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In this episode Tess is upset about losing her cat and Ravi offers support. Their guests talk about chocolate and ways of wasting time. You can also follow Carolina as she tries some British home cooking. Will she like it?

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

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:25].

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

Note: a 'portmanteau' word is one that combines parts of two normal words to make a new word, e.g. 'chocolate' + 'alcoholic' = 'chocoholic'

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Helped me a lot! I've got a last question. Might I use "go through" in any of your exemples?

Hi again NahB,

You could say 'go through' in my first sentence with the same meaning as 'pass through'. If you said it in my second one, it would be a little ambiguous, but to me it would imply that you are going to stop, even though it doesn't explicitly say that you will. 'go through' would not be appropriate in my third sentence.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Could you tell me ways to say "pass by somewhere" (city)

Hello NahB,

This really depends upon the context in which you are using it and on the precise intended meaning. In any case, the best source for this kind of thing is a thesaurus and there are many of these available online.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

In this sentence: I gonna "pass by/through" in Zurich to visit a friend.

Hi NahB,

If you are in Paris and are travelling to Vienna and plan to stop in Zurich to see a friend, you could say 'I'm going to pass through Zurich so I can visit a friend'. Or if you don't stop in Zurich, you could say 'I'm going to pass by Zurich' (which implies you aren't going to stop).

There's also the expression 'go/come by', which means to stop for a short visit when you're going to another place. So you could also say 'I went by Juergen's place on my way to Vienna'.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello

My favourite type of food is yoghurt.

I eat it every day. I like it very much. I only eat yoghurt which has less than 6 per cent milk sugar in it. I eat it with and without fruits.

If you eat a lot of milk sugar, it's more likely that you get diabetes and your ability to concentrate over a longer period of time is not so good as if you eat types of sugar which have longer molecules so that your body needs longer to metabolise them.

This is the reason why I've stopped eating chocolate and I don't take milk nor sugar for my coffee.

It's a very common food in my country. You can buy it at any supermarket but seldom with low milk sugar.

People who have problems with the milk sugar in milk often can eat yoghurt because some of the original milk sugar is removed during fermentation.

It has a much longer storage life than unheated milk. This is the reason why it's a very old type of food but the exact date when it's the first time used is unknown.

Thanks

"Do you have a favourite food?"
I eat an omelette every week.
I love it.
It's a very common food in Ukraine.
Some people don't like it.
An omelette came from France.
They used it to feed Napoleon army.
It's better to eat it with vegetables and greens.
It's good for you if you want to gain your muscles.

"If you've got some work to do, but don't want to do it, what do you do to put off your working? "
Usually I don't like being lazy. But, I can watch some photos on Instagram or Tumblr or read books. Also I can just sleep at any time of a day if I want to put off my housework. Hope you will correct my mistakes. English is very important for my future job. Thank you in advance!

Hello

About the quiz:

In the quiz Scott first said “Station”. Then Tess asked: “What kind of station?” And Scott answered: “Railway station.”
Isn't “station” and “railway station” the same?

Tom the teacher: present progressive for future actions

Mary says: “I'm cooking the dinner.”

I've watched videos on youtube about future tenses for planned future actions. I think they were made by American speakers.

The going to future form is used for planned personal actions.

The present progressive is used for arragements and appointments. Something which you can put into your diary.

“I'm cooking dinner” isn't an arrangement nor an appointment so I should use: “I'm going to cook dinner.” instead. Please give me your opinion!

Thanks

Hi User_User,

Yes, often 'station' refers to a railway station, but there are also bus stations, for example.

As for your second question, as far as I know, there is no difference between American and British English when it comes to the grammar used to speak about the future. You could certainly say 'I'm going to cook dinner' if that was your plan and you were just announcing it, but 'I'm cooking dinner' can also be correct. For example, if you already had planned on cooking dinner or had agreed with your family that it was you who was going to cook dinner, 'I'm cooking dinner' would indicate this in a way that the 'going to' form would not.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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