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


Hi User_User,

1) Question number. 2 a is correct: I got the train from London.
I've never seen a sentence like this. We give here the starting place ("from London"). I've only seen sentences so far where we give the destination place.

It's perfectly fine to use 'from' with the starting point or 'to' with the destination. It really depends what information is relevant in any particular context. For example, if a person is meeting you at the station then they already know where you are going, but may not know where you are travelling from, and this information may be useful to them in finding the correct platform.


2) Question number. 2 b is false: I went to Newcastle by train.
I've typed "went by train" into the google search page and this phrase does exist. So maybe the word order is incorrect.
The word order is:
to Newcastle (=where); by train (= how)
Maybe we write "went by train" together but I've seen example sentences in which they weren't written together.

Word order in English can be quite flexible. Both of these are correct sentences:

I went to Newcastle by train.

I went by train to Newcastle.

Of these, the first is the most common.

For particular rhetorical effect you can even put the by-phrase at the beginning:

By train I went to Newcastle, and by car to Edinburgh.

You would be unlikely to see this outside of literary or rhetorical contexts.

3) Question number. 4 d is correct: it's seven in the evening
I would expect seven o'clock or seven hundred hours
I can't remember that a number alone is enough to tell the time.

This is quite common in spoken English when the context makes it clear that we are talking about the time and there is no confusion about am/pm:

Let's meet at eight.

The meeting started at eleven. We're late!

We would only say 'seven hundred hours' in very particular usage such as in military contexts or public announcements (railway stations and so on).


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

In "I’d like to meet" part Ravi said:
You do know I’m from Manchester, don’t you, Olu?
Is that correctly phrase? I thought that the verb "do" must be on the first position.
Perhaps these two questions have different meanings and I don't understand the difference?

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
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Thank you.