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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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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:19].

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:45].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Hi NahB,

Yes, you can say the same thing without 'over'. Sometimes we use 'over' to refer to a place that is not nearby or across from where we are.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir, I want to ask difference and usage of "We are gathered" and "We have gathered". Thank you.

Hi Muhammad Erad,

The grammar of 'we are gathered' is subject + verb + adjective and the grammar of 'we have gathered' is subject + verb (present perfect). In contexts such as a wedding, where the officiant often uses this phrase to begin the ceremony, the first one is more common due to tradition, but there is nothing grammatically wrong with the second one.

In other contexts, whether only one or both works really depends on what the context is.

I hope this helps you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Good Evening

I've read something about relative clauses.

We can use the word "when" as a relative adverb.

Instead of when we can use in/on which.

You said that we can use "at", "in" or "on" in time expressions.

If I have the time preposition "at" and want to make an relative clauses, what must I use?

Thank you very much for your help! :)

Hello User_User,

We can use 'in which', 'on which' and 'at which' to replace relative adverbs like 'where' and 'when'. The choice depends on the place or time being referred to. For example, we use 'at' with clock times:

3.00 was the time when we met.

3.00 was the time at which we met.

 

However, we use 'on' with days:

Sunday was the day when we met.

Sunday was the day on which we met.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I learned different between preposition "on" and "in". we use "on" before single day. thank you Tom.

I’ll tell about a New Year celebration in my country.
A celebration starts at night on 31st of December and finishes on 1st of January.
It’s a family celebration so all relatives gather together for it.
It starts at night. People eat salads and drink alcohol and soft drinks, remind old year, then at about twelve o’clock all of them drink champagne (except the children) and after that go to a street and let off fireworks.
That continues all the night and people go to sleep just next morning.

Person who I would like to meet called Jeremy Clarkson. He’s from The United Kingdom. He presents programmes about car. The most famous called Top Gear.
I like this sort of programmes because I love car, technics (I’m a M.A.Sc). I love Top Gear and saw many episodes of that. Many my friends like it too. That programmes told about interesting, unusual, the most expensive and the cheapest car, about their features, qualities and shortcomings.
He’s very popular in my country and in the rest of the world.
I like him because he’s artistic, funny and good narrator. He know what need to say and what not need.
I don’t like finding out anything about famous people’s personal life so I don’t know anything about that.

I don't really watch much tv during the week, but the best thing is movies and Tv shows in the weekend, and the worst part is sports, it's so boring, especially football, they just run after a ball, an hour and a half.

Hi there!

I think free TV channels do not offer interesting programmes here in Italy. Their target are "desperate housewives" and "old people". So they broadcast quiz shows, boring soap operas that never ends, stupid reality shows (like big brother) which make me feel ashamed of being Italian and talk shows about gossip and murders. Information here is not very free, especially on TV, and because of that, the news are of low quality. The films are always the same, since I was a child. Sometimes there are some interesting documentaries, but that is all. If you want to see somenthing more interesting, you have to subscribe to pay TV. That's why I prefer to switch of the telly and use my computer to get informations and to watch something more interesting on the internet.

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