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Episode 07

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about their families, and their guests talk about Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammed Yunus and life in Cairo. You can follow Carolina in Newcastle, but in this episode she’s not feeling very well. Will she have to go to see a doctor?

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].

Use the information below to complete the Conversations in English activity.

            Dad ------------------------- Mum 
(died two years ago)   |   (lives in Swindon)
                                    |
                   Harry (28, builder)
                   Julia (26, works in an office)
                   Dave (24, works in a bank)
                   Dan (22, graphic designer)
                   Paula (20, student)

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Nice question, For me I think by driving my car because you can go anywhere at any time, you are the captain of the vehicle, and another thing that you have your privacy you can do whatever you want hearing music, calling your friend, changing your plan like stopped at petrol stations to take a rest.

I like any modern transport for travelling. It depends which of them I use. If I decide to relax I don't choose fast transport. Really I enjoy landscapes, watching animals, picking berries. It takes a lot of time.

Hi team, I have a question for you:

When we use the phrase: 'I've just seen a photo of Tess's new cat'.
Why the matching phrase is: 'He looks really cute' instead of: 'He looked really cute', it's not a past situation when we say: 'I've just seen....' ?

Thanks a lot!.

Ok, thanks.

Hello jmajo

You could say either 'looks' or 'looked' here. The present form implies that you assume that the cat is still cute now, and the past form of course speaks more about the cat at the time the photo was taken.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

In my opinion riding my bycicle is the best way to travel, because I go where I need by my own effort and in a more independent way than travelling by bus, taxi or car. Also is very healthy for me and to the enviroment, is cheaper and cleaner than the others means of transport. The only disadvantage is when I need to go somewhere and It's raining.

Thanks for the Episode!!.

Good podcast I enjoy a lot listening yours podcast. Anyway, Tess has an amazing voice&accent I'd like to meet her someone in London.

it depend on the purposes. if i go outside for self purposes. I would prefer to take a motorbike. its more effective and efficient particularly in peak hour. However, If I would like to go with my family, such as for familly ocassion. I would prefer to take a car, it more safety and comfortable for them though in bad wheather.

One of most big false friend is the italian word for "Warm" sounds and looks like the English word "Cold", so it has the opposite meaning! :-D

My favorite way to travel is train , I think its very exciting and comfortable , specially for long distance we have lots of fun , we can get together and play and talk and have great time together , and also we can get enough rest and sleep , more over its safe enough . I really enjoy

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