You are here

Episode 10: You'll be a shoo-in!

Can Magda get her dream job by following Johnny’s interview advice?

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


Hello Azhan,
I'm not quite sure what sort of friends and chatting you mean. Do you mean on this website or another site or chatting by telephone?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Harry said: "He just talks about his work all the time, about how important he is, and how rich he’s going to gets boring."
Why is the present simple used here? If we used The Present Continuous like: "he's just talking..." and "it's getting...", how would the meaning change?
Thank you in advance

Hi Nick

Harry uses the phrase 'all the time' as an adverbial of frequency.  You can find out more information about these here: 

More generally, the present simple is used when we describe permanent features or thinks that don't change. If Harry had used the present continuous, it would indicate that he thought that Johnny's work talk is a temporary thing.

When my sister was pregnant with my niece, all she would talk about was babies. I could imagine having said: "Wow, she's talking about babies a lot!"

Now, she has given birth and baby-talk has been replaced with talk about my niece. This is a more permanent situation so I might say: "Wow, she talks about Penny a lot!"

Does that help? If not, please let me know and I'll try to explain more clearly.



The LearnEnglish Team

 actually, i am so greatful for being a member in britsh coucil and hope be active and share with you to improve my English

Day by day i feel myself better in english  so let me practice little bit , i will be a shoo-in i mean the language challenge. than
i would like to show me the methodology  so that i follow  this program  correctly  .

 hi hamza it is very interesting this site.

 Hi all!
I didn't understand what  "I’ve got the plaster off it now" 
means, could someone explain me?

 Hi Fayza

The 'plaster' that Johnny is talking about is a hard pot that a doctor puts around a broken bone. If you break your arm, the doctor will wrap your arm in a hard white bandage to hold it still and protect it. This is a plaster. Johnny is saying that his leg is much better and that his doctor has taken the plaster off it.


Jack Radford

The LearnEnglish Team 

 oh, I see now
thanks a lot

its really helping me , thanks for this exercise