A weekend away, Shakira, Hot Seat, tango in Buenos Aires, songs in English or in other languages, airport situations, a joke, etc.

Elementary Podcasts: Carolina
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Section 1 - Conversations in English

Where did you go?” – a weekend away

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

A weekend away.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Matching specific questions to general questions.


Practice materials: Exercise 3

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 Yasmin talking about why she would like to meet Shakira.

Is there a famous female singer – alive or dead – 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, Ben and Poppy play Hot Seat, where one person explains words and the other person tries to guess what they are. When you play this game, sometimes it can be easy to guess the words. But you need a lot of vocabulary to be able to explain them. Now you can practise explaining the words that Ben explained in this Hot Seat quiz. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match words and phrases to make clues.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Match clues to answers.


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 Rachel talking about the tango in Argentina.
Can you think of a special dance that you can tell people about? It could be a dance that’s traditional in your country, or maybe in your city or town. Or it might be a dance that you’ve seen in another place.

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: ‘Which do you prefer – songs in English or songs in your language?’
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? Which do you prefer – songs in English or songs in your language? You can send us your opinions 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 conversation in the airport and do the first exercise as you listen. Then try the rest of the exercises

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the sentences in the correct order to make the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choosing phrases that are correct.


Practice materials - Exercise 4

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 direct questions as indirect questions.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choose if you should say ‘anywhere’, 'anyone' or ‘anything'.




Hi! I decided to write which famous person I'd like to meet. I hope that I didn't do any mistakes.

I'd like to meet a British singer Adele Adkins. She was born in London and she is 28. Few months ago came out her new album "25". One of my favourite song of this album is "Love in the dark". It's breathtaking. She's famous only for music, but I think she could be a good actress. She has distance to herself and she's self-confidence. I like that she isn't advertise or promote something . She has a lot of money only for make music. This is great, because it's her passion. I love her because she has really unigue, inimtable and beautiful voice. She has big sense of humor, can make laugh everybody, literally! She's hilarious and extremely amusing. Moreover, she's charming and really pretty woman. I admire her for her large, pure talent. Not only that, because she is a good human with a big heart. She is always empathic and helpful. I'd like to talk to her about making of "25" and ask her about her favourite song or songwriter.

Honduras is well known amongs others positive things by the "Punta". This is a traditional "Garifuna's" dance and music. They are black people very proud about their ancestros heritage from African culture. They use amazing fancy costumes like a carnival. I'm proud of them.

Hello friends, nice to say hello. I love to hear the Beatle's songs. Many people like to do it in order to improve their English. They are leyend around the world by their lyrics and music. I would like to have met in person to Ringo, John, Paul and George, their music is great.

It's just about what I listened on the podcast where the speaker give an advice for well work English with flashcards which have on one side a word in English and on the other side the word in your native language.
It exists a very good app "Anki" which use the same concept than the cards system and more. It works on all that has a screen and CPU (even Linux), free for all except for Apple devices.
I don't know where post it for the biggest number of people may see it , I assume that moderator, him, will know (if he can understand what I wrote) :D
Thanks a lot for what you do, it's great !

Hello Laurent,

Thank you for the tip for our users. Flashcards are very useful for teachers, of course, but also for learners so that they can test their memory.

I'm glad you like the site - it's nice to hear!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I prefer listening to music in my language because i can understand. I usually listening to it when i i'm studying english. So that's it.

Hello. I live in Việt Nam. I prefer to listen both, in my mother language and in English. I like lyric music and songs by Vietnamese word makes me for that. Sometime, I listen English songs music, special country music. Though, I understand them not much. I know that, I should work hardly and any effort will be appreciated.
Thanks British Council so much.

I am from Brazil. I am enjoying study in LearnEnglish. It is amazing for learn english. Thanks very much!

Thank you for the lessons. This is very useful for me. I have some difficulty in understanding English. I hope that I can to overcome it with the help of your lessons. Thanks again. Best wishes from Russia.

Hello serwww,

You're very welcome! You've chosen a great place to start, here in Elementary Podcasts. You might want to read our Frequently asked questions page, which has useful advice on expanding your vocabulary and using our resources to work on your speaking as well as your listening and reading.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team