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Episode 02: Hello Carlos!

Carlos, the aspiring chef, shows up out of the blue - but he might help save the café.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hi Aljefri,

You can find the meaning of this by breaking it down into its two parts – 'show up' and 'out of the blue' – and looking each of them up in the dictionary. Note there's a handy search box on the lower right side of this page (under Cambridge Dictionaries Online).

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there :)
I've a question :
can we say : ( what do you mean ?) instead of ( how do you mean ? ) , or it's more correct to say it like the second form ?!
Thanks alot :)

Hello Bobbos,

Yes, in fact, 'what do you mean?' is probably more common than 'how do you mean?'. 

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Could you help? Near the end of the episod, Carlos asks "How do you mean" - in response to Sarah's suggestion to do some research. What is the difference between "what do you mean?" and "how do you mean?"

Hi ykhahn4141,

The question with "what" tends to be used when a more complete explanation is wanted, whereas "how" tends to be used to ask for an explanation of a specific part, but often there is really no significant difference between them. In this context, there is no important difference.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Hayaalqasem,

Thanks for your comment. There is an answer to one question on that page, but we don't promise to answer every question asked on the site. Hopefully someone will answer one or both of your questions soon.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you too much for these useful exercises
The first question to English team is what does this phrase mean(I'm sorry ,I couldn't help overhearing)
The second one is I know that uncountable words those words we can not have plural for them like sugar,tea etc. but I think the plural of information, research,compensation are informations, researches,compensations I don't know why these words are uncountable

Mr Peter
the same also for "food"
there is example in dictionary that can be used as plural.

I'm allergic to certain foods.

Hello again hayaalqasem,

Yes, 'food' can be both uncountable (in the sense of 'what we eat) and countable (in the sense of different foodstuffs).

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team