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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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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

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


Task 2

Carolina 1

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


Task 3

Carolina 2

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


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

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


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

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


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

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




Language level

Intermediate: B1


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

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.



The LearnEnglish Team

Why does Tess become so upset each time when Ravi or Gordon are going to tell a joke about animals? I think all jokes quite funny.

Hello krig,

I suppose people have different senses of humour, and these jokes make Tess roll her eyes rather than laugh.



The LearnEnglish Team

In my country one of the most common dishes on almost every festive table (especially on New Year) is Olivier salad. This salad was come up with by French cook Olivier who lived in Moscow in XIX century. The recipe is very simple: chopped boiled eggs, boiled potato, boiled carrot, sausage, pickles, mayonnaise and canned green peas. That's it - enjoy!
P.S. Salad Olivier is considered one of the best appetizer for alcoholic beverages.

Hello everyone
My joke
Around the year 2000 a man called at the hotline for his computer and said: „My holder for my cup broke.“ The employees at the service center didn't understand what the man meant and tried to figure out what the customer wanted.
The man used his open CD ROM device for his cups to hold them. So the device broke. The man hasn't ever used a CD before and thought the device is for his cups.
After they knew what the man meant they laughed about him.

Hello everyone
I hate shopping.
I live in a small village where I usually can't find what I want. I haven't got a car so I must use public transport which is inconvenient and for heavy objects impossible.
I usually shop by mail order. I don't like shopping by mail order either.
I must check that the order is complete, not damaged and suitable, which is hard work for me. I usually check my order on weekends because I've got more time then. If I need to send something back this is even more work.

Hello everybody,
I haven't got a favorite scientist.
An important ability which scientists have nowadays is mathematical skill and the ability to think abstract.
In the past you didn't needed this skills. But today it's always impossible to achieve anything without math and a lot of thinking.
If Einstein had been weak in math he wouldn't have been able to prove anything or write his physical laws in the language of science, which is math.
Usually an interesting idea isn't enough to be successful. You need math, a lot of thinking and hard work.
The same is true for other subjects. If you are a computer programmer there is usually no easy and fast way to get rich.

I really like shopping it is even better if you were a lot of money to spend for , all kinds of shopping , supermarket , shopping centre , stuff and I prefer to go shopping rather than buy on internet , I like to see and touch what I am looking for before buy it , and the same time see people , look around , walk around for me it is a kind of leisure too .