Elementary Podcasts

In this episode Ravi has hurt his leg and Tess persuades him to go to the doctor. Their guests talk about architect Zaha Hadid and complaining about bad service. You can also follow Carolina as she goes to the hairdresser. Will she get a new look?

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 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 3

Tess and Ravi 3

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 4

Tess and Ravi 4

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 5

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:54].

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Task 6

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:54].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:46].

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Task 8

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:46].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

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I have never been complain on the bad service if only to my relatives )

I usually complain when I get bad service because I pay to get a good service. Previously, I was complaining to Claro’s company because I get the internet service of them, and after a couple of days the internet was failing, isn’t working well. I agree people sometimes complain of what people say in the podcast because sometimes many news which they say are not real, are fake.

I would like to talk about my favorite architect:
Frank Owen
He was born in Toronto, Canada on 1929. He is considered one of the most important architects all over the world because he consider that the architecture is an art. He has been working on his projects without leave the main aspects of the architecture. He won many awards for his peculiar buildings. He studied architecture at Harvard University, also he has a master degree. He has two daughters, and actually he lives in Paris, France.

I would like to talk about my favorite footballer: vanPersie.
He was born in Rotterdam City, Holland. When he was a kid, he had a huge love with football. He played it everytime and wanted to become a professional footballer.Of course, he also left his relatives to come to England, in which he studied in Arsenal Academic and tried hard. He won a prize for best striker of season in 2013 when Persie was a main factor of Manchester United Champions. What I like most about him is that he always makes an effort to train his skill, strength, pace. He scored numerous goals, I love his stunning goal with Aston Villa. It's cool. You can see his goals on many channels over the world

Hi Everbody!
I don't never complain for bad services because I buy anything and the shop or office has be taking a good service.

Hello all,
I dont' hesitate to complain when I get bad service, if the service is really rude or unfriendly. I agreed with Voice 3 when she said that people should be told if they're not doing their job properly, so that they can improve their behaviour towards customers in the future. But if I can avoid to complain I don't do it because afterwards I'll feel a bit nervous but I sometimes try to resolve the matter such as ( or for example - It's better?) I'll clear my throat or say "Excuse me" to lure out the waiter. I I don't want to spoil my evening at the restaurants.
Regards

I’d like to talk about Renzo Piano.
He’s one of the best-known, prolific and active architects of (or 'at' ?) the international level, the Prize Pritzker winner, which was handed over by US President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1998.
In 2006 became the first Italian to be included in the Time 100, the list of the 100 personalities in the world, edited by Time.
He was born in Genova, in a family of builders, who (or which? I’m not sure) has influenced his career, in fact it’s thank his father he has had the possibility to know the life of a yard and to practice the profession.
With big surprise, given the young age, Piano along with (is it correct? I looked up on the Google Translator, or is “with” enough?) Rogers and Franchini won in 1971 the international competition for the realization of the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, beating the other 681 competitors. It is considered the manifesto of the high-tech architecture, even though Piano disagreed about that statement.
What I like most about him is that he is a simple person who likes as music as sea, his overwhelming intelligence that knows how to look beyond the appearance of things.
My father was a bricklayer, he definetely would want work for this incredible artist.
Best

Hello dolphin,

Thanks for your contribution! I didn't know about Piano, but am glad to learn about him. To answer your questions, 'on an international level' is probably the most common way to say that. Both 'who' and 'which' could be used -- 'who' would refer directly to the builders in his family, whereas 'which' would refer to the situation of him having builders in his family.

Finally, either 'with' or 'along with' works here, I'd say.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi team!
I was wonder why in the Quiz Ravi said "It's a daft because it's quite close to Manchester, really". I looked up in the dictionary and it is said "daft" means silly. I was a bit confused.

Hello blueroses,

Ravi is from Manchester and is saying that it's silly that he's never been to Buxton since it is so near to where he lives.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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