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Episode 03: Harry's new girlfriend

Everyone, including Harry's new girlfriend, is thinking of ways to keep Tony's café, but Magda's new job is to tear it down!


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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello LearnEnglish Team !
Fadi said " My treat! ". Does it mean " my pleasure! " ?
Thanks !

Hello PhuongHoang,

A treat is a small gift, so when we say My treat! we mean that we are paying for something as a present or gift to the other person.



The LearnEnglish Team

Ok I get it now. Thanks!

Thanks for the episode!

Hi, listening skill is my biggest problem, so please teach me. The transcript says, Tony said ‘Alright, I suppose’ in the first conversation. But for me, I felt that he said ‘surprise’ or something R sounds. Did he say ‘suppose’?

Hi emio,

I've listened to the recording again and Tony certainly says 'Alright, I suppose'.

In English connected speech, which means how words change when they are used together in natural speech, is very important. The words can change their sounds depending on whether they are stressed or unstressed, and sound can disappear or even appear between words.

The best way to famiiarise yourself with this is to listen to as much natural English as possible, ideally with a transcript at the same time so you can hear how words change. You can also practise speaking with the audio, so you can practise speaking at natural speed and with natural rhythm.

You can read more about connected speech on this page and this page.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,

Thank you so much. I tried to listen with transcript over and over again, but I couldn’t listen ‘suppose ‘.

I’ve been thinking THAT is my biggest problem and I want to listen natural English... Anyway thank you for very good advice and links. I’ll try these pages !!!


What Magda means with " I got my master’s degree with a distinction!"?

Hi Roseane,

When we speak about marks or grades, 'with (a) distinction' means that the work was of very high quality. If you follow the link, you can see another couple examples.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team