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Episode 04

In this episode Tess is upset about losing her cat and Ravi offers support. Their guests talk about chocolate and ways of wasting time. You can also follow Carolina as she tries some British home cooking. Will she like it?

Elementary Podcasts

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

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


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:02].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].


Task 7

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:35].

Note: a 'portmanteau' word is one that combines parts of two normal words to make a new word, e.g. 'chocolate' + 'alcoholic' = 'chocoholic'




Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi teacher!
Ravi says " Let's see how they're getting on… " How could you ask somebody how everything is going in his/her life? 1.- How are you getting on? or 2.- How are you go on? Which one is more common in english?
Thanks a lot

i think the first one is more common

Hello sonia,

'How are you getting on?' is probably the most common way to ask this, and in any case 'How are you going on?' is not correct. In informal American English, 'What's going on?' is a common way of asking 'How are you?', but I wouldn't recommend you use that unless you really know someone well - 'How are you getting on?' is appropriate in a wider range of situations.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much Kirk!
Best wishes

If i 've got some work to do, but don't want to do it, i spend a lot of time checking email and writing email, looking at different websites and every 10 minutes and i check my facebook

hi evrybody!
my favourite food is pizza. pizza is an oven- baked flat bread typically topped with tomato and cheese. baked variously in coal, wood, gas and elactric ovens. it is generally supplemented with a selection of meats, vegetables and condiments the modern pizza was invented in Naples, Italy and the dish and its variants have since become popular. pizza was brought to the United States with Italian immigrants in the late nineteenth. today, thirteen percent of the Ú population consumes pizza on any given today. the world's largest pizza was at the Norwood pick'n Pay hypermarket in Jonhannesbung, South Africa. it was 37.4 meters in diameter and was made using 500kg of flour, 500kg of cheese and 500kg of tomato. this was accomplished on december 8, 1990.
pizza is fast food that isn't well healthy. it can be hig salf, fat and calories

Section4 : Your turn

voice 1 : I probably will cleam my flat
-> I don't know distinctly the word 'flat' means.
Maybe it means just a room which people live?

voice 4 : I'd get distracted watching something on television.
-> It menas the voice 3 person maybe watch television and doesn't pay attention to his work.

voice 5 : another thing I do is switch on the TV and just channel surf
-> channel surf might mean that he constantly changes the channels.

My opinion :
If I've got some work, but don't wnat to do it, I would play a computer like people in this section. By using a computer, I can do lots of something. Maybe first, I would look at some news on the websites. I really like to read or know about celebrities. So, I would read news about celebrities. And then, I would look at some online shoping mall websites. I love to look at and buy some clothes like other women. I fell really happy to see much clothes although they are not mine. Sometimes, I would buy clothes that I really want. Finally, I would check my facebook. In facebook, there are many friends. And I can know about everday life of my friends. And sometimes, I could find my friend whom I had losed contact.

Hello HyeleeYun,

Yes, you've understood correctly. By the way, you can find the word 'flat' in our dictionary (see the search box on the right), which is a great resource for such questions.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like to talk about 'coffee'.
I love coffee. I drink coffee every day. Sometimes, I drink coffee twice a day.
Yes, I might be addicted to it.

It's a very common food in my country, Korea. Not only I, but also many people love coffee and enjoy drinking differrent kinds of coffee. In these days, there are so many cafe, which sell various kinds of coffee, in Korea.

Although coffee has thousands of history, but origin of coffee is not sure. There are three stroys about origin of coffee. One is that in a Ethiopia, a boy, 'Kaldi' found that his goats get excited after they eat some nuts. And after he also eats that nuts, he found that they are useful to get sleep out. Another story is that a priest in Arabia named 'Omar' found the coffe nuts. The other is that coffee orginates from Ethiopia.

Moreover, there are various kinds of coffee. I like all kinds of coffee, but I like most the 'caffe latte'. Caffee latte can be made by mixing coffee and milk. Sometimes, I plus the syrup to 'caffe latte' to make it more sweet.

But if you drink too much coffee, you can't sleep at night and your health gets worse.

If i don't want to do work then i open my Facebook account or play "candy crush" this all fresh my mind