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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


I have a question for the LearnEnglish Team.
I have noticed in podcast no.7 as well as in others, that you use expression "we've got"! I think that is we have got. So, is that a present perfect, when it should be "we have gotten"?. If is not present perfect, please be so kind to explain to me.
Thanks in advance.

You are correct that 'we've got' is the same as 'we have got'. This is usually used for the possessive meaning of ‘have’ in British English.
'Gotten' is the past participle of got in American English, but it isn't used in British English.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello to everyone, there are different way to travel, it depends where you have to go, If you have to go over see , the safest, the fastest,  the cheapest, the more confortable way to travel is by plane. recentely survey said that travel by flight is the safest way to travel.  If you go to  New York  there are several way to get around such as by taxi, by underground or by bus. If you have to come and vistit my country, you can travel by train. Here in Italy we have a good rail network. there is only one problem: very often trains are late. But you get used to do  it very quickly. Be carefull when you visit big city like Milan, Roma, Venice, there if you take the taxi the fare is very expensive. Before takinig the taxi  you should ask the taxi driver how much will be the cost of the journey. You might be disappointed if you don ask for the fare

Hi massimo
I agree with you, Train is cheap and fast, I lile very much the train because yuo can look at ousdiede the landscaoe while you are travelling.
Besides yuo can talk and know new people.
good  night

Hello I am a new member I want to learn English and I want to help you do one wants to help me and thank you

Hello to everyone, I state that I m Christian but non-practicing: I don't go to Mass on sundays. I usually go to church when a friend of my get merried or funeral. Said this, a person that I 'd have had to meet was Pope Jhoan the twenty third. That person had a lot of charisma. He was able to gather a lot of people when he held his speech.. He was able to convey to people what he thought and let people understand things were going on. I think he was one of the great comunicator in history. I think the Pope we have now is good but he is not communicative like the previos one. Dear friends  whjat do you think about my statement? I would appreciete an answer from you.

I think the best way to travel is by airplane..
I love your program guys

Hello. This podcast is very interesting, like many others. I'm very glad to learn English with such exciting materials! =)

Hello there! I live in Pskov. It's a beautiful, antient city. Many places are historic here. As for transport, bus is common here. It's the most acceptable mean of transport. The ticket is cheap, it's not too fast and not too slow, just right. Sometimes the bus is like uncomfortable. You know that, just packed. Many people don't like when it is overcrowded, but the usual thing is to take a bus, getting to work. I do it as well.
We have many tourists in our city. They travel by bus and sometimes by taxi. It's not difficult to pay for a taxi like in Egypt. There is a meter in the car to say how much. The payment system in Pskov taxis is easy. 
If you want to visit our city, welcome to Pskov. You'll have fun!