Elementary Podcasts

In the episode Tess and Ravi talk about how they’re feeling, and their guests talk about Bob Marley, an unusual festival and British money. You can follow Carolina’s journey by train from London to Newcastle. Will she catch her train?

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

Exercise

Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

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

Exercise

 

Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].

Exercise

Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].

Exercise

Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].

Exercise

Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].

Exercise

Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Hello mitykg,

Tess uses the past simple because she is talking about how she felt when she read the book. She's not talking about a hobby here but about one specific time in the past (how she felt when she read the book). If she was talking about hobbies then she would use the present simple, but the hobby would be reading in general, not the act of reaching one particular book.

Ravi uses the past simple because Your Turn is recorded before Ravi's programme. The questions have already been asked and the answers recorded even if they have not been shared with listeners yet.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like to meet Svyatoslav Vakarchuk. He's not only very talented Ukrainian musician but also (it's very important for me) a honest man. In difference of some other stars he doesn't lead a double life. He is a patriot as well and expresses very true views about what is happening in our country and what Ukraine should be like. Who knows may be someday he will become our president.

Hello,
I have two questions in Task 7 ( Series 1 Episode 4)
1. when Ravi told his joke to Gordon "What’s red and invisible" and the answer is "no tomatoes" - "no tomatoes" what does it mean ?
2. The joke of Gordon - when he said "“It is amazing. He hated the book” - I can't get it too
Thank you for your help on this.

Hi HanhTran,

The idea behind the first joke is that something red is a tomato, but since the joke asks what is red and invisible, non-existent tomatoes ('no tomatoes') is the answer. As Gordon says, it's a pretty bad joke, so I wouldn't worry if you don't think it's funny or that it qualifies as a joke.

The idea behind Gordon's joke is that we expect the dog owner to think that it's amazing his dog understands human language (just like the man who observes the dog during the film). But instead of saying this, the dog owner takes for granted that his dog can understand language -- when he says that the dog didn't like the book that the film was based on, this implies that the dog can not only understand spoken English, but can also read it!

Does that make sense?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Yes thank you, I got it.

Hello,
I have a question about the information of Bob Marley in section 2
I heard the guest of "I'd like to meet section" talked that Bob Marley died in 1991
but in the transcript is 1981
Is he wrong ?
Thanks !

Hi HanhTran,

In section 2, Marcus says that Bob Marley died in 1981. There is only one small sound difference between '81' and '91', so it could be that you misheard it. In any case, according to the Wikipedia, Marley died in 1981.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to meet
I would like to meet the great Egyptian musician Omar Khayrat.
And i have already met him several times but, I would like to meet him again because , he is so nice person in real .
Omar Khayrat he is an aristocratic person belongs to the family held high positions in the Egyptian government government .
This environment was influenced on his music directly .
Because, of this reason his music characterized by quality and classical .
I admire him because, it has presented a wonderful model of musician to the world and reached the universal level too .
When i met him before , I have already asked him about , how he embodies the pictures in the music of films ???????
and he answered , i just imagine the the situation !!!

Hello .
*** he embodies the pictures in the music of films ???????
What do you mean when you say he embodies ? Do you imagine or draw the picture in your mind ?

Hello MaxiMuz1979,

'Embody' means to give form to something or to be an expression of something. It may be used metaphorically. However, I'm not sure where this quotation is from. Is this from our material or from elsewhere?

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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