This is the final episode of the first series, and to celebrate we’ve put together the best bits from Series 1. How much do you remember from the previous episodes?

Elementary Podcasts

Listen to the podcast and then do the language practice exercises.

Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:40].

Exercise

Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:48].

Exercise

Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:48].

Exercise

Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Hello.

I'm Mariana from Brazil. I have just finished listening to Series 01 by the app. I really like it because I can improve my listening skills while I'm in the bus going work or going home. I have no much free time so I can use this period of time to study. I have english classes on the weekend but it is not enough. I just love this podcasts! I'm also using it to improve my speaking, in my english course I study American English and it is quite different to listen and speak from British English. I guess the most difficult part in to speak english for we who are lusophones is the "stress" in certain words because in portuguese normally we have accents to guide us and the conjunction of sentences plus prepostions.

Thank you for your podcasts, they are awesome. You have done a great job!

And sorry for the grammar mistakes, I also hope improve it.

(PS: I love Carolina's time in the podcasts)

The camping joke!! Sherlock and Watson!! xxx

I am always trying to use recycle things as much as I can. Also I am trying to insist the peoples surrounding me to be aware about green.

Hi everyone. The podcasts are very interesting, but i think it is time to improve my english speaking with somebody else. I am prepared to know people like me, interested in learning english. Write to me please.

nice to meet you. im looking for someone i can talk with as well .you can contact me by email xxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Come say hi

Hello anthony and jeison,

It's great that you want to practise English with each other, but I'm afraid our House Rules prohibit users from sharing personal information such as their email addresses – that's why yours has been crossed out. You might want to take a look at our Facebook page.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Jeison, I'm Bing from China. I'd like to be a speaking partner with you. Could you send me an email when you see my comment, my email is: ---@----------.com. Looking forward your response.

Hello Bing (and Jeison),

It's great that you want to practise speaking, but please be aware that our House Rules prohibit the sharing of personal information such as email addresses – that is why Bing's has been removed. In the future we plan to offer a way for users to contact one another safely, but I'm afraid that for now this is not possible.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi! The podcasts are very interesting, and they keep me motivated to improve my English. I am learning English by myself and sometimes I need help, that is why I decided to ask you few questions. I hope You will answer me, as soon as possible.
I will try to be clear and short. So, lets see:

1. It would be really interesting to hear what she thinks of it.
(My question would be: Could I say: ".... what she thinks ABOUT it?" Why is "of" used here?

2. I noticed that in these podcasts people sometimes use "around" and sometimes "round". Could You explain me when to use each other? Or it not depends on the structure and the meaning of the sentence?

3. I hear in podcasts a lot of usage of word "though". I never know when to use it. Some tips?

4. And the last one... Ravi said: "I just fancied a change." I do not understand what he was trying to say with that?

I hope I do not have so many grammar mistakes, but I would really appreciated if you would point out them :) And I am looking forward for Your response.

Best regards

Hello evelynX,

Thanks for letting us know that you find the Elementary Podcasts useful - that's of course what they're for.

1. You can also say 'about' here. 'think of' and 'think about' both have different uses, but some of these uses overlap - there is a useful discussion of this on this BBC page.

2. As with 1, these two words can be used in different ways; sometimes they can be used interchangeably, and sometimes not. It really depends on the specific context. I'd suggest you look them up in our dictionary (see the search box on the right) to see the definitions and examples.

3. 'though' is also used in different ways, but as with 2, I'd suggest you look them up in our dictionary to see the definitions and examples.

4. As you'll see in our dictionary, 'fancy' can mean 'to want' something - Ravi's saying that he wanted a change.

After looking these words up in the dictionary, if what they mean is still unclear, please let us know.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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