Talking about how people are feeling, Bob Marley, Hot Seat, Bun Festival in Cheung Chau, books vs films, British money, joke, etc.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

How are you feeling?” – being sympathetic

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

Talking about how someone is feeling - a gap filling activity.


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 Marcus talking about why he would like to meet Bob Marley.

Is there a famous male musician – alive or dead – 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, Max and Hannah play Hot Seat. When you play this game, sometimes it can be easy to guess the words. But you need a lot of vocabulary to be able to explain them. Now you can practise explaining the words that Hannah explained in this Hot Seat quiz. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary. 

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match words that describe things to those things.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Choose phrases to explain what things are.


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 Robert talking about the Bun Festival in Cheung Chau.
Can you think of a local festival that you can tell people about? It could be a festival in the place where you live. Or it could be a festival that you’ve seen in another place, maybe when you were on holiday.

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: ‘Which do you prefer – the book or the film?’
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? Which do you prefer – the book or the film? You can send us your opinions 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 on the train and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.


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

Choose the correct way to talk about British money.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Replace other words and phrases with the word 'stuff'.





I prefer books to movies. When you read you use your imagination. In the movies everything is ready. This diminishes your intellectual power.But, This it not say that I don't like movies. I like too, but I just prefer the books.

I prefer books because when I'm reading I can relax. And if I don't understand something in a book, I can find out it in Internet, for example. But if I watch films I don't want to do stop and search some information. I think when I read I'm not only reader, also I'm part of the story of the book :)

Hello To Everyone,

My question is :
Some words was ITALIC. but when you want to download to transcript PDF you can see.
For example :
Elementary Podcast Series 01 Episode 04 – Transcript
Section 1 – “How are you feeling?” – being sympathetic

Tess : terrible
Terrbile is importent Word, expression or grammar focus etc ?

Thank you for replaying :-)

Hello armagandc,

The words like 'terrible' are in italics because they are emphasised by the speaker. It's a way of representing the way that they are said - if you listen to the audio then you'll hear how the speaker emphasises the words.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I think books are more interesting than films, because reading them exercises our imagination. Also I think that the better way to learn new things is by reading. But if this isn't your habit, you will probably find difficulty to finish a book. Films are not the same. There's no imagination and most of them don't bring an educative view.

I live in Brazil since I was born and the most popular festival here, although it was originated in France, is the Carnival. During a week people go to the streets to dance samba and martial carnival music. The centre of the cities stay very crowded. People usually wear fancies like Superman, Bathman, politicians personalities and so on. The beer, of course, can not be lacking. It transforms and rejoices the people. This great festival take place every year in February or March, depends on the calendar.

I'd like to meet Wynton Marsalis, one of the best trumpeters in the world. He was born in New Orleans in 1961 and when he was eight-year-old performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band. Wynton is known by his experience as in popular music (jazz, blues, etc) as in classical music (Haydn, Bach, Mozart, etc). I'd like to ask him how much he studied to allow his present level.

Hanoi, the capital city of VN is where I live now. It is one of the two biggest city of VN with the population of about 7,6 million. Actually I have been living here for just 2years. When I first move here, I didn't like the living here at all because of its noise, busy, crowded streets. But now I am familiar with all these and I love the lifestyle here. People are active, there are many things to do, to discover in HN. HN is not only famous for gorgeous landscapes but also for delicious foods.

For me I prefer film. It takes much time to read a book and sometimes I feel bored with words in it. Mean while watching a film we feel excited because there are many things included such as nice views, music, and favorite actor or actress.

I'd like to tell you aboute the Day of the Tiger in Vladivostok, Russia. This day is celebrated at 4th sunday of september. The first time it was in 2000 year. Tiger is the emblem of the town. At this day many people wear costumes and pictured a tiger's snoot on their faces. Children specially like to imaginete theiselves a tigers.At this time on the streets of the city many little tiger cubs. It's funy and very nicely.