Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about their families, and their guests talk about Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammed Yunus and life in Cairo. You can follow Carolina in Newcastle, but in this episode she’s not feeling very well. Will she have to go to see a doctor?

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].

Use the information below to complete the Conversations in English activity.

            Dad ------------------------- Mum 
(died two years ago)   |   (lives in Swindon)
                                    |
                   Harry (28, builder)
                   Julia (26, works in an office)
                   Dave (24, works in a bank)
                   Dan (22, graphic designer)
                   Paula (20, student)

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].

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Discussion

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Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hi everyone. I have a question i just can't understand the meaning of this sentence A shrug of the shoulders. I hope that my question is not silly. Thank you so mutch

Hi Kate gr,

A 'shrug' is a movement of the shoulders up and down. In this case, it's a way of showing that they don't know how they know how much the taxi ride costs. In some countries, people often raise their hands as well when they shrug their shoulders, though I don't know if this is common in Greece.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi teacher! In section 6, Carolina said that : " my throat hurts". Why we don't use passive voice in this sentence. Can I say that :" My throat is hurt" ?

Hi VoHoangHuan,

The short answer is that we just say it this way. Your alternative sentence is grammatically correct, but just don't say that. When we are sick and want to describe symptoms or how something feels, we often use present simple or present continuous to do this, and that is the case here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks.It is just for test.

Hi teacher! In this sentence :" Your mum and dad live in Brighton now, don’t they?" Can I ask :" Do your mum and dad live in Brighton now?" Are sentences both the same meaning?

Hi VoHoangHuan,

Yes, they mean more or less the same thing. The original sentence has a question tag in it. Please follow the link to see an explanation of how they work and what they mean.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your supporting!!!

Hi teacher .your answers are excellent.

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