Episode 01

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.


Section 1: "It's Tess's birthday today…!"

Ravi: Hello and welcome to the Second series of the LearnEnglish Elementary podcast. This is podcast number one. If you listened to the first series you’ll remember – I hope – that my name’s Ravi…
Tess: … and I’m Tess. Yes, we’re back again. I hope you didn’t miss us too much. We’ve had a little break – did you go anywhere nice Ravi? Ravi: No.
Tess: – and now we’re back with more good stuff for you to listen to. We’ve got…
Ravi: Aren’t you going to tell them, Tess? I’ll tell them if you don’t. We’ve chosen a special day to come back – it’s Tess’s birthday today, isn’t it?
Tess: Yeah, it is.
Ravi: Happy birthday!
{sound of kiss on the cheek}

Tess: Thank you.
Ravi: Are you doing anything special?
Tess: Well, I’m going out for dinner with some friends tonight and then we might go to a club. I’m not really sure.
Ravi: Sounds good. Where are you going to eat? Is it somewhere a bit special or …
Tess: Yeah, it’s a French place. I’ve heard it’s really good but I haven’t been there.
Ravi: I’m sure it’ll be great. Any good presents? Tess: Well, I got some money from my mum and dad to buy myself something nice so I’m going to get some new boots with that. And that’s it, so far ….
Ravi: Well, I’ll get you a coffee when we finish here, OK?
Tess: OK. And a cake?
Ravi: Oh go on then. A small one. But let’s get on with it. What have we got today?

Tess: We’ve got our quiz, then we’ve got people telling us about their favourite food. And Carolina’s back again.
Ravi: Right. If you’re listening and you don’t remember Carolina, she’s a student from Venezuela who’s come to Britain to study and we follow her in every podcast to hear how she’s getting on.

Section 2: I’d like to talk about…

Tess: But to start with, we’ve got something new. This section is called ‘I’d like to talk about…’ In every podcast, we’ll talk to someone who wants to tell us about something that they’re interested in. It could be anything – a hobby, a person, a place, a thing – something that you know a bit about and would like to share with Ravi and me – and all our listeners of course. And to start us off with ‘I’d like to talk about …’ we’ve got Esther here with us. Esther. Hello.
Esther: Good morning.
Ravi: Hi Esther. Welcome to the podcast. You’re a student aren’t you?
Esther: Hello Ravi. Yes, that’s right.
Ravi: Here in London? What are you studying?

Esther: Yeah. Chemistry. I’m doing a Masters.

Ravi: Blimey. Is that what you’re going to tell us about? I’m lost already.
Esther: No, actually. I’d like to talk about knitting.
Ravi: Knitting?

Esther: Yeah, knitting. It’s really popular nowadays you know. Lots of young people are doing it. There’s a university knitting club that I’m in.
Ravi: But why do people want to knit?
Tess: To make things Ravi! To make things to wear! You’re wearing a jumper – it’s made of wool – well, it’s knitted, isn’t it? You get the wool from a sheep and you knit a jumper! Or socks! Or a scarf!
Ravi: OK, OK, OK, don’t go crazy - it was a stupid question. Sorry Esther.
Esther: That’s OK. But you know, there are some men in our knitting club too, and some of them are really good at it. Knitting’s really quite fashionable now. There are celebrity knitters and everything.
Ravi: Yeah?
Esther: Yeah. There’s Madonna, and erm … Julia Roberts and Uma Thurman. Lots of people. And of course, nowadays people are more worried about the environment and trying to recycle things, and so knitting’s perfect. You can take an old jumper that you don’t like any more and make something new. It’s a cheap way to get clothes.

Tess: Good point. Do you know anything about the history of knitting Esther? When did it start?

Esther: Not really. Some people say that it started with people making nets, you know, for catching fish or animals, but nobody knows for sure. I saw a pair of socks once in a museum. They were from Egypt, about a thousand years old I think. They were beautiful, really complicated, but that’s the oldest thing I know.

Ravi: That’s interesting.
Esther: Remember that they didn’t have machines for knitting till the nineteenth century, so everything was done by hand - even clothes for kings and queens. In England it was always men that knitted for the rich people. They had to do six years’ training to become ‘master’ knitters.
Ravi: Six years!
Tess: So women didn’t knit?
Esther: Well poor women did of course. In fact the whole family used to knit – the fathers and the children too - making socks and things that they could sell to make money.
Tess: Did you make that jumper you’re wearing?

Esther: Yes, I did.
Tess: It’s really nice. Esther: Thank you. It took me ages.

Tess: I could never make something like that.

Esther: You could. You have to practise but it’s not that difficult. That’s another thing I like about knitting. When you start you can just do kind of simple things like scarves and stuff and then when you get a bit better at it you can make more difficult things like this.
Tess: Well, that’s great. Thanks very much Esther. Really interesting.

Esther: Thank you.
Tess: Ravi? What do you think? Want to start knitting?
Ravi: Hmmm. Maybe. Hey, Tess. What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?

Tess: A father sheep and a mother kangaroo? Or the other way round?
Ravi: I don’t know – it doesn’t matter Tess. The joke’s just ‘what do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?’.
Tess: Go on
Ravi: A woolly jumper.
Tess: You’ve been waiting to say that, haven’t you?
Ravi: Yeah.
Tess: Well, Esther is going to give us some knitting pictures and links to put up on the site if you want to find out more.
Ravi: You enjoyed that, didn’t you? Why don’t you try and knit something?
Tess: I could, couldn’t I? I could make you a scarf for your birthday. When is your birthday? Is it in June?
Ravi: Yeah, the fifteenth. You’ve got plenty of time if you start now.
Tess: Ho, ho. …. Oh. I forgot to say, listeners, if you want to write something or record something you can send it to us at learn English podcast at British Council dot org, that’s learnenglishpodcast - all one word – at - britishcouncil – all one word DOT org, that’s o-r- g. Like I said, it can be whatever you want – a hobby, a person, anything. Or just tell us if you like knitting. Send it to us and we’ll put the best answers on the site.

Section 3 – Quiz

Ravi: OK. Time now to go to the phone to talk to today’s quiz contestant, who is Mark from Nottingham. Hello, Mark? No. Er ..OK ..
Mark: {on phone} Hello?
Ravi: Mark! Hi. How are you? Mark: I’m fine thanks, Ravi.

Ravi: What are you up to today?
Mark: Oh, nothing special. It’s my day off so I’m not doing very much.
Ravi: What do you do?
Mark: I work in a clothes shop in Nottingham.

Ravi: Ah. OK. It’s not Paul Smith is it? He’s from Nottingham isn’t he? Great designer.
Mark: No, it’s not Paul Smith, He is from Nottingham though. No, I work in a small clothes shop in the centre of town.
Ravi: Do you like it?
Mark: Yeah, it’s OK, yeah. It’s good.
Ravi: Great. Right. We’re going to play ‘Hot Seat ‘, OK? Tess?

Tess: Yes. So you’re going to play with Ravi today Mark. I’m going to give Ravi some words – he doesn’t know what they are – and he’s going to try to explain them so that you can guess the words. All right?
Mark: OK.
Tess: And we’ll see how many you can get in one minute. Oh .. and the other thing is all the words are connected. This time the connection is – people in your life. Let’s do one to practise. So, for example, if I say, erm , it’s your father’s brother. Or your mother’s brother’, who is it?

Mark: Uncle.
Tess: Right. You’ve got the idea. Are you ready to go?
Mark: Ready.
Tess: OK then. Ready Ravi? Let’s start. Here are the words. You’ve got one minute a starting from …. now.
Ravi: Right … erm … the person who lives next door to you … erm .. in the house next to yours. Mark: Neighbour? Next door neighbour?
Ravi: Neighbour. Yes. Erm … your brother’s daughter. Or your sister’s daughter. It’s your ……?
Mark: Nephew. I mean niece. Niece.
Ravi: Yes, niece. Someone in the same … no … someone who goes to the same school as you and they’re …
Mark: Pupil?
Ravi: No. They’ve got the same teacher as you and you sit next to them or something. They’re your …?
Mark: Classmate?
Ravi: Yes! Phew! I couldn’t say ‘class’ Erm, come on then … if you’re married this is, like, your wife’s dad …

Mark: Father-in-law.

Ravi: OK. Next one. Someone who you work with, like, Tess is my …. ?
Mark: Friend?
Ravi: No. Well, yes, but that’s not what I mean. We work together so we’re …?
Mark: Erm .. I don’t know.

Ravi: We …
Mark: Oh. Colleagues.
Ravi: Colleague, yes. How’s the time? Erm .. this person is … another word for ‘manager’. The person who’s in charge at work is your ..?

Mark: Boss?
Ravi: Yes. Boss. Your uncle’s children are your …?

Buzzer sounds

Mark: Cousins?
Ravi: Yes. OK, I’ll give you that one. Phew. That was really stressful. Well done Mark. How many is that Tess?
Tess: Neighbour. Niece. Classmate. Father-in- law. Colleague. Boss and Cousin. Seven. Well done Mark. And Ravi.
Mark: Thanks.
Ravi: And thanks for playing. We’ll send you a book token and anything else we can find lying around the studio. Thanks Mark.
Tess: Right. We’ve got more to come. We’ll hear what some of our listeners say about their favourite food and we’ll catch up with Carolina again after this ….

Section 4: Your turn

Ravi: Now we can move on to Your Turn. This is the part of the podcast when we go out and ask different people what they think about something. We ask a different question in every podcast, and this time the question was ‘Which country’s food is your favourite?’ – and of course, ‘Why?’.
Tess: OK, let’s hear what people said.

Voice 1: That would be Vietnamese food, especially southern Vietnamese food around the city of Ho Chi Minh. I’ve been there many times and each time I go there my friends will bring me to restaurants where they serve food that has ... ah ... that was cooked with a lot of rich ingredients such as lemon grass, herbs, pepper, and they put in lots of different types of seafood so I think that’s a lot of effort put in to cook up such a dish. So I actually like Vietnamese food very much. And in addition I think the food there is very healthy. They don’t use a lot of oil they use a lot of natural ingredients such as herbs and also fish sauce so what comes out of that is a lot of flavours of seafood plus herbs, which I like very much.
Voice 2: Um, well, I live in Italy at the moment so I’m very fond of Italian food, but really if I had to choose I would say Indian or Thai food because I like spicy food.
Voice 3: My favourite food is food from Italy because I really like pasta and I really like tomato sauce and ... um ... olive oil, and I also like wine and the wine from Italy is very good.

Voice 4: Oh I think I’d have to say France … ah … ‘cos French cooking is superb, so much variety and they just take it so seriously.
Voice 5: Mmm, I’m going to say two countries, aah maybe Italy, from Europe, because I really, really like pizza and aah the different types of pasta they have there, but probably my real favourite type of food comes from Mexico, which aah I just enjoy everything I’ve ever tried from Mexico. It’s always a little bit spicy, maybe a little bit heavy, umm, but really, really good food.

Voice 6: Aah, I think Thai food because it’s … I like spicy food and it’s really kind of fresh, as well, lots of interesting different tastes.
Ravi: So what’s your favourite food Tess? I bet it’s French.
Tess: No. Why? Why French?
Ravi: You’re going to a French restaurant for your birthday aren’t you?
Tess: Well yes, but I’m not sure it’s my favourite. I don’t know, it’s a difficult one. Maybe Italian. I mean good Italian, not just fast food pizzas. What about you?
Ravi: No contest. Indian every time. I’m a traditional boy about food. But I love fast food pizzas as well. All fast food actually.

Section 5: Carolina

Ravi: But now it’s time to find out what’s happening to Carolina. If you listened to the first series of the podcast you’ll know that Carolina is from Venezuela and she’s just started a course at Newcastle University in Britain.

Tess: Yes. In every podcast we hear what Carolina’s been doing. She’s already met a lot of people in Newcastle. She shares a flat with her friend Emily and some other students. And her special friend is a guy called Jamie.
Ravi: Yes, Tess likes Jamie.
Tess: Thank you Ravi. Now let’s hear about Carolina

{In the street}

Carolina: So I told Emily that she .... . Oh, wait a minute. They’re nice.
Jamie: Which ones? Those boots?
Carolina: No, those shoes at the back. The red ones. Let’s go in and have a look.
Jamie: OK.

{In the first shoe shop}

Carolina: Here they are. They’re beautiful. Jamie: What size are they?
Carolina: Um, five and a half. What does that mean? I’m a thirty-six in Venezuela.
Jamie: Yeah, British sizes are different. Try them on. See if they fit. Carolina: No, they’re too big.
Jamie: So try a five – that’s the next size down. Excuse me, have you got these in a five?
Shop Assistant 1: The red ones? No sorry. We’ve only got the sizes on the shelf.
Jamie: OK, thanks. Bad luck. Come on. Let’s …

{In the street}

Carolina: OK. But you know, I really do need some shoes. If we’re going to stay with your parents I need to look nice.
Jamie: I don’t think they’ll care what shoes you’re wearing.
Carolina: You know what I mean. Let’s have a look in here.
Jamie: OK.

{In the second shoe shop}

Jamie: What about these red ones?
Carolina: They’re horrible! And they’re too high. I can’t wear very high heels – I can’t walk.

Jamie: Those brown ones then, they’re nice.

Carolina: No, I don’t want brown - I haven’t got any brown clothes.
Jamie: These black ones then. They’re a size 5.

Carolina: Mmm. They’re quite nice. How much are they?
Jamie: Ninety-five pounds.
Carolina: Ninety-five pounds! I’m not paying ninety-five pounds for a pair of shoes! No, let’s go somewhere else. Come on Jamie.
Jamie: But if you like them why don’t you…

{In the street}

Jamie: So what exactly do you want? What colour? Carolina: I don’t know exactly, but I’ll know when I see them. Here’s another shop. Come on.

{In the third shoe shop}

Carolina: Now these are nice. Black. Not too high. And not too expensive.
Jamie: Why don’t you try them on?
Carolina: Wait a minute. They’ve got them in grey too. Maybe they’re nicer. What do you think?
Jamie: Try them both on.
Carolina: Excuse me? Have you got these in a size 5?
Shop Assistant 2: In a 5? In black or grey?

Carolina: I’d like to try both of them please.

Shop Assistant 2: I’ll just go and check.
Jamie: Phew. Let’s sit down. Shoe shops make me tired…

Carolina: …so which ones do you like best – the grey ones or the black ones?
Jamie: They’re both nice.
Carolina: But tell me which ones you like best.

Jamie: OK then, the grey ones.
Carolina: What’s wrong with the black ones?

Jamie: Nothing’s wrong with the black ones. I said I liked them both.

Carolina: I think I prefer the black ones.
Jamie: OK, if I say I prefer the black ones, can we just buy them and get out of here?
Carolina: Yes, I think I’ll get the black ones. Do you like them? Or do you prefer the grey ones?

Jamie: Aaaargh!
Carolina: Excuse me,

Shop assistant 2: Yes?

Carolina: I’ll take these please.
Shop assistant 2: The black ones?
Carolina: Yes, the black ones. Now where do I pay?
Shop assistant 2: Over here love.
Carolina: Come on Jamie – why are you being so difficult today? …
Ravi: Poor old Jamie. I think he was a bit bored. Do you like buying shoes Tess?
Tess: Well, yes, I do. I like shoes. Don’t you?

Ravi: Well yes, of course I do, but …., usually I know what shoes I want and I go to the shop and I buy them. I don’t go round lots of shops trying them on. I think men and women are different about shoes. OK. I won’t say any more. I don’t want to upset anybody.

Tess: Good! Anyway, did you hear Carolina say that they’re going to visit Jamie’s parents?

Ravi: Yes.

Tess: So…

Ravi: So what?
Tess: So… they must be together… you know – a couple.
Ravi: Well yes. Men don’t go to shoe shops with women if they’re not serious.
Tess: Don’t start the shoe thing again.

Ravi: Sorry.

Section 6: The End

Tess: So that’s the end of this podcast. You might remember in series one, we always finished with a joke from Gordon. Well, Gordon isn’t with us any more. He’s got a new job.
Ravi: Yes, and we hope everything goes well for him. Hey Tess, I’ve got a little surprise for you.

Tess: Really?
Ravi: Here you are. Happy birthday.

Tess: Oh thank you! What is it?

Ravi: Well open it and see.

{sound of present being opened}

Tess: A French cookery book! Thank you Ravi. That’s really great.
Ravi: Well, I thought French food was your favourite, but now…
Tess: Oh, silly, I love French food – and I love cooking. It’s a lovely present. Thank you. Come here.

{sound of a kiss}

Ravi: So do you want to say the last bit, birthday girl? Before we go and get that cake?
Tess: OK. Well, that’s the end of our part of the podcast, and remember, the address for anything that you want to send us is learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org. In a moment you can listen to Tom, our English teacher. He’s going to talk about some of the language you heard in this podcast and things to help you learn. So, stay around to listen to Tom but we’ll say goodbye for now.
Tess & Ravi: Bye!

Tom the teacher

Tom: Hi, I’m Tom. At the end of every podcast you’ll hear from me. I’m going to talk about some of the language you heard in the programmes and talk about ways to help you learn English. The first thing I want to talk about is the word ‘one’. Listen to Ravi at the beginning of the podcast.

Ravi: Hello and welcome to the Second series of the LearnEnglish Elementary podcast. This is podcast number one.

Tom: OK. No problem there. Ravi says ‘this is podcast number one’. He uses ‘one’ as a number. One, two, three, four, five etcetera. Now listen to Tess and Ravi. Listen for ‘one’.

Ravi: Well, I’ll get you a coffee when we finish here, OK?

Tess: OK. And a cake?

Ravi: Oh go on then. A small one.

Tom: ‘One’ isn’t a number here. Ravi isn’t saying ‘a small one, a small two’. ‘One’ here is a pronoun – it’s used in place of a noun – a thing. Listen again. What does ‘one’ refer to?

Ravi: {oblivious} Well, I’ll get you a coffee when we finish here, OK?

Tess: OK. And a cake?

Ravi: Oh go on then. A small one 

Tom: Yes, that’s right. ‘One’ refers to the cake. Ravi doesn’t repeat the word ‘cake’ – he uses ‘one’ instead. Tess said ‘cake’, so Ravi doesn’t need to say it again – they both know what they’re talking about. So he can use ‘one’. We do this a lot in English. We can also use ‘ones’ when we’re talking about something that’s plural. Listen to Jamie and Carolina in the shoe shop. What does ‘ones’ refer to?

Carolina: {fade in} So which ones do you like best – the grey ones or the black ones?

Jamie: They’re both nice.

Carolina: But tell me which ones you like best. Jamie: OK then, the grey ones.

Carolina: What’s wrong with the black ones? Jamie: Nothing’s wrong with the black ones. I said I liked them both.

Tom: Yes, they both use ‘ones’ to refer to the shoes. ‘Shoes’ is plural, so they use ‘ones’, not ‘one’. They can use ‘ones’ because they’re standing in the shoe shop looking at the shoes and so they both know what they’re talking about. In some languages you can make adjectives plural – you can say ‘I like the blacks’ or ‘I prefer the greys’, but you can’t do that in English. We say ‘I like the black ones’ or ‘I prefer the grey ones’. ‘One’ is very common with ‘this’ or ‘that’. We can say ‘Do you prefer this one or that one?’. And of course, we use it a lot with ‘which’. ‘Which one do you like best?’ or ‘Which ones do you prefer?’ or for example, in a car park with a friend, we can ask ‘Which one is yours?’ – we both know that we’re talking about a car. And if you’re eating chocolates you can say to a friend ‘Would you like one?’ There are lots of words in English that we use to refer to things or people. Words like ‘it’ or ‘her’ or ’them’ or ‘mine’ – pronouns. Also words like ‘this’ or ‘that’ or ‘these’ or ‘those’. Listen to Tess talking to Esther about knitting. Notice the words that refer to other people or things.

Tess: Did you make that jumper you’re wearing?

Esther: Yes, I did. Tess: It’s really nice.

Esther: Thank you. It took me ages.

Tess: I could never make something like that.

It’s important that you notice these words when you’re listening or reading, and that you know what they refer to – if you don’t, then you won’t be able to understand exactly what people are talking about. A good way to practise this is to take a piece of English, for example, a part of the tapescript of the podcast, and draw a circle around all the words that refer to something else. Then draw a line from the word to the thing that it refers to. So, for example, you draw a circle around the word ‘him’ and then draw a line to connect ‘him’ to what it refers to – maybe ‘John’ or ‘Ravi’. I’ll put an example on the site for you to see if you don’t understand what I mean. But please try it. It really will help you to understand things better. Now I’d like to talk about something different. Listen to this. What does ‘poor’ mean?

Tess: So women didn’t knit?

Esther: Well poor women did of course.

Tom: Yes, ‘poor’ means someone who hasn’t got very much money. It’s the opposite of ‘rich’. Now listen to this. What does ‘old’ mean?

Esther: You can take an old jumper that you don’t like any more and make something new. It’s a cheap way to get clothes.

Tom: Right again. An old jumper is a jumper that you’ve had for a long time. It’s the opposite of ‘new’. But now listen to what Ravi says after he listens to Carolina and Jamie in the shoe shop.

Ravi: Poor old Jamie. I think he was a bit bored.

Tom: It’s interesting, isn’t it? ‘Poor old Jamie’. Ravi doesn’t mean that Jamie hasn’t got any money. And he doesn’t mean that Jamie is old – he’s a young man. Ravi uses ‘poor’ because he feels sorry for Jamie because he was bored in the shoe shop. We use ‘poor’ in this way a lot – to show sympathy. You can say ‘look at that poor dog – it’s hungry’. Or ‘poor Susan hates her new job’. You can use ‘poor’ in formal or informal situations. But Ravi says ‘Poor old Jamie’. The ‘old’ makes it more informal – you would only say it to friends or people that you know well. If a friend has a problem you can say ‘Oh poor you’ or ‘Oh poor old you’ to show that you sympathise – that you feel sorry for them. And sometimes we say ‘you poor thing’ or ‘you poor old thing’ too. See if you notice it in any English films or songs that you listen to. And now for a simple phrase that you can use this week. Listen to Tess at the end of the quiz.

Tess: Neighbour. Niece. Classmate. Father-in- law. Colleague. Boss and cousin. Seven. Well done Mark. And Ravi.

Tom: She says ‘Well done Mark’ because he got seven words in the quiz. We say ‘well done’ when someone does something well – when we want to congratulate them. Use it this week when you’re speaking English. Say ‘well done’ to someone. OK. I’m going to stop there. I’ll talk to you all again next time. Remember you can write to me about any language that you noticed in this podcast. The address is learnenglishpodcastATbritishcouncilDOT org. In a moment you’ll hear the address for the website where you can read everything you’ve heard in this podcast. You can also find some practice exercises to do online and a support pack that you can print. Right. That’s all for this time. Bye for now! See you next time.

Check your understanding


Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].

Task 1


Task 2

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.



Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:05].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:05].

Task 1


Task 2


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Submitted by amola on Thu, 27/05/2021 - 15:07

I like ARabian food .In my opinion it is the best has a delicious falvour and amazing test .

Submitted by Antoni Luna on Tue, 25/05/2021 - 20:08

I love italian food, but also mexican food, actually I love food wherever it comes from, of course if it tastes good.

Submitted by Letis on Fri, 07/05/2021 - 14:26

Hi! I like Argentine food. It's a mix of foods from different countries, mainly Italy and Spain and our own food.

Submitted by Solar on Tue, 16/02/2021 - 17:58

I lovev syrian food... It's special and varied....

Submitted by May Thida Su on Fri, 29/01/2021 - 15:42

I haven't eaten food of another country. I eat my own country food; Myanmar food and as I'm Chinese, I also eat Chinese food. from these two except, I haven't eaten any other food. I like the food that I'm eating.

Submitted by KYAW HTET AUNG on Tue, 17/11/2020 - 04:08

I think there are a lots of mistakes in the Check Your Understanding.


We check our answers carefully before we publish any exercises, so I would be surprised if there are many mistkes. However, we are only human and we're certainly not perfect, so if you think you have found an error in the answers then please let us know and we'll be happy to check it.



The LearnEnglish Team

yes, i think so. I was surprised, normally is three answers, this time is just one. However, the answers dont match with what they say in the podcast.

Submitted by İlayda İkiz on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 18:35

Absolutely my country's food is best for me. I really love my country's food. For example Baklava,Kebap, Mantı... But if I wanna chose country foods without my contry's food, it would be Italian foods. I want to try another countries's food too. I curious about the Mexican's food. One day, I will try it.

Submitted by Nathana Costa on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 21:23

Hello dears, My favourite food is a typical food of the state that I live and it is called "Moqueca de Peixe". This food is cooked with fresh fish and a lot of ingredients. My mother cooks this food with frequency in our home. It really has a good flavor.

Submitted by cassiamattos2013 on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 01:10

I really like, very much, the food's Brazilian. Because there a lot of variety to ingredients and flavor. Between the food's Brazilian, I always choose The "Feijoada". This food is cooking with black beans and peace of the pork. Hum!!! This one is delicious... I loved to eat this one. I recommend everybody to eat this...

Submitted by OlaIELTS on Thu, 02/07/2020 - 01:23

Actually, i like my country's food, but my favourite is Britishs' food in the sense that their cuisines are hygienic and rich in nutritional values as well as components. I agrees to what they said, since everyone has a choice and taste. British food happens to be my favourite food.

Submitted by rouaa59 on Fri, 19/06/2020 - 00:01

My favorite food is Italian and Indian, I love pasta for Italian food , but I like masala with rice and tandoori bread for Indian food, but the masala should little spicy. actually if i'm hungry i eat any thing

Submitted by Margo on Fri, 22/05/2020 - 19:20

Very interesting tasks wich help in learnong English.

Submitted by Margo on Fri, 22/05/2020 - 18:07

Very interesting tasks that help in learning English!

Submitted by Tarfaii on Fri, 22/05/2020 - 18:03

I prefer Italian food they are one of the best, the pasta and pizza are delicious

Submitted by Lena47 on Thu, 07/05/2020 - 16:45

Very interesting tasks, you can refill your vocabulary, I will pass the tasks futher, tnk u.

Submitted by MISHA228 on Fri, 01/05/2020 - 17:11

It's so nice , that I choose this internet site!!!

Submitted by jmajo on Thu, 30/04/2020 - 17:33

I have to say that my favourite food is the grilled meat, here in Uruguay we call it "asado" and it´s delicious, also we grilled lots of vegetables with the meat and eat them with fresh salads and herbs. My second favourite food is the Italian food, I really like pasta and all sorts of pizzas that they have. Thanks for the episode!, we'll miss Gordon's jokes!

Submitted by ALAWI on Thu, 30/04/2020 - 13:24

My favorite food is Omani and Egyptian , which I like spices and herps

Submitted by Chrissy on Tue, 28/04/2020 - 10:55

I actually like all types of food. But it has to taste good. But I prefer European food like Burger, pasta......

Submitted by Levin on Mon, 27/04/2020 - 13:29

Maybe Italian food, too.Especially pizza and pasta.But also other types of dishes.

Submitted by Yuriy Nikirenkoff on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 07:33

Very easy to understand. I will continue to use this site

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Wed, 08/04/2020 - 21:48

I really like the italian food.They are one of the best.The pizza and pasta are delicious.

Submitted by maykelbembibre on Sat, 15/02/2020 - 12:28

Goodness me, Tom is really easy to understand, he's got such a smooth pronunciation! I can understand these recordings like never before!

Submitted by Dayanna Moreno on Tue, 11/02/2020 - 02:01

Someone knows where I could find the audios?

Hello Dayanna Moreno,

You can download the audio by right-clicking on the player and choosing 'Save as...'



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Submitted by Fikymaulana on Sat, 11/01/2020 - 15:40

My favourite food is italian food. I love pizza and pasta. I can choose different type of pasta. I love those italian foods because I quite like cheese.

Submitted by Abdulkerim on Mon, 25/11/2019 - 04:02

My favorite food is Turkish food and Indonesian food.

Submitted by Kariman on Tue, 12/11/2019 - 23:01

My favorite food is Egyptian, i also like Italian food pasta and pizza

Submitted by Lin89 on Wed, 23/10/2019 - 14:48

My favourite food is the Iraq’s food of course, because it is my country and I live all my life there so I love their food and I love all the Arabia’s food ❤️. In addition I like the Italian food especially “pizza” .

Submitted by yagolannes on Sun, 04/08/2019 - 13:00

Italian food- definitely. I love pizza and pasta hahahaha they r delicious. I use to eat those sort of meals every month and I love it

Submitted by z.ansarian on Sat, 20/07/2019 - 17:14

In fact I want to test all kinds of the foods but I think my country's foods are the best for me because they are compatible with my temper and the specific food for Iranian is chicken barbecue,it's so delicious.Around the fast foods, I love pizza and I prefer eat a perfect one in a Italian restaurant

Submitted by Dictofon on Wed, 15/05/2019 - 10:28

I like different food. But probably , the most favorite food is italian. This cooking is the most healthy for me. And i like wine yet.

Submitted by VoHoangHuan on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 12:04

What does "spicy food" mean?
Hello VoHoangHuan 'spicy' food is food that has strong flavours because of the spices in it. Spicy food often burns your mouth a little bit. At the Vietnamese restaurants (outside Vietnam) I have been to, there was a red spicy sauce that was served with the food I ate. It was delicious! All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by legioner on Sat, 23/02/2019 - 15:36

Hello! Please, explain , why in "check your understanding" the phrase "Tess is going to buy a pair of boots" is not true, althought she said that she wants to buy boots for money wich her parents had presented her?

Submitted by Kirk on Sun, 24/02/2019 - 07:53

In reply to by legioner


Hello legioner

In this question, you have to select the sentence that is NOT true. This is why the last sentence (Ravi gives Tess a present for her birthday) is the correct answer, because it is not true. He is going to buy her a coffee, but that's not really a present, and it's also in the future.

Does that make sense?

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

But in the end of podcast, Ravi gave Tess a book as a present. So "Ravi gives Tess a present for her birthday" is not the correct one, isn't it?

Hello Edy,

That's true, but the first question of the Checking your understanding task is about section 1 only. In section 1, Ravi talks about getting Tess a coffee and a cake after the podcast, but still hasn't given her any gift.

Does that make sense?

All the best,


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Submitted by Dmevko on Mon, 18/02/2019 - 16:58

Hi! In the Task 4 the right answer for the 8th question is 'I think I’ll get'. Why an answer 'I think I’ll buy' is incorrect? Thanks.

Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 19/02/2019 - 05:33

In reply to by Dmevko


Hi Dmevko,

Both I think I’ll buy and I think I’ll get are correct grammatically here. However, the task asks you to practise 'the language you heard', and in the text Caroline uses the verb 'get':

Carolina: Yes, I think I’ll get the black ones. Do you like them? Or do you prefer the grey ones?



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Submitted by Ethel on Sat, 16/02/2019 - 12:34

My favorite food is from my own country. It really is very good. We eat a lot of meat, it's true, but if you've tried a "asado" (something similar to barbecue), you will not forget it. Almost all desserts carry a lot of "dulce de leche" (milk jam?). Tourists love it!

Submitted by Sergey Sh on Mon, 03/12/2018 - 03:30

If I had to choose I’d take Japanese cuisine to be one of the best for me. Why? There’re lots of sea food I’ve always liked. They can take even something row to eat and it is really good. I mean there are quite a lot of different kind of red fish, caviar, squid, oysters and stuff. The most popular dish, sushi takes its origin from Japan. Nobody in the whole world does sushi better than Japaneses. The most important attribute of Japanese food is its always fresh. It makes it to be tasty. Plus Japaneses has always been, well, crazy on doing something. I mean they’re hooked on how to do their work perfectly. Hidetsugu Ueno a Japanese barmen before to serve a cocktail always check its temperature by means of thermometer putting it into a glass. He’s a pedant as well as all in Japan. A cuisine isn’t exception. I was surprised when saw on TV how they cook really poison kind of fish, called Fugu. That fish is considered to be incredible poison. You have to be a master and have five to six years to study to cook that fish. When it’s being cooked, all internal organs which contain lots of poison are put away. It must be done within certain period of time with no any delays for even several seconds. It’s a special manual technology, considered to be difficult to study and use it then. Apart from Japanese cuisine I also find Korean food to be my favorite. There’re big variety of sea products as well. As for some special thing that Koreans manage to cook the best is sea kale. When I was a child I didn’t use to eat it in Russia cause I didn’t like it really, a taste was awful. May be just because Russians don’t be able to cook it correctly. But when I tried Korean version on I was just fond of. Delicious. In general I think that Asians compare to other people all around the world, manage to cook sea food especially good. It’s something from their ancient culture. But may be I’m not right cause I didn’t visit Europe and try food on there yet. As far as I know there is no any national cuisine in Britain. All variety of food came from other countries and made British cuisine as a mixed one. Or may be I’m not right. All I know about British national food is oatmeal for breakfast. Tell me a bit if you don’t mind me asking.

Hello Sergey,

Like any country, Britain has its own culinary traditions and there are also many regional traditions. Traditional British food has become very popular in recent years.

It's also true that British people have very cosmopolitan tastes in food. Britain's history as a trading and imperial nation has led to a lot of cultural sharing, and so foods from across the world can be found in British cities.

You can watch a video on this topic from our Word on the Street series:




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Submitted by Jane123 on Thu, 22/11/2018 - 18:26

Please what’s the answer for the last question

Hello Jane123,

You can see all the answers to our tasks. Just click 'Finish' and then choose 'Show answers'.



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