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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


Dear Peter,

Tnx for your's useful

Best Regards

Dear learn English team,
what do we mean by 'shows up out of the blue' ? thanks

Hello samssira,

Have you tried using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online tool?  You can find it on the right of the page and if you type 'out of the blue' you'll see a definition, examples and more for this idiom.  Then type is 'show up' and you'll see the same for this phrasal verb.

I hope that helps you.  It's a very useful tool that you can use in the future to look up other words and phrases which you are not sure about.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you peter, that's ok.

Hello everybody!
Nice to see  you! 
Listening the audio, I thought I've heard that at one moment Olivia pronounced "the cafe" with strong /ðiː/. Am I wrong? Maybe I didn't hear well. However, I'm sure I heard before in another context when some girl was talking about the dress, and used strong /ðiː/ for "the dress". How it is possible, when it is against the grammar rules? And if it is possible, what does it mean? Is that dress special?  
Best regards,
Ceca :)

Hello ceca ilic,
I've listened to the episode and I can't find the example you describe.  However, more generally, although 'the' is usually pronounced with a weak sound (/ǝ/), it is possible to pronounce it with a strong vowel (/i:/).  We do this in two situations:
(1) when the following word begins with a vowel sound, just as we use 'an' instead of 'a'
(2) when we want to stress 'the' for some reason.  For example, sometimes we stress all the words in a particular phrase for dramatic or rhetorical effect:
'So, this is THE /ði:/ LAST CHANCE, then!'
I hope that clarifies it for you.
Best wishes,
The /ðǝ/ LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Peter! :)

Carlos:  Yes, that’s right. I’m a chef, actually. Or at least that’s what I’d like to be...
(Can anyone explain this to me ?)

Hi noor us sahar qureshi,
Carlos means that he studied to be a chef and is qualified to work as a chef (this requires years of training), but that in his present job he doesn't work as one. He does prepare food in his job, but not fine food, and has a lower position than chef in the kitchen.
I hope this helps.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Learn English team:
I have a doubt, in this expression "Magda’s on her way" is like to say "Magda is coming".
I hope you can help me :)
Thanks a lot