Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

Welcome to LearnEnglish podcasts! In this episode the presenters, Tess and Ravi, introduce themselves, and their guests talk about Angelina Jolie, New York City and celebrities who work for charity. You can also meet Carolina, a Venezuelan student who’s coming to live in the UK. Will she arrive safely?

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 [11:55].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [11:55].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [17:12].




Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi how can I download the podcasts?

Hi hnn1990,

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The LearnEnglish Team

I think helping others is the most important thing so even if some people take it for granted, they’re still helping, so for me it’s what counts.

In my opinion helping charities by celebrities is a good idea because despite of helping them , the other people and fans that fallow their lifestyle encourage to support the poor people and charities.

I live since a few months in Wiesbaden, a beautiful city in Germany. I came from Cameroon to study International Management at the Wiesbaden Business School. The course last 4 years inclusive a semester abroad and a six-months-internship abroad too. I find the courses very interesting and the teaching methods are quite the opposite of to those in my homeland ( Cameroon). I also intend to go back to my country after I've finished with studies. I am so excited, this is the adventure of my LIVE .

It is true that celebrities use those charities to increase their popularity and to be much loved. But that's not what matters. The most important is that those "poor people" receive much help and money for their survival. In addition to that, all the media publicity that this celebrities charities create help to draw the attention of the society to the drama people live everyday in our world.

I think celebrities do charity for their fake popularity and publicity. They dont have any felling for poor peoples. I hate that. I think that charity is a hidden art, you dont need to showoff that.

Celebrities doing charity work has been a common practice for years, and regardless of what some people may think about it, I believe it's not all about publicity. It helps their image? Yes, it does. But maybe people forget that celebrities are also humans, they have things to deal with, such as family, work, stres, etc (you name it), and they still make room on their bussy schedules to go to a foreign country and help villages to get clean water, and build houses, take by way of example Angelina Jolie, who was mentioned in this podcast.
The fact that they are international celebrities, widely know all over the world, opens a huge window for the rest of the world to see how much humbleness and dedication takes to help others improve their ways of life. Therefore, this thought comes to my mind like winter comes to Westeros:
What stops me from joining a charity fundraising or group? If celebrities shape their schedules enough to have the time to go out and help the less fortunate people, why can't we?.
Anyhow, I don't want to make this long, I'm just practicing my writing. I hope everyone is having a great day, and learning lots of English!

I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity because many people follow all things they do and try to do them too if it is possible. It is clear that things that celebrities do are a form of advertising but this is like that because they are celebrities. If anyone does work for charity nobody knows it, so nobody will do it. The most importante thing is to help poor people and, for do that, it is necessary to give visibility to the problem. Celebrities do that, so it is good that they work for charity.

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