Asking for and giving advice, meditation, things and places in airports, space exploration, Carolina meets Jamie's parents, a joke, 'too' and 'very'.

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

What do you think I should do?” – asking for and giving advice

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to ask people for advice, and how to give advice when people ask you.

Suggestion: One way to use this is to read the Transcript, and then do some exercises to help you to learn the common phrases. A good idea is to practise these with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: exercises 1 - 3

Rearrange sentences to make a conversation (1)


Rearrange sentences to make a conversation (2)


Rearrange sentences to make a conversation (3)


Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to talk about

Section 2 is based on someone talking about something that they’re interested in – it could be anything – a hobby, a person, a place, a thing – something that they know a bit about and would like to share. 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.

Practice materials: exercise 1 - Stressed syllables

Practice stressed syllables.


When you have chosen the correct options, practise saying each sentence making the stressed syllables louder than the others to make ‘the music’.

Now listen to the rest of the section where Sameena is talking about meditation and find some more information about meditation.

Do you do an activity that you would like to tell us about? Do you meditate or do something else that helps you to relax when you’re stressed? If so, use the information in the Support Pack to help you make some notes.

Now put your notes together to write a paragraph and add it as a comment at the bottom of this page.

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 episode was about things and places that you can find in an airport.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match words and phrases to their definitions.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Complete sentences with 'airport and flying' words and phrases.


Practice materials: Exercise 3

Group 'airport and flying' words and phrases into different categories.


Task 4

Section 4 - Your turn

Section 4 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

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.

In Your Turn you heard 6 people answer this question: ‘Do you think that space exploration is a waste of time and money?’

What about you? What do you think about space exploration? Do you agree with what any of the people said in the podcast?

Write down what you think, explain why, and send this as a comment at the bottom of the page.

Task 5

Section 5 - Carolina

Section 5 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 conversations with Jamie and his parents and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Complete the sentences with the correct phrases.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the phrases that can correctly complete each sentence.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 6

Section 6 - Joke

Section 6 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 on your computer/mp3 player.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines of the joke in 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

Put the lines of the joke in the correct order.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the Support Pack. Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Task 7

Section 7 - Tom the Teacher

Section 7 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

Complete the sentences using 'too' or 'very'.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Complete the sentences using 'too', 'too much' or 'too many'.






podcast number 3 task 4 - Is space exploration a waste of time and money?

Unmanned space exploration isn't a waste of time and money. Satellites allow us to use the global positioning system to find out exactly where we are. Satellites are also used for telecommunication, observation of the earth, finding resources and for the weather forecast.

At the current state manned missions seem to be unnecessary. But in the distant future we might send people or machines to other solar systems to spread life.

The biggest impact which space exploration had is the development of computers. Without computers it would be impossible to manoeuvre in space. A lot of money has helped to accelerate the development of computers.

It's also very interesting to understand the universe. We should one day know where we are coming from and what our destiny is. It would be exciting to know if our existence is just accidental or the only possible way or one of several possibilities.


Sorry all, but the audios (Series 02 Episode 03-10) can not be played. COuld you help me?

Hello surfeta,

I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble on these pages. I've tested the audio and I can't see any problem with it - it appears to be working correctly. I can only assume that there is something in your local setup which is blocking the stream. This could be a firewall or other security setting, for example, or a compatibility issue with your device. You could try downloading the audio file so that you can play it from your hard drive - that may solve the problem if streaming is being blocked for some reason.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Your turn, exploration
First to answer this question, I'd like to identify myself, I'm mechanical engineer intersted in learning new technologies but actually I do know very less about space exploration, It means my opinion will not go deeply in the space exploration it self but it will be about how we can get advantages from It.
So, I see that space exploration itself do not add directly or much for human being but the science, technology & other aspects which allow astronauts to invade the space is the real advantages & lucre. Through developing, thinking & inventing the world explore many theories & hypothesizes are appealed which are used in civilizing our life in different field, I think that many military technologies, medical & tiny industries are developed by using the ideas & inventions discovered through astronaut's trials to invade the space.
The astronauts themselves do not invade the space by their owns they act simply as the interviewers in the media, there are a big team work behind the camera to give as what we see in the TV or cinema also the space team there are many engineers in different fields, physicians, chemists work, develop & invent to give the astronauts the ability to explore the space.

I'd Like to talk about, .........Meditation
Although I did not know about meditation procedure or exercise till i heard the Podcast, but from what i heard I bet the meditation is good for health as it helps in relaxation or it helps in solving the problems or rearranging the ideas in easier way which some times make it easier. But awfully sorry I do believe that many of our generation do not any meditation exercises as now a days majority depend on the civilization, technology & medical ways to solve their problems or recovering from sickness.
I'm going to explain what I mean through examples, If we need to arrange our timing or make an appointment we do it through our mobiles application, also I we need to recover from ordinary headache we prefer to take aspirin than doing yoga or meditation or any natural exercises.
I can't blame myself & others from my generation as the life become hard the the competition is no longer accessible, so we have to concern on developing our selves & working & in our leisure time we choose to enjoy simply via listening music, watching talk shows, &watching sport matches depending on what we.
So that I can't blame others but I feel we have to change our life slightly towards this easy things like easy yoga exercise, meditation & also trying to reduce the unhealthy foods like burger sandwich & replace it with vegetables & healthy foods
That is it, & I hope that I reached my point of view without digressing from the main topic.

Hi teachers!

Can you help me with this word " though". I have heard this word for many time in second series. Like this sentence: "you know what though". And actually i don't understand why they put it in this way. Could you help me clearly, please? Thank you so much?

Hi Phuong Hong Trinh,

We use 'though' as a way of linking ideas within or across sentences in order to show a contrast. For a definition and examples of use, see this dictionary entry.

We have a page on this and similar linking devices which you can find here.

I hope those links are helpful.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much!

Usually I listen to podcasts at home and I mean only the learnenglish podcasts. I don't listen to other podcastS. English podcasts help me improve my english lvl. If I have a bit free time and I can listen to a podcast, I do it. Sometimes, when I drive somewhere or when I'm doing something. For example, two days ago in my city was snowing and I went to clean of snow my car and parking spot. While I was doing it I was listening a podcast. Once, I was at home and doing a lot of homework for my study. I was very tierd of work and sitting at home so I wanted to have some fresh air. I was going for a walk and while I was walking I was listening to a podcast. I don't know anything about other podcasts, but may be one day I would start to listen to another podcasts, if I had more free time. Ones about footbal.

I think space exploration is part of science project. if we have accepted science we have to admire project of space exploration. I know we have a lot of difficulties in our planet like poor people or climate change or disease but these are not caused that we don't try for finding in another planets. I personally admire governments that are trying in this direction.