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Episode 05

In this episode Tess shares some good news with Ravi, and their guests talk about Formula 1 and telling the truth. You can also follow Carolina as she takes something back to a shop. Will she get her money back?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

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Task 2

Carolina 1

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Task 3

Carolina 2

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Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

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Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

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Tom the teacher 3

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Tom the teacher 4

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear all,
I started watching swimming on the telly when I was a teenager with my friend.
He loves swimming, too and he used to teach me how breathing under water without successful.
In those days Novella Calligaris won World Champion and I admired her, I was her fan.
In the last years I decided to challenge myself and I enrolled to a swimming course. After a few years I learned the four styles. To be honest, I'm actually a bit poor in dolphin style. Is it correct the preposition "in" for this context?
It’s more interesting to watch swimming on tv nowadays because the underwater shootings are very exciting, you can see every swimmer movements.
In the future I hope to swim dolphin like Michael Phelps ?!?

Hello dolphin59,

Generally we say 'poor at' (or 'good at', 'terrible at' and so on). The name for this style of swimming in English is not dolphin, however, but the butterfly. 'Dolphin' is the name given to the kick used in the butterfly.

Thus the sentence should be as follows:

To be honest, I'm actually a bit poor at the butterfly.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot

Dear all,
I'd like to share all my aspects in answering this question, is it always best to tell the truth.
Actually from the point of religion we are ordered clearly to say the truth & be honest, & that should be done.But actually we are't able to do that, probably because we are not grown up with the required encouragement, may be because the life became hard now a days or we perhaps we do that to not lose some one & I believe that all these reasons are accepted but I also believe that we have to train ourselves & our offspring on telling & accepting the truth everywhere & any time to make the life easier & better place for living,
There is only one excepting in telling the truth, that is if the truth is rude like saying to the ill or sick that his case is hopeless case, telling someone that his garment or hair style is very bad or telling someone of your friends that you hated him or her.
That is it & I'd like to read your comments on my opinion.

I'd like to talk about,
Actually & for sake of safety, I'm saying that this kind of races have to be prohibited by the authorities in different countries although it is very interesting but it courage small irresponsible youth to mimic it in unpaved streets which expose other lifes to danger.
Why we do not enhance sports which make the people health is better & encourage the team work like football, volleyball, these sports grows up the spirit of team work in the same time it do not harm the environment like car races also do not keep in mind bad memories of watching big & dangerous accidents which happen to the races.
I also do want to be polite & not to harm other peoples feeling about what I'm going to say, what is going in Spain or Rome "I think" of oxen fighting with the trained killers do not show any mercy or exciting what they gain of killing innocent ox with no real benefit, as we can not consider is a real benefit. If they use it for farming like our ancestors or eating its meet it mean we kill it to get real benefit as our bodies are need for the protean, but killing for exciting & entertainment is rude actually.

Hi everyone! I want to say that I'm against formula 1 becouse, first it's dangerous sport, it isn't safe for people life and second it isn't green sport. It's hurmful from either side. And I don't understand ones who gets pleasure when another so risk his life.

Hello! I'd like to ask something . Could you please explain me why did Rafael say "If I was rich..." ? I thought he had to say " If I were rich..."

Hello Masiv4ik,

You're right that in traditional grammars, the subjunctive form 'were' is used for all subjects in second conditional constructions like this one. Many people, however, have long used past simple forms, including 'was' for first and third person singular subjects (e.g. 'I', 'she') as well, and these are now considered correct in informal and even some formal contexts.

But if you're used to using 'were', I would try to change the way you speak. It is perfectly normal to use it as well, and is even considered 'more' correct by some people, so you'd probably make a good impression!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The Learn English Team!

At I'd like to Talk About section Tess asked Rafael "Do you travel for Formula 1?", and then she said it was a bad question. So could you explain me the difference between "travel" and "go abroad" please?. I'm really confused.

Hello filipeanttonio,

The question Tess asks is not bad grammatically but was not clear to Rafael, which is why Tess apologised.

'Travel' is a general term but it can be used in this way. I can ask 'Do you have to travel for work?', which might mean 'Does you job involve travelling?' or 'Is your place of work far away?' Tess reformulates the question to make it clearer to Rafael, as 'go abroad' makes it clear that she means 'travel abroad'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team