Reacting to good news, Formula One, ball games, telling the truth, Carolina takes a jacket back to a shop, a joke, 'everybody' and 'nobody', 'actually'.

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

“Well that's good news!”

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at what you can say when somebody gives you some good news.

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

Match useful phrases to other useful phrases.


Practice materials: follow-up

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.

You listened to Raffa talking about Formula One and here is some more information about Formula One.

Do you have a favourite sport that you would like to tell us about? If so, use the information in the Support Pack to help you make some notes.

Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about it 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 ball games.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match verbs to sports.


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 5 people answer this question: ‘Is it always best to tell the truth?

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

So, 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 the shop assistant and manager 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 song titles with 'Nobody' or 'Everybody'.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the words in the correct order to make sentences.


Practice materials – Exercise 3

Decide if the word 'actually' is right or wrong in the sentences.


Practice materials – Exercise 4

Decide if 'Good luck!' is a correct reply to the statements.






task 4 – Is it always better to tell the truth?

In think that in general it is better to tell the truth. If you lie about something you must remember more e.g. what you have said. You have to think more which is more difficult than telling the truth.

If you made a mistake and admit it people usually forgive you fast but if you lie about it for a longer period of time people might be upset if you confess something very late that you have done something wrong.

Sometimes I make a small lie, so that I don't hurt someone's feelings. A college has had his hair cut and it looked terrible. I asked him whether he has cut his hair by himself, and he denied it. He asked me what it looks like, and I said it looks o.k. Then I added that if I had cut my hair that short it wouldn't look good. So it was obvious that it didn't look good. I was a bad liar.

I work in a German warehouse and people drive their car in the street on the right side of the road. As I was in an aisle in the warehouse a colleague said that I'm walking on the left side of the aisle. She meant that I should go on the same side as when I would drive a car (the right side). I didn't think that she meant that seriously. It's unimportant on which side of an aisle I'm walking, and I told her that. I laughed about her. Since then she doesn't greet me anymore. And she is very sensitive about my slightest mistakes.



task 2 My favorite sport - chess

At first I played chess against early computers in the 80's as a teenager but not against humans.
I played the trombone at the centre of my village in 1989, when I was eighteen years old. When we had a short break I came to a stall from the chess club of that village. I played some games against a local player. Meanwhile the break of the music club was over, and I came too late to play because I played chess too long.

I quitted at the music club and joint the chess club. Many years it was great fun to play.

As I got much older I lost the interest in chess and quitted but I often look at a internet site of a newspaper where there are three chess problems a day. I often solve the two easier ones.


In sentences like " I bought you that car, so you won't walk to work" and " I left her at home because I don't love her anymore." Are these correct? The first half of the sentence is past tense but the latter is present tense. Doesnt this break the verb tense/ consistency rule? And Are we using the present tense because the other half of the sentence stays true?

Hello Tim,

In the first example you have a future form (the modal 'will'), not a present form. Both sentences are perfectly fine.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'tense consistency rule'. In each sentence one action is a finished action in the past and the other is either a future action (won't have to walk) or a present truth (don't love her).


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Are the verb tense usages in these sentences correct, " I came before they did, yet you are attending to them first. " I don't know what he means, but I know he slapped her yesterday."

Hello Timmosky,

Yes, all correct.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

which one we should say:
a. They turned their faces to me.
b. They turned their face to me.
i.e. Does nous coming after determiner have to agree with subject in terms with singular plural case?

Hello Zeeshan,

a) is the correct sentence here, unless you're speaking about multiple beings that share one face. You should normally use a plural noun after a plural determiner ('faces' after 'their').

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear all,
I usually think it’s better on the whole to tell a white lie to don’t hurt your partner’s feelings.
However if he/she have done something wrong to you and you try to explain that they hurt you then they change version to make things better, they turn down the truth.
They spare themselves bad feelings (I don’t know if I catch the meaning about “to spare someone’s feelings ???).
So if you want to get on well with someone is preferable don’t tell the truth and act as if nothing has happened?