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.

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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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Intermediate: B1

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Hi Mi,

You have to read the instructions carefully for question 2: the correct answer is the phrase that is NOT true. In the conversation with Esther, Ravi doesn't show any sign of being interested in knitting -- this is why 'Ravi likes knitting' is the correct answer.

As for question 4, both voices 3 and 5 mention Italian food as being their favourite, even though voice 5 also says they like Mexican. Voice 2 mentions Italian food, but doesn't say it's their favourite.

Does that make sense now?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk,

Thanks for your reply. But I'm confused with question 2 because when Tess asks Ravi if he wants to start knitting, he answers maybe. That makes me think he likes knitting.

As for question 4, I completely agree with you that voice 3 clearly mentions Italian food as being her/his favourite food.
Voice 5, however, just says "maybe Italy" and confirms "probably my real favourite type of food comes from Mexico". As you said, voice 5 likes both Italian and Mexican food, so why she/he uses the linking word "but", which shows the contrast between ideas, instead of the word “and”.
As you said, Voice 2 mentions Italian food, but doesn't say it's their favourite. I don’t think so. Because voice 2 says that he/she is “very fond of Italian food”, in my opinion, that’s the other way of expressing voice 2 also likes Italian food. But the reason why I don't count voice 2 is that he/she says "but really if I had to choose I would say Indian or Thai food..."
The similarities between voice 2 and voice 5 is that both of them like Italian food and give other types of food that they like, especially using the word “but”.
So I think according to your explanation, the correct answer for question 4 is 3 (voice 2, 3 and 5).
I really appreciate if you could spend your valuable time explaining that in a different way, please.

Hi Mi,

It could be that Ravi is possibly interested in knitting. 'maybe' could be interpreted either way, but since he goes on to tell a joke and encourages Tess to start a scarf, it seemed to me that he wasn't all that interested.

What you say about Section 4 sounds correct to me. In a way, perhaps the best answer is even just 'one person', since it's really only voice 3 who unequivocally states this. I'll make a note for us to pay special attention to this task when we revise this section in the future.

Thanks for your feedback on this.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi every one..
please i don’t get it .. what RAVI means in this phrase (what do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?’.)..the verb "cross" what does it mean?
And also can i say (what RAVI means by this...) instead of the last one??

Hi eldi,

Another way of saying this is 'What kind of animal results if you combine a sheep and a kangaroo?' This is a typical kind of joke in English -- there are many other similar ones.

The grammatically correct question is: 'What does Ravi mean by this?'

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I love lebanese food, they have the taste of middle-east and lightness of Europe.

i do like food from different countries, i like french food, italian, japanese, thai, turkish and others, actually it depends on the dish. for the sweet ones, i prefer french it's just delicious and succulent, to prepare meat i'd rather turkish, for pizza and pasta the italian, for seafood i prefer the japanese receipes, to prepare rice i prefer indian receipe.
Each country or town has at least one flavor so special and so delicious

Tess is so lovely and cute!! I like her

Hi,
In Support Pack , Section 3 - Quiz :
19. Richard is Michael's NEPHEW
23. Caroline is Margaret's NIECE. (I've checked the Answers page)
Why ? Both persons (Richard and Caroline) are in the same relation in the family tree and from my point of view should be niece both of them. Am I wrong?
Thank you very much for your answer

Hi Last biker,

'Nephew' is used for male relations and 'niece' for female relations.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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