In the final episode of this season, find out about Magda's new job and how Sarah deals with her intrusive landlord. Harry has some surprising news and Johnny has a big decision.

BCSW - Good news & bad news


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.

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Comprehension task

Complete this exercise to check how much you understand.


Task 2


Adjective + noun collocations

Match the halves to make common adjective + noun collocations. 


Task 3


Colloquial expressions

Complete the colloquial expressions with a word from the box.


Task 4


Adjective endings: -ed and -ing

Read the sentences and select the one with the correct adjective.


Task 5



Read the sentences and choose 'a/an' or 'the' or ' - ' (no article) to fill in the gaps.



For 4 days I had been sick. I got fever and cold. Last night I didn't get fever and cold anymore but still feel weak. And today I got news that I will start to work next week. Yippie. Always something good behind problem or sickness :)
Now I have own believing that if I'm sick, it means I will get a good things. So I will thankfull in everything.

Hello teachers,
I really want to know the mean of "What a shame"
Thanks a lot :)

Hello kimchi94,

I'd recommend you look up 'shame' in the dictionary. Note that you can use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box on the right side of this page – the first definition and example will help you, I think.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello bhagwati Prasad

Most names of countries are not preceded by the definite article 'the' in English. See our definite article: the page under The definite article with names for more information.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I have a doubt.
The future is an open book.
What does it mean?
I don't know exactly what it means.
And always thank you for your answering.

Hi YungJun Seo,

This saying means that no-one knows what will happen in the future - it is still unknown.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Johnny: But I love it here so much. I‟m not sure I want to go back to China yet – I‟d miss all my friends...

What does "it" refer to? It seems that this word shouldn't occur here.

Hello xiakaoy,

'love' is a transitive verb, so it requires an object. You could also say 'living', i.e. 'I love living here', but the truth is that we often say 'I love it here'. 'it' is often used in such cases to refer to different, unspecified ideas – it could be the weather, the people, the lifestyle, the energy, or even all of that. 

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear teachers!
Please help to find the meaning of "Sarah: Makes two of you then!"
Thanks a lot!