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?

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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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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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Intermediate: B1

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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

Hello

task 2 My favorite sport - chess

At first I played chess against early computers in the 80's as a teenager but not against humans.
I played the trombone at the centre of my village in 1989, when I was eighteen years old. When we had a short break I came to a stall from the chess club of that village. I played some games against a local player. Meanwhile the break of the music club was over, and I came too late to play because I played chess too long.

I quitted at the music club and joint the chess club. Many years it was great fun to play.

As I got much older I lost the interest in chess and quitted but I often look at a internet site of a newspaper where there are three chess problems a day. I often solve the two easier ones.

Bye

In sentences like " I bought you that car, so you won't walk to work" and " I left her at home because I don't love her anymore." Are these correct? The first half of the sentence is past tense but the latter is present tense. Doesnt this break the verb tense/ consistency rule? And Are we using the present tense because the other half of the sentence stays true?

Hello Tim,

In the first example you have a future form (the modal 'will'), not a present form. Both sentences are perfectly fine.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'tense consistency rule'. In each sentence one action is a finished action in the past and the other is either a future action (won't have to walk) or a present truth (don't love her).

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Are the verb tense usages in these sentences correct, " I came before they did, yet you are attending to them first. " I don't know what he means, but I know he slapped her yesterday."

Hello Timmosky,

Yes, all correct.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,
which one we should say:
a. They turned their faces to me.
b. They turned their face to me.
i.e. Does nous coming after determiner have to agree with subject in terms with singular plural case?

Hello Zeeshan,

a) is the correct sentence here, unless you're speaking about multiple beings that share one face. You should normally use a plural noun after a plural determiner ('faces' after 'their').

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear all,
I usually think it’s better on the whole to tell a white lie to don’t hurt your partner’s feelings.
However if he/she have done something wrong to you and you try to explain that they hurt you then they change version to make things better, they turn down the truth.
They spare themselves bad feelings (I don’t know if I catch the meaning about “to spare someone’s feelings ???).
So if you want to get on well with someone is preferable don’t tell the truth and act as if nothing has happened?

Hello dolphin59,

Yes, you can 'spare someone's feelings'. Good work! 

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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