Welcome to Series 2! In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about birthdays, and their guests talk about knitting and favourite food. Do you remember Carolina from Series 1? She’s a student from Venezuela who’s studying in Newcastle and in this episode she goes shoe shopping. What type of shoes will she choose?

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 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].


Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].

Tom’s tip for speaking about birthdays: In social terms, when a child becomes an adult, they stop wanting to have presents on their birthdays. This, of course, is not true. But it does mean that we have to pretend that we don't want presents, and when we give them, we have to make them look not very important.


Task 3

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:05].


Task 4

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:05].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:05].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:05].




Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi everybody,
I would like to talk a bit about a hobby I am involved. I play for almost 15 years ( since 2003 ) tennis. It 's an amazing sport , very difficult , and you need to pay your complete attention to pursue the tennis ball while it comes or you hit it. Is ( I noticed during these years) an expensive sport , because you need always new balls , new grips for your raquet ( sometimes tennis players use two or three raquets ) and of course have to pay to rent tennis court. Every time !
If there is here a guy ( or girl) who loves this sport I will be very glad to talk about that , about shots and so on. Of course . only in English ! Thank you and good luck all of you.

Hello everyone
Today I want to talk about my favorite food.
It's schnitzel from Austria. I eat it with red pepper and lemon, or with chili sauce.
I like it because it's simple, lean, healthy and very spicy.
It can be eaten with pasta, potatoes, rice or pure.
I usually don't eat meat because I don't like fat or bones.
Thank you for your time :)

I like Tom! He speaks so clearly and I understand all the text without transcription. Ravi and Tess speak a little bit worse (for my understading of course). But people in 'Your turn' are my headache - I understand nothing ((( Just a separate words ((( Sound like they speak not in English. Sorry its cry from the heart )))

Hello, I am glad to have platform like this. I have a question that what is the difference between "Whole" and "Complete"? Please guide me. Thank you.

Hello again Muhammad,

Have you looked up 'whole' and 'complete' in the dictionary? It's difficult to explain this without a specific sentence to look at. Could you please read the definitions and example sentences in the dictionary (follow the links)? Then if you have a specific question about a specific sentence after that, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

My favorite food comes from the place where I live: Mexico. Mexican food is awesome, it tastes so good, I suppose that it's because of the fat... I know that the mexican people knows what I am talking about... But lately I´ve been eating japanese food, and I like it a lot too! Even though this is not a greasy food, it's flavore is quite good, delicious; the problem is that here in Mexico, this food is a liiiiittle more expensive than "memelas" or "tlayudas" from Oaxaca (I love tlayudas by the way).

My favorite cuisine is mexican, I'm mexican, i love food but none is as rich as Mexican food.
My favorite dish of Mexican cuisine are chiles en nogada, I aslo like the chalupas, the pambazos, tacos...I think all the typical mexican dishes are so great.
But, also i love asian food, italian food. Anyways I also think that all the cuisins are great, they have at least one awsome dish that I love, but there is nothing like mexican cuisine :D

Hello world.
My name is Melisa, I´m from Mexico and i´d like to talk you about my hobby. I practice judo from a young age (11 years), and I love to do it. It´s my passion and I would like to become a great judoka and compete in Olympics.
Thank you for read!

I would like to talk about music, because music is somthing that I like a lot. I think that that is one of the most amazing things in life, one of the greatest human creations. The reasons for me to say that are plenty, I´ll tell a few. In the first place, music is beautiful to hear and I guess that to play to; it can make you fell a lot of emotions (maybe all of them) from happiness to sadnes, or perhas joy or desperation, it makes you feel funny some times, or anything you can tell (of coures, if you find te right music). Music is also good for the mind (that´s somthing that I hear a lot); scientifics say that it does a lot of crazy (but cool) things on your mind, and that this makes you smarter and it also helps you with some problems from time to time; it helps you to be more imaginative to. In short, I think that everybody likes (or loves) music, and if they not, they should.

Hello everbody!n
My name is Alberto. I am from Brazil. North of country. I'm happy for the first comment in english. Does anybody comment my wrong in my post? Thanks for help me and happy new year for all the world.