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Episode 05

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about pets, and their guests talk about Didier Drogba and life in New Zealand. You can also follow Carolina’s adventures in the UK as she arrives at her student accommodation in Newcastle. Will she make some new friends?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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].

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

I prefer dogs because I think they're more faithful. They like human a lot. They're a great companion for humans. It's very god to have dogs.

Hello everybody,thank you so much for your a great effort that you have provided.
I have a question ,in task 3 and question number 9, it was incorrect answer to choose “I ‘m pleased to meet you all.”
Thanks

Hello AhKhd,

We don't typically use this phrase in this kind of situation. And if we did, we would say it right after meeting the people, not as we were saying goodbye.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone, to be honest, I have a bit of afraid of any animal, so I don't have any of them.

Actually I don't like cats or dogs. when i was a little girl a big cat tried to bite me. it was a horrible experience which i don't want to try it again.

Hi everyone
I have a question. in this sentence "With dogs you’ve got to take them for walks all the time and all of that and you have to clean up their poo"
I can not recognize " and you have to" when the speaker told it
Do you hear it???

Hi hojat,

Yes, I can hear the phrase. Connected speech - the way we run words together in English to help us to speak quickly and fluently - is a key aspect of natural language use and it's important to be able to understand it.

The phrase 'you have to' is a good example of several features of connected speech. The words are run together so they sound like a single word (catenation). There are weak forms for 'you' and 'to' which use the weak vowel sound called the schwa - phonemic symbol /ǝ/. The /v/ sound in 'have' is also devoiced, so it becomes /f/. In the end, the phrase sounds something like 'yafta'. Try listening again to see if you can hear it!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter
Thank you .
I google connected speech but It is hard for me .I have got to learn it but how?Is there anything in your website to help me? In this podcast I have found out at least 3 sentences i can not hear!!

Hello hojat,

It's really a question of familiarisation, like most aspects of pronunciation. Connected speech is based on the stress patterns within sentences, and the more you listen, the more you will pick up, without even realising it, this information.

 

I suggest a simple practice task to my students. After you listen to a recording, such as the ones on our site, try to listen again and speak at the same time. Use the transcript and try to keep your voice in time with the speaker(s) in the recording. This will give you practice in speaking with a natural cadence and rhythm, which will force you to find appropriate stress patterns and weak forms, and to use connected speech.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi

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