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 khai,

In these kinds of sentences, 'so' indicates degree and means something like 'very', and 'too' indicates there is more than the speakers wants or thinks is good. There's a useful BBC page that explains these two adverbs, and another good resource for you is the dictionary. Look at these entries for 'so' and 'too' (follow the links) and you will see definitions and example sentences of both.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Now I understood. Thank you very much!

I don't think the space exploration is waste the money and time because it's important to discover the universe and that help us if the earth expose to any dangerous from the universe actually it's help us in scientific research.

I think the space exploration is a good way for know the origin of life and his evolution.
Other important think is the impact the technology developed to support space exploration and reused on the life the people.

hi
i can't get the meaning of " put some stuff up about meditation"
thank' s a lot for help

Hi sanaziyoo,

In this context 'put up some stuff' means to put some material on a website.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

In my opinion space exploration isn`t a waste of money. It helps to study climate changes, improve navigation, communications and many other useful things.

I don´t think, the space is waste of time and mony, because we live actualy not only on the earth but our Livespace ist realy the Univers. we have to search the univers and look for resources to prortect our planet

well i agree space exploration is a waste of money and time if we compare human needs and want. there are millions who lived without food and shelter, uncountable poor people without being cured from their deadly disease, it pollutes outer space, air pollution etc as well space exploration is useful for explorers and people who are interested to see unique explorations, scientific developments etc..

Hello again teacher,
In these two sentences "It’s the long road that planes take off from", "The place you go to just before you get on the plane … erm … " I don't understand the use of the preposition "from" (in the first sentence) and the preposition "to" (in the second one). Could you recommend me any web or blogg where I can study the prepositions at the end of the sentences? Thank you very much.

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