It's the end of Series 4! Carolina tells Emily she’s going to miss her while she studies in France. But will she be missing Jamie too? What’s Jamie going to do? Jo and Adam look at different ways of speaking about the future. It’s goodbye until the next series!

Transcript

Adam

Hello and welcome to the last episode – number 20 – of Series 4 of LearnEnglish Elementary Podcasts. I'm Adam and my colleague Jo will be joining us later to talk about some of the language from the podcast.

Last episode, we heard from Tess and Ravi for the last time this series. They've talked about lots of things that people think are 'typically British', like red London buses or loving animals or the BBC. So Jo and I asked you to tell us which episodes were your favourites – and what you would like Tess and Ravi to talk about in another series.

And I'm happy to say you said you liked all of the topics and found them all interesting and useful.

Kochaina from Poland, m.memories from Egypt and Ayat Hasan from Bangladesh all said that they learned a lot about Britain from the podcasts and thought all of the topics were interesting. Lolachannel from Saudi Arabia liked a lot of the topics too. NewAgeEnglish from China likes the way Tess and Ravi express their own opinions about the topics even though their opinions might be different from other British people.

But the most popular topics from this series were definitely Shakespeare, the Beatles and our old friend Sherlock Holmes. AlanGuillen is from Mexico and his favourite topic was Shakespeare because he loves the theatre. Aaron Matthew T. from the Philippines liked Episode 11 about pop music. He says ‘I like the Beatles very much but that was the first time I knew that they were British!’ Manasset from Cameroon and Reza.Sadaati from Iran both voted for the Sherlock Holmes episode. Reza started to watch an old series of Sherlock Holmes after the episode and loves the actor – Jeremy Brett – who played Sherlock Holmes. He’s the favourite of a lot of Holmes fans, Reza. And Massanet thought it was funny that people still write letters to Sherlock Holmes at his address in London.

And you suggested some interesting topics for the next series. Elena68 from Italy suggested English traditions, celebrities and things you can see if you visit the UK. Good ideas. Reza would like to know why the UK is called 'the UK' and whether England, Scotland and Wales are independent or not. More good ideas!

Mehran.aminpoor from Iran would like Tess and Ravi to talk about a topic from Series 1 and 2 of the podcast – which person alive or dead would you like to meet? And Muhamad Ali from Syria says he liked the 'magazine format' of Series 1 and 2, with different sections and different people.

It's very interesting for us to get your opinions and ideas for the next series so please keep sending in your comments.

And now it's time to hear the last episode in the story of Carolina and her friends, Emily and Jamie. Will everything be decided? Will it be a happy ending? Let's listen and see.

Carolina – Saying goodbye to Emily

Emily: Carolina! Have you seen my green trousers?

Carolina: You washed them yesterday. I'll get them.

Emily: Suitcase is too small. It isn't going to close. Too much stuff!

Carolina: Here you are. You've got too much stuff in that suitcase, Emily. It's too small. It isn't going to close.

Emily: I know! Come here and sit on the top. Ooof. No, that isn't any good. Wait. If you push here … That's right … oh no! It's broken!

Carolina: Let me see. Yes, it's broken.

Emily: Oh great. So I'm going to France without any clothes.

Carolina: We'll have to go and buy another one.

Emily: I can't. My train's at six.

Carolina: So take mine.

Emily: I can't take your suitcase. What are you going to use when you go?

Carolina: I'm staying here until Friday. I can buy another one.

Emily: Thanks.

Carolina: There you are. All packed and ready. Are you looking forward to it, Emily?

Emily: Yeah, I really am. A year away in a different country, studying in French, eating French food, walking around Paris … And don't forget you're going to visit. You promised.

Carolina: Oh yes. I'll be there. Oh Emily! I'm going to be so lonely without you.

Emily: You'll be fine. I'm only going to France, Carolina. It isn't the other side of the world.

Carolina: Not like Borneo, you mean.

Emily: No, I didn't mean … Oh, I'm sorry. Any news from Jamie? About the Big Decision? 'To go or not to go; that is the question'?

Carolina: No. He can't decide. One day he's going to Borneo, and buying books about orang-utans, the next day he's staying here with his band and going on tour, and they're going to be superstars.

Emily: Well, he has to decide soon. You're going home on Friday.

Carolina: I know. I'm going to Venezuela for a month and I want to know what's happening before I go. I told Jamie that.

Emily: Well, let me know what happens. Text me. Cheer up. Things will be OK … That's my taxi. Now come on, give me a hug. I have to go.

Carolina: I'll miss you.

Emily: Me too. Come on. Don't cry, Carolina. Please don't cry. I'll text you when I get to Paris, OK?

Carolina: OK.

Emily: Bye. Speak to you soon.

Carolina: Bye. Have a good journey … Oh Emily … Hello Jamie. I'm OK, but I'm really sad. Emily's just gone. What? You've got something to tell me? Well what? Are you going to Borneo or staying here? What have you decided to do, Jamie?

Jo and Adam

Adam: Here's Jo again...

Jo: For the last time!

Adam: Well, the last time this series anyway.

Jo: And we still don't know what Jamie decided!

Adam: Orang-utans or the band.

Jo: I think he'll go to Borneo.

Adam: I think he'll stay in Britain.

Jo: Shall we have a bet?

Adam: OK. Let's shake hands on it.

Jo: Borneo and the orang-utans.

Adam: Britain and the band. Now we just have to wait and see ... I hope you all enjoyed listening to the story of Carolina and Jamie – and Emily of course. There were some difficult moments, but I always wanted to know what happens next.

Jo: Why don't you write and tell us what you enjoyed most in the story.

Adam: Did you have a favourite episode? Write and tell us what you liked and why. The address is www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish. And now it's time to look at the language that you heard in the podcast.

Jo: And in this episode Emily and Carolina were talking a lot about the future. The future is difficult in English. We use lots of different verb forms, not just 'will'. Listen to them talking. How many future verb forms do you hear?

Carolina: Let me see. Yes, it's broken.

Emily: Oh great. So I'm going to France without any clothes.

Carolina: We'll have to go and buy another one.

Emily: I can't. My train's at six.

Carolina: So take mine.

Emily: I can't take your suitcase. What are you going to use when you go?

Carolina: I'm staying here until Friday. I can buy another one.

Jo: How many Adam?

Adam: OK ... 'I'm going to France without any clothes', 'We'll have to go and buy another one', 'What are you going to use when you go?', 'I'm staying here until Friday' …

Jo: And don't forget 'My train's at six' – that's talking about the future too. The verb is present – 'is' – but the meaning is future. There are a lot of different ways of talking about the future.

Adam: 'I'm having lunch with John tomorrow.'

Jo: 'I'm going to study all weekend.'

Adam: 'I'll meet you at the cinema at nine o'clock.'

Jo: 'The exam starts at half past nine tomorrow morning.'

Adam: Phew! So which form to use? You can study all the rules in a grammar book.

Jo: But you probably won't remember all those rules when you're speaking! So listen to as much English as you can, and see which verb forms are used for the future – and in what situations. And then slowly, slowly, you'll start to use the right forms yourself.

Adam: Listen again to the podcast. There are a lot more examples in Emily and Carolina's conversation.

Jo: And there are some exercises on the website to help you get started with recognising and using future forms.

Adam: And that's it for today. And I'm sad to say, that's the end of Series 4. I'd like to thank Jo for all her help.

Jo: Not at all. I've enjoyed every minute.

Adam: And thanks to you, our listeners, for your great comments. Good luck with your studies.

Adam/Jo: Bye!

Discussion

Language level

Intermediate: B1

Soumis par jmajo le mer 28/04/2021 - 15:38

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I enjoyed every episode but If I have to choose one I'll choose the episode number 2 on series 1 when Carolina arrives at the airport and have to talk to the airport employees, I found that very useful. But as I said, I enjoyed and learnt loads of new things in each episode so I want to thank you all for your great work to create the podcasts and to allow every person to get access to it and all the useful exercises to practice English. Thanks a lot for every episode of all series and the great work you've done.

Hi jmajo,

That's great! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the podcasts :)

If you are looking for more lessons of this type, you might like to try Writing home, another audio series with new characters.

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par February le ven 19/02/2021 - 01:44

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I learned a lot from the podcast. Thank you so much! I need some help. I'm looking for an English talking pen ( or voice pen? I don't know what you call it) and a taking book for my 2-year-old daughter. Do you have any recommendation? She is interested in learning English, and I think playing with such a pen and a book is a good way. I looked for them on internet, but there are a lot and I don't know which one is good. I would appreciate a lot if you could help me with that.

Hello February,

I'm afraid I really don't know anything about this, and in any case we don't usually recommend specific products on our sites.

By the way, have you see LearnEnglish Kids? You might find some useful resources there.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Bashayer,

I'm afraid that there will not be a fifth series, but we are working on a related series called Writing home. Once it's ready, we'll announce it in our newsletter.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par danisep le lun 23/11/2020 - 23:18

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This four series have help a lot to improve my listening skills, I just would like to say thank you to all the team that made this awesome podcast posible, and answering the question above, now I can remember that episode when Emily and carolina goes to the salon to get a trim and Emily didn't like her haircut so carolina started to hassle her.

Soumis par Marey Saad le mer 14/10/2020 - 12:11

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A bunch of thanks to you great staff. I really enjoyed each moment with you, but I found the end of Carolina a bit mysterious, and I hate such ends. Thanks with LOVE.

Soumis par Bruno2020 le mar 09/06/2020 - 21:01

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Thank you guys!all of you. I really enjoyed listening all of the podcasts! I think we all had a good time with you guys. thanks...

Soumis par Thuan Tran le lun 25/05/2020 - 02:55

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I just want to say thank you to The LearnEnglish Team, I learnt English by listening every sentence and writing them down on the paper. The podcast improved my listening skill very much. I do not know any word to appreciate this. Thank you and hope all is well with you.

Soumis par Wafaa Ibrahim le mer 22/04/2020 - 12:02

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Hello everyone I really enjoyed the four series and I am waiting for series 5. I want to thank tess , Ravi and Adam.

Soumis par Ismail1366 le sam 04/04/2020 - 15:12

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hi dear British Council team I'm from Iran but I chose Iraq as my own country because Iran was not an option. by the way, I have listened to all 4 series of podcasts. you don't believe how many time I have listened to them because I like them I have downloaded all 4 series and when I'm driving, I always listen to British Council podcasts and now I'm impatiently waiting for the next series. I like Tess and Ravi and I really like to see them one day also Tom, our English teacher in series 1 and 2. they are the best

Hello Ismail1366

Thanks for letting us know! We'll certainly make an announcement if we make a new series.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Hasan abdulkareem le lun 09/03/2020 - 20:44

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Hi sir.. i have finished all the 4 series of elementary podcasts and i have not face any difficulties regarding the comprehension . It seems like there is not any episodes after now. So What do you advise me to do? Is there any listening podcasts as same level as level 4 ? Because i found a lot of listening sections but i didn't figure out which is the most appropriate for me Thanks in advance

Hi Hasan abdulkareem,

Congratulations on finishing the series!

Elementary Podcasts are level A2/B1, which means elementary/pre-intermediate, so if you can look for anything which is at a similar level. You can do this on our Listening Skills page, which is organised by level.

 

You can also find series which are at a similar level. You can find these on our General English page.

 

Finally, you can search by level, which will give you results including all pages and not only listening material. Use the search tool at the top right of most pages and enter the level you are interested in. For example, a search for B1 gives these results.

 

Good luck!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Algaba le sam 18/01/2020 - 12:04

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Hi. Thanks a million. I'm a student of English by my own. So, I appreciate very much your podcasts. Very very much. But there is a thing that I don't like in they. It's the part, at the beginning, that go over the comments that we did it. What I hope listen to on the podcast are English words, and between so many nicks, I'm losing the plot. It's very heavy to me listen to so many nicks. One more thing, is it "in the postcast" or "on the postcast"? Sorry, but, I don't practice translates from Spanish to English. Please, anybody can correct me, I'll be very grateful. I know this is the last podcast, but I ignore if there will be more. Please if there will be more, don't name so many strange nicks. Kind regards.

Hi Algaba,

I'll pass your comments on to the podcast team. We like to include some of the comments we receive but I understand that too many nicknames can be confusing. It's a balancing act, I suppose.

I think 'in the podcast' is more common, but you can also hear 'on the podcast' used, so both are correct.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par User_User le mar 10/12/2019 - 16:47

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Hello In the previous episode it was asked what other issue we would like to hear about. Many people like gardening. I've made one mistake in Task 5. The question was: Why don't you come over to my flat after class? _____ the homework together. wrong: We're going to do right: We'll do Imagine: Sue and Peter have planned to do their homework together. So there's certainty that the meeting will take place. Jane is also asked to join them. So the 'going to do'-form seems for me to be possible. The series 1-4 were a bit too easy for me because I like to choose material which is a little bit to easy for me. You did an excellent job with these podcasts! It think I am going to do 'Big City Small World' next. The units seem to be shorter so I'll probably spend this time a few minutes every day with them. Good luck with the production of Series 5! Bye

Soumis par Sergey Sh le ven 18/10/2019 - 03:54

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I remember the episode when Carolina wasn’t able to go to her class and left a note on the door where she wrote that she was sorry and had to miss that lesson due to she was constipated. Misunderstanding. I know I shouldn’t have found it fun but anyway. The same word which has different meanings in both countries. She’s lucky that Emily was in time to put the note away. In a course of my study I had to go through all episodes from the first to the fourth series and I seem like got much better in my listening. By the last episodes I could listen to free without any breaks and every word and sentence were clear. Now it’s got much easier for me to watch movies in original as well, that’s definitely a level up. Thank you all for sharing this wonderful podcast. That was my pleasure to listen to.

Hello Sergey,

Thank you for the lovely comment, and well done on your progress!

It's great to know that people are improving, and that we are helping with that.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Maitham le mar 24/09/2019 - 17:43

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Hello, Kirk I am so happy to listen to all the series and i hope to listen to the new one Best Regard

Soumis par parisaach le sam 22/06/2019 - 06:34

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Carolina's story was one of my favorites, and I'm really sorry that this is the last podcast. I've followed the story of Carolina from the begining, when she just moved to England and when she made friends with Emily and Jamie. There was a podcast about Carolina's weakness in undrestanding and speaking English language. I remember that Carolina was very sad and she started crying when her mother called. I felt so sorry for Carolina then. Although I've never been alone in a foreign country, but I was in the same situation before . I always thought that I could easily speak English, but when I was in Canada I realised it is not easy to understand all the words and sentences and when I wanted to speak I forgot the words just because I haven't used them for a long time, besides sometimes I'm thinking of emigration to other countries I'm afriaid of being fooled and insulted by the people of those countries because I'm so shy and without self confidence I guess Carolina is much better then me in this way . She could find friends and boyfriend in a foreign country I think it' s more tough for me.

Soumis par richimejia1986 le lun 28/01/2019 - 21:57

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When are we going to have series 5?? We have been waiting a lot to listen to Carolina, Jamie, Tess and Ravi again, What is going on? I have been following these podcasts since the first Episode! C'mon bring them again! I look forward to listing the next series ;)

Soumis par SonuKumar le sam 22/09/2018 - 22:23

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Sir, Will we have Series 5 of this learning English podcast by the end of 2018 ?

Soumis par Peter M. le dim 23/09/2018 - 07:11

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Hello SonuKumar,

At the moment we don't have a date for the next series, I'm afraid. You'll need to be patient a little while longer!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par ritesh46 le dim 05/08/2018 - 16:37

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Hi sir, i want to say that in India there are several competition exam held and in each competition question are asking from long and difficult English passage and sometimes also say to write long passage in your language in short and attractive form.and also write essay on different famous topic. i want to say that if you have knowledge about good website which provide different English passage and eassy for practice point of view then provide me. i search on google but i do not find any good website.

Soumis par Peter M. le lun 06/08/2018 - 06:51

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Hello ritesh46,

I'm not aware of any website which provides precisely that kind of practice. Some of the advice on our IELTS site about how to structure essays might be useful. You can find the writing section of that site here:

https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/prepare-test/understand-test-format/writing-test

 Good luck!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Shiiya le lun 18/06/2018 - 13:50

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I´ve been studying english here and I really enjoyed every single podcast I hearded from series 1 to series 4 , and I´ve been feeling that my english is improving , all podcast are easy to listen and understand and I can´t to wait for the next series . until next time

Soumis par jr_nunes le mar 29/05/2018 - 20:14

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Hi All, Hi All, Thanks to you for this amazing job you guys were doing with this podcasts, this help me a lot to improve my English. I saw the comments below, the series 5 is in progress, so can you suggest another series similar (poadcasts) ? I usually I'll listen the podcast when I'm going to work. Thanks a lot

Soumis par Hal55 le mar 29/05/2018 - 13:12

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Thanks for all series so far. I have enjoyed a lot. I have been listening to all series of podcast for more than 6 months. I always practice English with this podcast. I stop every sentences and repeat what you said. and I am going to keep doing this exercise, so I'm really looking forward to the next series comes out. Thanks.

Soumis par Esteban M. Picasso le jeu 24/05/2018 - 03:57

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Hello, Kirk I enjoy a lot with yours podcasts. I use to listen to them in my headphones while I am walking. I am looking forward for the series 5, meanwhile Would you recommend other podcast for my level (B1). I had read your recommendation about "Word on the Street" but I need something without video. Thanks in advance and excuse my mistakes. Regards for all of you. You are an incredible team

Hi Esteban,

We're really glad to hear you enjoyed the podcasts. Series 5 is in production, though I'm afraid it's too early to say when we will have it ready to share with everyone.

In the meantime, I would suggest Big City Small World, which is another series at the B1 level.

I hope you enjoy it. Let us know how you get on with it!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Tomoaki Hachiya le mar 10/04/2018 - 22:02

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So this is the last story and I also miss Jamie, Emily and all other members of this course. I have a plan to go to Malaysia next year and perhaps my English will work there. My wife likes to go to the shore, so we may as well visit some island in Malaysia. Everybody, bye for now!

Soumis par Nasreddine kach le lun 26/03/2018 - 16:10

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Hello every one I'm new here, it's the first time i want to thank you a lot for this four series, it's so good for learn English, I'm always listening again and again and waitingfor the fourth serie Thank you agail and good luck

Hi Nasreddine,

Welcome and thank you for your comment! I'm happy to say that we are already working on series 5. I'm afraid we really don't know when it will be finished, but we will certainly announce it once we know.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Lea Tanjung le sam 17/03/2018 - 11:20

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I enjoyed the series.. After finished all the episodes, what should I do?

Soumis par josioliveira05 le jeu 15/03/2018 - 15:39

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Hello, Please, when will be the final episode of Carolina, I really need to know what James decided! please... please... please :'(

Soumis par Kirk le ven 16/03/2018 - 06:36

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Hi josioliveira05,

I'm afraid we just don't know yet. We are working on series 5, but it's still too soon to be able to say when it will be ready to publish. Sorry!

If you receive our newsletter, we'll certainly announce it there when we know more.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Mora ezzat le dim 11/03/2018 - 12:11

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all the tracks don't work, is there any problem in the website? or should i download any software? Thanks in advance

Hi Mora ezzat,

A few weeks ago there was a technical problem for some other Egyptian users. I thought it had been fixed, but perhaps it was not. Could you please try again in and let us know exactly what error message you get? In the meantime I will see if I can find out anything on my end.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par SonuKumar le sam 24/02/2018 - 10:51

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Sir, I have completed all the four series and I want to ask you if the Carolina, Jamie and Emily's story is real or created by your team, if real, do they guys (I mean the three students at Newcastle university) let you follow their life ? Will there be a series 5 in 2018 ? if yes, Could you tell us around which month ?

Hello SonuKumar,

I'm happy to hear that you completed all four series -- that shows quite a lot of dedication on your part! We are working on series 5, but I'm afraid we really don't know when it will be ready to be published yet, as there's still a lot to do.

The stories here are fictional, though we tried to make them true to life.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par ritesh46 le ven 09/02/2018 - 16:16

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Hi sir, please go on series five. i wait series five from more time then one year.what happen with podcast.why it take long time.i want to get one podcast every month not more then one at particular time. what happen with Carolina and his friend. please prepare series five just like series one. i hope i get positive answer.

Hi ritesh46.

It's nice to hear you are enjoying the podcast! It takes some time to produce a new series and while I can't give you a date yet I believe that Series 5 is planned.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Milicica le mar 23/01/2018 - 14:32

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There is some kind a joy of life and traveling. They do everything in hurry. I just have start and this is my first episode so I don't know what is in the others episodes.

Soumis par geramifar le lun 08/01/2018 - 08:20

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Hello Mr. Peter! Thank's a lot for providing this podcast for English learners. I want to start listening to the podcasts. is it better to start from the first series? or I can start for example from the 4th series.....what do you recommend?
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