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


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?

Hello mityg,

Jodie will get the book token as a letter or a package. That's what 'in the post' means.

We say something is 'on its way' when it has begun a journey but not finished it. A person who is going somewhere but has not yet arrived is 'on their way'. A parcel sent to you which you have not yet received is 'on its way'.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Learn English team,

I have a question in the next three sentences extracted in Section 5 – Your turn.

"do" was followed by different items,like"more","much"...
Could you let me know what are the differences among them?

voice 1: I really have to try to do more.
voice 2: we don’t do much else.
Voice 3: I do as much as I can.

Hi Wuwu,

'do' is an extremely versatile word and so there are many different phrases and constructions that can follow it. 'do more' seems to mean 'do more actions' or 'make more efforts' here. 'much else' basically means 'only a little bit more' or 'we will do mostly that'. 'as much as I can' means 'everything that I can do'.

I hope this helps. If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to explain to us what you understand -- we will be better able to explain things to you that way.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your help. the following is what I understand and what still confuses me .
voice 1: I really have to try to do more.
"more" represents "more things"

voice 2: we don’t do much else.
"much else"represents "much more else things"
but,I don't know this sentence you said 'we will do mostly that'.

Voice 3: I do as much as I can
I am wondering when I can use "many" instead of "much".
because I say "do as many things as I can".

could you help me to check my understanding?

Hello Wuwu,

The phrase 'do more' can refer to many things: do more work, do more things, do more to help, do more essays, do more tests etc. The context in which the phrase is used tells us exactly what is meant.

In sentence 1, the context tells us that the speaker means 'do more to help the planet' - in other words, 'try harder'. It refers to the whole effort of the person, not individual actions.

In setence 2, the phrase 'we don't do much else' means 'we don't do much apart from what we mentioned'. It only makes sense when there is something already mentioned as 'else' means 'apart from' or 'other than'.

Sentence 3 does not refer to particular actions,which would be countable, but rather to effort in general, which is uncountable. It is similar to sentence 1 in that regard. Therefore the word needed is 'much' (uncountable) rather than 'many'.



The LearnEnglish Team

thank you for your help.
I understand your explanation very well.

Hi Learning English Team!
Kirk, my late thanks for your reply.

My comment to Section 5: Your turn.
I think that main sourse of our planet pollution the hunan activities is. Because of that all people including me are responsible to care about our common home with a name Earth. Personally I collect papers, glass, metal, batterries and other stuff for recycling, take a part in litter collection in our local park and a coast of river. For shopping I take reusable bags. Besides that I use a one car with my colleagues to get to the job. I am sure that is not enough for our planet and I should to think about it more.

Dear team,
could you assess this paragraph regarding with Task achievement, Coherence and Cohesion and grammatical accuracy.

Hi Anton,

If you have a specific question about a specific question, we can help you with that, but I'm afraid we don't provide the service of evaluating or correcting users' texts. Sorry!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team