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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


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

Thank you for the answer Peter M

commonly the solutes and particles are redeposited in the lower parts of the soil profile, creating illuvial or enriched horizons
sir , in this example after comma ing is used with create so what is the logic behind the ing form usewith create

Hello vikranta,

The phrase beginning with 'creating' in this sentence is a participle clause expressing a result. In other words, the solutes and particles being redeposited creates illunvial horizons.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

We (my family and I) are trying to be as green as we could, we're starting with little things like separate the card box from the rest of the trash, we have also started to separate the plastic bottles; this is for a special reason. There is a Pet's Store (they are not selling pets, just all the things like food, dishes, beds and all kind of things that a pet needs) near of our house which collects all the plastic bottles that people take to them, then they sell all the plastic and with the money earned the help a Dogs house called Sophia's Fund, which take care of street dogs and search new houses for them. So we have started to collect plastic bottles and we are going to deliver to them, in that way I think that we are putting our grain of sand in this noble labour. I have also replaced all the lightbulbs in the house for a new ones with led technology, this is for saving energy and money.
I know that there is much more that we can make for the planet and we have to figure out new ways to make substantial changes.

Best wishes.

My country is Ukraine. It is situated in Eastern Europe. It borders with Russia in the east and northeast, Belarus - in the north, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary – in the west, Romania and Moldavia – in the southeast. Ukraine is washed by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov in the south and southeast. The population of my country is decreasing. It is almost 42.5 million people living here now but it was more than 51 million ten years ago. The landscape of my motherland is quite different. There are the Carpathian Mountains in the west, two seas in the south, lots of plains all over the country, rivers, lakes, forests and areas of swamp. Ukraine is known for its fertile soil too.
The country mostly exports agricultural goods and metallurgical products. Mechanical engineering takes its part too.
The capital city of Ukraine is Kyiv. It is the largest city of our country and the 8th most populous city in Europe. Kyiv was founded in the 7th century so it makes it more than 1300 years old. It is located іn the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River.
I think that the most popular national occupation in Ukraine is still agriculture. Although, the globalization is making things slightly different.

I'm not green enough for sure. I don’t use recycled energy or produce it for myself. I never separate my rubbish. I don’t know where one should bring broken fluorescent lamps or used batteries for utilization. Of course it’s our government’s fault for the most part. As for me, I try to improve the environment mostly by not spoiling it with my activities. I’m trying not to waste electricity, water and gas. I don’t throw rubbish anywhere except bins or – when there are not any alternatives – my pockets. I don’t smoke and that is why I’m not to blame for piles of cigarette butts in the streets or even in parks. I’m sure if everyone started with themselves our world would be definitely a better place to live in.

I like paintings but I wouldn’t call myself an expert or even a person who can name the ten most famous artists. I haven’t been fortunate to attend any of the well-known galleries yet. But I’m quite sure I’ll manage to solve this problem in the nearest future. Concerning a famous artist, I’d probably like to meet Pablo Picasso. He was a Spanish painter and sculptor. He also produced many different kinds of art as he was a ceramicist, a stage designer and a poet too. He is definitely one of the most famous artists in the world and his paintings are among the most expensive ones. For example, one of his paintings was sold for 179.4 million dollars while the most expensive deal is 300 million to date. His other paintings were sold for 157.7 and 130.7 million dollars, respectively. I like his paintings because they disturbingly resemble the chaos of the human mind. Frankly speaking, I don’t know much about his life, in general. I’ve been always interested in his biography, though. I’m going to learn more about this unique human being one day and hopefully see his works of art with my own eyes.