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Episode 01

Welcome to LearnEnglish podcasts! In this episode the presenters, Tess and Ravi, introduce themselves, and their guests talk about Angelina Jolie, New York City and celebrities who work for charity. You can also meet Carolina, a Venezuelan student who’s coming to live in the UK. Will she arrive safely?

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 [00:23] .

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Discussion

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Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

I am very sorry,, are you sure that Elton John is very handsome??

What nationality are you? = What is your nationality? . Right ?

Hello m7am_medo,

Yes, those two questions have the same meaning.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

(Sitting by the lake is a big fat frog ) . How is that sentence structured?Why?

Hello m7am_medo,

The sentence is quite normal in structure but has an unusual word order. There is a subject (a big fat frog), a verb (is sitting) and an adverbial prepositional phrase (by the lake).

The normal word order is as follows: A big fat frog is sitting by the lake.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Mr.Peter
I really appreciate your effort.

I'd like to meet Angelina Jolie too.

Hello Paulo. I see you very like Angelina Jolie. What would you like to say her when you meeting ??

Hi, Tom. How are you doing?

Tom, I've a doubt about the phrase below...when Tess said: You hav got ten seconds...
"Tess: Good. Okay. Let’s play. You’ve got ten seconds to write down".

I'm confuse about the use of verb "get" in the past being that she is talking in the present, in my opinion...okay?

Why she used the verb in the past instead in the present, it would be because she used: "have", that is, she used present perfect? But I learned that present perfect can indicates the past...

In another words, I would use in this case only: You have ten seconds.

I didn't understand why she used "got" (past) instead "get" (present).

Can you help to understand it, please....

Best regards.
Katia Oku

Hi Katia Oku,

'You have ten seconds' is also correct and means the same thing as 'You have got ten seconds'. We often use 'have got' instead of 'have'. You can learn more about this form on this LearnEnglish Teens page and this Cambridge Dictionary page. If you have any other questions about it, please don't hesitate to ask us.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team
 

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