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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


Hello zameel20,

These two forms (present continuous and 'going to') are both used for futures which have been decided before.  'Going to' is used for planned futures ('We're going to visit the UK this summer') or future events for which we can see evidence ('Look at her face - she's going to cry').  The present continuous is used for future events which are arranged and agreed ('We're visiting my parents on Saturday').  It is not necessary to use time references with any of these forms, but we often do use them.

Obviously, there is a degree of overlap here, and often both forms are possible; which is chosen will depend upon how the speaker views the event, and on the context in which the sentence is used.  For this reason, all three of the sentences you suggest are possible.

For more information on future forms and an exercise to practise them take a look at this page.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, Peter M,
is there ant chance to practice speaking online? I need advanced speaker )

Hello Ssana,

I'm sorry, but that is not a service that we can currently provide, as we are a very small team and the site has millions of users. If you do an internet search for "language exchange" or "conversation exchange", you might be able to find something.

Good luck!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I'm agree with the first opinion . I think the biggest problem facing humanity today is selfishness. Everybody knows there are a lot of problems but anyone does nothing to change it if is not in a personal benefit.

hi all
i want to ask in this exercise above why this clause wrong
we'd rather pay by cridet card than pay cash.

Hi dr mohamad kir,
I'm a little confused, because the answer key for that question (Section 7 - Tom - Exercise 1 - number 3, on p.15) indicates that it is right.
Am I looking at the clause you are referring to?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

In my view the biggest problem facing humanity is wars.
people of the world has become neighbour so we should live in peacful not in fighting .

Hi all
in our country the biggest problem today is politic disaster, why because some of  leader politic parties  has been bribery  suspect . some time i can't thinking that the politicians should be row model for the follower .how come they can be row model .

Hi there , I've just finished "Series 2 Episode 7" and solved all exercises on the site here ... It's the first time I feel my English is getting to be good ... thanks very much for British Council.

The part of "put the lines of the dialogue in the right order" is somewhat difficult.You can't find connections between sentences easily,especially about the supermarket