Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about clothes, and their guests talk about the designer of Apple products, Jonathan Ive, and women's football. You can also follow Carolina on her journey from Venezuela to the UK. Will she find her suitcase?

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Tess and Ravi 

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Carolina 1

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Tom the teacher 1

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Tom the teacher 3

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Tom the teacher 4

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Why don’t more people watch women’s football’?

Almost men like football and it is a favourite sport of them. People always notice their sex. It is as certainly to know more about theirselves. And of course they really are proud about the good things of their sex so football always has men fans. A reason I think they are not interested in watching women playing football because they like to see women's beauty better. Women are always the symbol of beauty. Men are always the symbol of power. And both women and men are always attracted by that. So to men it is fast to be bored to watch women's football. Moreover Women's football are not as technically to arrest them. Women can not be stronger to play well as men to make the match more exciting. One more thing is women's football always has less fan than men's football, because women are not interested in watching the power at them.

Hello dear Peter and Kirik,
Please help with that
" I thought, well I’ll try it on but I WON'T buy it"
Sholdn't it be I WOULDN't buy it ? is this way gramatically correct ?

Hello Eddi,

I can see how this might be confusing, because 'I thought' at the beginning seems to set up a past time frame for the rest of the sentence. The sentence could also be 'I thought I would try it on but that I wouldn't buy it', which would make it completely in a past time frame.

Here, however, the speaker goes on to use 'will' ('I'll try it on'), which puts us into a present time frame. We often use the present to tell stories about the past -- it makes the story more real in some ways, as if we are describing what we see in the moment. For this reason, 'won't' is correct, because it also continues in that present time frame.

Does that make sense?

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

Hello,
I would like to ask some questions
1.Which is correct?
I would like to inform you about everything as far as questions are concerned? or as far as questions is concerned?

2.Is it correct if I ask
Are you interested in learning French? and
Are you interested in continuing our lessons in French?

3.I have a dog. Its name is Tako or Her/His name is Tako?
Thank you in advanced!

Hello anasge,

1.Which is correct?
I would like to inform you about everything as far as questions are concerned? or as far as questions is concerned?

After 'questions' (plural) you need a plural verb, so 'are' is correct. The sentence does not sound a very natural or clear sentence to me, however.

 

2.Is it correct if I ask
Are you interested in learning French? and
Are you interested in continuing our lessons in French?

The first sentence is fine. The second would sound better with 'French lessons' rather than 'lessons in French'.

 

3.I have a dog. Its name is Tako or Her/His name is Tako?

Both are possible. Owners usually say 'he' or 'she' for their pets, so 'his' or 'her' would be the most likely choice.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Your turn

The question is , why do not more people watch women football ?
From my point of view I think men are more professionally than women in football specially .
Because, men have more artistic skills and physical strength than women and this consider as first reason .
But, the main problem is in the lack of interest in sports or sports organization for women's football for example , there is no advertising and no financial support for the game in some developing countries .
On the other hand there is no women's league or season for the matches every year .
So, there is no organized system to upgrade the technical and skills levels for the players .
Finally, football matches is sport like other sports even if for men or women and regardless for all reason or problems which may be effects on sports objectives .
It is necessary to pay attention to sport in general as it measures the progress happened in the societies .

Our person in

Parachuting sport is a strange sport but, it is also unique sport .
There is no interest in practicing this sport in the world because, it requires special courage and physical fitness too .
Parachuting teams are used in formal shows and special events but, they need space to jump from the plane above them such as , stadiums or deserts and this area or space called drop zone .
When watching skydivers down from heaven to the earth , there is total calm on the place and this is because, of the importance of the event .
It is unusual sport and i belong to the Egyptian parachuting team .

I would like to meet
I would like to meet the architect of Egyptian pyramids , his name is Hamo Eno and he is pure Egyptian .
He died from thousands of years ago and he was lived in era of the ancient Egyptians .
He design the pyramids and supervised on the construction process which took a years to complete .
Hamo Eno consider as one of the greatest architects in the history because, the pyramids are the greatest architectural building in the world .
Actually I like the way of thinking for this person and ofcourse , I like pyramids design too.
I would like to talking with him about his plan to make a big project like that .
I would ask him just one question , where did the idea come from to build the pyramids ?

I agree with voice2 about woman's football, I think it's the traditions in most countries,

I read one of various biography about Steve Jobs and there's some mention about Jonathan Ive. He's really a shy man, but he's also a genius in design.

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