Elementary Podcasts

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk to Gordon about his adventures making a documentary about whales. Their other guests talk about superpowers. You can also follow Carolina as she’s getting ready to go back to Venezuela for the summer holidays. Is she excited to go home for a visit?

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

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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 [14:11].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:11].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:22].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:22].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:22].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

I suppose, I am dying to have a ability for making people around me happy and funny, because ,to my mind, happiness- the most important thing in our life.

How good to listen to Gordon again! Wow, he’s more talkative than has been before. He said he had a position as a sound producer in a documentary that’s about whales. I wish I saw what he did while the trip. I mean lots of whales just right in front of you, so close. Someday I visited Oceanarium in my home city where I saw real delphins. That’s was really amazing.
I liked how the quiz was led. Ravi seems to be wishing be better than Tess and always say she takes easier topics in quiz than he is, therefore he has less score than Tess. This time he got 0-5 score. He did his best, even tried to press the button earlier then Tess, disregarding he hadn’t any right answer. Happily that’s was just a joke. Nice to see his reaction.
Answering the question about what superpower would you like to have, I’d say it’s flying definitely. Just imagine when you fly, you can see everything around from big height. The world seems much more beautiful if you look at it like birds do. Fields, trees, lakes and buildings seems so cute and beautiful like in a picture.
Thanks a lot for this series.

What a question! I would like to be able to heal people with a touch. Alleviating the others suffering must be absolutely fantastic!
Thank you very much for this series, all the characters are so lovely! I like Tom's explanations, he is really an excellent teacher.

I love joke's Gordon!

I would like to have two superpowers from that list: flying and being invisible.

Health - one of the main value for each man. So I'd like to have ability to heal any disease.

Hi Team!
Writing in english is very difficult. In other moment I wrote this. Anyway is very important believe in the men for me and while I believe in my efforts I think that i contribute for the world better. The animals really need of the humanity and the men need rescue your indentify. The animals represent our feeling. Is incredible that exist men cause dam in the animals.

Today i want to talk about eating
My teacher asked the whole class " what do you like?".Most of my friends like travelling all the world and so am i. But i prefer eating more than travelling.
Firstly, It is just my taste that make me feel excited in eating.In fact, I'm absolutely happy when i am full.Conversely,when i am hungry, i get annoy easily. To me, it is a best way to heal a broken heart and relieved after a stressed day.
Secondly, Vietnam where has a cuisine variety, you can not miss explore the food of Vietnam. More over, cuisine represents the culture.Each taste you get is a story behind that did me favor to find out my country and the world. I believed that it is a great method to travel the world. For instant, street foods in Vietnam or Thaland; Pizza and spagetty come from Italia.
The lastest, I really love the meals made by my mom. To me, my mother is a master chef. not because of luxury foods but because i can touch how much she love me in every food she made. I can feel hard cook of hers in the kitchen as well. so i am dying to eat all.it is a meaning to me and i love my mom
Includun, eating is able to make my life better. To eat a lot, i need gym everyday. I know that eating to be happy but to do exercise to eat more.
thank you!!!!

Thank alot British council.I'm sure I have been improving my listening skill gradually.I listen at least once episode almost everyday.I would like to talk about a special animal when I saw my first time.It was penguins.I have never seen before because they can only survive in cold climate.I saw them in the Naypyitaw zoological garden.They are so cute.I love them.

Hello all,

In the 7:38 moment of the podcast Tess says: "Usually we ask the questions to someone else but this time ..."

I've been taught (rightly or wrongly) that we have these choices for occasions like above:
1- We ask someone the questions....
2- We ask the questions of someone ...

But Tess uses some other pattern.
Is "asking questions *to* someone" correct please?

Thanks beforehand.

And how can I see all Tess, Ravi, Jaime and Carolina? :-) I'm interested in it.

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