Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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?

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 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].

Exercise

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.

Exercise

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

Hello Gambomusa,
In my opinion it's an advice that tell you someone who love you so you don't make a mistake. If you go to Las Vegas and you win 1000 dollars your mother would tell you "if you bet all your money you will loose it, so Don't push your luck" Sorry, my english isn't still quite good, I hope that help you.

Thank you very much for your explanation I really appreciated it THANKS

Hi teacher, Hi everyone!
I don't reach understand the connective "so what" in the sentence "... ingredients such as herbs and also fish sauce so what comes out of that is a lot of flavours of seafood plus herbs, ..."
Thanks in advance and have a nice day.

Hello ssoniacs,

The full sentence is:

They don’t use a lot of oil they use a lot of natural ingredients such as herbs and also fish sauce so what comes out of that is a lot of flavours of seafood plus herbs.

Your confusion is caused by your thinking 'so what' is one phrase; it is not here. The structure of the sentence, in simplified form is:

They use these ingredients so the result is that it has this taste.

As you can see, 'so' links the cause and result; 'what comes out of this' is the subject of the second clause.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much, after explanation I understand it much better. Best regards!

Hi. I elementary level of English. From what exercises should I start, because there are so many different tasks. Which ones lighter?

Hello Lokki,

If you take a look at our Help page you'll see some advice on getting started on LearnEnglish, including suggestions for elementary level users.

Best wishes and good luck!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Please ,where is the poadcast transcript?

Hello Gersonrocha,

You can find the transcript by clicking on Instructions & downloads. A small box will open up, and inside you'll see the transcript in pdf format.

Best regards,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hay how are you all.? I am a new member.

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