Elementary Podcasts

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?

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.

Check your understanding

Exercise

Language practice exercises

Task 1

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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Task 4

Carolina 2

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

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Task 5

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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Task 8

Tom the teacher 3

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

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Discussion

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Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

Comments

I prefer listening songs in Russian (my native language) becouse I can understand all the words :) But there are so many beautiful songs in English! It's a pity I don't understand more than 50% of the words in the songs... That is one of the reasons why I desided to learn English.

It depends. On the one hand, I prefer songs in my own language. I am from Spain so I prefer songs in Spanish because I can understand all words and the meaning of the song. I can sing them too. Furthermore, in other languages there are expressions that don´t exist in Spanish. On the other hand, I use songs in English to learn English. So I hear songs in both languages Spanish and English.

I prefer songs in English and they help me to learn English. Recently, I started to listen to songs in Italian because with my friends we love to sing karaoke at the parties. learning songs in English is for me more difficult than in Italian since I come from Italy.

I prefer to listen songs in English and in Spanish. When I was listening english songs i learned a lot of words and aswell i like spanish songs because I adore dancing this type of music.

Usually i am listening classical or instrumental music and I think music is a intercultural art, so generally there is no need to understand lyrics. You can learn a lot of things about different culture by listening their music, plus you can feel their emotions without speak.

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.

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