Jobs Scene 1

Stephen takes Ashlie out for lunch at their friend Tristan’s café. They enjoy themselves, but don’t manage to eat!

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Think about the following questions:

  • Do you often do favours for your friends?
  • Have you ever helped someone with their job?

Watch Ashlie and Stephen help out in Tristan’s café.


Ashlie: Hi, Tristan!

Tristan: Hi, guys. Great to see you!

Stephen: Good to see you! We thought we’d come and try out your new place.

Tristan: Ah, that’s good.

Stephen: Have you got a table for two?

Tristan: Yeah, sure. Over there.

Ashlie: Perfect. Thanks.

Tristan: I’ll be with you in a minute.

Ashlie: Mmm… This looks great. Thank you, Stephen.

Stephen: Ashlie’s been working hard recently, so I’ve invited her out for lunch.

Ashlie: He doesn’t usually take me out for lunch.

Stephen: OK, OK. Come on, what shall we have?

Ashlie: Oh, I don’t know. It all looks delicious. Maybe some soup. That looks so good.

Tristan: Thanks for coming in, guys. Listen, sorry to ask you this, but can you do me a favour?

Stephen: Sure, of course! What is it?

Tristan: We’ve almost run out of coffee. I need to go to the supermarket to buy some more. I need someone to look after the place while I’m away. Would you mind?

Ashlie: Help out in the café? Well, I suppose so. If you’re really stuck.

Tristan: It’s pretty quiet today. You probably won’t have to do anything.

Stephen: I’m sure we’ll be fine.

Tristan: It won’t be for very long. Just ten minutes. I’ve just got to pop out to the supermarket.

Ashlie: Don’t worry about it, Tristan. Look, there aren’t many people here. We’ll keep an eye on everything.

Tristan: Great! Thanks, guys. Oh, by the way, the cook’s gone home sick, so if anyone orders any food, you can take care of things? Great. Thanks, guys. See you later. Bye.

Stephen: This is going to be fun. How about you take the orders in the café, and I’ll be in the kitchen?

Ashlie: Are you sure, Stephen?

Stephen: It’ll be fine. I’ll go and make a start in the kitchen, you bring the orders to me.

Ashlie: OK.

Hi. Can I take your order?

Customer 1: Hi, can I have a cheese sandwich and a green salad, please?

Ashlie: No problem. And what would you like?

Customer 2: I’d like some carrot cake and a cup of tea, please.

Ashlie: I’ve got that. It shouldn’t be long.

Stephen? Er, are you OK, Stephen? What’s going on?

Stephen: Don’t worry, it’s all under control. Where are my food orders?

Ashlie: Let me see. One cheese salad, one carrot sandwich and a green tea, I think.

Stephen: OK, I’ve got that. Cheese, carrot, tea, coming up.

Ashlie: Hi.

Customer 3: Could I have a coffee?

Ashlie: Coffee.

Customer 4: And I think I’ll have a tomato soup, please.

Ashlie: Tomato soup. Coming up.

Hi. What would you like?

Customer 1: Excuse me, we’ve been waiting for ages. Where’s our food?

Ashlie: I’m really sorry, I’m sure it won’t be long. I’ll go and see how the chef’s doing.

Ashlie: Stephen!

Stephen: I’m going as fast as I can! Here you are. A cheese sandwich, a green salad, a carrot cake and a cup of tea.

Ashlie: Are you sure that’s right, Stephen? Wasn’t it cheese salad, a green tea and a carrot sandwich? Oh, I can’t remember now. I’m sure this is all wrong.

Stephen: All right.

Sorry for the delay. A cheese sandwich and a green salad?

Customer 1: Thank you.

Ashlie: And carrot cake and a cup of tea?

Customer 2: That’s for me.

Stephen: There you are. Enjoy your food.

Tristan: Hi, Ashlie. Hi, Stephen.

Ashlie: Hi!

Stephen: Hi, Tristan.

Tristan: Sorry I’ve been so long. There were queues in the supermarket. I’ve got the coffee. I’ll put it in the kitchen.

Stephen: Don’t worry. I’ll put that in the kitchen for you. … Nooo!

Tristan: The customers look happy.

Ashlie: Ah, we did OK. I thought it was going to be a lot harder.

Tristan: You guys really did do a good job. I really appreciate it. The thing is, erm, if you’re interested...

Ashlie: Interested in... in what?

Tristan: Well, you know my dad. You remember him, don’t you? Well, he’s got this little business and he needs a little bit of help.

Stephen: That sounds great, Tristan. We’d love to help out. Ashlie, I think we should be going.

Ashlie: Ah, yes. Nice to see you, Tristan. Bye!

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Average: 4 (4 votes)
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Submitted by Peter M. on Thu, 26/09/2019 - 08:04

In reply to by nikoslado


Hello nikoslado,

When we have more than one item we only add the 's possessive marker to the last one:

This is Peter's house.

This is Peter and Jane's house.

This is Peter, Jane, Sue and Paul's house.


It is possible to add the 's to each item if emphasis is required:

This is Peter's, Jane's, Sue's and Paul's house. Don't pretend it only belongs to one of them!



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Team,
looking again at the same lesson after a long time, I'd like you to clear up this point related to your answer by taking a different example, i.s.: ''Ashley and Steven's friend Tristan returned...''
That means Tristan (who is a friend of Ashley and Steven) returned, i.e. the subject is only Tristan.
But how would we say if Ashlie and Tristan ( who is a friend of Steven) returned? In the same way(''Ashley and Steven's friend Tristan returned...''), or in another to avoid us being confused about the subjects and the right meaning?
Many thanks

Hello Nikos,

Out of context, the subject of the sentence 'Ashley and Steven's friend Tristan returned' is ambiguous; it could be either 'Tristan' or 'Ashley and Tristan (who is a friend of only Steven)'. Normally, the speech before or after the sentence or the speaker's intonation will make it clear, or perhaps it will just remain ambiguous and the listener will ask (if they think the distinction is important).

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Kirk Moore on Sun, 23/06/2019 - 15:02

In reply to by famehr


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Submitted by Leo Liu on Thu, 08/11/2018 - 02:47

Dear Moderator, In this episode. This sentence is confused me "I’ve just got to pop out to the supermarket." In the dictionary, "pop-out" means "a way of describing the way you look when you are extremely surprised to see something or someone". I think it maybe means surprised. So it will be a little strange in this sentence. "I've just got to surprise to the supermarket." The meaning is vague. And in the middle of this episode. Steven told the customer, "There you are." I think it may be "Here you are." Is it all right? Can you do me a favour? Would you mind help me to clarify these confused things? Thanks. Yours sincerely, Leo

Hi Leo,

In informal English, 'pop out' means 'go', usually for a quick trip. So here it means to go to the supermarket, probably to get just a few things.

You are right about 'there you are' -- it means the same thing as 'here you are'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team