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.

Check your understanding


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


Thank you Mr.Peter
I really appreciate your effort.

I'd like to meet Angelina Jolie too.

Hello Paulo. I see you very like Angelina Jolie. What would you like to say her when you meeting ??

Hi, Tom. How are you doing?

Tom, I've a doubt about the phrase below...when Tess said: You hav got ten seconds...
"Tess: Good. Okay. Let’s play. You’ve got ten seconds to write down".

I'm confuse about the use of verb "get" in the past being that she is talking in the present, in my opinion...okay?

Why she used the verb in the past instead in the present, it would be because she used: "have", that is, she used present perfect? But I learned that present perfect can indicates the past...

In another words, I would use in this case only: You have ten seconds.

I didn't understand why she used "got" (past) instead "get" (present).

Can you help to understand it, please....

Best regards.
Katia Oku

Hi Katia Oku,

'You have ten seconds' is also correct and means the same thing as 'You have got ten seconds'. We often use 'have got' instead of 'have'. You can learn more about this form on this LearnEnglish Teens page and this Cambridge Dictionary page. If you have any other questions about it, please don't hesitate to ask us.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’
It's a good idea for everyone to do work for charity. But let's wonder why we want to work for charity, what do we want come from working for charity. There are lot of reasons for answnering and they're like good. People think that celebrites do not true work for charity. It is not honest for they want publicity and fashion but they mean it is a work for charity. It's a big lie. Although the celebrites can get more money for charity but what do you think the money come from without honest. Poeople do not support for work without honest and of course the charity is not honest for true work for charity.

I would like to meet Ibrahem Abbas , he is saudi author . I knew him from his first novel "hawjan" . I really loved it , it took about the the gobin who loved the human girls . I want to meet to ask him about many things ,like how did know and collect the information about the other world .

The person that I would like to meet is Adam Khoo. He is a millionaire and an good educator. I knew him from his own book named "I am gift, so are you". I love the way he changed his life upside down thanks to some method of learning. I had read that brillian book, tried all the way to learn and as a result, my study became better and better. If I have any chance, I would like to meet him and ask him many thing else about how he can be successful like he is now.

I would like to meet Amancio Ortega. He’s an important business man from Spain. He`s famous for being the man who built the empire of Inditex. I like him because he has started from the base. Initially he was a sewer, so he knows how the business works. I would like to talk to him about how someone can start in the business world and his recommendations.

Retiro is the main park of Madrid. It is situated in the center of the city and it was built in the first middle of XVII century as the Palace’s garden.
Nowadays, it’s a park where people go to do exercice like running, skating or walking; or simply to have a picnic or café.
I like this park because it is a place where you can be and you don’t think you are in the center of a big city. It’s the perfect place to relax or to do exercice.