Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Ravi is having a bad day and he tells Tess all about it. Their guests talk about the English city of Bath and global problems facing humanity. You can also follow Carolina as she goes away for the weekend with the Conservation Society. Will they have a good trip?

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 [00:24].

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

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

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Task 3

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:08].

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Task 4

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:08].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

Summary: The person who wrote the sentences in the exercise lives in the tropics and likes it there. What he most enjoys doing in his free time is seeing soap operas, as well as sunbathing. He doesn't like doing exercise but he does like very spicy food.

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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Task 8

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

I think all the opinions that are heard on the podcast are true, and are related to each other. Selfishness, ambition and injustice have caused and continue to cause lack of empathy, accumulation of wealth, destruction of large wooded areas and as a consequence, climate change. Hopefully we can do something to reverse the situation.

I definitely agree with people from Your Turn telling about climate change, environmental protection, humanity relations and do on. I can add my own mention in question. There is economic inequality in the world. Some countries like USA, European Union and similar have a stable economy and strong currency. That’s all mean there are high living standards in those countries. What about countries where there is weaker currency? People do the same work but have big difference in salary and living standard. Africa, some Asian countries like Bangladesh or Philippines are in question. I don’t know exactly what’s the real reason of it but I can guess it depends from government. Look at South Korea or Japan and even Vietnam. These countries haven’t lots of value resources like oil or metals but government have real strategy of how to high and maintain economy. There are more and more different works, factories and companies appeared letting people have work and earn. For example South Korea having special oil refinery works can propose to the world very high-quality service plus there is a huge Samsung works producing 80 percent of Supertanker’s fleet in the world. People have job and good salary disregarding the fact they are not in Europe. They don’t need to emigrate in search of better life. And look at Russia which has huge amount of resources. It doesn’t make the country to have stable economy. The most part of big companies specialised in export oil, natural gas, value metals, wood and many many other things abroan located in Moscow so all moneys go there only. The rest part of the country, Middle and Eastern Russia having low living standards also suffers from unemployment or too little paid jobs. Government doesn’t have any plans how to liven up economy. No any development and producing apart from just transporting resources abroad and that’s all. That’s the biggest problem of Russia.

Hello,I wanted to ask about part4 when the woman in voice 2 said (those of us) i didn't understand what's those refers to and why it (us) not (ours)

Hello fidasiddig,

We use the phrase 'those of us/you/them' to refer to a part of a group.

 

For example, if you speak to a group of people and want to refer only to people who are married then you might say:

Those of you who are married...

 

If you are married and so are also part of that group then you can say:

Those of us who are married...

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I have a question, please.
Henry said to Carolina (in you get), what does this expression mean? Does it mean, come in and get in the car?
Another thing, off you go, means you can leave, right?
Is it okay to say it in our ordinary daily speaking, and are there different meanings or usages for that expression.
Thanks a lot in advance.

Hi corflz,

Yes, here 'in you get' means 'you can get in' and 'off you go' means 'you can go off'. Changing the normal order of some phrasal verbs by switching the order of the verb and adverb particles in this way can make them have a friendly imperative meaning or be used to place emphasis on the action, often in a description.

As far as I know, this tends to be done with phrasal verbs of movement -- other examples are 'Away he ran' or 'Down they fell'. I wouldn't recommend using this form with just any phrasal verb of movement, but if you keep your eyes open as you read, you may come across other similar forms from time to time.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi again,
in Task 4 I found these two senteces :
a) Man: Go back the way you came ABOUT five miles and then...
b) Woman: Go back the way you came FOR ABOUT two miles and then....
My question is why is there this difference in the same meaning of both sentences ?
Thank you so much for you time and patience

Hello Last biker,

Both of these are correct. Languages often have phrases where a word can be omitted without changing the meaning. This is an example of that.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I think people from wealthy countries consider climate change the biggest problem of humanity while people in poor countries would wish equitable distribution of wealth.

Hello

series 2 number 7 task 4

What's the biggest problem facing humanity today?

I think that since the second world war the western world has only minor problems.

We have got enough to eat, we have no wars, our education is good and the diseases which killed many people in the past are no big problem today.

There are several countries (mainly in the southern hemisphere) where people suffer. It's not our fault though. They have to go the same way as the western world did. We are not responsible for other countries. They must take their fate into their own hands.

When I was a child I collected money for the poor people in Africa. Today many decades later they still suffer. They must solve their own problems. When the growth rate of their population is higher that their economical growth things won't get better for them.

Some people see the human nature as a problem but this is something which we can't change. It's the same as complaining about the weather. It's senseless.

Many people say that climate change is our main problem. The weather has also changed in the past. Africa was in the past green. You can find pictures on rocks or caves which show a rich wildlife. When the weather changes some will lose and some will win. If some plants won't grow at their old places you can plant them somewhere else where the conditions are improving.

Bye

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