Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about pets, and their guests talk about Didier Drogba and life in New Zealand. You can also follow Carolina’s adventures in the UK as she arrives at her student accommodation in Newcastle. Will she make some new friends?

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 [00:20].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I do prefer cats, dogs are lovely but they are too emotional. By the way we have a cat and we love it so much.

In fact, I'm not an animal person too, but I think I prefer dogs for their faithfulness whereas the cats are egoists. but, i can't stand a dog in my house because i'm too clean. In fact, i shouldn't get an animal because i'm afraid not to take care of him as well, i don't like to let him without food for example, it's horrible

I prefer all of them. I have three cats and a dog. The dog's German shepherd. He's clever. He had won some competitions when he was young. He's retired now. All cats are ordinary but they clever too. They're so gentle when they want to eat.

I think Ravi is not really from England!!! i think he is from india or pakistan and his parents or himself has migrated to england .because his face not realy like to english people!!!!

Hello arman,

The UK is very much a multi-ethnic society in which it is really not possible to judge someone's nationality or origin from their appearance. Ravi's ancestors may have come to the UK hundreds of years ago. It can be quite misleading to make assumptions based on a person's appearance, and even rather offensive as these are generally based on stereotypes.



The LearnEnglish Team

yes that's right.you know because in our country we have a few immigratns,our people
know themselves easily!!!
thank for your reply

Thank you very much for your help British council!
I am a vet so I really love all animals, but if I must decide between dogs and cats, the first answer is definitely: It is impossible to choose between them! :). In the countryside when I usually stay the whole holiday I have three dog ( they called Pusa, Fram and Obama) and one cat by name Flaffy. Fram is my favorite, it has white hair, big and black eyes and aswell he is very obedient, Pusa is brown ans she is older than Fram and Obama has black hair and he is the biggest. The cat, Flaffy is older but he looks great, he has white fur like Fram, but he has amazing blue eyes. I love them and I know that here in the countryside they have enought space and my mother feed them very well. They are the happiest animals.

Thank for your help. I appreciative it. I notice this in transcript.
"Gordon: OK. A man is driving slowly down a country road when he sees a chicken run in front of his car"
the verb "run" is not true here, i think it must be "runs" here because there is relative clause in the sentence ?

and this one, "How strange" he thinks, "a three-legged chicken". I want to ask what rule to build a pharse "three- legged chicken" ? (legged)

Hi mitykg,

Although we occasionally make mistakes, in general you can expect that what you read or hear on our site is correct. 'run' is correct here. After a verb of perception (e.g. 'see', 'hear', etc.), a bare infinitive form is often used after an object. This is the structure used in the sentence you ask about. 

As for your second question, 'legged' is an adjective formed from the noun 'leg'. This is an unusual construction; more commonly, it's used to form adjectives from the past participles of verbs, but that is not the case here, where it means a chicken with three legs.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, Kirk and Peter. Thanks for your help a lot. All your answers are always a new thing for me to learn because I always read and note what I do not understand in transcript. That's way I learn grammar to understand it clearly to use. I learnt grammar topic on this site but I occasionaly can't use it. To ask clearly my problems, I often write in what i am thinking but not doubt your transcript, however I have little sometimes but just for writing easlier to me

"three legged chicken" is a pharse means a chicken has three legs. I translated it then I searched with key words "coumpond nouns" to know how to create the pharse, but there was nothing about it. I'm not good at English key words to search, that's a reason i ask some simple questions somtimes. One more time, I appreciate your help.