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.
  • 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 agree for celebrities to do work for charity. In my country, the singer Shakira, has a institution called "pies descalzos". there the child can to learn, play and having fun.

i think it's a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. why? as we know celebrities have fans that their behaviors could be easy influenced by their idols. if celebrities do work for charity i'm sure their fans in many places have to do same things. The impact is many poor people will be helped such as they got jobs, they got food, they got medicines, their chilidren got better education, etc

in my opinion,it s good that celebrities do work for charity because it help poor people and support them.also ,by this reaction ,many other people will do the activitie

i'm happy because I'm with you now ! Ho all.

Hello everybody!
My name is Tri, i am live at village in VietNam country. With a topic:" I`d like to meet..." I`m interestiing. Now, i talk about the famous singer in my country. Her name is "PhiNhung". She is a famous singer not only domestically but also abroad. She has a sweet vocals and sing very well the romatic songs. Besides singing career, her free time to do charity work in the Pagodas of the rural areas to poverty in VietNam.
Actually, She is the godmother of more than 20 underprivileged children living temporarily in the Pagodas. I admired and love her.
Thank very much for all comments worldwide.

im really happy to listen to your podcast and finish this first episode .. very useful and step by step we can learn english and know more vocabulary

thank you so much

I am going to talk about Jahson Statham. He is an English actor. I knew him for " the transporter". I was really impress his talent and I admire him. because, he was not a professional actor Before he had worked as a black market salerman.But his career has successed since 1998. when he played at the role of " Balcon". that helped put him in the public eye.

let me know what is the intro voice script at the start of every podcast.

"hello welcome to the elementary recording brought to you by british council." after that, what is the script of the intro voice.

Hello Zaw22,

The introductory text is as follows:

Hello, and welcome to this LearnEnglish elementary recording brought to you by the British Council. To find out more and to access language activities and audio scripts, visit our LearnEnglish website at


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I don't like of meet with a celebration. In the true I like speak english with anyone. I would speak slowly to learning english.

Tocantins, Brazil.