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Episode 09

In this episode Tess and Ravi are making plans for the weekend, and their guests talk about the cartoonist Matt Groening and the Indian film industry. You can also follow Carolina as she starts to really enjoy life in Newcastle and invites some of her new friends to dinner. What do you think she’ll cook for them?

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 [15:12].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:15].

Task 1


Task 2




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi, listening the podcast I heard a phrase from Ethan:
I'm going university in a couple of months time.
My question is, if the meaning of 'couple of months' is obvious, why does he use the word 'time' later?
in half an hour or in half an hour time
at the evening or at the evening time
what must we say? which is the difference between these two forms? if we don't use the word 'time', are we making a mistake?
Best regards

Hi,I,ve got problem with sentence"We're getting the train up from London'"What does it mean.I understand what "Get the train"mean but what that "up from" means?I couldn't find in internet.I found "Get up" it's something like arrangement,making arrangement to get the train from London?I don't know....

They'll use the train to get in London, and then they'll continue the journey by bicycle.

Hello, if I have a money, maybe I  would go to USA. I met one guy these days, and he invited me to visit USE. Will see...

My perfect holiday would be to visit UK, I´m getting crazy about it, I want to visit London, Manchester, Newcastle, take millions of photos meet everyone, party entire nights, take tour through Thames river, etc, and so on. I´m planning my next vacations, and of course I got to go there.
(Approve my Visa pleaseeeee!! =D)

if i have the chance i would like to meet the writer of Harry potter storty.i admire her books because the stories that she wrote about a little boy who have unusual power and lives in wizard world so it sort of imaginary story also her stories were made as a movies that received a lot of famous so i think that she is a intelligent women

Hello Adam,
In while you listen, in question number 4's option 3, I found a mistake in the spelling of countryside. so please correct it and let me know.

please tell me what the level of english is using in this web? I mean the articles, some texts etc.

Hello Vadim,
You should be able to see the level in the tags on the page. For example, this page is listed as 'intermediate'.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Adam,
Where can I find transcription for this and another podcast?
when I downloud mp3 file I 'v found conwersation only?