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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

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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 learn English team,
Actually i have lots of questions, i hope you will help me, its new expressions to me, but i noticed that its been used alot, so i am supposed to prsctice well in them, ok lets start , 1- hang on a moment, it is said instead of wait?
2- tell the truth, can it be said, say the truth?
3- Ravi said, are you scientist by any chance, it means by the way or what?
4-Tess said, there is an italian restaurant just aroud the corner, and siad too, new japanese place round the corner, in the two examples what is difference between around and round ?
5- it is time ti catch up with carolina, the exoression catch up here means what?

I wish i can practice them fluentely sooner.
Thanks alot
My regards

Hello Sherine,

1. Yes, it's another way of saying 'wait'.
2. No, we use 'tell' with 'truth'.
3. Look near the bottom of the page of the Cambridge Dictionary entry for 'chance' and you'll see an explanation.
4. 'round' and 'around' can be synonyms
5. See the entry under 'discuss' for 'catch up'

Please note that you can find the answer to a lot of these questions in the Cambridge Dictionary. We're happy to help you, but please take a look there first - you'll probably get your answers faster, in any case.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a favourite scientist I would like to tell you all about. That's Marie Curie. She was born in 1867 in Poland when Poland was occupied. Her childhood is full of difficulties and challenges, but she had overcame all and came first in the University Entrance Exam of a famous Medical University in Paris. And that's when she started her scientific career. After having got married, she began the studying with her husband, Piere Curie. In 1903, they and their colleague H. Becquerel won a Physics Nobel Prize for radiation studying. She is the first woman winning this prize. Overcoming the sorrow of loosing husband in 1906, she keep on studying. And in 1911, she won a Nobel Prize for her own. This one is in Chemistry for discovery two new elements: radium and polonium. In World War 2, he had more other finance helps for science and medical equipment contributions for the army. Her studying in radiation dedicated alot for the science. It also made her contaminated radiation. It is the cause of her chronic diseases and not-renewable exsanguinate which caused her death in 1934. I admire a lot for her contributions. However, I feel sorry for her death. I have read about Marie Curie in some book and been impressed by her life.

I hate shopping. I can't realize people who go shopping for pleasure. I think you should go shopping only if you need something or if you can buy something very cheap and afterwards sell it more expensive. If you go shopping for pleasure you just throw away your money. You won't be rich if you would do that. Also I know something else about useful shopping. You can buy, for example, winter clothes right after the ending of winter, when winter things are sold for very low price with big discounts. You also can do it for summer clothes during summer. If you know all ways to have a useful shopping you will be richer. That's a main reason why I hate and can't understand shopping for pleasure.
By the way. I went go shopping today with my brother and it was awful. We had to buy some meal in a grocery store. It takes us two hours. Two hours of senseless walking, without ability to seat and get some rest. There was crowd everywhere. Terrible. I'm very happy to seat at home and write it.

Hello, team british Council.
Tom, the teacher, explained very well uses the words: say and tell.

Would you like explained to me other words such as ask, speak, talk?


Hello anaisavecas,

Thank you for the suggestion. Unfortunately these are too large questions for us to deal with in the comments section but I think it is something we may deal with in a future episode of the podcast.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Mrs.!!!

A big question, are the tone teacher's explanations should be a little more......


Hi, Teacher,

would you please explain the "duck" joke a bit for me? I really didn't get any idea between "duck" and "a computer programmar"?

Best wishes

Hi Qian Tian,

The barman thinks the duck might want a job as a circus performer, but it turns out the duck, as a computer programmer, is actually very skilled, so the barman's suggestion is preposterous, which is supposed to be funny, especially as it's even more preposterous that a duck can talk. Anyway, this is what we call a pretty 'bad' (i.e. not very funny) joke, so don't worry if it doesn't make sense to you!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team