Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Ravi asks Tess for some advice, and their guests talk about meditation and space exploration. You can also follow Carolina as she meets a friend’s family for the first time. Will she get on well with them?

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 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 3

Tess and Ravi 3

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

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Task 4

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:10].

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Task 5

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:10].

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Task 6

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:31].

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Task 7

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:31].

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Discussion

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello ssoniacs,

Some very prescriptive grammarians used to claim that ending a sentence with a preposition was wrong, but this is not a position that anyone seriously holds today. Ending a sentence with a preposition is often the most natural and elegant way to construct many sentences, particularly more complex sentences such as those with relative clauses or passive verb forms.

You can find more information on the Oxford Dictionaries Blog.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thanks Peter.

Hello teacher, I'm confused about the verb "give a try". Tess says "So, are you going to give it a try Ravi? ". Is that meaning to give something an opportunity? Then, if that's ok could I say "You shouldn't say that you don't like Sue without giving her a try?
Thanks a lot
Best regards.
Sonia

Hi Sonia,

You can find the meaning of this in our dictionary entry for 'try'. If you scroll down the page a bit, under the entry marked with 'attempt', you'll see a definition and examples. Note that this idiom is more common in American English; in British English often 'have a go' is used with the same meaning. Your sentence about Sue is a bit odd - it'd be better to say 'chance' than 'try'.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much.

I feel like Jamie's father is Gorden :P

hhhh yeah it sounds him.

some people say the space exploration consume a lot of money in vain. some countries, especially USA or Japan, Invest an enormous of money into the industries. Although it seems necessary for human kind because the environmental resource are exhausting now. this is a serious and inevitable result. if those resource that we need to live are gone, we must search alternative resource from space. Although we transfer something into such necessary resource, they all disappear one day.
On the other hand, universe has a infinite possibility. we will discover those flesh and incredible things there. we should not stop exploring unknown world.

Hello, I want to ask how to use the word "Mr" in English. Can I use Mr + family name + given name?

For example, if a person's family name is Chan and his given name is Tai Man, is it correct to write Mr Chan Tai Man in an email? What is the difference between Mr Chan Tai Man and Mr Tai Man Chan? Thank you!

Kelvin

Hello Kelvin,

The order of names you use is a choice based on culture and personal preference. In most parts of the Western world people use given name then family name. In many Eastern cultures (and some other places) it's more common to use family name first.

So you might choose to use the Western order if you're writing in English because that's the most common order in that language. On the other hand, if you mostly communicate with people in Hong Kong, you might use the Eastern order since that's how most people give names in that culture. Another approach would be to find out what order each individual uses and follow that.

There's more information on the topic here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_name#Lexical_order

Best wishes,

Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

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