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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


please tell me what different about how to use "cause" and "make"
Example: Cars cause serious pollution (not "make")

Hello tovan,

I'd suggest you look up 'cause' and 'make' in our dictionary – see the search box under Cambridge Dictionaries Online on the lower right side of this page. Read the definitions and examples and I think the differences and similarities will become clearer for you, but if not, don't hesitate to ask us again. Please note that both words have different uses and meanings – in this case, you should compare the entries for them as verbs (not nouns).

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am really willing to see Mister Gordon.
How could I see him?

hello guyzzzzzz .which episode are you talking about

ohhhhhhhhh you are interested in cartoons oh god! you are a kiddo....

Thank you very much!

Hi everyone!
I can't understand "as many as" in the following context: "India produces almost twice as many films each year as the USA" . What I don't understand is the phrase structure, probably I'm translating from spanish and this doesn't let me understand it.
Thanks a lot!

Hello ssoniacs,

This is a comparison of the number of films produced in the two countries, and means that if 100 films are produced per year in the US, nearly 200 are produced in India. India produces more films than the US. How many more? Nearly twice (two times) as many films as the US.

'as many' in Spanish would be 'tantos' (or in this case, 'tantas') and the second 'as' would be 'como'.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

perfect holiday is a day when I go enjoy amusement park with my friends. It let me forget any pressures or appointments while we enjoy its attractions. Although reading book or go out to play with my friends are fun, the amusement park is the best for me. though the problem is the high cost.....

The uses of the verb to make took strongly my attention.

While you can say in English many things with make; in Spanish you need (o you can use) several words for the same idea. by example:

Make an appoinment: In spanish you can say "acordar o concertar una cita, o una entrevista"
Make the dishes is "lavar los platos" o enjuagar. (No hacer los platos)
Make a mistake is "Cometer un error"
Make the bed is "arreglar la cama" o tender, u organizar
Make a decision is "Tomar una decisión" o adoptar, o asumir
Make a mess is "Provocar un lío" u originar un lío. o causar
Make progress is "Progresar, avanzar, mejorar..."
Make the salad is "Preparar la ensalada" (o hacer la ensalada)
Make the table is "Preparar la mesa", o arreglar la mesa para comer, u organizar

Make is not always the meaning of hacer.

By the other side, To Do seems to have more similitud with the verb Hacer in Spanish:

Do the homework : hacer las tareas, or do the the houseworks.

Are these ideas correct, or, I have made a mess ?