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

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

Comments

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

Hi,

Actually I am not animal person. I don't like cats Because its are very thankless. I prefer dogs. I don't look after a pet the my home. The living our buildings are for people. I will look after a husky dog if I will have private house.I can build dog house in the garden. İt can live there. I think the animals live place is nature. Unfortunately we cut up everywhere. Maybe won't see kind of animals fify years later. İt will die if we don't stop.we mustn't build factory near the rivers, lakes and forests. We have to keep it clean our seas if we want to eat fish. Anyway I have had a budgerigar for a year. Firstly, We bought a budgerigar.İt was fledgeling. We couldn't take care of it. İt died after three weeks. then we have bought another one. She is very healty and happy at the moment.Good night. Don't worry be happy.

Hello everyone! I prefer dogs, but I also like cats.

I do prefer cats, dogs are lovely but they are too emotional. By the way we have a cat and we love it so much.

In fact, I'm not an animal person too, but I think I prefer dogs for their faithfulness whereas the cats are egoists. but, i can't stand a dog in my house because i'm too clean. In fact, i shouldn't get an animal because i'm afraid not to take care of him as well, i don't like to let him without food for example, it's horrible

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