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Episode 04

In the episode Tess and Ravi talk about how they’re feeling, and their guests talk about Bob Marley, an unusual festival and British money. You can follow Carolina’s journey by train from London to Newcastle. Will she catch her train?

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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 [13:03].

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Tom the teacher

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Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi HanhTran,

In section 2, Marcus says that Bob Marley died in 1981. There is only one small sound difference between '81' and '91', so it could be that you misheard it. In any case, according to the Wikipedia, Marley died in 1981.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to meet
I would like to meet the great Egyptian musician Omar Khayrat.
And i have already met him several times but, I would like to meet him again because , he is so nice person in real .
Omar Khayrat he is an aristocratic person belongs to the family held high positions in the Egyptian government government .
This environment was influenced on his music directly .
Because, of this reason his music characterized by quality and classical .
I admire him because, it has presented a wonderful model of musician to the world and reached the universal level too .
When i met him before , I have already asked him about , how he embodies the pictures in the music of films ???????
and he answered , i just imagine the the situation !!!

Hello .
*** he embodies the pictures in the music of films ???????
What do you mean when you say he embodies ? Do you imagine or draw the picture in your mind ?

Hello MaxiMuz1979,

'Embody' means to give form to something or to be an expression of something. It may be used metaphorically. However, I'm not sure where this quotation is from. Is this from our material or from elsewhere?



The LearnEnglish Team

I have a questions. Is the phrase "This one’s on me" used only when somebody want to pay? Or it have different meanings?

Hello chunya,

It's definitely most common in the context of paying for something, especially a drink or meal. It might be appropriate in other circumstances as well, though I can't think of one off the top of my head.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi my friends,
There is a nice rock festival ( I know that is strange to put togheter both words * nice * and *rock* - but it's true ) in my town Suceava in Romania. The festival's name is Bucovina Rock Castle and the stage is in the castle's retrenchment. Lots of rock bands around Europe are invited to play there and people feels great. They're all wearing black T-shirts with band's names on them and blue jeans , drink beer ( the strong drinks are not allowed ) and eat traditional food ( that means a lot of meat ) and the atmosphere is great. People talking in pauses because they know each other and if they don't know he talk to you as they know you. Come to see and listen to great romanian rock bands as Trooper. and more. Thanks for read me.

Intresting. Is it bike festival ?

Hi I'm interrested about the question : "do you prefer books or films ?" Personaly, I do both. Very often, at the evening, first, I look at a film, then I read a novel. I 'm not disturbed if the two stories are different. During a small moment, before sleeping, I read a book because this activity makes easier the falling asleep. More generally, I think books and films are additional. They request some different feelings. Books are more built. They are more adaptated for reflecting. Films bring a more complete expérience, with pictures, sounds, music, dialogue...

I think this part of transcript of S01E04 is incorrect :

"Tess: And I’m Tess – from London. Hi. Now, as usual we’ve got loads of great stuff for you to"

and the correct part is

"Tess: And I’m Tess – from London. Hi. Now, as usual we’ve got lots of great stuff for you to"