The start of Series 3 brings bad news. Tony's Café has been burgled! Or has it?

Written by Chris Rose.

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

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


I got the ideas. I thought that "pieces of fish" were the amount that had been separated from his special fish. Thank you very much, Peter M !

hellow every one,could you tell me where is the text of the listening?i cannot understand all.

Hello alicehu706,
Just under the listening controls you should see the word 'Transcript'.  Click on this and the text of the listening will appear for you to read.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello!Mr.perter, I'm new member.I weak the listening.How can I do? Pls advice me.

Hi tint tint,

Have you tried listening to the podcasts while reading the transcript? This can help you separate the words you listen to and better understand the meaning.

I would also suggest that you explore other sections of LearnEnglish. You might find that other parts are a bit easier to understand, for example Elementary Podcasts Series 3 or articles in the Magazine.

Please let us know how that goes.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

So fun to hear what a big relief people get when they understand who the burglar is ;) Fluffy burglar

Hi,The Learn English Team:
 I got a question,hope you can help me. In what situation people can say,"are you crazy?" Is the sentence very impolite? I met someone online,he always tells me he got ill and will be die soon. I am trying to comfort him all the time. One day he told me he want to get a gun and shot himself, I thought that's very terrible. So , I was not say 'I am sorry to hear that, and be positive' as usually, I just said :"are you crazy?" I didn't think too much. so he got angry. Am I too rude ? If someone tells you something like that, what would the people say in America. How to respond.I look forward for your answer.Thanks a lot .

Hi Jeany,
It's often hard to know whether a particular choice of words was rude or not, because it depends on details of the situation, the relationship and the individual people. It can also depend on culture; in some places friends will use the worst insults they can think of as a greeting and it's a sign of friendliness!
So, sometimes 'Are you crazy?' would be rude and sometimes it would be appropriate. My personal opinion is that a person who is talking about taking their own life is discussing one of the most serious and extreme actions a person can take. For that reason, worrying about the correct choice of words seems a distraction from the main topic. Also, this person should know that English is not your first language and so sometimes you choose words that aren't perfect. My reaction would be sympathy for this person's problems and not to worry that you said the wrong thing. Sometimes anything you say is the wrong thing!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

this episode was a bit difficult for me i couldn't understand the meaning of some words..

Hello VaneArg,

I just wanted to point out that you can see what is said in the episode by clicking on Transcript, just below the audio player. It's also available under Download beneath the exercises. Whenever you don't understand a word or expression, there's a handy Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box on the right side of the screen that you can use to look it up. I'd encourage you to write down new vocabulary in a notebook so that you can refer to it later - you can really learn a lot this way.

And if you don't find a word or expression, then please ask here in the comments - either another user or one of us on the team will be happy to help you.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team