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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 It depends on books and films. But books are more useful for us than films. Books help to become smarter.

i prefer both a book and film, it's depend for the topic, but i usually read a book because i use more my mind and imagination.

I could say that normally books are more detailled than movies,but movies are great as well.I mean any one you choose it will be a good one.I like both!

I prefer reading books in many fields like science, poetry, ethics and health. And watching movies like action, animation, history, motivation story, infection diseases, industry and art.

I think it depends on the subjects for both films and books, and to be honest it doesn't make any sense that comparing without determination, so in terms of historical events and biography I surely prefer films owing to visual and sound effects and the ability to imagine, also I think it will be more exciting that you really shows what happens in that ages.

In other hand I think the books will exceeds the films In small zone like in scientific books, stories for kids.

at the end I really relished with the contents of the episode, my thanks and appreciation for you due to help students to learn the language without fees.

Hello Malek Sultan

Thanks for your kind words! We're so glad that you've found our materials helpful.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I personally prefer reading the book first and then watch the movie. I like how books describe every detail and the fact that you must let go of your imagination to understand the characters and how you can feel like you're one of the book's characters. Later when you watch the movie with the sounds and all the stuff you will feel how deep is the characters and the story.

Of course books better than adapted movies! You can use your imagination to imagine the characters and the events in the book. Also reading book improves your imagination and your vocabulary skills.

Of course, the books are better! You can use your imagination to represent the characters and events in the book. Also, reading a book enhances your imagination and vocabulary skills. Books it is always interesting and useful.

I prefer the book because the movies are too short for me. The movie only lasts 1.5 hours, and the book can be read for days.But, of course, when I'm with friends, movies are much preferable because, unlike books, they do not require concentration and allow you to just relax.
Also, I'm used to listening to music when reading, so when I take a book and don't hear songs, I feel uncomfortable.
In general, the book allows you to plunge into a different reality, which is different from my gray and boring life.There are words from one song(translation) that suit in here:
My worlds are beautiful, I created them myself, you see, everything is in my hands. In your eyes I often notice sadness, but know this, I will not return to your reality, because I saved princesses, fought to the blood, died for the faith and was reborn again, I have lived a hundred lives and could fly, I was a real man who could not become here. And the years ... let them pass, I just smile,
I'm staying here, I'm not coming back!