Big Meal Scene 2


Stephen works hard to make sure everything is perfect for Ashlie's birthday meal.

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Do you like surprises?
  • What is the best surprise you have ever had?
  • Have you ever had a bad experience when cooking? What happened?

Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie to find out how the birthday meal turned out.



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Yes. I always like surprises  especially good ones. My best surprise ever when my daughters brought me a mother day present for the first time . I like cooking very much and feel good when my family love it but  one day by mistake I put the pizza under the grill not in the oven and it burned . It was one of my bad surprises.

what is the meaning of" nothing's too good for my sister" thank you very much.

what it means "it's the thought that counts".When we say this?

would you please tell me what the meaning of
"it's the thought that counts" is ?
thank you so much

Hi Aliz46

When people say "it's the though that counts" they mean; the important part of a gift is the intention or idea in the mind of the person that gives it.

If you buy a strawberry cake for your friend's birthday and then discover that your friend is allergic to strawberries, you have still done a nice thing. Your friend would thank you all the same because the intention behind the gift is the most important thing.

Does that make sense?



The LearnEnglish Team

i am indian and i have learned many thing from british council.
thank you very much.