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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


I live in Tehran,capital city of Iran. Here there are many different types of public transport for instance underground,BRT,bus,minibus,taxi and private taxi.Because of traffic jam government attempt to progress public transport in big cities and encourage to use of them.One of the best types of public transport is underground that is rapid and cheap but always is full of people and packed. BRT is acronym Bus Rapid Travelling that is used in special lines in streets with traffic jam is cheaper but slower than underground. Taxis in Tehran is irregular and doesn't have meter and more expensive than both of underground and BRT. Tourists often use private taxi in Tehran that is most expensive type of transport that usual people seldom use of those unless for urgency tasks for example carrying patient to hospital.

What's the best way to travel? It depends. I means it depends on how far you are going to go. For me and for our country transport, driving a motorbike is best way when travelling around the city, taking a car or train is good when travelling far away from the city with the distance from 50km to 300km, and taking a plane is the best way when travelling with the longer distance, for instance more than 500km.

In Vietnam, travelling by taxis is something expensive. It is twice or three more expensive than by other transports such as by motorbikes or bus. Most of taxis which are from official taxi companies have meter to indicate how long the journey is (how many kilometers) with the unit price is fixed and indicated in the price table visible to the customers. However, there are still lot of taxis from private individuals which unofficially operate. If you take this kind of taxi, the meter may be adjusted to issue wrong indicators which are higher than the actual ones and of course you have to pay more. Specially if you are a foreign tourist and have no idea about which way to reach the destination, the drivers may drive around with the longest distance instead of the shortest one to take more money from you. The best way to avoid this is to take telephone numbers of some prestigious taxi companies and call them to take their taxis.


Hi guys!
Let's practise

Thanks alot for the useful podcast and useful tips as well at the end from you teacher tom, but I am looking for shorter audio profil, as I am self learner and too much busy, shorter items will be more convient for me,
Thanks alot

Hello Sherin,

I'd suggest you try Series 4, which has episodes of approximately 11.5 minutes – it doesn't really matter if you don't do the series in order, though I'd recommend doing the episodes within each series in order.

By the way, since you mention that you're busy, you might want to look into the Elementary Podcasts app so that you can listen while you're out of the house. 

Another option here on the website is Big City Small World, where the episodes are also much shorter.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a comment for Tom, the teacher.
Dear Tom,
At the first I should say "Thank you" for your help. Your comments after every podcast are very interesting. In episode 7 in Your turn topic the voice 2 said: "The world’s your
oyster". I have understood in my mind, but I spent a lot of time to find this idiom in vocabulary. Could you to explain the idioms please?

Hello Irina,

Tom's not able to answer your comment, so I hope you don't mind that I do. I'm sure he'd be very happy to know that you find his comments useful! To answer your question, if you look up 'oyster' in the Cambridge Dictionary search box on the right side of this page and then look at the idiom the world is sb's oyster, you'll see a definition: 'If the world is ​your ​oyster, you can do what you ​want or go where you ​want'.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Nice Podcast! But... I didn't get the joke! :/