Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about pets, and their guests talk about Didier Drogba and life in New Zealand. You can also follow Carolina’s adventures in the UK as she arrives at her student accommodation in Newcastle. Will she make some new friends?

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 [14:38].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

I'm not really an animal lover and as the fourth guy said I think it's bet cruel to keep dogs in small places. If someday I thought of having a pet maybe I will have a turtle.

ok guys , in fact I like cats more than dogs , I don't know why but I think cats are cute , kind and pretty cool but .

I prefer dogs instead of cats because they are more loyal than cats, altough dogs usually are more demanding of time, they always are waiting for you. Cats just need someone whom feed them, they don't care who does it really.

I love and dogs and cats, I think this pets is very fine each in its own way, but prefer to keep in my home two cats - girl and boy.

I prefer cats. I love them. I have two cats - Lila, my female cat, is all black, and Nabucco, my male cat, is completely white. They fight with each other all day. They are not complementary, I'm affraid.

Hi everyone!

I didn’t watch the Lord of the Rings films, but after listening this podcast i think I should watch this movie:) And off course I would like to go to New Zeeland too)

As for animals, I prefer cats. I have a cat, her name is Tequilla))) I like dogs too, but how said one person - it is easier to look after for cats. If I lived in a cottage, I would have a cat and a dog and a goldfish too))

Hi everyone first of all thank you for these amazing series. Second of all, I have a question regarding spelling or pronunciation, to be more specific in this part of the audio. 8.23
(Ravi: Right. Two nil. Come on Vineeta. A bird beginning with ‘E'.
(Vineeta's buzzer)
Ravi: Vineeta.
Vineeta: Eagle.)
I've listened several times and always listen an 'A' instead of an 'E'. For me, what Ravi says sounds like 'ei'. However, the player answered correctly, she said 'Eagle'. Could you please tell if this was a mistake of pronunciation or there is a way to identify when people spell an E but sounds like an A? Please, I'll really appreciate if you answer me this. Honestly, I've been struggling with spelling, overall when this happens with the vowels. Thanks.

Hi Declemnt,

I've listened to the recording and I think Ravi clearly says 'E'. Note that Ravi has a accent from the north of England, which perhaps you are not so familiar with.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,

I have a question. Could you tell me preposition or conjunction is correct? ( I don't look after a pet "at" my home.

Hi cuneyt,

We would say 'at home'. We would say the whole sentence a little differently, however:

I don't have a pet at home.

 

If you say 'don't look after' it suggests that you have a pet but treat them badly instead of looking after them, which I guess is not what you want to say.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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