You are here

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


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.

For me, the best way to travel is by car. I love driving, I love that feeling of having the control of the machine. Specially when the car has a standard gearbox, I do not like very much driving a car with automatic gearbox.
Even tough I think that the best way to travel is by car, I also love travel by plane, altough I have just done it a couple of times, the feeling was incredible, specially the first time. That eyesight when the plane starts to listing off and bit by bit you can see how all the things start to getting smaller and smaller, it's simply amazing.

Here, in Mexico, the taxis are a real-huge-difficult subject. First, since I live in Mexico City (which is considered one of the most populated countries) the traffic is a nightmare, so if you are planning to take a taxi and you are in a hurry, it could be a very frustrating experience. You could get stuck in the traffic at any moment, specially if you are travelling in the morning or at lunchtime or in the evening, when everybody are coming back to home from work.
Second, in my country, unfortunately, not all the cabbies are very honest, some of them may use a modified taximeter, which will increase the amount of the cost arbitrarily, therefore, you could pay more, of the travel, of what's worth.
And finally, there is another issue in my country, which is the insecurity, and taking a taxi could be, in some places, very dangerous. Because there are a lot of assaults inside of a taxi everyday. That's the main reason that, nowadays, people choose an Uber cab, rather than a Taxi.

Hello dear team.
have a look at this sentence- When you stop to think about it.
Shouldnt ing verb be used after stop ?