Elementary Podcasts

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about travel problems, and their guests talk about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and life in Kazakhstan. You can also follow Carolina as she settles in to student life and finds out all about student clubs and societies. Will she join a student club?

Listen to the podcast then do the first exercise to check your understanding. If you have more time choose some of the language practice exercises.

Check your understanding


Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:18].



Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:50].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:50].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:44].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:44].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:44].




Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


I prefer to use organic waste as fertilizer for my plants.

I think everyone must maintain his home town or city clear. Starting from getting things at home in order and cleaning to caring about nature. It’s really important and I’ve always treated serious to it. Unfortunately in Russia, there are not everyone thinks the same. It’s really unpleasant to watch rubbish staying after that people when you go somewhere. What’s the difficult in just to cast away plastic bottles into a dump basket? But it’ll seem just a tiny thing if you see to African countries. In such places like Uganda, for instance, there are loads of garbage from all over the world. Old computers and other electronic items, even old ships taking there from everywhere. It’s awful to see the beaches full of garbage and other places where people live. Of course, it’s a very poor country and because of people don’t have any way to make money they try to get valuable metals by burning of electronics. There are big quantity of black and poison smoke covering everywhere and people have to live there. Once I saw a travel program on TV, called Oryol and Reshka about this country. They showed a short interview about one young man working in a garbage pale. He’s an usual man who studied at college but he was empty of money, so he had to quit his study and look for a way to make some money to go his study on. A life span of those who work there is not over than 30 years. Many people are ill by cancer and other deceases. I’m getting scared of thinking of how much of poison smoke get the atmosphere and spoil it.
I’d like to know why do the world organizations specialized on environmental protection do nothing. They must do something.

I prefer not to use plastic bags.

Hello teacher! Could you explain to me this problem?
In Section 6, Carolina said that "Can you join as many clubs as you like?". I am not sure about how to use this pharse "as...as". What does it mean and how can I use it? I am looking forward to your reply!

Hi VoHoangHuan,

You can use 'as much/many as' to compare quantities or, as in this case, to refer to a possibility. Here Carolina asks if there is any limit on the number of clubs you can join. You can read more about this in the As much as, as many as section of this page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi! I need a help. In the section 1, Ravi said that : "I still think you should have called him Gordon" . Why he don't say " I still think you shoud call him Gordon" in stead of " Should have called". I am not sure when and why we use this structure. Could you explain this for me. Thanks a lot!

Hello VoHoangHuan,

Ravi says 'you should have called' instead of 'you should call' because he is talking about the past. Saying 'you should call' is not wrong, but refers to the present or future instead of the past.

This is one of the uses of a modal verb + have. If you follow the link, you'll see a short explanation and other examples. I think that should clarify it for you, but if you have any other questions about this, please don't hesitate to ask us.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i would like to do a lot to save planet but i don't know what all i can do exactly. i usually use paper bags instead of plastci bags, i bay and cook ecological food not too much transformed, for cleaning and sanitizing, i use vinegar, baking soda, salt...and to chase cafars and mosquitoes i use black pepper and essential oils or aromatic plants. i love the natural and i believe on.

How green are you? What do you do to help save the planet?

I really love plants so much. When they are small, they are as babies. They looks cute. It makes me interseted in looking at them. When they are all grow up, they give me foods. I feel that plants are very kind to being human. They should been taken care as your a close friend. To save the planet, we should grow as many plants as you can, the plants can do best to help the planet. Plants give us foods, fresh air, relax and prevent from the floods, winds to protect our life. If you really love plants, let them be with you and take care them better as they've made best things for our life, planet. I think it's a way to save the planet. Another side of saving the planet is using the supplies more useful, economical. Recycle every things that you can use for new purpose.

"Tess: Yes! Well done Jodie. And bad luck Will. Jodie wins this week’s LearnEnglish book token to buy any book you want. What kind of book are you going to buy Jodie?

Jodie: Oh, I don’t know. I’ll have to think. Probably like, a novel or something.

Tess: OK, well enjoy it, whatever it is – the book token will be in the post on its way to you today."

That is extract from transcript. Could you tell me how Jodie get his book token? I'm confused what Tess means in the sentence "the book token will be in the post on its way to you today."
I nocited "its way", what it means ?
what's its function?