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 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.


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Hello jthoth,

Thanks for sharing an interesting link. I'm afraid, however, we don't usually publish links to anything other than other dictionaries or other grammar resources. Sorry about that!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to introduce you Algarve in South of Portugal. This region hás long beachs with blue and green waters. There is moutains too with a unique and beautiful fauna and flora to enjoy. And, better than anything, it is sunny almost all the year! Tourism is important in this region and is so strong due to the beauty of the beachs and the great weather. People usually came to Algarve to enjoy the waves doing surf and bodyboard. I live here four years now and I came from North of Portugal ( a beautiful region to visit too) to work in marine sciences.

I love cats. I had a brown tabby for 16 years but I had to put him to sleep. And like Tess I took a completely little kitten brown tabby again! It's really gorgeous pet! I think pets help people not to be alone and to be more friendly, good-hearted, something like that.
In russian we have equivalent "It's raining dogs and cats" - it's poured like from a bucket, but I don't know can I speak so in English.

Hello astapik,

There's also the expression 'it's pouring with rain' (as if from a bucket) in English -- what a coincidence!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone! I love cats and dogs, but I prefer cats, only because they are less difficult for me that I work all day out of the house!

I'm not really interested in animals. I have no way to look after them, unfortunately. But, if I would have a pet, probably I'd prefered dogs than cats, because I think dogs are more interactive with the being humans.

HI everyone!

I love animals! I've two dogs, Ginger and Lulù, and a guinea pig, Noce (Walnut in english).
Ginger is 9 years old and we take him in a shelter when he was 2 and He is a mix of breed. He is very sweet. Lulù is a maltese, she is 12 and we also adopt her. Then we've adopted Noce because someone left her in a countryside near my house.

I love every kind of animals but I think they are a big responsability. They aren't a toy!