Talking about a bad day, Bath, computers and computing, the biggest problem facing humanity, Carolina goes away with some friends, a joke, 'rather', 'oops' and 'about'.

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

I've had a really awful day” – getting it off your chest

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at talking about a bad day.

Suggestion: One way to use this is to read the Transcript, and then do some exercises to help you to learn the common phrases. A good idea is to practise these with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: exercises 1 - 2

Put the lines of the dialogue in the right order


Complete the sentences with the right phrase.


Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to talk about

Section 2 is based on someone talking about something that they’re interested in – it could be anything – a hobby, a person, a place, a thing – something that they know a bit about and would like to share. 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 Rita talking about the historical city of Bath, and here is some more information about Bath.

What’s your home town like? What is its history? What do you like about your town or city and what do you not like so much? Use the information in the Support Pack to help you make some notes.

Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about your home town and add it as a comment at the bottom of this page.

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 computers and computing.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Type the vowels into the gaps to complete the words.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Complete sentences with words about computers and computing.


Task 4

Section 4 - Your turn

Section 4 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

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.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘What’s the biggest problem facing humanity today - and why?’

What about you? What do you think is the biggest problem for the world today? Is it climate change and environmental problems or is it something else?

Write down what you think, explain why, and send this as a comment at the bottom of the page.

Task 5

Section 5 - Carolina

Section 5 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 exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Complete the sentences with the correct phrases.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the phrases that can correctly complete each sentence.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 6

Section 6 - Joke

Section 6 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 on your computer/mp3 player.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines of the joke in 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

Put the lines of the joke in 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 7

Section 7 - Tom the Teacher

Section 7 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 if the sentences are correct or incorrect.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Read the Summary below and then complete the sentences with the correct answers.

The person who wrote the sentences in the exercise lives in the tropics and likes it there. What he most enjoys doing in his free time is seeing soap operas, as well as sunbathing. He doesn't like doing exercise but he does like very spicy food.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Decide when it's correct to say 'oops!'.


Practice materials - Exercise 4

Type the word 'about' in the correct place in each sentence.


Practice materials - Exercise 5

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.




ivan didnt know da way xd

Hello everbody,
The humanity has great problem. The men is a great difficult for the more best world. The humanity so are thinking them. Hating is the origin between all the nations for example today, the conflict between Usa and North Korea. The men really need comprehension all over the world.

Alberto Bastos.

Hi team!
In this podcast, the section I'd like to talk about, I noticed at the sentence "The Romans liked it because of the hot springs". Why "hot springs", not "hot spring"? I know it's only a small thing but I want to know.

Hello blueroses,

I'm not sure I can give you an answer as to why the plural is used here. It's really a case of convention - how the language has developed through use rather than any kind of rule. We can really use the singular and plural of this phrase interchangeably, because it really simply means hot water coming from the ground, and whether there is one opening or more is irrelevant. I would say that if we are talking about a large region such as Yellowstone National Park then the plural would be needed but if we are talking about a particular and small place thent he singular is possible too.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you! This lesson is so useful. I made me feel interested in learning English.

Hi! I think the biggest problem will facing humanity in few years is a shortage drink water. Today we expend it very not thought out, we don't care about that it can end tomorrow. What then we will do? everybody must expend it very carefully and think about tomorrow.

Hi Everybody
According to my point of view the biggest problem for humanity is poverty. Every human should put a hand to decrease poverty in world.

Hi Everybody
Iam from Taxila town . Taxila town is important archaeological site in the Rawalpindi District Rawalpindi of the Punjab, Pakistan, situated about 32 km (20 miles) north-west of Rawalpindi. The town lies 549 metres (1,801 ft) above sea level. Taxila is educational hub. Numbers of universities are situated there. Weather is very pleasant. Taxila always have attraction for tourist due its history and archaeological sites. People of Taxila are very famous due his Hospitality. Taxila is famous for stone carving .Amrasa is a famous delicacy of Taxila .People of Taxila is very brave and intelligent.

I'm going to tell about city where I live. It's Saratov. Saratov is situated in the east-south of Russian capital city Moscow. The population of Saratov about eight hundred thousands people. Saratov has a history connected with second world war's time and also city had his own famous persons. I don't know about anything of it, but it's easy to guess observing different places which has monuments from war such as tanks or another machines which had used in wars time. Except monuments city has a park on the high hill. Park is named "Park of Victory". There are loads of stuff from second world war's time in the park. Vehicles, tanks, guns, airplanes, machines, trenches. Also park has a little area which has more or less ten houses. Every house is decoration which shows lifestyle and furniture of one nationality. I will try to explain. You enter into the area and you see houses. First house belongs to Russian culture, second house belongs to Armencian culture, third belongs to georgian culture etc. You can go into any house and observe furniture and lifestyle of the certain culture. That's enough about park and war's time. It's explain why Saratov has his peculiar history, but what about its own persons? I don't know how many famous people Saratov have had, but lots of street in the city is named after somebody. For example Chernyshevskogo Street or Chapaeva street. So, Saratov has a history and has its own famous persons. I almost forgot to mention about the most famous person who had lived and studied in Saratov for some time. It is Yuri Gagarin, the first man in the space. I don't know from where he started his space-flight, but he landed in the suburb of Saratov. That's all from me. Thank you. I hope my comment is quite understandable.

I think the biggest problem which faces humanity is that, there is lots of poor countries where the people live and don't find the essential things for the life, like clean water, electricity, food, hospitals, schools, and may be lots of other things which i cannot remember now, they should be saved, they should have a better life to live.
Thank you