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In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about weekends away, and their guests talk about Shakira and dancing tango in Argentina. You can also follow Carolina’s journey in the UK. Will she find her way out of the airport?

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Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:20] .

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:20] .

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Task 3

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Carolina 3

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [18:10].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [18:10].

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Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [18:10].

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Hi, have question for the sentence: "Now, last week I told you that Tess loved riding her mountain bike and you’ve been away riding your bike this week, haven’t you."

Why we use present perfect continuous? This tense we use when the activity still is, but in this situation isn't.

Sorry for mistakes.

Hi Edisun,

We use the present perfect continuous in several ways. It can suggest that an activity is unfinished, as you say, but it can also be used to show that an activity was repeated over a period of time. However, in this example there is no present perfect continuous, though it looks like there is. The phrase here is actually something different:

be away + verb-ing

 

We use this when someone is absent because they are busy elsewhere. For example:

I'm away travelling this week

I'll be away meeting clients all morning.

She's gone away sailing. Lucky her!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Tea

‘What do you prefer – songs in English or songs in your language?’

when I listen to a song, i care about what's meaning of the song. That makes me want to listen to it again and again. And that's why i love it. So songs in English or songs in your own language is not important to me, if the music is good and the words are something make me think a lot, I like it. Sorts of music i like are not noisy. I have no sorts of music i like, I do not usually listen to music, I just like some songs i have a feeling at them. Dance music is good too, it makes me fresh and glad.

I'd like to meet Asli Anver. She is an actress. She lives in Turkey. I love her because she is a very good actress and attractive and i think she has a very good treatment with people. I follow her in Instagram. She is my favorite people in world and she always plays roles that
evoke self-righteousness. I always try to behave like her. If one day i will see her i ask her about her good behave.

I like listening to songs in English as well as in my first language, however, I think I enjoy a lot more listening songs in my language because I understand the entire song,
but listening to a song in English, help me to improve my English skills. Moreover, I think I like more songs in english than in spanish, I like very much their rhythm and the lyrics of course.
In my opinion, there are less songs in my language that I like it, so in the end, I love both, listening to songs in english and in my language, but there are more songs in english that I like it than in my language.

I'm really bad at dancing, but I've always liked one dance, I love rock and roll dance! I think this dance is well known all over the world.
In my particular case, I can see this dance almost in any situation, I mean, where I live people dance rock and roll when chill out with friends or even in a wedding.
This dance was created many decades ago, I think rock and roll dance started in the 40's, but I'm not really sure.
I don't know how to dance, but I'd like to learn it. I'd love to dance like all people in the movie "Grease"!

I don't really have a favourite singer, but if I had to choose one, I think it would be Natalia Jiménez. She's a spanish singer.
Some of her most famous songs are "Algo más", "El sol no regresa", "Me muero", "Creo en mí".
My favourite songs are "Niña" and "Perdición".
I just know she's famous because she's a singer. I really love her voice, I think she has a beautiful voice! And I like her lyrics as well!
I admire her, because she's very talented. I f I could talk to her I'd tell her how much I love her work and maybe I'd ask her what are her favourite singers or bands, or what kind of music she likes.

In the transcript, there are some missing words here. Right?

You can reply “That’s everything” or, of course, you can ask for something else!
***Remember that you usually use any in question or negative sentences***That’s why the question is ‘Anything else?’ Try to use ‘Anything else?’ before the next podcast!

Hello mitykg,

I'm not sure which words you think are missing. The transcript is complete, as far as I can see.

You are correct about 'Anything else?' It is possible to say 'Something else?' or 'Is there something else?' when we are sure that the answer will be 'yes' (for example when someone is obviously waiting to ask for something) but this is much less common.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter. I'm sorry for my writting is not good so it made you not understand my question.

The transcript is not complete. At 23:34 minutes, there are some missing words. They are ***Remember that you usually use any in question or negative sentences***.

You can listen and look at the transcript to check that. I wrote the transcript for you:

You can reply “That’s everything” or, of course, you can ask for something else!
***Remember that you usually use any in question or negative sentences***That’s why the question is ‘Anything else?’ Try to use ‘Anything else?’ before the next podcast!

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