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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

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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


I prefer the dogs! The dog ,for me represent the pets where you can have much confident.
That guard your house and you can attach it as you do for a person.

When I was a child, my grandfather raise a horde of dogs. They were grown with me and I think I love dogs from that time. When I had more little adult, my grandfather bought a new dog, an yellow dog, I was really happy. I put he on my lap and I sang some songs for him. Nowadays, each time I remembered about it, I always have I big grin! But unfortunately, he just lived 3 years because he had a problem with his nerves. Cats, I think I like them too but I don't have memories about them, except they caught mouses. But recently, I see they just eat and sleep, sleep and eat... They don't have fun with me. Therefore, I prefer dogs.

Is there a beautiful place (or places) in your country that you’d like to tell people about?
It´s a natural park, it´s a beautiful place called "Caño Cristales" there is a crystal waterfall is forming a rainbow in its desent.

I prefer dogs. I have got one dog and one cat. The dog is more intelligent. I honestly loves you and misses you. It can show happyness when it sees you. Cats are lazy and all they do is sit around and sleep all day. They only want to feed them. Dogs are lovely. You can take them for a long walk. They're fun even so you must to clean after them.

Which do you prefer- dogs or cats? I think I prefer dogs. Well, I like cats as well. But I think dogs are very helpful. Dogs are easier to be taught. They do love human and sometimes they protect their masters from the enemy or whatever. For cats, in my opinion they only think about foods and sometimes they just sleep. I know cats are adorable as well like dogs, but if you had dogs, you'd be more happy because you could play with them.

Who do you like to meet, and why?
I’d like to meet George Mallory. He is the first man to climb the Mount Everest near a hundred years ago. First of all, I should say that there is no evidence yet to prove that he’s reached the summit or not, but at least we know he’s the only man who has seen alive at that high elevation on the Everest. Unfortunately he and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine both died on that trip and eventually after 75 years George’s body have found just two hundred meters from the summit.
I’m a climber also, and as a mountaineer I can totally understand him. I admire him because of his braveness, his innovative methods to climb such a giant mountain. He was born in London thousands of miles away from the Himalaya, but he planned it and managed to make it. He must have been so dedicated to work, and decisive to set off such a long, eventful journey to a very unknown and virgin part of the planet Earth, to climb its height point for the first time. Everywhere he was walking on was the first place to be discovered by humankind and it should have been a great adventure. He was extremely adventurous and ambitious as well. He wanted to do it for his country to become the first to discover Everest. He did it in 1924, even many years before the First World War, when there wasn’t such great tools and apparatus for climbing high mountains. He made almost all of his required tools, clothes and equipment himself, which this is one of the other signs of his high intelligence and technical knowledge and indicates his creative personality.
I really would like to meet him, and ask him lots of questions. He was an exemplary icon for all climbers throughout the Earth, and I’d like to know how he organized everything in his trips, and what he was thinking to when he was going up the mountain on his own , thousands miles apart from his family, and what was the enormous power which brought him to such an epic journey

Dear Teacher

I know my question is not about this topic , but I want to ask you as only trusted person that I have !!

I want to inform my friend that I resigned from the previous company and my cooperation with this company was '''cut off '''. I found the other words with the same meaning like ; ''''' broke off ''''' & '''' disconnected '''''.
I would be grateful if you could give me a little help in this case !!!


Hello Hootan,

If you're speaking with a friend, i.e. in an informal context, then 'cut off' works just fine here. In a more formal context, it would also probably be OK. Or you could just say something like 'I no longer work there and have no contact with them'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you

well, I haven't got any pet so far ,but i prefer to have dog , i think dogs are more likely and appreciative . you know , from the history till now dogs have been the best friends to human and i think dogs are very useful to human and they are very intelligent .