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Episode 01

Welcome to LearnEnglish podcasts! In this episode the presenters, Tess and Ravi, introduce themselves, and their guests talk about Angelina Jolie, New York City and celebrities who work for charity. You can also meet Carolina, a Venezuelan student who’s coming to live in the UK. Will she arrive safely?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

Listen to the podcast then do the first exercise to check your understanding. If you have more time choose some of the language practice exercises.

Check your understanding


Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:23] .


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].




Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


I think that it doesn't matter the real intemption of the celebrity. To work for charity is always helping somebody and that's what matters.

I think it is a good idea to celebrities to do work for charity; because, with that, they can build a good reputation and also help people in need.

I think if the celebrities have a lot of money, they should give that money to poor people. Maybe they don’t do that for a charity or for being a good person and they just do that for publicity but, it’s okay.

I think it's a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity,because first of all it is a nobel act,and as a celebrities you influence so many people out there.And by the charity that they do,they're not only give money to poor people/those have difficult lifes ,but they will influence people to do such as thing that they do - charity! .Well,maybe some of the people think it's just for a publicty , but we know what?

correct me if theres any mistakes , xoxo

To my way of thinking, I feel a bit difficult to understand what more than 4 people were talking about ,especially turnt talk on the street,I couldn’t figure out how many people over there talking, therefore I had to repeat listening many times until I got it right.However it is blissful direction.


I was searching for podcast to improve my english, I am not sure how good my english is but I do struggle to make good sentences and makes me feel nervous/exposed in my job.

How can I improve my english or where shall I start ?

Hello engpot,

You can find some general advice on our Getting started page. We also have an English level test, which could help you find pages on our site that are at your level.

Many users have told us that they learned a lot with the podcasts. I'd suggest you try one and see how it goes for you. If it works well, then continue -- there are hours and hours of podcasts for you to listen to and learn from.

Another section that I'd particularly recommend is our Skills section, where there are lots and lots of pages on different topics and different levels.

I hope this helps you get started, but if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask us.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

I really appreciate your feedback

Thank you Kirk, appreciate your response. I will listen to Series 1 podcasts and see if that works for me. Thanks for all your teams effort in putting up these podcast.

Slightly changing topic and technical question on the british council podcast apps, I downloaded Series 1 podcast via the apps to listen while walking. But the Podcast keep stopping after 40-50 seconds of playback and resets back to beginning. Is that a known issue or am I doing something incorrect?

Hello again engpot,

OK, that sounds like a good plan.

I'm sorry about the technical problem with the app. Could you please report the problem you describe here on the LE Podcasts app page? I will report this to our app developers, but it would also be helpful if you reported the problem there.

Thanks in advance,


The LearnEnglish Team