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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

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Hi Luyaqt,

In this sentnece car's means car is - the apostrophe s is a contraction.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Peter,
Now I understand
Thanks a lot...

HELLO EVERY ONE
COULD YOU PLEASE TELL HOW TO PRACTISE ENGLISH SPEAKING PLEASE I AM CONFUSED I DONT KNOW HOW TO PRACTISE TO BECOME A FLUENT SPEAKER PLEASE HELP ME OUT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH

Hello MD.Salman,

There's useful advice on how to do this on our Frequently asked questions page. A few weeks ago, another user explained how he has used Big City Small World to do this, and you could use the same method with Elementary Podcasts, so you might want to read his comment as well.

I don't know if there is one near where you live or if it would be possible for you, but you might also want to consider taking a class at a British Council Teaching Centre in India.

By the way, it's better not to write in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in messages in English – it's as if you're shouting!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello LE team, hope everything is going well with you all.
there is one thing I don't understand at section 3, (there are 24 H in a D but there are 30/31 D in an M) would you kindly explain when we use (a/an) in this situation and what is the rule.

best wishes

hi Peter
I think my comment haven't been clear enough.
The point I am trying to refer to is the use of the indefinite article AN before the letter M (31 D in AN M) or before the letter H (60 S in AN H) but article A in front of the letter D (24 H in A D).
now my question is when do we use the article A or AN in this situation and based on what rule?
and the link you have provided doesn't answer to this.
regards

hello Ambitious learner,
The rule when using the article a/an is: when the word's pronunciation is started with a vowel (you know, a, e, i, o, u) we use 'an'. If not, we use 'a'. Letter M has the pronunciation [em], it starts with 'e' so we say 'an M'. And the same to letter H.
Best wishes

Hello Ambitious learner,

The rule to follow here is the same rule for any word: if the word begins with a vowel sound (notice it's a vowel sound, not a vowel letter), then use 'an'. 'M' is pronounced /em/, 'H' is pronounced /eitʃ/ – notice that both begin with a vowel sound – whereas 'D' is pronounced /diː/. You can find the pronunciation of all letters in the dictionary (click on the links to see what I mean).

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

A mile=approximately 1.609 kilometer
No 1.609 meter

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