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 wanted to share my thought on whom I would like to meet in real life. My dream is to meet Victoria Beckham. She is an amazing woman, mom and designer. She used to sing in "Spice girls" band in 90's and most of the people know her as a pop singer, but I adore her for the things she made after that career. I think, she is a self-made woman and this is inspiring me every day and keep me going forward.

Task 5 - Yes, I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do charity work. It's easier to empathize with celebrities such as actors and actresses because we see them play different characters and express different emotions throughout the years, or if they start their careers at a very young age, we get to see them grow older and as human beings. Because of those experiences, when they do charity work, the people that like them may be more compelled to do charity work themselves.

I would like to meet James Hetfield. He is an American musician and songwriter. I chose him because since I'm a musician as well, I'd love to have the opportunity to have a conversation with him regarding our musical tastes, and I'd like to learn more about music from him.

Task 5: Is it a good idea for celebrities to work for charities?

I personally think it's a good idea. It doesn't really matter about their true intention, whether it really is a moral call or they just want to get more fans. The fact that they could get more media attention is already a good thing for the charity program and they could use their popularity to invite people to donate. Moreover, they've got money to help the program.

by the way, it's my first comment in The LearningEnglish. Love this site!!

Hello, I'm Anggi Nugraha from Indonesia. I would like to meet Valentino Rossi. If I could, I want to ask him about the way he keep well the motivation in moto gp. And also, why he still single until now. he he.

Thank's so much for this application. Very useful.
Warm regard from Indonesia...

My name is israa, i am 23 years old and i am learning english by your app. And i loved it it is really amazing app, which i thank you for!

To answer your question about " someone you would like to meet dead or alive!"

I would like to meet Ahmed Zawil.
He is a well knowen scientist. He won Nobil Prize, and he is a very successful person. He is Egyption just like me. He has followed his dreams, and worked really hard to reach that success and fame. He is areally great model for the youth. I would like to meet him because i would like him to give some advice to be successful and to reach my goals. And i would like to know the technique of this thinking, and how he manage the hard work. Because i would like to reach my goals too.

I hope it was good. Angld i would like your feedback about it, and thank you very much.

Tata for now.

Hi israa yuines,

Thank you for your interesting comment! I think his name is usually spelled Ahmed Zewail in English and he was a very interesting man. It was sad when he died a few years ago.

We don't correct comment on LearnEnglish as we receive so many every day, but we do read every one and it's nice to read interesting views such as yours.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

August 2, 2016 The death of Dr. Ahmed Zewail in the United States of America, after a conflict with the disease

‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’ Task 5

Yes, I believe it is. When someone has a lot reaches out to those who needs help, what is wrong with that? Shouldn't we be happy that few people found their purpose and few people's needs are being compensated? When we think that celebrities are only after popularity or are only after the world's recognition of their kind-heartedness,isn't it the world's problem and not theirs? Why do we take offence at the goodness of people?

Task 5 - i like the idea help people low class, even in the face of marketing, the famous are helping the next, more than politicians. they get resources ith quite easily.