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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


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 ?

Hello FeSotoVi,

You're right, 'make' and 'do' are not used in exactly the same way as 'hacer', though there are many similar or identical expressions. I'm afraid there's no easy way to know when you can use 'make' or 'do' (or even a different verb) to translate 'hacer', and vice versa - you just have to learn them individually.

By the way, we usually say 'do the dishes' and 'set the table' rather than 'make the dishes' or 'make the table' - using 'make' here implies that you use raw materials such as clay and wood to produce a new object.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am a fresher at this page. I am sure i will be able to use this website to improve my English. As my first doubt i would like to know the meaning of the phrase " horse on the ground". Can anyone explain that to me with an example?

Hello Hubaib Hassan C A,

This is not a phrase I am familiar with, and I cannot see it in the text of this episode. Perhaps if you could provide the context in which you found the phrase it might help us to explain it to you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello friends
The Simpson´s it´s a great programe, because it´s very contemporary and always have special guests, artists, politicians, athletes, etc.
But I like also, the Pink Panther has a very simple mood and not spoke, like silent pictures, only music.

Hi Everyone.
Mmm... did anyone notice that something is missing in Section 3 - Excercise 1, please somebody tell me it isn't my browser. That excercise is not there.

Hello malcocastilleja,

You're right: the exercise is missing - I'm very sorry about this. I've made a note of it and we'll look into fixing it as soon as we can.

Thanks for helping us improve LearnEnglish!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

"What are you up to?"
What is the meaning of this sentence?

"I haven’t been in a youth hostel since I was a kid"
Meaning of been of this sentence is ?