Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

Welcome to LearnEnglish podcasts! In this episode the presenters, Tess and Ravi, introduce themselves, and their guests talk about Angelina Jolie, New York City and celebrities who work for charity. You can also meet Carolina, a Venezuelan student who’s coming to live in the UK. Will she arrive safely?

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 [11:55].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2

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I would like to meet Ibrahem Abbas , he is saudi author . I knew him from his first novel "hawjan" . I really loved it , it took about the the gobin who loved the human girls . I want to meet to ask him about many things ,like how did know and collect the information about the other world .

The person that I would like to meet is Adam Khoo. He is a millionaire and an good educator. I knew him from his own book named "I am gift, so are you". I love the way he changed his life upside down thanks to some method of learning. I had read that brillian book, tried all the way to learn and as a result, my study became better and better. If I have any chance, I would like to meet him and ask him many thing else about how he can be successful like he is now.

I would like to meet Amancio Ortega. He’s an important business man from Spain. He`s famous for being the man who built the empire of Inditex. I like him because he has started from the base. Initially he was a sewer, so he knows how the business works. I would like to talk to him about how someone can start in the business world and his recommendations.

Retiro is the main park of Madrid. It is situated in the center of the city and it was built in the first middle of XVII century as the Palace’s garden.
Nowadays, it’s a park where people go to do exercice like running, skating or walking; or simply to have a picnic or café.
I like this park because it is a place where you can be and you don’t think you are in the center of a big city. It’s the perfect place to relax or to do exercice.

i'd like to meet shahab hoseini. he is a famous actor from iran who is reputed in the word by his film. he is Winner Silver Bear for Best Actor in separation movie and Winner Best Actor Award at Cannes Film Festival for salesman movie. he was born in Tehran but he is originally from Tonokabon. he is 44 years old. he don't make show of that it's his best properties. he is not snobby person and for this reason, he is very popular in iran.

I'd like to meet Paulo Coelho. He's a writer Brazilian very famous around the world. Your true history in Brazil is sad, he was in an prision when the Brazil was in the dictatorship policties. Now he lives in Switzerland with your wife. Paulo Coelho will release your new book wich describing the time that arrested. When I was 16th, i was reading a lot of books the Paulo Coelho.

Jumping at worlds, next to the time. Hello, I’ m Luís Avellar, my city is Brasília, in Brazil. I’ll write this topic and introduce me gratefull with to the LearningEnglish Team, does the courses greatness. Perhaps, lost in the space, I’m find Penny Robinson, in the 70’s years ago.

The Man, Who I Admire is Stephen Hawking, a famous physical science of the world. Previously I only know his name in books when I studied at school until I saw a film about his life. I actually knew more clearly about him. A man with strong energy, intelligent, and with me, he was an attractive man. I almost am attracted by that film. I like him, admire him. I admire his wife's love too. She was a good woman, have a great love for her husband.
Last two months, I felt saddened to hear he died. Our world was lost a great man in research science and in life.

In the transcript, "Although it looks completely natural, the park is man made, created over 150 years ago."

I see a bit strange in the structure "the park is man made..". why we can say, "the park is man", what it means ?
"the park" is subject, "is" is verb, "man" is object, is it right?
I think the sentence has to write " the park is made by man.."

Hi mitykg,

'man made' was a spelling error -- the correct word is 'man-made' (artificial, not natural). I've fixed this now, thanks to you. I'm sorry that it confused you!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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