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

Hello abullooth,

The meaning here is 'for a time'. Depending on the context, this could be a short or long time in the opinion of the speaker, but it usually refers to a time which is longer than they would like. For example:

I've been waiting for the bus for a while.

Take a seat, please, as this may take a while.

Look, I've been on hold for a while now. How much longer do I have to wait?

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone,
I'd like to tell you which country's food is my favorite.
I prefer light, tasty and not spicy food with vegetables and rice. That's why I like Thai food.

hi i would like to download serious in mp3, before one week i did and it was very helpful, but now i can't because there is no option, also i am not sure to forget how to download so i need help how to download.

thank you.

Hello Hamseabdi,

You can download every episode by pressing or clicking on the words 'elementary-podcasts-s02-e01.mp3' (under the audio player) and choosing the 'Save as' option. You can also find this series in the iTunes store, where you can download the episodes a bit more easily, and as an app.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much mr Kirk, I understand now!

I'd like stitching. It's really great! I started stitching when I was five. It is not very complicate, but you have ti be very accurate and have a lot of time.

I'd like to talk about my favorite food. As an iranian i was brought up by persian traditional foods. However, firstly i prefer european food especially mideterranean ones and italian foods. Secoundly As i'm a multi-choice man, i like mexicians,too. In addition as i love fresh fryed spicy vegetables, i'm into chinese or thai foods,too. In one word: all traditional ones

My favorite food is swiss cheese fondue for sure! I'm from Holland and of course I love all kinds of cheese but a I find a big pot with melted cheese to dip some bread and vegetables in absolutely delicious! Me and my friends always eat so much of that we feel sick afterwards and are not able to move ourselves anymore......

I really like Pakistan Food. its spicy, tasty, and having wonderful tastes especially biryani and Kabab. I also like chinese but in a modified form according to my taste buds.

i was always happy when talking about food..hahaha
i love all the food especially dessert..
i love the ice cream, cakes, puddings.
i love the sweetness, full of flavors.

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