You are here

Episode 02

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about restaurants, and their guests talk about Albert Einstein and shopping. You can also follow Carolina as she meets her course tutor. Will she get good feedback on her essay?

Elementary Podcasts

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 [00:20].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:03].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:03].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:11].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:11].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:11].




Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello every one
My question is how we get the best way to reach fluency by listening to the podcasts , l mean
how much time shall we repeate it ,as some sites tell that the repetition is the key of the fluency , is that true ?

Thanks alot.

Hello eng.Ayman,

There is no precise answer that we can give to the question of how long it takes to become fluent because it is different for every person and depends on so many variables, such as how much time you have to practise, what level you are, what other languages you speak and so on. I can say that practice is key and I can tell you that you will make progress so long as you practise, even if the progress is incremental and can be hard to see.


Another user actually asked me a similar question a couple of days ago so I will repeat to you what I said to her:

FIrst of all, try not to become too stressed about speaking as this will only increase the difficulty you have. It is quite natural to forget things and to get mixed up. Speaking, even in our own language, is chaotic and usually unplanned. Don't expect perfection and don't get frustrated when you have problems. Concentrate on making yourself understood, even if the language is imperfect.

Second, remember that fluidity is not the same as fluency. Fluidity is the ability to speak quickly and smoothly, making the sounds without dificulty. Fluency also includes the ability to express particular ideas. You can develop fluidity with recorded texts. Try using the transcript that we provide with our recordings and reading aloud with the recording. This will get you used to producing sounds at speed and also get you used to the rhythm of natural speech. When I learn a language I speak to my pet dog all the time. He is very patient and understanding and he never corrects me, and I can develop confidence and speed so that when I speak to other people I can do so much more fluently.


I hope those suggestions are helpful. For more advice, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page, which has tips on various aspects of English, including speaking.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Yesss ı lovee shoping when an important thing is neccesery . Not when ı came across a good things that ı want to shop.
purcahesing a lot of things makes sad me.


Einstein was a Mind brilliant for your epoch. The contribution his very important for humanity and yours discovery and challenge under the universe are incredible. Theory of relativity change the concepts of the origin of the life. I think that is a great man and incomparable for your generation.
Today i say, thanks Mr. Einstein for your brilliant clever.


Really love what was said about Einstein who is an symbol for science

My fav scientist is Tesla for what he did for humanity , creating an alternate current system to supply electricity for long distances.

I undestand Einstein , cause I sometimes get bored at school and try to learn what for me is interesting like programming

Hello learn English team.
I have two questions:
1. I have not understood what mean - "is come" in the sentence:
"Remember that Caroline is a student from Venezuela who is come to England to study at university."
In generally I have understood the sentence, but I have not understood - "is come".
2. I have not understood what mean - "I do" in the sentence:
"I do, thank you. It’s a really big help."
I can just say - "thank you". Why here is used - "I do"

p.s. I am sorry for my English :-) I'm working on it

Hello AlexF,

The phrase used is not 'is come' but 'has come'. It is a present perfect verb form, used to show the present result (she is here) of a past action (leaving Venezuela).

The phrase 'I do' is an answer to an implied question:

Helen Stafford: That’s alright. I hope you feel a bit better about it now.
Carolina: I do, thank you. It’s a really big help.

The phrase 'I do' here means "I feel a bit better'. Carolina is not only thanking Helen for her care, but also telling her that she feels better.


There's no need to apologise for your English! Your questions were quite clear to me!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Is this whole podcast real interaction or staged ?

Hello englishnoob,

The presenters meet in order to do the podcast, of course, so in that sense it is staged. I'm not sure what else you mean, however.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Definitely dislike shopping. It’s both boring and exhausting, plus it takes a lot of my free time. As for me the best way is online shopping. In this case I can just see some item online, find info, take a look on comments about it and etc. that’s impossible when I’m in the store offline. Then I just call to the store and ask for the item I like. Eventually when I know everything about my item and it’s available, I go to the store and buy it.
Another question is grocery stores. When there are lots of people buying some stuff like me, in this case, yeah, I certainly don’t like shopping. Especially when I have to stand and wait for a long time in front of cashbox and have lots of people ahead me.