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


Hello chunya,

This is a special use of the auxiliary verb 'do'. When it is used like this, it adds emphasis to the verb -- Ravi seems to think that Olu doesn't realise that Ravi is from Manchester, even though this seems obvious to Ravi. By saying 'you do know' instead of 'you know', Ravi shows this. You can read more about this on this archived BBC page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


Sorry , now when I've reiterated myself my questions I just wrote down below , I noticed that I've made some mistakes: ''a chicken runs'' not ''a chickens runs'' and the second ''chicken'' not ''chiken''. Sorry again about these. I didn't pay attention as much as I needed.

Hello again,
Task 7- Joke.
'' A man is driving slowly down a
country road when he sees a chicken run in front of his car.''
Why didn't you use instead the present form of verb ''run'' , the gerund form : running ? For me it sounds better '' he sees a chicken running...''
And, on the other hand if you think that the verb'' run'' is more correct why didn't you use '' runs'' ? ...a chikens runs...
Thank you so much for your answer

Hello Last biker,

After verbs of perception in these constructions we use either the -ing form or a bare infinitive. You can see the difference clearly in these examples:

  1. I saw a man kiss his wife.
  2. I saw a man kissing his wife.

The difference here is that in the first sentence the speaker sees the whole action (the kiss from start to finish) as one event. In the second sentence the speaker sees the action in progress (when the speaker looks they are already kissing. You can see the same distinction in your example.

We do not use the present simple in this construction, so 'kisses' ('runs') is not correct.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi my friends,
In Task 6 - Carolina , in Practice materials Exercise 1 there is a double mistake for word : tomorrow. It is write down in two different places but in the same exercise ( 1, as I said) , tommorow. Just take a look. Thanks

Hi Last biker,

Thank you for spotting this and pointing it out to us. We try as hard as possible to ensure that our exercises do not have errors like this but some inevitably creep through and then we rely on our users to spot them. I have corrected the spelling in the task.

Thanks again,



The LearnEnglish Team

hy everybody. In France, we tell : it's raining ropes. To make a relation between the raining and the cats, we can notice that the cats hate the water. Like astapic, I consider the pets may be friends for the persons who are single. I knew someone who prefered her dog than human beings. She really loved this animal. It's truth a dog is faithfull. Yet, I prefer cats who are more independant. But, I have the same problem than a speaker in the podcast, cats make me sneeze. When I was a childreen, I had a rabbit. He ate chocolat and slept in the kitchen. After, I bougnt a duck. But, it was dirty and I didn't want to pick up its poo. I notice that some problems are the same in a lot of countries

Hi everyone
I will like to meet with MAHENDRASINGH DHONI,he is cricket player.He is a good men. He is captain of our India cricket team. Under his captainship India won three worldcup in cricket.He is real men with his stands. He is my hero.
Thank you.

Hi everyone
I'd have liked to meet with Rene Favaloro, he was a famous surgeons Argentino. He worked as surgeon in an small village called Jasinto Araos, La Pampa, Buenos Aires about ten years.
In sport he played tennis when he was a Young, but he was distinguished in their profesión.
He passed several years in the Cleveland Clinic of U.S. and créated the by pass aorto-coronarie, a surgery that changed the survive of coronarie disease on over the world.
Then he became to Argentina and created a great Foundation with your name, and exist today.
Finally he decided commit suicide with a shot in your own heart.

My name is Juanchi, I'm Corrientes in Argentina. I ask apology for my English, I am learning.
I want to say a breaf comment about pets. I have two dog a female and a male, mother and son. I live in a house with an small patio, so the animal haven't space to run.
Therefore I am agree with the people that think is cruel have this sort of animal shuted all day.
But I love de dog although I need take out sometimes.