Welcome to LearnEnglish podcasts! In this episode the presenters, Tess and Ravi, introduce themselves, and their guests talk about Angelina Jolie, New York City and celebrities who work for charity. You can also meet Carolina, a Venezuelan student who’s coming to live in the UK. Will she arrive safely?

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.

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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] .

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].

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Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].

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Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].

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Pre-intermediate: A2

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Section 2. I'd like to meet Winston Churchill. He's a very interesting great person. I've read some his memoirs. It would be very interesting for me to take part in his press conference and listen to his speech.
Section 4. There's a squirrel's park in our town. It isn't very large, but very cozy and clean. A lot of people walk here. I have never seen squirrels there, but I think they live there, but they hide from people.
Section 5. I think that an idea for celebrities to do work for charity is good. But I also think that it isn't solution to the problem.

I am new in this Website. it is amazing and good way to learn

I am a Chinese, and I didn't catch what the chicken joke means, maybe there are some different culture between our countries, can anybody tell me what's the joke means?

Hello Leason,

In English, we say that a chicken says 'bock, bock' or 'cluck, cluck' and that a frog says 'ribbet'. In the joke, the chicken says a word that sounds similar (book) and the frog says a phrase that sounds similar (read it). The joke is supposed to be funny (I say 'supposed to be' because I agree with Tess that it's a bad joke) because it suggests that what these animals say have meanings in English!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

WHY THIS SENTNCE IS ERROR?
'I'm intending to finish my English homework tonight."

Hello wedyan,

There are no errors in that sentence. Whether or not it is appropriate or makes sense will depend on the context, of course.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

ok,thank you

It's a good idea of course! because the celebrities have so much money and in the world there's a lot of poor people! This is the inequality, some people have much and another people don't have nothing! The artists must to help them... They can stop the poverty just a little... I think. The poverty is a big problem in the world! :/

In my opinion, taking advantage from an artist's popularity to influence people is not a bad idea. Many people have forgotten humanity in many aspects. So I think using the artist to do charity is a good strategy, since his/her fans will admire what the artist does and they will follow him

I don't think so, since giving money to people just because thier condition is not helping them actually, poor people will just waste it and will end up as before the got the money. So instead of just throw some money to them celebrities should also complement that with some sorf of educational programs to help them scape their situation.

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