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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].

Task 1


Task 2




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


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 and shape 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 structures and the story.

I prefer read the book and then watch the film. It's hard to compare staff like that but I disagree with the person who said that you got more from the film. I think the film can't describe the whole book. It's just too short for that.

I prefer the books because they allow to create your own scenario while reading the lines, so I agree with the voice number 4. While reading a book you must use your imagination to create unique images in your mind, the sounds and all the rest of the stuff that a movie shows to you when you go to a cinema.
Although the sounds and video effects are really interesting too, I like to read more than watch a movie in most of the occasions.

Thanks for the podcasts, are really good for practise all the English skills.

50 to 50. Sometimes I read books, sometimes I watch movies. Sometimes I watch a film adaptation, and after I read a book, but more often I do the opposite.

Many times it has happened to me that I read the book first, and then I did not like the movie. But, if I see the movie and then read the book, I take the pictures I saw and enjoy reading more.

[quote]"I watched your dog crying and laughing all through the film"[quote]

Why not "I watched your dog WAS crying and laughing all through the film"

he sounded terrible
I get bored
why we use ed with the adjectives sound and bore

but could you explain who he is for us?
why not use can here not could?


In each example you have a verb followed by an adjective:

'sounded' is a verb and 'terrible' is an adjective:

He sounded bored.

[subject - verb - subject complement]

'get' is a verb and 'bored' is an adjective

I get bored.

[subject - verb = subject complement]



You can say '...could you explain...' or '...can you explain...'

Both are correct and there is no real difference in meaning here. 'Could' sounds more polite in some situations but both are fine.



The LearnEnglish Team

thank you very much for this informations