Elementary Podcasts

This is the final episode of the first series, and to celebrate we’ve put together the best bits from Series 1. How much do you remember from the previous episodes?

Listen to the podcast and then do the language practice exercises.

Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:40].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:48].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:48].




Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


Hi Peter M and Kirk!
Are there any classes dedicated to improving of speaking skills? I mean there is less of grammar rules or something like that. It's only direction to speak natural English, useful phrases and idioms. The teachers where I'm from traditionally teach us to know all the grammar rules, but my mind doesn't be in time to get used to it. It gets hard to remember all the rules when I speak. Vocabulary is the same. I thought about going to Europe to study at some language school. Most of those who were there said it's really useful if you want your speaking to became faster. It's really helpful being in English language surroundings all the time. Is that true? Of course I have online classes with teachers twice a week, but I don't find myself getting better in speaking, well, I do but it goes too slowly I think.

Hi Sergey,

It's difficult to do too much work on speaking through online materials, but there are some things you can do. We have some advice on our help page:



The best thing, of course, is to practise and, ideally, to take a course at a good school where you live. You can see the British Councl's centre list here and search by country, but I don't believe we have a teaching centre in your country, unfortunately.



The LearnEnglish Team

I would be very grateful,if add an option as control speed on voice. It would very useful.

Hello mdaivid,

Thank you for the suggestion. I'm not sure how practical this is, but I will mention it to our technical team for future consideration. You can, of course, use the pause buttonto give yourself more time as you listen.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks so much, I think it helps a lot.

Thanks a lot for this series of podcast, I will start next series.

FYI this Section 6 is the same as Episode 7's. I think you guys made a mistake.

Hi ClanPsi,

This repetition is on purpose, as it highlights part of the podcasts in this series. But thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about what looked like a mistake. We do make them sometimes and are always grateful when our users point them out to us.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

These podcasts are helping me a lot. Thanks so much!

Can someone tell me where I find PDF with the exercises?
Thank you