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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


Hi everyone, I answer about the subject below:

You listened to Olu talking about Didier Drogba.
Is there a famous sportsperson that you can write about? If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer these questions:

Yes, I can. His name is Andres Iniesta and he is from Spain. He plays football/soccer with the Barcelona football club in the first league of Spain until now. From July first he is going to play football with the Vissel Kobe, from the J1 League of Japan.

He made his debut in 2003 with the first Catalan team in the First Division, with which he played for 16 seasons (2003-2018), having won 32 titles as a Barça player.

As a Spanish international, Andrés Iniesta has gone through the lower categories of the national team, proclaiming himself European U-16 champion in 2001 and U-19 in 2002, and youth world sub-champion in 2003. He has been an absolute international with the Spanish national team since 2006, with which he was proclaimed European champion in 2008 and 2012, and world champion in 2010, scoring the famous goal of victory against the Dutch in the 116th minute of the final.

He is married and have three children. I like him because he is a great footballer but he is a modest person. Now is also known for his wine cellars in the Mancha, Spain, where he grow his vineyards.


I'd like to tell you about Roger Federer, one of the most talented and awarded Swiss tennis players of all time. He started playing tennis when he was 8. In this year he became the oldest world No. 1 at age 36 which is simply amazing. He has many, many world records including 20 Grand Slam titles and 30th final at Australian Open. He's well-known for his charity work too. In 2003 he formed The Roger Federer Foundation which focuses on improving level of education in Southern Africa and Switzerland. He's a really intelligent and educated person. He speaks English, German and French. I admire him for his great, sport heart and also as a father of 4 twins. Personally I think this is the best tennis player in the world who's made many changes in tennis overall. I wish I met him face to face and told him how much I love him. I hope he'll still be playing as long as he's able to.

Thank you for your attention and please respond to my e-mail. I want to know if I made any mistakes.

Hello Strzelu,

Thank you for the comment. We don't correct posts on LearnEnglish as we are a small team and have many users posting every day, but we do read every post before it appears on the site.

Federer is a remarkable athlete. I'm not sure there is anyone like him in any other sport at the moment.



The LearnEnglish Team

I want to tell about Russian Olimpic champion in high jump with a pole Yelena Isinbaeva.
She was born in 1982 years in Volgograg. she is half a russian , her father is tabasarans.
When she was five her father gave her to sportschool.
16 years old she the first time won the World youth game in Moscow. She jumped 4 meteres in high with a pole. That was begin the career of Olympic champion.
She has became two times the Olympic champion. Maximum of the height that she took was 5 meters 11 santimeters.
Now she has two children.
I pride she because she made the sport career and remained feminine.

My English teacher told me to make a simple sentence about what I did yesterday. I wrote: "I played loads of games with my friend at my house." She said that "loads" doesn't have any meaning but it was used many times in this recording. Therefore, does she mean that I cannot use "loads" in this situation or she didn't know about this word? Last but not least, do you meet any trouble when reading my comment?

Hello wangyao,

I can't comment on what your teacher means - for this you will have to ask her. The phrase 'loads of' means the same as 'lots of' or 'a lot of' but it is a very informal phrase which is used really only in informal speech or in very informal writing.



The LearnEnglish Team

So can I use it while I am writing a letter to a friend that not very close with me?

Hello wangyao,

I'd need to know more about you and your friend and your relationship to give you good advice on this, but if, for example, you are both relatively young and have a good friend in common, 'loads of' is probably OK. But if you're in doubt, I'd recommend using 'lots of', which is slightly more informal than 'a lot of' and is appropriate in a wider range of context than 'loads of'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi LearnEnglish Team,
Some 'conversation in English' exercises are long, but you put them on a line or a paragraph that makes me (also other users) difficult to read and complete the exercise. For example task 1 of all series 1 of the podcast. I think it will be better if you break them down a new line after every person's session done like this:

Glen: Good morning, Stella. Sorry, I'm a bit late. I had to take my dog to the vet.

Stella: Hi. That's OK. The meeting hasn't started yet. I didn't know you had a dog.


Hi Kenny,

Thanks for your comment and I agree completely. Each person's words used to be on separate lines, but when we changed our exercises to make them easier to use on mobile devices, this problem came up and we haven't yet been able to fix it. I'm going to take it up with our technical team and see if we can get it fixed.

In the meantime, I'm sorry for the inconvenience!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team