Episode 08

Jamie has a surprise for Carolina, who is already quite excited about her new job. Meanwhile, Rob and Adam have been waiting patiently since the last episode to talk about queuing.


Adam and Rob

Both: Hello!

Adam: Welcome back. I’m Adam.

Rob: And I’m Rob.

Adam: And welcome to Episode 8 of our podcast.

Rob: This week we’ll hear from Carolina again – and Jamie’s got some exciting news.

Adam: But first we’ll take a look at your comments from the last podcast. In it, Tess and Ravi talked about queuing. Lots of people around the world think that queuing is a very ‘British’ thing to do. And do you know what – it might be true!

Rob: We asked you to tell us about queuing in your country and so many of your answers said that queues in your country aren’t like queues in Britain – and you don’t feel very happy about it! We heard about problems with queues and queue jumpers in Italy, China, Poland, Turkey, France, Indonesia… the list goes on. But none of you said that you ever jumped the queue – none of you except one person: Kirankumar in India, who admits that he used to jump the queue when he was young. Very honest of you, Kirankumar.

Adam: Very honest! Sylfide says that queuing in Spain is almost a national sport, like football, but she says she doesn’t mind queuing so much when she thinks of all the people who are queuing to try to find jobs. Some other people made serious points. MahmoudSaied talked about long queues for bread in his country, Egypt, and Uguisu tells about the very organised queues in Japan, especially after the terrible earthquake and tsunami there this year.

Rob: Finally though, let’s look at Italy. Our old podcast friend, Sergio, talked about new, creative ways of queue jumping and Angelo Scalisi talked about Italian people acting differently when they are in Britain. He says, “I know people that queue up quietly when they are in London, because in London they have to queue for everything and it’s very polite so they are very polite. But they try to jump the queue when they are in Italy! This is extremely impolite!

Adam: Thanks to all of you for your comments – they were really great. And sorry that we don’t have time to read them all out. Oh, I forgot Lahezis’s comment about queues in Poland during her childhood. She says they were a great place to meet friends and neighbours. See, I could read the comments out all day but we have to move on. Remember you can read what other people said and post your own comments by going to www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish or on our Facebook page. Look for ‘Elementary Podcasts’.

Rob: Now, though, let’s hear from Carolina. You remember that she had money problems and got a job in a convenience store. Today she breaks the news to Jamie – and he has some news of his own.



Carolina: Hi. Phew!

Jamie: What's up?

Carolina: Nothing's 'up'. I'm excited. I've got the job. The one in the convenience store. I start on Thursday. Oh Jamie, I'm so happy.

Jamie: Well done! That's great news.

Carolina: He said he wants someone who can work hard and be efficient and I said I can, and he said OK, and then he said "The job's yours – see you on Thursday".

Waitress: Yes?

Carolina: Oh, a coffee, please. Black.

Jamie: Same for me, please.

Waitress: Two coffees. Anything else?

Carolina and Jamie: No, thanks.

Carolina: I can't wait to tell Emily. I start on Thursday.

Jamie: Yeah, you said that. What time on Thursday?

Carolina: I start at half past six.

Jamie: Half past six? Until?

Carolina: Until ten o'clock.

Jamie: Until ten o'clock?

Carolina: Yes. Why? What's the matter?

Jamie: The conservation society? We meet in the pub? Every Thursday at eight?

Carolina: Oh Jamie, I'm sorry. I wasn't thinking about the meetings.

Jamie: Obviously.

Carolina: This job is very important, Jamie. You can still go to the conservation meetings. You've got friends there – Ivan and Henry and the others. And I'm sure Layla will be happy to keep you company.

Jamie: Don't start with the Layla thing. Layla's a friend, that's all. As you know.

Waitress: Two coffees.

Carolina and Jamie: Thanks.

Jamie: So what about the other days? What are your working hours?

Carolina: Thursday evening, Friday evening and Saturday from four till midnight.

Jamie: Until midnight on Saturday? That's terrible. I'm never going to see you.

Carolina: We've got the other evenings. And all day Sunday.

Jamie: Hmm. Well, I've got some news too. We're starting a band.

Carolina: A band? A music band?

Jamie: Yes.

Carolina: A music band? Like playing guitars and singing?

Jamie: Yes, that's the idea. What's so funny?

Carolina: Nothing. I'm sorry. I just didn't know that you… I mean, you've never said that you could sing or anything.

Jamie: Well, I can. And I can play the guitar. Well, I'm not brilliant. But it's something I really want to do. And so do the others.

Carolina: Who are the others? Not Henry and Ivan!

Jamie: No. You don't know them. There's a guy from my course, and a guy who works in the bookshop near my place and his brother. It's gonna be really cool.

Carolina: Wow! That's great.

Jamie: Yeah. But the bad news is, our practice day is Sunday. The bookshop's closed and we can use the back room. So Sunday is the only day that you're free – and I'm busy.

Carolina: Well… we can... perhaps I can come and watch you practise sometimes. I'm happy about the band. What are you going to call it?

Jamie: Haven't decided yet. Any suggestions welcome. You never know, we might be rich and famous one day.


Adam and Rob

Adam: So, Jamie’s started a band. Have you ever been in a band, Rob?

Rob: I have. I was in a band when I was young, when I was at school.

Adam: What instrument did you play?

Rob: I played the drums. It was great, playing the drums. But unfortunately, the first time we played in front of people, I was so nervous my hands were shaking and I couldn’t play normally. It was awful!

Adam: Oh no! What about you, listeners, I’m sure you have some musical talents to share with us? Have you ever been in a band? What was the name of your band? What musical instrument do you play? What style of music do you play? Are you still playing? And, if not, why did you stop?

Rob: Write and tell us what you think. Here’s our address again. www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish and, of course, you can look for us on Facebook too.

Adam: Now, the exercises on our website for this podcast are about days of the week and about possessives. Listen to something Carolina said:

Carolina: He said he wants someone who can work hard and be efficient and I said I can, and he said OK, and then he said "The job's yours – see you on Thursday".

Rob: He said, ‘The job’s yours’. Not ‘the job’s your’, but ‘the job’s yours’. Do you know the difference between ‘my’ and ‘mine’ and ‘her’ and ‘hers’? They’re all possessives but some are adjectives and some are pronouns.

Adam: Possessive adjectives – ‘my’, ‘your’, ‘his’, ‘her’, ‘our’, and so on – describe a noun, like other adjectives. So we say ‘this is my umbrella’.

Rob: Possessive pronouns – ‘mine’, ‘yours’, ‘his’, ‘hers’, ‘ours’, and so on – take the place of a noun, like other pronouns. So we say ‘This umbrella is mine’.

Adam: There are lots of exercises about this on the website, so why not give them a go?

Rob: Next time we’ll hear from Tess and Ravi again, talking about something that British people like to drink – now what could that be?

Adam: See you next time.

Adam and Rob: Bye!

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Submitted by Mohammedalbassami on Sat, 27/03/2021 - 07:31

Good morning everyone Long time ago I used music instrument is called oud arabian like guitar. I left it after my parents didn't like it because they wanted me to be excellent in my study. Also I tried different music instrument like piano.

Submitted by tt2rki1 on Sat, 27/02/2021 - 12:43

I have never use anything of these tools , Except one tool there call it here in the middle east " oud " it's tool arabian and it's an oldest tool arabian , if there is chance to try one i'd try piano !!

Submitted by Joelma on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 00:18

i haven't ever played in a band music but i love music and instruments like guitar and piano.

Submitted by jmajo on Fri, 01/01/2021 - 15:43

I'd been in a band a long time ago, I used to play the trumpet in that band, despite we played for 2 years we'd never choose a name for the band, we used to play blues and jazz standards and some pop-rock classics and I remember we used to play at parties to celebrate birthdays of relatives and friends. Although we left the band long time ago(about 15 years) I'm still playing by my one with stand alone music and with some friends once a week. Thanks for the episode. Great site!

Submitted by Mazoon AL.Ghssani on Mon, 05/10/2020 - 09:58

Hi. I haven't been in any band and I didn't bought any musical instrument ,but I played piano and guitar when I was in the school.

Submitted by maryamalomari on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 05:13

I bought a guitar two years ago, I was trying to play it but I don't know how I do that, I watched a tutorial on youtube but it was very boring and now I think I have to sale it

Submitted by Shamar on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 00:09

Hi! I haven’t been in a band group. But only one time I have played piano of one of my friends.

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Sat, 25/04/2020 - 16:32

Thanks Guys for another wonderful podcast!it's helping me a lot.Thank you so much for doing this.Cheers from Brazil!

Submitted by Ann Bello on Fri, 10/04/2020 - 19:20

Hello everyone! I used to be in a “Tuna”. A Tuna is a musical ensemble made up of students who sing popular songs accompanied by various instruments, especially strings and dressed with a cape. I played the “Tiple”. It is similar to a guitar but It has twelve strings and It’s a little smaller than a guitar. When I was at eighth grade I learned how to play the Bass. Also in my last year at school I played the guitar. The bad thing is I don’t remember How to play neither the Tiple nor the Guitar. But I will practice!

Submitted by msoriano on Thu, 09/01/2020 - 19:36

I have not played any instrument but, I want to play drums or sax. When I was ten years my uncle try to teach me to play guitar buy only I had two classes so I could not learn to play guitar. I have been interested in play drums but I have not had an opportunity to take a classes of it because it is very expensive.

Submitted by Javohir Aliev on Wed, 02/10/2019 - 11:33

I haven’t been playing the guitar since I was 15 and I am not great player like I was. Because I haven’t been playing the guitar for years! I didn’t have enough time! I had to prepare for exams and I have got a lot of things to do. And I didn’t have a band, because all my classmates or friends didn’t know how to play any musical instrument! I played for my relatives, parents and sometimes for my friend’s birthday, but I have never played guitar in streets. I think I would be very nervous if I played on. I think it isn’t interesting for me now.

Submitted by Sergey Sh on Sat, 28/09/2019 - 01:54

As for me, I’ve never been in a band but I used to make music alone by myself when I was a kid. Lots of my free time I listened to electronic style of music, I’d say I was hooked on it. Therefore, I thought what if I start to make mine. There were different instruments for making it, virtual ones basically in the internet and among mine were such as Fruity Loops and Mu tools. Some of my compositions were published in internet at some musical sites and after got some good comments from other musicians. One of my last work called “A New Zealand Trip” I made with collaboration of my friend living in Australia, another musician but playing a guitar. We made a clip from video record of his vacation trip. Soundtrack is mine and a video is his. Name of my creative project was “Arrioph”. As I said before I used to do my hobby being a kid but nowadays I don’t. There are lots of other things I’m interested in now. Frankly said I can’t affirm that I lost my interest to music creation at all. Sometimes when my leasure time and having my wish I do a bit and continue listening to some styles of this kind of music.

Submitted by Andrew Utkin on Sat, 31/08/2019 - 13:31

How are you doing? I like to listen to music especially "The Beatles" but I hate playing a musical instrument. When I was 13 I was playing the guitar but eventually, I couldn't stand it. Have a nice day, see you tomorrow.

Submitted by parisaach on Wed, 01/05/2019 - 07:00

I've never been in a band, but I used to play guitar and my teacher gathered his students which play different instruments to play together and it was really fun. My favorite music genere is rock and pop I hate rap but sometimes it's nice to hear rap in the middle of songs like linkin park music.

Submitted by Ethel on Mon, 25/03/2019 - 13:59

I'm in a band, actually, in an orchestra. I studied music since I was a child, and I've always been in a musical group, or singing in chorus, playing the cello or, now, directing. In general, I play classical music, but there is fantastic folk music in my country, like tango, which I also play. I hope to continue making music until my last day. Music is the most beautiful art.

Submitted by Nancy Nguyen on Thu, 13/12/2018 - 14:28

Hello everyone, I have not been in a band. But I have played guitar for 2 months. When I broke up my ex-boyfriend, I was so sad and I started playing the guitar. Now I don't play guitar anymore but I still love it. The music makes me happy and glad so.
Hello everyone, I was not in the group either. I played the piano 1-2 times. When I studied at school. I was so nice. but my husband and daughter are starting to play the guitar. I still love it. Music pleases and makes me and my family happy.

Submitted by eldi on Sat, 01/12/2018 - 10:33

hi..auh i think Jamie is very rude with Carolina ,he is always shouting on her face..:( .. thanks you all ^_^

Submitted by AlexS on Tue, 27/11/2018 - 18:41

Is Sunday the first or the last day of the week in England?

Hello AlexS,

For most people in day-to-day life, Monday is the first day of the week.

Some religious traditions (particularly Judaism and take Sunday as the first day, since it is the first day after the traditional Jewish day of rest (Saturday). Traditional Christian calendars also take Sunday as the first day of the week. In Islam, it is more varied. Some Muslims see Saturday as the first day of the week as it follows the traditional day of rest on Friday, while others follow the Jewish tradition.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Ad on Fri, 02/11/2018 - 10:57

I never been in a band,I like to play guitar,It was some times when have tried to learn playing guitar before,but unfortunately,because of some problem in my family ,I couldn't continue,so I was to stop.

Submitted by User_User on Wed, 26/09/2018 - 17:54

Hello Series 3 Episode 8 I've downloaded the support pack and printed it with my printer. In Activity 8 I shall write the mission words. One sentence of the solution is this: I have a break 'from' three 'to' six 'in' the afternoon. I haven't filled in the words 'from' and 'to' into the gaps because nobody has got a break of 3 hours. I don't now anyone who has a break of 3 hours. Bye

Submitted by arman on Mon, 10/09/2018 - 21:01

i'm sorry to say this but I think jamie,man!!! you are so bad taste in finding your girlfriend!!!!sorry that was just my opinion

Submitted by Idar on Wed, 15/08/2018 - 15:28

Yes, i have been in a band called Bashkir folk ensemble! i was playing on kurai. It is Bashkir folk instrument. He looks like a big long pipe consisting from 7 hole. He was called after plant which is grow in republic of Bashkortostan. It is part of the flute group and he is wind instrument. I don't play anymore because I should have studied for my exams. And in the end i stopped to play on kurai.

Submitted by Tomoaki Hachiya on Fri, 10/08/2018 - 22:07

I'm a pianist and I used to play an accompaniment to the chorus club when I was a college student. It was one of my high times when I played once in a concert in Hakata city, Kyushu district. After the concert, some of the audience came to the dressing room of us and praised me for my playing, and they were not laymen but piano teachers! I was so glad...

Submitted by beatrice77 on Thu, 09/08/2018 - 16:04

Hello!I usually play piano,for my pleasure,like(as?) a leisure..I began very late(about 40 years old!!!)It was a dream ,when I was young,but I couldn't practice.Now,I have courses with a teacher and I improve slowly!I play various "passages":I chose sings I like and I study the scores...I am not a great pianist!!but I enjoy playing.

Submitted by krig on Tue, 07/08/2018 - 06:25

When I was 15 or 16, we with my friend tried to play guitars. We wanted to be like our idols Deep Purple, Slade, Pink Floyd. But with time it passed. :-)

Submitted by Shiiya on Fri, 27/04/2018 - 13:00

I´ve never ever played an any musical instrument or been part in a band , I just sing alone under the shower , When I was I child I used to pretend to be a sing and had a band , today I just listening music , but not too much like before .

Submitted by alberto bastos on Sun, 11/02/2018 - 19:06

Hello! I don't play any instrument. imagine play in a band, But i love to see the band Beatles, U2, Pet shop Boys and singer with Elton John, Sting, Madonna. I want to knew England and visit the house of pop star Elton Jonh that will be increadible while he sing the song Empty Garden or Nikita. I have a dream and one day it will be possible. Thanks!

Submitted by blueroses on Fri, 01/12/2017 - 14:49

I listened to this podcast and noticed at one point. Rob said that Carolina broke the news to Jamie. I look the phrase "break the news" on the dictionary. It 's written that " to be the first to tell sb bad news". But I think for Carolina having a job in the convenience store is a good thing. I was a bit confusing.

Hello blueroses,

We use 'break the news (to)' when we have bad news, as you say. Here the news is bad but not because Carolina has a job, but rather because of something about that job. Later in the conversation this is made clear:

Jamie: So what about the other days? What are your working hours?

Carolina: Thursday evening, Friday evening and Saturday from four till midnight.

Jamie: Until midnight on Saturday? That's terrible. I'm never going to see you.


I hope that clarifies it for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by novimelinda on Mon, 06/11/2017 - 03:43

i've never been in Part of a band. but i hope i can try how feeling to be part of a band

Submitted by Sam Bùi on Fri, 22/09/2017 - 11:01

Hello, I have never been in a band before, but I love to do it. I love singing and usually sing when I take a shower. If I had a change to be in a band, I would like to be a vocal. For me, singing make me understand more about myself and connect with the soul of artist through their song. I hope one day, I will have a chance to stand in a stage and show my voice for everyone. Thanks P/s: My grammar is't good, so I hope somebody will fix it for me. Thanks

Submitted by Kirk on Sat, 23/09/2017 - 07:44

In reply to by Sam Bùi


Hello Sam Bùi,

Thanks very much for sharing this. You made me think about singing in a different way.

I'm afraid we don't provide the service of correcting users' texts, but I can say that I had no trouble understanding what you wrote and that the grammar is quite good.

We'd be very happy to see more comments like yours from our users and I hope to see another one from you soon!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by fantasmino77 on Thu, 13/07/2017 - 11:03

When I was a child I played flute at school. I've never been in a band but I would have liked to learn to play an instrument

Submitted by dianthus on Thu, 15/06/2017 - 08:28

Hi everyone, I played drum in school band when ı was at secondary school. Although I loved to play drum, There was no chance to continue. I always want to do a job that I can do using my talents like art or sport. In my opinion singing or playing piano, violin and so on in front of thousands people is quite impressive and satisfying and whenever I go to a concert, I wish I could do something like this.

Submitted by Piotr17 on Tue, 18/04/2017 - 18:29

Hi everyone. I have never been in a band but I always wanted to be in a music band and have a lots of money and beautiful woman, expensive cars and house. I unfortunately I haven't any musical talent such as play the guitar or play on saxophone or just singing. I can't play any musical instrument.

Submitted by Ko on Mon, 17/04/2017 - 13:10

Hi, I used to play flute when i was young about 12 years old. Actually i didn't have any formal class for flute, it was my long desire flute so i bought it from a causeway shop when there was a carnival in our hometown at that time. Thanks,

Submitted by Sherine hussein on Tue, 14/02/2017 - 06:23

Hello, I used to play electric piano when i was young, it was really fascinating to me, i used to spend lots of time playiny on my piano, but unfortunatly i stopped when i grew up, as i was supposed to go for academic study for this to be professional instead of being an amater. But any way it was enjoyable time for me. Thanks