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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.

Check your understanding

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'

Exercise

Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Dear Kirk help please i got confused .. I knew that if the question is part of the another sentence, the word order changes.
For instance - where is Kirk? - Do you know where Kirk is?
But in this sentence doesnt change ''if you have work and you dont want to do what Do You Do put off working'' It made confused

Hello Eddi,

It looks like a rhetorical statement rather than a reported or indirect question. However, you have written the setence with little punctuation and so it is hard to be sure what it is meant to mean.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for response Peter
question is from the podcast here it is with punctuations-
“If you've got some work to do, but don't want to do it, what do you do to put off working?”

Hello Eddi,

Thanks for identifying where it came from. As you can see in the transcript, this question is inside inverted commas (" "), which makes it a direct question, i.e. a normal sort of question with inversion of the subject and auxiliary verb.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Eddi,

Direct speech (including direct questions) are usually inside 'inverted commas' when these questions are inside another section of text. The inverted commas signal that what's inside is direct speech. Note that Peter included all the punctuation in his last post; it's important to look at the context to make sense of something.

There are many different expressions that are used to report speech, including indirect or reported questions. It'd probably be useful to become familiar with the most common ways (see the link in the last sentence), but I'd say it's more important to pay attention to punctuation and context. I'd encourage you to look for more instances of this by doing a good amount of reading. The more you see it, the more it should make sense.

I hope this clarifies the matter for you. 

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi teacher!
Ravi says " Let's see how they're getting on… " How could you ask somebody how everything is going in his/her life? 1.- How are you getting on? or 2.- How are you go on? Which one is more common in english?
Thanks a lot
Sonia

i think the first one is more common

Hello sonia,

'How are you getting on?' is probably the most common way to ask this, and in any case 'How are you going on?' is not correct. In informal American English, 'What's going on?' is a common way of asking 'How are you?', but I wouldn't recommend you use that unless you really know someone well - 'How are you getting on?' is appropriate in a wider range of situations.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

If i 've got some work to do, but don't want to do it, i spend a lot of time checking email and writing email, looking at different websites and every 10 minutes and i check my facebook

hi evrybody!
my favourite food is pizza. pizza is an oven- baked flat bread typically topped with tomato and cheese. baked variously in coal, wood, gas and elactric ovens. it is generally supplemented with a selection of meats, vegetables and condiments the modern pizza was invented in Naples, Italy and the dish and its variants have since become popular. pizza was brought to the United States with Italian immigrants in the late nineteenth. today, thirteen percent of the Ú population consumes pizza on any given today. the world's largest pizza was at the Norwood pick'n Pay hypermarket in Jonhannesbung, South Africa. it was 37.4 meters in diameter and was made using 500kg of flour, 500kg of cheese and 500kg of tomato. this was accomplished on december 8, 1990.
pizza is fast food that isn't well healthy. it can be hig salf, fat and calories

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