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Episode 07

In this episode Ravi is having a bad day and he tells Tess all about it. Their guests talk about the English city of Bath and global problems facing humanity. You can also follow Carolina as she goes away for the weekend with the Conservation Society. Will they have a good trip?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:24].

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:24].

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Task 3

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:08].

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Task 4

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:08].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

Summary: The person who wrote the sentences in the exercise lives in the tropics and likes it there. What he most enjoys doing in his free time is seeing soap operas, as well as sunbathing. He doesn't like doing exercise but he does like very spicy food.

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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Task 8

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hi Tess and Ravi,
Thank you so much for your podcast, it is really interesting to us. I didn't know Bath until I listened to your programe then I have some acknoledge about  Bath. You gave us not only encyclopaedic knowledge but also  funny stories that make me laugh all the time when I heared Ravi voice. You are really good friends who open the new doors to me. I often read BBC news and listen to Bristish Council every day.   
Thank you Teacher Tom who explained more clearly to me. I wish I can visit your country some day. Thank you for devoting your time for helping us to improve learning English.
Keep going on.
 

I want to say something about small word "about". I had known its elementary meanings like this that Tom said about, eg. approximately, almost, nearly or "on the subject of". And I had known that when you want to propose somebody something you can say "What or how about...?". But while I was reading book Three men in a boat by Jerome K. Jerome, I saw that author uses "about" in completely another context, I didn't understand it. I checked it in my dictionary and I saw that about can be replace with around (especially in American English) and it also means:

  • surrounding (especially in literary British English eg. The high walls about the prison.)
  • in body of (eg. He had a gun hidden about his person.)
  • concern with something (Bring me a drink - and be quick about it.)
  • be about to means to be just ready to (The film's about to start.)
  • about-turn means a turn in the opposite direction
  • not about to is more common in American English and it means be unwilling to do something (I'm not about to land you any money.)

This definitions was very helpful for me. I hope they're also useful for you.
I used Oxford Wordpower published by Oxford University Press from 1997 and Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English from 1989.
 

hi
iam very happy to learn english  withe british concil ifind it great thanks  for All very nice video and courses
best regards
lahcene

I am studying English language for three years. I do like England and your culture. I have a dream: A day I'll visit  that beautiful country and take advantage to improve my apprenticeship.
Lasharion

I    know   i m very  poor to listening  english. but i'm do not  give up my attention.

Goodluck bro for your study, btw it's better to be written as ' I wont give up/ I'm not giving up'. Because subjectively I think it's more attractive to be heared by people. #IMO

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