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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.

Check your understanding


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 Mi,

It could be that Ravi is possibly interested in knitting. 'maybe' could be interpreted either way, but since he goes on to tell a joke and encourages Tess to start a scarf, it seemed to me that he wasn't all that interested.

What you say about Section 4 sounds correct to me. In a way, perhaps the best answer is even just 'one person', since it's really only voice 3 who unequivocally states this. I'll make a note for us to pay special attention to this task when we revise this section in the future.

Thanks for your feedback on this.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hi every one..
please i don’t get it .. what RAVI means in this phrase (what do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?’.)..the verb "cross" what does it mean?
And also can i say (what RAVI means by this...) instead of the last one??

Hi eldi,

Another way of saying this is 'What kind of animal results if you combine a sheep and a kangaroo?' This is a typical kind of joke in English -- there are many other similar ones.

The grammatically correct question is: 'What does Ravi mean by this?'

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I love lebanese food, they have the taste of middle-east and lightness of Europe.

i do like food from different countries, i like french food, italian, japanese, thai, turkish and others, actually it depends on the dish. for the sweet ones, i prefer french it's just delicious and succulent, to prepare meat i'd rather turkish, for pizza and pasta the italian, for seafood i prefer the japanese receipes, to prepare rice i prefer indian receipe.
Each country or town has at least one flavor so special and so delicious

Tess is so lovely and cute!! I like her

In Support Pack , Section 3 - Quiz :
19. Richard is Michael's NEPHEW
23. Caroline is Margaret's NIECE. (I've checked the Answers page)
Why ? Both persons (Richard and Caroline) are in the same relation in the family tree and from my point of view should be niece both of them. Am I wrong?
Thank you very much for your answer

Hi Last biker,

'Nephew' is used for male relations and 'niece' for female relations.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everybody,
I would like to talk a bit about a hobby I am involved. I play for almost 15 years ( since 2003 ) tennis. It 's an amazing sport , very difficult , and you need to pay your complete attention to pursue the tennis ball while it comes or you hit it. Is ( I noticed during these years) an expensive sport , because you need always new balls , new grips for your raquet ( sometimes tennis players use two or three raquets ) and of course have to pay to rent tennis court. Every time !
If there is here a guy ( or girl) who loves this sport I will be very glad to talk about that , about shots and so on. Of course . only in English ! Thank you and good luck all of you.

Hello everyone
Today I want to talk about my favorite food.
It's schnitzel from Austria. I eat it with red pepper and lemon, or with chili sauce.
I like it because it's simple, lean, healthy and very spicy.
It can be eaten with pasta, potatoes, rice or pure.
I usually don't eat meat because I don't like fat or bones.
Thank you for your time :)