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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


Dear everyone. I learned a new word today by listening to this podcast. It is 'constipated'. Thank you britishcouncil!

I want to talk about Alexandre de Rhodes. He was priest .He preached from the South to the North ,because the language difficulties, he and other preachers have written accent in Latin In 1651 he had to print dictionary (Dictionarium Annamiticum Lusitanum et Latinum) based on the character of the clergy Vietnamese Portuguese and Italian before . Mark the Vietnamese into starvation so that V.N has their own writting . He died in 1660 .He's always remembered in VN

That's exactly what taxis are in Egypt. you have to agree with the driver of the amount of money  before you get in a cab.the traffic is awful. anyway I want to ask something why in section 5 , It is said that flying is  bad for the planet???? Thanks for the podcasts it really help me to improve my  listening skills.

Hello littlemoon86!
Flying is bad for the planet because it releases a lot of carbon dioxide and other global warming gases into the atmosphere. You can read an article about flight and global warming here on LearnEnglish.
Best wishes
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

And also, There is no navigation information in English at the Moscow metro and
Nobody speaks in English on the streets :)

Hi everybody! If you will come to Moscow you definitely will use moscow subway. The fastest sort of transport in this city. Moscow subway is called "metro". Many station was constructing a long ago in 1930-1950 years and looks like as palaces. For example а station "Ploshchad Revolyutsii" (meaning Revolution Square). There are meny nice archs. Each arch is flanked by a pair of bronze sculptures depicting the people of the Soviet Union, including soldiers, farmers, athletes, writers, aviators, industrial workers, and schoolchildren. There are a total of 76 sculptures in the station. Welcome to Moscow! Metro ticket costs about a dollar :)

I would like to tell you about Dario Fo.I'd like to meet him! He's from Italy. He's an actor-playwright, theatre director, a songwriter and is a very nice person. He won the Nobel Prize on 1997 in Literature. He is famous because he is a "giullare" (a medieval comedian). His wife died few months ago and she was very important for him, because she worked with him and he said that he wouldn't be the same important person without her. When he won the Nobel Prize, he donated a lot of money to many poor people. He always fights for the good policy in Italy. I would like  to meet him and I'd like to ask him to play acting once for me and my family.  I think Italian people would have to be like him!
Thank you very much. Barbara from Italy.

Hi all,
I'm new here and I'm preparing for the IELTS exam in July.
I need to get a higher score so any advice is welcome.
Have a great day.

Hi.I am dont know English.Please who is say me how i learn english well/

Hello everybody. I am 65 years old. I live in Genoa, Italy. I am a retired man. I am really grateful to British Council's course. Its help me in improving my spoken English. Its  podcasts helps me a lot. Every day I am listening one lesson and I am doing the exercises. Thanks. Bye