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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?

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


Tess and Ravi

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

Task 1



Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

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Task 2


Task 3




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


in Islam we have adha eid, in the adha eid, we should slaughter a sheep in Islamic way, and then eat some of it, and give poor people the rest. will some people prefer to give the poor people all of it without eating any, and others prefer to eat from it and share some with their siblings, and poor people. this eid is a really lovely thing in Islam it makes families group together and well, we eat a lot of delicious meat in these eid days which is fantastic.

I think TV programms are very stupid for most cases. I almost do not watch TV. But if I whatch it will be movie or reality show.

The best thing is Documentary Program. because you can learn about everything and don't wast time. The bad thing is when two or more person in the program want to convince each other On political issues.

I prefer watch comedian program on TV.I usually download the new films , so I rarely watch the movies or series on TV.I don't have a lot of time to watch TV but if I have enough time I like to watch the science match program.I always prefer the TV turn on because I don't like the silence at home.

There are many types of things on television, I suppose. Although almost all channels obey advertising, that is, what brings money, there are channels for educational purposes. Television is a strong form of communication; I hope it is better used.

Hello Teachers and thanks a lot for all the things you help us.In understanding exercise, section 4, it accepts ''People eat fish at Christmas.'', as a correct answer, but in the text it refers ''Cristmas Eve''.What's the correct?

Hello nikoslado

You're very welcome! In the second paragraph of section 4, the text says 'carp – the fish traditionally eaten at Christmas here in the Czech Republic'. You're right in that later Ravi explains that the fish is actually eaten on Christmas Eve, but 'at Christmas' is somewhat vague -- it doesn't mean 'on Christmas Day' but rather something like 'during the Christmas holiday', which includes Christmas Eve.

Does that make sense? In any case, the question is certainly a little tricky and so I've made a note to take a closer look at this next time we revise this page.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! I like to watch sport programs. I like to watch football matches. I like to watch film especially comedy. I hate to watch soap opera.

I like to watch on TV is humor programs, TV news, movies, documentaries. I do not like novels.

Hello! There are different programs on TV. Some of them are really good and some are not quite. There are some programs on TV that I definitely dislike to watch at all. If to say about good programs, in my opinion they are ones talking about traveling, nature, science most. When I was a child I used to watch television most of my leisure time. I mean when I was at home and all my homework was done I could turn TV on to watch something like that. I used to buy newspapers where there was TV program schedule to look for some interesting telecast and then I made a note of time when it was going to start. I was very excited watching Jacques Cousteau telecasts. It was a French explorer who talked about underwater world. He was in different places all over the world leading his explorations. He could get the information so interesting that I all the time found every episode very fascinating. In his episodes there were remains of shipwrecks and lost treasures in the Carribean Sea and ruins of Port Royal, a pirate capital city that was broken by strongest earthquake, Great Bareer Reef in Australia that stretching for over than two thousands and three hundred kilometers, The Galapagos Islands in Pacific ocean which were firstly described by Charles Darwin and many more things. Another program that I’ve never missed was Around the World in 80 Treasures, presented by Dan Cruickshank. This TV show consists of 10 episodes where it’s told about interesting places all over the world. Every country is known thanks for some of his building, invention or something else. For instance, in Australia there is Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, in France is Eiffel tower, In USA is The White House. He also showed and talked about ancient buildings and ruins like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Machu Picchu in Peru, ruins of Persepolis, an ancient Persian capital city and so on. I bought then all episodes on DVD. Another broadcasters whose stuff I like as well are David Attenborough, Jack Maxwell, Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones and some others. I think these TV shows let you know more about the world and his history. Maybe someone can find them a bit boring but as for me I’ve always tended to watch them instead of something tv serials or fun shows but one of them, though, called Friends I like. It’s American serial. It’s impossible to see this and stay serious, so funny it is. It’s important to broadcast humoristic stuff on TV too because it helps you relax after work. Some people try to be up to date watching politics and economics. Some are hooked on sports. Well, ok I’m not against that. But there are special shows I find very stupid and useless on TV. Here in Russia you can see shows, called Dom 2 or Let’s marry. These shows are about how different people try to make relations between each other. There it is also talked about gossip and who’s better or who’s worse, lots of talks about how to be a perfect boyfriend or girlfriend. But if these TV shows are broadcasted that’s mean someone watches them, maybe many people.
Frankly said I don’t spend my time in front of television watching something like I used to before when good internet connection was a problem. All what I’m interested in I can find in internet. I guess many people like me, I mean my generation do the same.