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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

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 [00:24].

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Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:08].

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Tom the teacher

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [24:05].

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi Desi,
The British Council is not part of the UK government, so we are not the best people to ask about government scholarships etc. We are also a big organisation, so I don't know about all the programmes we run and you should look through our web pages for more information.
You might find what you are looking for at Education UK or by reading about the Chevening Scholarships. There are also programmes aimed at students from specific countries and since you are from Indonesia, you should look at the British Council Indonesia web page for more information.
There are very few differences in the grammar of British and American English, which is why we don't have a page on this in the grammar section. If you prefer British English, then you should listen to and read learning materials in British English, such as the ones on this site.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello !  
What a nice script to listen to honestly. I think Bath is a fantastic city from what I've heard. 
To me the biggest problem is ( The Global Warming ). Because if you gave anything 
to the earth, it will surely returns to you. So we have to be more careful about our planet 
which we live on it. 
Thank's  Tess. Thank's Ravi. Thank's Tom

Hi, I`m new heare. Is there perhaps a possibility to chat?

Hi Kathy,
I'm afraid we don't have a chat facility at the moment, except for the comments. Some of our users are quite young and our priority is to protect them, so we don't allow chat. We would like to do this in the future if we can find a way to make it safe.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Good Morning!
it´s always a pleasure to be here. I think this site is wonderful. Let me say that I´m always worry about my pronunciation. I´d like to speak like a british person or something, but I´m Latina and it´s very dificult for me to do that, because is the accent. Now, I just try to speak and think of english, which is so dificult for me either.....however, sites like this help a lot of people who want to improve their english ( and, of course, to travel to UK...).
Congratulations for your great work!!!

Hi Elena,
I'm glad you like the site. In my opinion, you shouldn't aim to sound like a British person. You are Venezuelan and your accent is part of that. Also, it's very difficult to sound like a native speaker.
Instead, focus on being intelligible. It's hard to do this alone or with someone else from the same country, so try to work with a foreign teacher or friend. They should be able to offer advice on what you can do to be more easily understood. It might be the speed you speak at, word stress, particular sounds or another issue.
Good luck,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much Adam, you´re so kind, I know my problem really is not speaking to native speakers.. I have to try this more frecuently........and look for an english teacher. Thank you.-

hi I am from srilanka I want to improve my english there anybody to help me. I hope to meet  peoples from uk and holland.

Hello! I'm  new too and I wants to improve  my English. I need to practice  too.It's very interesting way to study English like that :)

I think that the biggest problem today is amibiton and laziness, because a lot of people in the world want a lot of money, since many centuries ago, but don't like to work. So they start doing awful things in order to have money, like selling drugs, stealing, killing, abusing youngs and adults, and this is terrible because it brings insecurity to all of us who work very hard for a decent living, and in my case they avoid me to enjoy what I gain, because of the cnostant harrasment.