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Episode 03

In this episode Ravi asks Tess for some advice, and their guests talk about meditation and space exploration. You can also follow Carolina as she meets a friend’s family for the first time. Will she get on well with 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


Tess and Ravi

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:22].

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3



Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:10].

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:31].

Task 1


Task 2




Language level

Intermediate: B1


I get up early, I go out running -or just walking, it depends- and when I return home, I listen to the podcast in my comfortable armchair. I enjoy learning something new.
Regarding the second question, I do not know much about space exploration ... Technological advances are a good thing, although perhaps we humans must protect each other first.

Hi. Can someone tell me how I can download the audio?

Hi Luis, just right click on top of the audio and select "Save audio as"
I hope you can, i did it.
Jocey Ricardo

Hello every one,is there any teacher or a member in this site i could practice my English with or recommend other site ,I will be grateful
thanks in advance

Hello fidasiddig,

I'm afraid that is not a service we offer. You can use the comments sections to 'talk' to other users by replying to their comments, of course, but we do not have a chat facility.

As far as other sites go, there are many forums and chatrooms available on the internet. We don't recommend any, however, as the British Council has a policy of neutrality with regard to other organisations, especially commercial organisations.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again! Asking the question when I usually listen to the podcast, I’d say everywhere I am but I always re-listen to when I’m home to find out I’ve got every word and phrase or idiom understood and to fill in all the gapes. At home I use my laptop staying on the website while listening and I always keep a Cambridge dictionary page opened in case of I run into something I don’t know about. I do some notes when have a deal with unknown stuff and try repeating it every day then. There is a new podcast, called “Writing home” which I find to be not available to get from the web site. You can listen to it using an app on smartphone. But it’s ok, it isn’t so big podcast for me to be necessary to use computer monitor, cause of my eyes can get tired.
About space exploration. I agree with some mention that when it gets into a race for space domination like between USA and Russia it’s definitely wasting the money, but in case of science purposes, I think it’s really useful for us cause that explorations make us more advanced in of how the world works. There is a lot of things being not explained or having poor explorations and based on nothing. These gaps are not about cosmic space. There are many things about our own planet that we don’t know. Many the processes in space can be related with ones on Earth and on the contrary. Plus who don’t agree with affirmation that now we can forecast the weather or have powerful internet signal, having satellites being out of Earth.
Now I’d like to ask my question about verb “to put out”. In a course of Carolina section in point of 16.20, Jamie’s mother said her “I’ve put some towels out for you – here they are on the bed”. She said it when they both were in Carolina’s new room, so the towels could be put in the room but not out. Out from?

Hello Sergey.

'Put out [something for someone]' is a phrasal verb. These verbs can have both literal and idiomatic meanings, so it's not always possible to work out the meaning from its constituent parts. However, there are a lot of online dictionaries you can use. For example:



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk
In task 6 the 4th test is "We went to Goa for our holidays. It really is _________ beautiful.", it seems a little weird is it correct, isn't it better to say : " it is really very beautiful"?

Hello N1M4,

Both 'It really is very...' and 'It is really very' are grammatically correct and there is no difference in meaning.



The LearnEnglish Team

Could you explain how to use 'up to' in this sentense: A man goes up to the ticket desk at the airport.
Can I use "until" or "as far as" instead of "up to"?