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Episode 03: Harry's new girlfriend

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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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Fadi:  Hello Tony! How are you?

Tony:  Alright, I suppose.

Fadi:  Good to hear you sounding so happy! Hey, where is everyone?

Tony:  Everyone who?

Fadi:  You know, the regulars – Olivia, Sarah, Harry, Magda...

Tony:  Don’t know. They’ll probably come in sooner or later. They’re always here.

Fadi:  Hello!

Bindyu:  Oh. Er, hello.

Fadi:  I haven’t seen you in here before.

Bindyu:  No. I haven’t been in here before.

Fadi:  That’s probably why then!

Bindyu:  Er, I don’t understand...

Fadi:  Er, OK, well, never mind then. Listen, can I get you a drink? Would you like a coffee or something?

Bindyu:  Erm, well, that’s very kind of you, but no thanks.

Fadi:  Go on! Have something! My treat! You can’t sit here not eating or drinking anything.

Bindyu:  Actually, I’m waiting for my boyfriend. 

Fadi:  Oh. Late, is he?

Bindyu:  Well, only a little bit...

Fadi:  You can talk to me if he doesn’t show up!

Harry:  Hello there!

Fadi/Bindyu:  Hi!

Harry:  I see you two have already met each other...

Bindyu:  Oh no, not really...

Fadi:  No, I was just being polite, y’know...

Harry:  Sure! Fadi, let me introduce Bindyu.

Fadi:  Nice to meet you.

Bindyu:  Nice to meet you.

Harry:  Bindyu’s my girlfriend.

Fadi:  Oh, er. Great! How long have you been together?

Bindyu:  Oh, not long, only a couple of weeks.

Fadi:  You didn’t tell me you had a new girlfriend, Harry!

Harry:  Well, I haven’t seen you for a few weeks.

Fadi:  No, of course. I was visiting my family... so, what’s happening here?

Harry:  The big news is that they’re trying to close the café!

Fadi:  No!

Harry:  Yes, and Olivia’s shop too.

Fadi:  That’s terrible! Why?

Harry:  A big building company are building new flats behind here. They want to knock down the café and Olivia’s shop to make more space.

Fadi:  Oh no... what can we do to stop them?

Harry:  Well, we’ve got a few ideas. There’s a guy who comes in here sometimes called Carlos – he works for the builders. He might help us. And Sarah and Olivia said they had some ideas...

Fadi:  We should start a campaign!

Bindyu:  Good idea! I’m a journalist. I could write something in the local newspaper. 

Harry:  Erm, I thought you wrote for interior design magazines...

Bindyu:  Well, yes, I do, that’s true. But I know somebody who works for the local newspaper. And I want to do more serious journalism...

Fadi:  Sounds like a great idea! Good luck! I think we should put a banner in the window of the café...

Harry:  A banner?

Fadi:  Yeah, you know – a big sign that says “Save Our Café!” or something like that...

Olivia:  Hello all!

Fadi:  Hey! Good to see you again!

Olivia:  Yeah... you too! How’s it going?

Fadi:  Great – I’m going to put a banner in the café window – “Save Our Café!”

Olivia:  Good idea... can you save my shop too?

Fadi:  Let’s hope so! Bindyu’s going to write an article in the local newspaper...

Olivia:  Bindyu?

Bindyu:  Hello! I’m Bindyu... I’m Harry’s girlfriend... I’m a journalist.

Olivia:  OK, great, nice to meet you!

Carlos:  Hi!

Olivia:  Here’s Carlos! He’s going to help us too!

Carlos:  Well, I don’t know, I’d like to help, but I’m not sure what I can do...

Harry:  You make food for the builders, don’t you?

Carlos:  Yes, I do.

Olivia:  You could put poison in it!

Carlos:  Erm, well, no, I really don’t think...

Olivia:  Only joking!

Carlos:  I was looking for Sarah – is she here?

Olivia:  No, I think she’s coming in with Magda later...why?

Carlos:  Oh, no reason...I just wanted to see her...

Olivia:  I see...oh look, here they are now!

Magda/Sarah:  Hello everyone!

All: Hi!

Sarah:  Hi Carlos! Good to see you again!

Carlos:  Hi!

Sarah: Listen everybody, Magda’s got some good news!

Magda:  Yes – I got my master’s degree with a distinction!

All: Wow! Well done!

Harry:  So you get a well-paid, full-time job with the architects!

Magda:  Yes I do!

Sarah:  Which means we can afford to stay in our expensive flat...

Magda:  There’s only one problem, though...

Olivia:  Oh? What’s that?

Magda:  I’m not really sure how to tell you this...

Olivia:  Go on!

Magda:  Well, the architects I work for...

Harry:  Yeah? Go on!

Magda:  They have a big new project...

Fadi:  Sounds interesting...

Magda:  And they want me to work on it...

Harry:  Even better...

Magda:  Well, not really – you see, the project they want me to work on...

Olivia:  Yes?

Magda:  It’s the new luxury flats... the building here... the people who want to close the café and your shop!

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

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.

 

Peter

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.

 

Peter

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 !!!

nice

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,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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