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Episode 06

In this episode Ravi has hurt his leg and Tess persuades him to go to the doctor. Their guests talk about architect Zaha Hadid and complaining about bad service. You can also follow Carolina as she goes to the hairdresser. Will she get a new look?

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 3

Tess and Ravi 3

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 4

Tess and Ravi 4

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 5

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:54].

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Task 6

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:54].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:46].

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Task 8

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:46].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

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Hello all,
I dont' hesitate to complain when I get bad service, if the service is really rude or unfriendly. I agreed with Voice 3 when she said that people should be told if they're not doing their job properly, so that they can improve their behaviour towards customers in the future. But if I can avoid to complain I don't do it because afterwards I'll feel a bit nervous but I sometimes try to resolve the matter such as ( or for example - It's better?) I'll clear my throat or say "Excuse me" to lure out the waiter. I I don't want to spoil my evening at the restaurants.
Regards

I’d like to talk about Renzo Piano.
He’s one of the best-known, prolific and active architects of (or 'at' ?) the international level, the Prize Pritzker winner, which was handed over by US President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1998.
In 2006 became the first Italian to be included in the Time 100, the list of the 100 personalities in the world, edited by Time.
He was born in Genova, in a family of builders, who (or which? I’m not sure) has influenced his career, in fact it’s thank his father he has had the possibility to know the life of a yard and to practice the profession.
With big surprise, given the young age, Piano along with (is it correct? I looked up on the Google Translator, or is “with” enough?) Rogers and Franchini won in 1971 the international competition for the realization of the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, beating the other 681 competitors. It is considered the manifesto of the high-tech architecture, even though Piano disagreed about that statement.
What I like most about him is that he is a simple person who likes as music as sea, his overwhelming intelligence that knows how to look beyond the appearance of things.
My father was a bricklayer, he definetely would want work for this incredible artist.
Best

Hello dolphin,

Thanks for your contribution! I didn't know about Piano, but am glad to learn about him. To answer your questions, 'on an international level' is probably the most common way to say that. Both 'who' and 'which' could be used -- 'who' would refer directly to the builders in his family, whereas 'which' would refer to the situation of him having builders in his family.

Finally, either 'with' or 'along with' works here, I'd say.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi team!
I was wonder why in the Quiz Ravi said "It's a daft because it's quite close to Manchester, really". I looked up in the dictionary and it is said "daft" means silly. I was a bit confused.

Hello blueroses,

Ravi is from Manchester and is saying that it's silly that he's never been to Buxton since it is so near to where he lives.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello blueroses,

No worries! I'm glad you figured it out.

Keep up the good work!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello team,
I wanna ask about one of the voices who eas talking about bad services, he said ' i will clean my throat' , could you explain to me the expression, please?
Thanks
My regards
Sherine

Hello Sherine,

On most pages with a video or audio text you can find the transcript. In this you can check the correct form of the phrase, which is 'clear your throat' and then you can use an online dictionary to look it up.

We are a small team here at LearnEnglish and we try to answer all the questions we are asked. However, we get many questions every day and it's not possible for us to explain phrases like this which can be found easily in an online dictionary.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Many thanks

Thank you.

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