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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


When i have a time machine i want to go in future what will our country look like what type of transport will use and other facilities will be available.what type of dresses people will use.

I would like to talk about pond i make in my garden. I like gardening as well as fish farming. I make may pond own self with the help of internet . I have a dozen of Carp fish of different size and color.I also have three Tilapia fish on may pound.I also create filtering set up with use of dunkey pump and artificial water fall. I change water of my pond time to time.


If I had a time machine, I would like to go back to the fifteen century, when the Spanish conquest arrived to America. I would like to know about how the American primitive culture was, how the Spanish conquest tried American aborigines and how they destroyed everything.

The real history of the conquest and the following colonization is not as truth as encyclopedies and history books have wrote. So, I would like to be in the fifteen century through the time machine in order to live and know what was the reality.


Hello to everybody. I have been listening those podcasts and I must say that is this website really fantastic. I enjoy while I have been listening and after these exercice I have more confident. My problem is the same as the others that I don't know is something right when I write and speak but it will be better.

I have got one question in section 5, exercise 2 in question 2/10 it is the correct to say "I'll have the steak, please". I can't understand why we use verb "have" which have totaly different meaning. Is it in some combination or is it phrase?

Thank you, best whishes!

Hi swxswx,

The verb 'have' is often used in this way to order a dish or drink in a restaurant. 'have' is also used with foods and drinks to mean 'consume' - you can learn more about this on our delexical verbs page.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like to go back to the 1860s when Japan began to westernize. This countries has a lot of difference in this era. I want to go back to this era and make use of it into my study.

Hi everyone...
How are you all?

Hi guys,

Today I'm going to talk about bicycle, my mother had bought it for me when I was about ten years old in 1996 equal eighteen years. It's made in Vietnam a local brand, not too expensive but to me it like a precious assets my own. It is has bright green very nice, a small bell is mounted bicycle handlebars in left. An interesting thing is I have never known to ride bicycle before, that's the first time I had got a bicycle as well as the first time I cycling (a week later I knew ride bicycle competently with many bruises in the my arms, my legs).
The bicycle is a special gift to me because I received it when I graduated from primary school and to starting junior high- grade six by my mom. "rewards for your trying hard" she said, I felt very happy, glad. It is really mean to me, reminding me as a motivation in order to trying study hard I always cherish, keeping it carefully. I used it from grade six to grade nine, everyday it took me about twenty minutes to go to school, then I had to move another transportation go by bus because my high school very far from my house I couldn't ride bicycle any more. Sometime I still cycling near home around. Now I have had a motorbike to helping me go to work and I will always keep it like a souvenir in my life.

Le Nhung

Hello Everyone,
If I had a time machine I would like to go to the future and I want to see my family how we look like in 2060 from 2070 year about my myself, my husband special my children I will tell them I'm their mother when I was young and take a photo with them. One more things I'm going to explore trend to fashion in that time, reaching for it update it And when I come back present so I can foretell lifestyle, new fashion trends in the future.

Le Nhung

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.