Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

Welcome to Series 2! In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about birthdays, and their guests talk about knitting and favourite food. Do you remember Carolina from Series 1? She’s a student from Venezuela who’s studying in Newcastle and in this episode she goes shoe shopping. What type of shoes will she choose?

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 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].


Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].

Tom’s tip for speaking about birthdays: In social terms, when a child becomes an adult, they stop wanting to have presents on their birthdays. This, of course, is not true. But it does mean that we have to pretend that we don't want presents, and when we give them, we have to make them look not very important.


Task 3

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:05].


Task 4

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:05].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:05].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:05].




Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi "Tom the teacher",

I learned so much English from your website, it's very useful. I listening podcasts too, I really enjoy it and I have a few questions about if it is possible to help me:

1. The Present perfect passive it is: TO HAVE+BEEN+VB(III). When and where it is good to use it? I notice this tense in articles (Science Direct but not only). Are there
other situations when it is necessary to use BEEN/BEING? or being it's just for present perfect continuous passive?

2. I know "I GOT" is for possession but how about "I GET"?..Is there a difference between this two?

3. What is the difference between "other" and "others"? Both of them are plurals? The singular form is "another", right?
Regards, Oana

Hi Olana Raluca,

Let me start with question #2. The difference between 'got' and 'get' is one of tense: 'got' is the second (past) and third (past participle) form of the verb and 'get' is the first form (present).

The word 'other' has many uses (see here for a list). It can be a noun, an adjective, a prounoun, an adverb or a determiner. I'm afraid it's no possible for us to go through so many in these comments sections, which are designed for short concrete questions. If you have a question about a particular example of 'other' and 'others' in a sentence or two then please post those and then we'll be able to comment on the particular use you have in mind; we can't describe all possible uses in a general way, unfortunately, because there are just so many.

Similarly, please post an example sentence with your first question. We have pages on the use of different verb forms (such as on the present perfect, or perfective forms, or passive voice, for example). In the comments sections we can comment on specific examples, not provide long explanations of all possible uses - that is what those pages are for.

If you can provide those examples then we'll be happy to comment on them for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I would like to talk about videogames. They are fun and fantastic. I have lots of them.

Dear team Brithis Council
into serie two episode One, Tom the techer says this: It’s important that you notice these words when you’re listening or reading, and that you know what they refer to – if you don’t, then you won’t be able to understand exactly what people are talking about. A good way to practise this is to take a piece of English, for example, a part of the tapescript of the podcast, and draw a circle around all the words that refer to something else. Then draw a line from the word to the thing that it refers to. So, for example, you draw a circle around the word ‘him’ and then draw a line to connect ‘him’ to what it refers to – maybe ‘John’ or ‘Ravi’. I’ll put an example on the site for you to see if you don’t understand what I mean. But please try it.
Please, where I find out the link?

Hello anaisavecas,

I'm sorry about the confusion. It seems that Tom's example has disappeared and I'm afraid I haven't been able to find it. But I can help you with this. I'm not able to put a picture in this comment, but I can explain an example from the support pack. In 'Section 6 - Tom - Exercise 1', question 1: in the answer (b), you could circle 'black ones' and then draw a line to 'shoes' (the last word in the question asked by speaker A).

Another example in question 2: circle the answer (c) 'them' and then draw a line to 'boots' in the first sentence.

That's what Tom was talking about. If you have any questions about that, please don't hesitate to ask.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Good morning,
I think that I have at least two o three diferets favourite foods such as Italian, Indian and the food for my country Spanish food.
I loves pasta and I can eat this either way but not with meat because I'm vegetarian, the souses and the spices from the Indian foods I like too.
And here in Spain I can eat fresh fish , salat every day.

My hobby is the see , where I live most of time it's good weather so I can enjoy it .
I like swmming, joging and play with special beach raquets also I like too diving and see the botton of the see

I would like to know where I can see the replies to my coments....
somebody can help me please???

Hello concha62,

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Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

My favourite food is the Colombian food, mainly the beans. It is a typical food in Antioquia, one department of my country. Generally is served with rice, pork, arepa, chorizo, egg, aguacate and beef; all of them in the plate receipt the name of Bandeja Paisa. It is so delicious and has a variety of food. Here in Colombia it is so common. You have to try it!