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


I prefer dogs to cats. Dogs are friendly and warm but I think I am not ready to look after a dog, it's too much responsibility. 
I would like to make a grammar question. Is it true that if you do not know the past tense of a verb you can use "did"  behind the verb you want to say in past?
For instance, I say: "I did go to Europe last month" instead of "I went to Europe last month".
Thanks in advance for your response.

It's grammatically correct to use 'did', but the meaning of the sentence is different. Using 'did' in this way emphasises the sentence, as if you are replying to someone who claims that you didn't go to Europe. It sounds quite strange to use it instead of past simple.
If you are really stuck, it's better than saying nothing, but you could also just guess and look at the person you're talking to - most people will help you!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Adam!
Thanks a lot for your feedback. 

Hi everybody!
I'm from Ukraine, Odessa, port city. It's a coast of Black See. About cats and dogs, I think we shouldn't forget that for the first they are animals. The dogs lick hands and even smbd face(though I don't like the dog licks his quasi clear body and when licks faces). The cats leave their flocks of hair everywhere and cry in the spring. It's all ok, that's all right. I've pity on the cat into little cage and have pity on the dog with the hairdo like dandelion. People shouldn't make from pets a domestics toys. When the pets have a native habitat people haven't problem with smell, flocks, noise and etc. My parents live in a village near Odessa and have a two cats and a dog. The pets dwell in a yard. I like all of them. My son (he is five) loves play with cats and dog in the yard when we visit the village. Sometimes father lets go home cats but not often. There're everybody well.
Odessa is a one of the southern Ukrainian cities. Ukraine is a country that created after disintegration of the USSR. There're more than one million people in Odessa. And every year we have a humor festival in 1 April. The people funny make up them self and pour out from their houses on the Deribasovskaya avenue (the main street of Odessa). There're you can see a sea of smiles. The all countries of past USSR area know this festival. The one more interesting thing in our city is a catacombs. There're too much underground ways and other layers were created during the 2nd World War in 1941-1945. Their length is more than 2500 kilometers. Today the entrance in catacombs is situated in Nerubayskoe(the village near Odessa, not more 10km). There're a museum. So, You are always wellcome to Odessa. And if smbd English speaking dare to visit Odessa, I'll make a free tour of the city.  

Hi everyone! I'm from Srilanka and my question is 'how to improve my writing skill? please anybody tell some ideas!

Hello Kajanthan!
The important part of learning any language is to keep working on it. Practising writing is difficult without a teacher, but you can always try to write sentences. Many of my students like to keep a diary. Also, you can write to other learners on LearnEnglish - this will let you practice sharing your ideas. Find a subject on the website you are interested in, and join in the discussion!
Also, remember that one of the best ways of improving your writing is to read as much as you can! This will help your grammar and vocabulary without you noticing. Why not try some of our Stories & Poems?


Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very! I'm so happy to your reply.

hi everyone
i'm from Vietnam. i'm very very like pets. i have two dogs and i see that they are very intelligent. Now, i'm studying far from my home, but when i go home, they always run to welcome me....it's so happy.

Hi, I am from China. I am a new comer here. I have to say i love this place, interesting.
Didier Drogba, I admire him, he is chelsea legend. At that time, Jone Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba were the backbone of chelsea. I have surpported chelsea for two years. 
Blue is the color, football is the game.
Didier Drogba, you are not only african's, but  the world's.

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