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



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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!

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I’d like to talk about the Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgarian, near Sofia City.
It’s a beautiful natural reserve on Rila’s Mountains.
My sister and I discovered this place by chance, because we went to Sofia on September 2016 and we didn’t know anything about it. We searched information on web and on guidebook. She found out the Seven Lakes surfing the Instagram App. As soon as we saw the picture we decided to go there.
It was fantastic, we rented a car and leaved.
We arrived at skiing station, but there isn’t snow, to take chair lift and after an half hour we arrived on the top.
The weather wasn’t so good, but didn’t rain fortunately.
We walked all day, infact here you can take different ways to reach the top and see all the landscape. It’s fantastic because you discover lake by lake rising up.
The origin of this place is misterious, in fact someone talks that thousand years ago here lived a giant’s family, they taked care of their house and the sorrounding environment: they curated the plants and animals that inhabited here. But the evil forces, jealous of their happiness, started to destroy everithing. During the fight the male giant died, but his wife survived. She suffered a lot and the legend says that she cryed a great deal and from her tears was formed the seven lakes. If you arrive on the top and look the mountain you can find a woman’s shape laid and from her eyes water flows.
When I was here there were a lot of tourists because it was a national holiday. I met a person that lived in Italy some years ago and told me that it’s a place very famous among the inhabitants, but not very much by foreigners
I think to be very lucky to have discovered this place!