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Episode 01

LearnEnglish 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 LearnEnglish Podcasts or have been listening since Series 1, give it a try!

Tess & Ravi

Task 1

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

In this exercise we look at words that describe ways of cooking, ways of preparing food or things you use when cooking.






Language level

Intermediate: B1


hi everyone!!!

First time here, i hope learn a lot, and i hope make friends here......


my recipy is for a light meal that is a traditional fast food in iran. mirzaghasemi that its name come from the name of the man who cooked it for first.
so we need three potatos, two eggplants
, one egg, some garlic and salt, oil, turmeric. ok first of all roast eggplants and put them over to get cold.then sqeeze tomatos and mix them with afew oil in a pan. after that add egg to it. at the end add roasted and crushed eggplant, salt and turmeric. its ready fast and we eat mirzaghasemi with bread. i like invite you iran and cook mirzaghasemi for you.

Anybody heard about Borsch? It’s tradition food from Russia. In order to complete writing part of my learning, I’ll try to describe of how I usually cook it. Here is the recipe. All you need from ingredients are: a cake of meat (I use pork most of the times), potatoes, cabbage, beet, red beans, onion, carrot, sweet pepper and tomatoes paste. Later you’ll need some herbs and salt. First of all, I take a deep pan full of water and put it on the stove in order to boil water. I put a cake of meat and some of chopped onion, carrot, beet and sweet pepper into the pan at once after the stove was turned on. When water is boiled, I’ll have ready bouillon. Meanwhile, the other part of chopped vegetables I fry in hot oil and later, I put there some tomatoes paste. I put chopped cabbage, beet and sliced potatoes into my bouillon and boil it further. In about 10 of 15 minutes when vegetables in bouillon are ready, all I need is just add fried ones there and thoroughly mix it. After use some salt and herbs to complete the whole dish. If you do everything correct, you’ll get red-colored, aromatic soup, that here in Russia we called Borsch. It’s really tasty.
As for fish and chips, that was mensioned by Ravi, here in Russia we have lots of stores and cafes where you can order it. This kind of food can be different, I mean fish and chips as well as fish rolls or something else made by means of frying with oil, all of these are considered to be unhealthy food. What I noticed is true for my country, that kind of food is cheaper than if you would go to restaurant or to market for fresh products. The same situation is in the whole world I guess. Funny, if you take a look on Cook Islands inhabitants, you’ll see that about 90 percent of them suffer obesity. Usually, if person looks fat it means that he or she have rich life and lots of money and on the contrary, most part of Africans look very thin and even emaciated just because of lack of food and clear water. Cook Islands is a country that doesn’t have some factories, works and resources to export except of bananas. Therefore, people are not so reach. Due to its geographic location, all products is delivered from outside and have high price. It turned out that fast food is more preferred food for inhabitants due to much less prices. And if you eat that food too often, you’ll get extra kilograms of fat very soon.

Uzbek national dishes are the best meal PALOV

hello, I am simona form Italy.
I'm not a great cook but I'm able to make a chocolate cake.
the ingredients you need are: 3 eggs, 100 gr of sugar, 200 gr of flour, 100 gr of butter, a lemon, baking powder, powdered cocoa powder. first of all add the eggs and sugar and beat until you get a cream. then add the butter, the peel of a lemon, the flour and cocoa. finally add the yeast. cook for 30-40 minutes at 180 degrees. enjoy it. the name of the cake is MORETTA:

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Hi! I am very happy! Good Luck all participants!