This episode sees Gordon return from an adventurous break making a documentary about whales. In 'Your Turn' the question this week is about superheroes and superpowers. Catch up with Carolina as she heads home for the holidays and top it all off with some tips from Tom the teacher who's talking about strong adjectives.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

"It's great to see you again!" – meeting old friends

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at the language we use when we meet up with friends after a time apart.

Suggestion: One way to use this is to read the Transcript, and then do some exercises to help you to learn the common phrases. A good idea is to practise these with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: exercises 1 - 2

Fill in the gaps in the dialogue with the phrases from the box.

Exercise

Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to talk about

Section 2 is based on someone talking about something that they’re interested in – it could be anything – a hobby, a person, a place, a thing – something that they know a bit about and would like to share. It helps you to practise speaking for a little bit longer – for example, when you're explaining something, or telling people something about yourself.

Suggestion: The best way to practise is with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English. However, if you can't find someone, you can send us a paragraph in English.

In this section, you heard Gordon talking about his experiences when he was making a TV programme, and how much he enjoyed seeing whales for the first time.

  • Can you remember when you saw a special animal for the first time?
  • Where was it and how did you feel?

Write a paragraph about what happened and about the animal.

There is some useful language to help you on page 4 of the Support Pack.

If you want, you can add your paragraph to the comments on the website.

Task 3

Section 3 - Quiz

Section 3 is based on the Quiz. This helps you to learn the meaning of new words and how to remember them.

Suggestion: You can write your answers in our Support Pack. You might want to use a notebook or part of your folder to make your own word lists and maps.

The quiz in this episode was about whales.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Can you match the questions Gordon asked with the correct answers?

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

Here are some more questions that use the same question structure. Can you select the right answers?

Exercise

Task 4

Section 4 - Your turn

Section 4 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and look at the phrases that the people use. Sometimes they don't use complete sentences. Write down notes and then say what you think.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: "Superman can fly. The Hulk is very strong. The Invisible Man is invisible. What superpower would you like to have?"

What about you? What superpower would you like to have? Do you agree with what any of the people said in the podcast?

Write down what you think, explain why, and post this as a comment at the bottom of the page. There is some useful language on page 6 of the Support Pack which you can download.

Task 5

Section 5 - Carolina

Section 5 follows Carolina – a girl who has come to the United Kingdom (UK) to live, study, and to have fun exploring a different country and culture. Listening to this can help you if you find yourself in a similar situation. You will see that there is often more than one way of saying the same thing in English.

Suggestion: listen to Carolina's conversations as she makes her way to the station on her way home for the holidays and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Fill in the gaps in the dialogue with the phrases from the box.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Select all of the expressions that are possible in the situations.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 6

Section 6 - Joke

Section 6 is a joke. A joke is normally a funny story you hear and tell someone else. But you can also describe funny things that happen to you. The most important thing is to watch your friends to see if they are enjoying the story or not – then you can make it longer or shorter.

Suggestion: We suggest you do this:

  • Listen to the joke on your computer/mp3 player.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines of the joke in order.
  • Then try telling the joke from the podcast.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling your joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the lines of the joke in the correct order.

Exercise

Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 7

Section 7 - Tom the Teacher

Section 7 is Tom the Teacher. These are more traditional exercises. They look at being accurate in English, and often use the type of exercises you may find in English tests and exams.

This week, Tom talks about strong adjectives and the intensifiers you can use with them. He also talks about different ways of saying the number '0'.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Match the strong adjectives with the meanings.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Read the sentences and select the right intensifiers.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Read the sentences and choose the right way of saying the number '0'.

Exercise

Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

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Hello anaisavecas,

We use 'love' to mean 'zero' only in certain sports. Tennis is the most common, but it is also used in other similar sports (badminton etc). Thus we would say a score like 6-2, 6-0 as 'six two, six love'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

If I had a choice to have special power, I would choose the ability to recover life. There are more and more deserts in the world, I really want to plant trees there to recover it. There would be more and more animals so we can protect the environment.

Dear Krik
I just want to ask a question ; the following sentences are grammatically correct but I have a double about the second one , would you please give me your guidance in this case !!
1. The passenger was noted about the schedule change !!
2. The schedule change was informed to passenger !!

Thank you in advance for your attention and sorry if my question is not connected to this podcast

Best regards
Hootan

Hello Hootan,

Neither of those sentneces are natural English, I would say. I would suggest the following:

1. The passenger was informed of the schedule change.

2. The schedule change was passed on to the passenger.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter , Thank you so much for your suggestion.
Regards
Hootan

Hi British Council, I think you should pin the playing audio on top/bottom of the page, so that it won't be scrolled out. It would be more convenient if I don't have to scroll up to pause/play the audio.
Anyway, thank you for your helpful lessons.

Hi samthui7,

Thank you for your suggestion. It's always useful to hear ideas and we'll make a note of this for when we look at changing the site next time.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Last year I wend off for holidays to Vietnam. I visited a National Park quite close to Ho Chin Minh City which wasn't visited a lot by other tourist at that moment. Really nice and quiet! Seeing Gibbons impressed me a lot! Another man and I went with a guide at 5 in the morning to search for them in the jungle. Once the Gibbons started to make the specific sound to demarcate their territory, I got really excited and we went further into the jungle to follow their sound. It was absolutely amazing (haha in Gordon's words) to finally see them high up in the trees. Its was one family with a father. mother and a baby.
Such a waste that these animals are still being hunted on. People just kill the parents to take the baby's as pets. The people working in the park are trying to teach the locals about the nature and try to learn them how to earn money in other ways than hunting. I think this is a very good and positive way to make changes.

please teach me how to learn the difference among from"very,quite,absolutely,really"!
And then I don't know how to differ many prounciation about "0"

Hello Claire,

These are all modifiers which come before adjectives or adverbs.

For the differences in use, take a look at this page.

I'm not sure what you mean in the second part of your question. Can you be more specific, and provide an example?

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

 

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