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Episode 07

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about their families, and their guests talk about Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammed Yunus and life in Cairo. You can follow Carolina in Newcastle, but in this episode she’s not feeling very well. Will she have to go to see a doctor?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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 [00:20].

Task 1

Use the information below to complete the Conversations in English activity.

            Dad ------------------------- Mum 
(died two years ago)   |   (lives in Swindon)
                   Harry (28, builder)
                   Julia (26, works in an office)
                   Dave (24, works in a bank)
                   Dan (22, graphic designer)
                   Paula (20, student)



Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I think Flying is the best way to travel.But, unfortunately,I have never been to travel by plane.It is sure how exciting!

I lovely drive and the car is the best manner of travel. I don't know Train because in my city don't exist it.

I listen to the audio repeatedly to get used to the pronunciation. Do you think this method is correct? or it takes longer to learn.

Hello alberto bastos,

Yes, listening to the audio at least a couple of times is a great exercise. I'd also encourage you to write down two or three phrases or sentences from each section in a notebook, and then that you pronounce those out loud using the audio as a guide.

Choose phrases or sentences that you think could be useful when you're speaking English -- they don't have to be new vocabulary, but rather focus on useful vocabulary.

As far as I can tell, many users just listen once and then do the exercises and move on to the next episode. I'm sure they learn things this way, but I think you can learn much more by spending more time on each episode in the way I suggest above.

Keep up the good work!

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! I think that the best way to travel in a big city is the train. It's fast and it can carry a lot of people. Also, it's good for the environment. A negative point is that sometimes is not punctual, at least in Argentina.

I think airplane is the best way to travel.

Hello everyone!!! I think driving is the best way for travelling. I can't drive but I really want to drive. Someday, I'm sure I can drive. And I have never flied, so I also want to flying. Bye!!!!

Can you explain what is wrong with this sentence in
"What is the cost for the medicines?"

Hello Albashiry,

Native speakers just don't say it this way. The other three sentences are the most common ways to ask for this. It would also be possible (though less common) to say 'What is the cost of the medicines?'.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

I have never been traveling by plain. I just flew from the one to another city by domestic airlines. It only took a half an hour. I am a little bit afraid of flying. But in general I think that all types of transportation has it's good and bad sides. For example, the plain is the fastest and if you want to travel abroad, more far from your area, then it's the best option and you have to do it. I hope that one day I would travel to the European countries and Canada.