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Episode 09

In this episode Ravi is thinking about giving up his Spanish lessons, and their guests talk about a special watch and time machines. You can also follow Carolina as she and Jamie go out for dinner. Will they have a good meal?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:23].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:49].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:49].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:51].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:51].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:51].




Language level

Intermediate: B1


If you had a time machine, what "time" would you visit?Maybe I would like to travel back to my childhood.It was a good time in my life.

Unfortunately, I haven't got any special object, but I can stand it.
If I have a time machine, I would like to back in my childhood and started everything again.

I think if I have a time machine I like to go about six or seven years later and see myself future.I want to know what will happen after that I leave my country to US or another country for a new life, I hope that will be nice because I really try for better life.

If I had a time machine, I’d say that I would visit 1960s cause in that time there were good music, cloths and whole life was, you know better, I mean calm and cheaper than now. I would look at my parents being young and how did the youth spend their leisure time. There weren’t any computers and smartphones that times and it means people were more outdoor. I think the whole life were more simple cause of there wasn’t that rush rhytm like now it is. People work more and more year after year cause of life becomes more expensive and economic situation more unstable than early.

If I had a time machine, I'd like to visit the Victorian Era, in Britain, surely ... All those castles and elegant clothes are interesting for me. But only for a while, because I'm not sure I like to live in that time. I really enjoy new technologies, so maybe I should travel to the future ... I think it's better to visit a museum, you do not need a time machine to travel to the past, it's cheaper. I don't know, I can not decide. I lost my chance in science fiction, I'm afraid.

So, its nice, if i had time mashine. I would like to visit 1990. It is time for starting internet. in 1990 internet penetraded in each home and i would create a some internet company or social networks and got a lot of money. 1990 was the beginning for create different companyes in my country. i want to create some company in my country, but i dont know , what can i do. i confused, because a lot of companies created and they are developing more time, than me.

In this sentence: You really should give it longer than three lessons.
Might I use "more" instead of "longer"? Is there any difference bettwen these two words?

Hi NahB,

You could use either 'more' or 'longer' here, with no difference in meaning. Technically, 'more' would mean 'more lessons' and 'longer' would mean 'more time', but it seems to me that this difference is not important here.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sir,
I have a little confusion about the following sentence structure.
It comes in the first section just after Ravi and Tess's conversation in Spanish.

"Ravi: Erm …. erm …. I didn’t know you spoke Spanish, Tess."

Confusion is: why Ravi said "you spoke Spanish" as per my understanding it must be like
"I didn't know you could speak Spanish". Is there any rule applied to the use of tense in this sentence? Sir, could you please explain?

And one additional doubt I want to clarify, what sentence would we say for the following situation?
The situation is: I am saying to my friend that don't always disturb me in the morning at 6am as I always sleep at that time.

Please clarify which is more suitable "Do not disturb me I would be sleeping at 6AM"
or "Do not disturb me I am sleeping at 6AM"
or "Do not disturb me I always sleep at 6AM"

Thank you very much in advance.

Hello parbodh,

In answer to your first question, for most verbs we would use the modal 'could' to show ability:

I didn't know you could swim = about a person's ability

I didn't know you swam = about a person's habits

However, with certain verbs we use the simple form to show ability. For example, while we can say 'I can speak English', we can also (and more frequently do say) 'I speak English' with the same meaning. Thus, it is fine to say either ...could speak... or ...spoke... here.


In answer to your second question, the most common way to say this would be ...I'm usually/always sleeping at six o'clock. This emphasises that the sleeping is in progress around that time – it began earlier and finishes later than six o'clock. If you say ...usually/alway sleep... it might suggest that you went to sleep at six.



The LearnEnglish Team



I didn't know you spoke Spanish

I didn't know you could speak Spanish