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Episode 12: Popping the question

Harry is going to ask a very important question and Carlos has a piece of good news to share. Is it going to be a happy ending?

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Preparation

Before you listen

We suggest you do the vocabulary activity below before you listen. Then listen to the episode and do the first tasks to check your understanding. Finally, practise some vocabulary and grammar.

Exercise

Transcripts

Fadi: Are you ready then, mate?

Harry: Guess so. Ready as I’ll ever be.

Johnny: Got the ring and everything?

Harry: Yep.

Fadi: Blimey. You’re a brave boy!

Johnny: It’ll be your turn next, Fadi!

Fadi: I doubt it. Very much.

Johnny: Look, here she comes now!

Harry: Oh no! She’s with all the others!

Fadi: You’ll have to get her alone.

Olivia/Sarah/Bindyu/Magda: Hi, boys! Hello there!

Fadi/Harry/Johnny: Oh, erm, hello.

Olivia: What’s up? What’s going on?

Harry: Oh, erm, nothing ...

Olivia: Don’t believe you!

Johnny: Olivia! Pssst! Harry’s going to pop the question!

Olivia: Pop the what?

Johnny: The question! He’s going to ask Bindyu to marry him!

Olivia: I know what it means, stupid! I’m just surprised!

Fadi: Are you ready, Harry?

Harry: I can’t do it! I’m not going to ask her now! Not in the café! I’m going to wait for a quiet, romantic moment, when we’re alone together.

Fadi: Oh! Spoilsport! We wanted to watch.

Olivia: So, Bindyu – did you know this was happening?

Bindyu: What?

Olivia: Oh ... I’m sorry – I thought it was planned.

Bindyu: Thought what was planned? What are you talking about?

Olivia: Oh dear – I think I’ve put my foot in it.

Magda: Put your foot in what?

Olivia: Made a mistake, Magda.

Magda: Oh dear! Why?

Harry: Oh no. I’ll have to do it now!

Harry: Well, Bindyu, I’ve got something to ask you ...

Carlos: Hello, everyone! I’ve got some big news!

Johnny: Can’t it wait?

Carlos: Er ... erm ... well ... No! Finally, I’m opening my own restaurant!

Harry: Great!

Carlos: So, what am I interrupting?

Bindyu: I don’t know yet.

Harry: Oh ... er ... erm ... Bindyu? Will you marry me?

Bindyu: Ahhh! I wasn’t expecting that!

Harry: You weren’t? Oh! I thought you’d guessed!

Bindyu: No way.

Harry: Oh.

Olivia: So what’s the answer?

Fadi: Yeah – come on!

Bindyu: Oh ... I ... er ... I’m ... well ... not ... oh! Yes!

All: Hoooray!

Harry: Phew! You had me worried there.

Carlos: So, Sarah ... Seeing as I’ve got my own restaurant now, I was wondering – shall we give it another go?

Sarah: Of course! I’ve missed being with you – and now, I’m so pleased you’ve got your own business.

Fadi: I’ve got my own business too – “FindLondon” is doing really well!

Olivia: And me – my shoe shop!

Fadi: Perhaps we should go out some time?

Olivia: I think you’ve asked me that before!

Task 1

Task 2

Look at this sentence from the audio.

I’m sorry – I thought it was planned.

We form the passive with the verb 'to be' in the right tense and the past participle.

Exercise

Task 3

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Thanks to everyone involved in those series!The series 3 was amazing to listen.
Thank you very much.

Thanks for the episode, I've learnt new words today.

I wish in the end something happened between Olivia and Fadi. Fadi was really in love with Olivia.

Hello
I'm really sorry that this is the last episode of big city small world I hope I see more podcasts like that.

Hi

i was looking for other person question about " I wasn’t expecting that" but can not find out. Or too much pages to find.
As cambrige dictionary: If it means think, suppose, guess. It can not be continuous term. But here i got confused.

Please help me understand it . Thanks

Pls help me with this.

Hi Jesse,
As you say, the verb 'expect' means that we think something will happen: it describes the future we think likely. In this case, the negative is used to show surprise: 'I didn't expect that' means 'I'm surprised by that'.
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Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi. Thank you for the great contents. Any plans for Series 4?

Hi Jayoon

I'm afraid that at the moment, there is no plan for a fourth series. We are working on some new listening materials, however, so please keep your eye on the Listening section. It will still be some weeks or even months before they are ready, but by summer there should be dozens of new pages.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team