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In this episode Tess is upset about losing her cat and Ravi offers support. Their guests talk about chocolate and ways of wasting time. You can also follow Carolina as she tries some British home cooking. Will she like it?

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.

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:25].

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

Note: a 'portmanteau' word is one that combines parts of two normal words to make a new word, e.g. 'chocolate' + 'alcoholic' = 'chocoholic'

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

I want to do anything that help to me,for example I plan for future week and then I check my social media and it's my favorite hobby but it isn't very good for me because I usually use the Internet at night before sleep, so I don't have a nice sleep.I do my homework at the weekend too.

ıf ı have waste time, ı clean my flat.ı don't lıke but ı must too. ı really lıke coffee so ı make turkısh coffee or espresso and listen musıc and look for the fanzine or social media.

Hello!
The information about using the present continuous tense for a definite plans is very useful for me cause I've never known that before. But I'd like to know, do I have to use present continuous tense always when saying about a definite plans or simple future is possible as well?
Thanks!

Hello Dmevko,

It's hard to comment without seeing an example with a clear context, but we generally do not use will for plans or arrangements that we already know about. You could use going to, however, which expresses an intention or expectation and is very close in meaning to this use of the present continuous.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

If I have work to do, but I do not want to do it, I'm out there, I'm looking for something I do not really need and I'm upset with myself, maybe that's why I prefer to do it quickly.
Wasting time and finding excuses not to do something is called procastination, another rare word, not invented as chocoholic. Although all the words are invented!

I bet most of us like chocolate. As for me I prefer dark kind of it with no milk and less of sugar. Perfectly there is nothing instead of cacao for chocolate to be dark and bitter. But that kind are not for everybody cause of it’s too bitter. Basically that’s adults who prefer it. I’ve never met a child who would like it. What’s the useful side of bitter chocolate? First of all there is an amino acid, called tryptophan that makes you happy and cheerful after you ate it. Being less of sugar is healthy cause of sugar contributes to increase of cholesterol level and your teeth can be spoil. In case of teeth, mainly not to forget to brush them after every eating sweets. I’m not against of milk chocolate and don’t think it’s completely bad (actually I like all kinds) but if I had ever asked whether I like bitter one, I’d definitely say yeah.
When I have some work that’s not required to be done at the moment I’m not so far from people who were asked in the podcast. Checking facebook, Instagram, internet surfing and solitaire are all about me. In addition I like having a little break dreaming or music listening with well-quality headphones. There is a music app I also like using while leisure time. An interesting book is not an exception as well. Plus I always try to learn something of English using this website for instance. It’s really pleasure for me to leave comments below after listening a podcast and to get answers from you professional teachers. Thank you for your answers.
Why Tess doesn’t like jokes so? Some of them are nice she comments, but it would be wonderful if she could tell some joke as well.

Hello,
Could I ask two questions, please?
1- What's the difference between (I'll call in 'on' my Mum on my way home), and (I'll call in 'to' the Hat and Feathers for a pint on the way back).
Could I replace 'to' instead of 'in' and vise versa in the last two sentences above?
2- Ravi said: Yeuk, What does that word mean?
I googled it but I didn't get the meaning.

Thanks in advance.

Hello corflz,

1. In standard use, as far as I know, we call in 'on' a person and we call in 'to' a place. This can be with the telephone (e.g. 'I called in to work to report that I was ill') or to a place in person (as in your example about the pub).

2. 'yeuk' is another spelling of 'yuck'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

Helped me a lot! I've got a last question. Might I use "go through" in any of your exemples?

Hi again NahB,

You could say 'go through' in my first sentence with the same meaning as 'pass through'. If you said it in my second one, it would be a little ambiguous, but to me it would imply that you are going to stop, even though it doesn't explicitly say that you will. 'go through' would not be appropriate in my third sentence.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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