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Episode 07

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about their families, and their guests talk about Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammed Yunus and life in Cairo. You can follow Carolina in Newcastle, but in this episode she’s not feeling very well. Will she have to go to see a doctor?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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


Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:20].

Use the information below to complete the Conversations in English activity.

            Dad ------------------------- Mum 
(died two years ago)   |   (lives in Swindon)
                   Harry (28, builder)
                   Julia (26, works in an office)
                   Dave (24, works in a bank)
                   Dan (22, graphic designer)
                   Paula (20, student)


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello! I think that the best way to travel in a big city is the train. It's fast and it can carry a lot of people. Also, it's good for the environment. A negative point is that sometimes is not punctual, at least in Argentina.

I think airplane is the best way to travel.

Hello everyone!!! I think driving is the best way for travelling. I can't drive but I really want to drive. Someday, I'm sure I can drive. And I have never flied, so I also want to flying. Bye!!!!

Can you explain what is wrong with this sentence in
"What is the cost for the medicines?"

Hello Albashiry,

Native speakers just don't say it this way. The other three sentences are the most common ways to ask for this. It would also be possible (though less common) to say 'What is the cost of the medicines?'.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

I have never been traveling by plain. I just flew from the one to another city by domestic airlines. It only took a half an hour. I am a little bit afraid of flying. But in general I think that all types of transportation has it's good and bad sides. For example, the plain is the fastest and if you want to travel abroad, more far from your area, then it's the best option and you have to do it. I hope that one day I would travel to the European countries and Canada.

I know those words as "cognates".

I think some factor has to be considered in making the choice for a particular travelling means available.
My favourite mean of travelling is by bus.
I think some factor needs to be considered in choosing a means of travelling.
My opinion is that some factor has to put into consideration, this is best justified in scenario of travelling purposes like travelling within a short distance, long distance, travelling within inter-state, travelling across borders, travelling for: holidays, business trip, adventures, international meeting and so on.

I think the best way to travel is by train like voice one. Firstly is one of the oldest ways to travel and carry for long distances a lot of people , like "The transsiberian" on Rusia. Also if you travel by train you'd know different places meanwhile you are travelling, you'd see a lot of beautiful postals like forest or rivers. Definitly when I have opportunity to travel by train I do that and enjoy my trip.

to me , the best way to travel that is air travel because it is very fast and safe , you can also watching the beautiful view through the window like , i will going to fly in the next day and that is first trip of me and i hope that trip will be interesting