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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


Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

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

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)


Task 2

Carolina 1

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


Task 3

Carolina 2

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


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

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


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

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


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

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




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi Sergey,

Thanks for your long contribution. It sounds as if you enjoy writing, which is going to make improving your (already good) writing much more enjoyable.

There are some general tips on improving your writing on our Frequently asked questions page and you'll also find links to other resources on our Facebook page. I suppose you've already considered getting a teacher to help you improve your writing, but if that's not possible, you can still improve on your own. Reading and writing a lot are essential practices for improving your writing. Many people neglect reading, but of course you can learn a lot from how other people write, so it's really important. As you read, make a note of phrases or sentences that strike you so that you can use them later in your own writing. You could also try summarising what others have written, and then compare your summary to their text. If you could find a pen friend or someone to correspond with via email, that would also surely help you learn to express yourself in writing more confidently. Whatever you do, don't give up and keep writing!

As for the Canary Islands, I'm afraid I've never been there so I can't really say. I'm from a cold and grey place, so when I have holidays I tend to go to colder places rather than look for the sun, which I have enough of here. But I hope you manage to get there one day!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Through a wormhole!

I would like to talk about the best way to travel that i love. It depends on kind of trips. Firstly, i usually travel with my family to near locations by personal vehicles such as car, motorcycle because i can be easy to make plan. Actually, i always go alone to countryside by my motorcycle when i was single due to budget issue. However i gave up my interest when i got married. Secondly, i prefer public transportation services such as plane, bus, coach or train if i go to other cities where have long distance from my home or travel to other countries for it is safer, more comfortable and easier to my family. In addition, i love going backpacking more than travel by tour because it help me to save spending. Finally, i always travel anywhere on holiday or weekend as well as i budget.

What's best way to travel?
It depends where you want to go and what you want to feel there. On foot, boat and bicycle are a way to have a look and feeling at where you're there. There are lots of places to travel by many ways but some places you have to travel by public transports as plane, train, underground...Planes help you save time. Trains, undegrounds give you a look at tree, hill... Cars give you time own to move. Boats give you silient. Any way, I support bicycle and on foot and boat are the better to feel yourself at the place you're there.

I have a question about Support pack, Tom the teacher part, ex. 3., question 5:
The person that you work for is called chief
Is the word "boss" never used in English? becouse in Russian and Ukrainian we can use "boss" and "thief" (in informal speaking). M

Hello chunya,

The correct answer is, as you say, 'boss' and not 'chief'. I'm sorry for the confusion! I'll make a note of this error and we'll fix it soon.

Thanks very much for taking the time to ask us about this.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

My town - Lviv - is a very old. Most of the streets are tight and not too adapted to big traffic. But we have a huge amount of transport: cars, taxies, minibuses, trams, trolleybuses. And many bicycles added to this list last time. So we have crasy traffic jams in peak hours. And some of the streets have permanent traffic jams all day long.
That is why I don't like use public transport and prefer walk by feet (if the distance not too long).
Becouse the many tourists visit Lviv it forbidden to go by privat transport in central part of the city in weekends. So the tourists can easy walk by feet or ride a carriage )))

I would like to meet the Dalaï lama.

He was born in 1935 in China. He arrived in Tibet in 1939.
But he was forced to flee Tibet for India 50 years ago.
He's the fourteenth Dalaï lama.He's the chief of the Buddhists.
His true name is Lhamo Dhondup.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He won it for China-Tibet conflict, because he advocated non-violence.

I admire this man and I love so much Buddhist philosophy.
There is a lot of tolerance and wisdom.
I'd like to even win a little bit of their wisdom !

One thing is very incomprehensible for me, is the extremism Buddhism in Burma. It's very opposing.
These extremists are able to twist a wise concept to commit the violent deeds.

Hello, could you please tell me the meaning of "mind you"? It used in your turn section and i don't understand the definition
Thank you

Hello Dorsa,
This makes the question more polite. assume if you see a woman in the street and you ask her "how old are you ?" the question could a bit annoyed her because it's a very personal question. so it's better we ask such questions in this way.

Best regards,