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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

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:25].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:00].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:00].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].


Task 7

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [19:44].




Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello Sherine hussein,

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The LearnEnglish Team

I think the best way it's telling the truth. As often as possible. Of course if you don't want to hurt the feelings of your relatives and friends you shouldn't tell the truth. Do you remember what a woman in section "your turn" said about friend's hair?. That is what I'm talking about. Whatever, if you tell the truth all the time you shouldn't remember when and how exactly you have lied. You can feel yourself calm without anxiety that the truth will be open and you don't need to worry that you can make a bad break. After a while, if you tell the truth all the time people will know it and they might want you to tell them the truth. People will ask you for adviсe or just will come to you for your opinion (what do you think about their dresses, for example), because you tell the truth.

we always have to say the truth. Who listens to me has the right, not to be deceived for being a person who matters to me. Truth must be said with lovely and honesty an inner attitude of respect and participation of whoever has the power of the word.

I think telling the truth is almost always better than the lie but for instance in my job that we confront with ill patients we are forced to lie as "white lie" occasionally.That means our sentences are not completely truth and are not completely depends to patient's condition. Finally I accept this Arpan's sentences that said "if we start telling the lie we have to tell another lie that cover lies"

In my opinion, it is better to tell the truth but sometimes we can tell a lie. It depends on situation. For example, when a patient suffers from a serious disease, I think that the doctor should say that they are ok but then he should tell his family about his situation so they can find some solutions to help him during the treatment. Meanwhile, the patient is optimistic so he can pass out the disease easily. The most important thing is to tell the truth most of the time to make people trust us. It is hard to make them trust us but easy to make them mistrust us.

Hello Everyone,
Is it better to tell the true or sometimes, maybe for a good reason, we can lie ?
I am a salesman and for the common thought, all the salesmen are liars.
Obviously It isn't true, because there are a lot of sellers who work honestly.
To lie, in the most part of cases, could be dangerous in my job.
You make unreliable yourself to the customer's eyes, therefore it is always better tell the true.
Here in Italy -the capital of the liars- all kind of Italian people tell lies easily, from politician to priest, from rich to poor. It's a kind of art for us. We are famous all over the world for that.
We have different kind of lie. The most common is called "bugia bianca". It's the lie that you can say to your mother when she has found one pack of cigarettes hidden on the top of wardrobe - IT ISN'T MINE I HAVE HIDDEN IT FOR MY FRIEND !!!-

I hope that you can understand the meaning of the sentences that I wrote, despite of my terrible English .
Thank you for all.

Hi, everybody
In my opinion for telling truth, It depends on situation. Both truth and lie had become the part of our life. Actually we must start our life with truth because lie always hurt and create problems. If we starts telling lie then we have to make another lie to cover the lies. This might caught a problem in our life. But in another situation, if we want to make someone happy or if we don't want to hurt anyone or if we want to save someone's life then, in my opinion lying is appropriate but it shouldn't hurt anyone.

I want to write some words on the topic that was a part of this podcast, " should we always tell the truth or is honesty always a better policy? I think lies spoken with good intentions are not always bad. However, you should take care of on unearthing the lies nobody should be hurt. For example, if someone is in very cheerful mood and want to enjoy the moment, on the other hand, you have any bad news to tell which can upset him/her, and postponing the truth does not have any bad impact, in that case you can speak a lie and say, "everything is fine" . Therefore the lies spoken with good cause don't have any linkage with honesty.
Please let me know if there are any grammatical or spelling mistakes in what I have written.

Hello ca.kulwinder,

Thanks for your interesting comment. While we do read all the comments that our users post, I'm afraid we don't correct them – we are simply too small a team with too much other work to be able to do this. If you have a specific question about a specific sentence, we can usually help with this kind of query, though.

But please do keep responding to the questions on the pages and in the podcasts – other users sometimes will reply and it's good practice for you even without corrections.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone I think it's the better to tell the truth but some times in our life should be used a white lie to protect our friends to hurt from us.In most situations should be honest with everyone especially to get a good realation ship with someone that's my opnion.