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Episode 08

In this episode Ravi asks Tess a favour, and their guests talk about British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough and Christmas in Prague. You can follow Carolina as she visits a pub with some friends. What will she think about British pubs?

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 [13:45].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:55].

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


The worst thing about TV is they choose what you see, and the best thing about it is you can turn it off any time.

I prefer films, especially action, spy, horror and historical movies, comidy and drama, detective movies and i sometimes see documentaries especially made by BBC.
the worst thing for me is sport programs, sport must be watched on live and on spot, it's does not have a value to see it on TV, it's just boring except for football matchs

what are the best – and worst – things on TV. ?

TV programmes should be true for knowledge, information about something in life. It's the best thing TV programmes give everybody. I don't like TV shows, entertainment shows. They're not reality, but they can be made in the programmes like true.

Hello Mr.Kirk ..
I've noticed that voice 3 is not recorded .

Hello m7am_medo,

Thank you for pointing this out. You are quite right and I'm not sure how this happened. It must have been a mistake at the production stage, but I think it may be too late to change it now, unfortunately.



The LearnEnglish Team

In Urdu "Mosque is the house of Allah" is used frequently but it sounds awkward that why does creator need a house. I have not found it in Quran's English and Urdu translations. Actually it means that mosque is a place where worshipper feels close to God. Saying "Mosque is the house of God" is correct or not? Even if we talk about Jesus so he doesnt have any house either.

Hello Muhammad Erad,

It's not unusual to describe a place of worship as 'the house of God'. It has a metaphorical sense in which 'house' really means 'home' or 'place', so it's a perfectly fine expression. We would use articles, however:  the mosque is the house of God (the mosque here has a general meaning: all mosques or any mosque).



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir.

Hello again,
In task 6 - Carolina , Practice materials - exercise 2 , there is a sentence :
Barman: That's eleven pounds fifty please. Jake: ....................
We need to choose all the phrases that are possible and you say '' look again at some parts of Carolina's conversations '' and you have given that a correct answer : Here's twelve pounds.
From my point of wiew , this answer has no connection with the original text ,because Jake gave the barman twenty pounds and the barman gave him back eight and fifty.
I don't know , ... is something wrong or I didn't understand very well the meaning of the exercise ?

Thank you for your answer

Hi Last biker,

'Here's twelve pounds' is correct in that situation, but I agree with you that the sentence in the task would be better if it were more closely related to what happens in the podcast. I will change this, though please be aware that it might take a few hours for the exercise to update online.

Thanks for your comment.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team