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Animals Scene 1 Language Focus

Rob and Stephen get stressed, and Rob talks about will, could and might.

Task 1

Decide how many syllables each of these words has. Then decide where the stress is, and group similar words together.

Exercise

Task 2

Read the first sentence and then decide if will, could or might is needed to give the second sentence the same meaning.

Exercise

Task 3

Which phrase finishes the conversation?

Exercise

Task 4

Here are the four conversations from the last exercise. Type in the boxes to complete them. The first letters of the words are given for you, so don't type them.

Exercise

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

P.S.(to the previous comment)
I wish we had the opportunity in that series of paid courses to communicate with the teachers directly like we have here in the free courses Or can we?
(There is not a comment section there, for us to get feedback or some help on the lessons)

Hello Nikos,

We are working on providing just the sort of space you mention and hope to be able to offer it to subscribers in the next few months.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk
I would be extremely happy if we finally could have such help and feedback from our tutors in this specific series. (Even if we had to pay more fees)
Ever thankful,
Nikos

Hi Nikos,

This is something we have been planning on doing from the beginning, but it's also great to know that subscribers like you value it. I look forward to seeing you in that space once it's available!

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear KIrk,
Thank you for updating me on the good news.
At first, I was hesitant and ashamed to ask you, because I did not want to seem that I make suggestions to your work and to the British Council. I have felt for a long time that this is something necessary and now I have the courage to write to you on this subject.
I think that there are many others like me who appreciate what you offer so that they are willing to pay a reasonable amount of tuition in order to have your valuable help and guidance during all your courses (without being considered as a personalized lesson but, on the other hand, without being completely free.)
I'm sure you will find the more appropriate framework, conditions, and terms for this service.
I'd like to thank all of you and the British Council once again,
Nikos

Hi Nikos,

Thanks very much for your comment. It's really useful and encouraging to get this kind of feedback.

Best wishes,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear teacher and tutor Rob,
could you exlplain to me if the following sentences sound ''polite or impolite '' in English? They are selected from your ''My Coursework'',B1level,module3, where you are the tutor.
So, someone is listening to a complaining person and then he replies to him: ''I agree that it isn’t acceptable'', and, ''I can see how annoying that is''. Do these two responses sound ''polite or impolite'' in English?
My answer is ''polite'' of course, without any hesitation, but it is rejected as ''false''.I don't understand this situation.How could it be replied in order to sound like a ''polite'' answer?
Ever respectful,
nikos

Hello Nikos,

I hope you don't mind me responding for Rob.

Are you referring to the exercise called 'Pronunciation: polite intonation' on screen 16 of module 3.3? I think it must be that exercise.

You are right in thinking that both of those expressions are polite. The reason they are marked as 'impolite' in that exercise is because of the intonation in the recordings. In other words, in the recordings of both sentence 1 and sentence 4, the tone is a little bit aggressive. The difference between the polite and impolite intonations is described on screen 17.

Does that make sense?

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk,
thanks a lot for your kindness to answer me. I understand the point you made and, of course, you are right.But, even though, I can't differentiate the two intonations described by Rob on screen 17. That means I have to do a lot in this subject, especially being a Greek person with a lot of differences in our speech intonation.
Ever thankful to all of you
Nikos

Could any of you explain me about Question 4 in Task 2? Why do the answer is " might or could " ?

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