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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

Listen to the podcast then do the first exercise to check your understanding. If you have more time choose some of the language practice exercises.

Check your understanding

Exercise

Language practice exercises

Task 1

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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Task 3

Carolina 2

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

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

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

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

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

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

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

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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'

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello Anh Dung Phan,

You should be able to find 'give a ring' and 'pop round' in the dictionary (see the search box on the lower right side of this page). If your employer 'owes you overtime' (note it should be 'owes', not 'owns'), it means they need to pay you 'overtime' (you can find that in the dictionary, too). If you still don't understand after looking these phrases up in the dictionary, please ask again.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team 

Hello everyone!
I'm çonfuse how to solve section 7 and exercise 2 plz help me

Hello Sadaf-farhan,

To do this exercise, you need to take the verb that apears in brackets after each gap – for example, the verb after the first gap is 'move' – and put the parts of the continuous form that are missing in the gap. Sometimes, as in the first gap, only one word (the -ing part of the verb) is needed; other times, as in the second gap, two or more words are needed.

You can always check each answer using the Check Answers button or see all of them by pressing Submit.

I hope this helps you.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

If I've got work to do and I don't want to do it I spend a lot of time on my computer, going onto the internet and surf around, check my Facebook, my blog, internet-forum. I drink tea with my colleags and talk about our children or economc news. Sometimes I call my friends and go out for smoking (we can't smoke in the office). But in general I'm completely disciplined.

i am confused in what Tom said about the present continuous
Jamie said: what are we all doing this morning ?
he specified the time - this morning - but his father replied him about the future!

Hello Mohammed53,

It's great that you noticed this! The present continuous is used very frequently to speak about planned or arranged future events. See our talking about the future page for more on this, but if that doesn't clarify your question, please let us know.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Mohammed53,

Perhaps I've missed it, but in the transcript I couldn't find any reply to this question that specified the afternoon. They talked about cooking and taking a walk and perhaps stopping for a pint, and perhaps these actions might continue into the afternoon, but as I understand it, these actions all at least were going to begin in the morning. In the UK, the morning is a long stretch of time, from sunrise until at least 12:00, so one can do quite a lot in that period of time. 

I'm not sure I've addressed exactly what you were asking about, but I hope so!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

it's very interesting for me to see that in English people create word themselves by attaching to word such as workaholics or chocoholics .
any way anybody know about what is the manner of learning English in this web site .
I have just lesson to the podcast and doing exercises . so do I doing good manner to learning English in this web site right ?

Hello M.matin,

I'd recommend you read our Help page, where you can find advice on how to use LearnEnglish to improve. By the way, the Elementary Podcasts Series 1 and 2 are more difficult than Series 3 and 4, so be sure to use the one that suits you best.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Many years ago when I learned in school, English teacher told us about meal in Britain. She said there are three meals: breakfast in the morning, dinner in the day and supper in the evening. In the podcast there is nothing about supper. What is it?

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