Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Ravi asks Tess for some advice, and their guests talk about meditation and space exploration. You can also follow Carolina as she meets a friend’s family for the first time. Will she get on well with them?

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 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 3

Tess and Ravi 3

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 4

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:10].

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Task 5

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:10].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:31].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:31].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello again! Asking the question when I usually listen to the podcast, I’d say everywhere I am but I always re-listen to when I’m home to find out I’ve got every word and phrase or idiom understood and to fill in all the gapes. At home I use my laptop staying on the website while listening and I always keep a Cambridge dictionary page opened in case of I run into something I don’t know about. I do some notes when have a deal with unknown stuff and try repeating it every day then. There is a new podcast, called “Writing home” which I find to be not available to get from the web site. You can listen to it using an app on smartphone. But it’s ok, it isn’t so big podcast for me to be necessary to use computer monitor, cause of my eyes can get tired.
About space exploration. I agree with some mention that when it gets into a race for space domination like between USA and Russia it’s definitely wasting the money, but in case of science purposes, I think it’s really useful for us cause that explorations make us more advanced in of how the world works. There is a lot of things being not explained or having poor explorations and based on nothing. These gaps are not about cosmic space. There are many things about our own planet that we don’t know. Many the processes in space can be related with ones on Earth and on the contrary. Plus who don’t agree with affirmation that now we can forecast the weather or have powerful internet signal, having satellites being out of Earth.
Now I’d like to ask my question about verb “to put out”. In a course of Carolina section in point of 16.20, Jamie’s mother said her “I’ve put some towels out for you – here they are on the bed”. She said it when they both were in Carolina’s new room, so the towels could be put in the room but not out. Out from?

Hello Sergey.

'Put out [something for someone]' is a phrasal verb. These verbs can have both literal and idiomatic meanings, so it's not always possible to work out the meaning from its constituent parts. However, there are a lot of online dictionaries you can use. For example:

https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/put-out_1#put-out_1__6

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/put-out

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk
In task 6 the 4th test is "We went to Goa for our holidays. It really is _________ beautiful.", it seems a little weird is it correct, isn't it better to say : " it is really very beautiful"?
Regards.

Hello N1M4,

Both 'It really is very...' and 'It is really very' are grammatically correct and there is no difference in meaning.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
Could you explain how to use 'up to' in this sentense: A man goes up to the ticket desk at the airport.
Can I use "until" or "as far as" instead of "up to"?

Hi NahB,

'go up to' is an informal way of saying 'approach' -- it basically means the same thing as 'go to'. Neither 'until' or 'as far as' would be correct here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Can I also use "up to" (without GO) to refer to space and distance?
ex: Carry on up to the traffic lights and then turn right.
You should stay on the train up to Manchester

I found this sentence at series 1 ep. 8
"Come up to the bar with me and we’ll ask."

Hi again NahB,

Although people would probably understand you, the use of 'up to' in those sentences is not correct. You could use 'until' in both sentences instead.

There are two parts in 'go up to': the phrasal verb 'go up' and 'to'. You could also 'go up' to a bar, to a police officer, to a stranger on the street, for example. There is usually some kind of interaction with a person when you say this.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

Hello

podcast number 3 task 4 - Is space exploration a waste of time and money?

Unmanned space exploration isn't a waste of time and money. Satellites allow us to use the global positioning system to find out exactly where we are. Satellites are also used for telecommunication, observation of the earth, finding resources and for the weather forecast.

At the current state manned missions seem to be unnecessary. But in the distant future we might send people or machines to other solar systems to spread life.

The biggest impact which space exploration had is the development of computers. Without computers it would be impossible to manoeuvre in space. A lot of money has helped to accelerate the development of computers.

It's also very interesting to understand the universe. We should one day know where we are coming from and what our destiny is. It would be exciting to know if our existence is just accidental or the only possible way or one of several possibilities.

Thanks

Sorry all, but the audios (Series 02 Episode 03-10) can not be played. COuld you help me?

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