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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

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 [15:50].

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Tom the teacher

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

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


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.

Actually I don't think much about ecology, but I do those good things you talked about for another reasons. I grow vegetables without chemicals in our kitchen garden because I really care for health of members of my family. Also we (my husband and me) always sort the rubbish: paper and carton, organic waste, plastic, metal, glass and so on. We on our own may use some of this stuff once more to another purposes. We prefer furniture, clothing etc, which were made of natural materials because it's safely. We use energy-efficient appliances and lamps and don't use gas at all for saving. And we intend to set up solar panels in the future.

Hello British Council
I have a doubt about the pronunciation of the sentence "I always try to remember" voice 1 in section 5. It sounds like " I was truas remember". Why is it pronounced so strangely?

Hello Matheus do Santos,

The pronunciation in the recording is correct and is a good example of natural connected speech.

When we speak quickly some words are weak and the word 'to' in this sentence is an example of this. Instead of saying /tu:/ we make it weak and say /tƏ/, and this changes the rhythm of the sentence.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team