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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


HI everyone!

I love animals! I've two dogs, Ginger and Lulù, and a guinea pig, Noce (Walnut in english).
Ginger is 9 years old and we take him in a shelter when he was 2 and He is a mix of breed. He is very sweet. Lulù is a maltese, she is 12 and we also adopt her. Then we've adopted Noce because someone left her in a countryside near my house.

I love every kind of animals but I think they are a big responsability. They aren't a toy!

–“Our person in”
I’d like to talk about the Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgarian, near Sofia City.
It’s a beautiful natural reserve on Rila’s Mountains.
My sister and I discovered this place by chance, because we went to Sofia on September 2016 and we didn’t know anything about it. We searched information on web and on guidebook. She found out the Seven Lakes surfing the Instagram App. As soon as we saw the picture we decided to go there.
It was fantastic, we rented a car and leaved.
We arrived at skiing station, but there isn’t snow, to take chair lift and after an half hour we arrived on the top.
The weather wasn’t so good, but didn’t rain fortunately.
We walked all day, infact here you can take different ways to reach the top and see all the landscape. It’s fantastic because you discover lake by lake rising up.
The origin of this place is misterious, in fact someone talks that thousand years ago here lived a giant’s family, they taked care of their house and the sorrounding environment: they curated the plants and animals that inhabited here. But the evil forces, jealous of their happiness, started to destroy everithing. During the fight the male giant died, but his wife survived. She suffered a lot and the legend says that she cryed a great deal and from her tears was formed the seven lakes. If you arrive on the top and look the mountain you can find a woman’s shape laid and from her eyes water flows.
When I was here there were a lot of tourists because it was a national holiday. I met a person that lived in Italy some years ago and told me that it’s a place very famous among the inhabitants, but not very much by foreigners
I think to be very lucky to have discovered this place!

I like both kinds of animals. But I think that having a pet is a great responsibility. Dogs and cats usually live many years, so the person who wants to take a pet should think about his future plans. People often take a pet for their children. But when children grow up or start to be interested in something else, pet becomes need to nobody. And the problem isn't even that they need to feed and clean up after pets, but they need to play with them to don't let them feel lonely, to walk with a dog or to let a parrot fly, to train them, to take care of pet's health. And people also often move not only to other houses, but to other cities. That is a huge stress for a pet. That's why before taking a pet you should remember Antoine de Saint-Exupery's words: "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed"!

Hi The LearnEnglish Team,

I want to interact with your team to improve my speaking ability .I heard lots of series of the Podcasts and it is very helpful.But for better speaking quality can you please suggest me some possible ways.

Hello Piyali,

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As for me i prefer dogs ,because it is pets who are not selfish,it always comes to you and lies around your legs. it are needed only bones and it will be your best friend. The saunter with you dog will do you healthy . The dog always will help you when you need help

I think the same way

I would like to meet Darya Domracheva .She is a belarusian biathlete .She has won many olympus medals few years ago in Olympic . She is very popular in Belarus ,her are often noticed in our news .Recently she was a pregnant but now she is again in sport.
I would like to meet her because she is ideal of our people,even pregnancy cant stop her love to sport.

I like both cats and dogs. They're both cute but my favorite one are dogs.