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Episode 04

In this episode Tess is upset about losing her cat and Ravi offers support. Their guests talk about chocolate and ways of wasting time. You can also follow Carolina as she tries some British home cooking. Will she like it?

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Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:25].

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].

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Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].

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Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

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Tom the teacher 2

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Tom the teacher 3

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Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

Note: a 'portmanteau' word is one that combines parts of two normal words to make a new word, e.g. 'chocolate' + 'alcoholic' = 'chocoholic'

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Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello everybody!

I'm trying to improve my level of english, and in this lection I learned many new things, e.g.: I didn't know the 'portmanteau' words term.

What do you do when you don't want to do your work? I prefer listen to the music and see movies. I like science fiction.

Lucky and greetings,

Hello team,
I like choclate very much of course, my favorite kind is the plane ones without biscuites or nuts or caramel inside, i'd like to eat it last thing in the day just before going to sleep after long day of hard workind, it makes me feeling happy and relaxed actually.

Hello Tom,
Actually i gonna ask very primitive questio, when you say at the end bye for now, why you did not say just bye, or both are the same meanig, can i say it to a friend at end of a telephone chat, is it formal or not
Thank you

Hello Sherine hussein,

'Bye for now' is quite informal, but so is 'Bye'. The more formal way to say this 'Goodbye'.

'Bye for now' suggests that we know that we will see the other person again soon. 'Bye' or 'Goodbye' are more general in meaning.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks alot Peter for the explanation.

I've just eaten a chocolate. Ravi and Tess asked what we think about chocolate,and for that moment I was eating it. Coincidence! Actually, I wasn't eating only a chocolate. It was zephyr. It is something like marsh-mallow. Zephyr in chocolate. Delicious. But, I think it's very harmfully for our teeth. I can't eat a lot of chocolate without worry. Chocolate with high concentration of sugar can cause diabets. If one eats a chocolate in the morning and it's his first meal on this day, it's very bad for his health. That's why my girlfriend in the morning doesn't allow me to eat chocolate first. So, firstly I should eat a fruit or a sausage or something like this. Anyway, I love chocolate and I think if there is a little concentration of sugar in chocolate, then we can eat it a lot and don't be worried about our health. But I prefer to eat a little than a lot.

thank you

dear team british council.
I have a question. The word facebook is another example of portmanteau? I have looking for the translation of facebook in tradukka and do not shet a translation.
Thank you.

Hello anaisavecas,

I wouldn't say that 'Facebook' is a portmanteau, but rather a compoun noun. Before the website was invented, in some American universities there were 'facebooks', i.e. books with the names and photos of the students. I haven't been able to find a definition that says this in any dictionary, but if you read the Wikipedia article on the history of Facebook, it's clear that this is what Zuckerberg means in one of his quotes.

If you do an internet search for 'examples of portmanteau', I'm sure you can find many pages that will give you a better sense of this kind of word.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

If I have something to do but I want to put off, I will read books or watch TV. Sometimes, I play tennis with my friends in the stadium and you know playing tennis can boost blood circulation and it is very good for our health. Then, I will surf the Internet to find something interesting like reading newspapers ot watch some funny clips.

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