Episode 09

In this episode Tess and Ravi are making plans for the weekend, and their guests talk about the cartoonist Matt Groening and the Indian film industry. You can also follow Carolina as she starts to really enjoy life in Newcastle and invites some of her new friends to dinner. What do you think she’ll cook for them?

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 – “A weekend away” – talking about short breaks

Ravi: Hello once again and welcome to the LearnEnglish Elementary podcast number 9 with me, Ravi, from Manchester.

Tess: And me Tess, from London. And Gordon, our producer, from … where are you from Gordon?

Gordon_ Me? I’m from Keswick, in the Lake District, you know, but I’ve lived in London for about twenty years.

Tess: Keswick? Really? I’m going there this weekend.

Gordon: Really? What for? Having a weekend away?

Ravi: Are you going cycling again?

Tess: Yeah, we are, six of us. We’re getting the train up from London on Friday morning then cycling to Keswick, spending a night there then we’re going to do a really long ride on the Saturday ..

Ravi: You’re not going to camp, are you? Isn’t it a bit cold?

Tess: No, we’re not – it is a bit cold. We’re staying in youth hostels, you know.

Ravi: Oh right, I haven’t been in a youth hostel since I was a kid. Are they still really cold and uncomfortable?

Tess: No, not at all. Some of them are fantastic. I mean, they’re not like five star hotels or anything but they’re really comfortable and you meet some really interesting people in them.

Ravi: Hmm. Sounds OK, better than I remember. It’s the cycling I don’t want to do. How far are you going to ride each day?

Tess: About fifty miles or so. It depends. It’s more difficult with all the hills and stuff. We haven’t booked the youth hostels – they won’t be really busy at this time of year. So we’ll just stay at the nearest place if we get really tired.

Ravi: Ah OK. Sounds great. When are you coming back?

Tess: We’re getting a train on Sunday afternoon so we’ll get back to London in the evening, about six o’clock, I think.

Ravi: Do you know what I’m going to do this weekend?

Tess: No? What are you up to?

Ravi: Absolutely nothing. I’m going to sit on my sofa all weekend and watch TV. I’ve got loads of DVDs I want to watch. I’ll think of you on your bicycle though.

Tess: I don’t know how you can do nothing all weekend Ravi. I’d get so bored.

Ravi: I know, I know. I’m going to start going to the gym soon, honest. I can never find the time.

Section 2 – I’d like to meet

Ravi: Anyway, it’s time now to move on. As usual we’re going to start with Would Like to Meet. In every podcast someone comes to the studio and tells us about a famous person – alive or dead - that they’d like to meet. We’ve got Sean here with us today so let’s start by finding out something about you.

Sean: Well, my name’s Sean, I’m seventeen, and I’m from Brighton.

Ravi: That’s where my mum and dad live. I go down there a lot. Great place.

Sean: Yeah, it’s good. There’s plenty to do – good shops. I’d rather live in London though.

Ravi: I bet if you lived in London, you’d want to go back to Brighton. Get some fresh air, see the sea.

Sean: Maybe – but then I could visit my mum and dad, like you do Ravi.

Ravi: Well that’s true. Yeah, live in London, have family in Brighton – perfect really.

Tess: And who are you going to talk about today Sean. Who’s the famous person you’d like to meet?

Sean: Matt Groening.

Tess: The Simpsons guy?

Ravi: The Simpsons guy? I always thought it was pronounced ‘groaning’.

Sean: Well I did too, for a long time. But no it isn’t, it rhymes with ‘raining’ – Matt Groening.

Tess: OK, That’s the name sorted out. Tell us a bit about him Sean.

Sean: Well, as you know, he’s the guy who created the Simpsons which is probably the best show on TV anywhere in the world. Ever. And a great film too.

Tess: You’re a fan then.

Sean: Ever since I can remember. And I just think that the man who created something so brilliant must be a really funny guy. To be honest, I don’t know much about him as a person – I know he’s really old – he must be fifty or something – at least.

Tess: I’m not sure fifty is really old Sean. My mother wouldn’t be very happy to hear that. 

Sean: Well you know, whatever. He’s older than my dad anyway. That’s why I’d like to meet him – he must be really funny and really smart, but he’s old. Um, what else do I know? Um - and I know he’s got kids – two kids called Abraham and Homer.

Tess: He called his son Homer! After Homer Simpson!

Sean.: Well maybe – maybe not. Homer was his dad’s name too – he got all the names from his own family. His mum and dad were Homer and Margaret – Marge for short. And his little sisters are Lisa and Maggie. Bart was going to be called Matt at first but then he changed his mind. But I read somewhere that the character of Bart Simpson was based on his older brother. I guess I’d like to meet him too.

Ravi: When did the show start?

Sean: In the 1980s – I’m not sure of the year. But it’s about twenty years old. But the characters never get any older - I like that. Oh, and another thing I’ve just remembered – “Doh!” – you know Homer Simpsons’ famous “Doh!” - is now in the Oxford English Dictionary. I think that’s pretty amazing. And I can’t remember anything else. Doh!

Ravi: Don’t worry about it – that was really interesting

Tess: Thanks Sean , another good one there. Ravi, I don’t why I haven’t asked you this before – who would you like to meet? Who would you talk about if you were our guest on the podcast?

Ravi: Oof. That’s a tough one. There’s so many. Matt Groening’s a good one – I’d love to meet him. Peter Jackson who directed the Lord of the Rings films – he’d be really interesting. Erm … J.K. Rowling who wrote the Harry Potter books. Yeah, maybe her – she seems quite an interesting character.

Tess: Yeah, I’d like to meet her too. And remember, listeners, that we’re always interested to hear about people that you’d like to meet. Or even cartoon characters!

Ravi: That’s a good one! Which cartoon character would you like to meet and why. Brilliant idea!

Tess: So send your thoughts to us at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org, that’s learnenglishpodcast - all one word – at britishcouncil – all one word dot org, that’s o-r-g.

Section 3 – Quiz

Ravi: Right. Shall we meet the players for our quiz today then? We have a little quiz now with two of our listeners and this time we’ve got Ethan. Hi Ethan.

Ethan: (on phone) Hi Ravi

Ravi: And Abby. Hello Abby.

Abby: (on phone) Hi Ravi.

Ravi: Let’s start with you, Abby. Where are you calling from?

Abby: From Margate.

Ravi: Ah, at the seaside. Is it sunny down there today?

Abby: It is, it’s lovely and warm today.

Ravi: And what do you do Abby?

Abby: I’ve just left school. I don’t know what I’m going to do now.

Ravi: Well, good luck with what you decide to do and good luck with today’s quiz. Now, Ethan.

Ethan: Hi Ravi.

Ravi: Where are you from, Ethan?

Ethan: South London.

Ravi: OK. Well I know that it’s sunny here in London too. What do you do Ethan?

Ethan: Nothing, at the moment Ravi. I finished school last year and I’m going to university in a couple of months time. I’ve had a gap year and done some travelling.

Ravi: Ah, fantastic. Where have you been?

Ethan: I went to South America for 4 months.

Ravi: Brilliant. Did you have a good time?

Ethan: Unbelievable. It was so cool.

Ravi: Right. Today’s quiz is another ten second quiz, OK? I’m going to give you a topic and you’ve got ten seconds to think of as many things as you can. So, let’s say, I say ‘things that you play’ you have to think of as many things as you can. You might say ‘football’, ‘the piano’, ‘volleyball’, you know. All things that you play. The winner is the person who gets the most in ten seconds, OK?

Abby/Ethan: OK

Ravi: OK then. You’ve got ten seconds to write down things that you make. I’ll give you one to start with – ‘make the bed’. Go on then, ten seconds, things that you make. Go!

[countdown, followed by bell]

Ravi: OK – time’s up. How many Abby?

Abby: Five

Ravi: OK. How about you Ethan?

Ethan: Erm .. six, Ravi.

Ravi: OK then, let’s hear your six Ethan.

Ethan: Erm .. Make a decision, make a mistake, make a mess, make friends, make progress and … make an appointment.

Ravi: Yep. That’s six. Well done. It’s not easy when the clock’s ticking. So, you win the book token Ethan, we’ll send that to you soon – and bad luck to you Abby but thank you for playing. 

Tess: And remember everyone that if you’ve got a brilliant idea for a game we can play then you can send it to us at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org

Section 4 – Our person in

Tess: Now though, it’s time for Our Person In – the part of the podcast when we hear from different people around the world telling us something interesting about where they live. This time round Bridget Keenan is Our Woman in India.

Bridget: India is a nation of cinema-lovers – almost 40 million people go to the cinema each month and India produces almost twice as many films each year as the USA. The Indian film industry is known as Bollywood and you never feel like you are far from its influence. In cities, giant hand-painted images of Bollywood stars look down at the passing traffic and in parts of India film stars have used their popularity to start careers as politicians. Bollywood films are quite different to Hollywood films. Although the plots can be similar, the Indian films feature a lot more singing and dancing – there are usually six songs and at least two huge dance scenes. In fact, the stories are often very predictable and always have a happy ending – but that doesn’t stop people going to see them.

And going to see films is a special experience too - much noisier and livelier than British cinemas. The crowd will cheer on the hero through all the action scenes, whistle through the songs and offer advice and support throughout the film. The audience can be as much fun as the film.

That audience seems to be almost everyone in India – from the very old to the very young. In the countryside there are touring cinemas – a lorry travelling with all the equipment to make a temporary cinema in a village for one night before moving on to the next place. It’s a love of cinema shared by the whole, huge country unlike anywhere else in the world.

Ravi: Hehe. That brings back some memories. We used to watch loads of Bollywood films when I was a kid. They’re great fun.

Tess: Did you? Do you still watch them now?

Ravi: Not really. If I’m at my mum and dad’s I might. My mum still watches them quite a lot.

Tess: I’ve never seen a Bollywood film. They sound very … different.

Ravi: I’ll lend you a DVD. I’ll give you the address again if you’d like to tell us something about going to the cinema in your country. It’s learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org.

Section 5 – Your turn

Tess: And that takes us into Your Turn – the part of the show where we ask you what you think. I told you earlier that I’m going away for the weekend, cycling. That’s a perfect holiday for me and that’s what we asked people for Your Turn – What’s your perfect holiday. Let’s hear what they said.

Voice 1: Ooh what a lovely idea, I love holidays. The beach for me. Sitting in the sun, with a cold drink and doing absolutely nothing. That would be perfect. Bah, my next holiday seems ages away.

Voice 2: Hmm. I just get really bored sitting on a beach all day with all that sand getting everywhere. I’d rather be in the countryside – or just somewhere where there aren’t any crowds. The beach is always so crowded.

Voice 3: What I really like about a holiday is when I don’t have any plan, y’know? I like travelling about and if I like somewhere I stay there for a few days and if I don’t I just get on a train and go somewhere different. That’s what I really like – when I don’t have to worry about timetables and all that stuff.

Voice 4: I would really love to go on a cruise. Y’know? A holiday on a boat where you travel to different cities. My aunt and uncle went on one last year and said it was great. Everything’s planned for you so you don’t have to worry about anything at all. Lovely.

Voice 5: My perfect holiday would be a trip to China. I’ve always wanted to go there. It just seems so fascinating – so different, y’know. And there’d be so much to see. I’d love to tour the whole country – but I guess that would take years.

Tess: Ravi? Your perfect holiday?

Ravi: I really want to go to Australia. A couple of my friends went there last year and said it was brilliant.

Tess: Yeah, I really like the sound of Australia too. Let us know what your perfect holiday would be. You can send it to us at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org.

Section 6 – Carolina 

Tess: Now let’s join Carolina again. Carolina is a student from Venezuela who’s come to Britain to live, study – and have fun. She’s really settled in in Newcastle. Last time we listened she was in the pub with her friends from the Conservation Society. This time, Carolina is preparing a special meal for her friends.

In the shared kitchen

Emily: Hi. How’s it going? Everything under control?

Carolina: Oh - I’m beginning to panic a bit. The rice and beans are done, they’re cooking now, that’s for Jamie – he’s vegetarian. I need to grill the meat - and I need to make the guasacaca - oh dear, and I wanted to have a shower – I’m so hot.

Emily: What time are they coming?

Carolina: I told them eight o’clock. I hope they’re late!

Emily: Don’t panic. You’ve got plenty of time. What can I do to help? What’s gwuh ….. whatever it was?

Carolina: Guasacaca. It’s like a salad sort of thing, with avocadoes and herbs. It goes with the meat.

Emily: Well, why don’t you tell me what to do and I’ll make it while you have a shower.

Carolina: OK thanks. You’re an angel. Um, you need an onion, some green pepper, some red pepper, some garlic, um some parsley – and you chop it all up – in quite small pieces and put everything in a bowl. It’s all here look.

Emily: OK. I’ll start chopping. How much garlic?

Carolina: Um, three of those … what do you call them? The small parts of garlic.

Emily: Cloves? You mean cloves. Three of these?

Carolina: Yes that’s right.

Emily: Then what?

Carolina: Then you put it in a bowl with olive oil, vinegar, a little sugar and some chilli powder. Oh and some salt.

Emily: And what about the avocado?

Carolina: You add that at the end. There are two avocadoes in the fridge. You mash one, you know, with a fork so it’s like a paste, and the other one you just chop, so it’s in pieces.

Emily: I think I can manage that. And then I add the avocadoes to the stuff in the bowl?

Carolina: Yes. And put it in the fridge.

Emily: Right. No problem. You go and make yourself look beautiful.


Jamie: Hi. Here we are

Carolina: Oh hi. Hi Henry.

Henry: Hi. Hi Emily.

Emily: Hi. Did you find it OK?

Henry: Yeah, it was easy. We’ve brought a bottle of wine – it’s white, it probably needs to go in the fridge.

Jamie: And we brought these too, for you.

Carolina: Oh that’s very kind of you. I love chocolate. Thanks.

Jamie: Can we put our coats somewhere?

Carolina: You can put them in my room.

Emily: Here, I’ll take them.

Carolina: Well, sit down. Make yourselves at home

Henry: Thanks. It’s a nice place you’ve got here. Great kitchen. Really big.

Carolina: Thanks. Yes, we’re very lucky. Now what would you all like to drink? We’ve got….


Carolina: So, here it is. Just help yourselves.

Jamie: It looks delicious.

Carolina: I hope so.

Jamie: Mmm, this is good. What’s in it?

Carolina: Rice and black beans, and um onion and pepper – and some spices

Emily: Delicious. Is this a traditional Venezuelan dinner then?

Carolina: Well, in Venezuela we usually eat a big meal for lunch, and have a smaller meal in the evening. But yes, it’s a traditional meal, nearly. We should have fried …I don’t know the word – they’re like bananas – big, hard bananas.

Henry: Plantains? They look like bananas.

Carolina: Yes, maybe, plantains. Anyway, I couldn’t find any, but everything else is traditional.

Emily: Hey, we forgot the music! Henry, do you want to come and choose something? I’ll show you where the CDs are.

Henry: Sure.

Emily: My rooms just through here on the……

Jamie: Well. Here we are then. Just the two of us.

Tess: Awww.

Ravi: What?

Tess: Oh nothing Ravi. I really want to know what’s going to happen next.

Ravi: To Carolina?

Tess: And Jamie. Never mind.

Section 7 – The Joke

Tess: Right. It’s time for Gordon. Are you ready there Gordon?

Gordon: Ready. Tess: For new listeners, Gordon tells us a joke every week. If you like bad jokes, you’ll love Gordon. 

Gordon: Thanks Tess. Right – I’ve got a parrot for you this week.

Tess: Another parrot?

Gordon: Yes – a parrot and a magician. A magician who worked on a cruise ship – you know, the big ships that people have holidays on – had a parrot.

But the parrot had seen the magician’s act hundreds of times and knew all the tricks. So whenever the magician did his act the parrot just sat there looking really bored because he’d worked out how the magician made things disappear.

Anyway, one night, during the magician’s show, the ship hit an iceberg and sank. The only survivors were the magician and the parrot. The magician managed to climb into a lifeboat and immediately fell into a deep deep sleep. A little bit after that the parrot came and sat on the edge of the lifeboat and stared at the magician.

The magician slept for three days and the parrot didn’t take his eyes off him. It just stared and stared and stared. Finally, the magician opened his eyes and the first thing he saw was the parrot – watching him like a … well, like a parrot.

Another hour went past and the parrot didn’t take his eyes off the magician. Then the parrot opened its beak and squawked “Alright. I give up. What did you do with the ship?”

Ravi: No, that’s terrible Gordon. I still prefer the jokes about dogs. Actually, maybe some of our listeners could send you some new jokes. The address for jokes or anything else you want to send to us is learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org.

Tess: We have to go now but in a moment you can listen to Tom, our English teacher, who’ll be talking about some of the language you heard in this podcast and things to help you learn. So, stick around to listen to Tom but we’ll say goodbye for now.

Tess & Ravi: Bye!

Tom the teacher

Tom: Hello again. My name’s Tom. And at the end of every podcast, I talk about some of the language that you heard, and some ways to help you learn English.

Today I want to talk about the verbs ‘make’ and ‘do’. This is a big problem for learners of English. A lot of languages only have one word for ‘make’ and ‘do’. For example, in Portuguese, the verb ‘fazer’ is sometimes ‘make’ in English, and sometimes it’s ‘do’. So it can be very difficult for Portuguese learners to know when to use ‘make’ and when to use ‘do’.

So what’s the difference between them? Well, it isn’t an easy question to answer. Most of the time there isn’t really any difference in meaning at all. It’s just that in some phrases we use ‘make’ and in other phrases we use ‘do’.

Some grammar books tell you that we use ‘make’ when we are creating something – something that we can touch. This is sometimes true. Listen to Carolina talking about the guasacaca. Which verb does she use?

Carolina: I need to grill the meat - and I need to make the guasacaca - oh dear, and I wanted to have a shower – I’m so hot.

Tom: She says ‘I need to make the guasacaca’. We often use ‘make’ when we’re talking about food – dishes that we’ve created from other things. We don’t ‘make’ meat – that comes from an animal already made! – we just cook it. Now listen to Emily offering to help with the guasacaca.

Emily: Well, why don’t you tell me what to do and I’ll make it while you have a shower.

Tom: Emily uses ‘make’ too. She’s going to make the guasacaca for Carolina. So try to remember this use of ‘make’ with food. You can say to your friend “Mmm, this soup is delicious! You must tell me how to make it”. Or “This cake is very good. Did you make it yourself?”.

But there are lots of other phrases with ‘make’. The quiz in this podcast was about things that you can ‘make’. Listen to the last part.

Ravi: OK then, let’s hear your six Ethan.

Ethan: Erm .. Make a decision, make a mistake, make a mess, make friends, make progress and … make an appointment.

Tom: Ethan gives six examples of phrases with ‘make’.

• You make the bed when you get up in the morning,

• you can make an important decision,

• you can make a mistake – not ‘do’ – we don’t say ‘do a mistake’.

• You can make a mess – if you drop things all over the floor for example,

• you can make friends, just like Carolina has in Newcastle, and

• you can make an appointment to see the doctor or the dentist.

We always use ‘make’ in these phrases. There’s no reason for using ‘make’ – it isn’t because of the meaning of the phrases. It’s just what we say.

It’s a good idea to keep a page in your notebook for phrases with ‘make’ and ‘do’ – and try to learn them. Start with the ones from this podcast and then add to them when you find more.

Here are two phrases with ‘do’ that you can add too. We say ‘do your homework’ – ‘do’ not ‘make’. Say “I’m sorry I didn’t do the homework” to your teacher. And we also say ‘do an exam’ or ‘do a test’. Never ‘make’.

OK. Now for something different. I noticed a phrase in this podcast that might be useful for you to understand. Listen to Ravi talking to Ethan in the quiz. What did Ethan do after he left school?

Ravi: What do you do Ethan?

Ethan: Nothing, at the moment Ravi. I finished school last year and I’m going to university in a couple of months time. I’ve had a gap year and done some travelling.

Tom: Ethan had a gap-year after he finished school. It means that he didn’t start university immediately after he finished school. He waited for a year. Lots of British students have gap-years. Sometimes they work for a few months to get some money and then they go travelling – to see the world. Sometimes they go and do voluntary work for a year. The universities are usually very happy about this. They think it gives the students experience of the real world before they start studying hard again. So now you know what a ‘gap-year’ is if you hear anyone say it.

Now I want you to listen to Carolina again. Carolina speaks very good English – but sometimes there are words that she doesn’t know. Listen to what she says when she doesn’t know the word.

Emily: OK. I’ll start chopping. How much garlic?

Carolina: Um, three of those … what do you call them? The small parts of garlic.

Emily: Cloves? You mean cloves. Three of these?

Carolina: Yes that’s right.

Tom: OK – she asks Emily “what do you call them?” – she asks Emily. But she also tries to describe the thing that she doesn’t know. She says “the small parts of garlic”. This is very important when you don’t know a word. Don’t just stop! Try to describe what you want to say. Listen to Carolina again.

Carolina: But yes, it’s a traditional meal, nearly. We should have fried …. I don’t know the word – they’re like bananas – big, hard bananas.

Henry: Plantains? They look like bananas.

Carolina: Yes, maybe, plantains.

Tom: She doesn’t know the word ‘plantains’ so she says “They’re like bananas – big hard bananas”. And Henry understands what she wants to say. Try to do the same thing when you don’t know a word. Don’t stop – keep talking. Use different words to describe what you want to say. people will understand and give you the word that you need.

Before I go, as usual, I want to give you a useful phrase from the podcast – a phrase for you to use. Listen to what Carolina says to Jamie and Henry.

Carolina: Well, sit down. Make yourselves at home.

Tom: Yes, it’s another phrase with ‘make’. She says “Make yourselves at home”. She wants them to be relaxed and comfortable – as if they were in their own homes. ‘Yourselves’ is plural – Carolina is speaking to two people. If you’re talking to one person then you say “Make yourself at home”. So try to use the phrase when someone comes to visit you in your house. Say “Make yourself at home”.

OK. That’s all from me today. Remember you can send your questions to me at learnenglishpodcast@britishcouncil.org. I’ll be happy to answer your questions! Or write to me about any interesting language that you noticed. In a moment you’ll hear the address for the website where you can read everything you’ve heard in this podcast. So bye for now!

Check your understanding


Tess and Ravi

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Task 1



Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:12].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:15].

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Task 2


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Submitted by ASMAA HAMZAH A… on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 20:28


For me it depends on the week days , if there was many exams or a lot of lectures during the week and if i did all my homework and i don't have any test next week so i prefer to sleep all the weekend and do relaxing activities such as massage and body care.
But if week days were so quiet I would like to have a weekend full of activities like going to the beach, or shopping .

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Thu, 16/09/2021 - 16:41

I love to travel everywhere! I prefer to travel around and see different places, yes sometimes I want and put it my towel on the sand and looking the sea, swimming, take a photos for my albums.. Maybe I can be in the hotel, camping, motel... doesn`t matter where I will be happy to share these moments and memories with my family :) Sometimes is better to have a plan when you`re somewhere or guide because you don`t where to go... But Google Map help me to tick place where I want to visit :)

Submitted by Letis on Sat, 24/04/2021 - 15:42

I love holiday! I think that there isn't nothing better than being on holiday! Wherever I go I am happy. Because the important is the attitude. I prefer to visit one or two places to have enough time to kwon better them and I usually plan the trip so I can do what I like. I like staying some days in the beach or mountain and some days in a city. If the weather is hot, camping is a good option, you can enjoy the nature.

Submitted by May Thida Su on Thu, 28/01/2021 - 14:06

I don't know that what is my perfect holiday. I've never done travelling abroad and even travelling in my own country. In my perfect holidays, I stay at home doing nothing or go with my friends to the shopping centers. That's it. It's that I do in my holidays.

Submitted by OlaIELTS on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 02:26

Having a perfect holiday is as wonderful as a modest life, I think it's a good idea to find a place and time to relax and enjoy oneself in order to regain focus as well as strengths. I prefer camping. Yes. I like it all. This depends on choice and some factor that one thinks suit the holiday. Yes. I enjoys both option.

Submitted by Harsh on Thu, 11/06/2020 - 08:53

Spending my days in a large library by the beach, with the melodious voice of Sonu Nigam in the background, feeling the cold wind flow through my hair, making sand castles and decorating them with seashells and eating a sandwich.

Submitted by Zamira on Sat, 02/05/2020 - 22:55

My perfect holidays are sitting on the beach, swimming. I like seeing the sights. Also I like climbing up to the mountains, seeing beautiful views on the top of the mountain, cycling through the forest, speaking with interesting people. I prefer the quiet hotels. I don’t like drinking alcohol during the holiday and in ordinary life too.

Submitted by rouaa59 on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 22:53

my perfect holiday is travel around the world, The half other part on holiday i am spending at home ( home cleaning , Arrange clothes, read a books).

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Mon, 06/04/2020 - 20:02

Thanks guys for the episode!Well I prefer to go to the beach with my girlfriend and enjoy ourselves.No worries about time,job or anything.It would be perfect But I think it is away from us right now.

Submitted by jmajo on Mon, 30/03/2020 - 16:49

Thanks for the episode! Great job!

Submitted by jmajo on Mon, 30/03/2020 - 16:49

What's my perfect holiday? Although there are beautiful places all around my country and in the rest of the world to travel and visit, I prefer to go to quiet places at the time of the year where people don't usually go, so I can enjoy it better without crowds and crazy people doing noise and taking pictrures everywhere. When I travel, I use to stay in hostels because they are cheaper than hotels and you can meet young people from everywhere. I think every time you go somewhere you must make some plans previusly, I mean, you need to know how much money you'll spend and all that. T

Submitted by Aljona on Wed, 11/03/2020 - 11:45

Really my dream holiday is the same as in the text about cruise! Because I have amasing experience of trip by bus. Started the day with the tasty buffet breakfast before tour or sightseeing. Then we travelled to different countries and cities, towns once. Everything’s planned for you so you don’t have to worry about anything at all. And now I would like to do the same on a cruise!

Submitted by Fikymaulana on Sat, 04/01/2020 - 16:51

It was a perfect holiday when I'm going to yogyakarta. the city which has a beautiful nature, beaches and mountains. The one of cultural city in indonesia. Jogja provide many kind of holiday destination. if i'd like to camping, there are. if i'd like to go to beaches, it has a beach. even if I'd like just stay in five hotel. everything are here. so, I'll go to holiday according to my finance

Submitted by _maryam_ on Mon, 12/08/2019 - 09:12

You asked a good question. In our country theres a lot of nature places to visit. In the north and south of my country theres sea with different beach. Desert tourism is very commen here and beacous of our multi-thousand year civilization, museums and monuments are so plentiful. So I have very places to go in there.

Submitted by yagolannes on Thu, 25/07/2019 - 11:26

My perfect holiday would be a trip around South America with my mates, there's plenty to see here, besides, everything is better when we're with our friends. I'd like to plan a journey around this fantastic continent and see the most famous touristic areas. Also, I love its historical stuff. I wish I could travel around South American and go camping with my friends and get to see amazing postcard-views

Submitted by z.ansarian on Fri, 19/07/2019 - 12:15

I hope that I'd have excellent holiday in California at the future but this days I want to travel the nearest cities and towns in my country because I live in a crowed city, so it's fun to me that going to a village and have a fresh air and good meals.

Submitted by VoHoangHuan on Fri, 03/05/2019 - 09:43

I am crazy about travelling so I have always wanted to have fulltime travelling. My perfect holiday is on the beautiful beaches that have clear and blue water and gorgeous senery around the beach. That is so awesome. I have never stayed in a 5 star hotel before, so I want to try it and when I travel, I often stay in homestay or camping, It is an interesting experience because when you camping, You can enjoy the nature and the senery around you clearly and ofcourse you save lots of money. I don't want to stay one place in a long time if it is boring. In my holidays, I often plan for my trips and I can change my plan if I want, I want to be free to do what I enjoy!

Submitted by Dictofon on Fri, 19/04/2019 - 13:33

During the holiday I prefer sit on a beach with my family and friend and bolttle of vine.

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

What’s your perfect holiday? I prefer to stay in a hotel, with a comfortable bed and bathroom. Once I went camping and it was horrible for me! I like to visit museums and monuments. I also enjoy the beach, and I like to have everything planned.

Submitted by cuneyt on Fri, 04/01/2019 - 16:19

Hi Everybody, ı don't like have a holiday in 5 star hotel or go camping. I go to different location everyday when I have a holiday. I can't stand stay same place from a day. You do same things; go to beach swimming same beach, eat to same foods, watch same view and show, see same people everyday İf you stay same hotel or location.This İs very boring. You should discover different location. You should have advanture. I don't like routine. Have nice evening everyone.

Submitted by David on Sun, 11/11/2018 - 10:32

What’s your perfect holiday? I don't like to stay in hotel.I prefer to stay in a camp.Because i'm free to do whatever i want.The reason is i'm in holiday so i want to enjoy it. I hope have a good holiday.

Submitted by .Nima on Fri, 02/11/2018 - 14:43

I haven't try camping yet, really want to give it a try.

Submitted by lewan on Wed, 24/10/2018 - 10:02

i prefer go on holidays in another country completely different from mine because to relax we have to change all. the weather must be less hot or less cold than that in my country. i like to try dishes from all over the world, and there must have a lot of shops ans special things to discover or to do. I prefer sitting in comfortable hotel (double room with bathroom and toilette...), i don't like camping because i can't live without comfort. what else? i don't like sitting on the beach all the day long but i do for a while, i like varying, i mean, swimming, visiting some places, go shopping, relax in places like forest or somewhere with a good landscape. I enjoye being free to do what i want i can have one or two things planed, it depends but i haven't to plane everything, it's like a programme and time table at work....no stress

Submitted by mitykg on Wed, 17/10/2018 - 04:48

What’s your perfect holiday? I like to go to the place has many trees. Every morning, walk and see them. It is so relax and glad to look at them. They're look so lovely and beautiful. The place with many trees will give fresh and pure air. Sitting in the sence is so fantastic to me. I can breath in fresh air, listen natural sound, smell in herb and discovery new things.

Submitted by mitykg on Sat, 29/09/2018 - 05:06

"Tess: Did you? Do you still watch them now? Ravi: Not really. If I’m at my mum and dad’s I might. My mum still watches them quite a lot." I notice "dad's I might" in the transcript. Could you explain to me which grammar is in it? ================== "In the countryside there are touring cinemas – a lorry travelling with all the equipment to make a temporary cinema in...." Why "all the equipment" is not "all the equipments" because he said "all" for a plural sign ? thanks for your helping !

Hello mitykg,

The word dad's here is short for dad's house. It's similar to way we say the butcher's, the doctor's etc.

Equipment is an uncountable noun and so does not have a plural form. We say all the equipment just as we say all the time and all the work.



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Submitted by ATi on Thu, 26/07/2018 - 06:59

The cinema industry has been existed for long time in Russia, previous in USSR. There was a monopoly of the State in past time and it was a powerful tool of Soviet propaganda. Now local cinema companies are private, which produce films of various genres, in nowadays it's done for common watchers. In 2000th a lot of new cinemas started doing business in the main large cities in Russia and people got opportunities to watch films in new modern rooms, with good sound, new comfortable seats. There have organized lot of facilities for customers like food courts, playing zones etc. Since that time the people go to cinema not just to watch to films, but also to have fun by different ways and people enjoy it. Cinema is most popular in cities where people can spend plenty money, mainly on holidays or weekends. The average price is definitely high for many humans and it might be 300-500 rub per person. Most people prefer to stay at home and watch the same films and cartoons on their TV sets. The lineup of cimema is very limited by genres and country- producers. You can watch mostly American, British, Russian, French, rarely other west europien countries popular movies kind of adventure, drame, comedy, thriller, horror and cartoons. All films are showed in Russian. Definitly I am not cinema person, I go to there with my wife and children now and again, It might be some times per year. I prefer family films or cartoons if we go together with chidrens. In case if I go with my wife, we can watch any films which we are interested in. But not horror. I can't stand films of this sort.

Submitted by chunya on Wed, 14/03/2018 - 16:25

Section 4 The cinema's tickets is quite expensive in our country so most of the people go to the cinema not so often. Everyone can choose films that he like: cartoon, adventure, fiction (I like fiction) etc. As rule we go to cinema in weekends and hollydays. There are 5 large modern cinemas and a lot of small in my town. Most of the films is in Ukrainian and small part is in Russian. I never heard that the films was in English or another languages although most of them were filmed in America. I don't like go to cinema very much but my eight years old son does ))) So I go to the cinema with him and watch a cartoons ))

Submitted by sarab2009 on Thu, 16/11/2017 - 04:57

Could anyone say what "ages away" means?

Hello sarab2009,

When we say something seems ages away we mean that it we feel that it will not happen for a very long time. It's an informal expression used when we are waiting impatiently for something that we want very much, such as a holiday or a birthday. It doesn't really tell us how long we have to wait but rather how we feel about it. For example, on Monday I might say 'The weekend seems ages away' because I'm not looking forward to the next four days of work!


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Submitted by dimitre on Sat, 11/11/2017 - 18:57

Your turn My last holiday seems ages away. I'd like to go to the mountain. My grandmother has got a little house near lake of Como. I'd like to stay there for some days and relax by the lake. I'd like also to trek. I love to take some fresh pure air and I could have the lunch in a mountain shelter. The meals are always really good and the people are so polite.

Submitted by eng_aymn on Fri, 28/07/2017 - 20:27

Our person in; In Egypt we have a big problem in the cinema industry, as it depend on attracting the teenagers with fake comics & by using pretty actresses regardless their ability to act or no. Awfully, it became not easy to find good movies, but there is still some movies attract the witnesses which depend on the real comedy based on famous comedy actors like Ahmed Hlmy & dunia.

Submitted by eng_aymn on Fri, 28/07/2017 - 20:00

I'd Like to meet For me I'm a mechanical engineer has a dream to start my own business which became hard to make it nowadays, where the market is already full of big companies & businessmen which make the competition is semi impossible especially with low means, So I will choose in I'd like to me Elkharafi, the man who established Elkharafi business empire, he established the Elkharafi group which own many companies in different Arabic countries, actually he gone already more than six years ago, If I met him, I would ask how do you start your own business, what was your plan to grow up your business like that, how it comes to real to establish this group of companies in two or three decades & what he could advice to young youth to repeat his successful story. I know that the last century was more easy for starting & growing up the individual business but he still a distinguished & different man as now more people did ten percent of what he did. Finally I want to advice my friends to trail these successful stories to achieve their own successful one.

Submitted by Sergei Shv on Tue, 24/01/2017 - 07:39

What’s my perfect holiday? Wow, that’s great question. As for me I like going outside definitely. Staying home and watch DVD or doing nothing like Ravi is not for me. It’s quickly getting me bored. If I had my holydays I definitely would go travelling. My favorite countries are Australia and New Zealand. There a lot of interesting things to do that is a big separate theme to discuss. Nowadays, Russian tourists can go to South Korea and stay there for 60 days without tourist visa and of course it is special country with their own culture to visit. What do I like more, sitting on the beach or visiting museums and monuments? It depends. When I wanna just relax I would definitely go to the beach but visiting museums and monuments are always very interesting things to do and I’d never miss them visiting some new country or city. If I had an opportunity to visit some city or country that unknown for me, I would prefer to plan my journey. But I guess when one has been staying somewhere for long time, one will like to be free to do what one wants.

Submitted by Sergei Shv on Tue, 24/01/2017 - 07:03

Watching films in the cinema is a very popular thing to do while leasure time, here, in Russia. There are a lot of kinds of films you can watch here. It can be adventures, comedy, horror, thriller, action and animated cartoons. Visiting cinema in the morning is cheaper than in the evening because many people end their work after 5 pm and they're ready to go watching something not earlier. But when they have their day off they can get cheaper tickets in the morning. In big cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg and etc. there a lot of big cinemas that have high-quality equipment, cafe and many other fun things. How does it cost? The average salary in Russia is considered to be 30,000 rubles. An average ticket to the cinema is 200-250 rubles. But it depends. In the morning the cheapest ticket costs 150 rubles, afternoon is 200 and tonight is 300 and more. Of course there are lots of options that influence to its price, like your position in cinema's room, conveniences you have and etc. I don't think that people like watching films in English or another language. The most popular films are definately Hollywood ones. People really like them, as I do, because american films are more spectacular. As for me I think that German films are more dramatic, French ones are more fun. Russia also has its own film industry. As for me I don't watch russian films at all because they always have been too ferocious, low-quality and have no good idea except for several ones. I noticed that most people of young generation as I do, really like the foreign films more. I like going to the cinema and can't miss some new interesting film. Adventure genre is one I like the most but frankly said it depends not from genre but from how much interesting film is.

Submitted by Sergei Shv on Tue, 24/01/2017 - 04:41

When I was a kid I used to watch animated cartoon called Adventures of mouse Willy. It's quite old cartoon which was shown on TV in 2000. But I watched it on DVD. This cartoon is of German production and tells about a mouse and his family travelling around the world. For me it was interesting to know something new about every country that they visited. I remember they were in European countries, Egypt, Asian countries and elsewhere.They had to cope with different problems and difficults when they were involved in some adventures like searching a clue to some riddle or something like that. And I was excited watching them when they managed to pull through. Researching every new country they knew traditions and customs, people and their habits. Also there was some jokes in the cartoon which were related with some certain country. I like this cartoon for those things I described. My favorite character was Max that was a son of Willy. He always was very curious and discovered everything he could first. I know a little about author because it's a German cartoon but I don't speak in German.