Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about pets, and their guests talk about Didier Drogba and life in New Zealand. You can also follow Carolina’s adventures in the UK as she arrives at her student accommodation in Newcastle. Will she make some new friends?

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Tess and Ravi

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Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].


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Carolina 2

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Tom the teacher 1

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Tom the teacher 2

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Tom the teacher 3

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Tess: D’you know, I just don’t know.
1.why did this sentence not use "?" as an ending?Is it not a question?
Olu:they had to move around to look for work and that.
2.what was "and that" meaning ?
Olu: He does loads of work for Unicef –he’s like an ambassador or something for them so he does all this charity work.
3. what does "something for them"mean?
4.dose "How are things where you are" mean "how are things with you"?
5.He was just a bit quicker than you. How can I understand "just" ,exactly or a very short time ago?
6.All cats care about "is "who feeds them. why using "is" in it?
7. I just wanted to meet you all before I went to bed. what does it mean?
Ravi: Yeah. How does it work? She doesn’t share a room with anyone, does she?
Tess: I don’t think so. I didn’t.
8.does Tess'reply mean that she share a room with someone?
9 .what does this sentence mean That’s all we’ve got time for this time?

Hello Wuwu,

In answer to your questions:

1. No, it is not a question. 'D'you know' here is an expression which shows the speaker thinks what they are saying is surprising or unexpected. It's similar to 'You know what, ...' or 'Actually, ...' or 'In fact, ...'


2. The phrase 'and that' here means 'and things like that'. It's used in informal speech.


3. The core phrase here is 'an ambassador for them', which is clear, I hope. The words 'or something' tell us that the speaker is not completely sure if the person is an ambassador or just something similar.


4. Yes, it does.


5. The phrase 'just a bit' means 'only a little bit'. It tells us that the difference was very small.


6. The phrase 'All cats want' is the subject of the sentence and it means 'The only thing that cats want'. It is confusing, because it could mean 'every cat', so I understand your question here. However, this is a different use of 'all'.


7. The sentence means that the speaker did not want to go to bed before seeing everyone, so waited for them.


8. Tess's reply ('I don't think so') means that Tess thinks she does not share a room with anyone. She adds the information that she (Tess) did not share a room either.


9. The sentence means that there is no time in this episode for anything else.

As you can see, I've answered all of your questions. However, normally we do not answer such long lists of questions. We are a small team here and we have many thousands of users. We try our best to help everyone but we have limited time available to us so we ask users to limit their posts to one or two questions. It's not necessary to understand absolutely every phrase in every text.



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...You can say “Nice weather isn’t it?” or “What terrible weather we’re having”, or “What a lovely day”. The person will respond and then probably move the conversation on to another topic.

I notice the sentence "The person will respond and then probably move the conversation on to another topic.". There are two prepositions 'on to' together here, no new words to me but I don't understand what means completely with 2 prepositions "on to" here.

Hello mitykg,

Move on is actually an intransitive phrasal verb - that is to say, a phrasal verb in which the particle on is an adverb and which does not have an object.

The phrase to another topic is a prepositional phrase.



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Hi everyone, I answer about the subject below:

You listened to Olu talking about Didier Drogba.
Is there a famous sportsperson that you can write about? If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer these questions:

Yes, I can. His name is Andres Iniesta and he is from Spain. He plays football/soccer with the Barcelona football club in the first league of Spain until now. From July first he is going to play football with the Vissel Kobe, from the J1 League of Japan.

He made his debut in 2003 with the first Catalan team in the First Division, with which he played for 16 seasons (2003-2018), having won 32 titles as a Barça player.

As a Spanish international, Andrés Iniesta has gone through the lower categories of the national team, proclaiming himself European U-16 champion in 2001 and U-19 in 2002, and youth world sub-champion in 2003. He has been an absolute international with the Spanish national team since 2006, with which he was proclaimed European champion in 2008 and 2012, and world champion in 2010, scoring the famous goal of victory against the Dutch in the 116th minute of the final.

He is married and have three children. I like him because he is a great footballer but he is a modest person. Now is also known for his wine cellars in the Mancha, Spain, where he grow his vineyards.


I'd like to tell you about Roger Federer, one of the most talented and awarded Swiss tennis players of all time. He started playing tennis when he was 8. In this year he became the oldest world No. 1 at age 36 which is simply amazing. He has many, many world records including 20 Grand Slam titles and 30th final at Australian Open. He's well-known for his charity work too. In 2003 he formed The Roger Federer Foundation which focuses on improving level of education in Southern Africa and Switzerland. He's a really intelligent and educated person. He speaks English, German and French. I admire him for his great, sport heart and also as a father of 4 twins. Personally I think this is the best tennis player in the world who's made many changes in tennis overall. I wish I met him face to face and told him how much I love him. I hope he'll still be playing as long as he's able to.

Thank you for your attention and please respond to my e-mail. I want to know if I made any mistakes.

Hello Strzelu,

Thank you for the comment. We don't correct posts on LearnEnglish as we are a small team and have many users posting every day, but we do read every post before it appears on the site.

Federer is a remarkable athlete. I'm not sure there is anyone like him in any other sport at the moment.



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I want to tell about Russian Olimpic champion in high jump with a pole Yelena Isinbaeva.
She was born in 1982 years in Volgograg. she is half a russian , her father is tabasarans.
When she was five her father gave her to sportschool.
16 years old she the first time won the World youth game in Moscow. She jumped 4 meteres in high with a pole. That was begin the career of Olympic champion.
She has became two times the Olympic champion. Maximum of the height that she took was 5 meters 11 santimeters.
Now she has two children.
I pride she because she made the sport career and remained feminine.

My English teacher told me to make a simple sentence about what I did yesterday. I wrote: "I played loads of games with my friend at my house." She said that "loads" doesn't have any meaning but it was used many times in this recording. Therefore, does she mean that I cannot use "loads" in this situation or she didn't know about this word? Last but not least, do you meet any trouble when reading my comment?

Hello wangyao,

I can't comment on what your teacher means - for this you will have to ask her. The phrase 'loads of' means the same as 'lots of' or 'a lot of' but it is a very informal phrase which is used really only in informal speech or in very informal writing.



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