Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about clothes, and their guests talk about the designer of Apple products, Jonathan Ive, and women's football. You can also follow Carolina on her journey from Venezuela to the UK. Will she find her suitcase?

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

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi 

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi's introduction [00:20] .

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:45].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:45].

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Task 4

Carolina 3

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:45].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].

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Task 8

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Hi. I have two doubts. I'd like to know the difference between "Luggage" and "Baggage". I looked for it and I've got that is the same. And the same doubt about "Through" and "Across". I think in both cases means the same but the difference is the context where are use. And if I'm asking wrong, tell me, please. Thanks.

Hello jessica,

There's a page on just this topic in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Briefly, though, in the context of travel, 'luggage' and 'baggage' mean the same thing, but the word 'baggage' has other meanings as well. In the case of 'across' and 'through', I'd refer you to this Cambridge Dictionary page – if you scroll to the bottom, you'll see a description of how to use these two words.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, it is pretty useful!

Hello!
I can't understand Ravi said "shop assistant said that it was in the sale – last week it was eighty pounds, but this week it was only forty pounds"
Shouldn't it be "it had been in the sale - last week..."? Probably shop assistant direct speech was "It was in the sale - last week it was 80 pounds, but this week it"s only 40 pounds". So, according to the rule we shoud change tenses, and Past Indefinite must be Past perfect

Hello Najat86,

The tense can be shifted back in reported speech but it is not essential to do so. Here both 'had been' and 'was' are correct.

You can read more about reported speech on this page, this page and this page.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear team,
Shouldn't past form of will be used talking about past here?
'' I thought no, I won’t buy it''

Hello Eddi,

The language in this section is very informal and is a good example of the kind of stream of consciousness that we speak like this. If you look at the tense use you will see that it is a mixture: the actions are expressed with past forms ('looked', 'thought' etc) but the opinions/ideas of the speaker are expressed with present or future forms ('will', 'can't') to make them seem more current and immediate.

It is a good example of how tense use can be flexible in English.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you dear Peter. thank you for your swift answer. you and Kirk are very professional.
One more question - So would not it be advisible to use such language in writing ?

Hello Eddi,

In general, when we write we are more concerned with accuracy than when we speak as we leave a record behind on the basis of which we may be judged. Speaking is much more chaotic and unplanned. However, not all writing is the same and not all speaking is the same. A formal speech should be accurate and use standard grammar, while a quick chat with a friend may be much more relaxed in terms of accuracy. An article intended for publication and a note stuck to the fridge will have very different forms in this regard. It is the context and relationship between the speaker and listener (writer and reader) which is key.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
On I’d to meet Section Martin said: “… even the Queen’s got an iPod.”
So, is the expression “Queens’s” a short form of “Queen is” there? If it is, could you tell me the meaning please? It sounds strange to me.

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