Talking about clothes, Jonathan Ive, 10 Seconds, the vuvuzela, women's football, travelling on the London Underground, jokes, etc.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

"Is that a new shirt?" – Making comments on a friend's clothes

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at things we often say and do in friendly conversations.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript.
  • Read the Transcript.
  • Look at the Support Pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Comments on a friend's clothes - gapfilling activity.

Exercise

Extra practice materials

There are more practice materials in the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. 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.

You listened to Martin from Glasgow talking about why he would like to meet Jonathan Ive.

Is there a famous designer that you’d like to meet? It might be a designer like Jonathan Ive or a fashion designer or even an architect.

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the Support Pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.

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.

In the quiz, Marina and Ricky tried to think of yellow things. An exercise like this is a good way to learn more vocabulary. Here, we’re going to think about things that are green, red, white, or blue. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match colours to the names of things.

Exercise

Task 4

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Bob talking about the vuvuzela – a strange musical instrument that people play at football matches in South Africa.
Think about a sport or sports event in your country – any kind of sport. Is there anything that you think makes it different from sports or sports events in other countries?

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

Task 5

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘Why don’t more people watch women’s football?’
What do you think?

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.

Which ones do you agree with? Write down your opinion – Why don’t more people watch women’s football? You can send us your text if you want. Do this in the comments section below.

Task 6

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 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 in the airport and on the underground and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the sentences in the correct order to make the conversation.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

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Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choose all the phrases that are correct.

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Practice materials - Exercise 4

Please download the support pack (above) for more practice materials.

Task 7

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 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.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines in the right order.
  • Do Exercise 2, in which you tell the joke.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling the joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Read the sentences and put them in the right order.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the Support Pack. Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Task 8

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 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.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Group words depending on whether they contain silent letters or not.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Type in the silent letters in different words.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Fill the gaps in sentences with ‘at’, 'for', 'after' or ‘forward to'.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 4

Type prepositions into the gaps in sentences.

Exercise

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Hello!
I can't understand Ravi said "shop assistant said that it was in the sale – last week it was eighty pounds, but this week it was only forty pounds"
Shouldn't it be "it had been in the sale - last week..."? Probably shop assistant direct speech was "It was in the sale - last week it was 80 pounds, but this week it"s only 40 pounds". So, according to the rule we shoud change tenses, and Past Indefinite must be Past perfect

Hello Najat86,

The tense can be shifted back in reported speech but it is not essential to do so. Here both 'had been' and 'was' are correct.

You can read more about reported speech on this page, this page and this page.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear team,
Shouldn't past form of will be used talking about past here?
'' I thought no, I won’t buy it''

Hello Eddi,

The language in this section is very informal and is a good example of the kind of stream of consciousness that we speak like this. If you look at the tense use you will see that it is a mixture: the actions are expressed with past forms ('looked', 'thought' etc) but the opinions/ideas of the speaker are expressed with present or future forms ('will', 'can't') to make them seem more current and immediate.

It is a good example of how tense use can be flexible in English.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you dear Peter. thank you for your swift answer. you and Kirk are very professional.
One more question - So would not it be advisible to use such language in writing ?

Hello Eddi,

In general, when we write we are more concerned with accuracy than when we speak as we leave a record behind on the basis of which we may be judged. Speaking is much more chaotic and unplanned. However, not all writing is the same and not all speaking is the same. A formal speech should be accurate and use standard grammar, while a quick chat with a friend may be much more relaxed in terms of accuracy. An article intended for publication and a note stuck to the fridge will have very different forms in this regard. It is the context and relationship between the speaker and listener (writer and reader) which is key.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
On I’d to meet Section Martin said: “… even the Queen’s got an iPod.”
So, is the expression “Queens’s” a short form of “Queen is” there? If it is, could you tell me the meaning please? It sounds strange to me.

Hello filipeanttonio,

The phrase the Queen's got here means the Queeen has got.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team. Please, answer my question posted earlier about the verb look. I'm really interested in it. Thanks.

Hello morkofkalove,

I have answered the question. Sometimes it takes us a few days to answer a question - we are a small team here and there are many questions every day!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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