Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

Welcome to LearnEnglish podcasts! In this episode the presenters, Tess and Ravi, introduce themselves, and their guests talk about Angelina Jolie, New York City and celebrities who work for charity. You can also meet Carolina, a Venezuelan student who’s coming to live in the UK. Will she arrive safely?

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.

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:23] .


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].




Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


I think that some celebrities donate to charity because, they are really good, they just want to help others, but on the other side, I think that there are some celebrities that do the same because they just want to look good.

I really like going to "centro de Coyoacán" (Coyoacan centre). Many different people go to this place, you can find, children, teenagers, adults and even old people in there. I think people, go to Coyoacan centre, because the environment is so relaxing, moreover, usually there are a lot of cultural and artistic activities in there (like concerts for instance). I don't know how old is this place, but must have hundreads of years' history, when Mexico was a Spain colony. I like this place, because is so relaxing, there is a lot of food, (many restaurants around, and a lot of snacks vendors, I love a snack called "Churro", is delicious!! Even I like the people that is in there, I mean they are very nice, is kind of a familiar environment, even romantic for couples too.

If I could meet an actress, I would like to meet Helena Bonham Carter, I'm not sure if she's english or american. Talking about her most famous films, I think that the Harry Potter movies are her most famous films, because there are a lot of people all over the world that love these films. But, besides I like Harry Potter (no more than The Lord of the Rings by the way), my favourite films where she acts are "Fight Club", "Dark Shadows" and "Les Miserables". I don't really if she's famous for other things than acting. I like her because I think she's a very good actress, she can performance very opposite characters, I think she's a versatile actress, she's "chameleonic", and that's why I admire her, because of her talent. I would talk to her about her movies, I would ask her what has been her favourite character or the most difficult, and I would ask her which kind of characters does she like to play.

I had like to meet Ivan Urgant. This is Russion TV presenter. He live in Moscow. He plays KVN. He is funny. He likes to joke.

Is there someone who wouldn't like to meet a celebrity? Of course, there's no one. So I also would like to meet a celebrity. This is Dimash Kudaibergen. He is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His official name is Dinmukhamed Kudaibergen. He starts sing since he was a child, because his parents who aslo were an artists. Since his chilhood Dimash took part in many musical competitions and in the most of them he took first places. In 2017 he participated in Chinese music show "Singer 2017". And although he took 2nd place in this time, he became a very famous in whole the world. Dimash can sing multiple languages. He can sing in his native Kazakh language, in English, French, Russian, Chinese, Italian and some other languages. As for me, I think his voice is really really amazing. That's why I'd like to meet him.

I am a student from Russia and would like to meet Natalia with a kochkaryova because she is very clever and constantly inspires me with new ideas, motivates me.

I`d like to meet Dylan O`Brien. Dylan O'Brien is an American actor. He is known for his lead role as Thomas in the dystopian science-fiction adventure trilogy "The Maze Runner" and for his role as Stiles Stilinski in the MTV television series "Teen Wolf".
I'd really like to see him because he's a very cheerful dude. He is very responsible in his work. All his roles are very bright and memorable.For each modern girl he is an ideal.

I'd like to meet musical band EXO from South Korea. They turned my life around. It was boring and gray, only they filled it with meaning.They helped me with their music in hard times. Thanks to them now i have new friends.

Hello, I am a student from Russia. I would like to meet my favorite actor Jim Carrey, because he is very charismatic, is engaged in charity and is worthy of Oscar. His films have grown a whole generation.

I would like to meet Leonardo DiCaprio .He is an actor. I like all films with him.He is a wonderful actor and very talented. My favorite film is Titanic and The Great Gatsby