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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.

Check your understanding


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


Hello everyone. Tim says,"people in the countryside have been running up hills...just to see who was fastest...." Why doesn't he say" ...who was ’the‘ fastest"? Thanks.

Hello intestine,

In superlative expressions, the 'the' is sometimes omitted in informal situations. It's also omitted when you're comparing the same person or object across more than one situation. For example, if we're talking about Kílian Jornet as an athlete who does many different sports, we could say he's a tremendous skiier and runner, but he's really best at trail running (we're talking about his participation in different situations here). In the example you ask about, perhaps Tim was thinking of a specific groups of people doing different races.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everybody,
I like to go for a run in the park, mostly several times a week. I started about 3 years ago. Though it was really hard at first and actually it still is, I really enjoy it! It makes me feel energetic and free! It's important to me that I can choose the moment and that I can start immediately after leaving my house. I don't first have to go the gym or another place. Besides that I live very close to the Vondelpark which is a nice spot for running.
Best wishes,
Tante Taat

ufffff i want a lot talents. first dance tango, second play guitarr, and speak very well english and french.


Hi..sorry for my english.
I want to talk about volleyball. I started about 13 years ago. I love this sport because it is amazing. I played in a team and we did a champions.

Hi, everyone! In addition to "My turn " section I would have a talant to learn languages, especially English. It would help me to get more helpful information from Internet because in Russian-language sources it's not enough.

hello respected sir.
i' m new here.. sir my reading - listening too weak i always skip the answer so plz tell me what i do to improve it.. where from i start ??

Hello samra gurjeet,

There is no one way to improve in English, and without knowing how your English is at the moment it's hard for me to make any specific suggestions. However, I can give you some general advice.

Remember that the listening materials here on LearnEnglish usually have transcripts so you can read and listen at the same time, which can be very helpful in terms of improving your listening. One way is to use the transcripts the second time you listen, as follows:

  • The first time you listen do the exercises to see how you do
  • The second time, listen with the transcript to check your answers. Note any language features which are new, both lexis (vocabulary and phrases) and grammar.  Then use the language sections linked above to work on those areas.  That way you will work on language that you need, rather than just going through structures for the sake of it. 
  • While you listen or read, make a vocabulary notebook, organised by topic (e.g. 'work', 'sport', 'food' etc.) in which you can keep a record of new words that you come across as you work.
  • Finally, use the transcript to practise speaking. Try saying the text yourself, then try saying it with the recording, so that you must speak at natural speed (this is challenging at the beginning but is useful, and you will improve with practice).

Most of all, practise as often as possible.  It's better to practise an hour every day than seven hours once a week, so make your practice as frequent as possible and don't give up! You will be making progress, even if sometimes it's hard to see.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

thank you sir, i' ll definitely follow your suggestion regard my improvement