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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


Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi 1

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:24].


Task 2

Tess and Ravi 2

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:24].


Task 3

Carolina 1

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


Task 4

Carolina 2

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


Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

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


Task 6

Tom the teacher 2

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

Summary: The person who wrote the sentences in the exercise lives in the tropics and likes it there. What he most enjoys doing in his free time is seeing soap operas, as well as sunbathing. He doesn't like doing exercise but he does like very spicy food.


Task 7

Tom the teacher 3

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


Task 8

Tom the teacher 4

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




Language level

Intermediate: B1



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Hi Everybody
The text bellow was sent to British Council on passed Friday, 21 June 2010 at 12:54, but unfortunately   it’s been lost, and only now I can put it in our blog; so because of that, there are some parts of it outdated, but the most of them are in day… so, I ask you of to read it as don’t knowing  what happened about the England national teams and Portugal too, in the World Cup 2010 .
Hello Tess. Hello Ravi.
How are you ?
Are you fine? I hope so. 
 Since some months ago I’m an interested and attentive reader of your podcasts, I don’t know much English, as you are seeing. I’m just to learning English now, because actually I’ve time to do , I’m retired.
I have appreciated much your work… it has been very helpful to me…. So, congratulations and continue your excellent work…
 Now Ravi, about the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa….
I think that you aren’t much happy with the rendering of your selection, really the English team had only two points after two matches; two matches two draws isn’t good, on the contrary that is quite bad. Next Wednesday you will play against Slovenia and it’s your last opportunity to pass for next phase (the eighths-final), you need win this match and waiting for the results of Unit States vs Algeria. It’s not easy… I wish good luck for you. 
 One thing is certain, if you don’t go forward, the England Team’s coach, the Italian Fabio Capello is “to kick out”, said your FA /Football Association.
 The Portuguese Team isn’t good too, we had a nil (0-0) in our first match against Ivory Coast, on past 15th Juin. Today,  just soon, in Cape Town at 11h30 (12h30 for us), we will play versus the North Korea it’s our second play and I’m very hopeful  in a win. The Portugal needs win that match because after this, our third match, and the last in that phase, will be against to Brazil…
 This game with North Korea reminds me a famous quarter-final there was  in England at Goodison Park in 1966, you Tess and Ravi, didn’t be born yet of course, but your fathers, and your grand-fathers certainly, will remember that.
 This match become famous, because after the first 20 minutes the North Koreans took for 3-0 lead, but Portugal had an inspired and fabulous player name’s Eusébio, who scored 4 goals, and Portugal won the game by 5-3 and ahead to semi-final against England…  Yes, you won… that semi-final after a dramatic extra-time. Portugal got up the third place only.
 The Korean coach said yesterday he wants to revenge himself of the ‘humiliation’ and will do everything to win the Portugueses. Soon we will see.
 Tess, Ravi, one thing more about World Cup 2010, the “VUVUZELAS”. What do you think for this? I don’t like nothing, I hate, for me it’s horrible, I like much more when the groups of fans chants dance and joy without that horrible horns.
 Tess, Ravi, I’m remember, few months ago, to have read in your third podcast of first series, about this, it’s the first time I hear to speak of ‘Vuvuzela’, the Bob Harrison, “Your Man in South Africa” wrote about this very an unusual musical instrument… The ’Vuvuzela’ .
 He said at the time (July of 2008), that ‘Vuvuzela’ it’s an instrument with a sound never heard before, it’s like an angry elephant, but it’s very popular in all stadiums to hear that horns, especially when the ‘Bafana Bafana’ the South African national team are playing. He said:
 Some fans say they’ve stopped going to matches because the noise is so awful and so, well, noisy. But as for me, well, I like it. I think it makes football matches in South Africa different from anywhere else in the world. The only thing is – I can’t play the ‘vuvuzela’! When I blow it doesn’t sound like an angry elephant so much as a bored bee. I need to practise before 2010!”
Tess, Ravi, I have a question to Bob, does he still likes hear ‘vuvuzela’ ? If yes, does he now play the ‘vuvuzela’ well? That it’s my   suggestion for you, in your next podcast will write an inquiry if the people like or not to hear ‘Vuvuzela’.
Tess and Ravi, my friends, I need finish this email, the game will start. Bye Bye it’s all for now.
Again thanks by your work there in the British Council, I’m learning much with you.
So, bye for now see you soon.
Mário Pais - Cacém - Portugal

hi there this is my first time using your website i found it very interesting and useful. because it helps me to improve my english skliis in listening and reading as well. thank you very much

Thanks Tess and Ravi. I really enjoy every podcast!

Hi Tess and Ravi,
Thank you so much for your podcast, it is really interesting to us. I didn't know Bath until I listened to your programe then I have some acknoledge about  Bath. You gave us not only encyclopaedic knowledge but also  funny stories that make me laugh all the time when I heared Ravi voice. You are really good friends who open the new doors to me. I often read BBC news and listen to Bristish Council every day.   
Thank you Teacher Tom who explained more clearly to me. I wish I can visit your country some day. Thank you for devoting your time for helping us to improve learning English.
Keep going on.

I want to say something about small word "about". I had known its elementary meanings like this that Tom said about, eg. approximately, almost, nearly or "on the subject of". And I had known that when you want to propose somebody something you can say "What or how about...?". But while I was reading book Three men in a boat by Jerome K. Jerome, I saw that author uses "about" in completely another context, I didn't understand it. I checked it in my dictionary and I saw that about can be replace with around (especially in American English) and it also means:

  • surrounding (especially in literary British English eg. The high walls about the prison.)
  • in body of (eg. He had a gun hidden about his person.)
  • concern with something (Bring me a drink - and be quick about it.)
  • be about to means to be just ready to (The film's about to start.)
  • about-turn means a turn in the opposite direction
  • not about to is more common in American English and it means be unwilling to do something (I'm not about to land you any money.)

This definitions was very helpful for me. I hope they're also useful for you.
I used Oxford Wordpower published by Oxford University Press from 1997 and Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English from 1989.

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