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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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 on your computer/mp3 player.
  • 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’




I live in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In a small town with over 23 thousand inhabitants.

There's not much to do around here except fishing, playing soccer, hitchhiking and a few other things.

We currently have no universities or colleges in our city so we have to travel by bus to the nearest cities which have a better infrastructure than ours.

I wish we had more free courses and cultural movements and organizations here though.

Well, at least we live in peace here unlike the downtown Rio, which is a very perilous place to live.

I'd like to meet Megan Fox.

Why? Well, that's a silly question. Have you ever seen that woman? There's not a day that goes by that I don't think how beautiful and easy on the eyes she is.

I can't say much about her as a person because I do not know her personally although I hope she is as good looking on the inside as she is on the outside.

Well, I think this is it.

See you, guys!

i have joined in this course since a week, and i really enjoy it. but i got a curiosity it is about the accent and rhythm. in this podcast, start from Ravi, Tess, Zara, Gordon, and so on, have different accent based on their home land and different rhythm when they speak. does everybody who speaks in British English have to speak like that? i mean, does every single people in London speak in same rhythm as Tess, people in Manchester speak same as Ravi, and People in Bristol speak same as Zara? or, does everybody have to speak with their own unique rhythm so that can be their characteristic? because, you know, i tried to adapt the rhythm and that was not easy. i think some of people out of The UK got same problem as i did.

Hello Ali_Nawzia,

There are many accents in the UK - it is enough to travel 30 kilometres (say, from Manchester to Liverpool) to hear a completely different accent! As well as that, the UK is a very diverse place with people from many different backgrounds, who may have their own accents, and English itself, as a world language, comes in many varieties. It's not so hard to get used to but it does take some time and it can be a challenge. On the other hand, it's one of the things about English that makes it so rich and varied.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi :) My name is Emanuele, I'm from Italy, and I want to talk about my village " San Martino". It's a very nice village in Sicily, it's located on a hill, we are about 150 or 200 people., and it is calm. There is a church, a restaurant, a baker's, small shops, a playground with fountains, a park, and houses. I like my village, is a wonderful location. From here we can see the sea, Milazzo (city) and other cities, mountains, and a beautiful view when the sun is setting. The people are very kind and work many. In November , on the 11th, we celebrate the Patron Saint "Saint Martin". There is a long procession,light,fireworks and stalls.

Can anyone tell me how to download the audio, please?

Hello Ashok_1482224,

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Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

The best course I ever could see, great. Very well prepared and with a conversational basis linked to everyday life. Perfect.

Dear LearnEnglish,

I'm having troubles to put phrases and words in very blank, might there be any solution?.

Best Regards,

Hello HRS1912,

You can see the answers by clicking on the Finish button and then, after that, clicking on that same button, which is now called Show Answers.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team