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Episode 03

In this episode Ravi asks Tess for some advice, and their guests talk about meditation and space exploration. You can also follow Carolina as she meets a friend’s family for the first time. Will she get on well with 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 [00:22].

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Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:10].

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Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:31].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


i can't get the meaning of " put some stuff up about meditation"
thank' s a lot for help

Hi sanaziyoo,

In this context 'put up some stuff' means to put some material on a website.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

In my opinion space exploration isn`t a waste of money. It helps to study climate changes, improve navigation, communications and many other useful things.

I don´t think, the space is waste of time and mony, because we live actualy not only on the earth but our Livespace ist realy the Univers. we have to search the univers and look for resources to prortect our planet

well i agree space exploration is a waste of money and time if we compare human needs and want. there are millions who lived without food and shelter, uncountable poor people without being cured from their deadly disease, it pollutes outer space, air pollution etc as well space exploration is useful for explorers and people who are interested to see unique explorations, scientific developments etc..

Hello again teacher,
In these two sentences "It’s the long road that planes take off from", "The place you go to just before you get on the plane … erm … " I don't understand the use of the preposition "from" (in the first sentence) and the preposition "to" (in the second one). Could you recommend me any web or blogg where I can study the prepositions at the end of the sentences? Thank you very much.

Hello ssoniacs,

Some very prescriptive grammarians used to claim that ending a sentence with a preposition was wrong, but this is not a position that anyone seriously holds today. Ending a sentence with a preposition is often the most natural and elegant way to construct many sentences, particularly more complex sentences such as those with relative clauses or passive verb forms.

You can find more information on the Oxford Dictionaries Blog.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

thanks Peter.

Hello teacher, I'm confused about the verb "give a try". Tess says "So, are you going to give it a try Ravi? ". Is that meaning to give something an opportunity? Then, if that's ok could I say "You shouldn't say that you don't like Sue without giving her a try?
Thanks a lot
Best regards.

Hi Sonia,

You can find the meaning of this in our dictionary entry for 'try'. If you scroll down the page a bit, under the entry marked with 'attempt', you'll see a definition and examples. Note that this idiom is more common in American English; in British English often 'have a go' is used with the same meaning. Your sentence about Sue is a bit odd - it'd be better to say 'chance' than 'try'.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team