Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess shares some good news with Ravi, and their guests talk about Formula 1 and telling the truth. You can also follow Carolina as she takes something back to a shop. Will she get her money back?

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 [00:25].

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Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:00].

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Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:00].

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello! I am a bit confused with Task 1. I understand that for each question, I must write numbers in the gap, but I do not understand why I should replace "the word" (which word in the phrase?) "There are 5" (5 words) ? - 5 phrases?) If I see the hidden answers, in the first case they are shown as correct "I bet you were really happy to see it" and
"I can not imagine how you felt" are two sentences that mean the opposite, at least in my language.
Very grateful for your time, I hope mine is not a silly question.

Hello Ethel

I'm sorry for the confusion. The way our exercises are displayed changed some time ago and this one now doesn't look very good. I've made a note about this so that we fix it, but for now I think I can help you understand the intent of the task, at least.

The idea is that all of the sentences before the gap (for example, the first one is 'I can't imagine how you were feeling' and the second one is 'Thank goodness for that') express essentially the same idea as one of the four sentences listed in the instructions.

For example, for the first one, the answer is 4 because 'I can't imagine how you were feeling' expresses the same idea as 'I bet you were really happy to see him' in this situation. Similarly, for the second one, the answer is 2 because 'Thank goodness for that' expresses more or less the same idea as 'That's good news'.

I hope that helps you make sense of the task. It's useful in that it shows you different ways of saying much the same thing in conversation. Please note that if you prefer to see all the answers, first answer one question, then press 'Finish' and then press 'See Answers'. That way you can review them and still get something out of the task without any frustration!

But in any case, sorry for the confusion and thanks for asking us about this so that we know to revise it at some point.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everybody. I don’t think that saying the truth is always best. Most of the time yes but not always. It depends on what situation you are in or what’s the circumstances and what is going to be after your answer. There is two kind of true. The first one isn’t used for good things. Everybody knows what do I mean now, but the second one, called white lie we use for not to hurt someone. It’s been said someday that a word can hurt stronger than weapon. If I feel a bit bad I’ll answer I’m fine, don’t worry so that not to make someone too worry of me or if something’s wrong but is under control I’ll say that’s fine cause I’m sure that the problem is going to be solved in time.

hi .everyone...
this phrase (I've heard of Monaco.) we can also say (I've heard about Monaco.) i get a bit confused about when do i use "of"..?
and "with has a different situations is it .. ? and what is it please

Hi eldi,

We say I've heard of... when we want to say that we know the thing in general terms.

We say I've heard about... when we want to say that we have learned something about it.

 

For example, I've heard of Monaco means that I know there is a place called Monaco and a little bit about it. The person I'm talking to does not need to tell me that it is a city in Europe and so on.

On the other hand, I've heard about Monaco means that I have heard some news about Monaco. Something is happening or has happened there and I am telling the other person that I know this news.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again,

in this Support Pack - While you listen - ''Section 2 Raphael talking about F1 '' in b) , I think there is a mistake : should be ''He likes Fernando Alonso'' instead ''He like F.A.''

Best wishes

Hi again Last biker,

Yes, you are right. Thanks very much for taking the time to point this error out to us. I've put it on our to-do list and we'll get to fixing it as soon as we can.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone,
I can't understand something: in Task 7 : Tom the teacher 4 - why you use '' have got'' in this sentence : ''I have got an exam tomorrow ''- for something that will happen in future ? As I know it is a past form , isn't it ?
And a second question : in the same exercise there is the sentence : '' We have got a new dog'' - that means : we'll have a new dog in future ?
I'm sure that I missed something in my knowledges about tenses in English and I need your help.

Thank you so much for your time

Hi Last biker,

'have got' and 'have' mean the same thing in the two sentences you ask about. Even though it looks like a present perfect form, it is a present simple form. In first sentence you ask about, it does indeed refer to the future -- the present simple can refer to future events that are fixed in some way (see the Present simple and future time on the page I linked to before). In the second sentence, it simply refers to the general present time (see the Present simple and present time section).

You can also read a bit more about 'have got' on this page if you'd like to know more.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

In this sentese "Is it best to tell the truth"
Can I use both best and also better?

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