This episode sees Gordon return from an adventurous break making a documentary about whales. In 'Your Turn' the question this week is about superheroes and superpowers. Catch up with Carolina as she heads home for the holidays and top it all off with some tips from Tom the teacher who's talking about strong adjectives.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

"It's great to see you again!" – meeting old friends

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at the language we use when we meet up with friends after a time apart.

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

Fill in the gaps in the dialogue with the phrases from the box.


Practice materials: further practice

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

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.

In this section, you heard Gordon talking about his experiences when he was making a TV programme, and how much he enjoyed seeing whales for the first time.

  • Can you remember when you saw a special animal for the first time?
  • Where was it and how did you feel?

Write a paragraph about what happened and about the animal.

There is some useful language to help you on page 4 of the Support Pack.

If you want, you can add your paragraph to the comments on the website.

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 whales.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Can you match the questions Gordon asked with the correct answers?


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Here are some more questions that use the same question structure. Can you select the right answers?


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: "Superman can fly. The Hulk is very strong. The Invisible Man is invisible. What superpower would you like to have?"

What about you? What superpower would you like to have? Do you agree with what any of the people said in the podcast?

Write down what you think, explain why, and post this as a comment at the bottom of the page. There is some useful language on page 6 of the Support Pack which you can download.

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 as she makes her way to the station on her way home for the holidays and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Fill in the gaps in the dialogue with the phrases from the box.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Select all of the expressions that are possible in the situations.


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.
  • Then try telling the joke from the podcast.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling your joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the lines of the joke in the correct order.


Practice materials: further practice

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

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.

This week, Tom talks about strong adjectives and the intensifiers you can use with them. He also talks about different ways of saying the number '0'.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Match the strong adjectives with the meanings.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Read the sentences and select the right intensifiers.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Read the sentences and choose the right way of saying the number '0'.


Practice materials: further practice

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




Hi everyone. Here i want to share about my experience when i saw first time Finch . It's a little bird look so cute and beautiful and amazingly have a huge verities . Black check, white check, silver check , penguin finch and so on.Then now i collect all finch verities which easily available locally because finch is not a local birds so difficult to get them , only birds shop is the only way. I was very surprise there habit of nesting and feeding check. It's absolutely amazing bird.

In the Gulf of Baja California or sea of Cortes, northern México, every year in the months of february to april, the whales visit this place, to have their young whales, really is an unforgettable experience as mentioned Gordon.
Remember that the whale is the largest animal on earth,(or sea) and be closed is absolutely incredible. If you have a chance, to do this tour, you will like.

Regards team British Council

I would like a supper-power that can secure world peace. special power would have a risk to be weapon to invade other countries or kill others for self-satisfaction. So I do not want the power which are easily utilized for international crisis. Even if the person having the super-power is kind and loyal, evil man might take you away and threaten you to use it for evil action with torture.
I do not know what power can absolutely secure world peace and safety. If human kind invent the power, we strive to realize it. I believe that we can do it.

Hello guys,

I would like to have the ability to read or hear people's mind in order to understand about everyone anymore or maybe I will know what thinking they are about me. If I can know people's mind, special someone has intend to bad act so I can stop them.

To my opinion I disagree with the voice two, for example you have the ability to be invisible, you can do everything you want that nobody control your action. It is really dangerous, and in this case a robber or a thief have this ability so what do you think? What will be happen ? Crimes social is will increase, the worst things can occur everywhere. People will face to terrible things when a bad person has invisible ability. I supposed that!!

Le Nhung

Hello everyone,

I'd like to talk about" Giraffes" when I saw a special animal in the first time that is Giraffes, this is animal hasn't had in Vietnam. I almost only see them on the television when I went to travel in Thailand, I had seen them at a famous zoo in there. They're so meek, adorable, friendly with people. We had a chance to approaching them while they ate the leaves on the high branches
To me Giraffes really big animals, It was special because they has a very long neck and long legs, this is a large animal from African origin. It is the tallest living animal.

- Masculine gender has get height from 16 foot to 18 foot (equal 4,8 to 5,5 meter) and their weight 3000 pound(1.300 kilogram)
- Feminine gender has get height and weight lower a little bit about 828 pound.
The main thing I like about them is very intelligent if they are facing in a danger case, Giraffes can run very fast sometime up to gallop speed is 55km per hour.

Impossible imagine that I can observe them directly. I'm very like them so much. How amazing!

Le Nhung from Vietnam

Hello again I have a question about this phrase "off home for the holidays?" when i did the exercise 2 of Carolina's section, one of the possibles responses was "yes I am"! that's what i didn't understand! when i first saw the phrase i thought it was the short phrase for "off you go home for the holidays?" but it seems not to be that! so i would like to know if it's a short phrase for another phrase, which is it?
Thanks in adv

Hello saranko,

This is an example of a question used in a shortened form. If you look at the sentence 'Off home for the holidays?' you'll notice that there is no verb. No full sentence in English can be without a verb so it must have been missed out, and that is indeed the case. The full question is 'Are you off home for the holidays?' and so you can see why the answer is 'Yes, I am'.

This kind of short question is quite common in English for some questions. For example:

'(Are you) Working late tonight?'

'(Would you) Like a drink?'

'(Have you) Had enough yet?'

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

yeah! the same question as yours, i don't understand it. explain it to me, please.

Finally I have finished two series of Elementary podcast ,Series 1 and 2. So I am ready for the third Series. Thank you for your efforts . I am making much progress in my fluency I hope after finishing the third ones to be more able to speak much fluently without hesitations and say Um, Er and....., My listening is very good so I will try to concentrate more on speaking , That is my weakness really.
Best Regards British Council Team :)

I want to ask a question , I hope the English team help me.
In series 02- Episode 10- section 7
exercise 2
I understood that we use  only strong adjectives with absolutely
and we can use the strong and ordinary adjectives with really
but what about very and quite are they used with ordinary adjectives only?
another question related to exercise 3
when we use love for zero
These are fantastic exercises thank you too much