Elementary Podcasts

In the episode Tess and Ravi talk about how they’re feeling, and their guests talk about Bob Marley, an unusual festival and British money. You can follow Carolina’s journey by train from London to Newcastle. Will she catch her train?

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

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

Exercise

 

Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].

Exercise

Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].

Exercise

Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].

Exercise

Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].

Exercise

Discussion

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Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

Comments

It depends on the book or on the movie. If it is a romantic story, I will prefer books because is more interesting than movies, but if it is a story with more action I will prefer movies because I think that in this case the story will be more exciting due to effects and it creates more suspense. When I was teenager and a child I loved books, all the books but now I love watching movies aswell, but not all ( I hate science fiction movie). Sorry British Council because I am sure I have a lots of mistakes when I write a comment. Is it a good way to improve my english even if sometimes I write wrong sentences?

Hello Irina07,

Correction is very helpful when learning a language but it is not the only thing we need. Just communicating in a language and practising expressing different ideas is very important. Many people learn languages without any formal correction. In fact, research suggests that when children are learning their first language, it actually goes more slowly if their parents correct their mistakes.

We have all had the experience of communicating with people whose language is not perfect. Often, grammar or vocabulary errors are less problematic than problems with fluency. It is very difficult to communicate with someone who hesitates a great deal, for example. Practising the phrases you need to express yourself on different topics and in different ways is very important.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Good morning, please I want to know if this sentences are correct .
1.when I was a kid my parents wouldn’t let me eat my dinner and watch movies or TV
2. When I was a kid my parents didn’t let me eat my dinner and watch Tv
3. When I was a kid my parents couldn’t let me eat and watch tv

Please which of these sentences is correct? If non please could you help me to make the right sentence thank you very much

Hello dmagnaterain,

Both the first (with wouldn't) and the second (with didn't) sentences are fine. The first sentence tells us that the parents did not agree/were not willing to do the thing; the second tells us just the fact that it was not done. In this context both work perfectly well.

The third sentence (with couldn't) is grammatically correct but does not make sense in the context. It suggests that something (the law, for example) did not let them do what they wanted, which is rather unlikely.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much for answering my questions, I’m very grateful

Hello.
I want to ask about "Task #3" (Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].). When Jamie gives the money to assistant, He could say: "Here you are" or "Here is ten pounds". Why he could not say - "Take this please" ? In meaning this phrase suit for this situation.

Hi MaxiMuz1979,

One way to be polite in English is to not use direct commands. 'Take this', even if said with 'please', is a direct command. This does not mean it would always be impolite to use a command or to say this, but native speakers often avoid using direct commands, especially with people they don't know well.

So, while the phrase you ask about would be clear communication, it is more direct than normal for polite English, at least between native speakers.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Of course books better than adapted movies! You can use your imagination to imagine the characters and the events in the book. Also reading book improves your imagination and your vocabulary skills. I prefer watch films only if i have not enough time for read book.

But i agree with the man who said "some of adapted thriller films better than thriller books, so it depends." Additionally, i think movie's director is important too.

Hello everyone. I have a problem. I don't know what to do me. When I listen and read in same time I understand about 90 % text this level, But when I only listen I don't understand lot of words and phrases. I can translate and understand only commons words. Yes, many people told me I must listen, listen and listen... Yes I feel that I understand more and more. but it move too slowly.. By the way, acters speak too fast, I think so.... I am sad...

Hi Nikolay,

This sounds normal to me, though I'm sure it is very frustrating. You might want to consider listening to texts at a slightly easier level for a little while to see if that helps. Our Starting Out series might be a good option for you, though it probably won't challenge you quite enough. Still, I'd recommend trying it and seeing how it goes. We are working on new Listening skills pages and those could also be really useful for you, but I'm afraid it's going to be some time before they are ready.

You might also want to practise repeating some of the audio that you listen to. Improving your pronunciation will likely also improve your listening comprehension. It will probably not improve your listening comprehension quickly, but it is a method that many people overlook. You can find this an other ideas on our Frequently asked questions page.

I hope this helps you. Please let us know how it goes and let us know if there's anything else we can do to help.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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