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Episode 08

In this episode Ravi asks Tess a favour, and their guests talk about British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough and Christmas in Prague. You can follow Carolina as she visits a pub with some friends. What will she think about British pubs?

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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 [13:45].

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Tom the teacher

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Pre-intermediate: A2


      Now, I'll talk about a spesial festival occurs once  time every year. It is maybe not a festival by whole the meaning of the word, but it represents a special day in the year. It is the "Alfetre" feast.
It takes place once in the year. All muslims all over the world celebrate with it. It starts by the end of "Ramadan". We start it by praying in the mosque at the morning after the sun rise. And after that everyone goes to his relatives and friends to congratulate them with the feast , and to share them eating cocies of this feast that always home made. Children wear their new clothes and go to buy toys and sweats. This feast comes after "Ramadan" as a reward for everone who struggle to fast
all days of the month. We all love this feast.

      Oprah Winfry is one of the most popular TV presenter for this century. She has a special way that attract people to watch her program. Her program lasts for many years   with a great popularity. But unfortunately her show has ended. She celebrated with the last episode weeks ago. She represents black people in USA and proved that they can do anything not only the white people who can manage to succeed. Actually, I watched an episode that was talking a bout tolerance, It was absolutely amazing. In this show Oprah invited a woman who is so tolerant. The woman had a terrible car accident, as a result of that  she was damaged especially her face. She had many operations but in vain. Despite all of that she was satisfy, her soul was so calm. You want believe that she forgave the man who did so and told his mother that it was her destiny and she satisfy what God wants. Another thing I want to say that Oprah encourage reading as she every week on her book club  she recommends a book for audience to read. The author of the book  whose book was chosen is very lucky as many people would read it.

Hi there I couldn't get the exersices and transcript under instructions and download so could you help me please?
Thank you in advance!

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Hi Eden,

Did you right-click and select 'save as?' These links seems to be working ok.


The LearnEnglish Team

Korean people enjoy the New Year in the lunar calendar. The day is similar to the western New Year. It’s our New Year. People go to their home town to see their family like the western Christmas. It is called Seol-Nal in Korean language. At this day younger people give elderly ones a formal bow for their healthy and happiness. And then elderly people give younger people money, a bit, for returning the compliment. Children usually make a round of New-Year’s calls in Korean traditional clothes maybe for the money.

I’d like to meet Son Seock-Hee. He is a representative Korean anchorman. Now he does not present the 9 news, he was very popular and nice when he did it. Of course he is still nice. He was famous because of a programme that the conservative and the progressive argued in 100 minutes. He was the presenter and performed it very well. Furthermore he looks like polite and handsome. He is a real gentleman. In fact when I had to choose my college, I was helped from him in second-hand. I went to the university that he went earlier. And I have ever read an article written by himself about his life. He wrote that he went to abroad for his study when he was 40 and he worked out most tasks in older than others in his life. He seemed to say that it’s okay to be old. And now I’m preparing to study abroad of course I am not to be 40 like him yet but I am not young any more

I like watching films and sport on TV.
There are interesting comedy films. With respect to sport I like a lot of football, mainly European competitions and the World Cup.
I don't like watching Soap Operas because the story is too much long and I don't have enough time to see them.

oh yeah! poor carp! in my country we keep fish in our baths as well...
the joke was briliant as usual.

Hi I´m getting some troble with  listening part. The listening isn´t  completed. Can you check it , pls?

Can you check the download version of this  8th episode?
Your podcast is really helpfull.