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 stellita,

Great! We've had lots of users tell us that they improved their English significantly using Elementary Podcasts and I'm sure you can too. I'd suggest you read Adriancatanescu's comment and also our Frequently asked questions page, where there's a question about how to use LearnEnglish to improve your speaking. It's important to make a note of words and phrases (maybe even especially phrases) that you'd like to learn and then to practise pronouncing them. Repeat them again and again until it's easy for you to say them. This will help you become more fluent, which will make it easier for you to use them when you speak, and you'll also remember them much better! As Adriancatanescu says, it's a bit slow at first, but it gets faster and you will probably notice your improvement.

One other good resource for ideas on how to improve your speaking in general is our Facebook page - be sure to check it out. Finally, it's best to use a good dictionary - I'd recommend the Cambridge Dictionary in particular.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I Have just gotten it-you tought me.
Thank you very much Peter.

Hi Tom

I have a question for you

Could you reply, please!

I use Podcast app to learn english

In series 1. Episode 1. At period 17:45 in the podcast, you say " Carolina's time in Britain".

So, what does that mean. I didn't understand that say. Can you what is it. Or what is it about. And whay did you say that. Explain please

Thanks Tom

Thank you B.C.

Hi Nawat Shafeeq,

What Tom says in context is:

Carolina and the Immigration Officer are talking about the future – Carolina’s time in Britain.

Carolina will be spending time in Britain and so 'Carolina's time in Britain' is an explanation of what Tom means by 'the future'. It's quite common to explain something general in this way. For example, I might say:

Last night I had a lovely dinner - a pizza with anchovies.

The phrase 'a pizza with anchovies' describes what I meant by 'dinner'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I Have just gotten it-you tought me.
Thank you very much Peter.

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I don't have a favorite artist. In thruth I like a lot of people who can do incredible things. I admire people who can play music beautifully or sing. People who can make art using ordinary things that I'd never imagine can be used to. I like people who share the bread but don't think about the pay back or if the religion is the same of theirs. I applaud people who say "hi", "sorry" and "excuse me". So I like the goodness.

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