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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].

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

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Tom the teacher

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

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I like to watch at football match and I prefere programs offered by DISCOVERY. I think that it is very interesting and you can lern many news. worst thing - are programs which present reality TV show.

Hello there - I hope you're weel.

I notice that in th last poadcasts from this series we're having a lot of phrases in Present Perfect instead of Present Simple. In the introduction of Ravi's quote we can see / listen: "We've got quiz, we've got fish in the bath, we've got good and bad TV, but first of all we`ve got I'd like to meet". In another example, on Carolinas' quote, when she is asking her fancy at the Pub we have: "No, I don't think so. I'll have a fruit juice - what have they got?". Can you see it? Many phrases in Present Perfect.

I'm sorry if I'm not being clear enough about my doubt and it could seems strange to you. Perhaps I'm thinking those situations in my own language, but in Portuguese we use to say it in present simple. How can I know when I should to use phrases in present perfect or in present simple and why?

Many thanks and best.


Hello Ewerton,

The present perfect is a very common form in English. In broad terms it links a past event or state with the present, so we use it when some information is new, is not finished or has a present result in some way. We have some pages on this topic which you can study:

present perfect

perfective aspect

present perfect simple and continuous


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Peter - Very helpful


I'm from Brazil, and the programming of local TV is variable. I like good novels and movies. but i dont like police programs. because they show a lot of violence.

I am going to talk about a journalist who is Mr. Chatura Alwis. He is a good TV presenter working in TV Derana. In the morning he is reading newspaper headlines and he is telling the inside story of the headline. However, it is very useful for us because we don't have much time to go through newspapers. He is a freelance journalist and he is not afraid to criticized something is wrong. Most of the time he is criticized things regardless the authority. He is not only a journalist but also a lawyer. Most of the people loved him. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. please help me to improve my ENGLISH knowledge .

Hello udara somasiri,

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The LearnEnglish Team

I've been in the UK for a while and I usually don't have a trouble listening and understanding these podcast programmes. But I had a lot of problems understanding two ladies talking about the best and the worst of TV in this episode. They probably have northern accent somewhere.

That's actually good for me because that's exactly why I started to listen to these programmes. After I moved to Yorkshire from Southwest, I can't understand what people are speaking at all. I feel like I'm back in those days when I started learning English. I hope I will have more chance to hear Northern accent in these programmes.

What are the best – and worst – thing on TV?
Well, I should say that I don’t watch much TV, I’d rather watch my DVDs instead. Because you know in my country there aren’t a wide verity of channels and programs on TV, and most of them are sort of the same, I mean there are full of bad news and political program, which most of them try to convince the people that they are living in the best country in the world and the other countries are fully included in war and famine and even the nature disasters specially in north Americas I mean united states. But the point here is nobody believes them and we all know that they aren’t true at all, so what’s the point of watching them.
While I like some these nature documentaries specially ones that are about the planet earth and some amazing parts of the planet I’ve never been and certainly I won’t have a chance to see them in feature. Some of these programs are about the problems and global issues of animals and the future of the planet and they are quite informative and they can make people around to change their behaviors against the nature and the environment to keep it green and give this opportunity to our next generation to live in the nicer planet. On the other hand I can’t stand the sport at all, it seems that it never stops.

Thnak you