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


I'd like to tell you aboute the Day of the Tiger in Vladivostok, Russia. This day is celebrated at 4th sunday of september. The first time it was in 2000 year. Tiger is the emblem of the town. At this day many people wear costumes and pictured a tiger's snoot on their faces. Children specially like to imaginete theiselves a tigers.At this time on the streets of the city many little tiger cubs. It's funy and very nicely.

When I wrote new words from this podcast into my vocabulary, I've come across a word "honour".
Generally when I find new words, I also look for appropriate pictures to remember better the words.
And the first thing I've thought about was "The Three Musketeers".
When I was a kid, and then a teenager, I've reread that novel for about four times!
I was excited by that adventure story, that spread on a background of the historical events and the historical persons. (Should I use "persons" in this context, or "people" is better?)
And there is also a film "D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers", that was produced in the Soviet Union in 1978.
It's a classic.
I may rewatch it million times and I never get tired of it.
There are gorgeous clothes and actor's acting, that doesn't let go my attention.
And a separate place is taken by the legendary songs.
So I can't say what is better: a book or a film.
How said the man in the show: "It depends".
In my opinion, we shouldn't compare them, because they are different directions of art.
And both of them may leave an indelible mark in everyone's heart.

Hello! What do I prefer, book or film? Actually I like both ones. I like the most watching a film after reading a book. When I read some book I image all actions as well as surroundings. Plus author can relate his whole story and tiny details in a book that impossible to express in a film. But film is an opportunity to see things you aren’t able to image. I mean if you hadn’t been in China you wouldn’t have understood what was described in a book. Moreover in a film there are interesting music and actor’s play.

Task4 Exercise2 "conversations between Stela and Helen" is same with series 01 Episode 03

Hello ulasalpyildirim,

Could you please explain this a bit more? I've looked through both episode 3 and episode 4 and don't see any repeated tasks. Perhaps I've missed something - could you please tell me which Task and exercise again? I don't see any exercise under Task 4 on this page (or episode 3) and in the support packs, there are conversations in Section 1 exercise 1, but they are different: episode 3 has Stella and Helen and episode 4 has Paul and Dave.

We really appreciate you pointing out any errors - I just can't find what you mention.

Thanks in advance.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


I prefer book. There are many film basic on the book when i watching it i didn't felling as interesting as when i read it. But sometimes i prefer film. It depents film

I prefer the film becouse you get to see other people's imagination. In a book you have to imagine it and it takes days to finish. But if I could choose between anything in the world, then I will choose the videogames.

I would say that I probably like to read more than to watch. But again it depends on some factors. I think that the book is obviously better when it’s well-written. The film can be definitely more impressive. But in my opinion, you won’t ever become a part of a story as much as when you immerse in a really good book. I’m reading “1984” by George Orwell now. It’s a really haunting one.

Unfortunately, I’m not a passionate festivalgoer and haven’t attended many of them. But I heard about a festival that could be interesting for tourists from abroad. It’s the festival of national Ukrainian cuisine which takes place every year in the city of Lutsk. It started as a festival in honour of a particular type of food called “varenyk” and afterwards became more diverse. Varenyks are some sort of stuffed dumplings and the stuffing you can put in them before boiling varies greatly. The most common are mashed potatoes, sauerkraut or cottage cheese. The stuffing can be sweet too. It tastes really good with sour cream.

I would like to meet Enya, well her real name is Eithne Ní Bhraonáin but she adopted this name when she started compose and sing. The sound she makes is fantastic because it comes from the soul and i never listen nothing like that. She is a irish singer and she lives in a castle with her cats and employees, alone, distant of the "modern civilization" because, like her think about the music industry, it defiles the real meaning of making music.