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.





Please, don't publish last comment. Could you publish this?

I'd like to meet someone like Abramovich or Robert Kiyosaki. It's important for my financial education. If someone wants to know how safe money or how raise budget he should find a guy just like Abramovich or Kiyosaki. Everyone wants to be happy and independent, so do I. For me conversation with rich person and some advice from him may give me a lot. If I meet him I'll ask: "Could you teach me?". Just like in the film, which was released on november 2016 (at least, in Russia). It's Doctor Strange. When he found a master - woman with bald head and then she shows him her magic. After that he knelt down, stretched out his hands and say: "Teach me!". Anyway, I hope if I realy will meet a millionaire, he would teach me. When we're done I can teach somebody too. He teaches me, and I will teach someone too. It's a great practise and feature to keep knowlegde on high level.

I have a joke.
Well. The resturant didn't know to make a fruit salad or a vegitable salad. They were disscussing it for three hors until they dicided to make a chicken salad! So they went to the farm and grabed the chicken. And they put it on the plate alive! Well, the farmer comes and says:
Excuse me. Can you find my sheep?

My perfect holiday is to go an awesome theme park and that may have a Mc Donald's.

I love holidays but the time is not enough. I like to travel to Europe and to see many of cities like London and Manchester in Britain and Rome and Florence in Italy and Paris in France and Barcelona in Spain. When I saw 'vicky cristina barcelona' film by Woody Allen, I decided to see Barcelona because of its sightseeing is so beautiful. so I am so happy that I can get a ticket for Manchester United game in Ultra ford Stadium.

Before revolution of Iran in 1978, the film industry was very weak. Films were created most of the time according to fall or fail in love and were very weak in content and playing.After revolution, Iran was confronted in war with Iraq. This issue caused many of directors were influenced in war and lots of films were produced about it that has been continued by now.Although some of directors created social films and a little of them created films about children.Generally, film industry is still very weak that one of the reasons is governmental interference in the cinema that is caused many of directors and players emigrate of Iran,unfortunately.

Hi there,

In the "Section 1 - Exercise 1" we have a conversation between Stella and Paul - they're talking about plans for the weekend. I noticed that in this conversation we've got a lot of phrases in present continuous (at least it looks like present continuous) instead of future, for example: "are you doing anything this weekend?" instead of "will you do anything this weekend?" or "when are you coming back?" in the place of "When will you come back?". Are these really in present continuous and if so, why? Is it commom to a have a conversation this way when we're talking about plans?

Thank you and best,

Hi Ewerton,

Yes, it is very common to use the present continuous to talk about arrangements and strong plans. You can find more information on this topic on our Talking about the Future page.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the explanation and for sharing that link - It is exactly what I was looking for :)


good evening!!!

when I travel, I prefer camping and meet rivers, birds and animals in mountain regions.

In my childhood, my favorite cartoon was 'dragon ball z', had a lot of fight and the story was very engaging.