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 listened tow time to a audio and really like it, of course they speak very fast and some time I didn't not get what they say ! but their fluency and coherence is very good and persuade me to listen agin. however the episode one is very excitable. thanks for Ravi and Tess and Gordan and Tom ....

Hello sinaparastook,

Great – we're very glad that you liked it! It's great that you listened to the episode a couple of time to try to figure out everything, but I wanted to point out that there is a transcript for every episode Elementary Podcasts. Just press on the word Transcript (below the exercises) or 'Download transcript' under Downloads. Ideally, you should just listen, without reading the transcript, at least a couple of times, but then you can use it to help understand difficult sentences or words, to identify new vocabulary words and phrases, to practise your pronunciation, etc.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I listened all the podcast and I think that It´s very practical for learning english

I think that for international celebrities should be established by law that a percentage of their profits is earmarked for programs for children, the elderly or disabled people.

The intenational Book Fair of Bogota FILBO is the event to promote reading and the most important publishing industry in Colombia. Each year during the fair, writers, books and readers become the protagonists of the cultural scene of the country. Today 3:00 p.m. You can find a discussion with the authors and creators of the Profesor Super O. Martin De Francisco and Antonio Guerra.
There are 10 years of this super hero of the Pacific region, this super hero fights with the idiomatic ignorance.

My favorite actress is Julia Roberts, I would like to know because she has a great films, she has starred in movies romance, science fiction and comedy. It is one of the best actresses that foreign movies. One of my favorite movies is Runaway Bride also I think she is beatiful and she does not need to change their appearance to make it look believable.

Sometimes, I think that some celebrities work for the charity because for that they don´t paid taxes in your country.

Many people from Colombia and of other places of world, they visit the national natural park Chingaza, because this is a place really magic, it is a paramo, where water is preserved for the citizens of Bogota city, really important for me because there lives a spectacled bear, It is the only bear species living in the ecosystem and also is in danger of extinction.

Sometimes, celebrities perform works of charity but to appear and not because he really born from the heart, is a good idea for them when the reason they do is really to help.

I would like to tell you about a very special place Grooms Park , is located in the town of neighborhoods together and is a place that has trees. Lagos and some animals . This allows you to connect with nature.