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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?

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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].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].


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'




Language level

Intermediate: B1


good evenig!!

I need brothers for convesation in english!!!
very dificult

Hello tiari,

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The LearnEnglish Team

I've got any memories about the Sunday's dinner, in my parent's home.
My mother cooked her masterpiece -tagliatelle all'uovo al sugo di carne- while my grand-mother was cooking the roast.
A fabulous smell filled the air while I and my twin brother were waiting in our bedroom .
I remember my father in the backyard, my sister lost in her diary and me, entirely sure that nothing bad could be happening to us.
So Many years have passed, about fourty, and a lot things good and bad too, but when I cook the "my mother's masterpiece" for my wife and my son, I can't see my mum, but I can hear her voice call me and my brother .
The Sunday's dinner sometimes make me melancholy...

Sorry but I can't translate "tagliatelle all'uovo al ragù di carne" but I can assure you that they are very delicious !

What do you do to postpone a work, which you don’t like doing it?

Well actually it depends on where I am at the moment. If I’m at work I’ll have a verity things to do to put off my work. I can just make a cup a tea, check my emails and my Telegram every 2 minutes. It would be a good idea to surf around on Internet and take a look at some funny pics and videos. You know, these days social networks made is easy to delay your main work and waste your time on your computer, and finally get nothing valuable.
At home there are quite a range of activities to postpone my work, I can just channel surf or distract my attention by playing with kids, or probably clean my flat. I don’t like solitaire games though, and I’d rather play a car chase game with my little daughter. Plus listening to music or watching a movie would be probably a good idea to get distracted. Also we have plenty of plants in our balcony, which watering them all truly takes a long time and let you waste your time in the best way ever.

Is it correct to say " He might have found a girlfriend"? can you please explain the use of words might and maybe?

Hi ca.kulwinder,

Yes, that is quite correct. If we say 'He might find...' then we are talking about the future; if we say 'He might have found...' then we are talking about the past.

'Might' is a modal verb and you can find out about its use on our pages on modal verbs. 'Maybe' is an adverb which means the same as 'perhaps'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter

If I have some work but I don't to do it.I'll going to drink cup of coffe or I'm going to spend time on internet ,surf my facebook and check my email.I'll speak with my friends by using text message.I would like to listen to slowly music or anything make me relax and then return to do my work.

In this moment I hate my work, so I don't pay attencion In anybody. I pretend to change my work. I would like to travel to abroad and work in a International company. I study English because is very important to change my work.