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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, Teacher,

would you please explain the "duck" joke a bit for me? I really didn't get any idea between "duck" and "a computer programmar"?

Best wishes
Qian

Hi Qian Tian,

The barman thinks the duck might want a job as a circus performer, but it turns out the duck, as a computer programmer, is actually very skilled, so the barman's suggestion is preposterous, which is supposed to be funny, especially as it's even more preposterous that a duck can talk. Anyway, this is what we call a pretty 'bad' (i.e. not very funny) joke, so don't worry if it doesn't make sense to you!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks

Hi, Teacher:
i have a question about "sixty pounds each" at the begining of Tess's coversation with Ravi ,
Tess: It was quite a lot actually. I think we paid about sixty pounds each – including the wine. Ravi: Sixty quid! Erm. That is a bit more than I wanted to pay. Hmm.
what's the meanings of each? i think it is ereryone ,but i am not sure.
Look foward to your reply.
Your sincerely.

Hi wuyawen,

In this sentence 'sixty pounds each' means that each person paid sixty pounds, so if there were three people then the bill would be £180. That's an expensive meal! If you wanted to say that the total bill for everyone was £60 then you'd say 'We paid £60 altogether'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

ok, i got it. thanks very much.

hi everyone!
there was one point I didn't get at all! at the end of Carolina's conversation with the tutor, Ravi said: Well, if any of our listeners want to write to us, they …. and Tess said: Gah, terrible link Ravi:
what did Tess meant? and what is funny about Ravi's sentence?
thanks for reply

Hi Ambitious learner,

The 'link' here refers to how presenters try to move from one idea to the next during the programme:

Tess: I wish. God, I hated writing essays. I’m really glad I don’t have to do that anymore.
Ravi: Well, if any of our listeners want to write to us, they ….
Tess: Gah, terrible link Ravi.

The link here is how Ravi tries to jump from 'writing essays' to 'writing to us'. Tess doesn't think connecting these ideas works very well as a smooth transition.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thank peter!
I get it now
best wishes

Hello sir,
when i look home page of this website, i see only three fixed comment appear in ''your comment'' section from one month. i want to read different comment.

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