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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


Oh my God is that all you can say about Cairo,and what`s that horrible music on the background,Stereotyping ! I can tell you one thing about the taxis in Egypt and trust me I`m a Cairene,you must agree with the driver about how much to pay before you get in the cab otherwise you`ll have a quarrel,taxis may be quite expensive for some people and nowadays the traffic is terrible.

I agree with you. When I visited Egypt, always I spoke with driver in order to agree a good price for journey. I never had any problem doing so !

Hello everyone
I'm Iranian and I know more people in Iran want to learn English like as me
I can just say thanks for this site manager
Best regards for all  

Can you explain, please, what does this phrase mean? Ravi said "Manchester City supported"..i can't ungerstand...
Best regards

Hi, Ravi said "Manchester City supported" because in Manchester there're two professional football team and Ravi support the other one team !!!

i can't get to the site where i can read the podcasts would you help me please ??

hi everybody ,
thank you all for this amazing podcasts ,
thank you Gorden for these jokes .
love you all , bye

I want to tell you about Ngo Bao Chau who is a great mathematician of my country Vietnam. He was born in 1972 in Hanoi. He 's been the first scientist of Vietnam to win the Fields Medal which is concerned as the Nobel Prize in Mathematics. He was awarded this Medal because of his great contribution to mathematics, especially after proving a part of a mathematical program called Langlands program. When he was young, he won 2 IMO gold medals and awards during his profession. Now, he is working in University of Chicago. His family is living in France. They are very happy with  3 children. He is not only a hero of my country but also a very modest man. He doesn't like talking about his awards but only says that he just loves doing math, nothing else. When talking to the young, he usually gives them advices and promotion to choose the right works as well as follow their interested works. If I met him, I'd like to talk about how to get interest in my study and in my future job.

In podcast Tess said "off you go". What does it mean? It means continue?

Hello en.Javad!
'Continue' is close in meaning, but 'Start' is a little better. Tess says 'Off you go', meaning 'You can start talking now'.
Hope that helps!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team