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


My favorite food is the Iraqi food .  Do you know why ?
Of course , because I am from iraq.
I don't like any other food.
Although I didn't taste any foreign food but I see it in the TV , it's terrible.

hi there!
Tell me: how do you say "i don't like of foreign food", if you don´t taste anything this type? you need taste the "feijoada brasileira", it's delicious!! i invite you at to do the taste!
i'm brazilian, of course!! :)
congratulations friend studant! Good luck!

I'd like write about playing piano music. My hobby is playing the piano. It's very interesting for me playing classic music such as Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. I enjoy especially Bach's music, which is gorgeous actually. I started playing the piano when I was a child and it was very difficult for me. Because at that time, I hadn't got a piano in my home. Therefore I had to go in a close curch to play music. I remember that I was not always well accepted and often I had to hide myself.

I'm from Italy so I actually like Italian food very much. My favourite food is pasta, tomato sauce, olive oil, parmigiano cheese. I like Italian wine, this is truly very good. However, when I'm in a foreign country, I prefer to try the local cuisine because, I think that to be aware of the cultural diversity of a country it's also very important to know well its typical cuisine.

I‘m from China.My english is very poor.so the podcast have not fully understand .
"Hard hard study,day day up"is a maxim of China.I  think i have get it.
My favorite food is "liang ban kong xin cai (chinese)".It's very hot.
I'm interesting in classical guitar and singing.I playing guitar sometimes,because i have go to work.
I'm very like this website that improve my poor english. So i come here evey day.
Dear everyone,please give advice of study english.Ths!~~~

I come from Beijing:)nice to meet you.

I started to study here and there are many things I don´t understand yet. I hope to learn and listening a lot.
Are there many differences between U.K. English and American English pronunciation?
Thank you for let me to study English in this great website. God bless you.

Olivia writes "Hi, my name is Olivia, i'm venezuelan and my favorite food it's a very common food in my country, is named Cachapa, it´s a chopped corn mixed with a little bit of water and salt. It's cooked as a pancake, and i love it eat it with white cheese and butter. I eat cachapas three times every week.  Origin of Cachapa was in venezuela's central region, indians that lived there cultivated corn, and considerated God's food. Corn cultivation is associated with christian religion."

You have done a great job. I just want to say "Thank you"  for all of the useful material I can find on the website, and especially for the free download  podcasts.

I'm from Taiwan. There are many delicious foods in Taiwan. Pig-Blood  Cake is one of those. It is also the most strange food in the world.