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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


Hello there! I live in Pskov. It's a beautiful, antient city. Many places are historic here. As for transport, bus is common here. It's the most acceptable mean of transport. The ticket is cheap, it's not too fast and not too slow, just right. Sometimes the bus is like uncomfortable. You know that, just packed. Many people don't like when it is overcrowded, but the usual thing is to take a bus, getting to work. I do it as well.
We have many tourists in our city. They travel by bus and sometimes by taxi. It's not difficult to pay for a taxi like in Egypt. There is a meter in the car to say how much. The payment system in Pskov taxis is easy. 
If you want to visit our city, welcome to Pskov. You'll have fun!

Hi everyone!
The best way for me to travel  is by airplane. Its very fast and exciting.

Korea has a special kind of taxi –van taxi- in the countryside. It’s so bigger than a general taxi and a van is usually used to travel to go to the tortuous land. So there are van-taxis. In Korea, especially its countryside, there are a lot of mountains and most roads are difficult to drive. The van-taxis are very useful. They are not expensive but we cannot see them in the cities.

I want to talk about Kim Dae-Jung, who was the President in South Korea from 1998 to 2003 and died in 2009. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000. He was the first President from a party out of power. He participated in a movement for democracy against the dictatorial government so he had been in a prison by the National Security Law. He was accused of a red. But he was released a few years ago and then he became the President. At that moment he didn’t hesitate to give some help to North Korea. In fact North Korea was regarded as our enemy because it was a communist country at that moment. I think there have been just a dictator and a couple of million poor people. He won the Nobel Prize for his effort to help North Korean people. If I meet him, I want to ask a question. “When will Korea be able to be one?” Actually it has been getting more difficult for the conservative government.

Hello. This podcast is very interesting, like many others. I like that all of us learn many english words, phrases...but we find out many things which were't familiar to us. For example, I didn't know much about Muhammed Yunus and his bank. "False friends" are interesting as well. I know some Italian words which are false friends. For example, Italian word caldo means hot, but English word  cold has opposite meaning of hot. Also, Italian word la curva which means curve on English  is prostitute on Serbian language. So in the last example, we have one true and one false friend. And at the and, I must to say that my favourite part of podcast is Tom's part. I like it, because he explain many things which I don't notice while I read podcast. He is very good teacher. Thanks a lot. Regards.

I'm trying every day to get ready for an interview in an english school to get a job. so , I decided to start it , as soon as I can I listen the podcasts and the big city small world and also I do the exercises. In my oppinion it helps a lot!

Hi everybody. I want to tell that traveling by cycle is fabulous. I started drive cycle when I was 15 years old. It was extremly good. Imagine that you driving on a desert road through a rocks, and wind flow to your face and the weater is warm. And you're driving to the lake to get swimming. It was in Turkmenistan, but those time are gone, now I'm 29 and I live in crowded and poluted Moscow. I have a car and I don't love it, because the roads are very busy and the wether is very cold. And some times I'm imaging that I in my childhood again, driving anywhere to explore places where I never benn.

I think my favourite way of travelling is by car, because I don't have to keep scheduled time.
I am a plenty of freedom to go whenever I like.
If I wish, I could spent all day travelling for where I like.

The best way for me to travel is by boat, because you're completely isolated from the rest of the world, and I like that, also I feel safer in a boat than anywhere else because not everybody can get there. And I also find it's very romantic and peaceful.'s a lame joke??