Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi are making plans for the weekend, and their guests talk about the cartoonist Matt Groening and the Indian film industry. You can also follow Carolina as she starts to really enjoy life in Newcastle and invites some of her new friends to dinner. What do you think she’ll cook for them?

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 [00:19].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:12].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:12].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:15].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:15].




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I am crazy about travelling so I have always wanted to have fulltime travelling. My perfect holiday is on the beautiful beaches that have clear and blue water and gorgeous senery around the beach. That is so awesome. I have never stayed in a 5 star hotel before, so I want to try it and when I travel, I often stay in homestay or camping, It is an interesting experience because when you camping, You can enjoy the nature and the senery around you clearly and ofcourse you save lots of money. I don't want to stay one place in a long time if it is boring. In my holidays, I often plan for my trips and I can change my plan if I want, I want to be free to do what I enjoy!

During the holiday I prefer sit on a beach with my family and friend and bolttle of vine.

What’s your perfect holiday?
I prefer to stay in a hotel, with a comfortable bed and bathroom. Once I went camping and it was horrible for me! I like to visit museums and monuments. I also enjoy the beach, and I like to have everything planned.

Hi Everybody,

ı don't like have a holiday in 5 star hotel or go camping. I go to different location everyday when I have a holiday. I can't stand stay same place from a day. You do same things; go to beach swimming same beach, eat to same foods, watch same view and show, see same people everyday İf you stay same hotel or location.This İs very boring. You should discover different location. You should have advanture. I don't like routine. Have nice evening everyone.

What’s your perfect holiday?
I don't like to stay in hotel.I prefer to stay in a camp.Because i'm free to do whatever i want.The reason is i'm in holiday so i want to enjoy it.
I hope have a good holiday.

I haven't try camping yet, really want to give it a try.

i prefer go on holidays in another country completely different from mine because to relax we have to change all. the weather must be less hot or less cold than that in my country. i like to try dishes from all over the world, and there must have a lot of shops ans special things to discover or to do.
I prefer sitting in comfortable hotel (double room with bathroom and toilette...), i don't like camping because i can't live without comfort.
what else? i don't like sitting on the beach all the day long but i do for a while, i like varying, i mean, swimming, visiting some places, go shopping, relax in places like forest or somewhere with a good landscape.
I enjoye being free to do what i want i can have one or two things planed, it depends but i haven't to plane everything, it's like a programme and time table at work....no stress

What’s your perfect holiday?
I like to go to the place has many trees. Every morning, walk and see them. It is so relax and glad to look at them. They're look so lovely and beautiful. The place with many trees will give fresh and pure air. Sitting in the sence is so fantastic to me. I can breath in fresh air, listen natural sound, smell in herb and discovery new things.

"Tess: Did you? Do you still watch them now?

Ravi: Not really. If I’m at my mum and dad’s I might. My mum still watches them quite a lot."

I notice "dad's I might" in the transcript. Could you explain to me which grammar is in it?

"In the countryside there are touring cinemas – a lorry travelling with all the equipment to make a temporary cinema in...."

Why "all the equipment" is not "all the equipments" because he said "all" for a plural sign ?

thanks for your helping !

Hello mitykg,

The word dad's here is short for dad's house. It's similar to way we say the butcher's, the doctor's etc.

Equipment is an uncountable noun and so does not have a plural form. We say all the equipment just as we say all the time and all the work.



The LearnEnglish Team