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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 Ravi, If you are going to Barcelona, I think you would better learn spanish
because to learn a lenguage is to have an instrument to comunicate with a lot
of people, unfortunately catalano speakers are a few,only; on the contrary
spanish speakers are three hundred thousands of millions people and the  spanish literature is wide and marvelous.
Í disagree with Ahappy learner.

Hello 2 everybody!
I have been listening most of postcard they are here and also the grammar too... I feel so happy to join this wonderful site and I also want 2 give a BIG THANKS to all the teachers of this (again) wonderful site ... As soon I'll finish- refreshing my knowledge of English lessons I'll go to give an exam and taking the English Certificate ... The problem with me is that I can understand quite the language and make some mistake as everyone BUT when it's time to write I get confused and  and I don't where to started .... Anyway perhaps I DO need more practice by speaking ,reading and listening too ... I thank you very -very much for Your help ...I want to tell something to or I have a doubt in this postcard with title   " If you have a time machine " ..It is one person that gave one answer that She wanted to travel to the future ( I heard that and i think it's correct 14:04 )... But in some older postcard I did chose one or two as the right answers as I thought could be , AND only for the people which has been interviewed and it was mistake , Putting Ravi's or Tess answers were the right one with one more for example 4+1  . In this example was different  I choose two ( the interviewed and Ravi's answer too) .And I was  wrong ...I think I am confused a bit ...
Take care AND best regards
Sonia from Albania

Hello zwh!
Thank you for your kind words, and I'm happy you find it useful!
As for your question, I'm very sorry, but I don't quite understand! When you say postcards, do you mean the podcasts, or the exercises on each podcast page?
If you mean you have a problem with a different podcast - a different web page - which web page do you mean?

If you have a problem with one of the exercises on this page, which exercise is difficult for you?
Let me know a little more, and I'll see if I can help!

Hi All
Oke if i had time machine i would like  back to the past cause i need rearrange my life in all every thing  hoply, it is make more better for my life,family, and the important used for the people . and  if had time machine i would like also go to the future , what kind of me in the future , is it more better or worst , so i can prepared or fixed from now to make better in the future.

Hi all
talking about something special or possession, i have't , i think my grandfather is one of kind people who have possesion on the stuff, may be if i go again  to my grandfather house , i will looking for may be he have who know, right or may be some of stuff was not special for him, but special for me

I think "Your turn"s 're difficult to listen. Does someone like me ? 

It depends. Sometimes "Your turn" is really difficult to listen. When there is noise or people don't talk loudly. But sometimes it isn't and I understand everything.

Please, correct me when I make mistakes.
Thank you. :)

hi everyone.i want to talk about the question asked in your turn.
if i had a time machine ,i would travel back to past because i have some longing recollection of my past especially when i was in 7th grade .it was so different for me at that time.i was beginning to enjoy my life and was happy for no reason.i was entering into the world of beauty and amazement but had no idea what i was going seemed almost like imaginary to me and i was relishing it very much.i had good friends and very kind ,instructive and sociable teachers :one in particular was my english was a female teacher and i  fell in love with her voice but was too shy to talk to her.whenever she would  enter the class,i would feel a warm and cosy air coming into the rome.and when she left the room ,it would become cold and draughty once again.she would sometimes sit me at front and would try to talk to me to me in her sweet and charming voice but i would say nothing.i must admit i was a wimpy kid.
i wish i had a time machine and went back to that time to see how it would feel ,being back with a changed personality.

Hello :) where can we see the picture off the watch that Tess said she would publish on the website? Thank you!

Ravi, if you're going to Barcelona I think you'd better learn Catalan! In Catalonia, although some people speaks Spanish (but they understand Catalan), most people speaks Catalan and most public advertisements, signs and posters are in Catalan. The education is given in Catalan and the language of the Catalan autonomous government is, of course, Catalan. Remember that Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia.
Besides, Catalan isn't as common as Spanish, I mean, it's more special as a lot more people speaks Spanish ( I mean in the world), so if you learn Catalan you would impress your friends much more that if you learn Spanish. Moreover, if you speak Catalan then it's really really easy to learn Spanish because they're pretty similar.
By the way, I'm from the Catalan side of la Cerdanya, just next to France ( two hours from Bcn at the most). 
Congratulations for the podcasts, they are wonderful and very useful!
All the best,