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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


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


Hi there,

In the "Section 1 - Exercise 1" we have a conversation between Stella and Paul - they're talking about plans for the weekend. I noticed that in this conversation we've got a lot of phrases in present continuous (at least it looks like present continuous) instead of future, for example: "are you doing anything this weekend?" instead of "will you do anything this weekend?" or "when are you coming back?" in the place of "When will you come back?". Are these really in present continuous and if so, why? Is it commom to a have a conversation this way when we're talking about plans?

Thank you and best,

Hi Ewerton,

Yes, it is very common to use the present continuous to talk about arrangements and strong plans. You can find more information on this topic on our Talking about the Future page.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the explanation and for sharing that link - It is exactly what I was looking for :)


good evening!!!

when I travel, I prefer camping and meet rivers, birds and animals in mountain regions.

In my childhood, my favorite cartoon was 'dragon ball z', had a lot of fight and the story was very engaging.

In my country Brazil, the films show the reality of the national cinema in the late 90s onwards, was recovered and promoted by the political opening the creation of new law on audiovisual, encouraged the production of films dedicated to "The War of Canudos" and "Zuzu Angel" both Sérgio Rezende and "Brazil Central Station" by Walter Salles, Golden bear winner at the Berlin Film Festival and the Golden Globe.

My perfect holiday would be to visit countryside wake up early, to hear the birds singing, go for a walk. I prefer spend my holidays in family at a quiet place. A swimming pool to relax it's awesome.


Hi team I want to ask you about this question what the meaning exactly . What are you up to? Thank you .

Hello lara queen,

'What are you up to?' means 'What are you doing?'. This is a very common phrase in informal English.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team