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Episode 04: Save the café!


Sarah knows a "secret" about the building in which the café is situated. Will this save the café?

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Audio Script

Tony: Oi! What are you lot doing? What’s that?

Harry: It’s a banner...

Tony: A what?

Harry: A banner – look! See what it says...

Tony: Save… our... café... Oh, I see. Very good. Do you think it’ll stop them from closing this place?

Olivia: Well, you never know. Every little bit helps.

Tony: Hmm. I’m not sure having that thing stuck to the front of my café will change anything.

Bindyu: Oh yes it will, Tony – be positive! My friend from the local newspaper is coming to take a photograph, and I’m going to write an article!

Tony: Hmm… Great.

Olivia: Look, Tony – it’s the only thing we can do! We can organise a campaign here, and at the same time Sarah’s doing some work as well...

Magda: Wow! Look at that banner! Very impressive!

Olivia: Hi Magda!

Magda: Hello everyone!

Olivia: So, go on then, have you decided to take the job?

Magda: Yeah... I have to accept the job... I mean, I really want to... it’s a good job, and good jobs in architecture are difficult to get... and I need the money! 

Olivia: Sure, I understand...

Magda: Johnny’s old flat, where me and Sarah live... it's great, but it’s so expensive...

Olivia: But you can help us...

Harry: Yeah, if you work for the company who want to knock down Tony’s café and Olivia’s shop, you can do something!

Magda: Well, I’m not sure... but I’ll see...

Carlos: Hello everyone!

All: Hi Carlos!

Carlos: Is Sarah here today?

Magda: Er, not yet... but she said she’d be here soon...

Carlos: Oh. OK, I’ll wait for her. Is it OK if I sit here?

Magda: Sure...

Olivia: Come and join us!

Magda: So, is it true you’re a chef?

Carlos: Not exactly... I’d like to be a chef, that’s what I want to do, but at the moment I’m a caterer... it’s different...

Magda: What’s a caterer?

Carlos: A caterer makes food for lots of people – I make all the lunches for the people who work on the building site next door. It’s just sandwiches or soup, or other simple things. It’s quite boring – I like more of a challenge!

Olivia: Here she is!

Sarah: Hello everyone! Hello Carlos!

Carlos: Hi Sarah! Good to see you again…

Olivia: Carlos was just telling us all about his job...

Sarah: You’re a chef, aren’t you?

Carlos: No... but I want to be!

Sarah: Where are you from?

Carlos: I’m from Brazil! Even if no one believes me...

Sarah: Why don’t people think you’re from Brazil?

Carlos: I don’t like football, and I can’t dance...

Sarah: Listen, though – we’ve got an important job to do... we have to save this café, and Olivia’s shop!

Olivia: That’s right...

Carlos: But how?

Harry: I’ve put up the banner...

Bindyu: And I’m writing an article for the local paper...

Sarah: Great... and I’ve found out something very interesting...

Olivia: Oh? What’s that?

Sarah: Well, you know I have a friend who works at the local museum – I love going to museums and art galleries, Carlos – and she told me something that could be important...

Olivia: Go on...

Sarah: These buildings – the café and your shop – are actually a lot older than many people think...

Olivia: Really?

Sarah: Yes. They’re probably two hundred years old...

Olivia: Tony! Did you hear that?

Tony: What?

Olivia: Sarah has found out that the café and my shop are really very old buildings...

Tony: That’s why I’ve got a problem with the roof, then...

Harry: It means they can’t possibly knock down these buildings!

Sarah: Right. They have historical value.

Tony: It won’t stop them.

Olivia: Oh Tony, you must be more optimistic! Try looking on the positive side!

Tony: I can’t see a “positive side”...

Bindyu: We’ll make a great campaign – it’ll show how people can stop big corporations from doing what they want!

Olivia: Let’s hope so...

All: Yeah...


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello Everyone!
Don't worry Carlos,I'm from Brazil and I don't know dancing as well,but I love football.

hello English teacher
thank you very much for explaining us and immediately respond.

Thanks for the episode, it was fun!.

Other question, in the next sentence:
Magda: Johnny’s old flat, where me and Sarah live
Wouldn´t it be: Sarah and Me?

Hello again jpkeiros,

In standard English, 'Sarah and I' would be the best form here, but in informal speaking 'Sarah and me' or 'me and Sarah' are also used. I'd recommend you say 'Sarah and I' in this kind of situation.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there, I have a question, in the next sentence:
Tony: Oi! What are you LOT doing?
It is the fist time I hear the word "LOT" preceding to present participle of verb do: "doing", so I don´t understand it.

Hello jpkeiros,

'lot' has many different meanings, one of which is 'group'. In this case, it goes with 'you': 'you lot' means 'you' when you're speaking to a group of people. Since saying 'you' could mean you refer to just one person, if you want to make it clear you're speaking to a group, you can say 'you lot'. This is unusual outside of British English. In other varieties, 'you guys' or 'you all' are used instead. 

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Who tells Tony to be optimistic?
This is questions from exercise 1, I found that the answer of this question should be "Olivia" which is not in the options.

Hello daizykiran,

Thanks for telling us about this. You could also say that Bindyu tells Tony to be optimistic when she says 'Oh yes it will, Tony – be positive! My friend from the local newspaper is coming to take a photograph, and I’m going to write an article!', which is why that is the correct answer here.

Still, I think you're right, 'Olivia' could also be a correct answer. I've added this exercise to our list of exercises needing revision so that we can improve the question in the future.

Thanks very much for telling us about this!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much