Elementary Podcasts

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk to Gordon about his adventures making a documentary about whales. Their other guests talk about superpowers. You can also follow Carolina as she’s getting ready to go back to Venezuela for the summer holidays. Is she excited to go home for a visit?

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 [00:25].

Exercise

Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:11].

Exercise

Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:11].

Exercise

Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:22].

Exercise

Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:22].

Exercise

Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:22].

Exercise

Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello saranko,

This is an example of a question used in a shortened form. If you look at the sentence 'Off home for the holidays?' you'll notice that there is no verb. No full sentence in English can be without a verb so it must have been missed out, and that is indeed the case. The full question is 'Are you off home for the holidays?' and so you can see why the answer is 'Yes, I am'.

This kind of short question is quite common in English for some questions. For example:

'(Are you) Working late tonight?'

'(Would you) Like a drink?'

'(Have you) Had enough yet?'

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

yeah! the same question as yours, i don't understand it. explain it to me, please.

Finally I have finished two series of Elementary podcast ,Series 1 and 2. So I am ready for the third Series. Thank you for your efforts . I am making much progress in my fluency I hope after finishing the third ones to be more able to speak much fluently without hesitations and say Um, Er and....., My listening is very good so I will try to concentrate more on speaking , That is my weakness really.
Best Regards British Council Team :)
littlemoon

I want to ask a question , I hope the English team help me.
In series 02- Episode 10- section 7
exercise 2
I understood that we use  only strong adjectives with absolutely
and we can use the strong and ordinary adjectives with really
but what about very and quite are they used with ordinary adjectives only?
another question related to exercise 3
when we use love for zero
These are fantastic exercises thank you too much
 

Hi hayaalqasem,

The answer to your first question can be found in quite a lot of detail on our intensifiers page, where you'll also find more exercises, but briefly: very is used with ordinary adjectives, and quite can be used with both ordinary and strong adjectives.

0 is pronounced "love" only in the context of tennis.

We're really glad you find the exercises useful!

Best wishes,

Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

You are very gorgeous. These podcasts are really helpful. Many thanks British Council

Thank you very much you are awesome .....

hello,I think that questions 1/2(2/2),exercise 1 are wrong.series 2,episode 10(where are the gaps in the dialogue to fill in?).Maybe ,I haven't quite understand the questions.

Hi Strukturist,
Do you mean the exercise "I think I might stop..." under Section 1 - Conversations in English? If so, there are no gaps to fill in - you need to re-order the dialogue by dragging and dropping the different sentences into the correct order.
If you meant something else, please let us know.
Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone!
I'm a new member in this website. My name is Nikolina. I'm from Bulgaria. I want to learn English like all of you.
I listen Elementary Podcasts every day. Tess and Ravi are fantastic presenters. I really like them. My favourite section is "I'd like to talk about". I can find lots of unknown words in it and to learn so much interesting things. :)
I like Ravi's jokes, but I think Gordan's are better :))
Finally, I want to tell you Tom is perfect teacher. His advices are very important and his explanations are easy and clear.
Thank you, Tom. Thank you, British Council.
I'll write again.
I hope you say me  when I make mistakes.

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