Asking for a favour, David Attenborough, numbers quiz, Christmas in Prague, best and worst things on TV, Carolina in the pub, time prepositions, British measurements.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

I wanted to ask you something” – asking for a favour

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to ask someone you know to do you a favour and what to say if someone asks you to do them a favour.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript.
  • Read the Transcript.
  • Look at the Support Pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Asking for a favour: read the conversation between Stella and Dave and fill in the blanks.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

There are more practice materials in the Support Pack

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. It helps you to practise speaking for a little bit longer – for example, when you're explaining something, or telling people something about yourself.

Suggestion: The best way to practise is with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English. However, if you can't find someone, you can send us a paragraph in English.

You listened to Megan talking about David Attenborough.

Is there a TV presenter that you can write about? It could be someone that you like, or someone that you don’t like!

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the Support Pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.

Task 3

Section 3 - Quiz

Part 3 is based on the Quiz. This helps you to learn the meaning of new words and how to remember them.

Suggestion: You can write your answers in our Support Pack.
You might want to use a notebook or part of your folder to make your own word lists and maps.

You heard Amy and Brandon playing a numbers quiz. All of the questions were connected with time.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Type in the letters to complete the 'time words'.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

Type in the letters to complete the names of the months and days.

Exercise

Task 4

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Bill talking about a Christmas tradition in Prague.
Can you say something about Christmas traditions in your country? Or maybe a different celebration that happens in your culture or religion? Or you could write about traditions in another country or place that you’ve visited.

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

Task 5

Section 5 - Your turn

Part 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘What are the best and worst – things on TV?’
What about you?  What do you think about TV programmes?  Do you have strong opinions about programmes that you like and programmes that you hate?

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and look at the phrases that the people use. Sometimes they don't use complete sentences. Write down notes and then say what you think.
 
Maybe you agree with one of them, or maybe you can think of something different. Write down your opinion and try to explain why. Do this in the comments section below.

Task 6

Section 6 - Carolina

Part 6 follows Carolina – a girl who has come to the United Kingdom (UK) to live, study, and to have fun exploring a different country and culture. Listening to this can help you if you find yourself in a similar situation. You will see that there is often more than one way of saying the same thing in English.

Suggestion: listen to Carolina's conversations in the pub and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.

Exercise

Task 7

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 is a joke. A joke is normally a funny story you hear and tell someone else. But you can also describe funny things that happen to you. The most important thing is to watch your friends to see if they are enjoying the story or not – then you can make it longer or shorter.

Suggestion: We suggest you do this:

  • Listen to the joke.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines in the right order.
  • Do Exercise 2, in which you tell the joke.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling the joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the joke.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the Support Pack. Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Task 8

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 is Tom the Teacher. These are more traditional exercises. They look at being accurate in English, and often use the type of exercises you may find in English tests and exams.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Match the 'time phrases' with the correct prepositions.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the correct 'time preposition' to complete the sentences.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Match British measurements to descriptions of them.

Exercise

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Hello again,
In task 6 - Carolina , Practice materials - exercise 2 , there is a sentence :
Barman: That's eleven pounds fifty please. Jake: ....................
We need to choose all the phrases that are possible and you say '' look again at some parts of Carolina's conversations '' and you have given that a correct answer : Here's twelve pounds.
From my point of wiew , this answer has no connection with the original text ,because Jake gave the barman twenty pounds and the barman gave him back eight and fifty.
I don't know , ... is something wrong or I didn't understand very well the meaning of the exercise ?

Thank you for your answer

Hi Last biker,

'Here's twelve pounds' is correct in that situation, but I agree with you that the sentence in the task would be better if it were more closely related to what happens in the podcast. I will change this, though please be aware that it might take a few hours for the exercise to update online.

Thanks for your comment.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello
What means 'over' in this phrase and how to use it?
'I found a new place over on Carswell Road – near the swimming pool'

Can I say " I found a new place on Carswell Road"?

Hi NahB,

Yes, you can say the same thing without 'over'. Sometimes we use 'over' to refer to a place that is not nearby or across from where we are.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir, I want to ask difference and usage of "We are gathered" and "We have gathered". Thank you.

Hi Muhammad Erad,

The grammar of 'we are gathered' is subject + verb + adjective and the grammar of 'we have gathered' is subject + verb (present perfect). In contexts such as a wedding, where the officiant often uses this phrase to begin the ceremony, the first one is more common due to tradition, but there is nothing grammatically wrong with the second one.

In other contexts, whether only one or both works really depends on what the context is.

I hope this helps you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Good Evening

I've read something about relative clauses.

We can use the word "when" as a relative adverb.

Instead of when we can use in/on which.

You said that we can use "at", "in" or "on" in time expressions.

If I have the time preposition "at" and want to make an relative clauses, what must I use?

Thank you very much for your help! :)

Hello User_User,

We can use 'in which', 'on which' and 'at which' to replace relative adverbs like 'where' and 'when'. The choice depends on the place or time being referred to. For example, we use 'at' with clock times:

3.00 was the time when we met.

3.00 was the time at which we met.

 

However, we use 'on' with days:

Sunday was the day when we met.

Sunday was the day on which we met.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I learned different between preposition "on" and "in". we use "on" before single day. thank you Tom.

I’ll tell about a New Year celebration in my country.
A celebration starts at night on 31st of December and finishes on 1st of January.
It’s a family celebration so all relatives gather together for it.
It starts at night. People eat salads and drink alcohol and soft drinks, remind old year, then at about twelve o’clock all of them drink champagne (except the children) and after that go to a street and let off fireworks.
That continues all the night and people go to sleep just next morning.

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