Elementary Podcasts is back! Some things are the same (Tess, Ravi and Carolina) and some things are new, for example the presenters. So whether you're new to Elementary Podcasts or have been listening since Series 1, give it a try!

Tess & Ravi
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Activity 1

What can you remember about Tess and Ravi's conversation?


Task 2

Activity 2

Can you remember what Ravi said about making fish and chips?


Task 3

Activity 3

Which words go in which categories?


Do you know what all the words mean? Look up the words you don’t know in a dictionary.

Can you add any more words to each list?

Task 4

Activity 4

Ravi explained how to cook fish and chips; he gave the recipe for them. Leave a comment below with a recipe that you know well. We'll talk about our favourites next episode!



Hi! A simple recipe which is traditional in the south of Brazil is called "Churrasco", also called as the "Brazilian Barbecue".
The First thing is choose the correct meat for the "Churrasco". Usually we choose a big piece of rip (the fatter the better haha) or a Filet Steak. Then, temper it with corse salt and put it on a stick. Prepare the fire using lamb or charcoal and take the meat for one/ one and a half hour, turning when necessary.
The best way to enjoy the time untill it is read, is drinking a "capirinha". A drink made of lemon, vodka, sugar and ice!

hello everybody..
I just want to thank you for your effort to help us learning English .. this is my first time to register and use your website and I hope it will be helpful for me .. about cooking I will write to you later after revising the new words related to a recipe

Hi, I would like to write a recepie for chocholate which is good for loosing weight. You need coco oil, cocoa, unsalted peanuts, pinch of salt and one full spoon of honey. First, you have to dissolve coco oil and put in cocoa, peanuts and salt. also you can give a litlle spoon of guarana powder. Mixing altogether and put on bake-paper. Than put on the chocholate honey and cool in freezer for 5 minutes. Eat during all day.

i would like to thank you for helping us to improve our english
for the task i don't know a better recepie because i don't know about fish and chips i had never tried it

Hi teacher,
I always confuse with 'raise' and 'rise'. Can you help me?
Thanks a lot

Hello khai,

The first thing I'd suggest is looking up both 'raise' and 'rise' in the dictionary (follow the links) to see the example sentences. Note that 'raise' is a transitive verb (i.e. it has an object), but 'rise' is intransitive (i.e. it doesn't have an object).

Does that help?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like to thanks to British Council for providing this material to us. It has been helping me so much. About cooking, i prefer baking everything because i know that's healthy, though i understand that fried is tasty too.

Hey everyone! First of all, thanks to the British Council for providing such valuable materials and to all the commenters for sharing these great recipes!

One of my favorite meals is beefsteak, and I'm going to share a recipe which I learned from a famous British chef Jamie Oliver. There is a whole science of choosing the right meat and preparing it, but this recipe is super simple and tastes very good. Meat itself is cooked for no longer than 10 minutes, and the whole process takes no more than 30 minutes including cleaning everything afterwards.

You need a slice of beef about one inch width and a heavy frying pan which wouldn't lose the temperature after the meat is placed on it. Season the meat extensively with salt and pepper and cover with olive oil on both sides. Don't be afraid seasoning too much, as most of it would remain on the frying pan. Let the meat rest for a little. Set your stove to the maximum temperature and wait until the frying pan gets hot (water drops should evaporate from it). You don't need oil on the frying pan as there is enough oil on the meat already. It's a good idea to open the windows at this moment :) Put the meat into the frying pan and fry for about 10 minutes for this time until the "well-done" condition, turning the meat to another side each 1-2 minutes. It will go noisy and smoky, but that's exactly what you're looking for! You may want to add a bit of thyme, rosemary, garlic, and butter closer to the end of the process. Put the meat onto a plate and let it rest for a couple of minutes. That's all! Enjoy your meal!

I love prepare boiled chicken! First, you chop 1 onion and reserve, cut the chicken in cubs, so put oil in a pan and heat. Put the chop onion and mix until it reaches a golden color, then put the chicken together mix and mix, so put salt and seasoning, cover with water and wait 20 min. read!

I will share a recipe which is very easy and also very healthy.
Ingredients for recipe are 4-5 leaves romaine lettuce, 1 carrot grated, 2 tablespoons lemon juice & olive oil and a pinch of salt.
Chop the lettuce leaves about 1 cm wide and put in a bowl then add grated carrot and other ingredients into the bowl finally mix them all. It is ready to eat. Meal is called green salad.
It can be added some fixing according to individuals’ preference such as some canned tuna and black pepper or Turkish white cheese and ground walnut and so on.
Enjoy you meal!