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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


I think we can do simple tasks to help saving our planet. For instance, we can use recycling pocket for buying fruits and vegetables or when we go to the picnic to collect the bottles,cans and plastic things on the ground. But I think it's more important than these the governments decide to help.they have to lock the factories that produce loads of pollution and prevent cars that produce loads of pollution as well.

My country is Iran. Iran is one of the largest country in middle east in Asia. It has borders with Turkey,Iraq,Azerbaijan,Armenia,Turkmenistan,Pakistan,Afghanistan. Population of Iran is about 75 milions people. It has 25 states.The weather of west of Iran is cold and particularly snowy in winter and the weather of north of Iran is wet and occasionally rainy and the weather of east and south of Iran is dry an warm. Iran has two mountainses. Alborz mountains is from north-west to north-east an Zagros mountains is from north-west to south-east. Damavand volcano mountain is the highest mountain in middle east. Its sightseeing is so beautiful. Iran has a lot of rivers and one of the largest deserts is called Lout Desert in middle east and maybe in the world. Khazar Lake that is the biggest lake in the world is in the north of Iran. Because that is the biggest is called Khazar Sea occasionally. In the south of Iran is Persian Golf and Oman Sea. Iran is one of the most important country in the world that produces oil and gas. Iran has some valuable metal mines in the south- east states. The capital city of Iran is Tehran with population about 13 milions people.Tehran is in the north of Iran and is a modern city. Tehran was capital city of Iran from Qajar's period. In each of states, people have got foods and costumes and cultures of theirselves.

I'd like to speak about Vincent van Gogh, a painter. He was born in Netherlands in 1853 and he died in 1890. He was just 37 years old when he died. He strongly suffered psychiatric disease.He liked painting when he was child but he didn't paint until second decades of age. He painted first his painting when he was 27 years old. He loved painting about portrait,nature,poor people. When he traveled to Paris, he attracted its atmosphere. he started painting of gardens and farms with full of sun light. He used in his painting of yellow color because he believed that yellow color has got full of energy in itself. I think that two events in van Gogh's life is very strange. At first, he sold just one his painting until when he was alive. Second is about cutting his ear.Two stories are about this event.May be because of his psychiatric disease and may be because of falling in love to a woman. He was poor and he gave his ear as gift to woman that he loved her.Nowadays his paintings are sold very expensive and are been in favorite galleries.

To safe our planet, I think I should arrange garbages on the right recyle bin. Besides, I have to reuse some things that I can. For example, I can use old bottle, silk to make some souvenir and give them to my friends. I can ride my bike to go to school sometime instead of riding my motorbike. Moreover, I can persuade my parents use equipment which run by sun-energetics or wind-energetics.

what's the meaning of "nightmare journey"?

Hello FilipiCavalheri,

'Nightmare' here means terrible or awful. The phrase means 'an awful journey'.

I think you can find the answer to such questions in the many online dictionaries which are available. It's not really possible for the team here to answer questions about vocabulary like this - we just have too many questions to deal with.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

i'd love to meet beyonce

I consider Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston great actresses. They do cool and funny movies. I guess that are winning much money, because they work a lot. They are beautiful and got charisma to act in the movie. Who doesn't know the movie "Pretty woman" with Julia Roberts and Jeniffer Aniston at tv series "Friends" it's very nice.

Thank you

hello i am Haidy Samer , from Cairo the capital of Egypt . it's very beautiful . it has a river called Nile River. it is the city of the ancient Egyptians , the builders of the three huge pyramids , the builders of the many tempels . And also the home of the tourism , there is many places to visit , there is the pyramids , the temples , and the two sees : the red see and the white one , and there is many more and more . i really like my city Egypt