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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


Tess and Ravi

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

Task 1

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)



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

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Tom the teacher

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

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi ,

What's the best way to travel ? My answer is the plane
To me traveling by the plane that is my favorite, a hobbies is take quite a lot of cost. I very love flights because I feel so excited when staying on sky with a little scared, worries,.feeling in high above you also sigh seeing, the roof of houses, the buildings, river, ocean...And I have feel fly through clouds, It is has a little shake if the plane impact to cloud. It is amazing!! Do you agree with me??

Le Nhung

I think that the question would have to be separated: 1) the best way to travel, 2) the transport that you like. In fact I think the transport more amazing is the plane and about that I agree with you. But I think the best way to travel depends on the case. For example if I had to visit a city like Florence or Rome in a weekend I think it's better travelling by train, because you just arrive in the centre of the city (now the most important Europe city are connected with high speed train) and you don't have to use other transports.
In a big city (like Milan or Paris or London) the best way is underground, in my opinion.
To go to work would be better using public transport.
Unfortunately I have to use the car to go work because I work about 60 km far to my home and there aren't direct public transport to reach my work site or better if I didn't use my car I would take a bus first to reach the rail station (20 minutes), then the train (about 1 hour), after the underground (other 30 minutes) and finally another bus (about 10 minutes) and the same to back to home. In that way I'd spend over 4 hours a day in travelling. Instead by car I spend half time, but the costs are more and to reduce costs I travel with other colleagues in car pooling.

Hi Nicolam998,

Exactly, the best way to travel depends on each case, each situation. I absolutely agree with this opinion. In fact, go to travel by plane its just only my hobby. But if I want to Italy to travel or some where in oversea I must be use plane to come there and then I could explore everything around by many transports: train, bicycle, boat...

To go to work i think the best way is use public transport, hence, we can contribute protect environment partial and saving cost, traveling time.

Le Nhung

Hello everyone,
In my country, Vietnam there are many of transport such as: Train, plane, taxi, cars, bus, motorbikes, bicycle, cyclo, ferry boast, ships. Especially : Metro Project is commencing work on January, 2015 . This project is supported from Japan ODA capital . But in Vietnam the transport main is still motorbike and bus. Many of foreign tourist be surprise about it when came Vietnam.

Hi everyone, " I'd like to meet"

Today, I want to talk about Mr. NGO BAO CHAU, he's a Professor of Mathematic who got Fields Medal in India 2010.
He was born in Hanoi, Viet Nam in 1972, He have been studied and graduated from University Paris XI.
He had got Olympic International Math in Australia 1988 and in Germany in 1989. And there are many Prize, Awards about Math that him got such as: Clay Prize 2004, Oberwolffach Prize and with Langlands Lemmas Fundamental in Math Proved Scheme had helped him got big prize is Fields Medals in India 2010. This Prize is viewed equal as Nobel Prize, you know!
And he is also get The Legion of Honor Star by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2011. It's acknowledged his dedication for the World Math in general as well as his country - Vietnam in particular. This is a proud of Vietnamese, a very huge honor.
After He got Fields Prize become a well- know than more , he had come back Vietnam with many Math project at there. VietNam Math Associate established Math Institute - he is suggested become Institute Chief.
Math Institute's purpose in order to training, researching Math potential members for Math major in the future. He had got perks by Vietnam authority. Because his superb dedications for Math that I mention above, he deserve got Nobel Prize if possible.. If you want to know him more, please find further information about him at : Google with name research is Ngo Bao Chau.. Professor of Math

Thanks a lot

Le Nhung

Hi Le, it's a very interesting story. Math was my preferred subject when I was a student (many years ago). Now, sometimes, I helped my daughters when they don't understand some Math topics.
About the person you have talked about, I think it has been very nice to come back Vietnam to use his talent for his nation.
Nicola Milana (Italy)

Hello Nicola Milana,

Thanks for your sharing about Math. And I agree with your opinion, thus, according to me for wherever you are, no matter who you are? what doing you are? It is always directed toward and contributed talent for your country. That's really a successful person.

I have been florist so I very like all of things involve to art. Picasso is a Italian Famous Painter. Although I haven't been had or seen any his artworks but I knew him throughout information channels: T.V, internet, newspapers....I think that many people know him and they love his artworks. This is a who you like, isn't it ?


Le Nhung from Vietnam

I would like you make a transcript with format .txt not pdf... Huhu... I want to make the liric exactly..

Hello Muchlition,

The pdf format should be accessible without any problems for you - reader software is free and easily available.  Are you have any problems accessing it?  If so, please let us know and we will try to help.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Sir i've got smething to ask you... Why the record doesn't have a transcript huhuhu.... If there is no transcript i'll can't get it anymore thanks