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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


I prefer the book. It's more intresting, make me to reflect a lot, imagine new stuff... But really, it's hard to find many good stories. When I have free time, I try relax with my family. And usually we... watch films...)))

I absolutely love films

I can not have a definite answer. I can remember I spent all of my days on reading books, specially novels, when I was teenager. But now, I am really busy and I wish I can at least visit a short film as hobby. I think reading a book need serious attention and focus while watching a film can release your attention and focus.

I will be so happy and merciful if somebody give me a feedback about my mistakes in this comment.

Hello Hasti,

Thanks for your comment. Don't stop reading! Even if you only find ten minutes in a busy day, reading is great in so many ways. And, of course, if you can read in English then it will really help your language skills. You can find plenty of graded readers at all different levels of difficulty.

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sometime i read books and some time i watch movies . it depends,film and books both of improve our knowledge .I think both of benificial for us and also i agree with voice number 4 what did he say ..

I prefer books if i could understand. I can imagine what i want to the character and it make my brain work more.I can make a picture in my hear. When i want to use my brain a lot, i read book. OR if i need pleasure, i watch film.
My new words from in this episode are fancy, stuff, what does they come from, nine forty.

Well, as Tess said, I disagree with them, but there were some interesting opinions there. Some times I prefer read the book because it conteins more details, and if it's belong to a good writer I can really enjoy the reading. On the other hand I always enjoy a good film not matter if I read or not the book.

I think it dependes on the genre. The exiting genre is better in the film,But the Comedy or Drama on the books are too better.

Hi friends, from México
So, I love the movies, but, my favorites are CiFi movies. In my country, people don't like it to read books because, the good ones and the bad ones books there are very expansive. There are many book festival's, new books presentation, seminaries of literature, libraries, schools and universities, all them have a many books and novels, but nobody buy it a expansive book. Otherwise, young people or 'Milennials' tennagers, love the festivals about your heroes games, and fantasy legends. COMIC CON is a festival meeting with young people whose love the costumes and Cosplay about your heroes, the personalities, like the movie actors or tv shows series. Well, I think in this century, all the people will say... goodbye to the book
That's all for now, see you then.

Hello from México
Many people in this land, love the football. From wednesday to sunday at night, there are football match. There are two soccer League. First Division league, called Liga MX for men players and Liga MX Femenil for women players. But I don´t like it to see the women match, because... the game... they are very boring. So, what are you think about this.