thing without 'over'. Sometimes we use 'over' to refer to a place that is not nearby or across from where we are.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir, I want to ask difference and usage of "We are gathered" and "We have gathered". Thank you.

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