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’





Hi! All there Im OZ hope u all doin f9 and having a very good time i would feel great to here by all my friends here in the blog, its nice to join this wonderful website, its really very helpful 2 find all about the british english, Thanx Carolina!!!

Tania writes "I believe that São Paulo is very similar to New York, because they are big city and financial center. São Paulo is/stays in Brazil. It has a lot of people, noise, dirty and all the big city problems. Just Like New York, São Paulo has a big public park, too. This park is called Ibirapuera. I don´t kwon its size, but there is a lot of things to do. I like Ibirapuera Park because it offers free and pay activities for rich and poor people enjoy it. You can go there to run, to walk, to ride bicicle, to skateboard, to roller, to play basketball, to play volleyball, and to play soccer. You can watch street actors, participate health campaign, watch shows, listen live music, and see expositions. The Ibirapuera Park has a Japanese Garden, a greenhouse, two expositions center called Oca and Bienal and a lake that you can see a show made of light, music and water sprinkler at summers night. In December the lake receives a floating and bright Christmas tree. The Ibirapuera Park was build by men, just like the Central Park in New York."

It is very good, but it so short. Can you make it one hour please? I think it is going be better for helping students like me while they are listening.
Thanks and best regads

hi,iam fatma from sudan the conversation is very simple and inever found any problem when iwas heared thanks

It's the best material to learn and help me much to improve my English.
Thank you very much.

 It's great! Thanks!

 Wow, It is very helpful to me for improving my english.
Thank you.

it's very useful material for learning English.
now i am prepering for IELTS, it's really helpful.

I would like to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is my favorite actor. I like his acting very much. Moreover he is also the governor of California. He is a Republican candidate. He has four children. In addition, he is from Austria. He was born in Austria in 1947 . After getting the award of Mr. Universe, he migrated to the USA.
Furthermore he is the all time best body builder in the world. He got several award in bodybuilding. Likewise, he also took part in 1 year army training when he became 18. His father took part in the world war II. After that he suffered from Malaria. In addition, Arnold is the undisputed action hero in all time in Hollywood.

Finally, i want to say that, I will be glad if i can meet him once in my life.

Md. Golam Ahad

thanks alot for all you efforts for helping us with this great way. it is just spectacular!!!