Series 2 Episode 9 - New Year's Resolutions

 

Everyone is talking about their New Year's resolutions but why does Carlos feel so shy about mentioning his?

Written by Chris Rose.

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i had have many plans for a new year, but from now i still perform them yet. i feel i fail completedly in this year. i feel a bit frustrated, but i'll try more and more to achieve many success in the near future.

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 Nice episode! Task 4 enjoy me, especially, when i tried to find the opposite word of small, i spent a lot of time there, at this moment i was thinking about the one correct answer "big")) i tried seriously search it again and again, but on the field was only four letters "i", with which i could make combination of the word "big", but it wasn't possible in the reason of rules, only cross, diagonal and line)) 1 minute after - yes,  i guessed the right answer is "large". I was was very glad, when i came to this after a while!!))

1. About listening:
 I can't hear clearly the last words of the sentence "Let's wait until then, though" and these sounds: should have set it up; Should have asked me
The way to link sounds among words? Help me please!
 
1. Why use simple past and past continous tense in the sentence "I thought we were going to the cinema"?
 

Hello an-ttt!
 
I am not sure what to say about your first question - what are you missing about then, though?
 
For Should have set it up & Should have asked me, is it the have sound that you are missing? This is called a weak form, and is quite common. Rather than stress every word, we use an unstressed syllable for have because it is not very important. It sounds a bit like 'uv', and is quite common. Listen out for it!
 
As for your grammar question, this is a statement about past plans. What this means is that Bindi and Harry had an arrangement. For arrangements, we use present continuous ("We are going to the cinema"). When plans change, we use the past tense to talk about the old plan - Harry was going to the Cinema, but now he is going to Olivia's house. 

The thought just means at first Bindi thought she and Harry had a plan - but now she thinks something else.
 
Hope that helps!
 
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Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

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