Talking about pets, Didier Drogba, Think of a word beginning with '...', New Zealand, cats or dogs, joke, regular and irregular verb forms

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

I didn't know you had a dog!– talking about pets

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to talk about your pets or ask questions about other people’s.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript (above).
  • 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 pets - 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 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 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.

The quiz in this podcast is called ‘Beginning with…’ – for example, ‘think of an animal beginning with "P"’ – the answer could be ‘polar bear’ or ‘pig’ for example – there are lots of possibilities. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

To do an activity in which you fill in the names of things beginning with different letters on a diagram you will need to download the Support Pack.

You can play ‘Beginning with…’ by yourself, or with a friend.  To see some ideas, please see the Support Pack.

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 Graham talking about New Zealand and the places that were used in the film ‘Lord of the Rings’.
Is there a beautiful place (or places) in your country that you’d like to tell people about? It could be an area of mountains, or a natural park, or a forest – or even a beautiful village or town. Or you could tell us about a beautiful place that you’ve visited in another country.

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 – cats or dogs?’
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 – cats or dogs? 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 conversation with her new flatmates 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

Decide if the verbs are 'regular' or 'irregular'.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Fill in the gaps with different tenses of verbs.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Complete sentences with the correct forms of verbs.





My name is Juanchi, I'm Corrientes in Argentina. I ask apology for my English, I am learning.
I want to say a breaf comment about pets. I have two dog a female and a male, mother and son. I live in a house with an small patio, so the animal haven't space to run.
Therefore I am agree with the people that think is cruel have this sort of animal shuted all day.
But I love de dog although I need take out sometimes.


Here is the truth. --------------------

Hello jthoth,

Thanks for sharing an interesting link. I'm afraid, however, we don't usually publish links to anything other than other dictionaries or other grammar resources. Sorry about that!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to introduce you Algarve in South of Portugal. This region hás long beachs with blue and green waters. There is moutains too with a unique and beautiful fauna and flora to enjoy. And, better than anything, it is sunny almost all the year! Tourism is important in this region and is so strong due to the beauty of the beachs and the great weather. People usually came to Algarve to enjoy the waves doing surf and bodyboard. I live here four years now and I came from North of Portugal ( a beautiful region to visit too) to work in marine sciences.

I love cats. I had a brown tabby for 16 years but I had to put him to sleep. And like Tess I took a completely little kitten brown tabby again! It's really gorgeous pet! I think pets help people not to be alone and to be more friendly, good-hearted, something like that.
In russian we have equivalent "It's raining dogs and cats" - it's poured like from a bucket, but I don't know can I speak so in English.

Hello astapik,

There's also the expression 'it's pouring with rain' (as if from a bucket) in English -- what a coincidence!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone! I love cats and dogs, but I prefer cats, only because they are less difficult for me that I work all day out of the house!

I'm not really interested in animals. I have no way to look after them, unfortunately. But, if I would have a pet, probably I'd prefered dogs than cats, because I think dogs are more interactive with the being humans.

HI everyone!

I love animals! I've two dogs, Ginger and Lulù, and a guinea pig, Noce (Walnut in english).
Ginger is 9 years old and we take him in a shelter when he was 2 and He is a mix of breed. He is very sweet. Lulù is a maltese, she is 12 and we also adopt her. Then we've adopted Noce because someone left her in a countryside near my house.

I love every kind of animals but I think they are a big responsability. They aren't a toy!