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’





I would like to meet Novak Djokovic.He's world famous tennis player.He's born in Serbia and that's my country to.I think Novak is a great person he helps children in my country,uses his money to builds schools and kindergartens.All people in Serbia love Novak because he is the best sportsman and good man.This site is great.Thanks a lot.Sorry for my English I still learning.

dont worry here most of them learning english.

Really interesting English teaching site full of fun and leasure.

hi this is one the best English learning site I have ever seen. thank s a lot .

There is Zerkalʹnaya struya (Mirror Flow) Fountain in Kharkiv city. It was built in 1947.
It is the most favourite place of mine in the city. Also this fountain is a visit card of Kharkiv. Different people who walk along the street can turn there and take a rest on the benches in the shadows of green trees, enjoying cool sprays of the fountain. In Summer you cannot sit there without watching dozens of just married couples who always go there to take photographs for their wedding albums. If you go there in the evening, you'll be charmed of amazing glints on the water when they turn the backlight on.
There is The Kharkiv Opera and Ballet Theater opposite the fountain.
Once when I visited the theater, while there was an intermission, I'd looked out the window of the second floor .
That window was placed right on the center of building in front of the fountain and I could watch the fountain from high. I couldn't take my eyes of that landscape - it was so fantastic! Some mist mixed with spotlights creating so misterious picture that couldn’t fail to inspire anyone's soul to do only great things!

Which famous people of Kharkiv city would you like to meet: Gepa or Dopa?

Celebrities are opinion-doer and unfortunately or fortunately people listen to what they have to say. I really believe that the most part of celebrities only want publicity and then use the poor to take it. But I agree when the guy in the interview says: Who cares? Whether one take the fame and whether one take the money! Whatever, who won who lose there’s not difference when people have opportunity to change their lives.

Hello my dear friends
I’m Reza from Iran. I’m 48 and I have MA in accounting so I studying PHD now.
I intend to learn English for three reason:
- First: I love learning a new language because I believed “ability of speak each new language, make a new personality for I “
- Second: for introduce my country, my kind and hospitable people to others foreign people, because the mostly opinion of other people about my compatriot is “Iranian people are angry, poor, without logic, … and suggest travel to my country and enjoy from visit the historically, perfect place (that I introduce in the future).
- Finally and third sake is : intend to increase my proficiency in my field because I’m going to get ACCA)an important document in international accounting) .
Best regard to my friends

Yes, i do think it's good for celebrities to do work for charity as they are financially potential people for this purpose and according to me it does not matter whether they do it for self satisfaction or just for publicity; The main objective is to help poor people with financial aids and if their money is helping them, then it is a great thing.