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


Hi everyone! I would want to tell you about Belarusian Oktouberfest at the Lahoisk (small city in the Minsk district)
The history of this festival start from germans, the marriage of Ludwig I and Tereza Saksonskaya. It was the start of the new tradition to celebrate beer festival, the german king. This festival was orginised for the first time, and the date was 21st of september. Festival celebrate brewing a beer at all. People drink a lot of craft beer, eat snacks, like Pork knuckles, hot dogs, breecels, , participate in a competitions, At that belarusian festival participants did not wear special clothes. But organisators use their fantasy, example of germans, and their attutude was really perfect and traditional (german tradition).

I prefer books to movies. When you read you use your imagination. In the movies everything is ready. This diminishes your intellectual power.But, This it not say that I don't like movies. I like too, but I just prefer the books.

I prefer books because when I'm reading I can relax. And if I don't understand something in a book, I can find out it in Internet, for example. But if I watch films I don't want to do stop and search some information. I think when I read I'm not only reader, also I'm part of the story of the book :)

Hello To Everyone,

My question is :
Some words was ITALIC. but when you want to download to transcript PDF you can see.
For example :
Elementary Podcast Series 01 Episode 04 – Transcript
Section 1 – “How are you feeling?” – being sympathetic

Tess : terrible
Terrbile is importent Word, expression or grammar focus etc ?

Thank you for replaying :-)

Hello armagandc,

The words like 'terrible' are in italics because they are emphasised by the speaker. It's a way of representing the way that they are said - if you listen to the audio then you'll hear how the speaker emphasises the words.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I think books are more interesting than films, because reading them exercises our imagination. Also I think that the better way to learn new things is by reading. But if this isn't your habit, you will probably find difficulty to finish a book. Films are not the same. There's no imagination and most of them don't bring an educative view.

I live in Brazil since I was born and the most popular festival here, although it was originated in France, is the Carnival. During a week people go to the streets to dance samba and martial carnival music. The centre of the cities stay very crowded. People usually wear fancies like Superman, Bathman, politicians personalities and so on. The beer, of course, can not be lacking. It transforms and rejoices the people. This great festival take place every year in February or March, depends on the calendar.

I'd like to meet Wynton Marsalis, one of the best trumpeters in the world. He was born in New Orleans in 1961 and when he was eight-year-old performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band. Wynton is known by his experience as in popular music (jazz, blues, etc) as in classical music (Haydn, Bach, Mozart, etc). I'd like to ask him how much he studied to allow his present level.

Hanoi, the capital city of VN is where I live now. It is one of the two biggest city of VN with the population of about 7,6 million. Actually I have been living here for just 2years. When I first move here, I didn't like the living here at all because of its noise, busy, crowded streets. But now I am familiar with all these and I love the lifestyle here. People are active, there are many things to do, to discover in HN. HN is not only famous for gorgeous landscapes but also for delicious foods.

For me I prefer film. It takes much time to read a book and sometimes I feel bored with words in it. Mean while watching a film we feel excited because there are many things included such as nice views, music, and favorite actor or actress.