Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about clothes, and their guests talk about the designer of Apple products, Jonathan Ive, and women's football. You can also follow Carolina on her journey from Venezuela to the UK. Will she find her suitcase?

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 [00:20] .

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:45].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:45].

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Task 4

Carolina 3

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:45].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].

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Task 8

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].

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Discussion

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Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

Comments

Women's football have not been valorized yet. I could say that the people are not interested in women's football, but such as in the men's football, it's necessary advertising and media stimulus to becomes popular. So there are n factors that explain why most people don't watch women's football. Unfortunately, the gender inequality has already influenced our way of seeing the world.

The 'capoeira' is a sport practised in Brazil. It's like a dance, but actually is a kind of fight. It's very interesting because this fight is accompanied by the sound of the 'berimbau'. The 'capoeira' came from the Africans, but it was born here in Brazil, first to solve the conflicts between the slaves without the colonizer realize that they were fighting. Nowadays it's a educative fight, a very popular sport.

Personally, I don't watch either men's football.
I've been at the stadium twice, but the game haven't excited me.
I think that women have other interests apart from sport: family, children, career, spiritual expression, different hobbies, care for beauty, housework etc.
So there are not many women who want to devote themselves to professional football, especially because of football is the team game.
Anyway there are much more men who do.
That's why there isn't a professional women's league, and that's why there aren't many games on TV.

hello team, as far as I got from the comments of above users and ur replays , we shouldn't be very careful or concentrate on grammar in informal speaking . we should get the idea or purposes of the speakers generally . is it true? thanks a lot

Hello nicky62,

It is true that informal speech tends to be quite chaotic and can be contain grammatical mistakes. Certainly these are less important than in writing or formal language. So I would say that while it is helpful to be as accurate as possible and good grammar certainly helps to make us more easily understood, it is not as important when we are speaking informally. Fluency - so the listener does not get frustrated with the conversation - and clarity of pronunciation are very important.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much peter.

Hi. I have two doubts. I'd like to know the difference between "Luggage" and "Baggage". I looked for it and I've got that is the same. And the same doubt about "Through" and "Across". I think in both cases means the same but the difference is the context where are use. And if I'm asking wrong, tell me, please. Thanks.

Hello jessica,

There's a page on just this topic in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Briefly, though, in the context of travel, 'luggage' and 'baggage' mean the same thing, but the word 'baggage' has other meanings as well. In the case of 'across' and 'through', I'd refer you to this Cambridge Dictionary page – if you scroll to the bottom, you'll see a description of how to use these two words.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, it is pretty useful!

Hello!
I can't understand Ravi said "shop assistant said that it was in the sale – last week it was eighty pounds, but this week it was only forty pounds"
Shouldn't it be "it had been in the sale - last week..."? Probably shop assistant direct speech was "It was in the sale - last week it was 80 pounds, but this week it"s only 40 pounds". So, according to the rule we shoud change tenses, and Past Indefinite must be Past perfect

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