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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


Thank you very much

What does Fadi mean while saying "I've lost you" to Harry? Thanks in advance.

Hello xiaojaoy,

This means 'I don't understand'. We use it when we lose track of what someone is saying for some reason.

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The LearnEnglish Team

why is this sentence wrong
he 'suggested to go' to Trafalgar Square
the right is 'suggested going to'

Hello hayaalqasem,

Some verbs in English are followed by 'to + infinitive', others by '-ing' and others by either form.  'Suggest' is followed by '-ing' and therefore 'suggest to go' is incorrect.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team


I would like to know which countries in EU (except Britain) use English in teaching and do they speak BrE or AmE? Can you help me answer this? (I hope this is not a stupid question)
Thank you so much!

Hello cinq,

Given that there are hundreds (perhaps thousands) of universities in the EU and that their linguistic policies are constantly changing, I'm afraid that it's impossible for us to say how many of them offer studies in English. I can, however, say, for example, that in Spain (where I live) it is possible to study some degrees in English, and I'd be surprised if the same were not true in many other EU countries.

I'd suggest you do a little research online - for example, try searching for "university degree in English in Europe" and I expect you'll find some information. If you have a specific field in mind (e.g. business, engineering, etc.), adding that to your search might help you find more of what you need.

Good luck!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I don't really understand the meaning of "Now you tell me" (Fadi) in this eps. And the sentence Johnny said "How come I've never met them?" is a bit strange to me. Why is there the word "come" here? Usually I say: "How have I never met them?" Can you help me?
And I have another question which is not related to this eps but I hope you will help me. I must say "I am going to a/an/the/(no article) university to study economics?
Thanks a lot!

Hello cinq,

'Now you tell me' is used when we find something out and want to say 'Why didn't you tell me earlier?'

'How come...?' is a colloquial phrase which means the same as 'Why...?'  For example:

'How come I've never met them?' > 'Why have I never met them?'

Your final question is about articles.  With public institutions we use no article if we are going to the institution for the reason for which it was established:

I'm going to university. = I'm going to be a student.

I'm going to hospital = I'm going to be a patient.

I'm going to prison = I'm a criminal.

You can find more information about articles on this page and this page.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team