Making plans for the weekend, Matt Groening, phrases that go with different verbs, the Indian film industry, the perfect holiday, Carolina makes dinner for her friends, 'make' vs 'do', 'yourself'

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

“Where are you going?” – plans for the weekend

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to talk about what you are going to do on the weekend.

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

Plans for the weekend: read the conversation between Stella and Paul and fill in the blanks


Practice materials: Exercise 2

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 Sean talking about Matt Groening, the creator of the cartoon, 'The Simpsons'.

Do you have a favourite cartoon or animation that you can write about? It could be a TV series or a film.

If you can think of one, 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 the cartoon or animation 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.

The quiz in this episode was about phrases that we use with ‘make’.  It’s a good idea to learn phrases that we use with different verbs. 

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Which phrases go with which verbs?



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 Bridget talking about the film industry in India.
Can you write something about films and cinema in your country?

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: “What’s your perfect holiday?"
What do you think?  Do you prefer to stay in a 5-star hotel or go camping?  Do you like sitting on the beach or visiting museums and monuments?  Is it better to stay in one place or travel around?  Do you enjoy being free to do what you want or having everything planned for you?

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.

Maybe you agree with one of them, or maybe you can think of something different. Write down your opinion and try to explain why it’s your perfect holiday. 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 with her friends and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choosing phrases that are NOT correct.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the Support Pack for more practice.

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 match the first half to the second half of each line of the joke.
  • 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

Put the joke into the correct 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

Decide which phrases we use with 'make' and which with 'do'.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the correct phrases with 'yourself' to complete the sentences.





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 ))

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!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In Russia there aren't problems with cinema. Сinema are mostly everywhere. I remember when I went on holiday to my relatives I really wanted to go and watch "The amaizing spider man". I was afraid, because my relatives lived in village and I thought village hasn't got a cinema. But we found a bus which goes to another village, where were a cinema. So, I have watched that film. I just want to say, if one wishes to go to the cinema in Russia he can do it without problems - the cinema is mostly everywhere. But we can really enjoy the film if it isn't produced in Russia. Russians films are boring. In usual, they have a same theme - war or another stupid things. May be I'm very young and I realize nothing about Russian life and Russian history, may be I can't see the true features of our films. But in the world nobody knows something about Russian films and nobody watches them abroad. It's a fact, and it shows I may be right. So, in Russia a lot of cinemas and Russia produces films with low or stock quality.