Elementary Podcasts

In this episode Ravi has hurt his leg and Tess persuades him to go to the doctor. Their guests talk about architect Zaha Hadid and complaining about bad service. You can also follow Carolina as she goes to the hairdresser. Will she get a new look?

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 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 3

Tess and Ravi 3

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 4

Tess and Ravi 4

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 5

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:54].

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Task 6

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:54].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:46].

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Task 8

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:46].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

I think that this exercice is not very hard.

My reaction depends on the situation. Sometimes people are victims of yield requirements. I try to be polite even if feel decived ! But I can't tolerate rude or provacative attitude. So I complain when I get bad service only when I think it is due to the staff's behaviour.

Hello!
I never complain on the site about bad quality services. I always do it in a letter/e-mail, after. I think that way is more serious and the management structure will know the issue, which is important.
Carolina, you should consider yourself lucky that they just trimmed your hair! My hair needs trimming too righ now, but I don't like to go to the hairdresser's at all!

good afternoon , I'm very happy to find this site and be a member,it will really help me yo learn english .
I've listened for the first section and I want to know the meaning of the expression used by tess:
"don't push your luck"
I have another question please . what does mean the "s" in "doctor's"
I'm not sure if this is the right place where I must write my question,so excuse me .
 
 

Hello. I will try to explain the meaning of those expressions.
Tess says 'Don`t push your luck!' which means Don`t take advantage of the situation!'. For example, Tess offers to help Ravi , but then he pretends that his leg is so sore that he can`t walk to take some water, so he takes advantage of the situation by trying to use Tess.
The 's' from  'doctor`s' is often use by the British people as a shortcut of the word. The entire expression is 'doctor`s center' or 'doctor`s place'.

Dear freind
iam very happy for these courses ileran much thanks for your programe
best regards
lahcene

Today, I can't open "download transcript" only. Any idea what's wrong with it? :(

Sorry... Let me continue to say about my problem...
When I click on "download transcript only", another tab is opened and there's "FoxitReaderOCX.ocx failed to load". I don't know what to do.

Hi Hun Tun Oo

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Kevan Cummins
 

I like this program! great!

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