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Episode 05

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about pets, and their guests talk about Didier Drogba and life in New Zealand. You can also follow Carolina’s adventures in the UK as she arrives at her student accommodation in Newcastle. Will she make some new friends?

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 [00:20].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello. In task 8 exercises 2 and 3 i think is not correct right. Because i put the verbs and after i saw the answer some are correct and the correct said it was wrong. I didnt undersand. Look like it didnt saw the correct verbs that i put.

Hello Ana Cabeza,

I've checked the answers and don't see any mistakes. Did you see that after you press the Finish button, it changes to Show Answers? If you press that, it will show you the correct answers.

If you'd like to ask us about a specific question, please feel free to. By the way, I've added some line breaks to the tasks so that they are a bit easier to read.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team,
Could you, please, tell me whether it is incorrect or simply unnatural to omit the second 'more' from this sentence "Many people say that dogs are more intelligent and more devoted than cats"?
Thank you in advance!
All the best,

Hello Dima,

It's OK in informal speech to omit the second 'more', as it's pretty clear that dogs' devotion is also being compared to cats (after all, 'than' comes after it). But if you want to be precise and prevent potential misunderstandings, it's not a bad idea to include the second 'more', especially in writing. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I’m definitely an animal lover but I like cats more than dogs. To be honest, I’ve always had cats as my pets. Many people say that dogs are more intelligent and more devoted than cats and I partly agree with it. I think dogs are more inclined to be tamed. Have you ever seen sleigh harnessed with cats? Dogs express their affection differently. They are more dependent on their master emotionally. And that’s because dogs are more simple-hearted and not as deeply compassionate as it may seem. Cats are much more cleanly and, as a result, much less smelly. In my opinion, cats are more suitable for an apartment, especially for a small one. I’d like to add that I’ll probably never understand those people who take a cat, a dog or any other creature, play with it for a year or two and then throw it outside like a worn-out toy.

I would like to talk about the Carpathian Mountains. A part of the mountain range is situated in the western part of Ukraine. I love mountains and that’s probably why I consider this terrain to be the most beautiful, breathtaking and peaceful location in my country. I’ve gone backpacking there twice and it was amazing. The last time we covered almost 180km in 8 days – up and down. We saw a few of the most impressive waterfalls and enjoyed some truly spectacular views from above, despite the fact that it was intermittently raining every single day.
Many people, who are passionate about this active rest, go there the whole year round. You can meet lots of foreign tourists there too. It’s a great pleasure to hear ‘Добрий день’ (‘Dobriy den’ which means ‘good afternoon’ or simply ‘hello’) from them when they’re passing by. You can tell they are foreigners because of their funny accent, of course. Some people we met were going a short distance, someone was conquering a long one. Once we even met a guy who had been going solo for 2 weeks by that time.

I would like to meet Scott Jurek. He is American. He doesn’t play any kind of sports but he is a great spotsperson – an ultrarunner. He’s set lots of world records in ultrarunning. For example, he’s won one of the most prestigious 100-milers called Western States seven consecutive times. His personal best for completing the Appalachian trail, which is approximately 3520km long, is a bit more than 46 days. Scott had been a record holder for this trial until the man named Karl Meltzer broke his record by finishing in less than 46 days on September 18th. He’s famous for his accomplishments in the sport, which are long to list. Many people are extremely surprised to hear that he’s a vegan. He’s published an autobiographical book called “Eat and Run” that has a useful and tasty recipes after its every chapter. I’m not sure about his family but I saw a photo with him and his wife hiking, and probably sometimes running, with their infant wrapped and attached to his body. I think Scott Jurek is that kind of a motivational person who inspires thousands of people and help them to believe in theirselves and it’s great. I guess he contributes a lot to wildlife conservation too.

I don't have any experiences for keeping both of them but if I should have one of them, I'd prefer dogs.Regardless of difficult training for dogs at first,then they observe all of the rules that you want .They are so loyal.I know that they are so beneficial and useful for training of children.Cats are so rebellious.

I'd like to introduce for you a place is named "Shiraz".Shiraz is center of Fars state in Iran. Best of season for coming to Shiraz is the spring about april. In this month, the smell of sour orange wraps in all of streets and alleys.There are many different places that every tourists came to Shiraz should see them. Hafez and Sa'di tombs are in Shiraz.As well as there are lots of beautiful gardens for instance Eram garden or Delgoshah garden in Shiraz.Near to Shiraz are two places are called Takht-e-Jamshid and Naghsh-e-Rostam that is symbol of history of Iran.In the past, wine of Shiraz was very famous therefore a wine production company in Australia named one of its brands to SHIRAZ. People of this city is very kindly an also is famous to be exhausted always,just for kidding. I first went to Shiraz eight years ago and after that I come to Shiraz every year.

I'd like to meet Ali Daei.Ali Daei was born in Ardabil state in north west of Iran.He was so clever.Therefore, he accepted to go to Sharif university- one of the best university in Iran- for methalorgy engineering.He played football at his university team and he was seen by coaches of Gulf persian league.He played the forward position and in every match he goaled one after another one.After World cup 2006, he transfered to Bundesliga and played for Hertaberlin and Bayern munich and then hanged his shoes for always.He decided to go on coaching in football and now he is coaching one of the best teams in Iran league.In out of green field of football,he is so clever and knows how to spend his money.Although he helps to different charity and builds a lot of schools for poor children but he is a rich gentleman.
I like to ask if he could select one person for president of football federation who is he? and I like to know that if he is going to go on studying or not?