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Episode 03

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about clothes, and their guests talk about the designer of Apple products, Jonathan Ive, and women's football. You can also follow Carolina on her journey from Venezuela to the UK. Will she find her suitcase?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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.

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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 [15:45].

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Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Your turn

The question is , why do not more people watch women football ?
From my point of view I think men are more professionally than women in football specially .
Because, men have more artistic skills and physical strength than women and this consider as first reason .
But, the main problem is in the lack of interest in sports or sports organization for women's football for example , there is no advertising and no financial support for the game in some developing countries .
On the other hand there is no women's league or season for the matches every year .
So, there is no organized system to upgrade the technical and skills levels for the players .
Finally, football matches is sport like other sports even if for men or women and regardless for all reason or problems which may be effects on sports objectives .
It is necessary to pay attention to sport in general as it measures the progress happened in the societies .

Our person in

Parachuting sport is a strange sport but, it is also unique sport .
There is no interest in practicing this sport in the world because, it requires special courage and physical fitness too .
Parachuting teams are used in formal shows and special events but, they need space to jump from the plane above them such as , stadiums or deserts and this area or space called drop zone .
When watching skydivers down from heaven to the earth , there is total calm on the place and this is because, of the importance of the event .
It is unusual sport and i belong to the Egyptian parachuting team .

I would like to meet
I would like to meet the architect of Egyptian pyramids , his name is Hamo Eno and he is pure Egyptian .
He died from thousands of years ago and he was lived in era of the ancient Egyptians .
He design the pyramids and supervised on the construction process which took a years to complete .
Hamo Eno consider as one of the greatest architects in the history because, the pyramids are the greatest architectural building in the world .
Actually I like the way of thinking for this person and ofcourse , I like pyramids design too.
I would like to talking with him about his plan to make a big project like that .
I would ask him just one question , where did the idea come from to build the pyramids ?

I agree with voice2 about woman's football, I think it's the traditions in most countries,

I read one of various biography about Steve Jobs and there's some mention about Jonathan Ive. He's really a shy man, but he's also a genius in design.

I have seen movie a bout woman football
That movie name is Bend it like Beckham
Now Keira Knighly very famous
Woman football is not yet

I would like to meet all famous person

Task 5 - I live in Brazil, and I don't really watch sports, but here we have a female footballer named Marta, and the people who like football always say that she's one of the greatest female players ever. In school we didn't have a lot of girls playing football, they were mostly into volleyball or handball, so maybe the interest most women here lack on playing football is due to the lack of interest of the general population on watching women play football, though I have no idea which lack of interest came first.

Task 2 - I'd like to meet Oscar Niemeyer, he was a Brazilian architect. He was born in December 15th, 1907 and died December 5th, 2012, aged 104. In 1957 he designed most government buildings of Brasília, the capital of Brazil. I would like to talk to him about what a great and difficult thing he did, and I'd like to ask him what it was like growing up before even WWI, what he thinks changed the most and what he things hasn't changed as much.

I believe that most of sports such as Football, Basketball, Handball, Rugby, and Hockey and so on are the descendants of the gladiator fights which were very popular throughout the Roman Empire. I don’t think that such brutal and savage events were so interesting by themselves. In fact it is the effect of Adrenaline rush in our blood and entire body which gives us such a pleasant feeling.
I have never watched women’s football but it is not very difficult to imagine quality of women’s football. I think woman’s physical and mental qualities results in lack of thrill and excitement. Therefore it couldn’t be as much interesting and popular as men’s football.