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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


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.

In my view, there isn't a best way to travel. It's a question of distance you have to cover. For instance, if you have to go to another country far away from your home, the best way is by plane. If you want to visit different cities in the same country and enjoy the landscape, maybe the train is the right choise. Are you an enthusiastic driver? Perhaps you want to drive your car or ride your motorcycle and feel the wind in your face. In your city, you could use pubblic transport, to reduce the air pollution. Another solution could be just walking or riding a bicycle, so that you can stay healthy too.

In my city public transport is a mess. There are buses and trams, but none of them work well. The buses are old dirty and never in time. Trams were introduced recently, but they don't cover the whole city. The tickets are quite cheap, but people still prefer get to work by car, so the traffic is terrible and the pollution is a big problem. There are also taxis, normal white cars, but they are expensive and only tourists use them. Most of the taxies only accept cash as payment. Tourists who want to visit the city, travel by coach, but there are two more traditional means of transport: one called "motoape" which has a small cabin for the driver and some seats for the passengers on its back. The second one is called "carretto siciliano", which is a buggy pulled by one horse. To avoid the traffic, I prefer to travel on foot or on bicycle.

Hi Podcast Team, I'd want to know what means this phrase:

"The world’s your oyster." (section 5, your turn, voice 2)

Hello Gustavo,

You can find a definition of this phrase in the Cambridge Dictionary. You might also be interested in this Shakespeare video, in which this and other phrases are discussed.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Here in Brazil, taxis are too expensive. After 6 p.m. all the taxis require a fix tax called "bandeira 2". For example, if you take a taxi at 7 p.m., even without starting the ride, you must pay around 5 reais (1,50 dollars, roughly). But for tourists is worse. The taxi drivers usually charge a fix price (very expensive) for all ride, when they are carrying tourists.

Hi, team British council.
I, in this moment, am traveling Europe by train. It is an awful experience. I had never done this before, because in my contry this way of transport there is not exist. I am happy, in Europe. I`ll stay in Madrid the next 7th and 8th on May2017. there ends my spectacular trip.
I invite to travel by train.
bless you.

I'd prefer to travel by train if you mean a long distance. Because it's the safest transport. Besides, you can rest in the compartment: take a nap, or read a book, or talk to your satellites, or listen to music while watching sceneries through a large window.