Elementary Podcasts

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk to Gordon about his adventures making a documentary about whales. Their other guests talk about superpowers. You can also follow Carolina as she’s getting ready to go back to Venezuela for the summer holidays. Is she excited to go home for a visit?

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 [00:25].


Task 2

Carolina 1

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:11].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [14:11].


Task 4

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:22].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:22].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [23:22].




Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello again I have a question about this phrase "off home for the holidays?" when i did the exercise 2 of Carolina's section, one of the possibles responses was "yes I am"! that's what i didn't understand! when i first saw the phrase i thought it was the short phrase for "off you go home for the holidays?" but it seems not to be that! so i would like to know if it's a short phrase for another phrase, which is it?
Thanks in adv

Hello saranko,

This is an example of a question used in a shortened form. If you look at the sentence 'Off home for the holidays?' you'll notice that there is no verb. No full sentence in English can be without a verb so it must have been missed out, and that is indeed the case. The full question is 'Are you off home for the holidays?' and so you can see why the answer is 'Yes, I am'.

This kind of short question is quite common in English for some questions. For example:

'(Are you) Working late tonight?'

'(Would you) Like a drink?'

'(Have you) Had enough yet?'

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

yeah! the same question as yours, i don't understand it. explain it to me, please.

Finally I have finished two series of Elementary podcast ,Series 1 and 2. So I am ready for the third Series. Thank you for your efforts . I am making much progress in my fluency I hope after finishing the third ones to be more able to speak much fluently without hesitations and say Um, Er and....., My listening is very good so I will try to concentrate more on speaking , That is my weakness really.
Best Regards British Council Team :)

I want to ask a question , I hope the English team help me.
In series 02- Episode 10- section 7
exercise 2
I understood that we use  only strong adjectives with absolutely
and we can use the strong and ordinary adjectives with really
but what about very and quite are they used with ordinary adjectives only?
another question related to exercise 3
when we use love for zero
These are fantastic exercises thank you too much

Hi hayaalqasem,

The answer to your first question can be found in quite a lot of detail on our intensifiers page, where you'll also find more exercises, but briefly: very is used with ordinary adjectives, and quite can be used with both ordinary and strong adjectives.

0 is pronounced "love" only in the context of tennis.

We're really glad you find the exercises useful!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team


You are very gorgeous. These podcasts are really helpful. Many thanks British Council

Thank you very much you are awesome .....

hello,I think that questions 1/2(2/2),exercise 1 are wrong.series 2,episode 10(where are the gaps in the dialogue to fill in?).Maybe ,I haven't quite understand the questions.

Hi Strukturist,
Do you mean the exercise "I think I might stop..." under Section 1 - Conversations in English? If so, there are no gaps to fill in - you need to re-order the dialogue by dragging and dropping the different sentences into the correct order.
If you meant something else, please let us know.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team