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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Task 1

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.
  • 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’





Hello Mydubee,

'perhaps' and 'maybe' mean exactly the same thing. 'maybe' is slightly more informal than 'perhaps', but both of them are used in formal and informal situations. You can read more about them in this Cambridge Dictionary blog post.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk,

Thank you so much for your help.

Is there a famous film actress that you’d like to meet?

Hello Everyone, it's nice to talk with you all!
The actress I'd like to meet is called Fernanda Montenegro. She is a famous brazilian actress of TV and films, considered one of the best actresses from Brazil. She've made films as 'Central Station' and 'A dog's will'. These are including her best films to me. I admire her because she is a great artist, an actress that walk well between comedy and drama and a knower of the our country's problems. All her talent was reward and she was the first south american and brazilian woman to win the Emmy for best actress and the first nominated for the Oscar. Fernanda Montenegro makes us brazilians too prounded and because this she is today the First Lady of Brazilian Theater and Television, although she shines also in films.
I hope you meet her work, it's amazing!
Bye! We talk next time!

hi guys! I'm tran. I am a new member. now, i 'll do section 2 "I'd like to meet..."
well, I'd like to meet Johnny Depp! why? coz, he always makes me laugh on his film! especially the caribean! yeah, have u guys seen that film before?
He's funny actor.
I hope he will be more successfull in future!
thanks for watching

hello everyone. i like popcast very much. i'm very happy for that i join this group

Hello, I am Mamur from Ukraine, Sumy. There are many actors, sportsmen, politicians and many others. They are very famous and reach and make others to admire them. But there are many other just ordinary personalities too. One of them is Nastya Key. She is my favorite blogger. She is full of light energy and has a positive attitude to life. She knows seven languages and travels a lot. She is a person who never stops to develop herself. Why she inspires me? Once I had very bad time in my life and I didn't know how to act in that situation and youtubing I suddenly find her channel and started to watch her. I got a lot of practical suggestions from her and started to use them. Thanks to her I changed a way of thinking and understand that everything is possible.

I like to meet Mery Streep. She is an American actress.I think she is 67snd she wins many awards for best actress and Golder Globe award for best actress. My favorite films are most especially The Iron Lady. She is particularly known for her versatility in her role, transformation into the characters she plays and her accent adaptation. I'd like to talk about her beliefs to maintain strongly in the place of Hollywood, the political place and human attempt. I'd like to ask her about her religious beliefs.

I would like to meet lots of people, because i perceive that it will be a great opportunity to learn exclusive things from those people in short time. First of all i would like to mention Arundhati ray the great Indian writer. Few years ago, I started to enjoy her first novel " The god of small think". unfortunately i did not finish. Although i was use to with reading novel, i lost my concentration. But when i read her speech which is given in the Sydney peace pries ceremony, i had shocked. It was amazing. since this time i realize her language. then i read her several interview, article and a book named "Walking with three comrades" i wish i meet with him.

Dear All,

Can you please explain for me the meaning or definition of the sentence " Now we’re going out into the street to listen to ‘Your Turn’ and " and "We can take your question into the street" those which in the episode 1, Series 1, Elementary Podcasts
Best Regards,
Andy Nguyen 979

Hello Andy Nguyen 979,

The phrase 'into the street' here has an idiomatic meaning. The speaker is telling us that they are going to ask some members of the public for their comments. Often this is done literally on the street - by a reporter stopping people as they walk by.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team