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Episode 08: Happy New Year

What are Johnny and his friends going to do for New Year's Eve? Is Carlos finally asking Sarah out on a date?

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2



I've got the following question (Task 3; second question):

Which sentence is correct?
a) Carlos said that he can cook again.
b) Carlos said he could cook again.

Sentence b) is correct.
I mean that they mean pretty much the same thing. So both are OK in my opinion.
Why is sentence a) wrong?


Hello User_User

Yes, you are right. I've changed question 2 so that the first answer is incorrect.

Thanks very much for pointing this out to us, and I'm sorry any confusion!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Good episode. Thanks!!.

Hello and thank you for the podcasts and great site. I'm listening to the podcasts everyday. I have a question and I appreciate if anybody answer it: When we use "Now you tell me"

Hello parisaach

I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the podcasts. When Fadi says this, he's a little disappointed that Olivia hadn't told him earlier that she wouldn't be able to go out.

This is definitely the most common time that people use this expression, that is, when they wish someone had told them something earlier because now their plans must change or what they were planning to do will have to be different and there's no time to change plans.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Strictly speaking
what does it mean?
And would u please write the Scottish song words here as its very nice song.

New year in my country is an important holiday, too, it goes on 13 days and the 13th day or the last day of vacation is called lie day some thing resembles the first day of April .its really the time of new nature celebration. we send lots of messages for friends and relatives to ask best wishes for them during the year .
new year in Iran has been traditionally celebrated, for ages. people go to the friends home and relatives to have fun and meet them enjoy themselves.we have got rice and fish as special dinner for new year .we set a special table called haftsin table which is decorated symbolically. we ve got fingers crossed at the time of the year delivery i. elders give money to the young and specially the kids , some thing like European red envelopes. some people stay at home and watch TV and some travel to the other cities as it s the best time to travel and get refreshed and have a trip .

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Hello mehrazin

Thanks for your kind words – we're so glad that you find our site useful! To answer your question, 'strictly speaking' is a way of showing the person you are speaking to that you are trying to be accurate. For example, many people here in Spain say 'England' when they are in fact speaking about the UK. So I could say, 'strictly speaking, people from England have a UK passport, not an English passport'.

The Wikipedia has the full lyrics for Auld lang syne, but here's the first verse for you:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

Thanks also for telling us about Nowruz. I'm happy to tell you that we are working on an article about Nowruz, which we will publish in our Magazine in the next few weeks so that people from around the world can learn more about it while practising their English.

It's a little too early, I know, but Happy Nowruz to you!

Best wishes


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot I don’t understand the meaning of procession in this dialogue!.

Hell Gehad

In the context of Chinese New Year or other events, a 'procession' is a group of people walking on the street together in an organized way as part of a celebration or ceremony. For example, when a football team wins a championship, sometimes they are in a sort of procession in the streets of their home city. Nowadays, the footballers are often in a bus of some sort, but if they were walking, it would be a procession. In Chinese New Year, people often dress as lions or dragons and walk or dance in the street accompanied by fireworks -- this is a kind of procession, too.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank a lot.