Elementary Podcasts

In this episode Tess is upset about losing her cat and Ravi offers support. Their guests talk about chocolate and ways of wasting time. You can also follow Carolina as she tries some British home cooking. Will she like it?

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 [00:25].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].


Task 7

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

Note: a 'portmanteau' word is one that combines parts of two normal words to make a new word, e.g. 'chocolate' + 'alcoholic' = 'chocoholic'




Language level

Intermediate: B1


I bet most of us like chocolate. As for me I prefer dark kind of it with no milk and less of sugar. Perfectly there is nothing instead of cacao for chocolate to be dark and bitter. But that kind are not for everybody cause of it’s too bitter. Basically that’s adults who prefer it. I’ve never met a child who would like it. What’s the useful side of bitter chocolate? First of all there is an amino acid, called tryptophan that makes you happy and cheerful after you ate it. Being less of sugar is healthy cause of sugar contributes to increase of cholesterol level and your teeth can be spoil. In case of teeth, mainly not to forget to brush them after every eating sweets. I’m not against of milk chocolate and don’t think it’s completely bad (actually I like all kinds) but if I had ever asked whether I like bitter one, I’d definitely say yeah.
When I have some work that’s not required to be done at the moment I’m not so far from people who were asked in the podcast. Checking facebook, Instagram, internet surfing and solitaire are all about me. In addition I like having a little break dreaming or music listening with well-quality headphones. There is a music app I also like using while leisure time. An interesting book is not an exception as well. Plus I always try to learn something of English using this website for instance. It’s really pleasure for me to leave comments below after listening a podcast and to get answers from you professional teachers. Thank you for your answers.
Why Tess doesn’t like jokes so? Some of them are nice she comments, but it would be wonderful if she could tell some joke as well.

Could I ask two questions, please?
1- What's the difference between (I'll call in 'on' my Mum on my way home), and (I'll call in 'to' the Hat and Feathers for a pint on the way back).
Could I replace 'to' instead of 'in' and vise versa in the last two sentences above?
2- Ravi said: Yeuk, What does that word mean?
I googled it but I didn't get the meaning.

Thanks in advance.

Hello corflz,

1. In standard use, as far as I know, we call in 'on' a person and we call in 'to' a place. This can be with the telephone (e.g. 'I called in to work to report that I was ill') or to a place in person (as in your example about the pub).

2. 'yeuk' is another spelling of 'yuck'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


Helped me a lot! I've got a last question. Might I use "go through" in any of your exemples?

Hi again NahB,

You could say 'go through' in my first sentence with the same meaning as 'pass through'. If you said it in my second one, it would be a little ambiguous, but to me it would imply that you are going to stop, even though it doesn't explicitly say that you will. 'go through' would not be appropriate in my third sentence.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Could you tell me ways to say "pass by somewhere" (city)

Hello NahB,

This really depends upon the context in which you are using it and on the precise intended meaning. In any case, the best source for this kind of thing is a thesaurus and there are many of these available online.



The LearnEnglish Team

In this sentence: I gonna "pass by/through" in Zurich to visit a friend.

Hi NahB,

If you are in Paris and are travelling to Vienna and plan to stop in Zurich to see a friend, you could say 'I'm going to pass through Zurich so I can visit a friend'. Or if you don't stop in Zurich, you could say 'I'm going to pass by Zurich' (which implies you aren't going to stop).

There's also the expression 'go/come by', which means to stop for a short visit when you're going to another place. So you could also say 'I went by Juergen's place on my way to Vienna'.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


My favourite type of food is yoghurt.

I eat it every day. I like it very much. I only eat yoghurt which has less than 6 per cent milk sugar in it. I eat it with and without fruits.

If you eat a lot of milk sugar, it's more likely that you get diabetes and your ability to concentrate over a longer period of time is not so good as if you eat types of sugar which have longer molecules so that your body needs longer to metabolise them.

This is the reason why I've stopped eating chocolate and I don't take milk nor sugar for my coffee.

It's a very common food in my country. You can buy it at any supermarket but seldom with low milk sugar.

People who have problems with the milk sugar in milk often can eat yoghurt because some of the original milk sugar is removed during fermentation.

It has a much longer storage life than unheated milk. This is the reason why it's a very old type of food but the exact date when it's the first time used is unknown.