Meet Sarah Zhang - she is from China and has lots of friends from all over the world.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


Thanks. Now I know something about Sarah.

Can anyone explain to me what the sentence "The crowd in Tony's cafe" is doing in the second paragraph? It just doesn't make much sense to me. Thx

Hello Jay8477,

It is rather an odd sentence, isn't it? In fact, it's not even a sentence as it has no verb in it. I read it as an example of the point being made (friends everywhere, from all over the world), but it does not really fit the passage. Remember that our texts show real people speaking real language as they use it every day, and people do not always speak entirely grammatically or even coherently. That is just a part of how language is used in the real world and you have found an example of that here - well spotted.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, odd indeed. After thinking for a while I finally understood it just as you said, but shouldn't it be (the crowd in Tony's cafe)? What had me confused was the fact that no parenthesis were used and the dot (.) before the expression. Thanks a lot Peter!

hello everyone.. im chathurani shamila. from srilanka. i love learning English & also speaking in English.. i think this website is really important new learners.. thank you British council for your great effort. and nice to meet you everyone....

I have a question that is what the man said when the open of audio?hello and welcom to british recoding....I really want to be explained,thanks

Hello hồng ân nguyễn,

'Hello, and welcome to this recording, brought to you by the British Council' is what the man says.

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The LearnEnglish Team

hello Mr Kirk,
thanks very much,I like learning English but now I am not good at listening ,so I have to try hard to success in this skill.I look forward to your enthusiastic help.

Hello hồng ân nguyễn,

Three words of advice: practise, practise, practise! Try some different listening texts to find out which ones are of a good level for you - in other words, high enough to be challenging but not so high that they are frustrating. Remember that you can listen in different ways: you can just listen, you can read the transcript and then listen or you can listen and read the transcript at the same time.

Once again, the most important thing is... to practise!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team