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,everyone! My name is Luyi and I'm in BJTU university in China. The person who I would like to meet is Jong Hyun. He is a famous singer, one of the members from a singing group named SHINee. He released his first solo album ,BASE, in January 12,2015.

Hello, guys. My name is Wang haozhe and i am a student from BJTU. I would like to meet Aurdey Hepburn(1929-1993). She was a Dutch, British actress and humanitarian. I first knew her after watching the famous film 'Roman Holiday'. One of Aurdey's most radiant roles was in the fine production of My Fairy Lady. I really admire her not only because the achievement she got in the film but also her contribution to the children care and surviving.
I would like to talk to her about the public utility works she made and some of her famous films. I want to tell her she is the most beautiful actress in my heart forever.

Hey, guys! I am a student come from China. Well, i would like to meet Brouno Mars. His songs have won universal praise, and i like them very much. He is a talented songwriter and good singer. If i meet him, i will encourage him to continue, keep his heart.

In my view, the celebrities to do work for charity is better then no one to work for charity. The charity need people to join. If everyone donation a little, the amount of goodwill will be huge. And celebrities is a role model for others .

Now, I want to introduce the Gou Li in my hometown. It is a beautiful spot, in my city. The older can get flesh air and good health. People will have long life here. Tow hundred years ago, a famous people had a poem, It expressed concern about the country .And the name of the Gou Li is from the poem. name is Zong, I want to meet Tang Guoqiang. He is a perfect actor for Lan Xiang. He become my favourite when I was young.

Hello, my name is Marta. I'm from Brazil and live in London at moment. I'd like so much Oprah, because she has a life's beautiful history. she's a strong womam, a example for me. She's a champion!

My opinion is clear that it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. It will bring positive energy for society, give warm to poor people. Otherwise, may be have celebrity effect to get more people's support and more money. Although have some dark background, most money can still sent to person who need them. So, I agree celebrities to do work for charity. That's all, best wishes.

In my opinion, weather they do work for charity or not, there are no wrong with them. Because doing work for charity is not an obligation of them. But it is a good thing to do something for charity, and do some work is not only has benefit in charity, but also has benefit in the person who does the work. So I think if you have power and have nothing to fight for, you can take part in these jobs, and work for charity, and both yourself.

I come from Chongqing province in China, it is a great city set up on numbers of mountains. And I will introduce Ciqikou ---- an ancient town which became a famous view spot in Chongqing. There are many kinds of petty commodities sold in Ciqikou‘s small shops, but the most famous thing is the snack in it. There are more than 100 types snacks in Chongqing, I know you will like it.