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Episode 09

In this episode Ravi is thinking about giving up his Spanish lessons, and their guests talk about a special watch and time machines. You can also follow Carolina as she and Jamie go out for dinner. Will they have a good meal?

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

Practise the language you heard in Tess and Ravi’s introduction [00:23].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:49].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:49].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:51].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:51].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:51].




Language level

Intermediate: B1


At first I think that it's impossible to create a time machine if only in your mind, but If I have it I would like to travel in a couple of places in the past and then a hundred years into the future. Of course I would to travel to the maximum until I get bored.

If time machine would really exist, I'd like to visit ancient times to see what actually were famous events and historical persons. After all historical facts and descriptions of persons come to us misrepresented and so would be interesting to know truth.

About time machine I have many dates which I want to visit again. For example I could start training and improve my football skills, after that I would choose one of important competitions and go back to the past to chosen competitions, taking a part in it and try to win it. I would know what actually I need to improve, so my plan would be:
1) I improve my weaknesses
2) I choose the footbal competitions from my life and remeber its date
3) I'm going back to the past and try to win it, again
But I have to say, first of all I need some money. I think loads of people want to have some, so the first thing I would do with time machine it's earning. Like in the film "Back to the future" I would go to the past (or future) with records about results of football matches, then I would bet on some of the results, taking loads of money and come back to my time.
I think I can imagine a lot of different cases which I could do with time machine.

If i had a gime machine, i would go to the future, to see how people live, and the newest inventions, the most rapid means of transport, but i am afraid to go and find lots of pollution, and loss of clean water, lots of diseases caused by the electromagnetic waves of wirless devices, in thst case, i would run away again to the present time.
Thank you

I want to write about Janbiya.
It's kind of traditional dagger abielt a round the wrest of males as a wearing accessories in Yemeni culture.
There are many many kinds of them.
One that we have it's 47 year old. It was been made of antler horns.
It's worth a lot of money .
Other kinds of Janbyias are worth more than ours depending on the kind of horn and which animal it's refers to also it's age of course.
It's beautiful so we use it as a wearing decorations.
It's belonged to my neighbor's father but my father had bought it before 21 years old. it's considered as a family heritage.
I remember when I was child, my father had geven my a faked small one to look like him when I wear it.
Janbyia it have three parts:
Themost expensive part.
It's sharp piece of metal.
it's the big part of it cover the knife and warbs around the wrist .

This is my first attempt to write to you I will be so proud if i get advice and tips.

Hello Salah Alemad,

Thanks very much for contributing this text! It's informative and I found it very interesting, as getting a knife from my father was an important event in my young life as well. I'm afraid we get too many comments to be able to give feedback on long texts like yours, but I can recommend you look up the word 'blade', which I think is better for part 2. Also, for ages you should say '47 years old' ('years' is plural).

If there's any other specific phrase or sentence you want to ask us about, please let us know. Thanks again for contributing this - it's a great text!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

If I had a machine, I would go back to past when I was a child. I want to enjoy things that happened to me. They were unforgettable. Everything was simple, I just played and played day by day. I also want to have a chance to see how the world changes

Could anyone please tell me whats the wrong with,
1. bring me vegitarian pasta please
2. what has the steak got?
both are inside task 5 exercise 2

Hello samiraWije,

For 1, the definite article 'the' goes with 'vegetarian pasta' because it's a specific dish on the menu. 2 is not correct simply because it's not standard; although the waiter might understand it, the normal way of speaking about the food on the plate with the main dish is using 'come with', 'served with' or 'side dish' (especially in American English).

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

If I had a time machine I would visit these days where nature was still unspoiled by human being. Where men go out for fishing and hunting and women for berry picking and seed searching.