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

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


Hi my name is abu and I am from indonesia. i'm a new comer to this site, i hope to improve my english from this podcasts. by the way this site is better than other site that contains learning english so i like to learning english via this site

I must tell you my love story. It started in 2001. Before I never have minded to have a pet. Well, that's not true. When I was a child I had a bird but I believed that to have a pet were just for funny and it died because I forget its cage under the sun.
Anyway that's not the story. Like I told you before I never minded to get a pet since 2001 I thought I wasn't made to have pets. But the change becomes this year at the beginning of the summer when Mishi appeared, a black and white female cat. She stole my hart forever and I don't know why. In a visit to my mother-in-law she was sitting beside the door's house. 
My mother-in-law has several cats that live in the street and come into the house when they want to eat or to have some quiet moment far from the noise and the annoying people that can hurt them. When Mishi appeared My mother-in-law told me that she had too much cats and if I liked her I could caught her and bring her with me and my wife. I didn't think twice and I did it.
I didn't know what was a cat even what was a pet but she bewitched to me: her eyes (and, of course, her look), her delicate behavior, never aggressive and her love to me (we are three in my family but she stayed with me so much more than my daughter and my wife).
People says that the animals can't be sensitive, I'm sure after these experience they are. Could be the animals don't have the skill to communicate emotions like humans but as they can they do.
Ten years of happiness that never come back and she died by the age. She wasn't a puppy when I met her. Everyday waiting me behind the door until I came back from work to give me all of better of her.
One and a half years after her death I got three brothers puppy cats in the street trying to fill the big gap and I'm happy and I love all three of them a lot, but today I can't stop my tears come out to my eyes when I remember Mishi.
Maybe these story is unusual but pets can do lot of good things for us and I needed to tell you.
Just one more thing, don't buy animals so the love story will start for you. You don't buy your family and you have the happiness with them, so do the same with pets and the results will be similar.
Love forever Mishi

I really like english.
But, I didn´t speak because I´m slow to construct a phrase in my mind.
I understand a lot when I listen and everything when I read.
I want to talk English fluently that´s the reason I´m studying now.
It´s a pleasure for me have the opportunity to enjoy the facilities of internet who gave us the medium to learn every day a little bit and most of the times a lot.
I´ll try every day until can speak like a native.
Receive a greeting.

I have the same problem as you and I think that small by small, we can improve our English thanks to this website. I make a lot of efforts to attempt a very best level at English.
thanks to everybody.

I've watched EURO 2012, It's good. I like Spain and Iniesta. Spain attracts many people by a sexy football called tiqui-taqua just like Barcelona FC's. Their footballer has great skills, especially Iniesta. He plays an important role in team tactic. With his great dribble ability and accurate passing, he becomes the king of the midfiled. After all, he is always a good man in living.

Could you write anything about organization EURO 2012? I'm from Poland and I interesting what people or media with other countries thinking about this tournament.

I like dog and cat because its lovely. I try to practice English.

hello to everyone , i hate all the kinds of cats and dogs i prefer birds specially the parrots, the speaking ones . what ever thank for you all, Tess , Rave and Tom because you made this great podcasts to us.
with my love...

i like my sheep a lot especially  one that i call him avast ....He is always come with me when i cut the grass for feeding them. one day i will probably upload the picture  how nice we have relationship ....to the team thank you a lot again ...fondly august

Heloo! I definitly prefer dogs. They are more sweets than cats, are good friend, but they need more space. I think we should keep a dog if only we have a  haose in the countryside where they can run freely in. I have a dog, Betty.