Welcome to Series 2! In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about birthdays, and their guests talk about knitting and favourite food. Do you remember Carolina from Series 1? She’s a student from Venezuela who’s studying in Newcastle and in this episode she goes shoe shopping. What type of shoes will she choose?

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 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].

Tom’s tip for speaking about birthdays: In social terms, when a child becomes an adult, they stop wanting to have presents on their birthdays. This, of course, is not true. But it does mean that we have to pretend that we don't want presents, and when we give them, we have to make them look not very important.

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Task 3

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:05].

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Task 4

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:05].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:05].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:05].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

My favorite food is Turkish food and Indonesian food.

My favorite food is Egyptian, i also like Italian food pasta and pizza

My favourite food is the Iraq’s food of course, because it is my country and I live all my life there so I love their food and I love all the Arabia’s food ❤️. In addition I like the Italian food especially “pizza” .

Italian food- definitely. I love pizza and pasta hahahaha they r delicious. I use to eat those sort of meals every month and I love it

In fact I want to test all kinds of the foods but I think my country's foods are the best for me because they are compatible with my temper and the specific food for Iranian is chicken barbecue,it's so delicious.Around the fast foods, I love pizza and I prefer eat a perfect one in a Italian restaurant

I like different food. But probably , the most favorite food is italian. This cooking is the most healthy for me. And i like wine yet.

What does "spicy food" mean?

Hello VoHoangHuan
'spicy' food is food that has strong flavours because of the spices in it. Spicy food often burns your mouth a little bit. At the Vietnamese restaurants (outside Vietnam) I have been to, there was a red spicy sauce that was served with the food I ate. It was delicious!
All the best
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!

Please, explain , why in "check your understanding" the phrase "Tess is going to buy a pair of boots" is not true, althought she said that she wants to buy boots for money wich her parents had presented her?

Hello legioner

In this question, you have to select the sentence that is NOT true. This is why the last sentence (Ravi gives Tess a present for her birthday) is the correct answer, because it is not true. He is going to buy her a coffee, but that's not really a present, and it's also in the future.

Does that make sense?

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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