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Episode 01

Welcome to Series 2! In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about birthdays, and their guests talk about knitting and favourite food. Do you remember Carolina from Series 1? She’s a student from Venezuela who’s studying in Newcastle and in this episode she goes shoe shopping. What type of shoes will she choose?

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 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].


Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:21].

Tom’s tip for speaking about birthdays: In social terms, when a child becomes an adult, they stop wanting to have presents on their birthdays. This, of course, is not true. But it does mean that we have to pretend that we don't want presents, and when we give them, we have to make them look not very important.


Task 3

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:05].


Task 4

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:05].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:05].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:05].




Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi Dmevko,

Both I think I’ll buy and I think I’ll get are correct grammatically here. However, the task asks you to practise 'the language you heard', and in the text Caroline uses the verb 'get':

Carolina: Yes, I think I’ll get the black ones. Do you like them? Or do you prefer the grey ones?



The LearnEnglish Team

My favorite food is from my own country. It really is very good. We eat a lot of meat, it's true, but if you've tried a "asado" (something similar to barbecue), you will not forget it. Almost all desserts carry a lot of "dulce de leche" (milk jam?). Tourists love it!

If I had to choose I’d take Japanese cuisine to be one of the best for me. Why? There’re lots of sea food I’ve always liked. They can take even something row to eat and it is really good. I mean there are quite a lot of different kind of red fish, caviar, squid, oysters and stuff. The most popular dish, sushi takes its origin from Japan. Nobody in the whole world does sushi better than Japaneses. The most important attribute of Japanese food is its always fresh. It makes it to be tasty. Plus Japaneses has always been, well, crazy on doing something. I mean they’re hooked on how to do their work perfectly. Hidetsugu Ueno a Japanese barmen before to serve a cocktail always check its temperature by means of thermometer putting it into a glass. He’s a pedant as well as all in Japan. A cuisine isn’t exception. I was surprised when saw on TV how they cook really poison kind of fish, called Fugu. That fish is considered to be incredible poison. You have to be a master and have five to six years to study to cook that fish. When it’s being cooked, all internal organs which contain lots of poison are put away. It must be done within certain period of time with no any delays for even several seconds. It’s a special manual technology, considered to be difficult to study and use it then.
Apart from Japanese cuisine I also find Korean food to be my favorite. There’re big variety of sea products as well. As for some special thing that Koreans manage to cook the best is sea kale. When I was a child I didn’t use to eat it in Russia cause I didn’t like it really, a taste was awful. May be just because Russians don’t be able to cook it correctly. But when I tried Korean version on I was just fond of. Delicious. In general I think that Asians compare to other people all around the world, manage to cook sea food especially good. It’s something from their ancient culture. But may be I’m not right cause I didn’t visit Europe and try food on there yet.
As far as I know there is no any national cuisine in Britain. All variety of food came from other countries and made British cuisine as a mixed one. Or may be I’m not right. All I know about British national food is oatmeal for breakfast. Tell me a bit if you don’t mind me asking.

Hello Sergey,

Like any country, Britain has its own culinary traditions and there are also many regional traditions. Traditional British food has become very popular in recent years.

It's also true that British people have very cosmopolitan tastes in food. Britain's history as a trading and imperial nation has led to a lot of cultural sharing, and so foods from across the world can be found in British cities.

You can watch a video on this topic from our Word on the Street series:



The LearnEnglish Team

Please what’s the answer for the last question

Hello Jane123,

You can see all the answers to our tasks. Just click 'Finish' and then choose 'Show answers'.



The LearnEnglish Team

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The LearnEnglish Team

Sorry, I don't quite understand why the answers of section 2 and 4 are "Ravi likes knitting" and "Two people say that their favourite food is Italian", respectively. Could you please explain that?

Hi Mi,

You have to read the instructions carefully for question 2: the correct answer is the phrase that is NOT true. In the conversation with Esther, Ravi doesn't show any sign of being interested in knitting -- this is why 'Ravi likes knitting' is the correct answer.

As for question 4, both voices 3 and 5 mention Italian food as being their favourite, even though voice 5 also says they like Mexican. Voice 2 mentions Italian food, but doesn't say it's their favourite.

Does that make sense now?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team