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Episode 07

In this episode Ravi is having a bad day and he tells Tess all about it. Their guests talk about the English city of Bath and global problems facing humanity. You can also follow Carolina as she goes away for the weekend with the Conservation Society. Will they have a good trip?

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 [00:24].

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Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:08].

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Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


I want to say something about small word "about". I had known its elementary meanings like this that Tom said about, eg. approximately, almost, nearly or "on the subject of". And I had known that when you want to propose somebody something you can say "What or how about...?". But while I was reading book Three men in a boat by Jerome K. Jerome, I saw that author uses "about" in completely another context, I didn't understand it. I checked it in my dictionary and I saw that about can be replace with around (especially in American English) and it also means:

  • surrounding (especially in literary British English eg. The high walls about the prison.)
  • in body of (eg. He had a gun hidden about his person.)
  • concern with something (Bring me a drink - and be quick about it.)
  • be about to means to be just ready to (The film's about to start.)
  • about-turn means a turn in the opposite direction
  • not about to is more common in American English and it means be unwilling to do something (I'm not about to land you any money.)

This definitions was very helpful for me. I hope they're also useful for you.
I used Oxford Wordpower published by Oxford University Press from 1997 and Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English from 1989.

iam very happy to learn english  withe british concil ifind it great thanks  for All very nice video and courses
best regards

I am studying English language for three years. I do like England and your culture. I have a dream: A day I'll visit  that beautiful country and take advantage to improve my apprenticeship.

I    know   i m very  poor to listening  english. but i'm do not  give up my attention.

Goodluck bro for your study, btw it's better to be written as ' I wont give up/ I'm not giving up'. Because subjectively I think it's more attractive to be heared by people. #IMO