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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


Hello again excuse me i didn't understand the meaning of an expression from the podcast and i've looked up in the Cambridge dictionaries but i didn't understand!so it's this part "I remember when I was really small I used to sit on my granddad's knee and play with his watch and he used to let me wind it up." what's the meaning of "wind it up"?
Thanks in adv.

Hello saranko,

Nowadays most watches use batteries but older watches sometimes have a clockwork mechanism which you need to 'wind up' every few days - if you do no do this then the watch will stop.  Some clocks also need to be wound up, though this is usually with a key of some sort.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

ok thanks again!

how to learn english

Hi hooria ali,

These Elementary Podcasts are a good place to start because there are transcripts and exercises to help you improve your listening comprehension, and you can use the audio as a model that you can imitate to learn new expressions and improve your pronunciation. If you find Series 2 difficult, I would suggest Series 3.

Whatever you do, it's best to try to have contact with English every day, even if it's only for a short time. Little by little, you should see that you improve!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like to go to the future about 2000 years,because I want to see the development in the science of planets, if there is any new thing about the life on theses planets , and if scientists succeed in connecting with the creatures there.
I want also live in the modern life that would be on our planet the earth,I think there will be many discoveries and inventions in different fields of life such as science,marine life,plants,animal life,technology and astrology.

Hi Kirk,
Thank you very much for your advice.
Your website is absolutely fantastic!

Hi Kirk,
Thank you very much for your answer!
As I said I enjoy listening of Podcasts so much that I play one after another always wondering what is going to be next topic or what is going to happen to Carolina...and actually I did not notice that there is a possibility to read every Podcast. Thank you for the explanation!
The problem was, I had not hear "does" in that question "What does the steak come with?" so the sentence did not make a sense to me grammatically.
Then, there are many expressions in English, which are very different from expressions in my language so even I understand from context, I was wondering how to use "come" when it does not mean "go".
It is not at your Podcasts and am not sure, if you can explain that here, but when I was traveling I noticed that this expression is used at stores very often. For example: This product comes in five colors. Are there any other situations where I can use "come" (and the meaning  is not "go") besides these two situations?
Thank you very much! I enjoy learning English with your website very much!

Hi Verunka,
You're very welcome, that's what we're here for. I'm sorry I hadn't completely understood your question, and thanks for clarifying it for me.
The verb come has so many different meanings that it's not possible for me to explain them all here. What I would recommend is that you look up come in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box (in the right-hand column of this page). You'll see that there are dozens of entries for it! Over time you can read the entries, and most importantly, the example sentences. As you read other things in English, keep an eye out for expressions with come, and I'll think you'll see that you will gradually understand it better.
And if you don't understand an expression you see, then of course please ask us again!
And thanks again for all your feedback - it's really great to hear it. We hope you tell your friends and family about LearnEnglish!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, I enjoy listening of Elementary Podcasts very much! Thank you!
May I ask you? Did I hear well? "What is this steak come with? Would you please give us more examples or explain more about how to use verb "come" in similar situations? I think I also heard: comes in five colors. I also don´t understand grammar and word order in this sentence.
Thank you.