Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi

In this episode Tess and Ravi talk about clothes, and their guests talk about the designer of Apple products, Jonathan Ive, and women's football. You can also follow Carolina on her journey from Venezuela to the UK. Will she find her suitcase?

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 [15:45].


Task 3

Carolina 2

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:45].


Task 4

Carolina 3

Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [15:45].


Task 5

Tom the teacher 1

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].


Task 6

Tom the teacher 2

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].


Task 7

Tom the teacher 3

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].


Task 8

Tom the teacher 4

Practise the language you heard in Tom the teacher’s summary [21:24].




Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


Think about a sports event in your country – any kind of sport. Is there anything that you think makes it different from sports event in other countries?
  I will talk about Football In my country 'Egypt". considering" Al-ahly" and "zamalek" the two most successful clubs in Egypt and Africa. Both teams located in greater Cairo and their matches are considered to the highlight of the football session. the strangest bad thing that happens that fans of both clubs can be violent when in anger.Numerous fights,injuries and deaths have been reported before matters become more controlled due to Egypt's authoritarian regime. yet many fights and riots still occur after derby matches between both sets of fans leading the government to post even higher numbers of Central security forces troops in the stadium during the derby.I wish to watch match in the stadium but i m so afraid of the chaos and violence so I'd rather prefer to watch it at home with my friends and eating pop corn and drinking Pepsi.

Why don’t more people watch women’s football?
because in most countries football is considred to be a man's game.all the footbal fans are men and they are few women who like to watch football matches. people don't watch women's football because they don't really know about. and alot thinks that men are better than women in that sport.so there is no advertising for women's football.

Hi.. everyone.. i am new on this website and want to improve my english both spoken and written. I have started listening english podcast but don not havee any idea from where should I start? Can any one tell me from where should i start..?

Hi neeraj2409,
Welcome to LearnEnglish! Don't worry, you can start anywhere on the site - it's more like a library than a course. I would suggest that you browse the site a bit and then work on the parts that you enjoy the most or find most useful. 
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi in this website is interesting and useful to me.
I finished two episodes previous days I am not able to learn it.
in this episodes have convert into tasks like famous person, quiz like that every end if the task they say the one lD. I need that id previous comment I wrote about that id but I couldn't get the reply about that.
plz display the correct spelling of that ID.

I have another confusion in that every episodes they give practices about that tasks.
shall I practices in this comment place otherwise that ID.

Thank you

Hi Pearl,
Thanks for your comment, but I'm afraid I don't really understand your first question. What do you mean by 'ID' and where do you see reference to 'ID' on the page?
To answer your second question, you can certainly write your answers in the comment space on this web page.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Most football fans think of it as being violent, tough and aggressive, and they falsely think it better suits men. This might be why they don't care for women's football.
Personally, I can't understand why people are so crazy about this sport! I mean why don't we just encourage sports in general?! And another think I hate is commercialization of football; when you attend a match you see commercial names and sponsor's logos everywhere, on the players' clothing and on the titles of the stadium, etc.
So while we attend the match for the sense of excitement and competition we act as dump "comparse" in the background of the big commercials, and this is really disgusting!!

I don't like women played football 
i think this play for mans only & don't suitable for women  

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...
Hello, I'd like to meet Robin Li who is  the biggest of chinaese internet search Engines founder and president .He used to work in u.s.a and when he was 31 yeas old he came to chian to run his company which name is baidu .
everyone knows "google" .but in china mose people wolud use baidu to search information in baidu.  Robin belive knowledge can change your life so he studied hard and read many books . 
he used to work in usa for 8 years and affected the westen culture and he also was the first designor in search engines industry . so when he came to china he spended for months to designed the china biggest search engines named baidu.
If I have opportunity to meet Robin .I will ask him hao could  you be so huge success in china and can you give yound people hao they can do  when they graduate university 

  In china many teens like playing football and adult people like watching football in TV. but the china football team is not good .somepeople like gambling to the football . as you know the china football is in the public system football . we seldom watch the womem football match. I think the women football is interesting than the males football