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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

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Tess and Ravi

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

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

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Tom the teacher

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

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello reza146,

I've listened to the recording and the transcript is correct. Both 'lots of' and 'loads of' are possible and have the same meaning, with 'loads of' being more informal, but the phrase used by Tess here is 'loads of'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Task 5 - I prefer books because it's better if you want perspective on something. The books are better to get you to empathize with characters and understand how they feel, and films aren't always precise in how a situation is supposed to make you feel, or what it's supposed to make you think.

Task 2 - I'd like to meet Luca Turilli. He's an Italian guitarist and composer for the Symphonic Power Metal band Luca Turilli's Rhapsody. I admire him because of his neoclassical way of composing, his level of precision when playing his songs and his creativity. He got famous playing electric guitar in the band Rhapsody, which is one of the greatest Symphonic Power Metal bands of all time, which inspired me to start composing songs with increased difficulty as well. I would like to talk to him about Classical composers, and I would like to ask him about what made him want to be a musician.

You can see this festival in Trentino Alto Adige, an Italian region, where there is an important Italian mountain chain, Dolomiti. The festival is called “I Suoni delle Dolomiti”, it lasts two months and it happens in July and August every year. It’s a musical festival and a lot of people come to listen to concerts of different kind of music (classical, jazz, world music and others). The people and also the musicians wear casual or sport clothes because the concerts take place in mountain shelters so they all have to trek a lot for coming. It has been for 20 years and I hope it still go on for many years because it’s a fantastic experience.

I’d like to meet Claudio Arrau. He comes from Chile and he was one of the most important classical pianist of 19th century. He was born in 1903 and he died in 1991. He was an enfant prodige so, when he was only fourteen, he moved to study in Germany with a scholarship. He was so fond of his teacher that when he died, Arrau decided to not study with someone else. I like him because he was modest and I really admire the sound he was able to create with the piano. I’d like to talk to him about the interpretation and about his life. I’m a pianist too and I’d like to ask him what’s the secret for playing in a such way and also how I can be not afraid during the public performances.

Hi everyone! I would want to tell you about Belarusian Oktouberfest at the Lahoisk (small city in the Minsk district)
The history of this festival start from germans, the marriage of Ludwig I and Tereza Saksonskaya. It was the start of the new tradition to celebrate beer festival, the german king. This festival was orginised for the first time, and the date was 21st of september. Festival celebrate brewing a beer at all. People drink a lot of craft beer, eat snacks, like Pork knuckles, hot dogs, breecels, , participate in a competitions, At that belarusian festival participants did not wear special clothes. But organisators use their fantasy, example of germans, and their attutude was really perfect and traditional (german tradition).

I prefer books to movies. When you read you use your imagination. In the movies everything is ready. This diminishes your intellectual power.But, This it not say that I don't like movies. I like too, but I just prefer the books.

I prefer books because when I'm reading I can relax. And if I don't understand something in a book, I can find out it in Internet, for example. But if I watch films I don't want to do stop and search some information. I think when I read I'm not only reader, also I'm part of the story of the book :)

Hello To Everyone,

My question is :
Some words was ITALIC. but when you want to download to transcript PDF you can see.
For example :
Elementary Podcast Series 01 Episode 04 – Transcript
Section 1 – “How are you feeling?” – being sympathetic

Tess : terrible
Terrbile is importent Word, expression or grammar focus etc ?

Thank you for replaying :-)

Hello armagandc,

The words like 'terrible' are in italics because they are emphasised by the speaker. It's a way of representing the way that they are said - if you listen to the audio then you'll hear how the speaker emphasises the words.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team