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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


Dear team Brithis Council
into serie two episode One, Tom the techer says this: It’s important that you notice these words when you’re listening or reading, and that you know what they refer to – if you don’t, then you won’t be able to understand exactly what people are talking about. A good way to practise this is to take a piece of English, for example, a part of the tapescript of the podcast, and draw a circle around all the words that refer to something else. Then draw a line from the word to the thing that it refers to. So, for example, you draw a circle around the word ‘him’ and then draw a line to connect ‘him’ to what it refers to – maybe ‘John’ or ‘Ravi’. I’ll put an example on the site for you to see if you don’t understand what I mean. But please try it.
Please, where I find out the link?

Hello anaisavecas,

I'm sorry about the confusion. It seems that Tom's example has disappeared and I'm afraid I haven't been able to find it. But I can help you with this. I'm not able to put a picture in this comment, but I can explain an example from the support pack. In 'Section 6 - Tom - Exercise 1', question 1: in the answer (b), you could circle 'black ones' and then draw a line to 'shoes' (the last word in the question asked by speaker A).

Another example in question 2: circle the answer (c) 'them' and then draw a line to 'boots' in the first sentence.

That's what Tom was talking about. If you have any questions about that, please don't hesitate to ask.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Good morning,
I think that I have at least two o three diferets favourite foods such as Italian, Indian and the food for my country Spanish food.
I loves pasta and I can eat this either way but not with meat because I'm vegetarian, the souses and the spices from the Indian foods I like too.
And here in Spain I can eat fresh fish , salat every day.

My hobby is the see , where I live most of time it's good weather so I can enjoy it .
I like swmming, joging and play with special beach raquets also I like too diving and see the botton of the see

I would like to know where I can see the replies to my coments....
somebody can help me please???

Hello concha62,

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Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

My favourite food is the Colombian food, mainly the beans. It is a typical food in Antioquia, one department of my country. Generally is served with rice, pork, arepa, chorizo, egg, aguacate and beef; all of them in the plate receipt the name of Bandeja Paisa. It is so delicious and has a variety of food. Here in Colombia it is so common. You have to try it!

My favourite hobbie is waching soccer matches; and my favourite national team is Santa Fe of Bogotá. In that team the best player is Omar Pérez, an Argentian player. Santa Fe has been champion eight times in the local tournament.

hi every one,
can you please tell me what is the meaning of (for a while ) !!

Hello abullooth,

The meaning here is 'for a time'. Depending on the context, this could be a short or long time in the opinion of the speaker, but it usually refers to a time which is longer than they would like. For example:

I've been waiting for the bus for a while.

Take a seat, please, as this may take a while.

Look, I've been on hold for a while now. How much longer do I have to wait?


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team