In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about their families, and their guests talk about Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammed Yunus and life in Cairo. You can follow Carolina in Newcastle, but in this episode she’s not feeling very well. Will she have to go to see a doctor?

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

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].

Use the information below to complete the Conversations in English activity.

            Dad ------------------------- Mum 
(died two years ago)   |   (lives in Swindon)
                   Harry (28, builder)
                   Julia (26, works in an office)
                   Dave (24, works in a bank)
                   Dan (22, graphic designer)
                   Paula (20, student)


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:10].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [22:30].




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


My favorite way to travel is train , I think its very exciting and comfortable , specially for long distance we have lots of fun , we can get together and play and talk and have great time together , and also we can get enough rest and sleep , more over its safe enough . I really enjoy

Hello, first of all my name is Mahra I’m from UAE , I am trying to improve my English language by listening to the series every single day . Anyway, actually almost of tourists here in UAE use a taxi , or a bus , but for the citizen almost drives there cars .. in my opioin the citizen who’s use taxi , they are very older or they are under 16 . On the other hand taxis in UAE are expensive ..

I think, the best way to travel is by car.

In Saudi Arabia I think the best way to travel is by cars you can stop any time and you can change your destination anytime you like.

In Viet Nam, I choose the way to travel daily by motorbike Firstly, it’s convenience. I can go anytime, anywhere I want without having to wait for like taxi or bus, and it is not hard to find a place to park motorbike in Vietnam where as it is actually a problem if you travel by car. In Vietnam, you also can find it easily to buy petrol. Secondly, travel by motorbike is flexible way for me to travel in the rush hour. When the main street are so crowded by people and traffic, I usually find the small road which lead to the destination to go through, usually these ways are too small for the car or taxi to come in. Or motorbike can also go through the small spaces on the road to go ahead. Finally, it is the economic solution to travel than the other traffic like car, taxi.

I like to travel by bicycle. But if we're going on a long jorney we prefer the car.

I like to travel by plane because it allows you quickly be where you want. And I also like to travel by car when you drive and see amazing places, beautiful nature, forests, fields, sunsets. But if you travel for long distances by car you will need more vacation days because it will take a longer time than by plane. Unfortunately this is not always possible.

My favorite way to travel is by car. I do not drive, but I love to take the side seat enjoying the view, and drinking mate (you talked about Argentines who drink a lot of mate, remember it?)

Hi everyone. I have a question i just can't understand the meaning of this sentence A shrug of the shoulders. I hope that my question is not silly. Thank you so mutch

Hi Kate gr,

A 'shrug' is a movement of the shoulders up and down. In this case, it's a way of showing that they don't know how they know how much the taxi ride costs. In some countries, people often raise their hands as well when they shrug their shoulders, though I don't know if this is common in Greece.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team