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Episode 07

In this episode Ravi is having a bad day and he tells Tess all about it. Their guests talk about the English city of Bath and global problems facing humanity. You can also follow Carolina as she goes away for the weekend with the Conservation Society. Will they have a good trip?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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Tess and Ravi

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Tom the teacher

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


I think The world has made great progress financially in all decades
And this progress can be seen everywhere. But what threatens humanity is the moral and cultural decline. We couldn't build a world without war, we couldn't do justice and ... .

In my opinion, the biggest problem for people is global warming. If the temperature increases, we'll have a problem.

I love my home so much. It's rather big about 22 thousands of people and really calm. This is an ideal place for the life I suppose. It calls Chernogolovka, you're welcome!

I think the biggest problem in this days is around the social relationship.In my opinion we are too busy in social media and we believing all of the events with out a source but in fact we don't know they are right or wrong.we can speak with our family and friends and it's so good because I think we can't understand our problems , so we are always upset and bored all days.

Hi.I'm from Iran
I learn English by self study books.
I've never been in an English class.
this podcasts really helpful to improve English
thank you so much

I agree that the biggest problem facing humanity today is selfishness. Hunger, wars, dangerous diseases spread and climate change are provoked by our selfishness. Most of people just can't stop and think about others even if they have enough for comfortable life. They want more and more and ready to step over other. And the richer and powerful are people the more harm does their selfishness and insatiability.

I think all the opinions that are heard on the podcast are true, and are related to each other. Selfishness, ambition and injustice have caused and continue to cause lack of empathy, accumulation of wealth, destruction of large wooded areas and as a consequence, climate change. Hopefully we can do something to reverse the situation.

I definitely agree with people from Your Turn telling about climate change, environmental protection, humanity relations and do on. I can add my own mention in question. There is economic inequality in the world. Some countries like USA, European Union and similar have a stable economy and strong currency. That’s all mean there are high living standards in those countries. What about countries where there is weaker currency? People do the same work but have big difference in salary and living standard. Africa, some Asian countries like Bangladesh or Philippines are in question. I don’t know exactly what’s the real reason of it but I can guess it depends from government. Look at South Korea or Japan and even Vietnam. These countries haven’t lots of value resources like oil or metals but government have real strategy of how to high and maintain economy. There are more and more different works, factories and companies appeared letting people have work and earn. For example South Korea having special oil refinery works can propose to the world very high-quality service plus there is a huge Samsung works producing 80 percent of Supertanker’s fleet in the world. People have job and good salary disregarding the fact they are not in Europe. They don’t need to emigrate in search of better life. And look at Russia which has huge amount of resources. It doesn’t make the country to have stable economy. The most part of big companies specialised in export oil, natural gas, value metals, wood and many many other things abroan located in Moscow so all moneys go there only. The rest part of the country, Middle and Eastern Russia having low living standards also suffers from unemployment or too little paid jobs. Government doesn’t have any plans how to liven up economy. No any development and producing apart from just transporting resources abroad and that’s all. That’s the biggest problem of Russia.

Hello,I wanted to ask about part4 when the woman in voice 2 said (those of us) i didn't understand what's those refers to and why it (us) not (ours)

Hello fidasiddig,

We use the phrase 'those of us/you/them' to refer to a part of a group.


For example, if you speak to a group of people and want to refer only to people who are married then you might say:

Those of you who are married...


If you are married and so are also part of that group then you can say:

Those of us who are married...



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