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Episode 05

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about pets, and their guests talk about Didier Drogba and life in New Zealand. You can also follow Carolina’s adventures in the UK as she arrives at her student accommodation in Newcastle. Will she make some new friends?

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].

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Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:38].

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Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:10].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


It depends on where I live,in big cities it would be more convenient to get a cat. Now I live in the village and I have a dog, a German shepherd dog.There are also two cats who come just to eat and sleep.
I like big and powerful dogs, but I hate small dogs because they are afraid of everything, they are always freezing, bark, their eyes fall out of nerves. Anyway, they have a lot of problems with them.

While I live in flat of a city I prefer small home pets. Cats suit to this. Also they are independed and some of them are smart.
When I will live in my own house I will get a dog... And maybe will make a farm.

I like both of them but pet caring in apartments is very boring.

By the way the chickens joke is amazing! I've loved it! Truly inspirational. It fills me with joy and pleasure.

I'm not really an animal lover and as the fourth guy said I think it's bet cruel to keep dogs in small places. If someday I thought of having a pet maybe I will have a turtle.

ok guys , in fact I like cats more than dogs , I don't know why but I think cats are cute , kind and pretty cool but .

I prefer dogs instead of cats because they are more loyal than cats, altough dogs usually are more demanding of time, they always are waiting for you. Cats just need someone whom feed them, they don't care who does it really.

I love and dogs and cats, I think this pets is very fine each in its own way, but prefer to keep in my home two cats - girl and boy.

I prefer cats. I love them. I have two cats - Lila, my female cat, is all black, and Nabucco, my male cat, is completely white. They fight with each other all day. They are not complementary, I'm affraid.

Hi everyone first of all thank you for these amazing series. Second of all, I have a question regarding spelling or pronunciation, to be more specific in this part of the audio. 8.23
(Ravi: Right. Two nil. Come on Vineeta. A bird beginning with ‘E'.
(Vineeta's buzzer)
Ravi: Vineeta.
Vineeta: Eagle.)
I've listened several times and always listen an 'A' instead of an 'E'. For me, what Ravi says sounds like 'ei'. However, the player answered correctly, she said 'Eagle'. Could you please tell if this was a mistake of pronunciation or there is a way to identify when people spell an E but sounds like an A? Please, I'll really appreciate if you answer me this. Honestly, I've been struggling with spelling, overall when this happens with the vowels. Thanks.