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

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


I want to ask about "Task #3" (Practise the language you heard in the soap opera about Carolina [13:03].). When Jamie gives the money to assistant, He could say: "Here you are" or "Here is ten pounds". Why he could not say - "Take this please" ? In meaning this phrase suit for this situation.

Hi MaxiMuz1979,

One way to be polite in English is to not use direct commands. 'Take this', even if said with 'please', is a direct command. This does not mean it would always be impolite to use a command or to say this, but native speakers often avoid using direct commands, especially with people they don't know well.

So, while the phrase you ask about would be clear communication, it is more direct than normal for polite English, at least between native speakers.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Of course books better than adapted movies! You can use your imagination to imagine the characters and the events in the book. Also reading book improves your imagination and your vocabulary skills. I prefer watch films only if i have not enough time for read book.

But i agree with the man who said "some of adapted thriller films better than thriller books, so it depends." Additionally, i think movie's director is important too.

Hello everyone. I have a problem. I don't know what to do me. When I listen and read in same time I understand about 90 % text this level, But when I only listen I don't understand lot of words and phrases. I can translate and understand only commons words. Yes, many people told me I must listen, listen and listen... Yes I feel that I understand more and more. but it move too slowly.. By the way, acters speak too fast, I think so.... I am sad...

Hi Nikolay,

This sounds normal to me, though I'm sure it is very frustrating. You might want to consider listening to texts at a slightly easier level for a little while to see if that helps. Our Starting Out series might be a good option for you, though it probably won't challenge you quite enough. Still, I'd recommend trying it and seeing how it goes. We are working on new Listening skills pages and those could also be really useful for you, but I'm afraid it's going to be some time before they are ready.

You might also want to practise repeating some of the audio that you listen to. Improving your pronunciation will likely also improve your listening comprehension. It will probably not improve your listening comprehension quickly, but it is a method that many people overlook. You can find this an other ideas on our Frequently asked questions page.

I hope this helps you. Please let us know how it goes and let us know if there's anything else we can do to help.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk, Thank you for answer. I understood you. I'll be try better))

what do you prefer the book or the film?
I think the film is so much better than the book. Reading books is long then I feel bored. Maybe i can't imagine or be interested by the words. In the film I can watch actor, listen to music, look more things and think and feel the story

I have just read what you say here, I disagree with you. You write that you don't like a book. I think you just haven't had a good book. I think book and movie (film) are different things.. Try to found interesting book. And you will understand, no, you'll found out new world..

Can you explain something in transcript. Thanks for that !

Ravi: Right, that’s almost the end but we can’t go before we hear from Gordon, our producer. Hey, Gordon, I’ve got a joke for you this week.
Gordon: Oh yes? Erm, come on then, let’s hear it.
Ravi: OK. What’s red and invisible?
Gordon: Erm, I don’t know. What’s red and invisible?
Ravi: No tomatoes!
Gordon: Ho, ho, ho! That’s worse than mine. Leave the jokes to me Ravi.

I didn't undersrand what Ravi and Gordon talking in the converstation. "what's red and invisiable" and "No tomatoes", what were they talking ? what they mean?
Gordon: Yeah. A little while after that there’s a very sad scene. The dog starts crying its eyes out.
a bit strange at this phrase " its eyes out", is there a missing verb here, "its eyes are out"? if I'm wrong, can you tell me the structure in the sentence "The dog starts crying its eyes out.",which is subject, verb, object or anything else ?

Hello mitykg,

The comment about the tomatoes is a joke and is supposed to be absurd. Tomatoes are red, obviously, and you can't see them because there are none. It's very silly, which is why Gordon reacts as he does.

The phrase 'cry your (my/his etc) eyes out' is a fixed expression. It means to cry very hard. The implication is someone cried so hard that their eyes fell out.



The LearnEnglish Team