Elementary Podcasts

In the episode Tess and Ravi talk about how they’re feeling, and their guests talk about Bob Marley, an unusual festival and British money. You can follow Carolina’s journey by train from London to Newcastle. Will she catch her train?

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 [13:03].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].




Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


I prefer the books because they allow to create your own scenario while reading the lines, so I agree with the voice number 4. While reading a book you must use your imagination to create unique images in your mind, the sounds and all the rest of the stuff that a movie shows to you when you go to a cinema.
Although the sounds and video effects are really interesting too, I like to read more than watch a movie in most of the occasions.

Thanks for the podcasts, are really good for practise all the English skills.

50 to 50. Sometimes I read books, sometimes I watch movies. Sometimes I watch a film adaptation, and after I read a book, but more often I do the opposite.

Many times it has happened to me that I read the book first, and then I did not like the movie. But, if I see the movie and then read the book, I take the pictures I saw and enjoy reading more.

[quote]"I watched your dog crying and laughing all through the film"[quote]

Why not "I watched your dog WAS crying and laughing all through the film"

he sounded terrible
I get bored
why we use ed with the adjectives sound and bore

but could you explain who he is for us?
why not use can here not could?


In each example you have a verb followed by an adjective:

'sounded' is a verb and 'terrible' is an adjective:

He sounded bored.

[subject - verb - subject complement]

'get' is a verb and 'bored' is an adjective

I get bored.

[subject - verb = subject complement]



You can say '...could you explain...' or '...can you explain...'

Both are correct and there is no real difference in meaning here. 'Could' sounds more polite in some situations but both are fine.



The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much for this informations

I'm really wondering about Ravi.How did he manage to watch ten hours DVDs while suffering from a really bad cold and headache...

Hi Guys,

I think, Everybody have missed me. Finally I am here again.

I don't like read book. I was reading book the Robın Hood story when I was at primary school. I had read a year just three pages. I started read and I gave up after a page. I looking for good book. I haven't found any book. You can give some recommendation me for read a book. Really I want to read. I can watch films and tv series forever. I like movie kind of science fiction, action and thriller. Kyrie Eleison. good night. Don't worry be happy like Bob Marley:)