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

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

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hi .just to say thank you very much for your help
 

hi l am samia from algeria and l'm new learner at this site and l find it very interesting but l dont't understand this video when l hear to it because they speak very quickly  and l want to learn inglish languages and l want to speak inglish l need somefriend in this site to talk to and some advice .  
 
 
 
 

Hi Samia,

Welcome to LearnEnglish!  Sometimes it can be difficult to understand recordings, and this is especially true when the speaker speaks quickly.  The key is to get used to hearing the words spoken at speed but there are ways to do this.  Download the transcript (there is a link above the exercise window) and use it to read and listen at the same time.  This will help you to identify the words being said and to get used to how they sound in natural speech.

It sometimes takes some time to get used to this, so don't worry if it's difficult at first.  Keep going and you will improve!

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I had trouble to understand these sentences that I heard from the video.
1) It's the thought that counts.
2) ... leaves me just enough time to sort out dessert. I don't get this "sort out" word means, sir.
3) It’s a bit of a surprise for Ashlie. Is it okay if we just say "it's a bit surprise for Ashlie"?
Could you help me? I'll wait your reply, sir. Thank you

Hi fernandd,
In order:
1. This is a phrase that is quite common in English.  It's used when something that someone has done for another person is not quite successful in the way that they wanted.  It means something like 'I know it wasn't how you wanted it to be, but it's nice that you tried'.
2. 'Sort out' means to solve a problem, to arrange something or to get something ready/prepared.  In this context it means 'enough time to get dessert ready'.
3. We can't say 'it's a bit surprise...' as 'surprise is a noun and, in this context, needs an indefinite article.  The phrase doesn't change so it's best to learn 'a bit of a surprise' as a set phrase used for unexpected parties or presents.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much Peter for your clarification ..

That's good video

HI EVERYONE ,,,,I LIKE THESE VIDEOS VERY MUCH ,,,I  AM TRYING TO LEARN ENGLISH I LIKE ENGLISH VERY MUCH  WHO CAN HELP ME? IT IS MY   SKYPE ADDRESS *********

Hello zoyakoloyan!
 
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Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

That's good video

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