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.





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?

Dear all,
I started watching swimming on the telly when I was a teenager with my friend.
He loves swimming, too and he used to teach me how breathing under water without successful.
In those days Novella Calligaris won World Champion and I admired her, I was her fan.
In the last years I decided to challenge myself and I enrolled to a swimming course. After a few years I learned the four styles. To be honest, I'm actually a bit poor in dolphin style. Is it correct the preposition "in" for this context?
It’s more interesting to watch swimming on tv nowadays because the underwater shootings are very exciting, you can see every swimmer movements.
In the future I hope to swim dolphin like Michael Phelps ?!?

Hello dolphin59,

Generally we say 'poor at' (or 'good at', 'terrible at' and so on). The name for this style of swimming in English is not dolphin, however, but the butterfly. 'Dolphin' is the name given to the kick used in the butterfly.

Thus the sentence should be as follows:

To be honest, I'm actually a bit poor at the butterfly.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear all,
I'd like to share all my aspects in answering this question, is it always best to tell the truth.
Actually from the point of religion we are ordered clearly to say the truth & be honest, & that should be done.But actually we are't able to do that, probably because we are not grown up with the required encouragement, may be because the life became hard now a days or we perhaps we do that to not lose some one & I believe that all these reasons are accepted but I also believe that we have to train ourselves & our offspring on telling & accepting the truth everywhere & any time to make the life easier & better place for living,
There is only one excepting in telling the truth, that is if the truth is rude like saying to the ill or sick that his case is hopeless case, telling someone that his garment or hair style is very bad or telling someone of your friends that you hated him or her.
That is it & I'd like to read your comments on my opinion.

I'd like to talk about,
Actually & for sake of safety, I'm saying that this kind of races have to be prohibited by the authorities in different countries although it is very interesting but it courage small irresponsible youth to mimic it in unpaved streets which expose other lifes to danger.
Why we do not enhance sports which make the people health is better & encourage the team work like football, volleyball, these sports grows up the spirit of team work in the same time it do not harm the environment like car races also do not keep in mind bad memories of watching big & dangerous accidents which happen to the races.
I also do want to be polite & not to harm other peoples feeling about what I'm going to say, what is going in Spain or Rome "I think" of oxen fighting with the trained killers do not show any mercy or exciting what they gain of killing innocent ox with no real benefit, as we can not consider is a real benefit. If they use it for farming like our ancestors or eating its meet it mean we kill it to get real benefit as our bodies are need for the protean, but killing for exciting & entertainment is rude actually.

Hi everyone! I want to say that I'm against formula 1 becouse, first it's dangerous sport, it isn't safe for people life and second it isn't green sport. It's hurmful from either side. And I don't understand ones who gets pleasure when another so risk his life.

Hello! I'd like to ask something . Could you please explain me why did Rafael say "If I was rich..." ? I thought he had to say " If I were rich..."

Hello Masiv4ik,

You're right that in traditional grammars, the subjunctive form 'were' is used for all subjects in second conditional constructions like this one. Many people, however, have long used past simple forms, including 'was' for first and third person singular subjects (e.g. 'I', 'she') as well, and these are now considered correct in informal and even some formal contexts.

But if you're used to using 'were', I would try to change the way you speak. It is perfectly normal to use it as well, and is even considered 'more' correct by some people, so you'd probably make a good impression!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team