Episode 12: Something In common

Episode 12: Something In common

Carlos and Sarah's second date doesn't turn out great either. Will their relationship work out?

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.


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Audio script

Olivia: Hi Sarah!

Sarah: Hi!

Magda: How are you?

Sarah: Oh, not bad, I suppose…

Bindyu: What’s up?

Sarah: Nothing really ...just that... well, I hope Carlos isn’t coming in today...

Olivia: Why not?

Sarah: Well, he took me out on a date last night.

Magda: Great! 

Bindyu: That’s the second time you’ve been out together, isn’t it?

Sarah: Yes – and it’ll be the last!

Olivia: Oh no! What happened?

Sarah: Well, he asked me to go out with him, but didn’t tell me where we were going...

Magda: Ooh... a surprise – how great!

Sarah: No – it wasn’t great!

Olivia: Where did he take you?

Sarah: To a football match!!!

Magda: Oh. I didn’t know you liked football...

Sarah: I don’t! I hate it!

Olivia: Who was playing?

Sarah: I don’t know... one team in red, the other team in blue... It was so boring!

Olivia: Why did he take you there?

Sarah:  I don’t know – the stupid thing is, he doesn’t like football either!

Olivia: I think I know why he took you... Hello Fadi! Hello Johnny!

Fadi/Johnny: Hi all!

Olivia: Can I ask you two a question?

Fadi: Sure.

Olivia: Was it your idea for Carlos to take Sarah to a football match?

Fadi: Erm, er...

Johnny: It was Fadi’s idea.

Fadi: No it wasn’t!  It was your idea!

Olivia: OK, OK, enough.

Fadi: So, Sarah – did you have a good time?

Sarah: Hmmmphhh.

Johnny: I think that means no.

Sarah: It was awful.

Fadi: Poor Carlos.

Johnny: Yeah – he’s crazy about you!

Magda: I think he’s so sweet.

Bindyu: Yeah, he is. You should try going out with him again.

Sarah: No way.

Magda: Go on! Give him another chance!

Sarah: I don’t know... I’m not sure...

Bindyu: Oh... Here he is now!

Carlos: Hello everyone!

All: Hi Carlos!

Carlos: How are you all today?

All: Great!  Fine!  Not bad...

Olivia: So – I hear you and Sarah went out again last night?

Carlos: Oh, erm, yeah...I don’t want to talk about it...

Johnny: Sorry – perhaps our great idea wasn’t so great after all.

Carlos: No. It wasn’t.

Olivia: Never mind – ask her out again.

Carlos: No way.

Olivia: OK. I’ll do it for you then!

Carlos: No!

Olivia: Yes!

Carlos: Oh no...

Olivia:  Hey, Sarah – I’ve just seen there’s a great new film coming out this weekend.

Sarah: Oh yeah? Sounds good – I love cinema. Why don’t we go together?

Olivia: OK...oh!  No. I’ve just realised – I can’t go to the cinema this weekend.  I have to look after Joe.

Bindyu: I’d love to come, but I’m helping Olivia with Joe...

Johnny: I’m working all weekend...as usual!

Fadi: Yeah – I’d go, but I’m playing football with Harry.

Carlos: I’m not doing anything. I love cinema.

Sarah: I didn’t know you liked cinema! You never told me...

Olivia: Excellent! Carlos can go with you! You have something in common.

Sarah: Oh well... erm... OK then...

Carlos: Great – I’m looking forward to it!

Olivia: Fadi – are you really playing football with Harry this weekend?

Fadi: Yeah. Only on Saturday afternoon, though.

Olivia: So you’re free on Saturday night?

Fadi: Erm, yeah.

Olivia: You’re not going out with one of your girlfriends?

Fadi: Erm, no ...

Olivia: Well, Bindyu will look after Joe on Saturday night.

Fadi: So?

Olivia: So I’m not doing anything on Saturday night.

Fadi: Oh.

Olivia: Look – I mean – why don’t we go out together?

Fadi: Us?  Me and you?

Olivia: Yes.

Fadi: Erm... er... OK... yeah! Great! Let’s go out for something to eat!!!

Olivia: Finally! I thought you’d never ask!!!

All: (laughter)

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Look at these three extracts from the recording and complete the rules with the words something or anything.
“You have something in common.”
“I'm not doing anything.”
“Are you doing anything?”

Then complete the conversation.


Task 4

Average: 3.7 (6 votes)

Submitted by lnowakows on Sun, 24/10/2021 - 09:24


hello, in task 1 is a sentence "Olivia wants Sarah to go to a concert..." but the first sentence is "Olivia wants Sarah to go the cinema..." without "to" (to the cinema") Is that correct? Thx.

Hello Inowakows,

Yes, you're right -- the sentence should be 'Olivia wants Sarah to go *to* the cinema.' I've corrected this and it should display correctly on the website within a few hours.

I'm sorry for the confusion and thanks very much for taking the time to tell us about this!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Bruno2020 on Wed, 24/06/2020 - 15:42

Thanks for the series 2! Now I'am really looking foward to the serie3.

Submitted by jmajo on Tue, 22/10/2019 - 14:42

Very good Episode, thanks!!