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Episode 01

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

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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


I like Italian food such as pizza or pasta. They are very simple and mild. And I also enjoy eating Vietnamese food especially rice noodle. I like its smell from mung bean sprouts. And I like Indian Nan bread. But my most favourite food is Korean food. It is very delicious, spicy but a bit complicate. The thin I really like is japchae. It is cooked with various ingredients like meat, noodles, spinach, eggs, mushrooms and salt and soy sauce. It is the food that I would like to cook for my English friends if I go to London.

I’d like to talk about my hobby. My hobby is taking a picture, especially rock live concert pictures in a club. It’s not very popular. Not very many people take a picture in a live club. Most people like photos about beautiful landscapes, people or fashionable things. And it is also difficult to photograph because the club is so dark. I started taking photographs in 2004. One thing I really like about photographing is that I find out photos having unexpected effects. Sometimes I am excited and look back upon the past having a look old photos.

I've missed this postcast. :)

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Yes, and I have the same problem!

Hi Sslyotov

Me too. Thanks for pointing this out. I'll try to get to the bottom of it.


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hi Jack,
please correct me my mistakes;)
I am tunisian women and Iam very happy to study in british council here in tunisia, all employee of british council are wonderful. GOD protect them.
I have a problem in english: I when someone talk in english I understand him very well but I can't express my self and when I wrotr any think in english I have a big problem to find the words:). I feel that I translate my ideas from arabic to english and I hate doing that, it is not professional. I need your help please.
thank you a lot Jack.
have a good times ;).

 Hello Fatima

It's great to hear that you enjoy studying at the British Council in Tunisia. I have never been but people tell me that the Teaching Centre there is very nice.

The problem you describe, trying to think of the words when you are speaking, is quite normal. It is one thing to learn a word so that you understand it but to be able to use it when you are speaking is something more difficult. It requires lots of practice. 

When I was learning French at school, my teacher told me that until you have used a word, you haven't really learnt it. 

I hope that you will leave us lots of comment in the future and hopefully, that way, you will get the chance to use lots of complicated language and this will help you with your fluency.

Thanks for writing


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hello guys i"d like to talk about the lebanese food
i actually like  " tabbouleh"  it's the famous dishes in lebanon , it is a kind of salad 
we use to make it a parslay , tomato, green onion , lemon juice and oil .....
it's very tasty and delicious and of course healthy
you have to tast it
So if I made a mistake please somebody correct it .

 Hi Kabaghdadi

I have never had the chance to visit Lebanon but there are some great Lebanese restaurants in the UK. I love tabbouleh! 

RE: your mistakes

Tabbouleh is a famous Lebanese dish.

You have to taste it. Or, You have to try it. (I think that's how I would say it).

Lastly, don't forget to use full stops at the end of sentences and capital letters at the beginning.

Thanks for commenting.


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