Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess shares some good news with Ravi, and their guests talk about Formula 1 and telling the truth. You can also follow Carolina as she takes something back to a shop. Will she get her money back?

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 [14:00].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:00].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hi again Last biker,

Yes, you are right. Thanks very much for taking the time to point this error out to us. I've put it on our to-do list and we'll get to fixing it as soon as we can.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone,
I can't understand something: in Task 7 : Tom the teacher 4 - why you use '' have got'' in this sentence : ''I have got an exam tomorrow ''- for something that will happen in future ? As I know it is a past form , isn't it ?
And a second question : in the same exercise there is the sentence : '' We have got a new dog'' - that means : we'll have a new dog in future ?
I'm sure that I missed something in my knowledges about tenses in English and I need your help.

Thank you so much for your time

Hi Last biker,

'have got' and 'have' mean the same thing in the two sentences you ask about. Even though it looks like a present perfect form, it is a present simple form. In first sentence you ask about, it does indeed refer to the future -- the present simple can refer to future events that are fixed in some way (see the Present simple and future time on the page I linked to before). In the second sentence, it simply refers to the general present time (see the Present simple and present time section).

You can also read a bit more about 'have got' on this page if you'd like to know more.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

In this sentese "Is it best to tell the truth"
Can I use both best and also better?

Hello NahB,

I would say that in most contexts you can use the two words interchangeably with no change in meaning.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I don't think that always to tell the truth is a good idea. Moreover, there are definite circumstances in which people must tell the lie. For example, doctor to patient (sometimes), spies, undercover agent, soldiers in captivity, and sometimes we mustn't tell the truth so that don't hurt feelings of the people that we love. Not in vain extreme degree of the truth is called cynicism.

In task 5 exercise 2 for second question one of the option is " It... cost quite a lot". Is it grammatically correct? Isn't should write "It ...costs quite a lot"?

Hello krig,

The verb cost is an irregular verb and its past and present forms are the same. In the task the form cost is a past simple form and so there is no third-person ending.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I see, thank you!

Hello

task 4 – Is it always better to tell the truth?

In think that in general it is better to tell the truth. If you lie about something you must remember more e.g. what you have said. You have to think more which is more difficult than telling the truth.

If you made a mistake and admit it people usually forgive you fast but if you lie about it for a longer period of time people might be upset if you confess something very late that you have done something wrong.

Sometimes I make a small lie, so that I don't hurt someone's feelings. A college has had his hair cut and it looked terrible. I asked him whether he has cut his hair by himself, and he denied it. He asked me what it looks like, and I said it looks o.k. Then I added that if I had cut my hair that short it wouldn't look good. So it was obvious that it didn't look good. I was a bad liar.

I work in a German warehouse and people drive their car in the street on the right side of the road. As I was in an aisle in the warehouse a colleague said that I'm walking on the left side of the aisle. She meant that I should go on the same side as when I would drive a car (the right side). I didn't think that she meant that seriously. It's unimportant on which side of an aisle I'm walking, and I told her that. I laughed about her. Since then she doesn't greet me anymore. And she is very sensitive about my slightest mistakes.

Bye

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