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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


Tess and Ravi

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

Task 1



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

Task 1


Task 2


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


I think books are more interesting than films, because reading them exercises our imagination. Also I think that the better way to learn new things is by reading. But if this isn't your habit, you will probably find difficulty to finish a book. Films are not the same. There's no imagination and most of them don't bring an educative view.

I live in Brazil since I was born and the most popular festival here, although it was originated in France, is the Carnival. During a week people go to the streets to dance samba and martial carnival music. The centre of the cities stay very crowded. People usually wear fancies like Superman, Bathman, politicians personalities and so on. The beer, of course, can not be lacking. It transforms and rejoices the people. This great festival take place every year in February or March, depends on the calendar.

I'd like to meet Wynton Marsalis, one of the best trumpeters in the world. He was born in New Orleans in 1961 and when he was eight-year-old performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band. Wynton is known by his experience as in popular music (jazz, blues, etc) as in classical music (Haydn, Bach, Mozart, etc). I'd like to ask him how much he studied to allow his present level.

Hanoi, the capital city of VN is where I live now. It is one of the two biggest city of VN with the population of about 7,6 million. Actually I have been living here for just 2years. When I first move here, I didn't like the living here at all because of its noise, busy, crowded streets. But now I am familiar with all these and I love the lifestyle here. People are active, there are many things to do, to discover in HN. HN is not only famous for gorgeous landscapes but also for delicious foods.

For me I prefer film. It takes much time to read a book and sometimes I feel bored with words in it. Mean while watching a film we feel excited because there are many things included such as nice views, music, and favorite actor or actress.

I'd like to tell you aboute the Day of the Tiger in Vladivostok, Russia. This day is celebrated at 4th sunday of september. The first time it was in 2000 year. Tiger is the emblem of the town. At this day many people wear costumes and pictured a tiger's snoot on their faces. Children specially like to imaginete theiselves a tigers.At this time on the streets of the city many little tiger cubs. It's funy and very nicely.

When I wrote new words from this podcast into my vocabulary, I've come across a word "honour".
Generally when I find new words, I also look for appropriate pictures to remember better the words.
And the first thing I've thought about was "The Three Musketeers".
When I was a kid, and then a teenager, I've reread that novel for about four times!
I was excited by that adventure story, that spread on a background of the historical events and the historical persons. (Should I use "persons" in this context, or "people" is better?)
And there is also a film "D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers", that was produced in the Soviet Union in 1978.
It's a classic.
I may rewatch it million times and I never get tired of it.
There are gorgeous clothes and actor's acting, that doesn't let go my attention.
And a separate place is taken by the legendary songs.
So I can't say what is better: a book or a film.
How said the man in the show: "It depends".
In my opinion, we shouldn't compare them, because they are different directions of art.
And both of them may leave an indelible mark in everyone's heart.

Hello! What do I prefer, book or film? Actually I like both ones. I like the most watching a film after reading a book. When I read some book I image all actions as well as surroundings. Plus author can relate his whole story and tiny details in a book that impossible to express in a film. But film is an opportunity to see things you aren’t able to image. I mean if you hadn’t been in China you wouldn’t have understood what was described in a book. Moreover in a film there are interesting music and actor’s play.

Task4 Exercise2 "conversations between Stela and Helen" is same with series 01 Episode 03

Hello ulasalpyildirim,

Could you please explain this a bit more? I've looked through both episode 3 and episode 4 and don't see any repeated tasks. Perhaps I've missed something - could you please tell me which Task and exercise again? I don't see any exercise under Task 4 on this page (or episode 3) and in the support packs, there are conversations in Section 1 exercise 1, but they are different: episode 3 has Stella and Helen and episode 4 has Paul and Dave.

We really appreciate you pointing out any errors - I just can't find what you mention.

Thanks in advance.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team