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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].

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Task 3



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

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Tom the teacher

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

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi NahB,

'go up to' is an informal way of saying 'approach' -- it basically means the same thing as 'go to'. Neither 'until' or 'as far as' would be correct here.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi again NahB,

Although people would probably understand you, the use of 'up to' in those sentences is not correct. You could use 'until' in both sentences instead.

There are two parts in 'go up to': the phrasal verb 'go up' and 'to'. You could also 'go up' to a bar, to a police officer, to a stranger on the street, for example. There is usually some kind of interaction with a person when you say this.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team



podcast number 3 task 4 - Is space exploration a waste of time and money?

Unmanned space exploration isn't a waste of time and money. Satellites allow us to use the global positioning system to find out exactly where we are. Satellites are also used for telecommunication, observation of the earth, finding resources and for the weather forecast.

At the current state manned missions seem to be unnecessary. But in the distant future we might send people or machines to other solar systems to spread life.

The biggest impact which space exploration had is the development of computers. Without computers it would be impossible to manoeuvre in space. A lot of money has helped to accelerate the development of computers.

It's also very interesting to understand the universe. We should one day know where we are coming from and what our destiny is. It would be exciting to know if our existence is just accidental or the only possible way or one of several possibilities.


Sorry all, but the audios (Series 02 Episode 03-10) can not be played. COuld you help me?

Hello surfeta,

I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble on these pages. I've tested the audio and I can't see any problem with it - it appears to be working correctly. I can only assume that there is something in your local setup which is blocking the stream. This could be a firewall or other security setting, for example, or a compatibility issue with your device. You could try downloading the audio file so that you can play it from your hard drive - that may solve the problem if streaming is being blocked for some reason.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Your turn, exploration
First to answer this question, I'd like to identify myself, I'm mechanical engineer intersted in learning new technologies but actually I do know very less about space exploration, It means my opinion will not go deeply in the space exploration it self but it will be about how we can get advantages from It.
So, I see that space exploration itself do not add directly or much for human being but the science, technology & other aspects which allow astronauts to invade the space is the real advantages & lucre. Through developing, thinking & inventing the world explore many theories & hypothesizes are appealed which are used in civilizing our life in different field, I think that many military technologies, medical & tiny industries are developed by using the ideas & inventions discovered through astronaut's trials to invade the space.
The astronauts themselves do not invade the space by their owns they act simply as the interviewers in the media, there are a big team work behind the camera to give as what we see in the TV or cinema also the space team there are many engineers in different fields, physicians, chemists work, develop & invent to give the astronauts the ability to explore the space.

I'd Like to talk about, .........Meditation
Although I did not know about meditation procedure or exercise till i heard the Podcast, but from what i heard I bet the meditation is good for health as it helps in relaxation or it helps in solving the problems or rearranging the ideas in easier way which some times make it easier. But awfully sorry I do believe that many of our generation do not any meditation exercises as now a days majority depend on the civilization, technology & medical ways to solve their problems or recovering from sickness.
I'm going to explain what I mean through examples, If we need to arrange our timing or make an appointment we do it through our mobiles application, also I we need to recover from ordinary headache we prefer to take aspirin than doing yoga or meditation or any natural exercises.
I can't blame myself & others from my generation as the life become hard the the competition is no longer accessible, so we have to concern on developing our selves & working & in our leisure time we choose to enjoy simply via listening music, watching talk shows, &watching sport matches depending on what we.
So that I can't blame others but I feel we have to change our life slightly towards this easy things like easy yoga exercise, meditation & also trying to reduce the unhealthy foods like burger sandwich & replace it with vegetables & healthy foods
That is it, & I hope that I reached my point of view without digressing from the main topic.

Hi teachers!

Can you help me with this word " though". I have heard this word for many time in second series. Like this sentence: "you know what though". And actually i don't understand why they put it in this way. Could you help me clearly, please? Thank you so much?

Hi Phuong Hong Trinh,

We use 'though' as a way of linking ideas within or across sentences in order to show a contrast. For a definition and examples of use, see this dictionary entry.

We have a page on this and similar linking devices which you can find here.

I hope those links are helpful.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much!