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Big Meal Scene 2

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

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I like this video.

Great website!

Hello...this website is very helpful.
I'm a bit confused about Ashlie's words said "I'll just pop this in the fridge"

"it's the thought that counts."

What's she trying to say?
Could you help me with these sentences.

Thank you very much

Hi Veny

I'm glad that you find our site helpful! 'pop' is a word that has over a dozen uses, but in this case it simply means 'put' (follow the link for a more detailed description).

You can find 'it's the thought that counts' in the dictionary, too -- people use this expression to put the focus on a person's intentions over their actions. Ashlie is saying that she doesn't mind if Stephen didn't actually make the cake -- his good intentions in getting her a cake are more important than him making the cake himself.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I do like surprises because they always make me feel happy and exciting. The most impressive surprise to me is a gift card done by my daughter when she was 4 years old. When she returned home from kindergarten, she hugged me and lowered her voice saying to me that "open my schoolbag Dad there is something for you". And when I realized that the card with her childish writing and drawing was a gift card to me, I nearly burned into tears.

Hello, I'd like to be clear in this: Stephen said "That's pudding sorted." What does this mean? Thank you.

Hello David Lara,

The phrase 'That's pudding sorted' means 'We've dealt with pudding now'. In other words, the 'problem' of pudding has been solved and we can move on to the next thing.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi teacher,
I would like to know why Stephen says "Ashlie's going to the hairdressers" and not "Ashlie's going to the hairdresser's" with apostrofe....Is the meaning different?
Thank you very much for your reply

Hi Isabella19,

I'm afraid this is a typo! We try hard to catch any such mistakes before material is published but sometimes they creep through, unfortunately. When that happens we rely on our users to spot them for us - thank you for being so observant!

I've corrected the page now and you should see an apostrophe.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for your reply!