Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

Welcome to LearnEnglish podcasts! In this episode the presenters, Tess and Ravi, introduce themselves, and their guests talk about Angelina Jolie, New York City and celebrities who work for charity. You can also meet Carolina, a Venezuelan student who’s coming to live in the UK. Will she arrive safely?

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:23] .

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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I think charity is one of the important part of our life. There are always many poor people all over the world. Not all of them are lazy. Many of that people can't be rich because of their brinning up. Some of them live in poor countries... And I consider that celebrities don't boast of themseles when they help other people... It will be far worse if the rich people wouldn't do it.

I want you to know the centre of São Paulo, it is in Brazil. It has a lot of buildings, shops and is a tourist place. There is also a square called "sé", it is where the metropolitan cathedral of São Paulo is. You can also try the subway, or metro if you prefer, but please, if you want to try the metro, don't do it in the rush time, go early in the morning instead. Don't forget to bring a câmera to take some fotos.

I am teacher and coming back in my study of english. I think that is not most very important that study. that is case because it open the door of the world and knowledge.
The people in Brazil that i like know is call Neymar. he is a excelent football player. In the england the land of the queen I will like know the pop star sir Elton John because he is a very handsome. incredible and most famous. One day I will realize my dream.
By Team.

What nationality are you? = What is your nationality? . Right ?

Hello m7am_medo,

Yes, those two questions have the same meaning.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

(Sitting by the lake is a big fat frog ) . How is that sentence structured?Why?

Hello m7am_medo,

The sentence is quite normal in structure but has an unusual word order. There is a subject (a big fat frog), a verb (is sitting) and an adverbial prepositional phrase (by the lake).

The normal word order is as follows: A big fat frog is sitting by the lake.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Mr.Peter
I really appreciate your effort.

I'd like to meet Angelina Jolie too.

Hi, Tom. How are you doing?

Tom, I've a doubt about the phrase below...when Tess said: You hav got ten seconds...
"Tess: Good. Okay. Let’s play. You’ve got ten seconds to write down".

I'm confuse about the use of verb "get" in the past being that she is talking in the present, in my opinion...okay?

Why she used the verb in the past instead in the present, it would be because she used: "have", that is, she used present perfect? But I learned that present perfect can indicates the past...

In another words, I would use in this case only: You have ten seconds.

I didn't understand why she used "got" (past) instead "get" (present).

Can you help to understand it, please....

Best regards.
Katia Oku

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