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 - gapfilling activity.


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 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 direct questions as indirect questions.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

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




I all,
I would like to improve English.
This site is very useful for that, even I heard only two of test/podcasts...
I would like to meet Sir Alex Ferguson! He's the legend of football pitches!
I hope that I corectly wrote sentences above, and according to that I would appreciate if someone would be so kind and correct my mistakes.

See you soon

Hello Dalibor_A,

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The LearnEnglish Team

I like to hear songs in English because I like the rythms that english language provides for singers. But I don´t like to hear songs in english to learn the language because the lyrics have expressions that just the people that lives in a country english understand.

I prefer both, songs in English and songs in Portuguese. In my youth when I began to learn English I saw a lot of MTV and the most of the songs were in English and this helps me a lot to improve my vocabulary, listening and speaking. We have a lot of beautiful songs in Portuguese and some of them were translated to English as Girl From Ipanema from Tom Jobim that was singed by Frank Sinatra. To finish I agree that depends on the song.

I live in Brazil and a lot of people knows the samba as a special dance of my country, but I'll talk about another special dance that is very strong in the Northeast of Brazil, where I live: "the forró" It's a traditional dance that appears more at the Saint John festival in June. The first time we saw the dance was in the end of 19th century, but it's just became popular in the 1950's. Campina Grande is a small city near João Pessoa and there you can find the biggest Saint John Festival in the world with parties and forró everyday of June.

Well, a famous female singer that I would like to meet is Adele. She's Britain and I think she lives in London, but I'm not sure. She has a lot of famous songs as Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, Skyfall and Hello. I like all of her songs, but Chasing Pavements and Set Fire to the Rain are my favourites. A few people knows but she helps a lot of charity causes and I don't know if it's because of that or if it's just a coincidence but her husband has a company that cleans and distribute water to people that needs. I like her because I think she is the best female singer nowadays with a powerful voice and even with all of her success she is a kind and simple person. If I had the chance I would ask her why she never came to Brazil.

I prefer the music in my language, although there are many artists who sing in English and they are very good.

Salsa is an -african rhythm that comes from Cuba and was brought to Colombia by slaves who used it for fun. It is a fast pace that moves throughout the body.

I would like to meet Ricardo Arjona. He is a Guatemalan singer-songwriter, he is a great composer and his lyrics are always accompanied bt feelings of narrative situations, love and heartbreak.

for my opinion I like to listen to songs in English, it helps me analyze and pronounce and always know when they're saying.