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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].

Task 1


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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


I feel like Jamie's father is Gorden :P

hhhh yeah it sounds him.

some people say the space exploration consume a lot of money in vain. some countries, especially USA or Japan, Invest an enormous of money into the industries. Although it seems necessary for human kind because the environmental resource are exhausting now. this is a serious and inevitable result. if those resource that we need to live are gone, we must search alternative resource from space. Although we transfer something into such necessary resource, they all disappear one day.
On the other hand, universe has a infinite possibility. we will discover those flesh and incredible things there. we should not stop exploring unknown world.

Hello, I want to ask how to use the word "Mr" in English. Can I use Mr + family name + given name?

For example, if a person's family name is Chan and his given name is Tai Man, is it correct to write Mr Chan Tai Man in an email? What is the difference between Mr Chan Tai Man and Mr Tai Man Chan? Thank you!


Hello Kelvin,

The order of names you use is a choice based on culture and personal preference. In most parts of the Western world people use given name then family name. In many Eastern cultures (and some other places) it's more common to use family name first.

So you might choose to use the Western order if you're writing in English because that's the most common order in that language. On the other hand, if you mostly communicate with people in Hong Kong, you might use the Eastern order since that's how most people give names in that culture. Another approach would be to find out what order each individual uses and follow that.

There's more information on the topic here:

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team


I was too confused about the uses of "Too" and "Very". But, now, I am very happy because I think the confusion was clarified. Is it true?


I'm glad to hear you are no longer confused! Yes, the explanation in this podcast is accurate.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone. I`d like to talk about.. swim, I love to swim because is a complete sport, every body can practice it doesn´t matter age or physical condition. There are different style free style, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke. For me the most difficult style is breaststroke because your legs must be like frogs legs.
The most popular and winner swimmer is Michael Phelps he has won everything.


where do i listen to Elementary Pod casts?
i use to listen to Elementary Pod casts at home whenever i have enough time and i'm not stressed about anything; it's because i have to listen carefully in order to understand it. i'm not very good at English you see; i'm quite good,but not VERY good

Hello Sir! I could not understand the meaning of this question. (Janet, just the person. Got a mo?) It is in exercise Asking and giving advice,3. Thank you for helping.