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?

Elementary Podcasts

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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 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.

I would like to meet Sully Erna. He’s American. He’s a vocalist and songwriter of a metal group called Godsmack. He’s alive and actually has released a new solo album separately from his main band a few weeks ago. It’s called “Hometown Life” and, in my opinion, it is rather an alternative-country-metal album than a metal one. Actually, I don’t know much about his personal life. But I really like his music and partly because it helps me through tough times. I’ve always liked unique musicians and singers whose music resonates with my feelings and thoughts at a particular time of my life. Godsmack’s and Sully’s albums are the ones I prefer among the respective music styles. Sully’s voice and energy are amazing. He plays the guitar, the drums and a few other musical instruments too. If I happened to have a chance to meet him I would like to sit and talk to him about life, in general. I mean his attitude and things he values the most. I would ask him whether he wants to change a lot in his past or just leave most things untouched. I wonder if he has other passions apart from the music. I would like to know what songs of other musicians he prefers and what the heaviest one of them is.

Hello The LearnEnglish Team!
I guess there should be a comma before 'don't you' at the very end of the dialogue in the following sentence 'You get on well with her don’t you? ' (Support pack; Section 1 - Exercise 1)
Best regards,

Hello Dima,

Yes, that's correct. Thanks again for alerting us to this!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team!
Please, correct the repetition of some sentences in Task; Practice materials: Exercise 1; right after ' Dave: Poor you.'
Best wishes,

I would like to meet the actor Robin Willians if i could,he was a great actor to me, and all his movies is good


"Which do you prefer – the book or the film?’
What do you think?"
Normally both are a pleasure, someone prefers reading a book, because they have the pleasure to turn the pages, to have a free sprit to imagine the characters of the history, to imagine painting the scene as you like, and taking the time to appreciate the quality of the writing. The advantage is our mind is the director. It is your own enjoyment.
Whereas watching movies, we can have other pleasures, it is a shared pleasure with our friends. Also you can enjoy the history and the technical quality of the film.
Both are complementary for me.