Hablando sobre la familia, Dr. Muhammed Yunus, una prueba, taxis en El Cairo, "¿Cuál es la mejor forma de viajar?", en el farmacéutico, 'vista' vs. 'sonido', falsos amigos

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

"Your mum and dad live in Brighton now, don’t they?" – Talking about family

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to talk about both your and other people's families.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript.
  • Read the Transcript.
  • Look at the Support Pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Use this information to complete the Conversations in English activity below.

            Dad ------------------------- Mum 
(died two years ago)   |   (lives in Swindon)
                   Harry (28, builder)
                   Julia (26, works in an office)
                   Dave (24, works in a bank)
                   Dan (22, graphic designer)
                   Paula (20, student)


Practice materials: Exercise 2

There are more practice materials in the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. 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 Muhammed talking about Dr. Muhammed Yunus, the Nobel Prize winner.

Can you think of a Nobel Prize winner that you’d like to meet? Or you could tell us about a famous person from your home town or city.

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the Support Pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.


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 podcast is called ‘Beginning with…’ – for example, ‘think of a sport beginning with ‘B’ – the answer could be ‘baseball’ or ‘basketball’ for example – there are lots of possibilities. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.  

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Put the words into the correct categories.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

You can play ‘Beginning with…’ by yourself, or with a friend.  To see some ideas, please download the Support Pack.


Task 4

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Susan Harold talking about the taxis in Cairo.
Can you tell people about the transport in your city or town? Maybe your city has trams, or ferry boats across a river, or a more unusual form of transport.

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

Task 5

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘What’s the best way to travel?
What do you think?  What’s your favourite way of travelling?

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.

Maybe you agree with one of them, or maybe you can think of something different. Write down your opinion and try to explain why it’s the best way to travel. Do this in the comments section below.

Task 6

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 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 conversation at the chemist and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the Support Pack for more practice materials.

Task 7

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 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.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines in the right 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

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the joke.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

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


Task 8

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 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

Match the first and last parts of sentences to practise the words 'look' and 'sound'.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Complete the sentences with different forms of 'look' and 'sound'.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Practise 'false friends' by choosing the correct word.





I like to travel by bus because i love to enjoy the ladscape, but if my time is short and the city is too far, I prefer a plane is more comfortable and fast. I would like to go to my job on bike, but it is impossible in formal clothes and using heels.

Norma Giraldo

Manizales is a small city in Colombia. Is located in the Andes on a mountain. Has three main avenues, an the traffic is slow specialy in the morning before 8 o`clock when people go to their job, between 12 p.m. and 2:00 p,m, and after 6:00 pm when people go home.

People go everywhere, by bus, on car or motocycle. Some persons like to go on bike, but have to climbe to arrive at downtown, while the most of the people like to walk on Santander avenue, crossing from east side to west side of the city.

The bus service is good and cheap it woks from 5 am to 11 pm. The cab service is good too, you can ask for one by telephone, by a celular app or on the street, but when is raining or on weekend, is not ease to get one, you have to be patient.

There is an air cable, but just conect Villamaria with Manizales transportation terminal and Fundadores park near Manizales downtown, that is the reason, is really useful just for people who live in Villamaria Town.


Norma Giraldo

I would like to meet Michael Porter. He is economist and aerospacial engineer, he also has a Master in Bussines Administration and a PhD in economics, is a very smart person. He works in Hardvard University. and Is one of the most important writers about management and corporative strategic, He has wrote about 18 books and 125 articles. Managers, CEO's, teachers and students read his papers and books. He is well known by his competitive diamond, a theory about how a company could be better and leader in its industry.

Hè is advisor for the bigest companies in USA and travels around the world making conferences for academics, entrepreneurs, executives and goverments, cause competitiveness is a way to improve social and economic development for a nation, and everyone has to be compromised in this purpose.

Porter came to Colombia in 2011 and had strong criticizing about economics and productive policies. I had liked to see him in that time, but it was an invitation for a few.

I realy admire this man, and I think it would be amazing for me to drink a cup of coffee in Juan Valdez in Manizales Colombia, to talk about competitiveness and Colombian coffee.

Greetings from Colombia.

Norma Giraldo