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?

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

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 prefer dogs. (In fact, I have a dog in my house.)
Dogs intend to respond to owner's action or instruction.
they easily be familiar with new comer's. We can spend time on pleasure with them.
On the contrary, cat is a bit boring. they intend to avoid to be touched or play.
In my childhood, my grandma had two cat. I wanted to stroke and play with these cat, because they were so cute and have fluffy hair.
But they definitely those action because they wanted to have their own pleasure time, just sleep.

Hi everyone! It`s my first step in learning English at this website. Thank you for perfect podcasts and other materials.
Sorry, but couldn`t understand the second comment of "Your turn" program.
What did that woman say?
Sincerely yours, Nick.

Hello NickUkr,

You can check this yourself by using the transcript. Click on 'Instructions & downloads' and you'll see the links for various downloads, including the transcript.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

great ... its very help me to learn the english .

I’d like to meet.

I want to talk about Radamel Falcao García. He’s a Colombian footballer. He is the best footballer in the Colombian team. His goals in the competition for clasifications in the next world cup football that starts aproximately in twelve days in Brasil made possible the presence of Colombia in the mentioned competition.

However, His participation in the tournament is in doubt because he was hurt in a game in France in the past January.

Falcao plays actually in the Monaco Team, in France.

He started his career since he was a boy in a football school. Then He went to Argentina and played in River plate. River plate sold his sport rights to Porto in Portugal. From Porto, Falcao passed to Athletic of Madrid, and from this football team He went to Monaco.

Falcao’s life is very interesting, because, against some footballers' behaviors in Colombia, He has became a serious sportman. He is a religious man and He takes his life with responsability, consagration and sacrifice.

All Colombian people hope that Falcao can participate in the World football cup in Brasil.


Excuse me.
I have already read the answer to my question in Tom's tip.

Thank you.

This is a question for the teacher, Tom:

When we are speaking about animals, do we always use He and She (as if they were humans), or we can say "it is a pretty dog instead of he is a pretty dog) ?.

Thanks you for your answer.

thanks I found it

Hello all people.
My name is Leonardo and I am from Mexico, I am a new user and my English skills are poor I hope to learn to speak and write properly with the help of all of you.


Hi Kirk,
How are you?
Sometimes ,I don't understand sentence,such as worked his way up,I tried to understand this sentence but i'm little confused that what is the meaning of up in this sentence,
So please tell me about this .