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Episode 06

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about travel problems, and their guests talk about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and life in Kazakhstan. You can also follow Carolina as she settles in to student life and finds out all about student clubs and societies. Will she join a student club?

Elementary Podcasts

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:18].



Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:50].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:50].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:44].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:44].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:44].




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi Learn English team,
I'm wondering about a matter of pronunciation that I have distinguished several times throughout these podcasts. That is about a short "r". For example when Tess says "... it’s time to join Carolina again in Newcastle ..." in fact she says "... Carolinar again...." Is that a matter of accent or something else?
I look forward to hearing from you.


Hello RezAref,

This is an example of an intrusive sound, which is a sound that comes between words to make them easier to say. It is a feature of connected speech and such sounds occur in all dialects of English. There are three such sounds in English:

/r/ as in red. For example: Carolina [r]always works hard.


/j/ as in yes. For example: Three [j]apples are on the table. [note this is the sound /j/, not the letter J]


/w/ as in wind. For example: I'll do [w]it for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


Your turn
actually I do not do much to help in building green environment, & I do not believe that I have more to do,
I only do not throw trashes or cans in street garden or water sources, I do not waste the electrical power "Electrical power production entails pollution emissions to the environment" so by saving the electrical power we can indirectly act in saving the environment.
But about recycling of different plastic types & patterns, I think it is not my role; It should be managed, executed throw the government & other environmental organizations, they should legislate the roles & laws to force the factories & hypermarkets to act towards the green environment .

our person in;
I'm from Egypt, where the Nile river is longitudinally divide the country to two sides, the population is concentrated around the river banks from the past & till nowadays. I Egypt we depend mainly on the river water for drinking & other human utilities of course after purifying it from different impurities & suspended particles.
Also the Nile river is used for tourism purposes where many people from the country & tourists is hiring boats & yachts to sail the Nile to see many natural prospects & man- made fabulous building.

Brazil is localizated in the South America. It borders a lot of countries, such as, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Venezuela, and others. Brazil is one of the biggest countries in the world, with an area roughly 8,6 million kilometers. The population is around 200 million inhabitants. Its coastline is full of mountains, like the Serra do Mar in the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. There are a lot of navigable rivers, like the São Franscisco River and the Amazonas River. The Caatinga in the North East part of the country is pretty much a desert. We produce oil by the Petrobras state company, mainly with which is extracted from our seas. We produce metals by the Great Carajás Project.

Our capital city is called Brasília. It is set in the middle part of the country. Although it is a young city (compared with London, Paris, for exemple), built in the 1960s, it is very importante for the brazilian public life.

For n factors, the informal occupation, called here "camelôs" is very traditional. Most of the streets of the big cities are full of this "camelôs", who sell a large variety of things, from pens to umbrellas.

About what do I do to save the planet, well, I don’t do very much. Like Ravi said it’s quite difficult. I think if there was a possibility to use organic bags instead of plastic ones I think I would use but the Ecological politics is my country is so weak that we almost don’t use organic bags.

Hi LearnEnglish team, I think there is missing a word in Section 5, page 3 when Ravi says: “… Like ‘I’ use public transport”. So the ‘I’ is missing. Thank you.

Hi filipeanttonio,

Thank you for pointing this out to us, and well done for spotting it! I have edited the page and it should now be correct.

Thanks again,



The LearnEnglish Team

You are welcome. It's a pleasure.