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Episode 10: A date

Sarah finally agrees to go out with Carlos but they have no idea where to go. And is Fadi really jealous of Harry for spending a lot of time with Olivia?

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Audio Script

Carlos: I can’t believe Sarah said ‘Yes’!

Fadi: Well done, mate!

Johnny: So where are you going to take her?

Carlos: Oh, I don’t know... We didn’t decide where to go.

Fadi: Take her out for dinner, somewhere nice.

Carlos: Yeah, that’s a good idea...

Johnny: I know a great Chinese place.

Carlos: Yes, but she always eats Chinese food – perhaps she’d like a change, try something different?

Fadi: All the restaurants Johnny goes to are really expensive! Take your credit card if you go there!

Johnny: I like to spend my money well!

Carlos: I thought I could cook something for her. I want to be a chef, you know.

Johnny/Fadi: Yes, we know.

Fadi: Don’t invite her to your house on a first date, though.

Carlos: No? Why not?

Fadi: It looks too pushy, too forward.

Carlos: Oh, I see.

Johnny: Yeah... take it slowly!

Carlos: Oh, OK. She’s coming to the café soon, so we’ll talk about it then.

Olivia: Hello guys!

Harry: Alright!?

Fadi: Yeah, I’m fine mate. You?

Harry: Hmm... Not so great...

Fadi: What’s up?

Harry: Bindyu’s really angry with me.

Johnny: Why’s that?

Harry: She thinks I’m spending too much time with Olivia.

Olivia: But it’s work! I told Bindyu that Harry’s helping me to fix my webpages.

Fadi: Is she jealous?

Harry: Shhhh! Be quiet! Here she is now!

Harry: Hi!

Bindyu: Hello Harry! Hi all!

All: Hello!

Bindyu: Hello, Olivia.

Olivia: Hello.

Bindyu: Did Harry help you to fix your website?

Olivia: Well, not quite. He still needs to do some more work.

Bindyu: Oh.

Olivia: Listen, I’ve got an idea – why don’t you both come to my flat this evening? Harry can do some work for me, and I’ll make dinner for everyone.

Harry: OK! What do you think Bindyu?

Bindyu: Well, OK, I suppose so.

Olivia: Erm, there is just one problem – I have to look after my nephew Joe this evening. He’s very, erm, energetic....

Bindyu: Oh, that’s OK... I love children!

Olivia: Great! Well, I’ll see you all this evening!

Bindyu: We’ll come about seven o’clock! Come on, Harry, we have to go now.

Harry: Er, OK, yeah... Bye everyone!

All: Bye!

Fadi: So Olivia, you’re spending a lot of time with Harry!

Olivia: Oh shut up you! Are you jealous as well?

Fadi: Me? No! No way!

Olivia: Good. You’ve got lots of girlfriends, haven’t you?

Fadi: Me? Oh yeah. Hundreds!

Carlos: It’s Sarah!

Sarah: Hello all!

Carlos: Hiya!

Sarah: Hi Carlos!

Carlos: Hey!

Sarah: Listen, I’ve only got a minute, I can’t stay.

Carlos: Er... OK...

Sarah: I just wanted to say, I’ve got an invitation to a new art gallery opening this evening.

Carlos: Great.

Sarah: Would you like to come with me?

Carlos: Erm, er, yeah! Sure!

Sarah: Great! I’ll meet you here at six!

Carlos: OK. see you later then. Bye!

Sarah: See you later! Bye!

Fadi: Hey! That’s your date!

Johnny: Now you don’t have to worry about where to take her!

Carlos: But... but... I am worried! I don’t know anything about art! What will I say?

Fadi/Johnny: You’re going to find out!

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Hi there !
It's a really useful episode ! I liked it a lot !

Could you explain me this, please !
In the transcript appears "I like to spend my money well!".
But I knew that after the verbs: "like/dislike", "enjoy", "hate", "love" etc. follows a verb + "-ing" ending.
Ex.: I like spending my money.
I love playing basketball.
I hate cleaning the house at the weekend etc.

Thank you very much for all your work and effort !
All the best !

Hello clauvera2016,

Some verbs, such as 'like' can be followed by either the to-infinitive form or the -ing form:

 

like + -ing has a similar meaning to 'enjoy':

I like swimming. (the activity gives me pleasure)

 

like + to-infinitive tells us how the speaker likes to spend their time; it is often used in the context of a habit:

I like to swim in the morning. (this is how I like to organise my day)

 

You can find more information on verb patterns like these here:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar-reference/verbs-followed-by-the-infinitive

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar-reference/verbs-followed-by-the-ing-form

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for the episode, it was really helpful!

thanks

Dear Team, is there any false or is something idiomatic with the ''too''in the Fadi's sentence: ''All the restaurants Johnny goes too are really expensive!''
Thanks a lot all of you.

Hello nikoslado,

Thank you for pointing this out to us. The transcript contains an error and the word should be 'to' rather than 'too'. I have corrected this on the page.

Thanks again! We try to ensure that our materials are error-free, but sometimes typos slip through and it is good to know our users are such careful readers.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

good

Sorry! I don’t understand when Harry says “I want to spent my money well”. Could you explain it for me? Thanks!

Hello Steven Bui,

Harry means that he does not like to waste his money. He is explaining why he goes to expensive restaurants and is saying that it's better to spent more in a good place with good quality food than try to save money and end up with poor food.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Very good diallogue. And surprised action. I learnt a lot from it.
I like especially task about the part of speech. I noticed that the best method of studying words is learning it with the part of speech. In particular that it has general rules in using. But how often it is existing, there are exceptions. But is is not the place for writing about it.
And for the concerned people, I would like to suggest the lecture additional text, just for fun - A First Date Poem, wrote by Charles Hancock.
Have a lovely day and hear you later!

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