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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


I have no expertise about cooking. But its good to know about it . I would like to share a dish called "vorta". Its basically smashed potato. First you have to boil some potato then rub the skin off. The second thing is you have to smash it and mix some chili, onion and vegetable oil in it. Mix them properly and if you want you can add some clarified butter. And now eat it with some white rice.
that was it. I hope you will like it.

Hi everyone,
I´m not a good cooker, but I can teach you guys to cook a sweet rice.
So you cook rice as you cook normally, but you put sugar, coconut grated, condensed milk and cinnamon (I hope I wrote right). Keep on the fridge for a moment and you can eat. It´s delicious!

My recipe is simple: the fish used is tilapia. To season: garlic salt, lime and preserves for 2 hours, cover with wheat flour and fried with olive oil, serve with rice, olives, mangericão and salads.


I love the grill ribs. There is the recipie: the most important thing in to buy a good ribs, then you apply salt for grills and preheat the BBQ. Put the ribs on the grill in the maximum temperature and count seven minutes for each side. When the ribs are grilled for each side you turn off the BBQ and wait five minutes. Serve it and enjoy!!!

I have the same reciepe by using cutlets instead of fish

Hi there,
what does typically mean here?
"lots of typically British things"

it refers to some traditions or things that people think they are more common in Britain that the other countries and know Britain with them?

thank you ;)

Hello fluidaster

Yes, that is the idea. You can see more example sentences in the Cambridge Dictionary.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there

thank you for your nice podcast

could you tell me the differences between the meaning of chopping and slicing, please?

thanks again

Hello again fluidaster

When we slice something, we cut it in a way so that we get a thin and flat piece of it. We often slice bread or cheese, for example.

The verb chop isn't as specific about the result -- it means to cut something into pieces, but the shape or size of these pieces isn't specified, though the pieces tend to be considered small in some way.

I like the verb dice, which means to cut something into small cubes -- this is often used in cooking as well, though beware it is not as commonly used as the other two words.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hai , Every One ,

I would like to spread idea about the Indian dish. Which is Kerala Banana Fry .
Its So simple to make first you have to chose proper banana to fry which we are using commonly Nenthra Pazham (Etha pazham) is one of the common types of bananas available in Kerala.

Make it slices of small verticaly keep aside , next we will prepare the mix which is used to dip banana and fry .

Method of preparation rice power and hot water equal ration and one teaspoon turmeric powder.

Mix it well and put banana in it then make the curved pan with hot oil and deep fry .