Harry sure is good at his job as he doesn’t come cheap! Written by Chris Rose.

BCSW - Kicked out


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Hello again! In this script, they all say, "What's up?", and I know it's a friendly greeting, but in Japan, we learn, "How are you?" at junior high school. I suspect that this "How are you?" is rather old-fashioned, is it right? Please let me know the difference of nuance.
Best regards, Tomoaki

Hi Tomoaki,

'How are you?' is very common and is probably the most widely used of all the different greetings. 'What's up?' is normally only used in informal contexts, and is more commonly said to people you know well, for example your good friends or colleagues.

If you're not sure which one to use in a particular situation, I would suggest 'How are you?' since it is nearly universally appropriate.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your kind and fast reply. This kind of question is not answered by dictionaries, so your support is really helpful! Thanks again.


I made a mistake Task 1 here, Fadi brings his coffe to the table. The answer is false. But in the script, he says, " I’ll just get a coffee and then I’ll be with you" doesn't mean he came to the table where everyone's gathering? Or the script doesn't say his friends are sitting around the table, then the answer is false?

Hello kinobori,

The answer is false. In the audio, just after Fadi says 'I’ll just get a coffee and then I’ll be with you', the waiter in the cafe says that he will bring the coffee to Fadi ('I'll bring it over'). So Fadi doesn't leave his friends to get the coffee -- the waiter brings it to him.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Kirk.

As I listened to the audio again, surely the voice said "I'll bring it over". I couldn't catch the words and the script doesn't mention it, right?. I think it's a little bit unfair as a question. ^^ What do you think?


Hello Kinobori,

Yes, I think you're right. I will make a note to fix the transcript so that it is included there. That would make it more fair, I'd say, but please let me know if you disagree.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks again, Kirk.

Why not? You're welcome! Please add another line on the script so that other learners could be helped! I appreciate that you considered my comment. British Council is fair!

Have a nice weekend,

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