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.





Hello muratbilal,

We are all teachers in the LearnEnglish Team, but we don't teach lessons online - it would hardly be possible with the number of users we have here.  Our role is to help you, the users, to develop through using the materials and exercises which are available on LearnEnglish for you free of charge.  We'll explain answers that you don't understand and we'll also answer any specific questions you have about English, such as questions about grammar points or items of vocabulary.  However, if we spent our time correcting users' comments it would be impossible for us to maintain the existing material on the site, never mind add new material.  If you want your writing (or speaking, for that matter) in English corrected then you really need to find a local teacher who will work with you; it's not something that is possible for us.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes and good luck with your learning!



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. I am a new member here.

I have a question but this question is not about this podcast. I have a problem using past perfect tense and present perfect tense. Can anyone here tell me the easiest way to understand this rule? and i'm confused with this sentence "I've been using" and "I've been used"..what is the difference? thank you.

Hi fizazack,

Could you please ask this question on our present perfect page? We'd like other users to be able to see your question and our response, and more people are likely to find it on that page than on this one.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

yes...sure! :D

Hi, I am new comer

I´m a Mexican  and  studing  English course. I  want improve my English because is dificultd practice in my country with real people from UK or  US....
Can I help me?

Hi Osonejo,
It sounds like you are especially interested in improving your speaking and listening comprehension. If that is correct, then the Elementary Podcasts on this and other pages are great practice, as are all the pages under Listen & Watch. I would recommend that you browse them and then study the ones that you like the most.
Have you tried to find English speakers where you live? Even if they are not native speakers, you can learn a lot. Also, if the British Council in Mexico has a centre near where you live, you might be able to find an appropriate class there.
Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, thank you Mr. Kirk nice to meet you
That sounds good,  but I´m studying English basic course, and my grammar and writing isn´t good, for example that sentences are correct?
I hope could you help me
PD. My names is Jean
Best regards!! 

Hi Jean,
I'm sorry that I misunderstood what you were asking for.
If there a few specific sentences that you have a question about, then you can ask them and then other users or one of us will try to help you, but unfortunately we can not correct sentences for you - there just aren't enough of us to do that!
If you have a question about grammar or vocabulary, you should ask your question on the appropriate page in our Grammar & Vocabulary or Grammar Reference sections.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team