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Episode 09

In this episode Tess and Ravi are making plans for the weekend, and their guests talk about the cartoonist Matt Groening and the Indian film industry. You can also follow Carolina as she starts to really enjoy life in Newcastle and invites some of her new friends to dinner. What do you think she’ll cook for them?

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


Tess and Ravi

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

Task 1



Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:12].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:15].

Task 1


Task 2




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi everybody, and teachers.
I have a request from teachers. If there is a mistake when I wrote a comment please notify me. Thank you in advance.

So, I want to talk about my perfect holiday.

I always wonder how is going on a holiday in a 5-star hotel. Which services are paid, which services are free. What is all inclusive's mean? If can I have a spa massage for free :) ? Can I have a breakfast, lunch and dinner for free? If these are allright I can try for once in year.
In fact I love nature. So I want to go to camping. I'd like to go hiking in a mountain during the holiday. I think getting away form crowds is the best one. If I had a lot of money I'd rather to live in farm-house. Unfortunately I have to work.

Hello muratbilal,

That certainly sounds like a great holiday!

I'm afraid we can't correct users' comments on LearnEnglish.  We are a small team here who deal with many comments every day, as well as doing other work to keep the site working and to prepare new material for it.

Best wishes and I hope your dream holiday becomes a reality for you one day!



The LearnEnglish Team

thanks for your answer but how can I understand my phrases are true or false? Is there a development or not?

Hello muratbilal,

We are all teachers in the LearnEnglish Team, but we don't teach lessons online - it would hardly be possible with the number of users we have here.  Our role is to help you, the users, to develop through using the materials and exercises which are available on LearnEnglish for you free of charge.  We'll explain answers that you don't understand and we'll also answer any specific questions you have about English, such as questions about grammar points or items of vocabulary.  However, if we spent our time correcting users' comments it would be impossible for us to maintain the existing material on the site, never mind add new material.  If you want your writing (or speaking, for that matter) in English corrected then you really need to find a local teacher who will work with you; it's not something that is possible for us.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes and good luck with your learning!



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. I am a new member here.

I have a question but this question is not about this podcast. I have a problem using past perfect tense and present perfect tense. Can anyone here tell me the easiest way to understand this rule? and i'm confused with this sentence "I've been using" and "I've been used"..what is the difference? thank you.

Hi fizazack,

Could you please ask this question on our present perfect page? We'd like other users to be able to see your question and our response, and more people are likely to find it on that page than on this one.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I am new comer

I´m a Mexican  and  studing  English course. I  want improve my English because is dificultd practice in my country with real people from UK or  US....
Can I help me?

Hi Osonejo,
It sounds like you are especially interested in improving your speaking and listening comprehension. If that is correct, then the Elementary Podcasts on this and other pages are great practice, as are all the pages under Listen & Watch. I would recommend that you browse them and then study the ones that you like the most.
Have you tried to find English speakers where you live? Even if they are not native speakers, you can learn a lot. Also, if the British Council in Mexico has a centre near where you live, you might be able to find an appropriate class there.
Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team