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Episode 02

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In this episode, Carolina returns. What happened with her and Jamie? What is new in Emily's life? Plus, Adam and Rob talk about the recipes you shared after last week's show.

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Rob and Adam

Adam: Hello!

Rob: Hello and thank you for all your fantastic comments & recipes. Comments from almost 50 different countries from Algeria to Vietnam and from Colombia to Kazakhstan. Great to see so many responses. Keep them coming – you can write to us at http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org or via Facebook – look for ‘Elementary Podcasts’.

Adam: We got some great recipes – from Spain, Greece, Kazakhstan, Armenia – we could set up an international restaurant! Both Felix and Eduardo from Spain sent us recipes for Spanish omelette – I might try that. Elmira in Kazakhstan told us how to make a traditional fish dish called ‘koktal’ – using carp. Now, British people don’t usually eat much carp, but I might try this one.

Rob: For dessert Idoia taught us how to cook rice and milk and if we want a drink then ninamagalhaess in Brazil told us how to make ‘caipirinhas’, but they’re an alcoholic drink so not for everyone.

Adam: Skybase noticed that Ravi made a mistake. Ravi said that fish and chip shops in Britain serve 250,000 meals a year, but the real number is 250 million meals a year. Well spotted, Skybase!

Rob: Now, if you’ve listened before you’ll remember Carolina. She’s from Venezuela and she’s a student at Newcastle University in the North-East of England. She lives with her best friend Emily and she’s part of the environment society with her boyfriend Jamie. Last time we heard from her, she was going back to Venezuela for the summer. Let’s meet her again.

Carolina

Carolina: Hello? Is anyone here?

Emily: Carolina! Hi! Welcome back!

Carolina: Oh hello, Emily! Oh, it's so good to see you.

Emily: You too. How was your summer?

Carolina: Great. And yours?

Emily: Yeah, good.

Carolina: Let me take my suitcase to my room and you know, take my clothes…..

Emily: Unpack, you mean.

Carolina: That's the word …unpack. You know I think I've forgotten a lot of English in the summer. I've only spoken Spanish. No English at all.

Emily: Don't worry. You'll soon remember. But it's funny, you know – I think your accent is stronger, more Spanish, I mean Venezuelan.

Carolina: Oh, dear.

Emily: No, it's nice. I like your accent. You start unpacking and I'll make a cup of tea.

Carolina: English tea, aaah. Do you know, Emily, I think I've missed English tea? We drink more coffee at home in Venezuela. Just let me unpack my things and I'll see you in the kitchen….

Emily: Hello? Can I come in?

Carolina: Sure.

Emily: Here you are. A nice cup of English tea.

Carolina: Oh, thanks Emily. Mmm. Here, sit down on the bed. Let me move these T-shirts.

Emily: Wow, Carolina, look at all these clothes!

Carolina: I know. I bought quite a lot of things in Venezuela. My parents put some money in my bank account for this year and, I don't know, I went a bit crazy I think. I was so careful with money last year I…., oh I don't know. Anyway, look at these jeans. Cool, huh?

Emily: They're lovely. And I love that dress.

Carolina: Which one? This one?

Emily: Yeah. It's really sexy. You look great in red.

Carolina: Yes, I think I'll wear it the first time I go out with Jamie. He's coming back tomorrow.

Emily: Jamie. That's right. What happened between you two in the end? First of all he didn't phone to say goodbye before you left and you were like "Oooh he didn't phone, oooh it's all over". Then I got an email from you and everything was Jamie this and Jamie that and "Ooooh I'm so happy". What happened?

Carolina: I'm sure I wasn't that bad Emily.

Emily: Well, nearly. Come on, what happened?

Carolina: Well, yes, I was a bit upset when I got the taxi to the station, but then he phoned. Just as I was getting out of the taxi. And he said he was really sorry, but he'd got confused with the days, and he thought I was leaving the next week, so that's why he didn't phone.

Emily: Hmm.

Carolina: ‘Hmm’ what?

Emily: Just ‘hmm’. You know I like Jamie, Carolina, but it's a strange thing to forget – the day your girlfriend goes off to Venezuela for the summer.

Carolina: Anyway, that's what happened. And we've been emailing and texting all holiday and he says he can't wait to see me when he gets back. And "Ooooh I'm so happy".

Emily: Well, I'm glad he phoned and I'm glad you're still together.

Carolina: And what about you? Any news on your love life?

Emily: Love life? What love life?

Carolina: Oh, Emily!

Emily: Seriously, I haven't had a love life since last year, when I went on that study trip to France. Jacques. I really liked him, but then he didn't… well, I didn't…. I don't know. And that was the last 'man in my life'.

Carolina: You got that Valentine's card.

Emily: Anonymous.

Carolina: So? It shows someone likes you.

Emily: It was from my mother. She feels sorry for me.

Carolina: And you like the man who delivers the pizzas. The one with the long hair.

Emily: Hmm. He says "Here's your pizza" and I say "Thank you very much". A beautiful relationship. We have so much in common!

Carolina: OK. That's enough. Listen, what about dinner? Is there any food in the house? Shall we go out? We could order a pizza. You can answer the door.

Emily: Yeah, I'll wear your new red dress! Ah, it's good to have you back Carolina.

Rob and Adam

Adam: Nice to hear Carolina again. Now, here’s an interesting thing. Carolina & Emily hadn’t seen each other for a while, a whole summer, and they hugged each other and kissed. I find this interesting because people think the British are quite cold and reserved, so I’m interested in what people do when they meet people or see old friends again. What do you do, Rob?

Rob: When I see old friends again I usually hug them. What do you do when you meet people or see old friends again? Do you hug? Do you kiss? Shake hands? Bow? Write to us and let us know. Now, do you remember Carolina forgot a word? Listen to this.

Carolina: Let me take my suitcase to my room and you know, take my clothes…..

Emily: Unpack, you mean.

Carolina: That's the word …unpack.

Adam: When you put your things into a bag, you pack your bag, so when you take things out you unpack. The un- prefix shows an opposite. You do something and then maybe later you undo it. You might see the word ‘undo’ on your computer.

Rob: We also use un- with adjectives. For example, happy – unhappy, usual – unusual. Look out for exercises about this on LearnEnglish. That’s all we’ve got time for today – remember to write to us at http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/ Or on Facebook – look for Elementary Podcasts.

Adam: And you can look for Carolina who will be starting her blog again on http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/. Watch out to see what she writes there and you can write to her too. We’ll be back next time and Tess & Ravi will be here again. So, until then…

Both: Bye! 

Check your understanding

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Task 1

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Task 2

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Comments

I usually shake hand.

Hello everybody, in polite situation, men shake their hands and women or men-women give a kiss in the cheek, but when two or more friends meet make a hug, and more large the hug if a long time has passed

hi all colleague , hope all are fine , Egyptians is more different , they always kiss each other, men with men and women with women ,even if not known each other. I'm live in Cairo , it's more modernize to other cities, but they have the same attitudes.
OK ,Thanks and good bye

Hello
You asked me " How do you say hello to your friends". when I see my friends, say Hi, How is it going? I never use bad language in my word about my close friends and I prefer to be polite and behave politely.
However If we didn't see each others for long time, we have shaken hands and hugged.

In Portugal people say "Olá" and give two kisses in the face, except when is men to men, they only shake hands (or give a hug if they know each other for a long time). But I´m from Brazil and the brazilian people say "Oi" and usually give one kiss to the face and also give a hug, but when is men to men, they also only shake hands and give hugs.

I live in the north of Mexico, hello to all!, in this country we tend to show a lot of affection, if they are someone very close to us like relatives or friends, both if they are men or a women we give them a kiss on the cheek and a long hug, but there is a difference in that case, we never give the hand to the women only the kiss and hug, and if is a man, before the kiss and hug we first give the hand, now if is a woman you have never seen before we always give her the hand and a kiss, and in the same case if is a man only we give him the hand and that´s all, regards!.

I live in México we here hug, shake hands or kiss depend of the persons, if is your best friend you hug for long time and kiss him or her.

Hi,,
I'm french, and I'm a boy.
If the friend is a girl, I always kiss her.
If he is a boy, usually I shake hands, but, since few last years, the boys kiss the other boys, if they are very good friends.

Hi Bolliet!

But how many kisses you french people give?... I guess 3, I can't remember, I know Spanish people give 2.
Regards from México!

Hi, there

I am from Uzbekistan. Basicly men handshake or hug when they meet. As for women, they hug, kiss and handshake when they meet. Women and men do not kiss, or hug when they meet unless they are relatives.

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