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


I like both kinds of animals. But I think that having a pet is a great responsibility. Dogs and cats usually live many years, so the person who wants to take a pet should think about his future plans. People often take a pet for their children. But when children grow up or start to be interested in something else, pet becomes need to nobody. And the problem isn't even that they need to feed and clean up after pets, but they need to play with them to don't let them feel lonely, to walk with a dog or to let a parrot fly, to train them, to take care of pet's health. And people also often move not only to other houses, but to other cities. That is a huge stress for a pet. That's why before taking a pet you should remember Antoine de Saint-Exupery's words: "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed"!

Hi The LearnEnglish Team,

I want to interact with your team to improve my speaking ability .I heard lots of series of the Podcasts and it is very helpful.But for better speaking quality can you please suggest me some possible ways.

Hello Piyali,

You're welcome to write us comments, but I'm afraid we aren't available to speak to. There's some advice on how to use LearnEnglish to improve your speaking on our Frequently asked questions page, which could prove useful for you, but what I'd most recommend is to take a look at our Facebook page. There you can find all kinds of useful ideas on improving your speaking and other skills as well.

I hope that helps you!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot Krik for your valuable suggestions!

As for me i prefer dogs ,because it is pets who are not selfish,it always comes to you and lies around your legs. it are needed only bones and it will be your best friend. The saunter with you dog will do you healthy . The dog always will help you when you need help

I think the same way

I would like to meet Darya Domracheva .She is a belarusian biathlete .She has won many olympus medals few years ago in Olympic . She is very popular in Belarus ,her are often noticed in our news .Recently she was a pregnant but now she is again in sport.
I would like to meet her because she is ideal of our people,even pregnancy cant stop her love to sport.

I like both cats and dogs. They're both cute but my favorite one are dogs.

I have a quiz game. There are lots of cards with pictures in front and words on the back. Someone looks at the answers and the other has to look at the pictures.
The one with the pictures tries to say the words and if he isn't correct the one with the word side says no and moves on but if he does get it right the same thing will happen but he will say yes and move on.
They have got 30 seconds for it.

The footballer I'd like to meet is Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal because he is really good in football and he joined a Spanish team called Real Madrid.