Episode 01

Welcome to Series 2! In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about birthdays, and their guests talk about knitting and favourite food. Do you remember Carolina from Series 1? She’s a student from Venezuela who’s studying in Newcastle and in this episode she goes shoe shopping. What type of shoes will she choose?

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.


Section 1: "It's Tess's birthday today…!"

Ravi: Hello and welcome to the Second series of the LearnEnglish Elementary podcast. This is podcast number one. If you listened to the first series you’ll remember – I hope – that my name’s Ravi…
Tess: … and I’m Tess. Yes, we’re back again. I hope you didn’t miss us too much. We’ve had a little break – did you go anywhere nice Ravi? Ravi: No.
Tess: – and now we’re back with more good stuff for you to listen to. We’ve got…
Ravi: Aren’t you going to tell them, Tess? I’ll tell them if you don’t. We’ve chosen a special day to come back – it’s Tess’s birthday today, isn’t it?
Tess: Yeah, it is.
Ravi: Happy birthday!
{sound of kiss on the cheek}

Tess: Thank you.
Ravi: Are you doing anything special?
Tess: Well, I’m going out for dinner with some friends tonight and then we might go to a club. I’m not really sure.
Ravi: Sounds good. Where are you going to eat? Is it somewhere a bit special or …
Tess: Yeah, it’s a French place. I’ve heard it’s really good but I haven’t been there.
Ravi: I’m sure it’ll be great. Any good presents? Tess: Well, I got some money from my mum and dad to buy myself something nice so I’m going to get some new boots with that. And that’s it, so far ….
Ravi: Well, I’ll get you a coffee when we finish here, OK?
Tess: OK. And a cake?
Ravi: Oh go on then. A small one. But let’s get on with it. What have we got today?

Tess: We’ve got our quiz, then we’ve got people telling us about their favourite food. And Carolina’s back again.
Ravi: Right. If you’re listening and you don’t remember Carolina, she’s a student from Venezuela who’s come to Britain to study and we follow her in every podcast to hear how she’s getting on.

Section 2: I’d like to talk about…

Tess: But to start with, we’ve got something new. This section is called ‘I’d like to talk about…’ In every podcast, we’ll talk to someone who wants to tell us about something that they’re interested in. It could be anything – a hobby, a person, a place, a thing – something that you know a bit about and would like to share with Ravi and me – and all our listeners of course. And to start us off with ‘I’d like to talk about …’ we’ve got Esther here with us. Esther. Hello.
Esther: Good morning.
Ravi: Hi Esther. Welcome to the podcast. You’re a student aren’t you?
Esther: Hello Ravi. Yes, that’s right.
Ravi: Here in London? What are you studying?

Esther: Yeah. Chemistry. I’m doing a Masters.

Ravi: Blimey. Is that what you’re going to tell us about? I’m lost already.
Esther: No, actually. I’d like to talk about knitting.
Ravi: Knitting?

Esther: Yeah, knitting. It’s really popular nowadays you know. Lots of young people are doing it. There’s a university knitting club that I’m in.
Ravi: But why do people want to knit?
Tess: To make things Ravi! To make things to wear! You’re wearing a jumper – it’s made of wool – well, it’s knitted, isn’t it? You get the wool from a sheep and you knit a jumper! Or socks! Or a scarf!
Ravi: OK, OK, OK, don’t go crazy - it was a stupid question. Sorry Esther.
Esther: That’s OK. But you know, there are some men in our knitting club too, and some of them are really good at it. Knitting’s really quite fashionable now. There are celebrity knitters and everything.
Ravi: Yeah?
Esther: Yeah. There’s Madonna, and erm … Julia Roberts and Uma Thurman. Lots of people. And of course, nowadays people are more worried about the environment and trying to recycle things, and so knitting’s perfect. You can take an old jumper that you don’t like any more and make something new. It’s a cheap way to get clothes.

Tess: Good point. Do you know anything about the history of knitting Esther? When did it start?

Esther: Not really. Some people say that it started with people making nets, you know, for catching fish or animals, but nobody knows for sure. I saw a pair of socks once in a museum. They were from Egypt, about a thousand years old I think. They were beautiful, really complicated, but that’s the oldest thing I know.

Ravi: That’s interesting.
Esther: Remember that they didn’t have machines for knitting till the nineteenth century, so everything was done by hand - even clothes for kings and queens. In England it was always men that knitted for the rich people. They had to do six years’ training to become ‘master’ knitters.
Ravi: Six years!
Tess: So women didn’t knit?
Esther: Well poor women did of course. In fact the whole family used to knit – the fathers and the children too - making socks and things that they could sell to make money.
Tess: Did you make that jumper you’re wearing?

Esther: Yes, I did.
Tess: It’s really nice. Esther: Thank you. It took me ages.

Tess: I could never make something like that.

Esther: You could. You have to practise but it’s not that difficult. That’s another thing I like about knitting. When you start you can just do kind of simple things like scarves and stuff and then when you get a bit better at it you can make more difficult things like this.
Tess: Well, that’s great. Thanks very much Esther. Really interesting.

Esther: Thank you.
Tess: Ravi? What do you think? Want to start knitting?
Ravi: Hmmm. Maybe. Hey, Tess. What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?

Tess: A father sheep and a mother kangaroo? Or the other way round?
Ravi: I don’t know – it doesn’t matter Tess. The joke’s just ‘what do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?’.
Tess: Go on
Ravi: A woolly jumper.
Tess: You’ve been waiting to say that, haven’t you?
Ravi: Yeah.
Tess: Well, Esther is going to give us some knitting pictures and links to put up on the site if you want to find out more.
Ravi: You enjoyed that, didn’t you? Why don’t you try and knit something?
Tess: I could, couldn’t I? I could make you a scarf for your birthday. When is your birthday? Is it in June?
Ravi: Yeah, the fifteenth. You’ve got plenty of time if you start now.
Tess: Ho, ho. …. Oh. I forgot to say, listeners, if you want to write something or record something you can send it to us at learn English podcast at British Council dot org, that’s learnenglishpodcast - all one word – at - britishcouncil – all one word DOT org, that’s o-r- g. Like I said, it can be whatever you want – a hobby, a person, anything. Or just tell us if you like knitting. Send it to us and we’ll put the best answers on the site.

Section 3 – Quiz

Ravi: OK. Time now to go to the phone to talk to today’s quiz contestant, who is Mark from Nottingham. Hello, Mark? No. Er ..OK ..
Mark: {on phone} Hello?
Ravi: Mark! Hi. How are you? Mark: I’m fine thanks, Ravi.

Ravi: What are you up to today?
Mark: Oh, nothing special. It’s my day off so I’m not doing very much.
Ravi: What do you do?
Mark: I work in a clothes shop in Nottingham.

Ravi: Ah. OK. It’s not Paul Smith is it? He’s from Nottingham isn’t he? Great designer.
Mark: No, it’s not Paul Smith, He is from Nottingham though. No, I work in a small clothes shop in the centre of town.
Ravi: Do you like it?
Mark: Yeah, it’s OK, yeah. It’s good.
Ravi: Great. Right. We’re going to play ‘Hot Seat ‘, OK? Tess?

Tess: Yes. So you’re going to play with Ravi today Mark. I’m going to give Ravi some words – he doesn’t know what they are – and he’s going to try to explain them so that you can guess the words. All right?
Mark: OK.
Tess: And we’ll see how many you can get in one minute. Oh .. and the other thing is all the words are connected. This time the connection is – people in your life. Let’s do one to practise. So, for example, if I say, erm , it’s your father’s brother. Or your mother’s brother’, who is it?

Mark: Uncle.
Tess: Right. You’ve got the idea. Are you ready to go?
Mark: Ready.
Tess: OK then. Ready Ravi? Let’s start. Here are the words. You’ve got one minute a starting from …. now.
Ravi: Right … erm … the person who lives next door to you … erm .. in the house next to yours. Mark: Neighbour? Next door neighbour?
Ravi: Neighbour. Yes. Erm … your brother’s daughter. Or your sister’s daughter. It’s your ……?
Mark: Nephew. I mean niece. Niece.
Ravi: Yes, niece. Someone in the same … no … someone who goes to the same school as you and they’re …
Mark: Pupil?
Ravi: No. They’ve got the same teacher as you and you sit next to them or something. They’re your …?
Mark: Classmate?
Ravi: Yes! Phew! I couldn’t say ‘class’ Erm, come on then … if you’re married this is, like, your wife’s dad …

Mark: Father-in-law.

Ravi: OK. Next one. Someone who you work with, like, Tess is my …. ?
Mark: Friend?
Ravi: No. Well, yes, but that’s not what I mean. We work together so we’re …?
Mark: Erm .. I don’t know.

Ravi: We …
Mark: Oh. Colleagues.
Ravi: Colleague, yes. How’s the time? Erm .. this person is … another word for ‘manager’. The person who’s in charge at work is your ..?

Mark: Boss?
Ravi: Yes. Boss. Your uncle’s children are your …?

Buzzer sounds

Mark: Cousins?
Ravi: Yes. OK, I’ll give you that one. Phew. That was really stressful. Well done Mark. How many is that Tess?
Tess: Neighbour. Niece. Classmate. Father-in- law. Colleague. Boss and Cousin. Seven. Well done Mark. And Ravi.
Mark: Thanks.
Ravi: And thanks for playing. We’ll send you a book token and anything else we can find lying around the studio. Thanks Mark.
Tess: Right. We’ve got more to come. We’ll hear what some of our listeners say about their favourite food and we’ll catch up with Carolina again after this ….

Section 4: Your turn

Ravi: Now we can move on to Your Turn. This is the part of the podcast when we go out and ask different people what they think about something. We ask a different question in every podcast, and this time the question was ‘Which country’s food is your favourite?’ – and of course, ‘Why?’.
Tess: OK, let’s hear what people said.

Voice 1: That would be Vietnamese food, especially southern Vietnamese food around the city of Ho Chi Minh. I’ve been there many times and each time I go there my friends will bring me to restaurants where they serve food that has ... ah ... that was cooked with a lot of rich ingredients such as lemon grass, herbs, pepper, and they put in lots of different types of seafood so I think that’s a lot of effort put in to cook up such a dish. So I actually like Vietnamese food very much. And in addition I think the food there is very healthy. They don’t use a lot of oil they use a lot of natural ingredients such as herbs and also fish sauce so what comes out of that is a lot of flavours of seafood plus herbs, which I like very much.
Voice 2: Um, well, I live in Italy at the moment so I’m very fond of Italian food, but really if I had to choose I would say Indian or Thai food because I like spicy food.
Voice 3: My favourite food is food from Italy because I really like pasta and I really like tomato sauce and ... um ... olive oil, and I also like wine and the wine from Italy is very good.

Voice 4: Oh I think I’d have to say France … ah … ‘cos French cooking is superb, so much variety and they just take it so seriously.
Voice 5: Mmm, I’m going to say two countries, aah maybe Italy, from Europe, because I really, really like pizza and aah the different types of pasta they have there, but probably my real favourite type of food comes from Mexico, which aah I just enjoy everything I’ve ever tried from Mexico. It’s always a little bit spicy, maybe a little bit heavy, umm, but really, really good food.

Voice 6: Aah, I think Thai food because it’s … I like spicy food and it’s really kind of fresh, as well, lots of interesting different tastes.
Ravi: So what’s your favourite food Tess? I bet it’s French.
Tess: No. Why? Why French?
Ravi: You’re going to a French restaurant for your birthday aren’t you?
Tess: Well yes, but I’m not sure it’s my favourite. I don’t know, it’s a difficult one. Maybe Italian. I mean good Italian, not just fast food pizzas. What about you?
Ravi: No contest. Indian every time. I’m a traditional boy about food. But I love fast food pizzas as well. All fast food actually.

Section 5: Carolina

Ravi: But now it’s time to find out what’s happening to Carolina. If you listened to the first series of the podcast you’ll know that Carolina is from Venezuela and she’s just started a course at Newcastle University in Britain.

Tess: Yes. In every podcast we hear what Carolina’s been doing. She’s already met a lot of people in Newcastle. She shares a flat with her friend Emily and some other students. And her special friend is a guy called Jamie.
Ravi: Yes, Tess likes Jamie.
Tess: Thank you Ravi. Now let’s hear about Carolina

{In the street}

Carolina: So I told Emily that she .... . Oh, wait a minute. They’re nice.
Jamie: Which ones? Those boots?
Carolina: No, those shoes at the back. The red ones. Let’s go in and have a look.
Jamie: OK.

{In the first shoe shop}

Carolina: Here they are. They’re beautiful. Jamie: What size are they?
Carolina: Um, five and a half. What does that mean? I’m a thirty-six in Venezuela.
Jamie: Yeah, British sizes are different. Try them on. See if they fit. Carolina: No, they’re too big.
Jamie: So try a five – that’s the next size down. Excuse me, have you got these in a five?
Shop Assistant 1: The red ones? No sorry. We’ve only got the sizes on the shelf.
Jamie: OK, thanks. Bad luck. Come on. Let’s …

{In the street}

Carolina: OK. But you know, I really do need some shoes. If we’re going to stay with your parents I need to look nice.
Jamie: I don’t think they’ll care what shoes you’re wearing.
Carolina: You know what I mean. Let’s have a look in here.
Jamie: OK.

{In the second shoe shop}

Jamie: What about these red ones?
Carolina: They’re horrible! And they’re too high. I can’t wear very high heels – I can’t walk.

Jamie: Those brown ones then, they’re nice.

Carolina: No, I don’t want brown - I haven’t got any brown clothes.
Jamie: These black ones then. They’re a size 5.

Carolina: Mmm. They’re quite nice. How much are they?
Jamie: Ninety-five pounds.
Carolina: Ninety-five pounds! I’m not paying ninety-five pounds for a pair of shoes! No, let’s go somewhere else. Come on Jamie.
Jamie: But if you like them why don’t you…

{In the street}

Jamie: So what exactly do you want? What colour? Carolina: I don’t know exactly, but I’ll know when I see them. Here’s another shop. Come on.

{In the third shoe shop}

Carolina: Now these are nice. Black. Not too high. And not too expensive.
Jamie: Why don’t you try them on?
Carolina: Wait a minute. They’ve got them in grey too. Maybe they’re nicer. What do you think?
Jamie: Try them both on.
Carolina: Excuse me? Have you got these in a size 5?
Shop Assistant 2: In a 5? In black or grey?

Carolina: I’d like to try both of them please.

Shop Assistant 2: I’ll just go and check.
Jamie: Phew. Let’s sit down. Shoe shops make me tired…

Carolina: …so which ones do you like best – the grey ones or the black ones?
Jamie: They’re both nice.
Carolina: But tell me which ones you like best.

Jamie: OK then, the grey ones.
Carolina: What’s wrong with the black ones?

Jamie: Nothing’s wrong with the black ones. I said I liked them both.

Carolina: I think I prefer the black ones.
Jamie: OK, if I say I prefer the black ones, can we just buy them and get out of here?
Carolina: Yes, I think I’ll get the black ones. Do you like them? Or do you prefer the grey ones?

Jamie: Aaaargh!
Carolina: Excuse me,

Shop assistant 2: Yes?

Carolina: I’ll take these please.
Shop assistant 2: The black ones?
Carolina: Yes, the black ones. Now where do I pay?
Shop assistant 2: Over here love.
Carolina: Come on Jamie – why are you being so difficult today? …
Ravi: Poor old Jamie. I think he was a bit bored. Do you like buying shoes Tess?
Tess: Well, yes, I do. I like shoes. Don’t you?

Ravi: Well yes, of course I do, but …., usually I know what shoes I want and I go to the shop and I buy them. I don’t go round lots of shops trying them on. I think men and women are different about shoes. OK. I won’t say any more. I don’t want to upset anybody.

Tess: Good! Anyway, did you hear Carolina say that they’re going to visit Jamie’s parents?

Ravi: Yes.

Tess: So…

Ravi: So what?
Tess: So… they must be together… you know – a couple.
Ravi: Well yes. Men don’t go to shoe shops with women if they’re not serious.
Tess: Don’t start the shoe thing again.

Ravi: Sorry.

Section 6: The End

Tess: So that’s the end of this podcast. You might remember in series one, we always finished with a joke from Gordon. Well, Gordon isn’t with us any more. He’s got a new job.
Ravi: Yes, and we hope everything goes well for him. Hey Tess, I’ve got a little surprise for you.

Tess: Really?
Ravi: Here you are. Happy birthday.

Tess: Oh thank you! What is it?

Ravi: Well open it and see.

{sound of present being opened}

Tess: A French cookery book! Thank you Ravi. That’s really great.
Ravi: Well, I thought French food was your favourite, but now…
Tess: Oh, silly, I love French food – and I love cooking. It’s a lovely present. Thank you. Come here.

{sound of a kiss}

Ravi: So do you want to say the last bit, birthday girl? Before we go and get that cake?
Tess: OK. Well, that’s the end of our part of the podcast, and remember, the address for anything that you want to send us is learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org. In a moment you can listen to Tom, our English teacher. He’s going to talk about some of the language you heard in this podcast and things to help you learn. So, stay around to listen to Tom but we’ll say goodbye for now.
Tess & Ravi: Bye!

Tom the teacher

Tom: Hi, I’m Tom. At the end of every podcast you’ll hear from me. I’m going to talk about some of the language you heard in the programmes and talk about ways to help you learn English. The first thing I want to talk about is the word ‘one’. Listen to Ravi at the beginning of the podcast.

Ravi: Hello and welcome to the Second series of the LearnEnglish Elementary podcast. This is podcast number one.

Tom: OK. No problem there. Ravi says ‘this is podcast number one’. He uses ‘one’ as a number. One, two, three, four, five etcetera. Now listen to Tess and Ravi. Listen for ‘one’.

Ravi: Well, I’ll get you a coffee when we finish here, OK?

Tess: OK. And a cake?

Ravi: Oh go on then. A small one.

Tom: ‘One’ isn’t a number here. Ravi isn’t saying ‘a small one, a small two’. ‘One’ here is a pronoun – it’s used in place of a noun – a thing. Listen again. What does ‘one’ refer to?

Ravi: {oblivious} Well, I’ll get you a coffee when we finish here, OK?

Tess: OK. And a cake?

Ravi: Oh go on then. A small one 

Tom: Yes, that’s right. ‘One’ refers to the cake. Ravi doesn’t repeat the word ‘cake’ – he uses ‘one’ instead. Tess said ‘cake’, so Ravi doesn’t need to say it again – they both know what they’re talking about. So he can use ‘one’. We do this a lot in English. We can also use ‘ones’ when we’re talking about something that’s plural. Listen to Jamie and Carolina in the shoe shop. What does ‘ones’ refer to?

Carolina: {fade in} So which ones do you like best – the grey ones or the black ones?

Jamie: They’re both nice.

Carolina: But tell me which ones you like best. Jamie: OK then, the grey ones.

Carolina: What’s wrong with the black ones? Jamie: Nothing’s wrong with the black ones. I said I liked them both.

Tom: Yes, they both use ‘ones’ to refer to the shoes. ‘Shoes’ is plural, so they use ‘ones’, not ‘one’. They can use ‘ones’ because they’re standing in the shoe shop looking at the shoes and so they both know what they’re talking about. In some languages you can make adjectives plural – you can say ‘I like the blacks’ or ‘I prefer the greys’, but you can’t do that in English. We say ‘I like the black ones’ or ‘I prefer the grey ones’. ‘One’ is very common with ‘this’ or ‘that’. We can say ‘Do you prefer this one or that one?’. And of course, we use it a lot with ‘which’. ‘Which one do you like best?’ or ‘Which ones do you prefer?’ or for example, in a car park with a friend, we can ask ‘Which one is yours?’ – we both know that we’re talking about a car. And if you’re eating chocolates you can say to a friend ‘Would you like one?’ There are lots of words in English that we use to refer to things or people. Words like ‘it’ or ‘her’ or ’them’ or ‘mine’ – pronouns. Also words like ‘this’ or ‘that’ or ‘these’ or ‘those’. Listen to Tess talking to Esther about knitting. Notice the words that refer to other people or things.

Tess: Did you make that jumper you’re wearing?

Esther: Yes, I did. Tess: It’s really nice.

Esther: Thank you. It took me ages.

Tess: I could never make something like that.

It’s important that you notice these words when you’re listening or reading, and that you know what they refer to – if you don’t, then you won’t be able to understand exactly what people are talking about. A good way to practise this is to take a piece of English, for example, a part of the tapescript of the podcast, and draw a circle around all the words that refer to something else. Then draw a line from the word to the thing that it refers to. So, for example, you draw a circle around the word ‘him’ and then draw a line to connect ‘him’ to what it refers to – maybe ‘John’ or ‘Ravi’. I’ll put an example on the site for you to see if you don’t understand what I mean. But please try it. It really will help you to understand things better. Now I’d like to talk about something different. Listen to this. What does ‘poor’ mean?

Tess: So women didn’t knit?

Esther: Well poor women did of course.

Tom: Yes, ‘poor’ means someone who hasn’t got very much money. It’s the opposite of ‘rich’. Now listen to this. What does ‘old’ mean?

Esther: You can take an old jumper that you don’t like any more and make something new. It’s a cheap way to get clothes.

Tom: Right again. An old jumper is a jumper that you’ve had for a long time. It’s the opposite of ‘new’. But now listen to what Ravi says after he listens to Carolina and Jamie in the shoe shop.

Ravi: Poor old Jamie. I think he was a bit bored.

Tom: It’s interesting, isn’t it? ‘Poor old Jamie’. Ravi doesn’t mean that Jamie hasn’t got any money. And he doesn’t mean that Jamie is old – he’s a young man. Ravi uses ‘poor’ because he feels sorry for Jamie because he was bored in the shoe shop. We use ‘poor’ in this way a lot – to show sympathy. You can say ‘look at that poor dog – it’s hungry’. Or ‘poor Susan hates her new job’. You can use ‘poor’ in formal or informal situations. But Ravi says ‘Poor old Jamie’. The ‘old’ makes it more informal – you would only say it to friends or people that you know well. If a friend has a problem you can say ‘Oh poor you’ or ‘Oh poor old you’ to show that you sympathise – that you feel sorry for them. And sometimes we say ‘you poor thing’ or ‘you poor old thing’ too. See if you notice it in any English films or songs that you listen to. And now for a simple phrase that you can use this week. Listen to Tess at the end of the quiz.

Tess: Neighbour. Niece. Classmate. Father-in- law. Colleague. Boss and cousin. Seven. Well done Mark. And Ravi.

Tom: She says ‘Well done Mark’ because he got seven words in the quiz. We say ‘well done’ when someone does something well – when we want to congratulate them. Use it this week when you’re speaking English. Say ‘well done’ to someone. OK. I’m going to stop there. I’ll talk to you all again next time. Remember you can write to me about any language that you noticed in this podcast. The address is learnenglishpodcastATbritishcouncilDOT org. In a moment you’ll hear the address for the website where you can read everything you’ve heard in this podcast. You can also find some practice exercises to do online and a support pack that you can print. Right. That’s all for this time. Bye for now! See you next time.

Check your understanding


Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].

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Task 2

Tom’s tip for speaking about birthdays: In social terms, when a child becomes an adult, they stop wanting to have presents on their birthdays. This, of course, is not true. But it does mean that we have to pretend that we don't want presents, and when we give them, we have to make them look not very important.



Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:05].

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Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:05].

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Submitted by Mi on Thu, 22/11/2018 - 07:16

Sorry, I don't quite understand why the answers of section 2 and 4 are "Ravi likes knitting" and "Two people say that their favourite food is Italian", respectively. Could you please explain that?

Hi Mi,

You have to read the instructions carefully for question 2: the correct answer is the phrase that is NOT true. In the conversation with Esther, Ravi doesn't show any sign of being interested in knitting -- this is why 'Ravi likes knitting' is the correct answer.

As for question 4, both voices 3 and 5 mention Italian food as being their favourite, even though voice 5 also says they like Mexican. Voice 2 mentions Italian food, but doesn't say it's their favourite.

Does that make sense now?

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Submitted by eldi on Fri, 09/11/2018 - 14:41

hi every one.. please i don’t get it .. what RAVI means in this phrase (what do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?’.)..the verb "cross" what does it mean? And also can i say (what RAVI means by this...) instead of the last one??

Hi eldi,

Another way of saying this is 'What kind of animal results if you combine a sheep and a kangaroo?' This is a typical kind of joke in English -- there are many other similar ones.

The grammatically correct question is: 'What does Ravi mean by this?'

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Submitted by .Nima on Sun, 04/11/2018 - 15:24

I love lebanese food, they have the taste of middle-east and lightness of Europe.

Submitted by lewan on Wed, 31/10/2018 - 14:55

i do like food from different countries, i like french food, italian, japanese, thai, turkish and others, actually it depends on the dish. for the sweet ones, i prefer french it's just delicious and succulent, to prepare meat i'd rather turkish, for pizza and pasta the italian, for seafood i prefer the japanese receipes, to prepare rice i prefer indian receipe. Each country or town has at least one flavor so special and so delicious
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Submitted by arman on Thu, 30/08/2018 - 21:31

Tess is so lovely and cute!! I like her
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Submitted by Last biker on Mon, 06/08/2018 - 15:08

Hi, In Support Pack , Section 3 - Quiz : 19. Richard is Michael's NEPHEW 23. Caroline is Margaret's NIECE. (I've checked the Answers page) Why ? Both persons (Richard and Caroline) are in the same relation in the family tree and from my point of view should be niece both of them. Am I wrong? Thank you very much for your answer
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Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 07/08/2018 - 06:33

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Hi Last biker,

'Nephew' is used for male relations and 'niece' for female relations.



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Submitted by Last biker on Sun, 05/08/2018 - 16:17

Hi everybody, I would like to talk a bit about a hobby I am involved. I play for almost 15 years ( since 2003 ) tennis. It 's an amazing sport , very difficult , and you need to pay your complete attention to pursue the tennis ball while it comes or you hit it. Is ( I noticed during these years) an expensive sport , because you need always new balls , new grips for your raquet ( sometimes tennis players use two or three raquets ) and of course have to pay to rent tennis court. Every time ! If there is here a guy ( or girl) who loves this sport I will be very glad to talk about that , about shots and so on. Of course . only in English ! Thank you and good luck all of you.

Submitted by User_User on Thu, 05/04/2018 - 15:28

Hello everyone Today I want to talk about my favorite food. It's schnitzel from Austria. I eat it with red pepper and lemon, or with chili sauce. I like it because it's simple, lean, healthy and very spicy. It can be eaten with pasta, potatoes, rice or pure. I usually don't eat meat because I don't like fat or bones. Thank you for your time :)

Submitted by chunya on Fri, 16/03/2018 - 15:50

I like Tom! He speaks so clearly and I understand all the text without transcription. Ravi and Tess speak a little bit worse (for my understading of course). But people in 'Your turn' are my headache - I understand nothing ((( Just a separate words ((( Sound like they speak not in English. Sorry its cry from the heart ))) '

Submitted by Muhammad Erad on Thu, 22/02/2018 - 09:35

Hello, I am glad to have platform like this. I have a question that what is the difference between "Whole" and "Complete"? Please guide me. Thank you.

Hello again Muhammad,

Have you looked up 'whole' and 'complete' in the dictionary? It's difficult to explain this without a specific sentence to look at. Could you please read the definitions and example sentences in the dictionary (follow the links)? Then if you have a specific question about a specific sentence after that, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Gustavo Cirigo Ramos on Thu, 18/01/2018 - 18:32

My favorite food comes from the place where I live: Mexico. Mexican food is awesome, it tastes so good, I suppose that it's because of the fat... I know that the mexican people knows what I am talking about... But lately I´ve been eating japanese food, and I like it a lot too! Even though this is not a greasy food, it's flavore is quite good, delicious; the problem is that here in Mexico, this food is a liiiiittle more expensive than "memelas" or "tlayudas" from Oaxaca (I love tlayudas by the way).

Submitted by susygrivera on Thu, 18/01/2018 - 18:20

My favorite cuisine is mexican, I'm mexican, i love food but none is as rich as Mexican food. My favorite dish of Mexican cuisine are chiles en nogada, I aslo like the chalupas, the pambazos, tacos...I think all the typical mexican dishes are so great. But, also i love asian food, italian food. Anyways I also think that all the cuisins are great, they have at least one awsome dish that I love, but there is nothing like mexican cuisine :D

Submitted by Melisa Sibaja on Thu, 18/01/2018 - 18:20

Hello world. My name is Melisa, I´m from Mexico and i´d like to talk you about my hobby. I practice judo from a young age (11 years), and I love to do it. It´s my passion and I would like to become a great judoka and compete in Olympics. Thank you for read!

Submitted by Gustavo Cirigo Ramos on Thu, 18/01/2018 - 18:18

I would like to talk about music, because music is somthing that I like a lot. I think that that is one of the most amazing things in life, one of the greatest human creations. The reasons for me to say that are plenty, I´ll tell a few. In the first place, music is beautiful to hear and I guess that to play to; it can make you fell a lot of emotions (maybe all of them) from happiness to sadnes, or perhas joy or desperation, it makes you feel funny some times, or anything you can tell (of coures, if you find te right music). Music is also good for the mind (that´s somthing that I hear a lot); scientifics say that it does a lot of crazy (but cool) things on your mind, and that this makes you smarter and it also helps you with some problems from time to time; it helps you to be more imaginative to. In short, I think that everybody likes (or loves) music, and if they not, they should.
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Submitted by alberto bastos on Sat, 06/01/2018 - 15:03

Hello everbody!n My name is Alberto. I am from Brazil. North of country. I'm happy for the first comment in english. Does anybody comment my wrong in my post? Thanks for help me and happy new year for all the world.

Hello Alberto,

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