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Big Meal Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie visit Chinatown to look for some cooking tips.

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Thanks to British Council for this website which is so helpful to improve my english.
In the transcript of Big Meal Scene 1, at 0:26, it's written :
"we have got some friends coming to ours tonight"
I think that maybe a word was forgotten. It seems to me that Ash says :
"we have got some friends coming OVER to ours tonight"
What do you think about it ?
Thanks for all,

Hello Yann

Yes, you're right, Ashlie clearly says 'coming over to ours'. I've corrected the transcript accordingly.

Thanks very much for taking the time to tell us about this!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I prefer eating at home because my mom lives together with us and she cooks for us. I can have the tastes I love from my childhood.

I live in Beijing. Here are several popular foreign foods, like Japanese food, Thai food, and Italian food.

I live in a small village in an Italian region called Tuscany. This is a rural area, our hills are scattered with plants and trees typical of the Mediterranean scrub. The wild boar is the true king of our land. So the food in our area is very typical and the recipes are almost the same of the medieval centuries. In the Italian cities is different, of course, and also in Italy, like in the UK, the most popular foreign food is the Chinese food.

I love both. I like eating at home especially when my wife and/or I have plenty of time. Then we can prepare carefully our favourite recipes. I'm quite good at making a tasty bread or some delicious recipes of pasta with seafood, and I like going shopping buying special ingredients. My wife and I prefer going to the restaurant when we don't feel like cooking or when we would love something special which we are not able to cook, fried fish, for exemple, but we also like going around getting some tasty and spicy street food.

Dear sir,
This is a great website for English learners. I recommend it to all my friends who'd like to learn English. But we all have the same problem when we want to watch the videos. None of us can open any of the videos stored in this website whether on computers or mobile phones. Can you tell us why and and how to solve the problem?
Many thanks.
Huang yuening.

Hello Huang yuening,

Have you tried using our Chinese language site? Most of the site is still in English and our audio and video content there is optimised for users in China.

If that doesn't help you, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i do not like cooking so i prefer eating outside also there is many foreign food like indian food and chainese food

Hy guys, I've been two times in China town. It's very nice and you can find lots of interesting things, and if you have never tried Chinese food this is the best way to try it!

Hi everyone!

I usually celebrate my birthday with my family.
I like to eat at the restaurant (I like it because I mustn't wash the dishes before) but I like also stay at home.
I like cooking with my fiancè but not very much when I'm alone (I'm not very good as a chef, I prefer to eat).
I love tasting unusual food, expecially when I'm on vacancy. I'ts one of the best part of a travel.
In Italy there are very kind of restaurant (chinese, japanese, mexican, brasilian...) and I like it all :)