Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess shares some good news with Ravi, and their guests talk about Formula 1 and telling the truth. You can also follow Carolina as she takes something back to a shop. Will she get her money back?

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 [00:25].

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:00].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:00].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

hi .everyone...
this phrase (I've heard of Monaco.) we can also say (I've heard about Monaco.) i get a bit confused about when do i use "of"..?
and "with has a different situations is it .. ? and what is it please

Hi eldi,

We say I've heard of... when we want to say that we know the thing in general terms.

We say I've heard about... when we want to say that we have learned something about it.

 

For example, I've heard of Monaco means that I know there is a place called Monaco and a little bit about it. The person I'm talking to does not need to tell me that it is a city in Europe and so on.

On the other hand, I've heard about Monaco means that I have heard some news about Monaco. Something is happening or has happened there and I am telling the other person that I know this news.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again,

in this Support Pack - While you listen - ''Section 2 Raphael talking about F1 '' in b) , I think there is a mistake : should be ''He likes Fernando Alonso'' instead ''He like F.A.''

Best wishes

Hi again Last biker,

Yes, you are right. Thanks very much for taking the time to point this error out to us. I've put it on our to-do list and we'll get to fixing it as soon as we can.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone,
I can't understand something: in Task 7 : Tom the teacher 4 - why you use '' have got'' in this sentence : ''I have got an exam tomorrow ''- for something that will happen in future ? As I know it is a past form , isn't it ?
And a second question : in the same exercise there is the sentence : '' We have got a new dog'' - that means : we'll have a new dog in future ?
I'm sure that I missed something in my knowledges about tenses in English and I need your help.

Thank you so much for your time

Hi Last biker,

'have got' and 'have' mean the same thing in the two sentences you ask about. Even though it looks like a present perfect form, it is a present simple form. In first sentence you ask about, it does indeed refer to the future -- the present simple can refer to future events that are fixed in some way (see the Present simple and future time on the page I linked to before). In the second sentence, it simply refers to the general present time (see the Present simple and present time section).

You can also read a bit more about 'have got' on this page if you'd like to know more.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

In this sentese "Is it best to tell the truth"
Can I use both best and also better?

Hello NahB,

I would say that in most contexts you can use the two words interchangeably with no change in meaning.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I don't think that always to tell the truth is a good idea. Moreover, there are definite circumstances in which people must tell the lie. For example, doctor to patient (sometimes), spies, undercover agent, soldiers in captivity, and sometimes we mustn't tell the truth so that don't hurt feelings of the people that we love. Not in vain extreme degree of the truth is called cynicism.

In task 5 exercise 2 for second question one of the option is " It... cost quite a lot". Is it grammatically correct? Isn't should write "It ...costs quite a lot"?

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