Introducing your friends, Angelina Jolie, things you can find in a kitchen, Central Park in New York, celebrities working for charity, etc.

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

Susan, this is Paul” – introducing your friends

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at things we often say and do in friendly conversations.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is: 

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript.
  • Read the Transcript.
  • Look at the Support Pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Introducing people.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

There are more practice materials in the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. It helps you to practise speaking for a little bit longer – for example, when you're explaining something, or telling people something about yourself.

Suggestion: The best way to practise is with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English. However, if you can't find someone, you can send us a paragraph in English.

You listened to Zara from Bristol talking about why she would like to meet Angelina Jolie.

Is there a famous film actress that you’d like to meet?

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the Support Pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.



Task 3

Section 3 - Quiz

Section 3 is based on the Quiz. This helps you to learn the meaning of new words and how to remember them.

Suggestion: You can write your answers in our Support Pack.

You might want to use a notebook or part of your folder to make your own word lists and maps.

In the quiz, Daniel and Alice tried to think of things you can find in a kitchen. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Drag the words into the right column. Would you find them in a bedroom or in a kitchen?


Task 4

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Mike talking about Central Park in New York.
Think about a place in your city that you want to tell people about. It might be a park or a famous square – somewhere you like or somewhere people go to relax.

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.



Task 5

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’
What do you think?

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and look at the phrases that the people use. Sometimes they don't use complete sentences. Write down notes and then say what you think.

Which ones do you agree with? Write down your opinion – Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity? You can send us your text if you want. Do this in the comments section below.



Task 6

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 follows Carolina – a girl who has come to the United Kingdom (UK) to live, study, and to have fun exploring a different country and culture. Listening to this can help you if you find yourself in a similar situation. You will see that there is often more than one way of saying the same thing in English.

Suggestion: listen to Carolina's conversations in the airport and do the first exercise as you listen. Then try the other exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose different phrases that you could use in the same situations.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the Support Pack for more practice materials.

Task 7

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 is a joke. A joke is normally a funny story you hear and tell someone else. But you can also describe funny things that happen to you. The most important thing is to watch your friends to see if they are enjoying the story or not – then you can make it longer or shorter.

Suggestion: We suggest you do this:

  • Listen to the joke.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines in the right order.
  • Do Exercise 2, in which you tell the joke.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling the joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the joke.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the Support Pack. Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.


Task 8

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 is Tom the Teacher. These are more traditional exercises. They look at being accurate in English, and often use the type of exercises you may find in English tests and exams.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the words in sentences in the correct order.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Rewrite sentences using different words.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choose if you should say ‘Goodnight’ or ‘Good evening’





Brazilians are everywhere, haha

Hello, I'm Yulia from Indonesia. I just start using this speaking english in LearnEnglish Podcasts few days ago. Famous person I would like to meet is Edward Snowden. I watch SNOWDEN, a movie about him few months ago. He is a genius computer hacker worked for CIA, and he revealed how his goverment 'spies' on the cotizens private life and use 'national security' as the main reason. I admire his courage to tell the truth in spite of the risk that he will get by doing that. He thinks everyone has the rights to have private life and not even government for whatever reason can take that rights from the people.

hello everyone i'm Norio i'm from japan and I would like to meet Stevie Wonder. Because he is one of the greatest singer and composer in all over the world. I enjoy listening to his music every day, and his songs makes me feel better and let me hum along with song unconsciously. I love his music so much. I would like to go to concert while he is still alive!

hello everyone i just need to know so basically u need to hear these audio and improve yyr speaking power but has anyone tried any other program besides this ?how do we get in to conversations as far as i know you need to get in to conversations that improves yyr speaking skills please waiting for answers

Hello amnabutte,

There are suggestions on how you can use Elementary Podcasts to improve your speaking on our Frequently asked questions page. Adriancatanescu also explains his method, which is similar, in this comment.

It is indeed a good idea to speak with others to improve your speaking, but I'm afraid that we don't provide the service of speaking to our users, nor is it possible for you to exchange personal contact information with other users to speak with them.

On the other hand, many users (e.g. Roberto81) have told us how they improved significantly by diligently using our audio and video materials. I hope that you're able to get something useful out of our site.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i like it

Its amazing

hello, i'm come from vietnam and started learning english again a few hours ago. so my grammar and vocabulary might not right =.="
i would like to meet hugh jackman- a famous australian actor. i was falling in love with him when i saw his first role in the series x-men. hugh jackman is a talent actor and good man. he always helps people and also participates in volunteer projects.

I'd like to meet Michel Obama....I well Know that, she is not a film actress, but she is a model for me. She is smart, kind and a beautiful woman...I really love her and everyone single thinks in her life. I love the way that has built her family and professional live:degree from Harvard, a US former president as Husband, and two wonderful girls!
She is especial!