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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.

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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


Hi dm_ry,
John Lennon is one of milestone of world music.

hi LE team,
podcast series are wonderful. I love tess. :)

hy am nadia from morrocco am so glad and happy because the wibsite help my a lot ...actually am not really good in english but ido my best  to be better ... Ineed new freinds to talk and have some new ideas that be niceeee

Hello, my name is Nounou,  I'm from Algeria and i would like to tell you about one of the most important festivals in my country named *panafricain festival*, it's an African cultural event  which regroups many countries ,it takes place on july and includes concerts ,showers ,exposures and contests.
Represented disciplines are:music,dance,cinema,literature,theater and visual arts.
The opening day (july 5) means a lot for my people because it coincides with the independence day from French colonization. 

Hello! I'd like to tell you about my favorite festival celebrated in our country. I live in Ukraine  and we celebrate a lot of folk and national holidays. On the 7-th of July we celebrate Ivan Kupala's Day or Midsummer Day. Firstly it was timed with the summer soltice and then with the addoption of a Christianity it was timed with the birth of Joan Baptist.
This day is full of rites connected with water, fire and herbs. The binding custom is mass bathing in the river which is clean from evil spirits and full of magic properties. The fire is also a necessary attribute of this festival. People dance around and jump over it.
Believed that people must not sleep this night because all evil spiris wake up: wood goblins, witches, sorcerers, werewolves, mermaids, brownies and others. And the power of fire can drive them avay. 
Herbs and flowers picking up this night are very healing. The main plant of this festival is fern. Having the flower of this plant you can find a treasure.

Thanks for this very nice description of holidays in the Ukraine.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I agree with person who tolled that it depends on book and film. I love both films and books too and i think we should not compare them.  Both are very interesting it's self if it is good film or book. So read books and watch films !!! :)

Hi everyone!!!!
I´m from Brazil.
Congratulations! British Council is the Best! Love it!
British Council help me to improve my English. I learn so much with the podcasts, mainly when teacher Tom explain everything, thanks all you!!!
see you!!

It's difficult to understand below sentences. I don't know why ravi told tess that he had had.......
I had a football match on Saturday afternoon. You didn't play football, didn't you?  No. I felt too bad.

it was joking