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

Hello Dima,

Thank you for spotting this. I have edited the exercise to correct the mistake.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

What can I say about women's football? The answer is ‘nothing’. I’m not a football fan and watch it quite rarely but I’ve never heard my friends, who are passionate about this sport, talk about women’s football league or anything related to it neither. I think it’s less popular than men’s football because there is lesser amount of people who like watching tough and competitive women. Women weren’t allowed to do many things in the past. They were blamed for doing men’s activities and I guess this attitude hasn’t completely disappeared nowadays. Football isn’t popularized among female pupils or students in many countries and mine is no exception. I dare to assume that football could be compared to the process of human nature where “scoring a goal” by a woman is impossible and simply unnatural. That’s probably why the men’s game is subconsciously perceived as more natural and interesting and so more popular.

Hello everyone! The answer is probably somewhere in the comments but I can find it. Could you please help me with my question? In the first task there is a sentence: "You're looking very nice today, Stella". It seems to me that in this context the verb "look" has a stative meening, so why is it used in the Continuous? Thanks for you reply.

Hello morkofkalove,

Some normally stative verbs can sometimes be used with continuous forms when we want to emphasise that the action is temporary. If we say 'you look...' then it is not necessarily clear if we are talking about a person's general appearance or just their appearance at the moment. If we say 'you're looking...' then we make it clear that we are talking about the present moment, and differentiating it from the normal situation.

We can use other verbs in a similar way, such as 'think', 'feel' and 'wonder', for example.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to talk about boxing in my country as we have two great champions here and they are brothers Klichko, of course. Frankly speaking, I’ve never been to a live boxing fight but I was always rooting for the brothers when I was watching their fights on TV. Boxing bouts are usually take place in arenas or even stadiums. It happens quite rarely, actually. I mean those fights that are important enough to be broadcast on TV. Lots of people around the world cheer for their favourite contestant watching a fight live at their homes, in pubs or even in the streets on big projector screens, almost the same way they watch some big football matches. People who are fond of this sport generally don’t watch it while eating something delicate at restaurant, they just drink beer and eat some snacks instead. When I was 10 or 12, I guess, me and my friend decided to organize a boxing event in my living room. The decision was caused by the fact that we had two pairs of boxing gloves borrowed from a friend of ours. Fight lasted for 10 seconds. Having been punched in his left ear my opponent said that it was a really bad idea. It’s surely the most vivid memory of me boxing.

Product and fashion designers truly remain in the shade for most customers. I’m not talking about haute couture industry, of course, because, I guess if you buy an expensive and exclusive clothes made by some fashion designer you will most definitely know the name of them.
I, personally, would like to meet some designers whose products have become popular and widely worn all over the world. I’m talking about such brands as New Balance and Nike. These companies are without a doubt not only among the biggest manufacturers of sports clothing but they produce a great deal of casual pieces too. I would like to see all the designs that haven’t ever been produced or marketed. I’m sure each company has plenty of them. I’m interested in shoes, in particular. I would like to know how the designers spend their free time and what inspires them the most. I think the fact that they like their job is indisputable. I’m sure they’re a bit strange and a little crazy but who are not?

Hello The LearnEnglish Team!
I want to ask about politeness in the following sentence said by Helena: "You always wear black!" I perceived her intonation as discontent, especially considering the exclamation mark. Could you tell me whether it is more polite to say it that way than "You're always wearing black!" or both sentences are equal?
Thank you in advance!
Best wishes,
Dima

Hello Dima,

I'm afraid I couldn't find this sentence in the transcript, so my answer will be a general one (since I can't refer to the specific context). The present continuous with 'always' can be used to communicate mild disapproval or annoyance, so I'd say 'You're always wearing black' is a bit less polite than the present simple form. It's not really impolite to use the present continuous form, but it is not as neutral as the present simple form.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
Sorry, it's in Task1, Practice materials: Exercise 1. But in spite of the context your explanation was exhaustive for me. Thank you very much.
Best wishes,
Dima

I like to meet Thomas Alwa Edison, a great scientist who lived in last century. I think he is from Germany. He is the only person who has the patency of more than 1200 inventions in his name. And, what i like about him is specially his hardwork. I have known from books that he tried for more than 1000 times to invent Electric Bulb. He is my good inspiration. If i got a chance to meet him, i like to ask about how he got such an intrest in science to spend long hours in his laboratory.

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