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

Product and fashion designers truly remain in the shade for most customers. I’m not talking about haute couture industry, of course, because, I guess if you buy an expensive and exclusive clothes made by some fashion designer you will most definitely know the name of them.
I, personally, would like to meet some designers whose products have become popular and widely worn all over the world. I’m talking about such brands as New Balance and Nike. These companies are without a doubt not only among the biggest manufacturers of sports clothing but they produce a great deal of casual pieces too. I would like to see all the designs that haven’t ever been produced or marketed. I’m sure each company has plenty of them. I’m interested in shoes, in particular. I would like to know how the designers spend their free time and what inspires them the most. I think the fact that they like their job is indisputable. I’m sure they’re a bit strange and a little crazy but who are not?

Hello The LearnEnglish Team!
I want to ask about politeness in the following sentence said by Helena: "You always wear black!" I perceived her intonation as discontent, especially considering the exclamation mark. Could you tell me whether it is more polite to say it that way than "You're always wearing black!" or both sentences are equal?
Thank you in advance!
Best wishes,
Dima

Hello Dima,

I'm afraid I couldn't find this sentence in the transcript, so my answer will be a general one (since I can't refer to the specific context). The present continuous with 'always' can be used to communicate mild disapproval or annoyance, so I'd say 'You're always wearing black' is a bit less polite than the present simple form. It's not really impolite to use the present continuous form, but it is not as neutral as the present simple form.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
Sorry, it's in Task1, Practice materials: Exercise 1. But in spite of the context your explanation was exhaustive for me. Thank you very much.
Best wishes,
Dima

I like to meet Thomas Alwa Edison, a great scientist who lived in last century. I think he is from Germany. He is the only person who has the patency of more than 1200 inventions in his name. And, what i like about him is specially his hardwork. I have known from books that he tried for more than 1000 times to invent Electric Bulb. He is my good inspiration. If i got a chance to meet him, i like to ask about how he got such an intrest in science to spend long hours in his laboratory.

100%)))

I´d like to meet Clara Rojas, she is a politician Colombian, she is alive now and she has a very political thought, it that can help some people. she was kidnaped. her story is a little sorrowful because she had a son in captivity to which they snapched to me
would like to talk to her about how her survived with this pain?

I´d like to meet Airton Senna. He was the best F1 driver in my opinion. It´s difficult for people from poor countries like Brazil have success in F1. But he won by the incredible talent. I never saw a F1 driver so good in wet track like Airton. And sometimes he finished races without one of gears. He was amazing driving a F1 car.

I believe that watch women's football it's a question of time. As something new with just a couple of clubs and a lot of them still amateurs and not professionals yet, people doesn't invest a lot on the sport and like that we don't have many championships to watch. I think women's football are more popular now than it was ten years ago and probably will be more popular than today in the next ten years.

good participation

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