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Milton: Hi, Alfredo. How's life for my big brother? Have you heard from Mum recently? Is she happy in Florida? I hope she's happy with Henry. She doesn't email or text – I must call her soon. But I did hear from Carolina yesterday. She says Emily's baby is beautiful and she's having a great time, so won't be back just yet. I really miss her, you know.
Still no luck with the work side of things here. I had two auditions last week. One was for a TV soap opera called All at Home and the other was for a film about dinosaurs ...
Audition manager: Thank you, Mr da Silva, but it's a no. I'm afraid you aren't quite what we're looking for for the part of Paul. Who's next?
Stage manager: OK, everybody back on stage, please. Philip Jones and Arthur Primpton come back tomorrow. The rest of you can go home. Thank you for your time.
Milton: But I'm not giving up yet. You know me – 'Mr Positive'. At least I've got my part-time job. OK, it's only delivering pizzas but it helps to pay the bills. I can't take any more money from Mum – or from you. This is the year when I have to stand on my own two feet. Like our new neighbour, Mei. She's amazing. She's never been outside China before, she's here all alone without any friends or family, she's got a really good job and she's incredibly independent ...
Mei: No lift. I have the only flat in London with no lift.
Milton: Hey, Mei. How's it going?
Mei: Going? What's going? I'm bringing boxes in, not out.
Milton: Ha ha! Funny! Oh. You're serious, aren't you? You didn't understand.
Mei: I'm moving heavy boxes and there's no lift – I'm not making jokes.
Milton: 'How's it going?' means 'How are things?', 'How are you?', 'Is everything OK with you?'
Mei: OK. Of course, I knew that – I just wasn't concentrating. I'm fine, thanks. When I get these boxes up the stairs.
Milton: What have you been buying? IKEA, huh?
Mei: Some things for the kitchen and some shelves. And a desk and chair. All in, uh, very heavy boxes.
Milton: Here, let me help. I'll go backwards ... Ow.
Mei: I'll go backwards. Move around – no, the other way – to the right – no, no, to your right – how do you say ... clockwise?
Milton: You need to lift your end higher ...
Mei: OK, that's all of it. Thank you for your help.
Milton: You're welcome. I owe you a favour for letting me climb out of your kitchen window.
Mei: When I thought you were a criminal. A burglar.
Milton: I'm laughing, but I'm sure burglars earn more money than I do. Perhaps I'll change my career. Do you want any help putting that furniture together?
Mei: No, thanks. I'm fine. I've got some things – tools. It's easy. We have IKEA in Beijing, you know.
Milton: Well, come and knock on the door if you need me. I'm going to work at seven thirty.
Mei: You said you work in the evenings. Are you in a play?
Milton: Well, no, not exactly. Not really a play.
Mei: You're an actor, aren't you?
Milton: Yes, yes, that's right. Anyway, I'll let you get on with putting your furniture together. See you later.
Milton: So, you see what I mean, Alfredo. She even knows how to put IKEA furniture together. What a neighbour! Anyway, time for work, so bye for now. Let me know how it's going with you ...
I'm an independent person, I and my husband have a good job and we contribute the equal way in the bills
How independent are you?
when I completed my 12 class after that I started doing my first job and earning little money. and help my parents. after 2years I completed my master's degree from Delhi University and I move to Manali to earn money anyhow I build my new house in Delhi and finally, I did. still, I live here and learn English and also earn money. I'm alone no friends and family. I'm independent when I was 20years old.
I don`t an independent person because I don`t earn money because I`m a teen. but I can take carry of myself and my dog and my brother. so I am partly independent.
I'm a bit lost what exactly 'the work side of things' means. Could someone please explains me?
Hello Aung Khant Min,
This just means 'work'. In other words, Milton still hasn't found an acting job.
The idea behind this expression is that there are many sides or aspects to our lives: work, leisure, family, etc. So the 'work side of things' refers to Milton's professional life.
All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team
Thanks for your explanation, Mr. Kirk and The LearnEnglsih Team.
I`m not this independent, I meant, not like Mei. I do have a job, but I dont like it (it´s not my dream job). Plus, I can`t put fornitures together LOL .
I don't understand this sentence: "But I did hear from Carolina yesterday", why does Milton use did in affirmative? I suppose that this phrase is: But I heard from Carolina yesterday... Actually
Hello Alexander Bladeck,
Normally we use auxiliary verbs like 'do' and 'did' to form negatives and questions, as you imply. However, we can also use them to create emphatic forms when we think what we are saying needs extra emphasis. For example:
I met George Clooney yesterday.
No! I don't believe you!
It's true! I really did meet him.
The sentence in the listening is similar to this as the speaker didn't hear from his Mum but did hear (contrast) from Carolina.
The LearnEnglish Team
I'm quite independent right now, I work part-time and have some spare time to study, although I earn my own money I prefer to live with my brothers yet because it's too expensive to rent an apartment only for myself. I wish to live alone someday but it's a bit difficult nowadays.
Thanks for the episode!