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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


hi jack
It's nice to correct my mistakes.
We have 365 days to tourist in lebanon , i think you'll have fun here .
I'll be very pleasant to be your guide for your first visit .
Thanks for helping.

 My favourite food is Korean food because is spicy and mix some different flavours, and it is a very healthy food.


 I have two hobbies, first one is knitting and the other one is dancing flamenco.

I learned to knit four years ago, when I started to study fashion design in 2007. I finished six semesters, in each one you have to knit. Now I knit on weekends to make clothe for my friends and me.  
In the same month I took may grade to fashion designer, I started to take dancing classes, there are flamenco dancing since then I have one year taking my classes. At the beginning I was not able to dance, because is difficult to coordinate your foot, head, arms and hands all in deferens times. A year later, I am able to dances four “Sevillanas “and I am learning  “Fandangos”.
I love my hobbies because both of them taught me that you have to practice very much and be disciplined to make it well.

 hi, i'd like Iranian food too much, and my favourite is Kabab, but i also like the foreign food, and i always try Arabian, Italian or Indian food which are available in UAE. I really like to go to restaurant and chat with your my friends, (but Thanks God am very thin). i like cooking too much. i know only Iranian food to cook.

hi , i am from palestine from the middle east , also in the middle east we have different kinds of tasty food and which is now popular in most countries and i hope that everyone will try it , we have falafel and homous that we eat it as breakfast or dinner it is very tasty , also we like rice very much in our countries in middle east and we cook rice in different way and we eat it 4 to 5 time in a week .

hello i reseach from girl who is  learning arabic and teach me english and i am ready for any thing but she must be brtish or excellant english please...............

Dear Jack,
 Please correct me, if I'm wrong.
Subject: I'd like to talk about
I would like to tell you about my hobby. My hobby is collecting postcards.
I like collecting postcards; and it is common hobby, a lot of people are collecting the postcards hoppy and they exchanging the postcards between together.
I started collecting postcards when I was seventeenth, it was when I received the first postcard from my colleagues for coagulating me for my 17th Birthday, it was really fantastic and interested postcard.
Collecting postcard is very easy, excited and interesting hobby; it's really amazing hobby because it's described the most important landmarks in each counties and cities.
Best Regard.

 Hi Abdullatif

You write well and have made few mistakes. I think that collecting postcards from around the world sounds like a great hobby.

One mistake that I think you can probably correct yourself is in this line:

a lot of people are collecting the postcards

When we talk about hobbies, we talk about things we do normally and so we use the present simple. I would have written:

A lot of people collect postcards; or lots of people have the same hobby as me.

Another little mistake you make is in this line:

it was really fantastic and interested postcard.

English has really awkward rules about articles so I won't try to explain why (perhaps someone else will). I would have written:

It was a really fantastic and interesting postcard.

As I said before, you write well. You have used a good range of vocabulary.

I hope my corrections are useful.

Jack Radford

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Jack,
Thanks alot for your comments, it is realy appreciated and helpful.
Thanks again for you and your LearnEnglish Team.
As always, your assistance in this matter will be very helpful to improve my English. 
Best regards. 

My favourite food is chinese because I like a lot of rice and spices.
However, my favourite chinese dish is Shanghai pasta and doesn't have any rice.
I like a lot of this dish because it has a wonderful combination of pasta, shrimp, soy sauce and other ingredients.
The taste is magnificent.
I eat this dish at least six times a year.