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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 Jean,
I'm sorry that I misunderstood what you were asking for.
If there a few specific sentences that you have a question about, then you can ask them and then other users or one of us will try to help you, but unfortunately we can not correct sentences for you - there just aren't enough of us to do that!
If you have a question about grammar or vocabulary, you should ask your question on the appropriate page in our Grammar & Vocabulary or Grammar Reference sections.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

another Question (I'm going university in a couple of months time.
My question is, if the meaning of 'couple of months' is obvious, why does he use the word 'time' later?

Hello littlemoon86,
The sentence could be formed without the word 'time' and the meaning would be the same.  In English we often use 'time' after time phrases in this way, but we can miss it out if we wish:
'... in a year's time' [or 'in a year']
'in two hours' time' [or 'in two hours']
Best wishes,

The learnEnglish Team

Thank you Mr Peter  for answering My questions . I'm particularly proud of learning English on this site . Also I appreciate your help in answering my questions. cheers :)

Hello, First Thank you For these series and episodes , They helps me  a lot in improving my skills in English. second I have questions
First regarding to "section 1" exercises"  in the exercise 1 why it is written (where are you staying ) and not ( where are you going to stay ) I think it refers to near future  not to use then present continues .
Second Question In "section 1 " in the podcast . ( we're going to do a really long ride on the Saturday ) why here there is ( the) i think we can say  on Saturday without (the) is it right ???
Third Question In section 4 (This time round Bridget Keenan is Our Woman in India.) what does round here mean? I look it up but I don't know the meaning in context.
Fourth Question in section 4 (giant hand-painted images of Bollywood stars look down at the passing traffic .) I couldn't understand its meaning .
I like Gordon's Joke this time  actually . It is good one unlike the other jokes.

Hello littlemoon86,
That's a lot of questions!  I think for some of these you might be able to work out the meaning yourself with a bit of thought.  For example, if you use the search facility to look up 'future' or 'present continuous' then you will see how this verb form can be used to refer to the future in certain contexts.
In answer to your other questions:
'...on the Saturday' means 'on the Saturday in that week'.  You could say 'on Saturday' in this context and the meaning would be the same; both are possible.
The phrase 'this time round' means the same as 'this time'.  It is used when an event happens repeatedly and you want to highlight the latest or the closest one to the moment of speaking.
The sentence you quote in your fourth question is telling us that large statues or pictures of the actors are positioned above the roads, so that it looks like they are looking down on it.  This could be on billboards, for example (this is the most likely possibility).
I hope that answers your questions.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Is the best listening practice that I've ever had. 
I've just studied English for 7 months at the British Council in UAE, so I feel I've improved my English in a short time. When I started to speak English I didn't know anything.
I'm Venezuelan like Carolina and I really enjoy all her podcasts. 
I like Tess, Rave, Tom and Gordon very much. 
I can understand each word that Tom says and his explications are very useful. I enjoy all of Gordon's jokes, he's funny.

Hello lulimpli!
I'm very happy to hear the British Council has helped you, and I hope you continue to improve!
Good luck!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, I hope that I will.

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