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It's the end of Series 4! Carolina tells Emily she’s going to miss her while she studies in France. But will she be missing Jamie too? What’s Jamie going to do? Jo and Adam look at different ways of speaking about the future. It’s goodbye until the next series!

Transcript

Adam

Hello and welcome to the last episode – number 20 – of Series 4 of LearnEnglish Elementary Podcasts. I'm Adam and my colleague Jo will be joining us later to talk about some of the language from the podcast.

Last episode, we heard from Tess and Ravi for the last time this series. They've talked about lots of things that people think are 'typically British', like red London buses or loving animals or the BBC. So Jo and I asked you to tell us which episodes were your favourites – and what you would like Tess and Ravi to talk about in another series.

And I'm happy to say you said you liked all of the topics and found them all interesting and useful.

Kochaina from Poland, m.memories from Egypt and Ayat Hasan from Bangladesh all said that they learned a lot about Britain from the podcasts and thought all of the topics were interesting. Lolachannel from Saudi Arabia liked a lot of the topics too. NewAgeEnglish from China likes the way Tess and Ravi express their own opinions about the topics even though their opinions might be different from other British people.

But the most popular topics from this series were definitely Shakespeare, the Beatles and our old friend Sherlock Holmes. AlanGuillen is from Mexico and his favourite topic was Shakespeare because he loves the theatre. Aaron Matthew T. from the Philippines liked Episode 11 about pop music. He says ‘I like the Beatles very much but that was the first time I knew that they were British!’ Manasset from Cameroon and Reza.Sadaati from Iran both voted for the Sherlock Holmes episode. Reza started to watch an old series of Sherlock Holmes after the episode and loves the actor – Jeremy Brett – who played Sherlock Holmes. He’s the favourite of a lot of Holmes fans, Reza. And Massanet thought it was funny that people still write letters to Sherlock Holmes at his address in London.

And you suggested some interesting topics for the next series. Elena68 from Italy suggested English traditions, celebrities and things you can see if you visit the UK. Good ideas. Reza would like to know why the UK is called 'the UK' and whether England, Scotland and Wales are independent or not. More good ideas!

Mehran.aminpoor from Iran would like Tess and Ravi to talk about a topic from Series 1 and 2 of the podcast – which person alive or dead would you like to meet? And Muhamad Ali from Syria says he liked the 'magazine format' of Series 1 and 2, with different sections and different people.

It's very interesting for us to get your opinions and ideas for the next series so please keep sending in your comments.

And now it's time to hear the last episode in the story of Carolina and her friends, Emily and Jamie. Will everything be decided? Will it be a happy ending? Let's listen and see.

Carolina – Saying goodbye to Emily

Emily: Carolina! Have you seen my green trousers?

Carolina: You washed them yesterday. I'll get them.

Emily: Suitcase is too small. It isn't going to close. Too much stuff!

Carolina: Here you are. You've got too much stuff in that suitcase, Emily. It's too small. It isn't going to close.

Emily: I know! Come here and sit on the top. Ooof. No, that isn't any good. Wait. If you push here … That's right … oh no! It's broken!

Carolina: Let me see. Yes, it's broken.

Emily: Oh great. So I'm going to France without any clothes.

Carolina: We'll have to go and buy another one.

Emily: I can't. My train's at six.

Carolina: So take mine.

Emily: I can't take your suitcase. What are you going to use when you go?

Carolina: I'm staying here until Friday. I can buy another one.

Emily: Thanks.

Carolina: There you are. All packed and ready. Are you looking forward to it, Emily?

Emily: Yeah, I really am. A year away in a different country, studying in French, eating French food, walking around Paris … And don't forget you're going to visit. You promised.

Carolina: Oh yes. I'll be there. Oh Emily! I'm going to be so lonely without you.

Emily: You'll be fine. I'm only going to France, Carolina. It isn't the other side of the world.

Carolina: Not like Borneo, you mean.

Emily: No, I didn't mean … Oh, I'm sorry. Any news from Jamie? About the Big Decision? 'To go or not to go; that is the question'?

Carolina: No. He can't decide. One day he's going to Borneo, and buying books about orang-utans, the next day he's staying here with his band and going on tour, and they're going to be superstars.

Emily: Well, he has to decide soon. You're going home on Friday.

Carolina: I know. I'm going to Venezuela for a month and I want to know what's happening before I go. I told Jamie that.

Emily: Well, let me know what happens. Text me. Cheer up. Things will be OK … That's my taxi. Now come on, give me a hug. I have to go.

Carolina: I'll miss you.

Emily: Me too. Come on. Don't cry, Carolina. Please don't cry. I'll text you when I get to Paris, OK?

Carolina: OK.

Emily: Bye. Speak to you soon.

Carolina: Bye. Have a good journey … Oh Emily … Hello Jamie. I'm OK, but I'm really sad. Emily's just gone. What? You've got something to tell me? Well what? Are you going to Borneo or staying here? What have you decided to do, Jamie?

Jo and Adam

Adam: Here's Jo again...

Jo: For the last time!

Adam: Well, the last time this series anyway.

Jo: And we still don't know what Jamie decided!

Adam: Orang-utans or the band.

Jo: I think he'll go to Borneo.

Adam: I think he'll stay in Britain.

Jo: Shall we have a bet?

Adam: OK. Let's shake hands on it.

Jo: Borneo and the orang-utans.

Adam: Britain and the band. Now we just have to wait and see ... I hope you all enjoyed listening to the story of Carolina and Jamie – and Emily of course. There were some difficult moments, but I always wanted to know what happens next.

Jo: Why don't you write and tell us what you enjoyed most in the story.

Adam: Did you have a favourite episode? Write and tell us what you liked and why. The address is www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish. And now it's time to look at the language that you heard in the podcast.

Jo: And in this episode Emily and Carolina were talking a lot about the future. The future is difficult in English. We use lots of different verb forms, not just 'will'. Listen to them talking. How many future verb forms do you hear?

Carolina: Let me see. Yes, it's broken.

Emily: Oh great. So I'm going to France without any clothes.

Carolina: We'll have to go and buy another one.

Emily: I can't. My train's at six.

Carolina: So take mine.

Emily: I can't take your suitcase. What are you going to use when you go?

Carolina: I'm staying here until Friday. I can buy another one.

Jo: How many Adam?

Adam: OK ... 'I'm going to France without any clothes', 'We'll have to go and buy another one', 'What are you going to use when you go?', 'I'm staying here until Friday' …

Jo: And don't forget 'My train's at six' – that's talking about the future too. The verb is present – 'is' – but the meaning is future. There are a lot of different ways of talking about the future.

Adam: 'I'm having lunch with John tomorrow.'

Jo: 'I'm going to study all weekend.'

Adam: 'I'll meet you at the cinema at nine o'clock.'

Jo: 'The exam starts at half past nine tomorrow morning.'

Adam: Phew! So which form to use? You can study all the rules in a grammar book.

Jo: But you probably won't remember all those rules when you're speaking! So listen to as much English as you can, and see which verb forms are used for the future – and in what situations. And then slowly, slowly, you'll start to use the right forms yourself.

Adam: Listen again to the podcast. There are a lot more examples in Emily and Carolina's conversation.

Jo: And there are some exercises on the website to help you get started with recognising and using future forms.

Adam: And that's it for today. And I'm sad to say, that's the end of Series 4. I'd like to thank Jo for all her help.

Jo: Not at all. I've enjoyed every minute.

Adam: And thanks to you, our listeners, for your great comments. Good luck with your studies.

Adam/Jo: Bye!

Discussion

Language level

Intermediate: B1

Hello geramifar,

You can start from any point as each podcast works perfectly well as a stand-along text. Because of some changes that were made during the production of each series, I would say that the third and fourth series are slightly easier than the first and second, but you can listen to samples from each and make you own mind up about that.


Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Ferdiana le mer 03/01/2018 - 12:12

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Hello! so, where is the newest podcast? I just received a notification about it at my podcast app in my phone. But there is no any of them. i'm sad now if you wanna know:( is my grammar right? Please educate me:(

Soumis par Peter M. le jeu 04/01/2018 - 07:56

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Hello Ferdiana,

Could you please post your question on our apps page? We have a separate team to deal with apps-related questions there.

 

Thanks and best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Mr. Peter! Thank you very much for your answer. Don't worry! I can find it now. Your Love, Ferdiana A learner

Soumis par Julia_in_love le sam 30/12/2017 - 11:30

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Hello! I'm very interested in this course. Thank's a lot for such opportunity to improve my English!

Soumis par Hamza86 le mar 05/12/2017 - 07:45

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Thanks you a lot for your valuable materials, it is really interested

Soumis par zina fredj le ven 10/11/2017 - 10:15

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thank you very much for the interesting plane.

Soumis par Aliza le mar 17/10/2017 - 19:13

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I love podcasts, please keep these podcasts coming and keep them in magazine format please so we can listen for 30 mins and to different sections. Quiz show was my favourite :)

Soumis par hosch le jeu 05/10/2017 - 14:02

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This podcast is absolutely brilliant!! Please go on this way. I can't go running without listening Tess, Ravi and Carolinas Story on my mp3 player anymore:) Thanks for helping me to improve my English.

Hello horsch,

Thank you for your lovely comment! It's great to know we're helping people.

Good luck with your running and your English!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par HOOTANB le mer 30/08/2017 - 07:26

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Dear Friends Would you please advice me , which one of the following sentences is acceptable/understandable ?!! 1. I hope , .... airlines will become your priority to recommend your esteemed passengers 2. I hope, .... airlines will become your offer preference for your respectable passengers Thank you for your advice Hootan

Hello Hootan,

I'm afraid that neither one sounds natural. Have you looked at the example sentences in the dictionary entry for 'hope'? It can be followed by 'will' (though notice there is no comma) but the phrasing after 'become' sounds a bit awkward to me. Could you perhaps simplify it?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par CarlaMendes le ven 25/08/2017 - 22:45

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Hi all! I am Carla from Brazil and this was my first contact with the Podcast. I'm starting now and it was very nice. I hope I improve my English with you guys. Bye, See u soon.

Soumis par Rosie Phan le ven 25/08/2017 - 21:38

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Hi everyone! It's been a long time I come back here. I'm still waiting for the new series. How helpful these series are! I know that all the staffs have been working hard for series 5. Thank you very much and the hope that all of you are in good health! By the way, I also want to improve my speaking skill. So I'm looking for a friend who can talk to me in English. We can chat, or text. Just once or twice a week depending on our free time. Is there anyone can help me, please? Thank you so much for reading my comment! All the best, Rosie
I'm looking for a friend too, to practice my skills. I read books in english, watching at movies with english subtitle, i understand when someone speaks..but when i need to talk fluent in english...here is my problem.

Hello Rosie Phan,

It's great that you want to practise your English so much! However, I'm afraid our House Rules ask users not to share their personal details. This is for data protection reasons and is a part of British Council policy.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Well. I haven't read the policy clearly. I'm sorry about that. I'll find another way. Thanks for letting me know that.

Hello Rosie,

No worries! You might want to check out our Facebook page -- from time to time there are links to sites that you might find useful.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par HOOTANB le lun 21/08/2017 - 12:47

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Friend I just want to ask a question !! Is it a correct sentence : The general information was needed to be updated. !!!??

Soumis par Kirk le lun 21/08/2017 - 20:51

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Hello HootanB,

'was' is not needed in your sentence, as 'need' is not passive here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par New learner le dim 20/08/2017 - 23:32

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Hi Everyone, Thanks for LearnEnglish program that I can meet everyone here! I am from Shanghai China now living in Auckland New Zealand. I think my listening skill is not too bad as I can fully understand above dialogue without read text. My problem is I don't know how to build up vocabulary quickly particularly in politics or economy, because I don't have many chance to reach these topics in the daily basic life. I don't have confidence to talk to the people as my vocabulary is so limited. Today is my second day to LearnEnglish, I am sure I will be find more to improve my vocabulary. This is a excellent program! It will be with me for the rest of life.

Soumis par Vagner Santana… le mer 16/08/2017 - 00:42

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Hi there, I'm Vagner from Brazil. I loved everything in the episode. The kind of caring the girls have with each other it's so cute.

Soumis par vatyko88 le ven 04/08/2017 - 16:23

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Hello everyone! My name is Antonio and I'm from Italy. I started to study English around four month ago in Malaysia (my sister works here) and I wanted to improve my listening skills, which is one of my problems, that's why I decided to listen your podcasts. I'm writing just to say that I'm very happy listening your podcasts which have been very useful for me and I wish that season 5 will be released soon. Thank you so much! Bye!

Hello Antonio,

Thanks very much for telling us about your experience with LearnEnglish podcasts! We're always glad to hear that people find them useful. I'm afraid we still don't know when series 5 will be ready, but I can say that we are working on it and will finish it as soon as we can.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Bappy 1603 le mer 19/07/2017 - 20:36

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I loved Every episode where Tess and Ravi were appeared. Love you all guys. Waiting for next series

Hello Gabriel5000,

I'm afraid we just don't know yet. We are working on series five, but there are still so many details to work out that I'm afraid we just don't know yet. We'll do our best to make it be sooner rather than later!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par miemie le mar 18/07/2017 - 05:35

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Hello everyone.I am come from China. I find the site according to my Foreign teacher. My listening is not good, most of the time I don't know what words I hear. I want to inprove my listening, can you give me some advice?

Hello miemie,

Another user asked a very similar question yesterday. Listening is difficult for many people, it seems. I can say the same thing to you that I said to them: that listening is a challenging skill but it can be improved.

It's not really possible for me to give you individual advice because I don't know your strengths and weaknesses in this area - that would be a job for your teacher. However, I can give you some general suggestions. FIrst, remember that practice makes perfect. Don't give up even if progress seems slow! Second, use the transcript to help you. Listen and read the transcript. Don't worry about understanding every word but pay attention to how the words are connected in fast speech. After you've listened two or three times try listening without the transcript. Third, try reading aloud while listening. This will help to speed up your speaking (because you will need to try to keep up with the recording) and also help you to get used to listening to fast speech.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Naz87 le dim 09/07/2017 - 16:27

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thanks for your lesson! It was great opportunity to learn new words and new construction in grammar!

Soumis par Ebi.mj le sam 08/07/2017 - 11:58

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Hi Tnx british council group I am looking forward to new series. When you release series 5? Please give me a date? Tnx

Soumis par Kirk le sam 08/07/2017 - 18:44

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Hello Ebi.mj,

We are working on series 5, but I'm afraid we don't know when it will be ready to release. If I knew, I would tell you, but there's still so much to do that no-one knows just yet!

We'll certainly advertise on our home page and in our newsletter once we know when it will be ready.

Thanks for your interest.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Ebi.mj le mer 05/07/2017 - 12:47

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Hello I realy like to listen to these podcasts. In my opinion, these type of podcasts are very educational. In addition, i fall into the habit of carolina and their friends. I hope you keep the podcasts and make new season of elementray podcasts with carolina and their friends. Thank you.

Soumis par Alesampaio le lun 03/07/2017 - 00:08

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Hello lovely people from British Council. I'am brazilian, and lived in london for 10 months in 2007 to learn English and lose my panic about the language, I'm quite deaf, and it's hard to understand British pronunciation. I studied English in many short times during my life, and never felt myself confidence to speak. In a ironic way I got marriied with a gentlemen english guy who live in my city. Now I have a English family and need to improve my skills. I loved your way to teach, setting the text in exercises that repeat and repeat pronouns, verbs and vocabulary, amazing! You;re very generous about learn people around the world for free. Thank you! All the best

Hello Alesampaio,

Thank you for your lovely comment. It's great to know we're helping people with their learning and making a small difference in people's lives.

 

Best wishes and good luck with your future learning!

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par ritesh46 le dim 18/06/2017 - 06:13

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Hi sir, I need a lot of idiom and phrase,one word of substitution,difficult word and opposite meaning of difficult word.where I get it.and Also want to know which time series five will declear. Why so much time taken by British council.British council have many Branch in different countries. and thousands number of students study in different branches.so British council does not face difficulty to collect different cultures, education, story about historical places, political idea and servicess etc. Please release series just like series 1.and only one series in one month and students does not wait for long time. Thank.

Hi ritesh46,

After a class with a teacher who can help you, I think a dictionary is probably the best resource for you. The Cambridge Dictionary is online, free and also has quite a lot of information on grammar, so I'd recommend you trying using it.

We appreciate you telling us how eager you are for the next series of Elementary Podcasts to be released. It takes quite a lot of work, and we have many other projects, but we also know that there are many people like you who are anxiously waiting for the next series. As soon as we have a good idea of when it may be released, we'll announce it, but I'm afraid for now I just can't say. This isn't because it's secret -- it's because we just don't know yet.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par hammoudyaa le mar 06/06/2017 - 10:43

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That was so amazing and fantastic , I can't find the correct way to thank you..Any way I wish you best every thing OoOoOoOoO...

Soumis par shafia02 le ven 02/06/2017 - 14:42

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i am new.i would like to listen the episode.thanks

Hello shafia02,

You are welcome to listen to the episode whenever you would like to. Just press the 'Play' button (the small grey triangle under 'Preparation') and it should begin to play. You can also download the podcast and listen to it on your device by clicking or pressing on the download button, which is a small arrow pointing down.

If you still can't get it to work, please let us know.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par lpajaya le jeu 01/06/2017 - 16:34

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dear Sir, i have a question, what is the best passive voice sentence for below. I NEED A PASSPORT TO TRAVEL ABROAD PASSPORTS ARE NEEDED TO TRAVEL ABROAD, is this the best or this is wrong?

Hello lpajaya,

I think the singular form would be more appropriate as it is closer to the original:

A passport is needed to travel abroad.

However, this is a mechanical transformation. Which sentence is most appropriate depends on the context and intention of the speaker.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par WinTA le jeu 11/05/2017 - 05:12

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That's a good and emotional story. The teacher are also good in explaining. That's make me ensure understanding each words and enjoy. Happy to listen & learn.

Soumis par Kabee le jeu 11/05/2017 - 04:00

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When the series 5 starts? I'd love to listen to~ And Tess and Ravi will continue to the Podcasts?

Hello Kabee,

I'm afraid that we don't know when series 5 will be ready. It certainly won't be in the next month or two, but beyond that I'm afraid we just don't know yet.

We've looked carefully at all the feedback we've had over the past couple of years and have made a few changes to the format. I'm afraid I can't reveal any more details, but we of course hope you will like them!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Mohammed Awadallah le lun 08/05/2017 - 12:25

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I'm new but i have good feeling i will learn something here with you.

Soumis par LaVine le dim 07/05/2017 - 16:32

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Thanks for the series 4. I love to listen to the podcasts, so thank you for help me to improve my english. When the series 5 starts? I'm just finish to listen to the series 4 and I can't wait for the next =) I love the way to Carolina and Emilly laughing together, it's is very funny. Who are them? I'm curious. =P So, more one time, thank you guys and bring more Tess and Ravi, we all like them a lot. ps. please, correct me in case of mistakes.
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