Section 1 – “Where did you go?” – a weekend away
Tess: Hello and welcome to LearnEnglish Elementary podcast number two. I’m Tess.
Ravi: And I’m Ravi. We’re the presenters and we’re here in the studio with our producer, Gordon. Hi Gordon!
Ravi: And he’ll be back later with another one of his…. erm, jokes. Now, last week I told you that Tess loved riding her mountain bike and you’ve been away riding your bike this week, haven’t you.
Tess: I have, yes.
Ravi: Where did you go?
Tess: We went to the Lake District, in the North West.
Ravi: Oh. Beautiful. For our listeners who don’t know, the Lake District is in the north west of England and it’s a really beautiful part of the country. I went there last year, you know. It’s a difficult place to ride a bike though – lots of hills.
Tess: I like riding up hills!
Ravi: I prefer riding down them. Did you stay in hotels?
Tess: No, we were camping. We took two small tents with us and at the end of every day we just put the tents up on a camp site. It was great. Really relaxing.
Ravi: What was the weather like? Camping’s great when the weather’s OK but when it’s raining…. it’s horrible.
Tess: Yeah, we were really lucky. It was really sunny. Well, it rained one day but that was OK.
Ravi: Sounds great – I need a holiday! But, well, I think I prefer to spend my holidays on the beach. It sounds like a lot of hard work Tess.
Tess: I love it! I’m going again next year. I can’t wait! But it’s time to move on to the rest of the show – I know we’ve got lots of interesting people to hear from…
Section 2: I’d like to meet
Ravi: So, let’s start with our ‘I’d like to meet’ section. In this part of the show we ask people
a simple question – which famous person, dead or alive would you like to meet? And of course, we ask them to explain why. Our guest today on ‘I’d like to meet’ is Yasmin from Cardiff. Hello Yasmin and welcome to the show.
Yasmin: Hello. It’s nice to be here.
Tess: Hello Yasmin. Can you tell us something about yourself?
Yasmin: Well, erm, my name’s Yasmin, I’m 18 years old, I live in Cardiff – that’s in Wales – and I’m training to be a beauty therapist.
Tess: Hmm. A beauty therapist! That’s a great job. Now I’m going to ask the question. So Yasmin, which famous person, dead or alive would you like to meet?
Yasmin: Oh, I’d like to meet Shakira.
Ravi: Shakira. This’ll be interesting. Can you tell us something about her? Yasmin: Sure. She’s a singer – and a dancer too – she’s from Colombia and she sings in Spanish and English.
Tess: And why did you choose Shakira to talk about today?
Yasmin: Erm, for quite a lot of reasons. First, I think she’s a fantastic singer. I just fell in love with her voice the first time I heard her sing. It’s so different. And then, … she writes her own songs – she wrote her first song when she was only eight I think. I love singing and I write my own songs too, so I understand how difficult it is – and I’d love to sit down with her and write a song together. I’m sure she could teach me a lot.
Tess: Can you play any musical instruments?
Yasmin: The guitar and the piano. In the beginning she wrote songs and sang in Spanish, and she was very famous in Latin America, but she didn’t speak English, so she had to learn it. And I think she learnt it really well.