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Episode 04

In the episode Tess and Ravi talk about how they’re feeling, and their guests talk about Bob Marley, an unusual festival and British money. You can follow Carolina’s journey by train from London to Newcastle. Will she catch her train?

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Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:20].

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Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].

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Tom the teacher

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Thank you. I learned something new about Africa. I like it. I like Africa. One of members of my relatives is from Africa.

Which do you prefer, the book or the film? Honestly, I don't like read book. Sometimes I read books, only for exciting books. But I think I prefer the film. Well, if you watch the film, you can see the real story that you imagine. You can see characters, see the real place, and of course the music. If you listen the animation sound, you'll feel like you're in a real place with the actors. Well, I think it's gonna be so exciting.

It depends ,
Sometimes I prefer the book, especially when it has been written by a good writer. The sensations that a book can gives to us, when we scroll the pages, are unreachable by the films.
But I love the Marvel super heroes, and in that case, I think that the films are better than the books or the comics.
Nowadays, the special effects give us a really images of the action.
We can see our heroes like never before now.
But if you read, for example, the book "IT", by Stephen King, and then you will watch the will not have a doubt about the difference between the book or the film.

Thank you for all, day by day I am trying to improve my English. Have I made any grammar mistakes ?

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Thank you

i would send you what i prefer- the book or the film...?
I think that the book is better then the film, because it mature our fantasy compared to films. Books have also more details on the story and thought you can't look in reality all that is written, the description of the book and the fantasy can help to imagine all characters,places and objects how do you like.

Dear teacher,
could you correct this short text?
i'd like to answer to the question: Is there a famous male musician that you'd like to meet?
I'd like to meet Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, he is an American rapper and his nickname is "rap god".
He was born in 1972, he had a turbulent childhood but this helped him to become the famous rapper that which is. I like Eminem because though when he was young he got himself in trouble made his life story into a big public spectacle.He's music is funny a and tell a lot to me. His life is to be taken as an example, and he have given hope to the people that haven't the possibility to have a dream that they can althought obstacles that they find. So Eminem is the definition of having a dream and not letting anithing stop from achieving it.
Thanks in advance,

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I would like to meet Kurt Cobain.He was American and a leader of Nirvana.This band was popular in the early 90's and it's popular nowadays.He played grunge music and he was king of grunge.He died very young and he was only twenty-seven years old.When he had was small his parents divorced and it's affected him very strongly.After when he had become older he started to use drugs.He several times was in hospital.He tried to treated but it was unsuccessfully.I think he didn't want.He had always spoken he started to use drugs because he had a pain in stomach.But I don't thing that is main reason.

Dear Teacher

In the section1 , when I review the context(Transcript), Tess says : I liked the book. The film’s never as good as the book, ;
what does she really mean when she says : liked ?!!! she wants to speak about her interest in the past ?!!!
and about the film's ( 's ) : is this a mistake of text ?

Thank you for your time and assistance