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].

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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

Hi everybody
What is the meaning of getting on, when Ravy talks about Carolina and he says " We follow her in every podcast to hear how she's getting on?

Hi mohsen2,

The meaning here is something like 'to see if things are going well for her'.

You can always check the meanings of phrases like this in an online dictionary. For example, the entry for 'get on' is here.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter for your answer. I always use Cambridge dictionary but sometimes there are several meanings for a single word or phrase.

Hello learn English team,
Thanks for the podcast, helpful with easy language i have understood without the transcript.

I want to tell about arab food. In arab kitchen we can find one dish which is called ...
I don't know, actually how it would be in english. I will try to describe it. It includes a pitta bread, some vegetables like tomato and cucumber, also there is pieces of meat (pork, beef, chicken), sauce (I don't know how they make it). May be it's not a full list but it's a main ingredients. Vegetables and piece of meat are placed all over the pitta bread, then it all is poured by sauce and wrapped up into itself. In general, we start to eat it without fork and knife, but if you want you can use ones. In Russia it's a very popular fast-food, it's a cheap and delicious. When I was on holiday in Germany I couldn't find this dish. I tried to find it in Turkey cafe but all what I found was a dishes called "Yfka" and "Doner". Those ones were a bit same, but not as delicious as that one I describe above.

Hi Major! In arabic countries e.g. in Saudi Arabia this type of meal is named a Shawerma.

Why in "preparation", in section about Carolina there is next sentence: "Carolina is a British size five for shoes..."
I have a question, why we use «is a British...» instead «has a British...»

Hello MajorKlepto,

When we talk about clothing size we use 'be' instead of 'have'. For example, we would say that a person is a medium or is a size 40. It is the same with shoe sizes.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi "Tom the teacher",

I learned so much English from your website, it's very useful. I listening podcasts too, I really enjoy it and I have a few questions about if it is possible to help me:

1. The Present perfect passive it is: TO HAVE+BEEN+VB(III). When and where it is good to use it? I notice this tense in articles (Science Direct but not only). Are there
other situations when it is necessary to use BEEN/BEING? or being it's just for present perfect continuous passive?

2. I know "I GOT" is for possession but how about "I GET"?..Is there a difference between this two?

3. What is the difference between "other" and "others"? Both of them are plurals? The singular form is "another", right?
Regards, Oana

Hi Olana Raluca,

Let me start with question #2. The difference between 'got' and 'get' is one of tense: 'got' is the second (past) and third (past participle) form of the verb and 'get' is the first form (present).

The word 'other' has many uses (see here for a list). It can be a noun, an adjective, a prounoun, an adverb or a determiner. I'm afraid it's no possible for us to go through so many in these comments sections, which are designed for short concrete questions. If you have a question about a particular example of 'other' and 'others' in a sentence or two then please post those and then we'll be able to comment on the particular use you have in mind; we can't describe all possible uses in a general way, unfortunately, because there are just so many.

Similarly, please post an example sentence with your first question. We have pages on the use of different verb forms (such as on the present perfect, or perfective forms, or passive voice, for example). In the comments sections we can comment on specific examples, not provide long explanations of all possible uses - that is what those pages are for.

If you can provide those examples then we'll be happy to comment on them for you.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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