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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.

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Tess and Ravi

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

Task 1



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 wanna know why the phrase "what will you drink" is not not correct in task 6,carolina (2),sentence no 4.
and also please try to explain me when we say these expressions" here you are" and "there you are"

I want to know when we use wonder and afraid of......please help me to use these words.....

the best thing for me on TV is a show which introduce foreign culture. it is not only fun, but also knowledgeable and deep. we can realize what part of our culture is precious and other culture's value. On the other hand, the TV drama is worst for me because we cannot help stopping watching one of the series once we begin to watch it. It is one of the problem because it keeps children awake late.


This is the best gordon's joke. At least, I understood it.



Hello, Tom.

In series 01 Epis. 08, Ravi says: “I know who David Attenborough is.“; ¿could he also say: “I know who is David Attenboroug ?”

Are both correct forms, or only the first one ?.

Why ?. Is there any special rule for statement and, or question ?

Can you give other examples?, please .

2. Megan and Ravi said “ Y’ know ” is this the same as you know?. What verbs can use this apostrophe ? I knew apostrophes like I'm, He's, She's, It's, You're, we're, I've, but no with verbs different to be and to have.

Thank you.


Hello FeSotoVI,

The Ravi's sentence about David Atenborough is not a question, and so the word order cannot be changed in the way you suggest; only the first version is correct. Other examples:

I know where you live. [not 'I know where do you live.']

I don't know how you can eat that! [not 'I don't know how can you eat that!']

The phrase y'know is non-standard English and is written here as a way to show how it was said. It's rather like 'dunno' or 'wanna' used instead of 'want to' or 'don't know', and is not something that would be considered correct outside of informal chat or contexts such as songs and the like.

I hope that answers your questions.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Customs at christmas in my country are similar as in other countries: Very much liquor, many meals, many gifts, and, very much dance (or rumba). And, logically, a lot of money spent.

Besides, in Cali city there is a traditional celebration called the sugar cane fair. Sugar is the main product in this land called Valle del Cauca department, of which Cali is its capital.

This sugar cane fair begins on 25th December and ends on 31th. In this celebrations there are cabalgata, bullfights and many parties in the clubs and discotheques. People drink many liquor by these days and spend a lot of money.

Cali city is visited by many people from different cities and countries in these days.


David Attenborough is a great man, all the people who care about nature, care the live, give one's life for someone, for our planet.
I like it programmes for art (Paint, theather and so on) or the other cultures, I agree that political programmes are worst the most boring.
Last comment, very interesting I turned this video.
Best wishes

Thanks you for your peply. I like the theater and classical music's concerts.