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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.

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:19].


Task 2

Carolina 1

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


Task 3

Carolina 2

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


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

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


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

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




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I'd Like to meet
For me I'm a mechanical engineer has a dream to start my own business which became hard to make it nowadays, where the market is already full of big companies & businessmen which make the competition is semi impossible especially with low means,
So I will choose in I'd like to me Elkharafi, the man who established Elkharafi business empire, he established the Elkharafi group which own many companies in different Arabic countries, actually he gone already more than six years ago,
If I met him, I would ask how do you start your own business, what was your plan to grow up your business like that, how it comes to real to establish this group of companies in two or three decades & what he could advice to young youth to repeat his successful story.
I know that the last century was more easy for starting & growing up the individual business but he still a distinguished & different man as now more people did ten percent of what he did.
Finally I want to advice my friends to trail these successful stories to achieve their own successful one.

What’s my perfect holiday? Wow, that’s great question. As for me I like going outside definitely. Staying home and watch DVD or doing nothing like Ravi is not for me. It’s quickly getting me bored. If I had my holydays I definitely would go travelling. My favorite countries are Australia and New Zealand. There a lot of interesting things to do that is a big separate theme to discuss. Nowadays, Russian tourists can go to South Korea and stay there for 60 days without tourist visa and of course it is special country with their own culture to visit.
What do I like more, sitting on the beach or visiting museums and monuments? It depends. When I wanna just relax I would definitely go to the beach but visiting museums and monuments are always very interesting things to do and I’d never miss them visiting some new country or city.
If I had an opportunity to visit some city or country that unknown for me, I would prefer to plan my journey. But I guess when one has been staying somewhere for long time, one will like to be free to do what one wants.

Watching films in the cinema is a very popular thing to do while leasure time, here, in Russia. There are a lot of kinds of films you can watch here. It can be adventures, comedy, horror, thriller, action and animated cartoons. Visiting cinema in the morning is cheaper than in the evening because many people end their work after 5 pm and they're ready to go watching something not earlier. But when they have their day off they can get cheaper tickets in the morning. In big cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg and etc. there a lot of big cinemas that have high-quality equipment, cafe and many other fun things.
How does it cost? The average salary in Russia is considered to be 30,000 rubles. An average ticket to the cinema is 200-250 rubles. But it depends. In the morning the cheapest ticket costs 150 rubles, afternoon is 200 and tonight is 300 and more. Of course there are lots of options that influence to its price, like your position in cinema's room, conveniences you have and etc.
I don't think that people like watching films in English or another language. The most popular films are definately Hollywood ones. People really like them, as I do, because american films are more spectacular. As for me I think that German films are more dramatic, French ones are more fun.
Russia also has its own film industry. As for me I don't watch russian films at all because they always have been too ferocious, low-quality and have no good idea except for several ones. I noticed that most people of young generation as I do, really like the foreign films more.
I like going to the cinema and can't miss some new interesting film. Adventure genre is one I like the most but frankly said it depends not from genre but from how much interesting film is.

When I was a kid I used to watch animated cartoon called Adventures of mouse Willy. It's quite old cartoon which was shown on TV in 2000. But I watched it on DVD. This cartoon is of German production and tells about a mouse and his family travelling around the world. For me it was interesting to know something new about every country that they visited. I remember they were in European countries, Egypt, Asian countries and elsewhere.They had to cope with different problems and difficults when they were involved in some adventures like searching a clue to some riddle or something like that. And I was excited watching them when they managed to pull through. Researching every new country they knew traditions and customs, people and their habits. Also there was some jokes in the cartoon which were related with some certain country.
I like this cartoon for those things I described. My favorite character was Max that was a son of Willy. He always was very curious and discovered everything he could first. I know a little about author because it's a German cartoon but I don't speak in German.

In Russia there aren't problems with cinema. Сinema are mostly everywhere. I remember when I went on holiday to my relatives I really wanted to go and watch "The amaizing spider man". I was afraid, because my relatives lived in village and I thought village hasn't got a cinema. But we found a bus which goes to another village, where were a cinema. So, I have watched that film. I just want to say, if one wishes to go to the cinema in Russia he can do it without problems - the cinema is mostly everywhere. But we can really enjoy the film if it isn't produced in Russia. Russians films are boring. In usual, they have a same theme - war or another stupid things. May be I'm very young and I realize nothing about Russian life and Russian history, may be I can't see the true features of our films. But in the world nobody knows something about Russian films and nobody watches them abroad. It's a fact, and it shows I may be right. So, in Russia a lot of cinemas and Russia produces films with low or stock quality.

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I'd like to meet someone like Abramovich or Robert Kiyosaki. It's important for my financial education. If someone wants to know how safe money or how raise budget he should find a guy just like Abramovich or Kiyosaki. Everyone wants to be happy and independent, so do I. For me conversation with rich person and some advice from him may give me a lot. If I meet him I'll ask: "Could you teach me?". Just like in the film, which was released on november 2016 (at least, in Russia). It's Doctor Strange. When he found a master - woman with bald head and then she shows him her magic. After that he knelt down, stretched out his hands and say: "Teach me!". Anyway, I hope if I realy will meet a millionaire, he would teach me. When we're done I can teach somebody too. He teaches me, and I will teach someone too. It's a great practise and feature to keep knowlegde on high level.

I have a joke.
Well. The resturant didn't know to make a fruit salad or a vegitable salad. They were disscussing it for three hors until they dicided to make a chicken salad! So they went to the farm and grabed the chicken. And they put it on the plate alive! Well, the farmer comes and says:
Excuse me. Can you find my sheep?

My perfect holiday is to go an awesome theme park and that may have a Mc Donald's.

I love holidays but the time is not enough. I like to travel to Europe and to see many of cities like London and Manchester in Britain and Rome and Florence in Italy and Paris in France and Barcelona in Spain. When I saw 'vicky cristina barcelona' film by Woody Allen, I decided to see Barcelona because of its sightseeing is so beautiful. so I am so happy that I can get a ticket for Manchester United game in Ultra ford Stadium.

Before revolution of Iran in 1978, the film industry was very weak. Films were created most of the time according to fall or fail in love and were very weak in content and playing.After revolution, Iran was confronted in war with Iraq. This issue caused many of directors were influenced in war and lots of films were produced about it that has been continued by now.Although some of directors created social films and a little of them created films about children.Generally, film industry is still very weak that one of the reasons is governmental interference in the cinema that is caused many of directors and players emigrate of Iran,unfortunately.