Elementary Podcasts

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about weekends away, and their guests talk about Shakira and dancing tango in Argentina. You can also follow Carolina’s journey in the UK. Will she find her way out of the airport?

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 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:20] .

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:20] .

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Task 3

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Task 4

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Task 5

Carolina 3

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [18:10].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [18:10].

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Task 8

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [18:10].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

I prefer song in my language because I can understand the singer's filling very well,so I enjoy to listen it.

I prefer songs in english, because I'm learning english - I'm a basic level- and I think that music in english is perfect to learn and practice vocabulary and pronunciation, but because I like rock music too. Pink Floyd and Queen are my favorite british rock bands.

Hello teacher!
Task 5.5 - why the answer "Yes, it is" is wrong? And in the task 5.6 the answer "Yes, I think nothing" is wrong?
Sorry, but I don't understand.
And please write the link where I can read about it if it's possible.
Thank you.

Hello Olyalya,
The answer 'Yes, it is' is wrong because it uses 'is' rather than 'does'.
In short answers we use 'be' when the verb in the question is 'be'"
> Is this your case?
> Yes, it is.
The verb in the question is 'looks like' rather than 'be', so 'Yes, it is' is incorrect.
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In 5.6, the question is 'Anything else?' The answer to this question is a negative, so you cannot start with 'Yes...'
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You can read more about short answers on this page:
https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar/short-forms
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Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

I prefer songs in English nowadays because that helps me to practise the language, though I like lots of songs in Spanish too.

Sometimes I listen to Myanmar songs because I'm from Myanmar, and sometimes I listen to English songs. I also listen to songs in Korean and Chinese if the music is good. So, it depends on the music. During these days, I've been listening to English songs frequently, because I want to learn new words through songs.

I coincide with the voice 5. It depends. I like to listen to songs in other languages and learn some new things, but in Spanish I understand all the words, and poetry is important to me. Though I love music, and music is the universal language, isn't it?

Hello! Answer "Can you tell me what i have to do?" In part 5 of task 7 is incorrect.
Can you explain me, why word "i" for correct answer must be capitalized?

Hello legioner

The personal pronoun 'I' is always capitalised in written standard English. There is no agreement on why this is the case, but for hundreds of years it has been like this.

Note that while some people may use 'i' in some situations, I would not recommend you write this way.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

if you have a good game we can play in quiz time, write to us and let us know.
I'm going to introduce a game.
This game is between two persons. One player should go out of the room and the other player should choose a thing like a hairdryer for example and etc. in the room. When the first player comes into the room and walks in across the room, the latter player should guide him and helps him guess right just via the voice of knocking, so he knocks.
when the player is coming near to the intended thing, the knocking voice should be louder and louder and when he is far, the knocking voice is weaker, as long as his right guess, the play is going on and on.

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