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Episode 02

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about restaurants, and their guests talk about Albert Einstein and shopping. You can also follow Carolina as she meets her course tutor. Will she get good feedback on her essay?

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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 [14:03].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:03].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:11].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:11].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:11].

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Intermediate: B1

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Hi Sergey,

In each new series, we tried to improve the podcasts by responding to our users' comments on the previous series. As you say, since the recordings are finished, we aren't able to change the podcasts that are on the site now.

Just so you know, we are currently working on a new podcast which we should be able to release next year.

Thanks for your comment.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I am not understand how to use say and tell

I’m a biologist and Charles Darwin is my favorite scientist because he’d tried to explain huge variety of species on the Earth by giving us examples. One interesting fact about him is that he never killed insects for his collection, he collected them dead. He thought that he wasn’t entitled to hurt living things. He made his most important discoveries in his forties. He published his the Origin of Species in 1859. The most interesting thing for me about Darwin’s theory is that he proved that the huge variety of species on Earth is the result of evolution. This means that life wasn’t created by God or aliens. Many years ago there had been the first organism which gave birth to another ones. Statement that man came from ape is the most famous in the world. Darwin showed that science is about using abstract thinking and imagination. That’s why I admire him.

Hello teacher,
I have a problem with,this sentence 'before he died'
Please explain that ,which word is the subject as verb and object.
Thanks

Hello madaivid,

This is probably not a full sentence, so any analysis may be incomplete.

'Died' is the verb here and 'he' is the subject of the verb. There is no object as 'die' is an intransitive verb.

'Before' is a subordinating conjunction.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks

actualy i can't evaluate how much i love or hate shopping because since ever i remember i haven't got enough money for. in gneneral i can say i like shopping when i have money to spend for, however it must be in peaceful places, not crowded, with soft music as looking for something to choose is sometimes stressfull, so i need soft music to relax. i love offering gift, putting on clothes posh and fashionable, i love shopping to prepare delicious meals for relatives and friends. but shopping for pleasure of shopping and wasting money isn't good things

Hello,
I cannot understand why in Task 6 Tom the teacher 3 the correct form is : '' He can look in the mirror and say Hello beautiful to himself..." instead the form" He can look in the mirror and says...'' .

Thank you for your answer

Hello Last biker,

The sentence can be read like this:

He can look in the mirror and he can say...

The second use of the modal verb 'can' is omitted for stylistic reasons, but it is still there in terms of the sentence construction, and so the bare infinitive is needed rather than the present simple third form.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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