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Episode 03: Kicked out!

Harry sure is good at his job as he doesn’t come cheap!

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Magda: Hi there Harry!
Olivia: Hi Magda!
Harry: Hello Olivia. How’s it going?
Olivia: Not bad...what are you reading?
Harry: Just checking the jobs page of the local newspaper...
Olivia: More? I thought you already had too many job offers to choose from...
Harry: Well, I have...but there’s no harm in looking, is there?
Olivia: Suppose not.
Harry: You’ve got to know what’s going on...
Magda: Keep ahead of the game!
Harry: Exactly!
Magda: I think the internet is a better place to look for jobs, though...
Harry: You’re probably right, but I spend all day sitting in front of computers. It’s nice to have a change every now and then. So, Olivia, any more thoughts on what we talked about... your website?
Olivia: Yeah...well...like I said, I’d love you to do it!
Harry: Great – I’d love to do it. Now then, normally, for a job like that, I’d ask about a grand...
Olivia: A grand!
Magda: What’s a “grand”??
Olivia: A thousand pounds.
Magda: Phew! That sounds like a lot...
Olivia: It is!
Harry: It isn’t really...that’s what these things cost now...if you take into account the work I’ll have to put into it, and all my time...
Olivia: Maybe...
Harry: But anyway, because we’re friends, I’ll do it for, say, seven fifty...?
Olivia: Seven hundred and fifty...hmm...well...can you let me think about that? I’ll get back to you in a day or two.
Harry: Sure! No probs!
Fadi: Hi 
All: Hi there!
Fadi: Hang on, I’ll just get a coffee and then I’ll be with you......ok, cheers! So, how’s it going?
All: Good...fine...not bad!
Fadi: Harry – thought any more about that offer?
Harry: Sure, yeah... I’m up for it! I’ll do it, no problems.
Fadi: Great, we really need it. What kind of costs are we looking at?
Harry: Well, the basic package will be fifteen hundred...
Fadi: Hmmmm....
Harry: Then for upgrades and maintenance, well, up to two five...
Fadi: Two thousand five hundred quid?
Magda: Quid?
Olivia: Pounds.
Fadi: You don’t come cheap, do you Harry?
Harry: I’m good at my job.
Fadi: I’ll have to have a word with my uncle...see if I can clear it with him. I’ll get back to you.
All: Hi there!
Olivia: What’s up Sarah?
Sarah: Just had some bad news...
Magda: Oh no! What’s the matter?
Sarah: I’ve just been kicked out of my flat!
All: Oh no!
Magda: Kicked out?
Olivia: She has to leave...find another place to live...

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello Peter,
Thank you very much for letting me know this article. It's true these moments bring out the best in people. These five stories have moved me very much! I shared them with my friends.

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Best wishes
Elena

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Ps: sorry for mistakes I'm still learning

Hello Elena,

Thank you for your lovely comment! These are difficult times for everyone, whichever country we are in, but I'm glad to hear that in some small way we're helping.

Here's a newspaper article I read a few days ago which made me feel a little better. Perhaps it will be nice for you too:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-us-uplifting-stories-singing-proposal-care-home-family-a9407866.html

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,
1. What does “Suppose not” means?
2. I don’t understand “You’ve got to know what’s going on”
3.I don’t understand “any more thoughts on what we talked about... your website?”
Thank you for your time.

Hi blueoceanEnglish,

  1. Suppose not means I suppose not, which means the same as I don't think so or I guess not. It's an informal phrase.
  2. You've got to know what's going on means that it's important to be up to date on the current situation.
  3. Any more thoughts on... means Do you have any new ideas about...

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

good exercises. Thanks a lot.

Very good exercises. Thanks a lot.

Fadi said(What kind of costs are we looking at?) what if he says (how much it cost or sentence like that)what the different between the tow expressions
and another question: what basic package means
thanks

Hello fidaasiddig,

How much will it cost? is a general phrase which we can use in many contexts: about business, in a shop and when we are negotiating a price for something.

What kind of costs are we looking at? is more specific and used when we are talking about a project of some kind, especially in business – costs is a word which relates specifically to business and economics.

 

When we buy something (goods or services), we often have a starting price and then extra things that we can also have for more money. For example, if we buy a car then we may have options like satellite navigation or heated seats. The basic package is the car without any of these.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team