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`m from Baku. Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan. Baku is the port city and very important for economy of region. May be, You know that foreign people say `Land of Fire` about Baku. Because Baku has a lot of places which fireing. Yes, this`s right. Baku has a very rich oil and gas inclosure and theese gas go out some places and fireing.

Hello everyone!
The podcast is good for me.

I was born in Brazil, a huge beautiful country. In my city, São Paulo, there is a good place to visit, it is the Centro Cultural de São Paulo. It's a interesting building near the Vergueiro sub station. You can watch films and shows.

First of all thanks BritishCouncil for the podcasts. They really are very helpful.

My question is related to Elementary Podcsat Series 01 Podcast 01.

Tess says about Ravi: "He comes from Manchester".

Does this mean that Ravi always comes from Manchester to conduct podcasts, He doesn't live or stay in London? Will it be fine, if I say "Ravi came from Manchester"? If so, then what is the difference?

Also, in Quiz, Section 6, the very first option is "She comes from Venezuela" (its regarding Carolina). Carolina has left her home and will stay in Newcastle for months then why the verb "comes" is being used here? Again, is it OK, if I use "She came from Venezuela"?

Please can anyone solve my above confusion?


Hello Sajad Karim,

When we say that someone comes from a place we mean that the place is where they originate from - where they were born, typically, or where they lived as a child. For example we can say:

Bob comes from New York but he lives in Washington now.

If we wanted to talk about travel to a place then we would use a past form:

Bob came all the way from London to see me.

Therefore if we say 'Caroline comes from Venezuela' then we mean that she is a Venezuelan person. If we say 'Caroline came from Venezuela' then we mean that she travelled from there - we are describing one particular trip.

I hope that clarifies it for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter. Your description helped me in understanding the difference.

I think it is a good idea the celebrities must do it every year, maybe by doing it every year, they can show our politicians that when we want we help finish with poverty in this world.

Avenida Paulista is a very huge avenue in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Very much like New York with lost of skyscrapers, it is a very busy place, with lost of discotech and good restaurants for people to go and to enjoy themselves. In the summer time you´ll find pubs to drink a fresh beer and meet good people too. I think is a nice place to teel people about it.

I would like to meet John Cleese. I think he is so good and funny, my favorite is monty python and the series fawlty towers. He is the best comedian actor.

Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?
To do work for charity (charitable association) is a great idea for everyone. So if we have celebrities doing that, is a good thing, because they are opinion leaders. They can get the ear of the government, money and so on, that does not have the ordinary people, like us. It is like a adds, and we can buzz on it, it is very fun!