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Episode 12: Good news and bad news

In the final episode of this season, find out about Magda's new job and how Sarah deals with her intrusive landlord. Harry has some surprising news and Johnny has a big decision.

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


hi sir ,
I just want to know that why can't we use article ( The) in 4th sentence ?

Hello bhagwati Prasad

Most names of countries are not preceded by the definite article 'the' in English. See our definite article: the page under The definite article with names for more information.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I have a doubt.
The future is an open book.
What does it mean?
I don't know exactly what it means.
And always thank you for your answering.

Hi YungJun Seo,

This saying means that no-one knows what will happen in the future - it is still unknown.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Johnny: But I love it here so much. I‟m not sure I want to go back to China yet – I‟d miss all my friends...

What does "it" refer to? It seems that this word shouldn't occur here.

Hello xiakaoy,

'love' is a transitive verb, so it requires an object. You could also say 'living', i.e. 'I love living here', but the truth is that we often say 'I love it here'. 'it' is often used in such cases to refer to different, unspecified ideas – it could be the weather, the people, the lifestyle, the energy, or even all of that. 

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello dear teachers!
Please help to find the meaning of "Sarah: Makes two of you then!"
Thanks a lot!


I`m sorry. I confused the task in my before comment, it was about the preparation task, line 5.

And I wanted to write "an" erratum.

Thank you.

Hello El Al,

The correct spelling is 'judgement' and not 'judgment'.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team


Thank you for you answer.