Talking about clothes, Jonathan Ive, 10 Seconds, the vuvuzela, women's football, travelling on the London Underground, jokes, etc.

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

"Is that a new shirt?" – Making comments on a friend's clothes

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at things we often say and do in friendly conversations.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript.
  • Read the Transcript.
  • Look at the Support Pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Comments on a friend's clothes - gapfilling activity.


Extra practice materials

There are more practice materials in the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. It helps you to practise speaking for a little bit longer – for example, when you're explaining something, or telling people something about yourself.

Suggestion: The best way to practise is with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English. However, if you can't find someone, you can send us a paragraph in English.

You listened to Martin from Glasgow talking about why he would like to meet Jonathan Ive.

Is there a famous designer that you’d like to meet? It might be a designer like Jonathan Ive or a fashion designer or even an architect.

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the Support Pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.

Task 3

Section 3 - Quiz

Section 3 is based on the Quiz. This helps you to learn the meaning of new words and how to remember them.

Suggestion: You can write your answers in our Support Pack.

You might want to use a notebook or part of your folder to make your own word lists and maps.

In the quiz, Marina and Ricky tried to think of yellow things. An exercise like this is a good way to learn more vocabulary. Here, we’re going to think about things that are green, red, white, or blue. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match colours to the names of things.


Task 4

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Bob talking about the vuvuzela – a strange musical instrument that people play at football matches in South Africa.
Think about a sport or sports event in your country – any kind of sport. Is there anything that you think makes it different from sports or sports events in other countries?

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

Task 5

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘Why don’t more people watch women’s football?’
What do you think?

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and look at the phrases that the people use. Sometimes they don't use complete sentences. Write down notes and then say what you think.

Which ones do you agree with? Write down your opinion – Why don’t more people watch women’s football? You can send us your text if you want. Do this in the comments section below.

Task 6

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 follows Carolina – a girl who has come to the United Kingdom (UK) to live, study, and to have fun exploring a different country and culture. Listening to this can help you if you find yourself in a similar situation. You will see that there is often more than one way of saying the same thing in English.

Suggestion: listen to Carolina's conversations in the airport and on the underground and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the sentences in the correct order to make the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choose all the phrases that are correct.


Practice materials - Exercise 4

Please download the support pack (above) for more practice materials.

Task 7

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 is a joke. A joke is normally a funny story you hear and tell someone else. But you can also describe funny things that happen to you. The most important thing is to watch your friends to see if they are enjoying the story or not – then you can make it longer or shorter.

Suggestion: We suggest you do this:

  • Listen to the joke.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines in the right order.
  • Do Exercise 2, in which you tell the joke.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling the joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Read the sentences and put them in the right order.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the Support Pack. Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Task 8

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 is Tom the Teacher. These are more traditional exercises. They look at being accurate in English, and often use the type of exercises you may find in English tests and exams.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Group words depending on whether they contain silent letters or not.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Type in the silent letters in different words.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Fill the gaps in sentences with ‘at’, 'for', 'after' or ‘forward to'.


Practice materials - Exercise 4

Type prepositions into the gaps in sentences.





Your turn

The question is , why do not more people watch women football ?
From my point of view I think men are more professionally than women in football specially .
Because, men have more artistic skills and physical strength than women and this consider as first reason .
But, the main problem is in the lack of interest in sports or sports organization for women's football for example , there is no advertising and no financial support for the game in some developing countries .
On the other hand there is no women's league or season for the matches every year .
So, there is no organized system to upgrade the technical and skills levels for the players .
Finally, football matches is sport like other sports even if for men or women and regardless for all reason or problems which may be effects on sports objectives .
It is necessary to pay attention to sport in general as it measures the progress happened in the societies .

Our person in

Parachuting sport is a strange sport but, it is also unique sport .
There is no interest in practicing this sport in the world because, it requires special courage and physical fitness too .
Parachuting teams are used in formal shows and special events but, they need space to jump from the plane above them such as , stadiums or deserts and this area or space called drop zone .
When watching skydivers down from heaven to the earth , there is total calm on the place and this is because, of the importance of the event .
It is unusual sport and i belong to the Egyptian parachuting team .

I would like to meet
I would like to meet the architect of Egyptian pyramids , his name is Hamo Eno and he is pure Egyptian .
He died from thousands of years ago and he was lived in era of the ancient Egyptians .
He design the pyramids and supervised on the construction process which took a years to complete .
Hamo Eno consider as one of the greatest architects in the history because, the pyramids are the greatest architectural building in the world .
Actually I like the way of thinking for this person and ofcourse , I like pyramids design too.
I would like to talking with him about his plan to make a big project like that .
I would ask him just one question , where did the idea come from to build the pyramids ?

I agree with voice2 about woman's football, I think it's the traditions in most countries,

I read one of various biography about Steve Jobs and there's some mention about Jonathan Ive. He's really a shy man, but he's also a genius in design.

I have seen movie a bout woman football
That movie name is Bend it like Beckham
Now Keira Knighly very famous
Woman football is not yet

I would like to meet all famous person

Task 5 - I live in Brazil, and I don't really watch sports, but here we have a female footballer named Marta, and the people who like football always say that she's one of the greatest female players ever. In school we didn't have a lot of girls playing football, they were mostly into volleyball or handball, so maybe the interest most women here lack on playing football is due to the lack of interest of the general population on watching women play football, though I have no idea which lack of interest came first.

Task 2 - I'd like to meet Oscar Niemeyer, he was a Brazilian architect. He was born in December 15th, 1907 and died December 5th, 2012, aged 104. In 1957 he designed most government buildings of Brasília, the capital of Brazil. I would like to talk to him about what a great and difficult thing he did, and I'd like to ask him what it was like growing up before even WWI, what he thinks changed the most and what he things hasn't changed as much.

I believe that most of sports such as Football, Basketball, Handball, Rugby, and Hockey and so on are the descendants of the gladiator fights which were very popular throughout the Roman Empire. I don’t think that such brutal and savage events were so interesting by themselves. In fact it is the effect of Adrenaline rush in our blood and entire body which gives us such a pleasant feeling.
I have never watched women’s football but it is not very difficult to imagine quality of women’s football. I think woman’s physical and mental qualities results in lack of thrill and excitement. Therefore it couldn’t be as much interesting and popular as men’s football.