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


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I think is it a good idea in general, but it should be a general work for celebrities, not just a temporal work. I think they should help develop programms that allow poor people help themselves with the right tools and knowledge to do it.

I think charity is a useful thing. If a famous and rich person is doing it, that is very good. And if a person doesn't want to do it we shouldn't judge him. That is not our business.

Yes, I think so. People listen to the ones they care or interested and celebrities are inspiration for some people. When they work for good deeds like charity, it will increase awareness to people. Some say they do work for charity to gain popularity but I think, it's a win-win situation.

I think charity is always good. It doesn't matter who does it, if it benefits.

Hello everybody! I think is a good idea for celebrities to do help other people. Indifference to the other's suffering seems to me the worst feel.
About the other question, I'd love to meet Martha Argerich, the famous pianist. She s a free spirit, and she has power over all social conventions, even over her own talent.
I enjoy very much this site, thanks!

How is the Tess's look actually? Does she is so beautiful? Really? And Ravi's image is real?

Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?
Yes, I think so. I believe that charity and help the poor is an absolutely excellent idea and as for the rich and famous ones especially for celebrities that's a good idea. They might help the poor and might work for charity just for their reputation and publicity in order to show off, and they also might use those charities to be much more be loved and to attract much more attention but it's not important, at all, the most important point is that the poor need help and support. The poverty is a big problem in any society and it is a major cause of any critical situation and disaster and corruption. Economy is so important in any society. A poor country has a lot of different chaos and so many difficulties, so it's so necessary that the rich ones help the poor and that’s the reason why this is a good idea for celebrities try to do work for charity. I if charity is always considered as a hidden art, people might not help the poor consequently the poor might be ignored.
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I think it is a good thing for celebrities to do work for charity.Because they usually have a lot of fans and their fans admire them ,take them as models.A fine example has boundless power,so celebrities doing work for charity can have a good influence on society.