Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Ravi is having a bad day and he tells Tess all about it. Their guests talk about the English city of Bath and global problems facing humanity. You can also follow Carolina as she goes away for the weekend with the Conservation Society. Will they have a good trip?

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 [00:24].

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:24].

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Task 3

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:08].

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Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:08].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

Summary: The person who wrote the sentences in the exercise lives in the tropics and likes it there. What he most enjoys doing in his free time is seeing soap operas, as well as sunbathing. He doesn't like doing exercise but he does like very spicy food.

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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I think people from wealthy countries consider climate change the biggest problem of humanity while people in poor countries would wish equitable distribution of wealth.

Hello

series 2 number 7 task 4

What's the biggest problem facing humanity today?

I think that since the second world war the western world has only minor problems.

We have got enough to eat, we have no wars, our education is good and the diseases which killed many people in the past are no big problem today.

There are several countries (mainly in the southern hemisphere) where people suffer. It's not our fault though. They have to go the same way as the western world did. We are not responsible for other countries. They must take their fate into their own hands.

When I was a child I collected money for the poor people in Africa. Today many decades later they still suffer. They must solve their own problems. When the growth rate of their population is higher that their economical growth things won't get better for them.

Some people see the human nature as a problem but this is something which we can't change. It's the same as complaining about the weather. It's senseless.

Many people say that climate change is our main problem. The weather has also changed in the past. Africa was in the past green. You can find pictures on rocks or caves which show a rich wildlife. When the weather changes some will lose and some will win. If some plants won't grow at their old places you can plant them somewhere else where the conditions are improving.

Bye

ivan didnt know da way xd

Hello everbody,
The humanity has great problem. The men is a great difficult for the more best world. The humanity so are thinking them. Hating is the origin between all the nations for example today, the conflict between Usa and North Korea. The men really need comprehension all over the world.

Alberto Bastos.

Hi team!
In this podcast, the section I'd like to talk about, I noticed at the sentence "The Romans liked it because of the hot springs". Why "hot springs", not "hot spring"? I know it's only a small thing but I want to know.

Hello blueroses,

I'm not sure I can give you an answer as to why the plural is used here. It's really a case of convention - how the language has developed through use rather than any kind of rule. We can really use the singular and plural of this phrase interchangeably, because it really simply means hot water coming from the ground, and whether there is one opening or more is irrelevant. I would say that if we are talking about a large region such as Yellowstone National Park then the plural would be needed but if we are talking about a particular and small place thent he singular is possible too.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you! This lesson is so useful. I made me feel interested in learning English.

Hi! I think the biggest problem will facing humanity in few years is a shortage drink water. Today we expend it very not thought out, we don't care about that it can end tomorrow. What then we will do? everybody must expend it very carefully and think about tomorrow.

Hi Everybody
According to my point of view the biggest problem for humanity is poverty. Every human should put a hand to decrease poverty in world.

Hi Everybody
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