Tess & Ravi

Tess and Ravi finish up Series 4 talking about myths about British people, while Jo and Adam speak about false friends and how to use the word 'actually' to give true information about something.

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  • Which were your favourite topics in this series?
  • What topics would you like Tess and Ravi to talk about in the next series?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


First of all i want to tell you, to all the workers of the british council, that i’m grateful, for the work thet you make. I’m having good improvements about my english skills, i think that my path is still long, but step by step it’s becoming shorter. Well, I think that my favourite topic in this series regards English politeness and reservedness. I choose this because I found it interesting; in Italy, where I live, we don’t use a lot of polite expressions, well this statement is wrong for certain aspects. Actually a lot of people consider politeness, and polite expressions important, but most of the time they don’t use them. A lot of people give you an outstanding smile but besides don’t use expressions like: ‘’Thank you’’,’’Excuse me’’, ecc…; one thing I noticed is that people who don’t know each other show between them more gratitude than what is show among friends and relatives, what a curious thing. However a thing I would like that Tess and Ravi talk about is Stonehenge’s archeological site. It’s an argument that fascinates me, and i think even a lot of people around the world. Thanks for your podcats, hear you soon.

It's a great pity that there are still no Series 5.

This podcast was a little difficult for me. But very thanks. But I believe will be useful these podcasts. I hope I have been writing these sentences. :)
Thanks again

The food in Britain was actually very good. I went to Glasgow this September, and I tried some of the restraunts there. All of them were delicious indeed, especially mussels, haggism abd sausages were good(I'm afraid these were Scotish foods maybe...). But fish and chips are terrible, I once tried it in New Zealand, I don't want to remember the taste! The fat were bad and fish was plain. So I didn't have fish'n'chips this time. One of my friends also said it was awful... it is cheap, though.

Thank you very much for your lessions. Those are really easy to listen to and understand

Hey! I've just heard this episode from elementary podcasts, they're great!. Also, I remembered a false friend that we, Spanish speakers, used to confuse when we learn english: embarassed and pregnant. For us, the former it'd look like as the latter word "embarazada".

That's all by now


I want them to talk about British food.

Hello pablogg,

Thanks for the suggestion. They always read through what users write in the previous series, so your idea will be taken into consideration.

By the way, there are a few videos that deal with aspects of British food in Overcooked that you might find interesting.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like Tess and Ravi talk about some famous places in Britian. It is very great that listeners can learn new things from these places.

Good afternoon everybody.
My favorite podcast it was that in Tess and Ravi talked about Buckingham Palace and Big Ben I didn't know before that the name Big Ben is actually for the big bell not for the whole building.
But now I know better about this symbol of London. Due to the fact Tess and Ravi
told us about all this habits and stuff connecting with UK and English people we feel a bit closer to England.
Last week I talked with someone about whether and used some word in English as that person told me those word was really English, and I feel really happy because I learn to use words as an English person.
I would like to watch a new series about English people and their habits and about some words and sentences that have sens only in English, I think only when we'll learn to use it that kind of expression then we speak English good.
Now about false friends, I remember just one - the word ,, cold'' in my language means warm. So this is a big difference and it takes a lot of time to learn because all the time instead to say I'm warm.. I said I'm cold,, and people were looking at me strange because of this.