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Episode 02: Job offer

Johnny, Olivia and Fadi all offer jobs to Harry. What should he do?

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.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


thanks for the exercise, I'm new at learnenglish but i think some of these ones are perfect to me to improve my skills :) ... I have a question about the english learnign process... In order to learn better and faster, is it better to listen first the audio without the transcript? thank you so much

Hello byterz76,

Listening with the transcript is useful for some things but it does not replicate how listening works outside the classroom, and doing the exercises that way makes them more a test of reading than listening. I recommend doing the exercises without reading the script first, then listening and reading at the same time, and then listening and reading aloud with the audio at the end. This last step is very useful for improving your ability to speak at a natural speed and with natural rhythm.



The LearnEnglish Team


I really love Harry's accent. What accent does he speak in? Where can I find more about him/his accent? Any actor that speak like him?

Thanks for your help

Hello Irul,

I would say that Harry is from the south-east of England. It could be London or one of the surrounding areas, such as Essex.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I have the following questions to ask.
1.All the opportunities opening up in China: why is not to say ”All the opportunities are opening up in China”?
2. You on your own? Is the sentence the same as “Are you are on your own”
3. you’d easily get it: What does ‘d means in here?
4.Johnny’s just gone off to work: What is the difference between go off to work and go to work?
5.Talking of which, what are you doing here. What does “talking of which”means?
6. I’m fed up of standing in that shop selling shoes all day: What is the difference between I’m fed up with standing in that shop.
7.I don’t understand “so it’s all up to me”.
Thank you for your time.

Hello blueoceanEnglish,

  1. The sentence All the opportunities opening up in China contains a reduced relative clause: All the opportunities (which are) opening up in China. It doesn't actually form a complete sentence, but often natural speech is comprised of such utterances.
  2. Yes, that's right.
  3. In You'd easily get it the 'd is a contraction of would.
  4. The difference is very small. Go off to means the same as leave.
  5. Talking of which is a phrase used to connect what are you about to say to something you have just said that was not the main topic. If you look a little further down the page you'll see Kirk discussed this in his answer to amit_ck.
  6. Fed up of and fed up with mean the same.
  7. So it's all up to me means that the speaker must do it him/herself and cannot count on anyone else's help. In the text, Fadi is saying that his uncle won't help him, so he must do things himself.



The LearnEnglish Team


I've seen many dialogues in the last years. In this podcast they call their friend mate. This is the fist time I've seen such a expression in a text. It sounds very unnatural to me.


Hello User_User,

'Mate' is a very common term, especially in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, but it is not used in the US. It is informal which might be why you have not seen it in a written text before. We use it in informal writing like emails and text messages to friends, however, and not just in spoken language.



The LearnEnglish Team 

Hello everyone :-)
I am new at British Council and this is my first exercise.

Harry ask himselfe at the end what he shold do.
Here is my answer:
He should take at first the job offer from Fadi, then this is what he can do best. The homepage for Olivia can be a side project or when she dosn´t need it immediatley, his secont project. Maybe, he can arrange a job interview at the company where Jonny works , so he can think a littel deeper about if it suit him best.

Thanks for the exercise.