Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi are making plans for the weekend, and their guests talk about the cartoonist Matt Groening and the Indian film industry. You can also follow Carolina as she starts to really enjoy life in Newcastle and invites some of her new friends to dinner. What do you think she’ll cook for them?

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Tess and Ravi

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Carolina 1

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Carolina 2

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Tom the teacher 1

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Tom the teacher 2

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Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

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The cinema industry has been existed for long time in Russia, previous in USSR. There was a monopoly of the State in past time and it was a powerful tool of Soviet propaganda. Now local cinema companies are private, which produce films of various genres, in nowadays it's done for common watchers.
In 2000th a lot of new cinemas started doing business in the main large cities in Russia and people got opportunities to watch films in new modern rooms, with good sound, new comfortable seats. There have organized lot of facilities for customers like food courts, playing zones etc.
Since that time the people go to cinema not just to watch to films, but also to have fun by different ways and people enjoy it.
Cinema is most popular in cities where people can spend plenty money, mainly on holidays or weekends. The average price is definitely high for many humans and it might be 300-500 rub per person. Most people prefer to stay at home and watch the same films and cartoons on their TV sets.
The lineup of cimema is very limited by genres and country- producers.
You can watch mostly American, British, Russian, French, rarely other west europien countries popular movies kind of adventure, drame, comedy, thriller, horror and cartoons.
All films are showed in Russian.
Definitly I am not cinema person, I go to there with my wife and children now and again, It might be some times per year.
I prefer family films or cartoons if we go together with chidrens. In case if I go with my wife, we can watch any films which we are interested in. But not horror. I can't stand films of this sort.

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The cinema's tickets is quite expensive in our country so most of the people go to the cinema not so often. Everyone can choose films that he like: cartoon, adventure, fiction (I like fiction) etc. As rule we go to cinema in weekends and hollydays. There are 5 large modern cinemas and a lot of small in my town. Most of the films is in Ukrainian and small part is in Russian. I never heard that the films was in English or another languages although most of them were filmed in America. I don't like go to cinema very much but my eight years old son does ))) So I go to the cinema with him and watch a cartoons ))

Could anyone say what "ages away" means?

Hello sarab2009,

When we say something seems ages away we mean that it we feel that it will not happen for a very long time. It's an informal expression used when we are waiting impatiently for something that we want very much, such as a holiday or a birthday. It doesn't really tell us how long we have to wait but rather how we feel about it. For example, on Monday I might say 'The weekend seems ages away' because I'm not looking forward to the next four days of work!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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My last holiday seems ages away. I'd like to go to the mountain. My grandmother has got a little house near lake of Como. I'd like to stay there for some days and relax by the lake. I'd like also to trek. I love to take some fresh pure air and I could have the lunch in a mountain shelter. The meals are always really good and the people are so polite.

Our person in;
In Egypt we have a big problem in the cinema industry, as it depend on attracting the teenagers with fake comics & by using pretty actresses regardless their ability to act or no.
Awfully, it became not easy to find good movies, but there is still some movies attract the witnesses which depend on the real comedy based on famous comedy actors like Ahmed Hlmy & dunia.

I'd Like to meet
For me I'm a mechanical engineer has a dream to start my own business which became hard to make it nowadays, where the market is already full of big companies & businessmen which make the competition is semi impossible especially with low means,
So I will choose in I'd like to me Elkharafi, the man who established Elkharafi business empire, he established the Elkharafi group which own many companies in different Arabic countries, actually he gone already more than six years ago,
If I met him, I would ask how do you start your own business, what was your plan to grow up your business like that, how it comes to real to establish this group of companies in two or three decades & what he could advice to young youth to repeat his successful story.
I know that the last century was more easy for starting & growing up the individual business but he still a distinguished & different man as now more people did ten percent of what he did.
Finally I want to advice my friends to trail these successful stories to achieve their own successful one.

What’s my perfect holiday? Wow, that’s great question. As for me I like going outside definitely. Staying home and watch DVD or doing nothing like Ravi is not for me. It’s quickly getting me bored. If I had my holydays I definitely would go travelling. My favorite countries are Australia and New Zealand. There a lot of interesting things to do that is a big separate theme to discuss. Nowadays, Russian tourists can go to South Korea and stay there for 60 days without tourist visa and of course it is special country with their own culture to visit.
What do I like more, sitting on the beach or visiting museums and monuments? It depends. When I wanna just relax I would definitely go to the beach but visiting museums and monuments are always very interesting things to do and I’d never miss them visiting some new country or city.
If I had an opportunity to visit some city or country that unknown for me, I would prefer to plan my journey. But I guess when one has been staying somewhere for long time, one will like to be free to do what one wants.

Watching films in the cinema is a very popular thing to do while leasure time, here, in Russia. There are a lot of kinds of films you can watch here. It can be adventures, comedy, horror, thriller, action and animated cartoons. Visiting cinema in the morning is cheaper than in the evening because many people end their work after 5 pm and they're ready to go watching something not earlier. But when they have their day off they can get cheaper tickets in the morning. In big cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg and etc. there a lot of big cinemas that have high-quality equipment, cafe and many other fun things.
How does it cost? The average salary in Russia is considered to be 30,000 rubles. An average ticket to the cinema is 200-250 rubles. But it depends. In the morning the cheapest ticket costs 150 rubles, afternoon is 200 and tonight is 300 and more. Of course there are lots of options that influence to its price, like your position in cinema's room, conveniences you have and etc.
I don't think that people like watching films in English or another language. The most popular films are definately Hollywood ones. People really like them, as I do, because american films are more spectacular. As for me I think that German films are more dramatic, French ones are more fun.
Russia also has its own film industry. As for me I don't watch russian films at all because they always have been too ferocious, low-quality and have no good idea except for several ones. I noticed that most people of young generation as I do, really like the foreign films more.
I like going to the cinema and can't miss some new interesting film. Adventure genre is one I like the most but frankly said it depends not from genre but from how much interesting film is.

When I was a kid I used to watch animated cartoon called Adventures of mouse Willy. It's quite old cartoon which was shown on TV in 2000. But I watched it on DVD. This cartoon is of German production and tells about a mouse and his family travelling around the world. For me it was interesting to know something new about every country that they visited. I remember they were in European countries, Egypt, Asian countries and elsewhere.They had to cope with different problems and difficults when they were involved in some adventures like searching a clue to some riddle or something like that. And I was excited watching them when they managed to pull through. Researching every new country they knew traditions and customs, people and their habits. Also there was some jokes in the cartoon which were related with some certain country.
I like this cartoon for those things I described. My favorite character was Max that was a son of Willy. He always was very curious and discovered everything he could first. I know a little about author because it's a German cartoon but I don't speak in German.

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