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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].

Task 1


Task 2



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

Task 1


Task 2


Tom the teacher

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

Task 1


Task 2


Task 3


Task 4




Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi everyone. I'm from Baghdad it's the capital city of Iraq. It's abeautiful city and all people there speak Arabic the biggest proplem in it is the crowded in the traffic it's very difficult when you go to work in the morning. My city have many universities.

Hey everybody,
I'm from The Netherlands and have lived in Amsterdam for more than 10 years. I love this city! We have, as everybody probably knows, a lot of restaurants and cafe's, a big nightlife and loads of museums.
The best best fun is to bike through the city along the canals and pass the little bridges that cross the canals. Most tourists are not used to this bicycle culture. Some of them already make troubles while stepping out of the tourist bus right on the bicycle-path which they probably recognize as a footpath. So there they stand looking around watching the beautiful buildings until they almost got hit by a yelling cyclist. Oops! is what the say and they start giggling.
Even worse are the tourists that rent a bicycle while they don't know how to cycle. I don't know about the numbers of accidents that happen but I think it can be quite dangerous.
We sometimes make jokes about earning points by hitting tourists with our bicycles. Of course where not serious on this. I'm actually pretty proud that so many tourists come to see Amsterdam! Besides that I'm completely aware of the fact that I act like a real tourist too when I'm visiting other country's. Especially crossing busy streets in Asian cities is quite complicated for me. I sometimes follow a local to be able to get across.
Okay that was it for now about my beloved Amsterdam!

Could you ask me, please? Why in the Task 7 exercise 2 in the sentence "He doesn't like doing exercise but he does like very spicy food" we need in ''does'' aftter ''but he''? Why we can not just write ''he likes spicy food''?

Hello Nolydix,

The auxiliary verb 'do' is commonly used to form questions and negatives in the present simple. It can also be used, as it is in the sentence you ask about, to place emphasis on the verb. You could say 'he likes' here and it would be correct; by saying 'he does like' you put emphasis on the fact that he likes spicy food.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

The biggest problem of the worl today is the human. We destroy everything. We have all the information about the past and we dont learn. I do the best with my behavior with the planet and like human been with other human and animal, but the people are really dificult to understand and complicated. I hope we change because we dont need wars or other planet, just need respect and education.

I lived in Mexico City
This is a huge city a lot of people and culture.
DF is the capital of Mexico. We have a lot of restaurants, museums, kind of events.
The problem with the city is the traffic is really difficult, noisey and esstresful.

Yes you're right. I live here in Mexico City too. I'm Mexican in fact, but now I have worked here from 7 years.

What's "in you get ", Henry said when he invited Carolina to get in the car , what's it means , can I just use it when I were in the same situation as Henry ?

Hello Chickenteriyaki,

"In you get' is an informal phrase meaning 'time to get in'.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

my home town is Cairo in Egypt it is capital of Egypt it is big city. There are the Nil river and presidential palace . It is beautiful city and there are many beautiful building and places lik Opera House it is very beautiful build in down town there are many activities like dancing , singing theater and people every where came to show activities. There are many beautiful places like restaurant and cinema .There are Egyptian museum has its many monuments of pharaonic how their lives . I don't like the crowded it is little crowed but it is very beautiful city.