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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


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,

Hello Dorsa.keshavarz,

Speakers of British English can use 'mind you' to explain more about something that they've just said. In this case, the speaker uses it to show the problem with what they were just saying. In other words, they really like flying but recognise that there's a problem (pollution) with flying.

I hope that helps.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hahaha! I felt sorry for Carolina I'm venezuelan too and we speak spanish here as a mother language, we say "cosntipate" to the "cold".

Your Turn
I see that the best way of travel depends on the distance & the country you're in & the country or the place you're going to.
If the distance is too much long compared to the country area and different location aspects it is better to use the plane but it is costly, so you should review your financial situation with the purpose of the journey & how much is your time cost.
After this compromising you will be determine exactly what you will travel on plane, train or car.
If I will travel through town inside my country itself I will do it on the train or on car because i is not long distance between our towns, In other countries you cann't choose the car to travel internally & you will choose to pay to avoid being exhausted from travelling & wasting long time.
I mean it depends on the distance you will travel, the purpose of the travel tourism, work or family visit & finally the money you can spend in travelling process itself.
That is it.