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Episode 04

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?

Elementary Podcasts

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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Exercise

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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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

I've just eaten a chocolate. Ravi and Tess asked what we think about chocolate,and for that moment I was eating it. Coincidence! Actually, I wasn't eating only a chocolate. It was zephyr. It is something like marsh-mallow. Zephyr in chocolate. Delicious. But, I think it's very harmfully for our teeth. I can't eat a lot of chocolate without worry. Chocolate with high concentration of sugar can cause diabets. If one eats a chocolate in the morning and it's his first meal on this day, it's very bad for his health. That's why my girlfriend in the morning doesn't allow me to eat chocolate first. So, firstly I should eat a fruit or a sausage or something like this. Anyway, I love chocolate and I think if there is a little concentration of sugar in chocolate, then we can eat it a lot and don't be worried about our health. But I prefer to eat a little than a lot.

thank you

dear team british council.
I have a question. The word facebook is another example of portmanteau? I have looking for the translation of facebook in tradukka and do not shet a translation.
Thank you.

Hello anaisavecas,

I wouldn't say that 'Facebook' is a portmanteau, but rather a compoun noun. Before the website was invented, in some American universities there were 'facebooks', i.e. books with the names and photos of the students. I haven't been able to find a definition that says this in any dictionary, but if you read the Wikipedia article on the history of Facebook, it's clear that this is what Zuckerberg means in one of his quotes.

If you do an internet search for 'examples of portmanteau', I'm sure you can find many pages that will give you a better sense of this kind of word.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

If I have something to do but I want to put off, I will read books or watch TV. Sometimes, I play tennis with my friends in the stadium and you know playing tennis can boost blood circulation and it is very good for our health. Then, I will surf the Internet to find something interesting like reading newspapers ot watch some funny clips.

I'd like to talk about my favourite hobbies. One of them is reading books. I love reading ones that related to science or fiction because I like exploring new things outside the earth or something interesting such as why water boils at 100C or how we can do to remember all things we read. These kinds of books help us broaden our knowledge and it is very necessary for us in the future. You can also find some ways to solve the problems. And my second hobby is playing tennis. I have loved it when I was a kid. It is very cool to hit the small ball and chase it. I am not sure about this feelings but playing tennis makes me feel better and then I can concentrate on my study. I just want to say that "It's great".
Can you correct my mistakes in this passage?

Hello nguyenlykimngan,

That's a great comment - thank you very much for contributing it! I'm afraid we don't correct users' texts, but you're welcome to ask us about a specific phrase or sentence if you want to.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hey I need someone to improve my conversiation is there anyone

when I want to put off working, i usually spend time listening to music, surrfing internet, painting and studying English online. For me, speaking English is very improtant so actually I spend much time to study English and find English website online to learn especially in British Council. A good way to relax after hard working is listen some UK songs we still can learn English grammar and pronunciation

I'd like to talk to you about my favorite food is PHO. It's a traditional food in VietNam. PHO is food which is very popular in many country and a lot of foreign people like it. I and my family love PHO and we can spend 5 days per week to eat PHO because of delicious taste. Almost Vietnamses know how to cook PHO even men and either I. I learn how to cook PHO from my mom, she really good at cooking! One more things, we can eat PHO in the breakfast, at lunch and in the evening. I definitely want to recommend this food to all people all over the world. I think after you eat this food, you can see VietNam as a special places with thousands beautiful memories.

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