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Changing plans

Listen to two people talking about changing their plans to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


I do have plans but not all of them happened in real life ,circumstance do the job.

usually i device a lot of plans for me and my friend. every weekend i have new plans to make my friend very excited so the loves me. they wait me every weekend for the new plans.

I think arranging our time and making plans in advance, is essential for accomplishing our tasks and relaxing in our free time.
Usually, I come up with a detailed plan for weekdays, I set my objectives and goals, deadlines, and reports that I have to prepare.
Also during the week, I make a plan for the weekend, as everyone loves the weekend and wants to enjoy it. But usually, I don't prefer to make big plans in advance, like changing the job or traveling in different countries. The only plan I can make without a doubt is a vacation for the weekend.

No, actually I don't make plans for my free time. I think would be fabulous at least to plan an event every weekend. In this case, would be an event inside my home due to the current situation.

Yes. I always have a detailed plan for every weekend. That can be shopping in the mall, going to play house with my daughter, driving to the countryside or having a barbecue in the garden.


Dear team
From audio above:
Francesco: I can't go to the theatre on Friday. Something's come up.
'Come up' its mean:
to happen, usually unexpectedly.
Is my opinion correct??
If he said: something will be happen.
Is it unexpectedly or expectedly???
Thank you for your answer team.

Hi fahri,

Yes, that's right. 'Something's come up' means it is something unexpected. It's a task or job I need to do instead of the original plan. For example, my boss has just asked me to do some urgent work, or someone in my family needs my help with something.

You could say 'Something's happened' (using present perfect - the same tense as 'something's come up'). That's also unexpected, but it's a bit different. It implies it's something unfortunate or something I didn't want, such as an accident. I might say that if someone in my family has suddenly become ill, for example. Also, it might not be something you need to do instead of the originally planned activity, but something that simply stops you doing it (e.g. if my family member is ill, I'd be worried about them so I wouldn't be in the right mood to go out and enjoy a play).

Does that make sense?

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Jonathan. That's great!

Thank you very much sir. Your answer is very clear. Fantastic.