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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].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

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

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello zameel20,

In the phrase "it's been a long time", the apostrophe s ('s) is the verb has, i.e. this phrase without the contraction is "it has been a long time".

Past participles like been don't appear alone as a verb in standard English. Although the auxiliary verb (has or have) is often dropped from present perfect forms in informal speech or slang, I wouldn't recommend you speak or write this way.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! Can anyone help me?
Which is the right usage: I have gone to/in Rome. I have been to/in Rome.

Hello Teacher1,

The correct forms are:

I have gone to Rome. [meaning that I am still there]


I have been to Rome. [meaning that I am not there now, but was in the past, possibly more than once]

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

in practice material what you listen has a sentence 'he has had his hair cut ' what is meaning of this sentence. Does it grammatical right because i have never seen 'has had ' both in a sentence

Hello zameel20,

This is an example of what it sometimes called the 'causitive have' construction, formed with have + object + past participle.  We use it when we pay someone to do something for us.  For example:

I had my hair cut. [I paid a hairdresser to cut my hair]

I had my car fixed. [I paid a mechanic to fix my car]

I had my house decorated. [I paid for a decorator to do it]

You can find an exercise on this construction on this page - look at Task 3.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

yes...I am having the same problem too. I don't understand the sentence where and when to use it. Please elobarate it sir.

what is the meaning of ' i am afraid so' please tell me

Hello zameel20,

'I'm afraid so' is used as an answer to a question and it confirms that something is true, but is also saying that it is not good, or that the speaker is sorry that it is true.

'Have you lost your job?'

'I'm afraid so.'

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hello .excuse me , In section 4 . I think  i don't understand that sentence  ( You might have to pay more if you travel to or from one of the big international hotels in the city. In fact, you might have to pay a little bit just because you’re a tourist.) the second sentence i feel that it should be (you might have to pay  more bit just because you're a tourist) i feel that match the meaning or you could explain it to me in relation to the previous sentence. Thank you.

Hi littlemoon86,

In the first sentence when Susan mentions that it costs more to go to or from the big international hotels, that is true for anyone regardless of whether they are a tourist or resident of Cairo - there is simply a surcharge for traveling there.

In the second sentence, when Susan says "you might have to pay a little bit because you're a tourist," she means that part of what you pay as a tourist is a surcharge for tourists. In other words, tourists always pay extra wherever they go.

You're right when you propose saying "you might have to pay a bit more" (notice the word order is different from what you proposed) - that would effectively mean the same thing.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team