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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.

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi 1

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


Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

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


Task 3

Tess and Ravi 3

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


Task 4

Carolina 1

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


Task 5

Carolina 2

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


Task 6

Tom the teacher 1

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


Task 7

Tom the teacher 2

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




Language level

Intermediate: B1


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!

Usually I listen to podcasts at home and I mean only the learnenglish podcasts. I don't listen to other podcastS. English podcasts help me improve my english lvl. If I have a bit free time and I can listen to a podcast, I do it. Sometimes, when I drive somewhere or when I'm doing something. For example, two days ago in my city was snowing and I went to clean of snow my car and parking spot. While I was doing it I was listening a podcast. Once, I was at home and doing a lot of homework for my study. I was very tierd of work and sitting at home so I wanted to have some fresh air. I was going for a walk and while I was walking I was listening to a podcast. I don't know anything about other podcasts, but may be one day I would start to listen to another podcasts, if I had more free time. Ones about footbal.

I think space exploration is part of science project. if we have accepted science we have to admire project of space exploration. I know we have a lot of difficulties in our planet like poor people or climate change or disease but these are not caused that we don't try for finding in another planets. I personally admire governments that are trying in this direction.

In my opinion, space exploration is very costly but it helps us to find a new planet we have never known. I think that we can find new resources because we are running out of natural resources. Moreover, there is life on another planet and it is necessary for us to explore new things outside the earth.

Space exploration is necessary because since ancient times there are questions about the universe. Today we have technology to answer some of the questions that humanity is on the origin of everything, so we must seize. In addition, we need to have awareness of the origin of the universe and our vulnerability to outer space.

hi teacher,
can you explain the difference between 'too' and 'so'?
thanks a lot