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 hayaalqasem,

The answer to your first question can be found in quite a lot of detail on our intensifiers page, where you'll also find more exercises, but briefly: very is used with ordinary adjectives, and quite can be used with both ordinary and strong adjectives.

0 is pronounced "love" only in the context of tennis.

We're really glad you find the exercises useful!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team


You are very gorgeous. These podcasts are really helpful. Many thanks British Council

Thank you very much you are awesome .....

hello,I think that questions 1/2(2/2),exercise 1 are wrong.series 2,episode 10(where are the gaps in the dialogue to fill in?).Maybe ,I haven't quite understand the questions.

Hi Strukturist,
Do you mean the exercise "I think I might stop..." under Section 1 - Conversations in English? If so, there are no gaps to fill in - you need to re-order the dialogue by dragging and dropping the different sentences into the correct order.
If you meant something else, please let us know.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone!
I'm a new member in this website. My name is Nikolina. I'm from Bulgaria. I want to learn English like all of you.
I listen Elementary Podcasts every day. Tess and Ravi are fantastic presenters. I really like them. My favourite section is "I'd like to talk about". I can find lots of unknown words in it and to learn so much interesting things. :)
I like Ravi's jokes, but I think Gordan's are better :))
Finally, I want to tell you Tom is perfect teacher. His advices are very important and his explanations are easy and clear.
Thank you, Tom. Thank you, British Council.
I'll write again.
I hope you say me  when I make mistakes.

Hello everyone
Please I want you to help me with this problem
I'd like to join "Second Life" but when the registration process reach at  the activating stage , It's just stopped there with the word
""""Activating ...""""
for hours and hours ! ... I don't know the problem ... my friend in Turkey also has the same problem ... anyone can tell me what's the matter ... the email that I entered is

I'm sorry to hear about this problem. I just tested the registration and it worked OK for me. Second Life isn't a site that we run, so you will need to speak to them directly about this problem. This website seems to be a good starting place.
I hope you can find a solution to this problem!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi... It is very lovely to hear Gordon and his jokes again. (I hope Ravi will not be offended:) )  I like Ravi's jokes too...

Hello everybody,
I like this broad cast.
I'd like to have a superpower of granting people's wishes this will make me very happy.
I'm dying to see all people happy and getting what they wish.