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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].

Task 1


Task 2



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

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

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

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3


Task 4




Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi emmanuelmarcas,

Just below the player window you should see a link headed 'elementary-podcasts-s02-e07.mp3'.  Right-click on this and choose to save it.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I just quitted my job and started job-hunting. Instead of using the word of quit, which word should I say to the potential employer at the time of interview? I left because...
Thank you heaps.

Hi panda1997,

The verb leave, as you suggest, is a good option. You can also find others in a thesaurus (which is essentially a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms - there are free ones available on the internet if you search for "thesaurus").

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again
I have a question about an exercise of the section of Tom the teacher!in this exercise you have to choose if the sentence is true or not and for this sentence "we'd rather pay by credit card than pay cash" they said that it's not correct and for me it was correct, so what is the correct form for this sentence and why?
Thanks in adv

Hello saranko,

Well spotted and thank you for bringing this to our attention.  It seems the wrong answer was entered into the exercise key.  The exercise has been edited and the correct answer added.

Best wishes and thanks again,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, could you tell me please, what's the meaning of bits and pieces , when Ravi said to Darryl in the quiz (We'll send you some bits and pieces.) i look it up but i don't know what does it mean here ? Thank you.

Hi all
I don't understand " what a difference between fences and hedges

Hi tientuu1412,

Have you looked up these two words in the dictionary (see the search box on the right)? The two nouns both separate spaces, but are made of different materials.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, everyone! I'd like to talk about my home town. I was born in Saint-Petersburg. In common parlance citizen call it as Peter (Russian: [ˈpʲitʲɪr]). Saint Petersburg was the Imperial capital of Russia. Saint Petersburg was founded by the Tsar Peter the Great on May 27 in 1703. Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural center, and also an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. It's a lovely fantastic beautiful place. There are many magnificent palace, museum, theater and antique building. The most beautiful season is early summer, on June. There are White nights in this time. It's beautiful and magic view. And a fantastic nightlife in this period. There are lots of great place to go at the weekend. Many restaurants, cafe, pubs and other place for rest. I love my city!

in this podcast mary says 'i am cooking the dinner' for future . can we say 'i am going to cook the dinner' or we have to say ' i am going to cook the dinner in the evening'