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Episode 09

In this episode Ravi is thinking about giving up his Spanish lessons, and their guests talk about a special watch and time machines. You can also follow Carolina as she and Jamie go out for dinner. Will they have a good meal?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:23].

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Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:49].

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Tom the teacher

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Well, If I have a time machine I would like to travel to the future, let's say 1000 years ahead to see new technologies and how evolution worked out to the humans, I think it would be very interesting to see if we would be able to populate other planets and develop new means of transport to travel between continents and stuff, see if we'd achieved peace with each society and religions and solved problems like poverty and overpopulation would be an interesting thing to see, or maybe if we start to live under the sea because of the global warming and the radiation of the sun.

Thanks for the Episode! It was really helpful to practice.

Hi everyone
If I have a time machine I need to go back in secondary school and see all my best teachers . However I miss them very much. I was fancy in english class teacher.

If you had a time machine, what "time" would you visit?' What about you? What do you think about time travel? Would you like to visit the same times as the people in the programme? What time would you like to visit? Add a comment below.
Wow It would be absolutly fantastic if I would have a time machine. I would like visit many places in the past and know how people lived thousands years ago. Also I would like visit importants moments in history like second world war or the plague and help ill people with new medicines. Also I would like to see my family when my parents met or when I was born.

In other topics what's going on with Carolina and Jaime? Jaime don't want to be her boyfriend anymore, I think


If I had a time machine I would visit 2200s. The going forward is the proper direction. Actually, the past was dangerous for us because the human rights were fewer then. There were cold war, killings of Kennedy and Luther King. Youth fought for freedom against Police in the West in 1968-69.

Today is better than previously, technology serves to freedom and communication between people at the world. We feel ourselves safe.
Of course human rights are not the same in different countries. For example women or LGBT rights.

I would like to see the development of modern society in 2200s. I hope that world will be better than today and more people will be happy. I think that populism will disappear by that time.

The past times are gone, i would like to be prepared for the present time best opportunities inherent in the futuristic process.
Time travel fast and waits for no one, yester-times becomes history, today-times are fresh and new as it holds many prospects, moreover future-times embedded more prospects than today. Time should be optimally utilized, because everything will soon become a milestone.
No, i wouldn't.
I would like to visit and optimised present time opportunities.

If I had a time machine.... I would go to the past and resolve conflicts, wars and problem.

Hello there ,

when Ravi said that : Well, two or three more lessons won’t hurt, will they?

what does *will they ? * at the last part of sentence meaning ? and when we should use it

And , Is there any same grammar things relating on it ?

Hello Alawi

In this sentence, 'will they' is question tag. You can read an explanation of this grammar and practise it on our Question tags page. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask us there.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

in the "your turn" part , the last person used simple past or past perfect for describing events that will have happened by 3000 .shouldn't she use tenses such as "will" or "would" or even "is gonna" ??

Hello ragamin,

The speaker uses past tenses because the whole text is a conditional structure. The speaker begins with 'If I had a time machine...' and everything which follows is a continuation of this, and in this kind of hypothetical structure past tenses are used.



The LearnEnglish Team