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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].

Task 1



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

Task 1


Task 2


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


Hi Declemnt,

I've listened to the recording and I think Ravi clearly says 'E'. Note that Ravi has a accent from the north of England, which perhaps you are not so familiar with.



The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, it must be the accent. I clearly hear something like iː (phonetically). If it was the letter A he would have said something like eɪ instead.


I have a question. Could you tell me preposition or conjunction is correct? ( I don't look after a pet "at" my home.

Hi cuneyt,

We would say 'at home'. We would say the whole sentence a little differently, however:

I don't have a pet at home.


If you say 'don't look after' it suggests that you have a pet but treat them badly instead of looking after them, which I guess is not what you want to say.



The LearnEnglish Team


Actually I am not animal person. I don't like cats Because its are very thankless. I prefer dogs. I don't look after a pet the my home. The living our buildings are for people. I will look after a husky dog if I will have private house.I can build dog house in the garden. İt can live there. I think the animals live place is nature. Unfortunately we cut up everywhere. Maybe won't see kind of animals fify years later. İt will die if we don't stop.we mustn't build factory near the rivers, lakes and forests. We have to keep it clean our seas if we want to eat fish. Anyway I have had a budgerigar for a year. Firstly, We bought a budgerigar.İt was fledgeling. We couldn't take care of it. İt died after three weeks. then we have bought another one. She is very healty and happy at the moment.Good night. Don't worry be happy.

Hello everyone! I prefer dogs, but I also like cats.

I do prefer cats, dogs are lovely but they are too emotional. By the way we have a cat and we love it so much.

In fact, I'm not an animal person too, but I think I prefer dogs for their faithfulness whereas the cats are egoists. but, i can't stand a dog in my house because i'm too clean. In fact, i shouldn't get an animal because i'm afraid not to take care of him as well, i don't like to let him without food for example, it's horrible

I prefer all of them. I have three cats and a dog. The dog's German shepherd. He's clever. He had won some competitions when he was young. He's retired now. All cats are ordinary but they clever too. They're so gentle when they want to eat.

I think Ravi is not really from England!!! i think he is from india or pakistan and his parents or himself has migrated to england .because his face not realy like to english people!!!!