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Episode 04

In the episode Tess and Ravi talk about how they’re feeling, and their guests talk about Bob Marley, an unusual festival and British money. You can follow Carolina’s journey by train from London to Newcastle. Will she catch her train?

Elementary Podcasts

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


Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:20].



Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I think the film has many advantageous value over book that aids understanding and reality like the music, special effects, story, fantastic looks, actors and so on.
I agree with the preference of 'the flim'.
I prefer 'the film' to 'the book'.

The book definitely. Since I was a child and I learned how to read I enjoy a read books. Because I can known differents stories that happened on different places and join his with my own imagination. I think that the same story is better told in a book that the film, even for your mental health!.

I prefer books to films especially those ones that can motivate my imagination.

Dear Team
in reference of my previous notation about the ''mistake'' of Marcus. Yes,you are right, and I've also just been advised by an English- speaking friend that, in fact, Marcus says ''1981', not 1991'', and it's because of me, not being able to hear the right sounds in native and fast talking speakers.The usual problem of mine...
In any case, thanks a lot for your kindness

Dear Team,
doing a repetition and listening again- after one year-to this episode I noticed a mistake in Marcus talking about Bob Marley:He says that Marley died in 1991, though in the text it's written the correct year of Marley's death,1981.Could you do any correction or is it technically impossible?
Ever thankful,

Hi Nikoslado,

I've listened to the recording and I hear 1981, not 1991. It's said quite quickly but I don't think there's a mistake.



The LearnEnglish Team

I prefer books any day because books are good for learning and are a good use of your time.

It depends.As for me, i like the movie 'The lord of the Rings' and the book, because the producer was rather careful with the book and tried to showed most things as they were in book.
From the one hand, there are many films that shows just part that was written in book and they are not live up my expectations. But for the other hand, movie can show beautiful pictures, that i could not imagine in my head, also to watching film takes less time than reading books.

I prefer the book because I think that literature can always be better in any ways. You can imagine all the scenes and like a woman said in Your Turn it's almost like see a film in your own head. It's a beautiful feeling. Nevertheless, films can also be good. :)

it depends on the time; if I have a long time I will watch the movie