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Episode 05

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about pets, and their guests talk about Didier Drogba and life in New Zealand. You can also follow Carolina’s adventures in the UK as she arrives at her student accommodation in Newcastle. Will she make some new friends?

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.

Check your understanding

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

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

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

A love animals. At the moment I breed two cats. I would like to have a dog too, but I have no space to do it.

Hello everyone! As for me, I'm not very loved to animal but, Yeah, I love them. I love cats also love dog but I love small cats or dogs. I don't like big ones. I like small animals what ever it is. If it is small, I love it. I've never had a pet but if I have to have a pet, I'll choose a hamster. BYE! I'll probably see you around.

I prefer dogs because I think they're more faithful. They like human a lot. They're a great companion for humans. It's very god to have dogs.

Hello everybody,thank you so much for your a great effort that you have provided.
I have a question ,in task 3 and question number 9, it was incorrect answer to choose “I ‘m pleased to meet you all.”
Thanks

Hello AhKhd,

We don't typically use this phrase in this kind of situation. And if we did, we would say it right after meeting the people, not as we were saying goodbye.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone, to be honest, I have a bit of afraid of any animal, so I don't have any of them.

Actually I don't like cats or dogs. when i was a little girl a big cat tried to bite me. it was a horrible experience which i don't want to try it again.

Hi everyone
I have a question. in this sentence "With dogs you’ve got to take them for walks all the time and all of that and you have to clean up their poo"
I can not recognize " and you have to" when the speaker told it
Do you hear it???

Hi hojat,

Yes, I can hear the phrase. Connected speech - the way we run words together in English to help us to speak quickly and fluently - is a key aspect of natural language use and it's important to be able to understand it.

The phrase 'you have to' is a good example of several features of connected speech. The words are run together so they sound like a single word (catenation). There are weak forms for 'you' and 'to' which use the weak vowel sound called the schwa - phonemic symbol /ǝ/. The /v/ sound in 'have' is also devoiced, so it becomes /f/. In the end, the phrase sounds something like 'yafta'. Try listening again to see if you can hear it!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter
Thank you .
I google connected speech but It is hard for me .I have got to learn it but how?Is there anything in your website to help me? In this podcast I have found out at least 3 sentences i can not hear!!

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