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Episode 08

In this episode Ravi is planning his holiday and tells Tess all about it. Their guests talk about running in the Lake District and special talents. You can also follow Carolina on her weekend trip away. Will everything go to plan?

Elementary Podcasts

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.

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Language practice exercises

Task 1

Tess and Ravi

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


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:51].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:51].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

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


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

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


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

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




Language level

Intermediate: B1


I'm sorry but actually, I'd rather Ravy's voice when he voiceovered for the talking dog. His voice sound very funny :)))

I would like to have the talent to play the cello as well as Jacqueline du Pré did. She was an incredible British cellist, unforgettable for all of us who played a little. She remains a point of reference for any musician. Although she died very young (there is an excellent movie about her life, she really had a cinematic life), she left many recordings without equal and continues to teach from his wonderful videos. I play and I teach the cello too, but I'm so far from being as great as her!

Happy New Year !
I can't understand a thing, why in this sentence :
" Well, there's loads of things to do in Barcelona" "there is" is a singular form even the sentence gets on with "loads of things" ( that means more things = plural form) and in
"There are lots of good clothes shops for you." you put "there are" (plural form) and the remainder of the sentence has almost the same meaning likewise the exemple above ( some more clothes / shops).
I found them both in Series 02 Ep. 08 ,Suport Pack, Section 1 - Have you been to... , Exercise 1 - g.

Thank you very much

Hi Last biker

In informal speech, native speakers often use the singular form when really the plural one is the most correct. I'd encourage you to use the more correct form in your own speaking and writing, though!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Two years ago I was engaged in skis it is pretty hard but efficently and useful it made me feel better. This kind of sport was started at the end of the nineteenth century- in the early twentieth century as a kind of leisure and amusement. Also I was a bit playing in football and skating.

Hello team!
I'd like Football because that is a sport heathy. The football team have eleven players and the period match have ninety minutes. Every players running about tem kilometres for match. The players need motivate for running beyond good health and psychology. Football is a sport very enjoy and i love it.

Alberto Bastos

Hello everybody
I'd like to talk about kong Fu, Kung Fu is self defense sport, it is useful for children, it enhance their stamina, building of their muscles & it also teach them how to respect their trainer or teacher which is important.
It's also important for youth as if they do it they my not suffer from illnesses related to age as pains in joints & backbone problems,
I'd like also to confirm that the main purpose of this sport is to learn people how to tolerate & respect others especially weak ones same as Judo & karate.

I can't pass Task 6 . The lines move chaotically all the time . It's first time since I am here .

Hello Natalia,

I'm sorry about that. We seem to be having temporary technical problems with our exercises, which should be fixed soon, but let me explain a little trick for this kind of exercise – I think this will help you.

After you have moved a first item to a group, you must first click or press on the item you want to move and then (and this is the important part) you must click or press on top of the small hand at the right end of the first item's box for it to enter the group without making the first item leave.

It's a bit difficult to describe, but very easy to do once you understand it. If you need me to describe it again, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

If I could have talents I would choose teleportation and high IQ (coefficient of intelligence). The first talent would allow me to be everywhere I want, the second one would be very useful too. I would try to find many solutions of actual problem of humanity, but, I think the most of all I would think about space exploration. I would be able to travel everywhere, anytime and this talent would be entertainment for me, without any useful things for rest of the world. On the other hand I would have the second one, high IQ, and this talent would work for humanity, my richness and glory.