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Episode 03

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about clothes, and their guests talk about the designer of Apple products, Jonathan Ive, and women's football. You can also follow Carolina on her journey from Venezuela to the UK. Will she find her suitcase?

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



Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:45].

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3


Task 4




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I don't like football so it doesn't matter to me if women play or not.
but if I had to watch a game I will rather men to play football because it's a tough game.

The women play well, but are victims of recognition.

My opinion is that quite a number of people don't know about it.

agree this opinion

I think that is normal some groups of people see differents sports, for example tennis, swiming and others. It may relationate with his interests, experiences and also with believes of his parents. The weird thing is it the fanatism in a lot of peopple about football. I think that is because there are a lot of money round this sport, indeed they have so much publicity that anyother sport, includes female football is unconsidered.

nobody watches womens football because of sexism

i don't think it good for a women to play football it a man thing actually

dear team, from this podcast i can improve my listening by listen to the native spekear. the more podcast i hear, the more that i understand what word they're saying at the time. so it was impactful podcast to improve my skill and hopefully all of you get a new spirit to teach us and create a new content for us.

Dear Team,
having finished once or more times all the General English courses, I'm coming back to them again and again, in order to fill any gaps in learning.So, studying now for a third time these Podcasts Series 1, I realise the huge job you've been doing all these years.I'd like only to note some things about ranking, in a more appropriate level for us, all this stuff:For example, I'm afraid that the Podcasts Series1wouldn't be recommended for A2 learners because of its length, listening difficulties with native speakers and the wide range of the topics.I'd like to repeat emphatically: It's a great and huge job..., but maybe it needs a re- construction for us to manipulate it more easily according to our level.What would you say about?
Ever thankful to all of you

Hello Nikoslado,

It's very hard to grade material exactly, as the various level categories are quite broad and cover a range of abilities. In addition, few people fit perfectly into a single level description: they may be A2 in terms of listening, but B1 in terms of writing, for example.

That said, Elementary Podcasts Series 1 is certainly more challenging than Series 3. As more people joined the site and we got a better idea of their needs, we made a decision to lower the level somewhat. That leaves us with the difficult decision of how to categories the various series, but it's very hard to suggest people begin halfway through! In the end, we leave the material as it was originalyl made for people to assess for themselves.



The LearnEnglish Team