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.

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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

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.

Hello filipeanttonio,

The phrase the Queen's got here means the Queeen has got.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team. Please, answer my question posted earlier about the verb look. I'm really interested in it. Thanks.

Hello morkofkalove,

I have answered the question. Sometimes it takes us a few days to answer a question - we are a small team here and there are many questions every day!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team,
There's a typo in the word 'don't' in this sentence: 'You don;t need to change' (Practice materials - Exercise 3; the last section)
With appreciation,
Dima

Hello Dima,

Thank you for spotting this. I have edited the exercise to correct the mistake.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

What can I say about women's football? The answer is ‘nothing’. I’m not a football fan and watch it quite rarely but I’ve never heard my friends, who are passionate about this sport, talk about women’s football league or anything related to it neither. I think it’s less popular than men’s football because there is lesser amount of people who like watching tough and competitive women. Women weren’t allowed to do many things in the past. They were blamed for doing men’s activities and I guess this attitude hasn’t completely disappeared nowadays. Football isn’t popularized among female pupils or students in many countries and mine is no exception. I dare to assume that football could be compared to the process of human nature where “scoring a goal” by a woman is impossible and simply unnatural. That’s probably why the men’s game is subconsciously perceived as more natural and interesting and so more popular.

Hello everyone! The answer is probably somewhere in the comments but I can find it. Could you please help me with my question? In the first task there is a sentence: "You're looking very nice today, Stella". It seems to me that in this context the verb "look" has a stative meening, so why is it used in the Continuous? Thanks for you reply.

Hello morkofkalove,

Some normally stative verbs can sometimes be used with continuous forms when we want to emphasise that the action is temporary. If we say 'you look...' then it is not necessarily clear if we are talking about a person's general appearance or just their appearance at the moment. If we say 'you're looking...' then we make it clear that we are talking about the present moment, and differentiating it from the normal situation.

We can use other verbs in a similar way, such as 'think', 'feel' and 'wonder', for example.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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