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

hi can i ask question can we say ( I’ll explain how to play Hot Seat and then we "could" start) rather than (I’ll explain how to play Hot Seat and then we "can" start)..
thanks in advance

Hi eldi,

I think you need 'can' in this sentence. When you start with 'will' the logical continuation is 'can'.

'Could' would suggest a hypothetical situation here: we could start, if it weren't for the problem of...

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi , why did we add "s" after those.. ( weather’s , camping’s , that’s )
And I miss Julia and Sammy too , and that does not mean i don’t like Tess and Ravi..
thank you very much. ^_^

Hi eldi,

We use 's for several things.

It can signal a possessive form:

This car belongs to Andy / This is Andy's car

 

It can be a contraction of 'is':

The weather is terrible / The weather's terrible

 

It can be a contraction of the auxiliary verb 'has':

He has been to China / He's been to China

 

Take a look at the transcript so you can see the context of each and I think you will see why 's has been used in each case.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I like listening songs English language as well as in my own Russian one. I find words the most important part of song, so for me it doesn't matter what language using to write a song. For example I like The Beatles very much. Their texts are very interesting and music is joyful and alive. From Russian artists I like songs of Sergey Trofimov.

As for me I don't even know what person I'd like to meet. But if I was required so really much I'd say that it's, well, Robert Kiyosaki perhaps. This man was poor when he was young but became very rich one day by means of his own struggles. In his childhood he had a friend whose father was a successful businessman. One day father had saw his son with his friend Rob trying to earn moneys. I don't remember what exactly they did (read his book) but it was their first attempt to do business. I daresay they produced some items in order to sell them later. But all their operation hadn't any success. After that occasion, the rich father said them that if they wanna learn how to do their own money they have to do what he say. During the education he teaches them how to be self-independent persons and to think another way than most of usual people which working and serving to others. Rob with his friend were studied what they should do to transmute their ideas into well-working operations and to become financial independent. After Robert earned his first million he became to teach others how to get richer. In his books and podcasts he teaches how to start to think like a businessman and also proposes to get high your financial grammar. Therefore I admire him for that.

If the song is nice, it doesn't matter what language it is for me. The fact that it is good is a relative concept, so it's a pretty difficult question. I prefer songs in English, i think it will be usefull in learning English.

personnally i prefer songs in english because it is more internationnal i mean it's more common between the people all arounds the world, so the english song might connect people from different countries and be shared easily.

Hey. I like listening songs in English and Russian and Ukrainian songs. But recently i was started learn English language and i prefer listen songs in English and try to understanding what mean this or that word and phrases. I think listening songs in English will be help to improve my English skills. In future i dream to travel in USA and live in this wonderful country. Thanks.

The singer I 'd like to meet is Ngoc Lan. She is Vietnamese singer and she is from Nha Trang province. I love her because I fell in love with her voice the first time I heard her sing. It is so different. " Lapaloma" is one of her most famous songs. She is very beautiful and attractive.

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