Elementary Podcasts

In this episode Ravi is planning his holiday and tells Tess all about it. Their guests talk about running in the Lake District and special talents. You can also follow Carolina on her weekend trip away. Will everything go to plan?

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

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:24].

Exercise

Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:51].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:51].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:24].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:24].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:24].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

How can I download the podcast?

Hello Sumayah_137

The easiest way is to use a computer. Right-click on the audio player and then choose 'Save As Audio' and then it should download to your computer.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Well, it's rather a difficult question for me , because I wanna have a lot of talents. For example: have an excellent English pronunciation or an ability to work without stopping. Have a nice day!

I am trying to keep fit so I know many different ways to get healthy. I'd rather play football, tennis or just jogging. Be healthy!

Hello! In the Episode 8 of the Series 2 Tom the Teacher says: "Now, that time Ravi did use the present progressive tense with "think". Could you please explain why did Tom say "Ravi did use..." in this case? Why not "Ravi used..."?

Hello MariaPisareva

When we want to emphasise a verb in the present simple or past simple, people often insert the auxiliary verb 'do' in one of its forms ('do' or 'does' in the present or 'did' for the past) to make the emphasis. That is why Tom says 'did use' instead of simply 'used' here. Saying 'used' is also correct here, but 'did use' is more emphatic.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team 

I'm sorry but actually, I'd rather Ravy's voice when he voiceovered for the talking dog. His voice sound very funny :)))

I would like to have the talent to play the cello as well as Jacqueline du Pré did. She was an incredible British cellist, unforgettable for all of us who played a little. She remains a point of reference for any musician. Although she died very young (there is an excellent movie about her life, she really had a cinematic life), she left many recordings without equal and continues to teach from his wonderful videos. I play and I teach the cello too, but I'm so far from being as great as her!

Happy New Year !
I can't understand a thing, why in this sentence :
" Well, there's loads of things to do in Barcelona" "there is" is a singular form even the sentence gets on with "loads of things" ( that means more things = plural form) and in
"There are lots of good clothes shops for you." you put "there are" (plural form) and the remainder of the sentence has almost the same meaning likewise the exemple above ( some more clothes / shops).
I found them both in Series 02 Ep. 08 ,Suport Pack, Section 1 - Have you been to... , Exercise 1 - g.

Thank you very much

Hi Last biker

In informal speech, native speakers often use the singular form when really the plural one is the most correct. I'd encourage you to use the more correct form in your own speaking and writing, though!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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