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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

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 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 do like food from different countries, i like french food, italian, japanese, thai, turkish and others, actually it depends on the dish. for the sweet ones, i prefer french it's just delicious and succulent, to prepare meat i'd rather turkish, for pizza and pasta the italian, for seafood i prefer the japanese receipes, to prepare rice i prefer indian receipe.
Each country or town has at least one flavor so special and so delicious

Tess is so lovely and cute!! I like her

In Support Pack , Section 3 - Quiz :
19. Richard is Michael's NEPHEW
23. Caroline is Margaret's NIECE. (I've checked the Answers page)
Why ? Both persons (Richard and Caroline) are in the same relation in the family tree and from my point of view should be niece both of them. Am I wrong?
Thank you very much for your answer

Hi Last biker,

'Nephew' is used for male relations and 'niece' for female relations.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everybody,
I would like to talk a bit about a hobby I am involved. I play for almost 15 years ( since 2003 ) tennis. It 's an amazing sport , very difficult , and you need to pay your complete attention to pursue the tennis ball while it comes or you hit it. Is ( I noticed during these years) an expensive sport , because you need always new balls , new grips for your raquet ( sometimes tennis players use two or three raquets ) and of course have to pay to rent tennis court. Every time !
If there is here a guy ( or girl) who loves this sport I will be very glad to talk about that , about shots and so on. Of course . only in English ! Thank you and good luck all of you.

Hello everyone
Today I want to talk about my favorite food.
It's schnitzel from Austria. I eat it with red pepper and lemon, or with chili sauce.
I like it because it's simple, lean, healthy and very spicy.
It can be eaten with pasta, potatoes, rice or pure.
I usually don't eat meat because I don't like fat or bones.
Thank you for your time :)

I like Tom! He speaks so clearly and I understand all the text without transcription. Ravi and Tess speak a little bit worse (for my understading of course). But people in 'Your turn' are my headache - I understand nothing ((( Just a separate words ((( Sound like they speak not in English. Sorry its cry from the heart )))

Hello, I am glad to have platform like this. I have a question that what is the difference between "Whole" and "Complete"? Please guide me. Thank you.

Hello again Muhammad,

Have you looked up 'whole' and 'complete' in the dictionary? It's difficult to explain this without a specific sentence to look at. Could you please read the definitions and example sentences in the dictionary (follow the links)? Then if you have a specific question about a specific sentence after that, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

My favorite food comes from the place where I live: Mexico. Mexican food is awesome, it tastes so good, I suppose that it's because of the fat... I know that the mexican people knows what I am talking about... But lately I´ve been eating japanese food, and I like it a lot too! Even though this is not a greasy food, it's flavore is quite good, delicious; the problem is that here in Mexico, this food is a liiiiittle more expensive than "memelas" or "tlayudas" from Oaxaca (I love tlayudas by the way).