Reacting to good news, Formula One, ball games, telling the truth, Carolina takes a jacket back to a shop, a joke, 'everybody' and 'nobody', 'actually'.

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
Audio icon Download audio 13.32MB (right click & save)

Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

“Well that's good news!”

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at what you can say when somebody gives you some good news.

Suggestion: One way to use this is to read the Transcript, and then do some exercises to help you to learn the common phrases. A good idea is to practise these with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: exercises 1

Match useful phrases to other useful phrases.


Practice materials: follow-up

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to talk about

Section 2 is based on someone talking about something that they’re interested in – it could be anything – a hobby, a person, a place, a thing – something that they know a bit about and would like to share. 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 Raffa talking about Formula One and here is some more information about Formula One.

Do you have a favourite sport that you would like to tell us about? If so, use the information in the Support Pack to help you make some notes.

Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about it and add it as a comment at the bottom of this page.

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.

The quiz in this episode was about ball games.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match verbs to sports.


Task 4

Section 4 - Your turn

Section 4 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

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.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘Is it always best to tell the truth?

What about you? What do you think about telling the truth? Do you agree with what any of the people said in the podcast?

So, write down what you think, explain why, and send this as a comment at the bottom of the page.

Task 5

Section 5 - Carolina

Section 5 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 with the shop assistant and manager and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Complete the sentences with the correct phrases.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the phrases that can correctly complete each sentence.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 6

Section 6 - Joke

Section 6 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 of the joke in 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

Put the lines of the joke in the correct order.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the Support Pack. Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Task 7

Section 7 - Tom the Teacher

Section 7 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

Complete the song titles with 'Nobody' or 'Everybody'.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the words in the correct order to make sentences.


Practice materials – Exercise 3

Decide if the word 'actually' is right or wrong in the sentences.


Practice materials – Exercise 4

Decide if 'Good luck!' is a correct reply to the statements.





Truth has no fall,we should always speak speaking truth we can win pride and success not only in this world and the eternal world as well.

Hello, i want to ask about 'formula one' i searched for the word in the dictionary, but i found another meaning for it, why they call the car race, formula one?

Hello Sherine hussein,

I believe that there are various categories all called 'formula'. There is a Formula Two and so on. However, this is a question for a motorsport expert to answer, not a language expert so more than that I cannot say!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks alot Peter.

I think it's better always to tell the truth, especially with people who is colse to me, because telling the truth will build a strong and good relationship between us, but sometimes it is not bad to tell a small lie to protect one's feelings from bring hurt though.

Heello learn English team,
I have two questions about some of the language, i have heard, i don't understand the expression 'by any chance' i did not find it in the dictionry, and i dont know when to use it.
Another qoute from you Tom is 'so far, so good' when to use it too.
Thank you
My regards

Hello Sherine hussein,

You can find it in the dictionary on this page - just scroll down the page. As you'll see from the definition and examples, it is used to make a request more polite. It has a similar meaning to 'Is there any possibility that...'

You can find the second phrase in the dictionary too, on this page.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter,
Thanks alot, but actually i dont find link of the cambridage dictionary on the page, where is it excatly

Hello Sherine hussein,

Just click on the words 'on this page' in my last answer. You might need to scroll down the dictionary page to find the precise phrase.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I think the best way it's telling the truth. As often as possible. Of course if you don't want to hurt the feelings of your relatives and friends you shouldn't tell the truth. Do you remember what a woman in section "your turn" said about friend's hair?. That is what I'm talking about. Whatever, if you tell the truth all the time you shouldn't remember when and how exactly you have lied. You can feel yourself calm without anxiety that the truth will be open and you don't need to worry that you can make a bad break. After a while, if you tell the truth all the time people will know it and they might want you to tell them the truth. People will ask you for adviсe or just will come to you for your opinion (what do you think about their dresses, for example), because you tell the truth.