Talking about a bad day, Bath, computers and computing, the biggest problem facing humanity, Carolina goes away with some friends, a joke, 'rather', 'oops' and 'about'.

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

I've had a really awful day” – getting it off your chest

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at talking about a bad day.

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 - 2

Put the lines of the dialogue in the right order


Complete the sentences with the right phrase.


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 Rita talking about the historical city of Bath, and here is some more information about Bath.

What’s your home town like? What is its history? What do you like about your town or city and what do you not like so much? Use the information in the Support Pack to help you make some notes.

Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about your home town 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 computers and computing.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Type the vowels into the gaps to complete the words.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Complete sentences with words about computers and computing.


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: ‘What’s the biggest problem facing humanity today - and why?’

What about you? What do you think is the biggest problem for the world today? Is it climate change and environmental problems or is it something else?

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 her friends 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

Decide if the sentences are correct or incorrect.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Read the Summary below and then complete the sentences with the correct answers.

The person who wrote the sentences in the exercise lives in the tropics and likes it there. What he most enjoys doing in his free time is seeing soap operas, as well as sunbathing. He doesn't like doing exercise but he does like very spicy food.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Decide when it's correct to say 'oops!'.


Practice materials - Exercise 4

Type the word 'about' in the correct place in each sentence.


Practice materials - Exercise 5

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




Hi Everybody
According to my point of view the biggest problem for humanity is poverty. Every human should put a hand to decrease poverty in world.

Hi Everybody
Iam from Taxila town . Taxila town is important archaeological site in the Rawalpindi District Rawalpindi of the Punjab, Pakistan, situated about 32 km (20 miles) north-west of Rawalpindi. The town lies 549 metres (1,801 ft) above sea level. Taxila is educational hub. Numbers of universities are situated there. Weather is very pleasant. Taxila always have attraction for tourist due its history and archaeological sites. People of Taxila are very famous due his Hospitality. Taxila is famous for stone carving .Amrasa is a famous delicacy of Taxila .People of Taxila is very brave and intelligent.

I'm going to tell about city where I live. It's Saratov. Saratov is situated in the east-south of Russian capital city Moscow. The population of Saratov about eight hundred thousands people. Saratov has a history connected with second world war's time and also city had his own famous persons. I don't know about anything of it, but it's easy to guess observing different places which has monuments from war such as tanks or another machines which had used in wars time. Except monuments city has a park on the high hill. Park is named "Park of Victory". There are loads of stuff from second world war's time in the park. Vehicles, tanks, guns, airplanes, machines, trenches. Also park has a little area which has more or less ten houses. Every house is decoration which shows lifestyle and furniture of one nationality. I will try to explain. You enter into the area and you see houses. First house belongs to Russian culture, second house belongs to Armencian culture, third belongs to georgian culture etc. You can go into any house and observe furniture and lifestyle of the certain culture. That's enough about park and war's time. It's explain why Saratov has his peculiar history, but what about its own persons? I don't know how many famous people Saratov have had, but lots of street in the city is named after somebody. For example Chernyshevskogo Street or Chapaeva street. So, Saratov has a history and has its own famous persons. I almost forgot to mention about the most famous person who had lived and studied in Saratov for some time. It is Yuri Gagarin, the first man in the space. I don't know from where he started his space-flight, but he landed in the suburb of Saratov. That's all from me. Thank you. I hope my comment is quite understandable.

I think the biggest problem which faces humanity is that, there is lots of poor countries where the people live and don't find the essential things for the life, like clean water, electricity, food, hospitals, schools, and may be lots of other things which i cannot remember now, they should be saved, they should have a better life to live.
Thank you

In my opinion, the most important problem is about the environment, climate change. Human has to face to it and find some ways to solve the problem. Climate change causes acid rain which destroys all kinds of tree and it also increases the temperature. We should do something to prevent this as soon as possible.

Hi everybody,
I am from Nepal. it lies between China and India. It is like a potato lying in the middle of two big rocks. The capital city of Nepal is Kathmandu. It is about 275 km. from my birth place. I was born in Butwal. It is one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal that is surrounded by hills from three sides- North, East and West. About 30 km. south there is India. The river Tinau flows north to south in the city. Most of the people like to stay here because the environment is quite good for human settlement as well as for any kind of business. Many people from different places especially from hilly areas come here to sell vegetables, animals, handmade things as well to buy different things. It has become the business center for the people from different places.
There isn't a long history about Butwal. About two hundred years ago it was a dense forest. Later on people from different places came and began to settle down. Now in present day, it is one of the most beautiful and well-known cities of Nepal.

Dear teachers I had written about my birthplace. If it is possible, please point where I made grammatical mistake so that I can learn many more.
thanks and regrets
Arpan Shrestha

Hello Arpan,

Welcome to LearnEnglish and thanks for contributing this description of Butwal. I'm afraid we don't offer the service of correcting users' writing, but I will say that your text is great! It's good that you shared it here, as another user may have a question for you. We hope to see more of you here at LearnEnglish!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Mr. Krik.
I would like to thank all the team members of British Council. Before I was very poor at English. But now I am improving my English day by day, that's all because of the Learn English British Council. Your service is amazing and too much helpful for me to learn English.

Thanks and Regards
Arpan Shrestha

Hi everyone. I'm from Baghdad it's the capital city of Iraq. It's abeautiful city and all people there speak Arabic the biggest proplem in it is the crowded in the traffic it's very difficult when you go to work in the morning. My city have many universities.

Hey everybody,
I'm from The Netherlands and have lived in Amsterdam for more than 10 years. I love this city! We have, as everybody probably knows, a lot of restaurants and cafe's, a big nightlife and loads of museums.
The best best fun is to bike through the city along the canals and pass the little bridges that cross the canals. Most tourists are not used to this bicycle culture. Some of them already make troubles while stepping out of the tourist bus right on the bicycle-path which they probably recognize as a footpath. So there they stand looking around watching the beautiful buildings until they almost got hit by a yelling cyclist. Oops! is what the say and they start giggling.
Even worse are the tourists that rent a bicycle while they don't know how to cycle. I don't know about the numbers of accidents that happen but I think it can be quite dangerous.
We sometimes make jokes about earning points by hitting tourists with our bicycles. Of course where not serious on this. I'm actually pretty proud that so many tourists come to see Amsterdam! Besides that I'm completely aware of the fact that I act like a real tourist too when I'm visiting other country's. Especially crossing busy streets in Asian cities is quite complicated for me. I sometimes follow a local to be able to get across.
Okay that was it for now about my beloved Amsterdam!