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Episode 01

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

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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

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I guess my favourite food is Lasagna; it is a typical food from Italy which is known for everybody. I really like this pasta because I loved your flavor with tomatoes and a bit of spicy. Usually, I have eaten this plate in special dates, such as Birthdays, Anniversaries, Celebrations and everything else. I quite like when my mother made it for me, because she always has cooked it very well and also she makes a very special salsa with chunks of chicken and meat, this is bit too delicious. I think that I would like eat a lot of Lasagna at now, but my mother isn’t in country.
In other way, I'd love to say my favourite drink also, I don’t like the beer as much people. I prefer the wine because I really like its color, smell its aroma and feel its flavor, but I don’t care drink beer with my friends at parties or celebrations.
 

Hi everybody. Of course, I guess I have got a lot of hobbies, but I think my favorite is Comic collecting, this is a very expensive and wonderful hobby. It consists collecting an amount de magazines of Heroes and Villains Histories, about their fights for many causes as dominate or save the world, know who is the best, the faster, the stronger, the worse villain, the most handsome, etc. I think this hobby isn’t cheap because you can’t buy only one Comic magazine, most of people have almost one half thousand of comic and their always look for and would want some else.  I'll be waiting the corrections. Thanks.

Well, I'd like to talk about football and coaches who train their football teams. I like playing football. And one more thing that's interested me all the time, why one team does the best with unknown coach and the other one pulls its luck down with a famous coach. I figured it out and the answer is nobody knows what make players strong and self-confident. But I bet there are a lot of factors which affect players' movement. 

Hi, I'm from Brazil, and I really like the Brazilian food. The food here is very varied, because our country has many typical foods of each region. But our traditional meal is rice and beans. Has anyone here ever tried Brazilian food?

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Many thanks for this wonderful site of learning English. I really need to improve my language skill and hope in this summer I will improve it by learning in this site. My hobby now is learning and I dreamed with the day that I can deal with the English Language so easy
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Hi! My hobby this summer will be listen to all the podcast .

I prefer eating Mediterranean food. I usually eat a lot of fruits, vegetable, beans and some fish or meat. But when I go abroad I like to try typical dishes, because I think that the gastronomy is an important part of the culture.

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