Elementary Podcasts

In the episode Tess and Ravi talk about how they’re feeling, and their guests talk about Bob Marley, an unusual festival and British money. You can follow Carolina’s journey by train from London to Newcastle. Will she catch her train?

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 [00:20].



Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [20:10].




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello chunya,

It's definitely most common in the context of paying for something, especially a drink or meal. It might be appropriate in other circumstances as well, though I can't think of one off the top of my head.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi my friends,
There is a nice rock festival ( I know that is strange to put togheter both words * nice * and *rock* - but it's true ) in my town Suceava in Romania. The festival's name is Bucovina Rock Castle and the stage is in the castle's retrenchment. Lots of rock bands around Europe are invited to play there and people feels great. They're all wearing black T-shirts with band's names on them and blue jeans , drink beer ( the strong drinks are not allowed ) and eat traditional food ( that means a lot of meat ) and the atmosphere is great. People talking in pauses because they know each other and if they don't know he talk to you as they know you. Come to see and listen to great romanian rock bands as Trooper. and more. Thanks for read me.

Intresting. Is it bike festival ?

Hi I'm interrested about the question : "do you prefer books or films ?" Personaly, I do both. Very often, at the evening, first, I look at a film, then I read a novel. I 'm not disturbed if the two stories are different. During a small moment, before sleeping, I read a book because this activity makes easier the falling asleep. More generally, I think books and films are additional. They request some different feelings. Books are more built. They are more adaptated for reflecting. Films bring a more complete expérience, with pictures, sounds, music, dialogue...

I think this part of transcript of S01E04 is incorrect :

"Tess: And I’m Tess – from London. Hi. Now, as usual we’ve got loads of great stuff for you to"

and the correct part is

"Tess: And I’m Tess – from London. Hi. Now, as usual we’ve got lots of great stuff for you to"

Hello reza146,

I've listened to the recording and the transcript is correct. Both 'lots of' and 'loads of' are possible and have the same meaning, with 'loads of' being more informal, but the phrase used by Tess here is 'loads of'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Task 5 - I prefer books because it's better if you want perspective on something. The books are better to get you to empathize with characters and understand how they feel, and films aren't always precise in how a situation is supposed to make you feel, or what it's supposed to make you think.

Task 2 - I'd like to meet Luca Turilli. He's an Italian guitarist and composer for the Symphonic Power Metal band Luca Turilli's Rhapsody. I admire him because of his neoclassical way of composing, his level of precision when playing his songs and his creativity. He got famous playing electric guitar in the band Rhapsody, which is one of the greatest Symphonic Power Metal bands of all time, which inspired me to start composing songs with increased difficulty as well. I would like to talk to him about Classical composers, and I would like to ask him about what made him want to be a musician.

You can see this festival in Trentino Alto Adige, an Italian region, where there is an important Italian mountain chain, Dolomiti. The festival is called “I Suoni delle Dolomiti”, it lasts two months and it happens in July and August every year. It’s a musical festival and a lot of people come to listen to concerts of different kind of music (classical, jazz, world music and others). The people and also the musicians wear casual or sport clothes because the concerts take place in mountain shelters so they all have to trek a lot for coming. It has been for 20 years and I hope it still go on for many years because it’s a fantastic experience.

I’d like to meet Claudio Arrau. He comes from Chile and he was one of the most important classical pianist of 19th century. He was born in 1903 and he died in 1991. He was an enfant prodige so, when he was only fourteen, he moved to study in Germany with a scholarship. He was so fond of his teacher that when he died, Arrau decided to not study with someone else. I like him because he was modest and I really admire the sound he was able to create with the piano. I’d like to talk to him about the interpretation and about his life. I’m a pianist too and I’d like to ask him what’s the secret for playing in a such way and also how I can be not afraid during the public performances.