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Episode 09

In this episode Ravi is thinking about giving up his Spanish lessons, and their guests talk about a special watch and time machines. You can also follow Carolina as she and Jamie go out for dinner. Will they have a good meal?

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

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 [14:49].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:49].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:51].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:51].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:51].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

If I had a time machine.... I would go to the past and resolve conflicts, wars and problem.

Hello there ,

when Ravi said that : Well, two or three more lessons won’t hurt, will they?

what does *will they ? * at the last part of sentence meaning ? and when we should use it

And , Is there any same grammar things relating on it ?

Hello Alawi

In this sentence, 'will they' is question tag. You can read an explanation of this grammar and practise it on our Question tags page. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask us there.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

in the "your turn" part , the last person used simple past or past perfect for describing events that will have happened by 3000 .shouldn't she use tenses such as "will" or "would" or even "is gonna" ??

Hello ragamin,

The speaker uses past tenses because the whole text is a conditional structure. The speaker begins with 'If I had a time machine...' and everything which follows is a continuation of this, and in this kind of hypothetical structure past tenses are used.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

If you had a time machine, what "time" would you visit?Maybe I would like to travel back to my childhood.It was a good time in my life.

Unfortunately, I haven't got any special object, but I can stand it.
If I have a time machine, I would like to back in my childhood and started everything again.

Hello!
I think if I have a time machine I like to go about six or seven years later and see myself future.I want to know what will happen after that I leave my country to US or another country for a new life, I hope that will be nice because I really try for better life.

If I had a time machine, I’d say that I would visit 1960s cause in that time there were good music, cloths and whole life was, you know better, I mean calm and cheaper than now. I would look at my parents being young and how did the youth spend their leisure time. There weren’t any computers and smartphones that times and it means people were more outdoor. I think the whole life were more simple cause of there wasn’t that rush rhytm like now it is. People work more and more year after year cause of life becomes more expensive and economic situation more unstable than early.

If I had a time machine, I'd like to visit the Victorian Era, in Britain, surely ... All those castles and elegant clothes are interesting for me. But only for a while, because I'm not sure I like to live in that time. I really enjoy new technologies, so maybe I should travel to the future ... I think it's better to visit a museum, you do not need a time machine to travel to the past, it's cheaper. I don't know, I can not decide. I lost my chance in science fiction, I'm afraid.

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