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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


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 ?

Hello everyone
How are you?
Please tell the meaning of this sentence "We’re getting the train up from London" and what is the meaning of "up" in this sentence?

Hello Ramankaler,

If you look up the word up in our dictionary (see the search box on the right), under the entry for up as an adverb (direction), you'll see that an explanation of this with an example that's very similar to yours.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team