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Episode 01: Fingers crossed

The old friends are gathering around in Tony's café to share some good news. But the café might be closing down soon!

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


I moved to Madrid, Spain from Dominican Republic in 2011, at the begining I felt homesick but in 2015 I move my daughter here to live with and after that I feel better. It isn't easy to be far from family but for a better future we can do everything. Every year I visited my parents in my home-country and I always keep in touch by video-call and social media.

"We moved into Harry’s old place..." Are you sure? Isn't the Johnny's old place?

Hello Stephane

Yes, I think you're right. That must be mistake from when this was recorded. Unfortunately, we can't change this now, but very well spotted!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team


Hi there!
There was a sentence what I don't get. It is " he was more of a friend of yours, wasn't he Harry ". Does it mean " Johny is Harry's close friend " ?
Thanks a lot !

Hello PhuongHoang

That's the idea. Sarah means that Johnny was closer with Harry than with her.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Good episode!, thanks!.

No i did not know it was possible to make that before...

I don't understand the phrase "I'm rushed off my feet here", can you explain it to me ?

Hello Marrot Fabrice
This is a way of saying 'I'm very busy', which is something very common for the staff in popular cafés!
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you