Episode 08: Speculate to accumulate

Episode 08: Speculate to accumulate

Fadi has spent most of the money that Johnny and Harry invested. Can he convince them to put in more capital again?

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All: Hooray! Welcome back, Tony!

Tony: Erm, cheers, thanks.

Magda: How are you feeling?

Tony: Much better, thanks. All well now.

Johnny: Good to hear!

Harry: Carlos will be happy! He doesn’t have to work here any more ...

Tony: Actually ...

Carlos: Yeah?

Tony:  I was wondering, sometimes it’s useful to have an assistant, you know, someone to help out from time to time ...

Carlos: Sure.

Tony: So, would you like to stay on for a bit?

Carlos: Just part-time?

Tony: Just part-time, yeah.

Carlos: Well, you know that really I want to open my own restaurant.

Tony: Yeah ... Well, this will give you good experience!

Carlos: I guess so. Why not? Sure!

Tony: Great! Thanks, Carlos!

Olivia: That is the first time I’ve ever heard Tony say “thanks” to anyone!

Harry: So, Fadi, how’s our business coming along?

Johnny: Yeah – are we millionaires yet?

Fadi: Erm ... Well, I’ve got a bit of news for you there ...

Harry: Doesn’t sound good.

Johnny: What’s going on?

Fadi: Well, I’ve had a bit of a problem raising the initial capital ...

Harry: So we can’t start?

Fadi: Well, not exactly ... I mean, I have invested – that is, spent – some of the money already.

Johnny: What on?

Fadi: Publicity, setting up the website, you know – important things!

Harry:  But ...?

Fadi: Well – it’s business, isn’t it? If we don’t get more money, we can’t go on ...

Johnny: And in the meantime you’ve spent the money we gave you to invest!

Fadi:  You’ve got to speculate to accumulate! Be patient – we’ll still be successful!

Harry: If we don’t, I’ll be joining Carlos working in this café!

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3


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Submitted by sa_7_al on Sat, 05/08/2023 - 18:05


Hi LearnEnglish Team

When Johnny said : what on?
What does he mean?
Thank you


Hello sa_7_al,

Johnny left out a few words, but I will put them back in for you: 'What [did you spend the money] on?'

All the best,
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by jmajo on Wed, 04/12/2019 - 14:49

Thanks for the Episode, I'm accumulating a little more knowledge of English.

Submitted by nikoslado on Mon, 08/04/2019 - 11:45

''Tony: Yeah ... Well, this will give you good experience!'' It sounds rather''Tony: Yeah ... Well, this will give you great experience!''Do I hear it correctly? Tanks a lot all you great Team.
Hi nikoslado I hear 'good experience' at 1:14 in the recording. All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team