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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


Hello again :) I don't understand the meaning of ( It's nothing Grand but we like it ) in section 6 Carolina's part . I looked it up in the dictionary and I found it is with many meanings i don't understand what is the exact meaning of sentence . Thanks for help .

Hello littlemoon86,

'It's nothing grand' in this context means 'it's not particularly special or impressive'. In other words, Carolina is saying that they like the house even though it's not a palace or a spectacular villa or something similar.

This kind of sentence is quite common as a way of qualifying praise. For example, you might say about a film 'it's no masterpiece, but I enjoyed it', or about a book 'it's not great literature, but it was a good read'.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. Thanks to this amazing podcast. actually I have a question regarding to the pronunciations of (isn't it? ) I sometimes hear it hear like (isn' it ) and i sometimes hear it like (isn't it ) . I am trying to describe what i actually hear with two different pronunciations. can you tell me am i wrong or right? and which one is the best pronunciation? Thanks for time :) Have a Great Day .

Hi littlemoon86,

You have a good ear! You're right that sometimes the "t" sound in "isn't" is sometimes not pronounced. The changing or omission of sounds (another example is "going to" pronounced as "gonna") is called reduced speech or connected speech.

This is very common, especially in informal situations, and is acceptable in such a context. In a formal context, or in English class, I would recommend using the non-reduced pronunciation.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Definitely space exploration is not a waste of time and money. It shows that our technology is getting higher and higher. It help us explore the universe so that we can protect the Earth from things out there as well as help us observe the Earth. And that will be great if we discover another planet like Earth, which could be a new home for the human!

I don't think the space exploration that is a waste of time and money. There are many interesting things and we are discovering which is maybe helpful for our lives. Further, I believe the space exploration will more development and have great result in the near future. 

I don't think that space exploration is a waste of time and money. The interest in all the unknown is the thing distinguishes humans from animals. If we had not this character we still stay in caves. When Columb left his home for finding a new way to India, I think, many people thought that it was waste of time and money.

My phone is sony xperia p. Do i need playing any programes to download it?

Have you seen this app? It should do what you want!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I can't download the audio. I can hear it on my phone but can't download. Help me, please.