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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?

Elementary Podcasts

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

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


Task 2

Carolina 1

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


Task 3

Carolina 2

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


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

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


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

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


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

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


Task 7

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'




Language level

Intermediate: B1


I'd like to talk about my favourite hobbies. One of them is reading books. I love reading ones that related to science or fiction because I like exploring new things outside the earth or something interesting such as why water boils at 100C or how we can do to remember all things we read. These kinds of books help us broaden our knowledge and it is very necessary for us in the future. You can also find some ways to solve the problems. And my second hobby is playing tennis. I have loved it when I was a kid. It is very cool to hit the small ball and chase it. I am not sure about this feelings but playing tennis makes me feel better and then I can concentrate on my study. I just want to say that "It's great".
Can you correct my mistakes in this passage?

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Hey I need someone to improve my conversiation is there anyone

when I want to put off working, i usually spend time listening to music, surrfing internet, painting and studying English online. For me, speaking English is very improtant so actually I spend much time to study English and find English website online to learn especially in British Council. A good way to relax after hard working is listen some UK songs we still can learn English grammar and pronunciation

I'd like to talk to you about my favorite food is PHO. It's a traditional food in VietNam. PHO is food which is very popular in many country and a lot of foreign people like it. I and my family love PHO and we can spend 5 days per week to eat PHO because of delicious taste. Almost Vietnamses know how to cook PHO even men and either I. I learn how to cook PHO from my mom, she really good at cooking! One more things, we can eat PHO in the breakfast, at lunch and in the evening. I definitely want to recommend this food to all people all over the world. I think after you eat this food, you can see VietNam as a special places with thousands beautiful memories.

good evenig!!

I need brothers for convesation in english!!!
very dificult

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I've got any memories about the Sunday's dinner, in my parent's home.
My mother cooked her masterpiece -tagliatelle all'uovo al sugo di carne- while my grand-mother was cooking the roast.
A fabulous smell filled the air while I and my twin brother were waiting in our bedroom .
I remember my father in the backyard, my sister lost in her diary and me, entirely sure that nothing bad could be happening to us.
So Many years have passed, about fourty, and a lot things good and bad too, but when I cook the "my mother's masterpiece" for my wife and my son, I can't see my mum, but I can hear her voice call me and my brother .
The Sunday's dinner sometimes make me melancholy...

Sorry but I can't translate "tagliatelle all'uovo al ragù di carne" but I can assure you that they are very delicious !

What do you do to postpone a work, which you don’t like doing it?

Well actually it depends on where I am at the moment. If I’m at work I’ll have a verity things to do to put off my work. I can just make a cup a tea, check my emails and my Telegram every 2 minutes. It would be a good idea to surf around on Internet and take a look at some funny pics and videos. You know, these days social networks made is easy to delay your main work and waste your time on your computer, and finally get nothing valuable.
At home there are quite a range of activities to postpone my work, I can just channel surf or distract my attention by playing with kids, or probably clean my flat. I don’t like solitaire games though, and I’d rather play a car chase game with my little daughter. Plus listening to music or watching a movie would be probably a good idea to get distracted. Also we have plenty of plants in our balcony, which watering them all truly takes a long time and let you waste your time in the best way ever.

Is it correct to say " He might have found a girlfriend"? can you please explain the use of words might and maybe?