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What's the date and what's the time?

The links below take you to the webpage hosting the transcript of an audio episode from the Talking People Podcast, but the link to the audio episode is also included. You can print the list of all the Talking People podcast episodes for Elementary and other levels at the Talking People Podcast.

Last update: Feb, 2018

  • Present
  • bullet Days-n-Dates
           Tags
    : days of week, dates, birthdays, Communicative Strategies, Lang. Func. (misc.), Oral Drilling, Pres. simple, Pronunciation
    bullet Present. The Time and Dates 2
           Tags: be born, birthdays, Communicative Strategies, dates, days of week, Dialog(ue)s, months, numbers, Oral Drilling, Pres. simple, Q&A
    bullet Present. Nationalities, Countries, Languages 1
           Tags
    : Capital Letters, Lang. Func. (misc.), Oral Drilling, Pres. simple, Pronunciation
    bullet Present. Questions and Answers (Q&A) 1
           Tags
    : Go (out) for / on a, Go + -ing, 'd / 'll, Adjectives, age, at / in, Be, Can't, Communicative Strategies, congratulating, Dialog(ue)s, emails, feelings & states, food / meals, formal / informal, Frequency Advs, Have, HOW are you doing? (not what), How much / many ...?, How often ...?, invitations, Lang. Func. (misc.), Let's, Modals (misc.), numbers, occupations, origin, Possessives, Pres. simple, Pronunciation, Q&A, Review: present tenses, Saxon Gen., saying sorry, saying yes / no, the time, Time Expr., Verbs of (dis)likes, Wh-
    bullet Present. Talking about Myself
           Tags
    : Adjectives, age, family, fun / funny, Monolog(ue)s, occupations, Pres. simple, Purpose Inf., Verbs of (dis)likes
    bullet Present. Talking about People in Photos
           Tags
    : Go (out) for / on a, Go + -ing, 3rd p.s. Pres., Adjectives, family, favs, fun / funny, Monolog(ue)s, Preps Place, Pres. cont., Pres. simple, Saxon Gen., This is
    bullet Present. My Daily Routines
           Tags
    : Go (out) for / on a, Go + -ing, Adjectives, food / meals, Frequency Advs, Monolog(ue)s, Pres. simple, Time Expr., US / UK, Verbs of (dis)likes
    bullet Present. My Weekly Routines
           Tags
    : Go (out) for / on a, Go + -ing, Adjectives, food / meals, Frequency Advs, fun / funny, Monolog(ue)s, Pres. cont., Pres. simple, Time Expr., US / UK, Verbs of (dis)likes
  • bullet Present. Questions & Answers for Conversations on Routines (2nd p.) Audiolisten Transcriptpdf file (2 pages) New!
  • bullet Present. Questions & Answers for Conversations on Routines (3rd person) - coming up soon!
    bullet Present. Tricky verbs: SEE, LOOK, WATCH; HEAR, LISTEN Audiolisten Transcriptpdf file (2 pages) New!
    bullet Present. Story-telling: Movies
           Tags: 3rd p.s. Pres., Adjectives, Monolog(ue)s, movies / films, Possessives, Pres. simple, Pres. vs Past (narratives), Pronunciation, S & O Prons., Saxon Gen., SHREK, There be, Time Expr.
    bullet Present. Likes & Dislikes
           Tags: Go + -ing, Adjectives, books & mags, Can't, clothes, favs, food / meals, Frequency Advs, fun / funny, going out, Modals (misc.), Monolog(ue)s, music, Pres. simple, Pronunciation, sports, Time Expr., travel, Verbs of (dis)likes
    bullet Present. My Neighbo(u)rs
           Tags: Adjectives, Can't, each other / one another, Frequency Advs, houses, Monolog(ue)s, Pres. cont., Pres. simple, Quantifiers, Time Expr., US / UK
    bullet Present. Describing a Friend
           Tags: 3rd p.s. Pres., Adjectives, favs, fun / funny, Modals (misc.), Monolog(ue)s, Pres. cont., Pres. simple, Pres. simple vs Pres. cont., Pronunciation, Saxon Gen., Situations, Textual Structure, US / UK, Verbs of (dis)likes
    bullet Present. My Lifestyle
           Tags: Go + -ing, Adjectives, food / meals, Frequency Advs, Monolog(ue)s, Omission of "the", Pres. simple, Time Expr., Verbs of (dis)likes
  • bullet Giving Directions (Madrid)
           Tags
    : Dialog(ue)s, imperatives (for instructions), have to, can't, get to
  • bullet Giving Directions (Fuengirola)
    bullet Present. Speaking about the weather where I live / in my city/town. (Weather in general).
           Tags: Monolog(ue)s, Pres. Simple for general truths. Frequency adverbs. Time phrases.
  • bullet Present. Describing My House
           Tags
    : Go to sleep vs Go to bed, Adjectives, Be, colo(u)rs, family, Frequency Advs, Have, houses, It has no / It doesn't have a..., Lang. Range, Modals (misc.), Monolog(ue)s, numbers, occupations, Preps Place, Pres. simple, Quantifiers, Textual Structure, There be, Time Expr., US / UK, Verbs of (dis)likes
  • bullet Present. Describing a park: there is/are (+ sb -ing), present continuous, narrating activities, describing people, the weather, places, colo(u)r... Transcript pdf file Audiolisten
  • bullet Present. What's in my fridge? (Food & Drinks)
           Tags: Monolog(ue)s, Pres. Simple, There be, food / meals, Have, Keep, Preps Place, Quantifiers, Numbers
  • bullet Invitations. Would you like? Tags: Dialog(ue)s, I'd / I'll, invitations, Lang. Func. (misc.), Modals (misc.), offering sth, Oral Drilling, Q&A, Would you...? vs Do you...?

bullet Animal Stories: Osipanda Gorgorita New!
       Tags: Stories in the past, Describing people in photos in the present

Past

bullet Review 1. Useful Language for Everyday Situations

Functional Translation - Spring Exercise: 94 sentences to review the course language points: Listen here: Part 1 (no. 1-27) - Part 2 (no. 28-58) - Part 3! (under construction) - Transcript external link

(Basico 2)

bullet Present/Past. Today! (1): present perfect or past simple? + dialog
       Tags
: Pres. perf., Past simple, time phrases (today, this morning/ afternoon/ evening), Q&A, Dialog(ue)s, Exam Tips.
bullet Present/Past. Today! (2): My Day Today (corresponding to two audios: 2.1, 2.2).
       Tags
: Pres. perf., Past simple, time phrases, Dialog(ue)s, Theory: form, hear/listen to, lose/miss

bullet Future. Situations. Talking about Holiday Plans with a language focus on "the futures", conditional sentences type 0 and type 1, prepositions & comparison. + Notes for Intermediate and Advanced students too. Dialogue with "going to" for plans and true intentions!

Miscellaneous Tenses (review) and episodes by Language Functions, Situations, Topics

bullet Writing Strategies: Writing Holiday Postcards. Parts 1 and 2 In this episode, apart from consolidating your use of the Present Simple & Continuous, the Past Simple and the Present Perfect, plus the "going to" future expression, you will learn exam writing strategies Before - While - After Writing.

bullet Occupations Tags: Dialog(ue)s, Pres. simple vs. Pres. Cont., DO as main verb, Use of "a/an" X GRABAR