In this episode Ravi asks Tess a favour, and their guests talk about British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough and Christmas in Prague. You can follow Carolina as she visits a pub with some friends. What will she think about British pubs?

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.

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:19].

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Task 2

Carolina 1

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

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Task 3

Carolina 2

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

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

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Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

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I like to watch on TV is humor programs, TV news, movies, documentaries. I do not like novels.

Hello! There are different programs on TV. Some of them are really good and some are not quite. There are some programs on TV that I definitely dislike to watch at all. If to say about good programs, in my opinion they are ones talking about traveling, nature, science most. When I was a child I used to watch television most of my leisure time. I mean when I was at home and all my homework was done I could turn TV on to watch something like that. I used to buy newspapers where there was TV program schedule to look for some interesting telecast and then I made a note of time when it was going to start. I was very excited watching Jacques Cousteau telecasts. It was a French explorer who talked about underwater world. He was in different places all over the world leading his explorations. He could get the information so interesting that I all the time found every episode very fascinating. In his episodes there were remains of shipwrecks and lost treasures in the Carribean Sea and ruins of Port Royal, a pirate capital city that was broken by strongest earthquake, Great Bareer Reef in Australia that stretching for over than two thousands and three hundred kilometers, The Galapagos Islands in Pacific ocean which were firstly described by Charles Darwin and many more things. Another program that I’ve never missed was Around the World in 80 Treasures, presented by Dan Cruickshank. This TV show consists of 10 episodes where it’s told about interesting places all over the world. Every country is known thanks for some of his building, invention or something else. For instance, in Australia there is Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, in France is Eiffel tower, In USA is The White House. He also showed and talked about ancient buildings and ruins like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Machu Picchu in Peru, ruins of Persepolis, an ancient Persian capital city and so on. I bought then all episodes on DVD. Another broadcasters whose stuff I like as well are David Attenborough, Jack Maxwell, Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones and some others. I think these TV shows let you know more about the world and his history. Maybe someone can find them a bit boring but as for me I’ve always tended to watch them instead of something tv serials or fun shows but one of them, though, called Friends I like. It’s American serial. It’s impossible to see this and stay serious, so funny it is. It’s important to broadcast humoristic stuff on TV too because it helps you relax after work. Some people try to be up to date watching politics and economics. Some are hooked on sports. Well, ok I’m not against that. But there are special shows I find very stupid and useless on TV. Here in Russia you can see shows, called Dom 2 or Let’s marry. These shows are about how different people try to make relations between each other. There it is also talked about gossip and who’s better or who’s worse, lots of talks about how to be a perfect boyfriend or girlfriend. But if these TV shows are broadcasted that’s mean someone watches them, maybe many people.
Frankly said I don’t spend my time in front of television watching something like I used to before when good internet connection was a problem. All what I’m interested in I can find in internet. I guess many people like me, I mean my generation do the same.

The worst thing about TV is they choose what you see, and the best thing about it is you can turn it off any time.

I prefer films, especially action, spy, horror and historical movies, comidy and drama, detective movies and i sometimes see documentaries especially made by BBC.
the worst thing for me is sport programs, sport must be watched on live and on spot, it's does not have a value to see it on TV, it's just boring except for football matchs

what are the best – and worst – things on TV. ?

TV programmes should be true for knowledge, information about something in life. It's the best thing TV programmes give everybody. I don't like TV shows, entertainment shows. They're not reality, but they can be made in the programmes like true.

Hello Mr.Kirk ..
I've noticed that voice 3 is not recorded .

Hello m7am_medo,

Thank you for pointing this out. You are quite right and I'm not sure how this happened. It must have been a mistake at the production stage, but I think it may be too late to change it now, unfortunately.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

In Urdu "Mosque is the house of Allah" is used frequently but it sounds awkward that why does creator need a house. I have not found it in Quran's English and Urdu translations. Actually it means that mosque is a place where worshipper feels close to God. Saying "Mosque is the house of God" is correct or not? Even if we talk about Jesus so he doesnt have any house either.

Hello Muhammad Erad,

It's not unusual to describe a place of worship as 'the house of God'. It has a metaphorical sense in which 'house' really means 'home' or 'place', so it's a perfectly fine expression. We would use articles, however:  the mosque is the house of God (the mosque here has a general meaning: all mosques or any mosque).

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir.

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