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

Food is food. I mean, I need food to live, nothing more. There is healthy food- fruit, vegetables, corn, dairy products, meat, fish, water...It`s nice and tasty. When I lived in Orenburg( it`s rather cold in winter there) I would eat more meat.Now I eat more fruit and berrys, and vegetables because they`re cheaper and fresher and tastier here , in Ukraine.

Hello everyone could u plz help me what I can do for improving my english skills.

Hello Sadaf-farhan,

The best place to go for tips and suggestions is our Help page, which has a great deal of advice about learning English in general and about using LearnEnglish

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Oh, I do miss Gordon's joke!. You know? is not very common to find jokes in websites that teach English. In fact, I think this is the first place where I could hear about this topic. I liked them because were a great challenge, I had to be aware of all the words in order to understand the joke.

I like Italian food as a pizza, lasagne, spagetti etc. I love omlet and crossaints from France. I hate spicy food. I had try to learn knitting without good effect.

What does "in social terms" mean?
Thank you in advance.

Hello anvivuu,

If you look up 'terms' in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online searchbox (on the lower right side of this page) and then scroll down to where it says 'in terms of' in big green letters, you can see a similar example of 'terms' used in this way. It's difficult to say exactly what this means without knowing the context, but I think that dictionary entry will help you figure it out. If not, please ask us again, this time explaining the context and we'll be happy to help you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, my name's Minh, my favourite food is vietnamese cuisine because it's a lot of taste and a lot of kind of foods.

Hi, Kirk
I have something to ask you.
I was wondering "It took me ages".
what does it mean?
It means it takes long time?

Hello YungJin,

Yes, that's correct – 'ages' is an informal way of saying 'a long time'.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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