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Episode 10

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk to Gordon about his adventures making a documentary about whales. Their other guests talk about superpowers. You can also follow Carolina as she’s getting ready to go back to Venezuela for the summer holidays. Is she excited to go home for a visit?

Elementary Podcasts

Listen to the podcast then do the first exercise to check your understanding. If you have more time choose some of the language practice exercises.

Check your understanding


Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:25].

Task 1



Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:11].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:22].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello krig,

I've just fixed this mistake – thanks very much for pointing it out and for helping us make LearnEnglish better! 

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, The LearnEnglish Team! I have a question to you. Why does the section 1 of this podcast contain dialog between Tess and Ravi from previous podcast?

Hello krig,

Which dialogue do you mean? Could you be a little more specific please?

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I have been in China in 2008.It was absolutaly incredible.I had a good time there.I visited the zoo in Beijing.I have first time seen some Panda there.When I saw that Panda I was exited.It was so cute.The panda is a protected in China

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